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Tiger Cubs Information

Tiger Cubs


Several years ago, Tiger Cubs was run as a more competitive program for young players with referees and more complex rules.  We have gradually created a ‘game’ environment that is tailored to young players, is fun, simple to understand and gives all players opportunities to touch the ball. 

You will run two games at a time, splitting your team into two groups based on   assertiveness, speed or ball skills.  Matching like abilities offers a better experience for all of the players.  
Generally, lots of goals are scored.  We see them as a fun reward for moving the ball down the field.  You’ll find many parents are only focused on their child scoring. 

We found referees were only serving as time keepers and the few fouls they called were not understood by the players. We eliminated them in favor or coaches controlling the game.  You might want a parent to volunteer to keep track of time. 

More assertive and faster kids are going to control the ball.  Some kids can be pushy at this age and it’s ok to stop the game if the situation warrants.  Coaches are encouraged to move players around so that all players have a chance to get touches on the ball and score a goal.  Children at this age are naturally ‘me’ oriented.  Occasionally a player will pass the ball to a teammate.  But, more likely, a player or two will be near the ball with the rest of the players trailing behind them. 

Coaches are encouraged to let the players play.  It will be tempting to continually direct them.  Your job is point them in the right direction, give positive feedback and encourage more reserved or shy players.


Players born in 2012 and 2013


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)

eam Information

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


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.




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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