The Season

The soccer season starts in September and runs until March of the following year with a break for Christmas (usually three weeks).

Age Categories

Under the rules set by the BC Soccer Association kids are registered based on their age as of December 31. Age groupings are referred to as U8 or U15 meaning the players are 7 or 14 as of December 31. KLM has four main age groupings:

Tykes (Ages under 7)

Children under seven years of age. This age group does not play games, but instead gets together each Saturday to learn soccer drills. All play is outdoors. For more information, please see the Tykes Program page.

Minis (Ages 7 to 9)

Children U8 to U10. This age group generally practices once per week and has games every Saturday. A maximum of 12 players can be registered on each team. For more information, please see the Minis Program page.

U11/U12 (Ages 10 to 11)

These are transitional years for boys and girls. They play on special-sized fields with eight players on the field at one time and play a modified off-side rule. Practices are generally once a week. For more information, please see the 8-Aside Program page.

Divisional (Ages 12 to 17)

Players aged U13 to U18. This age group generally practices once per week and has games once each weekend. A maximum of 18 players can be registered on each team for teams U13 to U16 and 20 players for U17 and U18. For more information, please see the Division Program page.

Practices

Outdoor practices are arranged by team officials on various local fields for which the club has permits. As daylight hours decrease (usually around the beginning of October), practices will be scheduled on lit fields.

Teams will be scheduled for one practice a week at their preferred time and day of the week through our Practice Time Scheduler. The practices are arranged so that younger teams start early in the evening. Practices last from one to 1 ½ hours depending on player age. Second practices are only scheduled once every team has been scheduled for their first and then only if there is time and space available.

KLM has the use of several lit turf fields:

The club also has the use of one lit gravel field:

Games

Players need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to kick-off for warm-up and pr-game instructions. In general, games take anywhere from 1.5 to two hours when taking into consideration the warm-up, the game itself, half time and post-game time.

Tournaments

KLM encourages teams to participate in tournaments if they wish. The club will cover the entrance fee for one tournament per year. If teams wish to participate in additional tournaments, they may be required to cover the entrance fee themselves.

Uniforms and Equipment

KLM colours are black, red and white. The club provides each player with a jersey, shorts and socks. Uniforms are handed out by the manager prior to the first game of the season and the jersys MUST be returned at the end of the season. There is a one-time jersey deposit of $50 that may be reclaimed when the player leaves KLM and has returned the jersey to the team. If you would rather KLM keep the jersey deposit, we will gratefully accept the money.

Players are required to provide the following equipment:

  • Shin guards prevent injury to the lower leg and are mandatory at all levels of play.
  • Knee pads are recommended for younger players who play their games on all weather fields. They help prevent scrapes due to falls.
  • Boots multi-studded boots are recommended for all around play. Remember though for indoor practices, proper gym shoes must be worn.

Please note, you can purchase any of this equipment at Abbie's Sporting Goods (4895 Main Street at 33rd Avenue). Mention you are with KLM Soccer and you will receive a 10% discount.