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5v5 No-Contact (Mixed ages)

5v5 No-Contact 

Who? - Anyone interested in playing, whether players, parents, or coaches.  Don't have to be on a United SC team.

What? - Simple, fun, 5v5, no-contact soccer with some modified rules (see below). No practices, and teams will play 5-6 games.  Depending on how many team sign up, efforts will be made to place teams in separate divisions to balance the level of play.
     Gold division - recommended for experienced teens and older; faster level of play
     Silver division - recommended for younger teams (U13 and younger) and those newer to the sport

When? - Summer months of June and July. Games played primarily on Tuesday and Wednesdays, evenings between 5:30-7:30pm.  

Where? - Mehaffey Park. The address is 3285 W 22nd St, Loveland, CO 80538

Why? - This is all about having fun, developing/practicing skills on the ball, getting to know others in the club and demonstrating good sportsmanship!  Additional benefits:

  • Off-season playing time.
  • Realistic boundaries. Just like the real game, all players can go anywhere on the field. No penalties for stepping in the goal box like 3v3 tournaments.
  • Improved player development. 5-a-side lends itself to a system of play which naturally creates the diamond and triangle team shapes players should look to maintain when playing larger sided games.
  • Goalkeepers. The game trains keepers in the off-season. It also trains forwards to shoot on goalkeepers rather than empty nets. With the modern game (back pass rule) 5-a-side also encourages goalkeepers to play as field players, improving their footwork on the ball.

Next steps...
1) We recommend putting together a team of 8-10, ideally with at least 3 different families so that everyone doesn't have to make every game.  This allows for folks to enjoy other summer activities.
2) Identify and agree upon who your "Team Rep" will be.  This doesn't have to be a coach, but must be an adult who is willing to ensure that only their players are in the game and behaving as expected. :)  When your team registers online, they will be asked to enter the name of the Team Rep in order to be assigned to the correct team and to have games scheduled for that team.
3) Tell each member of your team to register

Estimated cost is $12 per player to cover field rentals/painting and a few awards.

Questions? email: [email protected] 

Standard FIFA rules used as much as possible, with the important exceptions called out below.  Teams may agree on other variations, as needed, but the intent is to keep things as simple as possible.

The club may designate a facilitator to oversee game nights.  However, to keep costs low and make things simple and fun, teams are expected to self-manage and referee their own games. If weather or other factors impact a game, the Team Reps are expected to communicate with one another and then with their respective teams. For rescheduling a game, they can then work to agree on and arrange for another time slot when the fields are not in use.

What is meant by "No-Contact" and why play that way?

No contact reduces the risk of injuries and allows play for mixed age groups, including parents who want a chance to get off the sideline.  It forces players to work on touches, quick play, and skill rather than brute force.  Therefore, there is no slide tackling, no shoulder tackles, etc.  Block tackling is permitted, but older and larger players must take it easy with younger players.  When in doubt, be a good sport and take it easy!  We don't want to discourage young players from continuing to play soccer.

Field Size: Approximately 40x60
Goal Size: 7 x 21
Duration of each half: 25 minutes, substitution on the fly; assign one or two of your own timekeepers to track this
Ball size: 4 or 5, ideally try to match the size that the majority of players would use during their regular season. Home team provides the ball when in question.
No off-sides
No goalkeeper punts
All free kicks are indirect
"2for1" u12
player - Each team may play have ONE of these "2for1" players on the field at a time.  The "2for1" player is made of 2 players who are both under 12 years old.  They would play in place of one adult or older player.

Remember to identify and agree upon who your "Team Rep" will be.  Then, when you register online, you'll be asked to enter their name, and this will allow for you to be assigned to their team.  Team Reps will be sent games schedules and information.

Questions? contact: [email protected]


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