QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What is Micro Soccer?
Micro Soccer is an international program designed by former Canadian World Cup Coach and England National Team player, Tony Waiters and United States Soccer Federation Director of Education, Bobby Howe. Flagstaff Micro Soccer provides educational and developmental training for younger players in small-sided (less than 11 players per side) co-ed soccer games. The concept behind Micro Soccer is to allow more touches on the ball by having small teams playing on small fields. Micro Soccer emphasizes basic soccer skills while having lots of fun.
How long has Micro Soccer been in Flagstaff?
Flagstaff Soccer Club first introduced Micro Soccer in 1994. It was a big hit and has grown in popularity in the years since its inception. Micro Soccer continues to evolve to give the best experience to young players just learning about the game of soccer.
Why does Micro Soccer play small-sided games (less than 11 players per side)?
1. More touches on the ball
2. The opportunity to experience both technical and tactical situations frequently in a game
3. Constant transition from attacking to defensive situations
4. The opportunity to be in a goal scoring position more often
5. Lower player to coach ratio
How old do you need to be to play Micro Soccer?
Micro Soccer is for 4-7 year olds. If your child turns 4 during the Micro Soccer season, they are eligible to participate.
If my 3-year-old is really good at playing soccer, can they register for Micro Soccer?
No. Micro Soccer is supposed to be first and foremost FUN! We have significant concerns that your 3-year-old may not enjoy the Micro Soccer experience and that would be a shame. We look forward to having your child join Micro Soccer when they turn 4 years old.
If my 8-year-old has never played soccer before, can they register for Micro Soccer?
No. Placing older players on younger teams can pose a risk for injury. Instead, check out our Academy program. FSC's Academy program was designed for children older than 7. Your 8-year-old will be teamed with similarly aged children. The Academy program has children of all different skill levels - including beginners.
When is the Micro Soccer season?
Micro Soccer has two seasons every year - fall and spring. You can play either season or, preferably, both seasons. The spring season generally starts in April and ends in June. The fall season runs from August into October. Click here to read more about the current season's dates.
Where and when are Micro Soccer practices?
Practices are held at the Thorpe Multipurpose Field located at 1000 N. Thorpe Road. There are many Micro Soccer fields at this location. Your team will be assigned to one half of a particular Micro Soccer field for the duration of the season. Your team will practice once a week on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening. The exact day is dependent upon your coach's wishes. You will be informed of your practice day by e-mail one week before Opening Day. Practices don't commence until after Opening Day.
Where and when are Micro Soccer games?
Games are held at the Thorpe Multipurpose Field located at 1000 N. Thorpe Road. There are many Micro Soccer fields at this location. Check the schedule to see which field your team is playing on. Micro Soccer games are always on Sunday. You will be informed of your game schedule by e-mail one week before Opening Day.
What does Micro Soccer cost and what does it cover?
The registration fee per season is $70. Fees go to cover Arizona Youth Soccer Association registration for your child, injury insurance, and a team jersey. Fees also offset costs for soccer equipment, coaching supplies, field rental fees, field lining costs, and the cost of running the program.
Are scholarships available for Micro Soccer?
Yes. Scholarships for financial hardship are available to some players. The registration fee for a player with a scholarship is half ($35) of the usual registration fee. To apply for a Micro Soccer scholarship, e-mail the Micro Soccer Director and provide documentation of one of the following: Nutrition Assistance, WIC, or AHCCCS.
What equipment will players need for Micro Soccer?
Ball: Players that are 4 & 5 years old need to have a size #3 ball. 6 & 7-year-olds need a size #4 ball.
Shin guards and soccer socks: Each player must wear shin guards at all practices and games. Shin guards must be covered by soccer socks or sweatpants.
Cleats or sneakers: Although cleats are not required, players wearing cleats have a definite advantage over players wearing sneakers.
Team jersey: You will receive this from your coach on Opening Day.
Sun screen: It is recommended for both practices and games.
Water bottle: Each player needs to keep themselves well-hydrated.
What is the refund policy for Micro Soccer?
If a conflict arises and your child is unable to participate, you need to inform the Micro Soccer Director at least a week before Opening Day in order to receive a full refund. We will make that space available to someone on our waiting list. If you cancel after the season has begun, a partial refund may or may not be available. These late cancelations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Can I play on the same team as my friend?
We try to accommodate friend requests as much as possible. If your parent volunteers to be the coach of your team, you have extra influence in securing your friend request. So, convince your mom or dad to volunteer as a coach!
What is the Flagstaff Soccer Club?
The Flagstaff Soccer Club (FSC) was formed in 1988. It was originally named the “Flagstaff Snow Devils” and began with one team. The Club was established to provide youth in Flagstaff and the surrounding area an opportunity to participate in organized and competitive soccer. FSC has developed into the premier soccer development program in northern Arizona. The club has three major programs: Micro Soccer, Academy, and Flagstaff United. FSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) and the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).