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Passers Overview

Passers is a developmental program that focuses on ball skill training.  It provides the first exposure to the game of soccer via small sided games with a keeper.  To encourage coaches and parents to focus on development, no scores and there are not league standings. 

Passers as an in-house program where players play on teams of same gender and birthyear.  

Players born in 2016 or 2017 will be placed in the Passers division.

View Passers Curriculum


Players born in 2016 and 2017


To provide a player-centered program that encourages each player to develop to the best of their ability, at their own pace, in a fun and safe learning environment. This will be done with a focus on individual development and small-sided games.

Team Information

Each team will consist of approximately 7 to 8 players. Players will play with and against their own gender. Teams are formed randomly.


One 60 minute practice per week. The focus is on fun games, drills that promote ball skill development, and small-sided games.

Player Equipment

Players need:

  • size 3 soccer ball with their name on it

  • water bottle with name on it

  • shin guards

  • soccer cleats (inexpensive cleats are fine)

Game Information

  • Games are played with 5 players on the field (4 field players, 1 goalie)

  • Four 10-minute quarters

  • Scores are not kept

  • Teams change sides at halftime

  • All players are required to have equal playing time


Yes; generally younger referees

Passers Game Rules

The Field
The field size is 40 yards long and 30 yards wide.
The Goals

6ftx12ft or 5ftx10ft.

The Ball

Size 3 ball.

The Players

Games are played with 5 players on the field (4 field players and 1 goalkeeper).  Goalkeepers may not punt or drop-kick the ball.


Unlimited on any dead ball situation (goal kick, corner, freekick, goal) or any throw in.

Playing Time

Each player will get equal playing time each game.

Duration of Game
Four 10-minute periods; halftime interval 5-minutes, 1-minute between other periods.


  • All referees have the final say on the field.
  • There will be a zero tolerance policy of talking/challenging referees for parents and coaches. Anyone that violates this will be asked to leave the fields for the game to continue. If parents and coaches cannot follow this policy, coaches will be required to referee future games.  
  • Most of the referees will be 12-13 year old soccer players; they are there to help the players learn the game as well as to keep learning themselves. Let's support the referees and help them help your player in a fun pressure-free environment.


Free Kicks
All free kicks and restarts are indirect free kicks  - two touches required for a goal to be scored.  Opponents must be at least 5-yds away from where the ball is spotted.  Ball in play when kicked and clearly moves.

Penalty Kicks

- No penalty kicks

- If a foul/handball is inside the goal box, the ball is placed at the top of the goal box and continue with an indirect free kick.

Corner Kicks

- Restart when the ball goes over the goal line (end line) last touched by a defending player; opponents must remain 5-yds from the corner area.
- The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves; goal may be scored directly from a corner kick


- No Offsides


- When an improper throw-in is taken, the referee should stop play, explain the proper procedure and allow throw-in to be retaken;
- A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.

Goal Kicks

- The ball is in play when it is kicked and leaves the penalty area into the field-of-play.
- If any player on either team touches the ball before it leaves the penalty area, the goal kick is retaken.

Play Out Line (halfway line)

- Opponents must retreat to the halfway line on all goal kicks and when the goalkeeper has the ball in their hands.
- Opposing players must remain behind the play outline (midfield line) until an opposition field player has touched the ball.
- Goalkeepers may not punt or drop-kick the ball - If a Goalkeeper does then the referee will stop play and the goalie will replay with the ball.
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