Micro-Mini

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 Micro-Mini Director Rick Nichols clippernj@gmail.com

West Deptford Micro-Mini Soccer is a recreational soccer program for children ages U6 to U9. Through Micro-Mini, the children learn how to play the game as well as good sportsmanship.  The game is played on a smaller field with smaller nets, and approximately 7 players on each team. The object is not winning or losing, but having fun learning the game. Rules of the game apply, except that there is no offside, no overhead throw-ins, and no penalty kicks.

Micro-Mini is split up into two age groups, U6 & U7, and U8 & U9. To determine your child’s age group, click here. Players are never permitted to “play down,” that is to play in an age group younger than they are. U9 players who do not want to play micro are eligible to play intramural with their parents’ permission. All teams are co-ed and are divided up to make every team as evenly matched as possible so the game is fun for all the players.

U6/U7 MICRO MINI 4 v 4 RULES

All players will receive a 30 minute training session conducted by expert, licensed instructors paid by the club, followed by a small sided game of (4) 6 minute quarters with a short 1 minute break between each quarter.

Field Dimensions: 15 x 25 yards

Player equipment: ALL players must wear shin guards, Soccer cleats, & obtain an appropriate sized ball

Ball size: Size 3

Goalies: No goalie.

Goal size: 4’ x 6’

Player number: 4 v 4

Jewelry: The United States Soccer Association prohibits wearing any jewelry, including earrings and necklaces, when playing soccer. Jewelry creates a danger to both the wearer and other players. For example, there have been occurrences of an earring getting caught on the sleeve of another player resulting in the ear being torn as the earring is ripped from the ear. If the ears have just been pierced and the earring cannot be removed, both the front and back of the earring MUST be covered with tape or a band-aid. This rule also applies to soccer practices and should be followed for any sporting event.

Substitutions: Unlimited, on-the fly substitutions. The player leaving the field must be off of the playing area before the new player steps onto the field.

Restart from sideline: There are no throw-ins. Ball restarts from where it left the field. Restart can be by pass or by dribbling into the field of play. Opponent players cannot be within 5 yards of the player bringing the ball back into play. The idea is to get the play moving again as quickly as possible with space created for the restart.

Restart after offensive team kicks ball over goal line (e.g. “6” kick) –There are no “6” kicks. Opponent players must retreat into their half of the playing field before the restart. Ball restarts from where it left the field. Restart can be by pass or by dribbling into the field of play. The idea is to get the play moving again as quickly as possible with space created for the restart.

Restart after defensive team kicks ball over goal line (e.g. “Corner Kick”). There are no “Corner Kicks”. Ball is moved to the sideline, approximately 5 yards from the corner. Restart can be by pass or by dribbling into the field of play. Opponent players cannot be within 5 yards of the player bringing the ball back into play. The idea is to get the play moving again as quickly as possible with space created for the restart.

Offside: There is no offside.

Fouls: All fouls will be treated as “indirect” kicks – you cannot score on a restart. Restart can be by pass or by dribbling into the field of play. Opponent players cannot be within 10 yards of the player putting the ball back into play. The idea is to get the play moving again as quickly as possible with space created for the restart.

Micro-Mini is played on Saturday mornings during both spring & fall. There are also one or 2 weeknight games during the spring only for a total of approx. 10 games. Teams are formed in August and March and practices begin soon after. Late registrations are accepted only until the teams fill up, and only before the first game is played. Registration information is available on the Registration Page.

U8/U9 MICRO MINI 5 v 5 RULES

All players will receive a 30 minute training session conducted by expert, licensed instructors paid by the league, followed by a small sided game of (2) 15 minute halves with a short 5 minute break in between.

Field Dimensions: 5 V 5 25 x 35 yards

Player equipment: ALL players must wear shin guards, Soccer cleats, & obtain an appropriate sized ball

Ball size: Size 3

Goalies: Yes

Goal size: 4’ x 6’

Player number: 5 v 5

Jewelry: The United States Soccer Association prohibits wearing any jewelry, including earrings and necklaces, when playing soccer. Jewelry creates a danger to both the wearer and other players. For example, there have been occurrences of an earring getting caught on the sleeve of another player resulting in the ear being torn as the earring is ripped from the ear. If the ears have just been pierced and the earring cannot be removed, both the front and back of the earring MUST be covered with tape or a band-aid. This rule also applies to soccer practices and should be followed for any sporting event.

Substitutions: Unlimited, on-the fly substitutions. The player leaving the field must be off of the playing area before the new player steps onto the field.

Restart from sideline: There are no throw-ins. Ball restarts from where it left the field. Restart can be by pass or by dribbling into the field of play. Opponent players cannot be within 5 yards of the player bringing the ball back into play. The idea is to get the play moving again as quickly as possible with space created for the restart.

Restart after offensive team kicks ball over goal line: Will start with a goal kick. Opponent players must retreat into their half of the playing field before the restart.

Restart after defensive team kicks ball over goal line will start with a “Corner Kick”.

 Offside: There is no offside.

Fouls: All fouls will be treated as “indirect” kicks – you cannot score on a restart. Restart can be by pass or by dribbling into the field of play. Opponent players cannot be within 10 yards of the player putting the ball back into play. The idea is to get the play moving again as quickly as possible with space created for the restart.

Micro-Mini is played on Saturday mornings during both spring & fall. There are also one or 2 weeknight games during the spring only for a total of approx. 10 games. Teams are formed in August and March and practices begin soon after. Late registrations are accepted only until the teams fill up, and only before the first game is played. Registration information is available on the Registration Page.

Referees: We use youth referees for Micro-Mini games. These players get to see the game from the referee’s perspective and they help the little ones set up corner kicks, goal kicks and throw-ins. They are also not as intimidating to the Micro-Mini players as an adult referee would be.

The most important goal of Micro-Mini soccer is teaching good sportsmanship and introducing the children to a game that we hope they will come to love. There are no scores kept, no stats, and no standings. It is purely for fun. Please be an example of good sportsmanship at the games by cheering for all of the players on both teams and being respectful to the coaches and the referees.