The Northside Soccer Outdoor City League Program is for U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 age groups (i.e. U10 means less than ten years of age as of December 31st of the previous year). This program has girl teams and boy teams competing in various divisions within the Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA) league.
The U8 program is a developmental program and NOT a competitive program. Therefore, no game scores or standings will be maintained. The idea of the program is to afford the players the opportunity to actively participate, learn and have FUN. All coaches, managers and parents are asked to conduct themselves in a manner that supports the spirit and purpose of the game. The game played will be 4v4 (including the sweeper-goalkeeper).
U9 and U10 Each team will consist of 7 players, one of whom must be a goalkeeper. Substitutions may be made at any stoppage, with the referee’s permission, and shall be unlimited. The minimum number of players is 5 for a game to start or continue. The playing area should be 30 meters to 36 meters wide x 40m to 55m long. Games may be played on Mini fields or may be played within or across standard fields.
U11 and U12 Player Development within an 8 a-side environment. The program is designed as a progressive step from the U10 program. We consider it still to be development and learning, therefore requiring some variation from the full FIFA rules.
For U13 to U18 we refer to IFAB Laws of the Game with some modifications to game time for the U13 and U14 age groups.