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The NTRA youth soccer program consists of four different levels, beginning with Kindergarten, and having athletes move through the different levels. Program level age is based on grade level at the time of registration. The levels of play are listed below along with field and goal sizes There are two seasons of play available. The spring season runs from early April to end of May. The fall season begins in early September and concludes late October. Practices are conducted at George Doering Park, while games are played at Oliver Thomas Park (Diamond 1 and Diamond 2). If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding the soccer program, feel free to email our soccer director at [email protected]

Program Levels:

Level 1-
Level 1 is intended for children (boys and girls) in pre-K and kindergarten. The children will learn the very basics of team playing. If your child is 3 years of age, you must have director approval to register. 

Level 2-
Level 2 is for children (boys and girls) in first and second grade. The players will learn more about positions and duties on the field as well as expand on the basics of soccer. 

Level 3-
Level 3 is for children (boys and girls) in third and fourth grade. The players will focus on improving all the skills they have developed thus far. 

Level 4-
Level 4 is for children (boys and girls) in fifth through eight grade. The players will focus on mastering all the skills they have developed in previous levels while playing on a larger field. 

Registration Information:

We offer 2 seasons of soccer during the year, one in spring and one in fall. The spring season typically runs from early April to end of May. The fall season begins in early September and concludes late October. Registration typically begins about 2 months before the start of the season and concludes 2 weeks prior to the start of the season. With an account on our page, we will send out an email reminder regarding registrations. We will also advertise it multiple times on our Facebook page. 

Rules

Level 1 Pre-k and Kindergarten 

Level 1 soccer is intended to be a fun introduction to soccer, teaching the very basics of the game. Each child should have equal playing time and subbed in and out appropriately. 

Players on the field: 4 plus 1 goalie, total of 5 

Ball size: 4 

Play time and substitutions: 8 minute quarters, with subs half-way through 

Throw in: Ball will be given to the team that did not make final contact before the ball went out of bounds. If the throw isn’t done correctly, it can be repeated at this age level. 

Penalty kicks: Will not be enforced at this age level. Coaches and referees can explain the foul as a teaching tool and a goal kick or corner kick can be used if play was stopped.. 

Offsides: Will not be enforced at this age level 

Goal Kick: Takes place when the attacking team kicks the ball over the end line Corner Kick: Takes place when the defending team kicks the ball over the end line General Soccer Rules: 

● No contact with the ball from shoulder to the fingertips 

● The entire ball must cross the goal line or out of bounds line 

● All out of bounds balls must be thrown in at the
spot where the ball crosses the line ● No slide tackles 

● A proper throw-in must have both hands on the ball, both feet on the ground, be behind the out of bounds line, and throw the ball from over their head. The player that threw the ball




Level 2 - 1st and 2nd Grade

Level 2 soccer is intended to be a fun expanded introduction to soccer, learning more about positions and duties on the field. Each child should have equal playing time and subbed in and out appropriately. 

Players on the field: 5 plus 1 goalie, total of 6 

Ball size: 4 

Play time and substitutions: 10 minute quarters, with subs half-way through 

Throw in: Ball will be given to the team that did not make final contact before the ball went out of bounds. If the throw isn’t done correctly, it can be repeated at this age level. 

Penalty kicks: This level will be an introduction to penalty kicks and guidelines for true penalty kicks will be loosely followed in order to teach. 

Offsides: Will not be enforced at this age level 

Goal Kick: Takes place when the attacking team kicks the ball over the end line Corner Kick: Takes place when the defending team kicks the ball over the end line General Soccer Rules: 

● No contact with the ball from shoulder to the fingertips 

● The entire ball must cross the goal line or out of bounds line 

● All out of bounds balls must be thrown in at the spot where the ball crosses the line ● No slide tackles 

● A proper throw-in must have both hands on the ball, both feet on the ground, be behind the out of bounds line, and throw the ball from over their head. The player that threw the ball in, isn’t allowed to touch the ball until another player touches or kicks the ball.





Level 3 - 3rd and 4th Grade

Level 3 soccer is intended to expand knowledge of the game, teaching more on positions and penalties. Each child should have equal playing time and subbed in and out appropriately. 

Players on the field: 6 plus 1 goalie, total of 7 

Ball size: 5 

Play time and substitutions: 2 20 minute halves with subs at throw-ins and goal kicks 

Throw in: Ball will be given to the team that did not make final contact before the ball went out of bounds. 

Penalty kick outside the goal box: The kick is direct if the foul was from a hit from the opposing team. This means a goal can be scored from the kick. The kick is indirect if the foul was from a hand ball from the opposing team. This means the ball must touch another player before it is scored. 

Penalty kick inside the goal box: A foul against the attacking team will result in a penalty kick with only the kicker and the goalie in the box. 

Offsides: An attacking player can not be past the last defender when a ball is played to them. There are no offsides on a throw in or corner kick. 

Goal Kick: Takes place when the attacking team kicks the ball over the end line Corner Kick: Takes place when the defending team kicks the ball over the end line General Soccer Rules: 

● No contact with the ball from shoulder to the fingertips 

● The entire ball must cross the goal line or out of bounds line 

● All out of bounds balls must be thrown in at the spot where the ball crosses the line ● No slide tackles 

● A proper throw-in must have both hands on the ball, both feet on the ground, be behind the out of bounds line, and throw the ball from over their head. The player that threw the ball in, isn’t allowed to touch the ball until another player touches or kicks the ball.






Level 4 - 5th thru 8th Grades

Level 4 soccer is intended to expand knowledge of the game and master skills. Each child should have equal playing time and subbed in and out appropriately. 

Players on the field: 6 plus 1 goalie, total of 7 

Ball size: 5 

Play time and substitutions: 2 20 minute halves with subs at throw-ins and goal kicks 

Throw in: Ball will be given to the team that did not make final contact before the ball went out of bounds. 

Penalty kick outside the goal box: The kick is direct if the foul was from a hit from the opposing team. This means a goal can be scored from the kick. The kick is indirect if the foul was from a hand ball from the opposing team. This means the ball must touch another player before it is scored. 

Penalty kick inside the goal box: A foul against the attacking team will result in a penalty kick with only the kicker and the goalie in the box. 

Offsides: An attacking player can not be past the last defender when a ball is played to them. There are no offsides on a throw in or corner kick. 

Goal Kick: Takes place when the attacking team kicks the ball over the end line Corner Kick: Takes place when the defending team kicks the ball over the end line General Soccer Rules: 

● No contact with the ball from shoulder to the fingertips 

● The entire ball must cross the goal line or out of bounds line 

● All out of bounds balls must be thrown in at the spot where the ball crosses the line ● No slide tackles 

● A proper throw-in must have both hands on the ball, both feet on the ground, be behind the out of bounds line, and throw the ball from over their head. The player that threw the ball in, isn’t allowed to touch the ball until another player touches or kicks the ball




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