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If you are a novice to the sport of soccer, or if you simply have some questions regarding the NYCSC, you might want to scroll down this page to familiarize yourself with a few terms or expressions we frequently use. If you still need more information, click Here. We will gladly assist you!


Q: House league, Select, Rep. What do these terms mean?
A: These terms indicate the level of play. (i.e. the pyramid of play within a club) Click here for more!


Q: Tyke, Mite, etc. What do these names stand for?
A: These are descriptive names traditionally used for our various age groups. For more information click on each name:
Tyke, Mini, Mite, Squirt, Atom, Mosquito, Peewee, Bantam,


Q: What does '4 v 4' mean?
A: This is the smallest form of soccer for our MINI division. ( resembling a diamond) No keepers are used. Click here for more info!


Q: How does '3 v 3' fit into this system?
A: '3 v 3' stands basically for 3 runners and 1 dedicated goalkeeper. This type of system resembles the triangle, soccer's most basic form.


Q: What does 'seven a side' mean?
A: This is terminology for another system in the MITE and SQUIRT and future years in the ATOM division. Click here for more info!


Q: How can I become a team or league sponsor?
A: That is easy. Just click here for more information.


Q: Where are your playing and practice fields located?
A: The locations are between Victoria Pk. Ave. / Bayview Ave. / Steeles Ave. / Lawrence Ave. Click here for maps!

Q: Do you supply an indoor program in the winter months?
A: Yes we do. You can find out more on the web, by phoning the club or request info here!


Q: Where are the practice gyms located?
A: Phone the club or request info here!


Q: What are 'GOOD SPORTS AWARDS'?
A: After a match, Good Sports Awards (cards) are handed out by the referee (or the coaches) to one player of each team. This is not a recognition of outstanding athleticism, but more so a reward for playing a fair game in a sportsman-like manner and showing commitment.

Pyramid of Play

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The 'HOUSE LEAGUE' is the foundation of any true soccer club. Ideally, the House League feeds the Select Program and the Select Program feeds the Rep Program. This system adheres to the 'pyramid of play' within a club.


House League:
A system to gradually introduce children to soccer and bring them to a competitive level. Non competitive house league is designed for children 4, 5 and 6 years of age. Competitive soccer starts at age 7.


Select Program: (All Star Teams)
A system which recognizes above average players in the House League (HL) divisions. With the HL coach's and the player's consent, a player is invited to separate training sessions with the Club's Technical Director. Occasionally, there are joined training sessions with Rep teams and eventually a Select Team (All Star Team) is formed to play in a Select League in the district or to play in Select Tournaments. Outstanding players may be invited as guest players for Rep teams. A Select Player will often play in the House League as well as in the Select Program.


Rep Program:
This is the elite group of teams within a club. Talented players are drafted from the SELECT group and developed further.
Rep teams play in the OYSL, CSL or CGSL. They are traveling teams with high demands on player commitment and training. Normally a Rep team in the Central Soccer League or Central Girls Soccer League starts in the 'A' division and hopefully works its way up to the 'PREMIER' and 'REGIONAL' divisions. The highest level is the Provincial League. Rep players (in contrast to Select players) are not allowed to participate in the House League.


Tyke Division

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- 'TYKE' is designed for our youngest group of children, age 4 and 5.

- Coaches are taking the place of a 'referee', and scores are not recorded.

- Before each game, there is a short practice to warm up and have the children know their teammates.

- TYKE games are four equal quarters of 8 minutes with a 5 minute half time break.

- In the 'TYKE' league a total of four players per team may be on the field at once. (4v4)

- 'TYKE' can field seven players per team, including a goalkeeper.

- Goals are marked by cones and are 8 feet wide. There is no goalkeeper.

- The soccer field dimensions are approximately 30X20 meters.


Mini Division

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- 'MINI' is for children 6 years of age.

- Coaches are taking the place of a 'referee', and scores are not recorded.

- Before each game, there is a short practice to warm up and have the children know their teammates.

