Youth indoor futsal
Futsal is fast-paced, high energy indoor soccer with South American roots. With a smaller playing field and reduced team size (5v5), each player has more involvement in the game and touches on the ball. The game also uses a reduced bounce ball that ensures true roll and the need for a precise touch. Futsal ultimately sharpens technical and tactical skills needed for outdoor play, which allows continual growth and development throughout the year. The Futsal League of the Downers Grove Park District provides players and teams the opportunity to enhance their skills through the futsal philosophy. All teams will play an 8-game regular season. Games will be played on Sundays. All games are governed by the United States Futsal Federation rules and regulations with local exceptions adopted. Games will be played on the basketball courts. All players will register individually during open registration. Players must purchase DGPD uniform kits at soccer 2000 (224 Ogden Ave) in order to play. Volunteer coaches are needed.
YOUTH soccer LEAGUE
This youth soccer league will play an 8-game season on Saturday mornings/afternoons. Each team will also practice one night a week for the duration of the season. Players will be placed on teams based on their grade level and school they attend. Players must purchase DGPD uniforms in order to play. Uniforms are available at Soccer 2000, 224 Odgen Ave.
Spring League Registration Begins: January 6
Registration Deadline: March 9
Practices Begin: Week of April 6
Games Begin: April 11
Pre-K to 2nd Grade - R/NR: $77/$107
3rd Grade to 12th Grade - R/NR: $82/$112
To register, fill out the registration form below and email it to email@example.com or turn it into the Recreation Center or Lincoln Center.click here for the volunteer coach form
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practice grid concept
The Downers Grove Park District has introduced the practice grid concept to its players in the youth soccer league. These grids were created to help coaches and players transition to the small sided games mentality. Ultimately, it is our goal to help develop player technique, tactical intelligence and mental speed though this concept.
Benefits of playing in smaller spaces:
More touches on the ball
Playing in smaller spaces results in more touches each player receives during play. As the number of touches increases, footwork development increases.
Quicker decision making
Players are forced to think quicker due to less reaction time in a smaller area of space. In order to keep possession of the ball while under pressure, players have think creatively while moving on and off the ball to create the space needed to retain or recover the ball.
One practice grid can be split into multiple quadrants where groups of players can train at the same time. See images below. There are several types of situational possession drills to create in a small space; 1v1 or 2v1, 2v2, 3v3 etc. More passing options are created as the number of players increase in the space. The level of difficulty to retain possession also increases with each added player.
Overall, the practice grids will enhance technical and tactical skills as players adjust to the speed of play and dimensions of the playing area. This new mentality will ultimately improve their performance during league play on a full field.