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    • After a year off in 2020, Markdale Minor Soccer was pleased to be able to bring back soccer to Markdale for the summer 2021. Our Under-6, Under-8 and Under-10 house-leagues continued with the popular skills, drills and mini-game sessions that we offered to all kids in these age groups. The focus of these programs was teaching fundamental soccer skills with the emphasis on having fun! The players learned how to pass, control the ball, shoot and develop core soccer proficiencies while constantly m...

    • Markdale Minor Soccer follows the 5 p.m. Rule: If soccer is cancelled due to weather or extreme heat, it will be posted here daily by 5:00 p.m. If there is no cancellation by 5:oo p.m. please go to your game or practice. It can only be cancelled then by the referee or coaches at the field....

    • It is very important that everyone follows the Covid guidelines when visiting our soccer complex. Your cooperation is not only greatly appreciated, but absolutely necessary for soccer to run this summer in Markdale. The directions below must be strictly followed. 1. When visiting the complex, players should only be accompanied by no more than ONE Parent or Guardian. This is part of our Public Health approved Return to Play plan and must be adhered to. Violations of this rule will see soccer susp...

    Program Overview

    Click on the divisions below to see a program overview for that specific age group.

    UNDER 4 PROGRAM: (2017)

    The U4 program is specifically designed for all new players that are 3 or 4 years of age.  It is a great hands-on program that gets parents onto the field and involved with their children. The kids get an opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of soccer, with the emphasis on having fun and being active.

    UNDER 6 PROGRAM: (2015 & 2016)

    The U6 program is the next step for kids that are 5 or 6 years of age. They will begin to develop the basic soccer skills including proper kicking techniques, passing and ball control with organized fun mini games of 2 vs 2, 3 vs. 3, etc. to help them understand basic positioning, goal tending and game play.

    UNDER 8 PROGRAM: (2013 & 2014)

    The Under 8 Division is for 7 and 8 year olds. This is where kids learn the rules of the game, team work, passing, shooting and more advanced skill training to prepare them for soccer games. The Markdale House League allows kids to play soccer once a week in Markdale, (with no travel), including a skills & drills session, followed by a mini game of 5 vs. 5 soccer, in a non-competitive environment.

    They play games with referees and begin to understand the various positions, team work, passing and scoring of goals. From our House League, we will offer travel soccer teams from those players that are interested in playing a second night of soccer each week, (*additional cost). These travel teams will compete in 5 vs. 5 soccer games against other local house league teams in the Inter County Soccer League, (Markdale, Mount Forest, Hanover and Durham).

    Players must play in the House League to be eligible to play on the travel teams. Travel teams will be offered to all players that want to play, but if there are more players than available spots, we will utilize a try-out process that, among other factors, accounts for maximum numbers of boys allowed and minimum numbers of girls on each co-ed team, to ensure they meet the co-ed requirements. Players in this age group may be asked to A.P. (affiliated player), to the age group above them to help fill out team numbers and replace sick, injured or absent players.

    *** Exceptional Player Status – Markdale Minor Soccer recognizes that some exceptional players may be able to play in an age group above their date of birth, so cases will be reviewed on an individual basis. The criteria being the players ability vs. their peers of the same age group, the number of players registered in both involved age groups, the coaches comments, the parents’ permission and final Executive approval.

    UNDER 10 PROGRAM: (2011 & 2012)

    The Under 10 Division is a natural progression from the Under 8 program and is for kids that are 9 & 10 years old. Kids will continue to learn the rules of the game, learn positions, (ie. defender, striker, rover, goal tender, etc.) in a team environment. The emphasis will be on teaching core skills, including shooting, passing and ball control. RONDO training plays a big role in the training and development of players in this age group.

    The Markdale House League will allow kids to play soccer once a week in Markdale, (with no travel), including a skills & drills session, followed by a mini game of 7 vs.7 soccer. They play games with referees on a larger field and begin to understand the various positions, team work, passing and scoring of goals in a non-competitive environment.

    From this House League, we will offer travel soccer teams for those players that are interested in playing a second night of soccer each week, (* additional cost). These travel teams will compete in 7 vs. 7 soccer games against other local teams in the Inter County Soccer League, (Markdale, Chatsworth, Mount Forest, Blue Mountains, Hanover and Durham). Players must play in the House League to be eligible to play on the travel teams. Travel teams will be offered to all players that want to play, but if there are more players than available spots, we will utilize a try-out process to select the teams that, among other factors, accounts for maximum numbers of boys allowed and minimum numbers of girls on each co-ed team, to ensure they meet the league’s co-ed requirements. Players in this age group may be asked to A.P. (affiliated player), to the age group above them to help fill out team numbers and replace sick, injured or absent players.

