8U Coaches

INFORMATION AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Location

PTC: Training will be at Braelinn
Tyrone: Training will be at Handley Park

Games will be at Braelinn and Handley. 

Training

Training will be one day a week (Monday - Thursday) for 60 minutes from either 5:30-6:30 PM or 6:30-7:30 PM.  Practice plans will come from Lazers and will be organized by the staff coach with you and your team.  After each activity is demonstrated, you will work with your team during the rest of the activity to help them learn and excel. 

For specific dates, please go to the “Game and Training Schedules” section of the website.

Game Play

FIFA Laws of the Game will apply as modified by the USYSA and GYSA as described herein.

  • Games are divided into two, 24 minute halves with a five minute halftime.
  • Teams do not change ends at half time.
  • Games will be played 5v5.
  • No team roster is used. 
  • Each player is required to play at least a half of a game, as long as the player has upheld his or her half of the player/parent agreement.
  • Indirect Kick-ins will replace throw-ins for all balls that go out of bounds on the sidelines.
  • All balls over the end line will result in a goal kick for the defense or a kick-in for the offense from the corner.
  • Goal Kicks are taken anywhere on the end line.  The goal box is not used.
  • Goal Box - No player may touch the ball within the goal box, however any player may move through the goal box. Any part of the ball or player’s body on the line is considered in the goal box; the player is an extension of the box. If a defender touches the ball in the goal box, a goal is awarded to the offensive team. If the defender OR the ball is in the box and contact is made, a goal is awarded. If an offensive player touches the ball within the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. If the ball comes to a complete stop in the goal box, regardless of which team touched it last, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.
  • No offsides.
  • Games will be coached by volunteer coaches. 

Uniforms

Home - Black Jersey, Black Shorts, Black Socks
Away - White Jersey, Black Shorts, White Socks

Substitutions and Playing Time Requirements

Half of each game is the mandated playing minimum per player, as long as the player has upheld his or her half of the player/parent agreement.  It is recommended that whenever possible all players should play three-fourths of each game, unless the player is unwilling or unable.

Substitutions can be made on any dead ball.

Goalkeeper

No Goalkeeper will be used.

Field Openings/Closings

In the case of inclement weather, the field status will be updated on the Lazers website (www.lazers.soccer). The field status will be updated by 3:00 PM during the week and by 7:00 AM on the weekend. Ask all parents to sign up for field status notifications via email or text message through www.statusme.com.  Our club is listed as "PTCYSA/FCYSL/AFC".

Inclement weather procedure

In case of Lightning, please wait 30 minutes from the last strike of lightning before resuming training. During games, the on-duty staff coach has complete control of any suspension or canceling of games.

Parent Preseason Meeting

Hold a preseason parent meeting or email to discuss:

  • Game and training schedule
  • Player participation - have parents contact you when they are going to miss.
  • Parent conduct, etc.

Rosters

Each coach will receive their rosters through the website.  Coaches can not add players to their own rosters! All players must be registered with the Recreation Registrar.

Player Equipment

Players are required to wear shin guards under their socks during each game and practice. Additionally, they should bring a properly inflated size 3 ball and plenty of water to drink.  Georgia Soccer youth rules require that players 4U-10U, can only wear rubber molded cleats.

Match Suggestions

In our younger age groups where we play soccer “in-house” here are some suggestions for helping games run smoother.

  • When a team is short on players for a match the coaches should get together and mix the teams so that games are fair and remain fun for all the kids. At no time should a team be playing short players on the field. The youngest age groups are about player development, not winning. 
  • Sometimes we have games where one team is scoring lots of goals and dominating play. It is suggested that the teams halt play and mix up so that every kid can enjoy the soccer experience. There is no need to win 10-0; it does not build confidence but turns players away from the game of soccer. Our objective is for kids to play soccer not quit because they are not having fun.