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Intro to Soccer

Intro to Soccer is a progressive development system for 2-8 year old 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.


Program Description & Features

Intro to Soccer 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. 

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.


  • Each participant will receive a t-shirt
  • Low participant to instructor ratio
  • Soccer shoes, tennis shoes or similar type athletic shoes recommended
  • Shin guards recommended 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.

Dates, Times and Location

Fall 2023 (FULL - Registration Closed, waitlist)

  • Wednesdays, September 20 - November 15, 2023 
    • No Class 10.25.23
  • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 7-7:30pm - Sports Hall A
  • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 6-6:45pm - Sports Hall A
  • Intro III (6-8 year olds): 7-7:50pm - Sports Hall A


Winter 2024 (Registration OPEN)

  • Wednesdays, January 3rd - February 21st, 2024
    • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 7-7:30pm - Sports Hall TBD
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 6-6:45pm - Sports Hall TBD
    • Intro III (6-8 year olds): 7-7:50pm - Sports Hall TBD


Spring 2024 (Registration Coming Soon)

  • Wednesdays, March 6th - April 24th, 2024
    • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 7-7:30pm - Sports Hall TBD
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 6-6:45pm - Sports Hall TBD
    • Intro III (6-8 year olds): 7-7:50pm - Sports Hall TBD


Summer I 2024 (Registration Coming Soon)

  • Wednesdays, May 8th - June 26th, 2024 
    • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 6-6:30pm - Outdoor Field TBD
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 5-5:45pm - Outdoor Field TBD
    • Intro III (6-8 year olds): 6-6:50pm - Outdoor Field TBD


Summer II 2024 (Registration Coming Soon)

  • Wednesdays, July 31st - September 18th, 2024 
    • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 6-6:30pm - Outdoor Field TBD
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 5-5:45pm - Outdoor Field TBD
    • Intro III (6-8 year olds): 6-6:50pm - Outdoor Field TBD


Fall 2024 (Registration Coming Soon)

  • Wednesdays, September 25th - November 13th, 2024 
    • Intro I (2-3 year olds): 7-7:30pm - Sports Hall 
    • Intro II (4-5 year olds): 6-6:45pm - Sports Hall 
    • Intro III (6-8 year olds): 7-7:50pm - Sports Hall 

Program Fee

  • $110 per participant per session

Program Fee includes a t-shirt, 8 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

  • 30-10 days prior to start of class - 75% refund
  • 9 days prior - 50% refund
  • After session begins: In house Credit (dependent on # of sessions attended)
  • Injuries = full refund with medical note (dependent on # of sessions attended)

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. 

*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.

If a customer (club, *team, individual) is required to quarantine due to illness or exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and are unable to participate for this reason, a refund will be not be issued unless done within the parameters of the existing policy. The event director will reschedule, if possible. Reschedules are not guaranteed to be on the same day or time as originally scheduled.

*Roster adjustments maybe allowed per event directors discretion.


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.  

Intro to Soccer Curriculum


  • Intro I: 
    Intended for first time players with no experience; ages 2-3.
  • ‚ÄčIntro II: 
    Intended for players with little experience, players who have completed Intro I, and ages 4-5.
  • ‚ÄčIntro III:  
    Intended for players who have little to some general experience, completed Intro I & II, and ages 6-8.


Intro I

Skills Development:

  • Dribbling, Moving with the ball, Short passes

Athletic Development:

  • Running, Jumping, Hopping, Twisting, Turning
  • Stopping, Starting, Changing Pace, Running to open space

Primary Objective:

  • Learning about soccer in a positive and fun environment with stations, games, and activities. 

Intro II

Skills Development:

  • Dribbling, Passing, Change of Direction

Athletic Development:

  • Agility & Footwork
  • Balance, Coordination, & Flexibility

Primary Objective:

  • Developing a confident athlete within the sport of Soccer. Understanding of basic game play and strategy.

Intro III

Skills Development:

  • Shooting, Defending, Attacking, Passing

Athletic Development:

  • Agility & Footwork
  • Complex Coordination
  • Directional Speed

Primary Objective:

  • Introducing strategic components of the game. Encouraging growth with small sided and free play opportunities. 

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.

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!


  • Indoor Sports/Practices: Indoor Practices will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. 
  • Outdoor Practices: Participants will be notified 2-3 hours prior to the start of practice if inclement weather cancels practice for that day.

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.


Program Contact

Ellen Jones


Phone: 763.785.5634