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Tiger Cubs Information

 

Tiger Cubs is an instructional program to introduce young children to simple ball skills and the concept of the game of soccer via a very simple 3 v3 game without scores or team standings.  The focus is on fun in a positive environment that encourages all kids to participate.  


Ages

Players born in 2015 and 2016


Goal


Have fun with a soccer ball; introduce basic soccer skills through fun games and drills and small sided games. (at this age, kids do not think team, they think ‘me’ and they have little spatial awareness on the field)

Team Information


Teams generally composed of 8-10 players. Teams are composed of boys and girls. Players are grouped by age on teams.


Practices


One 60-minute practice a week. Focus is on fun games and drills that promote ball skill development


Player Equipment


Players need:

size 3 soccer ball with name on it

water bottle with name on it

shin guards

They may wear gym shoes or soccer cleats


Game Information


Games are played with 3 players on the field, no goalie.


Four 8-minute quarters


Scores are not kept


Two games are played simultaneously on adjacent fields. Teams are split to match stronger players against stronger players on one field and weaker players against weaker players on the other


Teams change sides at halftime


Tiger Cub Rules


No offsides


No throw ins – ball is kicked into play from touch line


Game begins with a kick off from mid field. Ball may travel any direction.

Opposing players need to stand outside the center circle.


When the attacking team kicks the ball across the end line, a goal kick is taken by the other team. Goal kicks are taken from the line running across the field in front of the goal. The opposing team will move to its side of midfield and wait until the ball is kicked before they can try to get the ball.


When the defending team kicks the ball across their own end line, the other team puts the ball into play from the nearest corner of the field.


1 coach from each team is allowed on the field -- we advise that you allow the kids to figure the game out. It will be tempting to continually direct them. Your job is point them in the right direction, give positive feedback, encourage reserved players, retrieve the ball when it goes out of bounds and help them put the ball into play when it goes off of the field.


Don’t worry if they all follow the ball in a pack.


If a team is scoring a lot of goals, be creative to give the other team opportunities to score.


Substitutions


Anytime


Referees


There are no referees, games are managed by the coaches. If players are too assertive, gently remind them not to push and shove. Players may not use their hands, if one does. Stop play, give the ball to the other team and let them put the ball into play with a kick.

 


 

Field Diagram

Two fields with space between them for parents and coaches

 





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