- Last Updated: 12 September 2015 12 September 2015
U11 and U12, commonly referred to as 8-aside, are transitional years in soccer. Play at this level is player-centred, meaning the focus is to respect the developmental needs of our players first. Having fun while learning will promote a continued love and desire to keep playing the game of soccer.
KLM has teams for both genders at this age group. They play on a modified field with eight instead of eleven player teams, play a modified off-side rule, and must adhere to the new BCSA Retreat line policy. Practices are generally once a week, and are usually scheduled on an evening when the Coach is available. All coaches at this age group are volunteers. KLM ensures our volunteers have opportunities to attend BCSA-sponsored coaching clinics and other specialty workshops to improve their skills and coaching knowledge.
It is recommended that parents register their children prior to the assessment process, which usually happens in the Spring at the end of the player's U10 year prior to the Autumn season. The assessment process allows for players to be placed on teams with like-skilled players (Gold, Silver, or Bronze for boys and Gold, Silver A, or Silver B for girls), in line with BC Soccer’s Long Term Player Development policy.
In the player’s U12 year, each tier is further divided (i.e. Silver 1, 2, or 3) in order to better match like-skilled players and encourage increased individual player development. The season will commence no later than the second weekend in September. Games continue on a weekly basis until the end of February with a a 3 week break in December. Boys generally play their games on Saturday and girls on Sunday. The game may be played on either grass or turf, and occasionally travel to districts outside of Metro Vancouver (i.e. Squamish) is required.