Youth Recreational League (U10 to U12)

Youth Recreational League (U10 to U12)

The U10 – U12 age group is the third stage of soccer development that our players go through, commonly known as “the golden age of learning”. The effect of the role-model is very important at this stage. Children begin to identify with famous players and successful teams, and they want to learn imaginative skills. Skill demonstration is very important, and the players learn best by “doing”.

Players move from self-centered to self-critical, and they have a high stimulation level during basic skill training. This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline, as outlined in our Long-Term Player Development Model (LTPD).

The Ontario Soccer Association have directed that Clubs not have scores and standings at this stage. For more information on this please check out our website for Long Term Player Development.

Phase Time Activity Emphasis
Get Organised 5 mins

One coach sets up warm-up
and second coach organise the players


Activity 12 mins

Activity based on new
technique each week

Ball Control
Movement with/out a ball
Break 3 mins   Hydration/Rest
Game 38 mins

2 x 18 mins halves 
with 2 mins 
Games where coaching is minimal. 
Players allowed to learn through 
playing the game, making mistakes 
and correcting for themselves.
Coaches there to encourage and
maintain player rotation and
playing time.
3 player rotations per half.


  • The game time will increase towards the end of the season to reflect the game time played in the festival/finals weekend.
  • U10: 7 on the field including a keeper; roster of 12.
  • U11 & U12: 9 on the field including a keeper, roster of 16.

Greater Toronto Soccer Club team!