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Burbank AYSO Region 254

5U/Schoolyard Program


The objective of this program is to provide young players and their parents with a “pressure free”
introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age, players should be exposed to
soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal
time commitment.

The 5U-Schoolyard program allows players to discover the game for themselves, while also giving the parents a foundation to build and grow into future AYSO coaches, referees, and administrators. The objective of the AYSO 5U-Schoolyard program is to provide young players and their parents with a "pressure free" introduction to the game of soccer. This is not to be considered a coaching program but is designed to expose kids to soccer. The two goals of this program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities and to let the game be the teacher. There is no post season at this age level; however, each player receives a participation trophy at the end of the season. The program is run with the assistance of UK International.


Jamboree  is the combination of two different formats that, put together, will
provide the best possible introduction to soccer for our youngest players. In AYSO soccer, a
jamboree means that teams are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend
a given session.

A “Master Coach” will lead each session. The Master Coach will introduce a game/activity that
will practice a certain skill or part of the game using explanation and demonstration. Each pair
(player/parent) will then attempt the activity while the Master Coach circles between pairs
providing specific help or suggestions so that the activities are performed as intended. After a
suitable amount of time, the Master Coach will bring the players and parents back together as a
group and recap what they have done, introducing the next game/activity.

Each Jamboree  may end with a 20 minute short-sided game (3 v 3).
Most importantly, allow the players to play without
coaching or teaching them as this experience is designed to expose them to soccer, not to begin
developing them. The two goals of the program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities
and to let the game be the teacher.

3 v 3 Game Set-Up and Guidelines

Each player in the U-5 division can receive a uniform, since it is part of the fun to get dressed up
for “the big game”. Having fun will make the kids want to come back. The uniforms should be
identical for all players. Each week before the game portion of the day begins, players will be
divided into groups of 4 (3 on the field with 1 substitute/reserve). Based on how many players
arrive, pinnies (different colored ‘vests’) will be used to differentiate the ‘teams’ for games for a
particular day.

During the game, one parent from each team should be selected to act as the game supervisors
for the week. These parents should be required to keep the game going. All other parents should
be encouraged to cheer positively and refrain from “coaching” (giving directions) from the
sideline. This is the time for the kids to play – LET THEM! 

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Burbank, California 91510

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