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Developmental Intra-Club Play and Play Days (Soccer Saturdays or Sundays)

Ages 10U, 9U and 8U

When SMSL was founded earlier this year, it was determined by clubs that the 10U and younger age range should turn away from formal league play. Extended travel, unnecessary costs and an overly competitive environment were identified as barriers to developing young players.

Founding SMSL clubs decided that this fall should be used to take a developmental friendly approach that mirrors best practices and trends taking place around US Soccer and the world.  

This Fall season, SMSL Clubs with programs such as rec, in-house or competitive teams will play within their developmental plans. Clubs with flexible groups or formal teams may choose to play intra-club games against neighboring clubs, like clubs or in simple “Soccer Saturday (or Sunday)” events that are hosted by SMSL clubs.

In a couple short months, we will ask for feedback and evaluate this season’s experience. We will share that information with Club Presidents and the Directors of Coaching. Through club leadership, the SMSL will evolve our programming in these critical developmental ages.

Reach Out: Find Friendly Games and Events

Club teams should consult with their leadership to determine competition needs from outside their club.  Attached is a directory of all SMSL 10U and 9U team contacts, both in the developmental space and in tournament teams. Use this directory to set up friendly play. If you are currently not on this directory and wish to be added, please send name, email, club, team, age and level to [email protected] .

“Soccer Saturday (or Sunday)” half day events 

This fall, three clubs have agreed to host teams in a Jamboree environment.  Participating teams play in two full games or three modified games. Plan and schedule are made at the discretion of the host club.  Participation may be limited by space and resources so sign up is on a first come first serve basis.  Costs incurred will be passed on in entry fees for participating teams.

Match Levels 

Coaches and managers should be aware of competitive leveling when setting up potential friendly games or entering Soccer Saturdays (or Sundays). SMSL recommends you and your club judge your team as “A”, “B” or “C”. Please communicate your general level when entering events or contacting teams.

C Newer, novice, or younger on the 8U to 10U age range

B Some Club Soccer experience in previous 9U and or a mix 10U and 9U less experienced 

A Competitive steered team with soccer experience and or more mature players


SMSL will send an updated directory in early September. We are also in the process or launching our new website which will have more information on Southern Minnesota Soccer including Developmental Soccer for 10U, 9U and 8U.

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