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Outdoor Soccer

Outdoor soccer consists of two seasons, Fall and Spring, which are approximately 8 weeks in duration. The Fall season runs from early September to early November; the Spring season runs from early April until mid June. Our program is affiliated with the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and the Essex County Youth Soccer Association (ECYSA).

U-4 and U-6 Instructional and Intramural -- This program is for children who are under 6 years old as of August 1. For the Fall program the children must be 3 years old as of September 1st. For the Spring Program the children must be 3 years old as of April 1st. Any child that is 4 years old by August 1st plays U-6 in Fall and Spring. The focus is on skill development and fun. Boys and girls are mixed on the same teams and Team shirts are given to all participants. A #3 soccer ball is used.

U-8 Intramural -- The U-8 program is for children ages 6, 7 and 8 . Girls and Boys play in separate in-town leagues but do occasionally scrimmage one another. Skill development is stressed, and playing strategy is introduced with the primary emphasis on fun. Teams play 4 v 4 with team sizes generally from 10 to 12 players. Teams are balanced with an equal mix of first and second year players, and with an equal mix of player skills. Team shirts are given to all participants. A #3 soccer ball is used.

Travel - Middleton Youth Soccer participates in Essex County Youth Soccer Association's leagues. ECYSA assigns teams for U-12 and U-14 age groups  by skill to division 1, 2, or 3 (also called A, B, C). ECYSA does have a strict formula for determining how teams are assigned. MYS can make recommendations but the final determination is done by ECYSA.  Middleton Youth Soccer participates in the Regional Division for U-10 Travel which have more balanced teams.  Tryouts for U-10 are not required.

 

U-10 Travel - The U-10 travel program participates in the Regional Division within the  Essex County Youth Soccer league and wear Middleton uniforms. Teams play 6 v 6 (small sided, 5 field players plus a goalkeeper) with team sizes generally from 10 to 12 players. Instruction stresses skills and tactics. Teams are organized to provide a balanced team for regionalized games.  No tryouts are required for this age group. . A #4 soccer ball is used.

U-12 Travel -- The U-12 travel program participates in the Essex County Youth Soccer league and wear Middleton uniforms. Teams play 8 v 8 (small-sided, 7 field players plus a goalkeeper) with team sizes generally from 12 to 14 players. Teams are organized by player skills and rated as division 1, 2, or 3. League standings are kept for full-sided teams with the top teams participating in a county-wide playoff in the spring with the county champions proceeding to a state championship. A #4 soccer ball is used.

U-14 and up Travel -- The U-14 and up travel programs participate in the Essex County Youth Soccer league and wear Middleton uniforms. U-14 plays both Fall and Spring while U-16 and U-18 play only in the Spring. These teams play 11 v 11 (full-sided) and are organized by player skills, rated as division 1, 2, or 3. Divisions 1 and 2 are considered competitive, while Division 3 is considered recreational. League standings are kept with the top teams participating in a county-wide playoff in the spring with the county champions proceeding to a state championship. A #5 soccer ball is used.

Indoor Soccer

MYS does not sponsor indoor soccer teams. However, many of our parents and coaches independently field teams at the Topsfield Arena and Soccer Etc during the winter months.

If you are interested in organizing an indoor team feel free to contact these local indoor facilities:

North Shore United 207 Boston Rd. Topsfield MA

Soccer Etc 130 Sohier Rd., Beverly (978) 927-4422.

Danvers Indoor Sports 150R Andover St., Danvers (978) 810-1940