    *** Exceptional Player Status – Markdale Minor Soccer recognizes that some exceptional players may be able to play in an age group above their date of birth, so cases will be reviewed on an individual basis. The criteria being the players ability vs. their peers of the same age group, the number of players registered in both involved age groups, the coaches comments, the parents’ permission and final Executive approval.

    UNDER 12 PROGRAM: (2009 & 2010)

    The Under 12 program has changed significantly province wide to adapt to the new Long Term Player Development (L.T.P.D.). Players compete in 9 vs. 9 soccer on a unique sized field. We will offer boys only and girls only teams in the Lakeshore Soccer League. Teams will have 1 game per week plus 1 team practice per week.

    This new program will help to transition players from the mini game to full sided soccer in U13 and above. The emphasis of this age group will be on individual skill development and team concepts.

    Players in this age group may be asked to A.P. (affiliated player), to the age group above them to help fill out team numbers and replace sick, injured or absent players.

    REP SOCCER PROGRAM

    Markdale Minor Soccer now offers rep soccer teams in various age groups which play in the South West Regional Soccer League, (S.W.R.S.L.). These teams will focus on elite soccer skill training to prepare teams to compete against some of the best teams in South Western Ontario.

    These regional teams feature players from all over Grey, Bruce and Wellington counties. All of the teams will train, practice and play their home games at the Chapman’s Soccer Complex in Markdale.

    All of the rep teams will have a minimum of 1 team practice per week and 1 game per week.

    There is also an indoor training program offered to all of our rep teams over the winter months. The indoor program is split between soccer training and fitness, as well as guest trainers that may include nutritionists, running coaches and various other community leaders to assist and prepare the players for a higher level of competition.

    For the 2019 season, we are only fielding a U18 Girls Rep Team.

    UNDER 15 PROGRAM: (2006, 2007 & 2008)

    The Under 15 Division is for players that are 13, 14 & 15years old. They will either play on girls only or boys only teams in the Lakeshore Soccer League. Each team will have 1 game per week and 1 team practice per week. Practices nights will be determined by field availability. Players in this age group may be asked to A.P. (affiliated player), to the age group above them to help fill out team numbers and replace sick, injured or absent players.

    The Lakeshore Soccer League consists of teams from Markdale, Mount Forest, Hanover, Durham, Walkerton, Saugeen Shores, Tara and Kincardine. There are also some entries in some age groups from Mildmay, Cargill and Teeswater.

    UNDER 18 PROGRAM: (2003, 2004 & 2005)

    The Under 20 Division is for players that are 17, 18, 19 & 20 years of age. They will either play on girls only or boys only teams in the Lakeshore Soccer League. Each team will have 1 game per week and 1 team practice per week, (if possible, based on player availability.) Practice nights will be determined by field and player availability.

    The Lakeshore Soccer League consists of teams from Markdale, Mount Forest, Hanover, Durham, Walkerton, Saugeen Shores, Tara and Kincardine. There are also some entries in some age groups from Mildmay, Cargill and Teeswater.

    OPEN ADULT PROGRAM: (2002 & EARLIER)

    The Open program is intended for players over 20 years of age. Many players in the program are in their 20’s, 30’s, and some are in their 40’s and 50’s. The Open Division provides a pathway for competitive soccer to be a life-long activity for players in our area. Both women’s and men’s teams are offered. The Open Division plays within the Lakeshore Soccer League and includes towns such as Hanover, Mount Forest and Saugeen Shores. Each team will play 1 game per week and also hold 1 practice per week (based on player availability).

    2021 Age Categories

    (* all age groups and playing nights are currently being reviewed by our Soccer Operations Committee to determine the best use of our fields and referees. Days of the week may change…)

    Division Year of Birth *** Projected Nights
    Under 4 (Intro) 2017 Thursday
    Under 6 (Micro) 2015, 2016 Thursday
    Under 8 House League 2013 or 2014 Tuesday
    Under 8 Travel House League 2013 or 2014 Thursday
    Under 10 House League 2011 or 2012 Wednesday
    Under 10 Travel House League 2011 or 2012 Monday
    Under 12 Boys Lakeshore 2009, 2010 Thursday
    Under 12 Girls Lakeshore 2009, 2010 Thursday
    Under 15 Girls Lakeshore 2006, 2007, 2008 Wednesday
    Under 15 Boys Lakeshore 2006, 2007, 2008 Wednesday
    Under 18 Boys Lakeshore 2003, 2004, 2005 Tuesday
    Under 18 Girls Lakeshore 2003, 2004, 2005 Tuesday
    Open Adult 2002 and earlier Sunday

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