House League Coaches

Information for house league coaches

Interested in volunteering to coach this season? Click here and let us know.

House League Coach FAQ

1. Do I need any special skills to coach????

You need patience and enthusiasm! We may be biased but we think we have a pretty fantastic support system/resource section for our coaches.  Lots of people start coaching soccer without really knowing the game – that’s ok – you can grow to love soccer with your children – the rules are simple at this level – our focus is on fun, exercise and loving the beautiful game of soccer!  Plus all HEAD coaches get wonderful blue coaches jerseys… there’s incentive for you.  Most HL teams have parent coaches who started off by just wanting to be involved.

2. What if I can’t make it to every game but still want to coach?

Many teams have co-coaches or a parent who is willing to fill in for a week if a coach is unavailable.  Just let us know on your coaches application form.

3. Can my high school aged teenager coach?

Absolutely! We will provide confirmation of volunteer hours at the end of the season too!

4. Will I be coaching my child’s team?

YES! If you volunteer to coach, you will be the coach of your child’s team.

Coaching Approach

  • All players are to receive equal playing time throughout the season.
  • This is probably the number one complaint we hear through the season. Please ensure that you do everything possible to make it as fair as possible for all players.
  • No scores or statistics are to be kept. Make it about the fun of the game.
  • Encourage FUN, fair play, respect, and team work.
  • Recreational referees are often first year refs. They might not always make the right
    call but they are trying/learning. Please respect the referees and their calls and ask
    your parents to do the same.
  • Coaches are allowed on the field in the U4 and U6 divisions.
  • With the U4 division, in some instances, the parent can accompany the player on the
    field.
  • Encourage all players to remain with their team when not on the field. Some coaches
    find it helpful to bring a blanket for the players to sit on while they wait for their turn.
  • Have fun and enjoy the experience!

Thank you to those who step-up to help out!

Without our volunteer coaches, we wouldn’t have a league.

Maple Leaf House League Rules

U4 (2015/2016)

  • Ball size: 3
  • Format(1): 4 v 4
  • Goalkeeper: No
  • Throw-ins from sidelines(2): No
  • Move opposing team back at goal kicks (3): No
  • Incidental Handball called(4): No
  • Off-side called: No
  • Slide tackles: No
  • Game time:
    • Warm up: 15 minute of fun drills
    • Game times: 2 x 15 minute halves
    • Half-time break: 5 minutes (note change from 10 min to 5 min - as of June 19, 2019)
  • Field Size: 20 to 25m by 30 to 36m OR 15 steps x 25 steps
  • Net: 4' Pop-up

U6 (2013/2014)

  • Ball size: 3
  • Format: 5 v 5(1)
  • Goalkeeper: Yes
  • Throw-ins from sidelines(2): No
  • Move opposing team back at goal kicks (3): Yes
  • Incidental Handball called (4): No
  • Off-side called: No
  • Slide tackles: No
  • Game time:
    • Warm up: 15 minute of fun drills
    • Game times: 2 x 15 minute halves
    • Half-time break: 5 minutes (note change from 10 min to 5 min - as of June 19, 2019)
  • Field Size: 25 to 30m by 30 to 36m OR 20 steps x 25 steps
  • Net: 6' Pop-up

U8 (2011/2012)

  • Ball size: 4
  • Format: 5 v 5(1)
  • Goalkeeper: Yes
  • Throw-ins from sidelines(2): No
  • Move opposing team back at goal kicks (3): Yes
  • Incidental Handball called (4): No
  • Off-side called: No
  • Slide tackles: No
  • Game time:
    • Game times: 2 x 25 minute halves
    • Half-time break: 5 minutes (note change from 10 min to 5 min - as of June 19, 2019)
  • Field Size: 25 to 30m by 30 to 36m OR 20 steps x 25 steps
  • Net: Blue nets (5' x 8')

U10 (2009/2010)

  • Ball size: 4
  • Format: 7 v 7(1)
  • Goalkeeper: Yes
  • Throw-ins from sidelines(2): No
  • Move opposing team back at goal kicks (3): Yes
  • Incidental Handball called (4): Yes
  • Off-side called: No
  • Slide tackles: No
  • Game time:
    • 2 x 25 minute halves
    • 5 minute half-time break (note change from 10 min to 5 min - as of June 19, 2019)
  • Field Size: 1/2 field
  • Net: End white nets

U12 (2007/2008)

  • Ball size: 4
  • Format: 7 v 7(1)
  • Goalkeeper: Yes
  • Throw-ins from sidelines(2): Yes
  • Move opposing team back at goal kicks (3): Yes
  • Incidental Handball called (4): Yes
  • Off-side called: Yes
  • Slide tackles: No
  • Game time:
    • 2 x 25 minute halves
    • 5 minute half-time break (note change from 10 min to 5 min - as of June 19, 2019)
  • Field Size: 1/2 field
  • Net: End white nets

Teen (2003-2006)

  • Ball size: 5
  • Format: 11 v 11(1)
  • Goalkeeper: Yes
  • Throw-ins from sidelines(2): Yes
  • Move opposing team back at goal kicks (3): No
  • Incidental Handball called (4): Yes
  • Off-side called: Yes
  • Slide tackles: No
  • Game time:
    • 2 x 25 minute halves
    • 5 minute half-time break (note change from 10 min to 5 min - as of June 19, 2019)
  • Field Size: Full field
  • Net: Large white nets

 

(1): Number of players on the field INCLUDES the keeper

(2): U4, U6, U8 players can pass/dribble the ball in. In U12+ if a player does not throw properly, they should be allowed to retake. If an improper throw is made on the 2d attempt, ball is turned over to the opposing team

(3): Opposing team should be moved back mid-way between the goal line and center line, 1/2 way for U6 & U8, 1/3 way for U10, U12 (retreat rule)

(4): In U4, U6, and U8 incidental handball should not be called

 

Resources

Manual and resources for coaches

House League Sponsors

Please take a moment to visit the websites of our sponsors. Without their support the house league season would not be possible.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 274
Millbrook, ON, L0A 1G0
info@mlcfc.com