Big Kickers (U7 & U8)

Big Kickers is a recreational program with emphasis on development of individual skills, field position and the rules of the game. Separate divisions for boys and girls. Practices are held during the week and games are played on Saturdays. U7 games are two 20-minute halves held on reduced size fields with 4 v 4 and NO goalkeeper. U8 games are two 25-minute halves with 4 v 4 and NO goalkeeper. Both U7 and U8 use a size 4 ball.

Basic skills and concepts learned during Big Kickers:

  • Proper kicking technique
  • Dribbling versus kicking
  • Shooting (Far/Near Post)
  • Passing vs. Kick-and-chase
  • Getting open and marking a man
  • Moving without the ball
  • Start talking: I'm open!
  • Win the ball
  • How to pivot and turn
  • First Defender: The player closest to ball must challenge or block
  • Playing goal-keeper
  • Pass to space

Get to know rules about:

  • Throw-ins: keep feet on ground and hands above head
  • Corner kicks and goal kicks
  • Fouls: cannot kick, trip, push or hold opponent
  • Hand-balls: no using shoulders to fingers on purpose

Current Season for Fall 2018

  • Opening Day for Fall 2018 is scheduled for Saturday September 8th @ Settlers Park (Fields 5 & 26. There will be no games Columbus Day Weekend and One rain date/make-up is TBD if needed, but there is no refund guaranteed for canceled session.
  • All games will be held in the afternoon (TBD) on Saturdays at Settlers Park Fields 5 & 6. Check the schedule on your Team page for detailed info regarding game times and field assignments.
  • Practice times, days, & locations will be scheduled based on the availability of the coach volunteers, and are generally twice a week. One of the practice sessions will be with a professional coach.
  • Weekly Trainer Practices are typically scheduled every Monday evening for Girlsand Tuesday evenings for Boys
  • All players will receive a team T-Shirt.
  • Parents should not expect to be contacted by their coach until the week before the first session. Please be patient.
  • Please arrive at the field at least 10 minutes before each session for warmup.
  • For questionable weather, check Field Status on the Pomperaug Soccer Club Field Status page.

Checklist for each session

  • Shin Guards (For safety reasons, all players must wear shin guards in order to play)
  • Soccer Socks (black recommended)
  • Soccer Cleats
  • Size 4 Ball
  • Water Bottle
  • Team shirt (for games only)
  • Soccer Shorts or sweat pants (black recommended)
  • If cold, dress in layers with team shirt on top

Game Times

All games will be held in the afternoon (TBD) on Saturdays at Settlers Park - always check your Team schedule page for field assignments and game times before heading to the field.

  • Weekly Trainer Practices are typically scheduled every Monday evening for Girls and Tuesday evenings for Boys