U5 / U6 Academy Developmental Program
For 4 and 5 year old girls and boys

Our U5/U6* Academy Developmental Program is an excellent way to teach soccer to 4 and 5 year olds. This brings group training and game play to young girls and boys in a way that is fun and starts to build ball mastery skills and coordination.

Players meet once per week for a one hour session of instruction and fun. The emphasis will be on each child learning fundamentals of soccer and the moves needed to become a proficient player. Each session is run by qualified coaches.

Using a 4v4 game format allows the maximum amount of time for touches with the ball. More touches equates to improved skills. Improved skills equates to more fun!

This program has two sessions but each is individual so you can attend either one or both. Choose what works for you and your family!


Schedule - Two 5 week sessions for the Fall 2016-17 season. All sessions are held on Mondays from 6-7pm


Practice and Game Format

  • Technical Training with St. Pete Raiders Training Staff for approx. 30 minutes

  • Open soccer style 4v4 game play for approx. 30 minutes

    • No player goal kicks, corner kicks or throw-ins.

    • The game is restarted with the facilitator or volunteer parent rolling in a new ball for play once a ball has gone out-of-bounds.

    • Three 6 minute periods with 2-3 minute break periods.

    • No referees or goalkeepers.

    • No assigned teams, each field has 2 teams of 4 players (no substitutes).

    • All players practice and play together.

Must have shin guards; cleats are prefered.


*When you see 5U, 6U, 7U, etc - think "5 and Under, 6 and Under, 7 and Under." It reflects your child's age as of December 31st of the current calendar year. If your child is 6 on December 31st 2016, he or she would be considered 7U/8U in all soccer programs from August 2016 to May 2017.