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Intro to Soccer

Specially designed soccer development program for 2-8 year olds.

 

Formerly known as First Kicks and Jr. Soccer League, Intro to Soccer is a progressive development system for young athletes who are interested in the sport of soccer. There are three levels within the Intro to Soccer Program: Intro I, II, and III. The primary objective is to allow each athlete to build important fundamental skills throughout each level in order to propel them into the sport of soccer.

Click on the sections below to learn more.

Registration system

NSC Event HQ. This system will streamline your enrollment process and give you more access to your customer account. Use this system to register for Intro to Soccer I, II, or III.

If this is your first time using the system, you will need to create a NSC Event HQ Household Account.  The account owner must be 18 years of age or older.  

After you have created your account, verify your email and set up your password. You can then add your spouse and/or children as “participants”.  Click here to get started.

If you already have an account then login here.

Contact the program registrar with any questions or for further assistance.

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

All customers are asked to review the National Sports Center's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan prior to participating in Intro to Soccer. Please click here. The indoor facilities specific plan is linked to the top of the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan page.

Please note the following items:

Participants:

  • Masks are required in the indoor entrance areas and bathrooms by all participants, coaches, and parents/guardians. Masks can be removed by participants when partaking in the program.
  • Please wait in car until 10 minutes prior to program start time – no earlier than 10 minutes before start time are you allowed to enter the Indoor Sports Hall. 

Parent/Guardian:

  • One spectator per participant is allowed during the program. 
  • Must maintain 6 ft of social distance from other spectators (that don’t live in same household). 
  • Must stay in designated spectator area.
  • Must exit immediately following the game.

Tips to remember:

  1. If you feel sick, please stay home.
  2. All attendees, including coaches, are asked to wear a mask, unless they are actively participating in the program.
  3. Signage will be posted on campus to remind people of guidelines.
  4. Our facility staff will help keep public spaces clean and sanitized throughout the day.

Program Description & Features

Intro to Soccer I and II introduces young players to the basic fundamental skills of soccer such as passing, shooting, receiving the ball, and running with the ball to learn the concept of team play. Intro to Soccer III also introduces young players to the basic fundamental skills of soccer while playing officiated games against each other.

All levels incorporate soccer skills with motor, physical, mental and social skills in a positive environment. This program also builds self esteem, confidence, promotes sportsmanship and fair play while instilling a love and passion for the game of soccer.

Features:

  • Each participant will receive a t-shirt
  • Low participant to instructor ratio
  • Soccer shoes, tennis shoes or similar type athletic shoes recommended
  • Shin guards required for Intro to Soccer III; no equipment required for Intro to Soccer I and II

Level Overview:

  • Intro I: intended for first time soccer players; recommended for ages 2-3.
  • Intro II: intended for players with little experience; recommended for ages 4-5.
  • Intro III: intended for players who have some general experience; recommended for ages 6-8.

Intro to Soccer Curriculum

  • Intro I: The program is designed to promote coordination, movement and balance in a fun filled and safe environment. Participants will learn basic fundamental skills of soccer, dribbling, turning, passing & shooting, through structured activities and fun based games. The activities and games are designed to develop motor skills and social interaction, and stimulate a child’s imagination. No prior experience is required and the focus of Intro I is to provide a positive environment for all participants while providing opportunities for motor skill development, social interaction and above all, a really fun introduction to the sport of soccer!
  • Intro II: The program is designed to promote coordination, movement and balance in a fun filled and safe environment. Participants will learn the basic techniques of fundamental skills of soccer, dribbling, passing, shooting & moves to change direction, through structured activities and fun based games. The activities and games are designed to develop motor skills and social interaction, and stimulate a child’s imagination. While no prior experience is necessary to attend, the Intro II program progresses on from the technical foundations learned in the Intro I program. The focus of Intro II is to provide a positive environment for all participants while providing opportunities for motor skill development, social interaction and above all, an enjoyment for the sport of soccer!
  • Intro III: The program is designed to promote coordination, movement and balance in a fun filled and safe environment. Participants will develop the basic techniques of fundamental skills of soccer, dribbling, passing, shooting, defending, attacking & changes of direction moves, through structured activities and fun based games. The activities and games are designed to develop motor skills and social interaction, and stimulate a child’s imagination. Past prior experience in Intro II is preferred coming into this program, but not necessary to attend, the Intro III program progresses on from the technical foundations learned in the Intro I and II programs. The focus of the Intro III program is to develop players and get them ready to play for a local soccer association and provide a positive environment for all participants while providing opportunities for motor skill development, social interaction and above all, a love for the World’s most played sport, Soccer!

Dates, Times and Location

 

  • Fall I (indoor): Saturdays, September 26 - October 31, 2020 in the NSC Indoor Sports Hall
    • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 10-10:30am
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 9-9:45am
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds) and Intro III (6-8 year olds): 10-10:50am
  • Fall II (indoor): Wednesdays, November 4 - December 16, 2020 (no program November 25 due to Thanksgiving) in the NSC Indoor Sports Hall
    • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 6-6:30pm
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 5-5:45pm
    • Intro III (6-8 year olds): 6-6:50pm
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Program Fee

  • $75 per participant per session

Program Fee includes a t-shirt, 6 practice lessons on indoor turf space, equipment provided for use, fun and inviting atmosphere to learn the sport of soccer. 

*Financial scholarships available: please contact the program director for more information and to request the financial scholarship application form.

Refund Policy

  • Refunds are not issued for canceled registrations. Canceled registrations can be transferred to a future session.

Program Cancelation Policy: The following policy will be enacted IF a program hosted by the National Sports Center MUST be canceled by the directives of the State of Minnesota or the Minnesota Department of Health. Please know that our top priority on making decisions moving forward will be the safety and health of our participants, coaches, employees, and spectators.

Participants will receive a refund for your program entry. Participant registration refunds will be processed at 100% of the registration total. Refunds will be credited to your account by no later than December 31, 2021.

*Please note that if a participant elects to drop prior to the program, the above voucher policy will be in effect. This includes participants making their own decision to withdraw prior to the potential cancellation.

Surcharge Fee

  • The National Sports Center has instituted a 2% surcharge on all submitted card payments to help cover a portion of the processing fees assessed to the NSC by the card processing companies. Customers can avoid the fee by registering online and paying with an e-check.  

NSC Fund for Play

The NSC Fund For Play is the contribution and donation arm of the National Sports Center Foundation. We are dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesota residents by creating programs and initiatives that support a diverse and engaged community. If you would like to make a donation to improve the health, well-being, and outlook of participants through access to sports and healthy, safe environments, please click HERE.

Thank you for considering!

Program Contact

Kelly Distad

Director

Phone: 763.792.7353

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