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U8 Program

NASC introduces the younger members of our community to the game of soccer through our micro soccer program. U8 micro is the first level within NASC in which teams practice one night per week in addition to game play on Saturdays.

Games are played on Saturday and consist of two twenty-five minute halves. With skill development being one of the primary objectives of micro soccer, we play an adapted game which promotes many “ball touches” for each child. This game is 4 vs 4 on a short field with small goals and no goalkeepers.  This allows the necessary space for children to develop a level of comfort with the ball.  At U7/8, passing and team play are introduced as well.  Young referees are used as part of the game. The coaches are not on the field giving players instructions.

The field and time schedule changes from season to season.  However, practices are one weeknight per week from 6 - 7 PM. The day of the week will not be determined until a week or two before the start of the season. Games are always on Saturdays, usually scheduled between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Equipment needed for U8 Soccer:

  • A size 3 soccer ball
  • Reversible jersey (same ones used for U5-U10, purchased through Soccer Source and used for multiple seasons)
  • Water bottle
  • Shin guards
  • Soccer socks that cover the shin guards.
  • Soccer cleats are required. (Baseball and football cleats are NOT permitted.)  Referees will check cleats at every game and will deny players the opportunity play if they are not wearing the right cleats.
  • Players may not wear any earrings even on newly pierced ears. Referees will check for earrings at every game and ask that they be removed.


Micro soccer is successful because of the people who volunteer their time. Every team will need at least one head coach and one assistant coach. Additional assistant coaches are always welcome at this age as well.

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