- MINI games are two equal halves of 15 minutes, with a five minute half-time break.

- 'MINI' can field seven players per team, including a goalkeeper.

- Goals are marked by cones and are 8 feet wide. There is no goalkeeper.

- The soccer field dimensions are approximately 30X20 meters.


Mite & Squirt Divisions

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- The MITE & SQUIRT divisions are for players 7 & 8 years young.

- Games are played with normal 'Seven A Side' rules.

- A club-appointed referee will be present.

- Standings will be maintained, as well as Good Sport Awards leading to a Scott Mitchell Good Sport Award for the season.

- Games are two equal halves of 25 minutes, with a five minute break.

- Every team makes the playoffs, and the final game is held at Esther Shiner Stadium. Every team participates in the House League Tournament.

- There will be play-off and tournament trophies.

- Coaches are expected to organize at least one practice a week, in addition to the league games.

- NYCSC staff will frequently 'scout' for outstanding players in the division to be drafted for a 'SELECT' program.

- The field dimensions are approximately 55X40 meters.


Atom & Mosquito Divisions

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- The ATOM & MOSQUITO divisions are for players aged 9-12 years young.

- Games are played with normal 'Eleven A Side' rules.

- Games are played on a full sized pitch.(approximately 120X90 m)

- A club-appointed referee will be present.

- Standings will be maintained, as well as Good Sport Awards leading to a Scott Mitchell Good Sport Award for the season.

- Games are two equal halves of 30 and 35 minutes respectively, with a five minute break at half-time.

- Every team makes the playoffs, and the final game is held at Esther Shiner Stadium. Every team participates in the House League Tournament.

- There will be play-off and tournament trophies.

- Coaches are expected to organize at least one practice a week, in addition to the league games.

- NYCSC staff will frequently 'scout' for outstanding players in the division to be drafted for a 'SELECT' program.


Peewee & Bantam Divisions

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- The PEWEE & BANTAM divisions are for players 13 and 17 years old.

- Games are played with normal 'Eleven A Side' rules.

- Games are played on a full sized pitch. (approximately 120X90 m)

- A club-appointed referee will be present.

- Standings will be maintained, as well as Good Sport Awards leading to a Scott Mitchell Good Sport Award for the season.

- games are two equal halves of 40 and 45 minutes respectively, with a five minute break at half time.

- Every team makes the playoffs, and the final game is held at Esther Shiner Stadium. Every team participates in the House League Tournament.

- There will be play-off and tournament trophies.

- Coaches are expected to organize at least one practice a week, in addition to the league games.

- NYCSC staff will frequently 'scout' for outstanding players in the division to be drafted for a 'SELECT' program.


What is a '3 v 3' system?

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This is a competitive system, resembling a triangle. Basically it uses the same principal as the '4v4' with the exception of introducing a goalkeeper into the game. There are 4 players per team on the field, including a goalkeeper.

From the MITE division upwards, coaches must use the '3v3' in their practices regularly and build tactics and skills from there. '3v3' is important for creating a sense of 'first touch, space and time' on the playing field.

Throughout the world 3v3 tournaments became very popular, from the youth to adult level.


What is a '4 v 4' system?

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This is a non competitive system to imitate or replace 'street soccer' at the grass roots level. It is ideal for the MINI division and to introduce children to the sport of soccer. There are 4 players per team on the field and there is no goalkeeper appointed. Referees are not necessary and results will not be kept. Coaches are encouraged to sit back and let the kids play. In soccer, 4 players resemble the formation of a diamond. Everybody has a job to do, there is lots of running, and nobody can hide. It is here where children learn to love or hate the sport. So the emphasis is purely on fun.


What is a '7 a side' system?

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This is a competitive system mainly used for the ATOM division. It includes all principals of the '4v4' and '3v3'. There are 7 players per team on the field, including one goalkeeper.

From the MOSQUITO division upwards, coaches must use the '7v7' in their practices regularly and build tactics and skills from there. '7v7' is just as important as '3v3' to create a sense of 'first touch, space and time' on the playing field.