U8 League

2The U8 league is a soccer program for second graders. Girls and boys play on separate teams and in separate divisions. At this level, the kids get to experience and play a “real game of soccer” for the first time. The objective of the program is to provide an opportunity to play and learn the game of soccer in a relaxed atmosphere without having to travel to other towns.

The U8 fields are much larger than the Clinic-level fields, and the play is controlled by a referee. Large goals, keepers, free throws, goal kicks, corner kicks, and indirect kicks are introduced in this league. The development of individual player skills and sportsmanship is emphasized by the coaches, and team skills are introduced. The games are not results oriented and the children are given equal playing time. The focus is on participation, having fun, and learning the sport of soccer.

Teams consist of players with varying skill levels and are competitively balanced before the fall season based on input from the prior season’s U7 coaches. Scores are tracked by the U8 League Director during the fall season to create a competitive game schedule in the spring. The schedule consists of 10 games per season starting in early September (Fall Season) and early April (Spring Season).

Games are played on Sunday afternoons, at one of three times and on several different fields. The full game schedule will be made available prior to the start of the season. Teams practice once a week on a weekday afternoon or early evening. Optional skills clinics are offered by the ASC. The U8 skills clinics are held every Friday afternoon during the season from 5:30-7:00 PM and are run by professional coaches that are hired by the ASC.

U8 News

  • Sports Etc Coupon
    cleat1-54114_218x218Get your gear for the fall season! Sports Etc is offering a 15% discount on all soccer gear through September 30. 5% of sales will support Arlington Soccer. They are also offering name lettering for $7 per jersey. Please bring your coupon! read more
  • Fall Season Information
    PA150068-229364_218x218The fall season officially kicks off after Labor Day. The Coaches Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 8 at 7pm. Season start dates: Sept 12 – U9 through U14 Sept 13 – U7 and U8 Sept 19 – U6 Sept 20 – U5 and HS All age groups, except … read more
  • UPDATED Select Team Tryout Schedule!
    U9G_twisters2-214316_218x218Schedule updated as of 5/15 12:00pm CLICK SCHEDULE TO ENLARGE ASC offers select teams for players beginning with the U9 age group. All players -including current select team players- who are interested in playing on a select team for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 season mu… read more

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