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Intro to Soccer

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

 

COVID-19 UPDATE: Further information and updates can be found on the NSC blog.

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.

New registration system

We are excited to present you with a new registration experience - 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.

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

 

  • Summer I (outdoor): Wednesdays, July 1 - August 5, 2020  CANCELED
    • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 6-6:30pm
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 6-6:45pm
    • Intro III (6-8 year olds): 7-8pm
  • Summer II (outdoor): Wednesdays, August 19 - September 23, 2020 CANCELED
    • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 6-6:30pm
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 6-6:45pm
    • Intro III (6-8 year olds): 7-8pm
  • Fall I (indoor): Saturdays, September 26 - October 31, 2020 - REGISTRATION COMING SOON
    • Times TBD 
  • Fall II (indoor): Saturdays, November 7 - December 19, 2020 (no program November 28 due to Thanksgiving) - REGISTRATION COMING SOON
    • Times TBD

Program Fee

  • $75 per participant per session

Program Fee includes: t-shirt, 6 practice lessons on indoor turf space, equipment provided for use, a 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

  • Current NSC Refund Policy: HERE

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 paying with an e-check with an online registration.

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