Program Information - 2024 Outdoor

Volunteer coaches are needed for all levels. Without coaches we cannot have teams no matter how many children register

Players must play in their appropriate age level unless exceptional circumstances are determined by our Technical Committee. For more information refer to - Policy 120: Player Movement (found under the Information/Polices, Rules and Regs Tab)


Arsenal Program (U9- U19)


The Community program is our cornerstone. This is where our program started and where our hearts lie. It is for anyone and everyone that wants to come out and play a sport that we have all grown to love. The focus of this it to develop the kids’ fundamental skills and teach them how to be a team player.


The Competitive program is newer to us. We will conduct Assessments and construct the teams so that Like Minded and Committed players are put together. This allows all players and coaches to develop at a pace that supports all the needs of each player within the team. 

These teams are based off of the Assessment scores that will be performed by our Programs Director, Coaches, and when needed outside Contractors.


We will be starting our Club program this year at the U9 Level. Working together with Lonestar Institute we hope to establish a sustainable pathway for families who are dedicated to performing at the highest level. Club outdoor seasons do run longer than the Competitive or Community level programs usually running into the first week of August if the teams make Provincials.

We will be running this program with Lonestar’s Learn, Repeat and Apply methodology. This will help not only to develop our Players but our Coaches as well. Each month, we will have a Technical Lead from Lonestar out to lead one of the practices, then the Coach will run a solo session, and then the Technical Lead will support the Coach with any areas that need improvement.

There will also be Academy style Technical sessions provided to these teams to improve the foundational technique in all aspects of the game. (EG : Shooting, Passing, Dribbling etc.)

Vision and Mission

Our overall goal is to be Positive Role Models and Influences in the short time that we get to spend with all of the players. Nothing makes us happier than when kids are excited to come to practice and be with their teammates and coaches. Arsenal is a place where everyone belongs.

U5 and U7 Junior Arsenal Program ***New Format


U5 will be played twice a week. We are following Alberta Soccer and Canada Soccer in running the Grassroots Program. We are teaching age-appropriate basic fundamental movement skills. The emphasis is on having fun while learning the basic physical literacy skills. Information on the ASA Grassroots program can be found at Festival Play (PTM) - Alberta Soccer 

ASA believes that players at this age level benefit more from learning soccer basics by keeping all players engaged with more ball touches. The ASA grassroots plan is to have no teams at these age levels. 

Each group will be rotating through four stations which are:

  • General Movement
  • Soccer Technique
  • Coordination
  • Small Sided Games

Each station is 12-15 min to ensure maximum ball touches for each player.

All players will receive a practice jersey the color will be dependent on the group they are in and the Coaches' shirts will match.


U7 will be played twice a week. We will be working with LoneStar Institute who will be primarily coming in to offer our coaches support. We will be offering extra coaching clinics to help new coaches through the coaching process. We have implemented Learn, repeat, apply. All drills will be done for 3 weeks. At the beginning of week 4, Lonestar Institute coaches will be out to teach new drills and to help coaches with any questions or issues they may have. 2nd year U7 players who are interested in playing premier for U9 will be invited out to participate also in U9 academy-style training. 

Players will be put into different groups of first year and second year players. Each group will be divided into teams. They will each have their own colour team!

On day 1 of the week, all players will move around 2 stations: General movement, and soccer techniques. Then a game will be played where they can apply what they learned in the drills 

On day 2 of the week, all players will move around 2 stations: coordination and small-sided games. Then a game will be played where they can apply what they learned in the drills. 




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