Littleton Soccer/Colorado United provides recreational teams from U6 (Birth Year 2015) to U15 (Birth Year 2006). These teams all play a variety of game types, from small-sided 3v3 soccer games to 9v9. Outlined below are the features and differences between the age groups and what the programs entail.

All recreational players should receive at least 50% playing time, in game situations. All recreational team coaches are volunteers, and utilize some form of volunteer referees, depending on the age of the team (outlined below). Teams will have 7-8 games per season, typically on Saturdays. An occasional Sunday or weekday game may occur due to weather/reschedules. Age groups have “flights” of teams (where available) to match the most appropriate level of competition for each team.

U4 (2016 and 2017) & U5 Soccer (Birth Year 2016 and 2015)

Our introduction to soccer for U4 is the Littleton Lollipops program.  The coaching staff will introduce the children to a variety of new games and activities that incorporate basic body movements and ball skills.

Our U5 recreational soccer program is the next step in the progression.  Together, our staff and a parent volunteer coach will lead the team training session followed by a 30-minute game, broken up into two 12 min halves, with a 5 min half time.

Complete information about the U4 and U5 programs can be found on the U4 – U5  Page.

U6 & U7 Soccer (Birth Year 2015 and 2014)

U6 teams play 3v3. For the U6 age group, there is one practice per week for approx. an hour with games on the weekends. The game is divided into two 18 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.

U7 teams play 4 v 4; 3 field players and a keeper.  The U7 age group can practice twice a week for an hour each practice. The practice schedule is chosen by the parent volunteer coach. Referees/facilitators are required in these age groups and are supplied by the home team. Players use a size 3 ball and the game is divided into two 20 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.

U8 Soccer (Birth Year 2013)

U8 teams play 5v5; 4 field players and a keeper. In this age group the goal and field size increase. Teams practice twice a week with games on the weekends. The practice schedule is chosen by the parent volunteer coach. Referees/facilitators are required in these age groups and are supplied by the home team. Players use a size 3 ball and the game is divided into two 20 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.

U9 & U10 Soccer (Birth Year 2012 and 2011)

U9s and U10s play 7v7; 6 field players and a keeper. In this age group the goal and field size increase. Teams practice two to three times a week with games on the weekends. The practice schedule is chosen by the volunteer coach. Referees/facilitators are required in these age groups and are supplied by the home team. This format mirrors competitive rules like offside and players move from a size 3 to a size 4 ball. The game is divided into two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.

These players/teams have the option of staying in recreational soccer or moving to the United Academy Program. Recreational teams will inter-league with teams from the Highlands Ranch Soccer Association (HRSA).

Click Here for the transition PowerPoint

U11-U15 Soccer (Birth Year 2010 through 2006)

U11-U15 teams play 9v9; 8 field players and a keeper, goal and field size increase. Teams practice two to three times a week with games on the weekends. The practice schedule is chosen by the volunteer coach.

At U11, players have the option of trying out for a Colorado United Competitive team or staying at Recreational/Academy. Recreational teams play in the State Recreational league, with four home games and four away games, with a small amount of travel involved.

U11 & U12: The game is divided into two 30 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.
U13 & U14: The game is divided into two 35 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.
U15: The game is divided into two 40 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.

At U13 players move to a size 5 ball.

 

  • If you are looking for more information regarding the transition to competitive, click here