Our Developmental Program is for players aged 3 to 9 that love the sport of soccer and want a local in-house league to participate in without the travel required with our Academy program. It is a non-competitive, fun, and inclusive environment intended as an introduction to soccer through short-sided games, focusing on individual player development. The Developmental league offers excellent soccer fields, participation medals, and trained referees.
Some of the basics of short-sided soccer are:
If your child is ready to move up to the next age group please request this on the registration form as children develop at different rates and we want every child to be challenged.
Players in the U5 and U7 divisions play coed short-sided games (3v3 for U5’s and 4v4 for U7’s) with a Play-Practice-Play method of training. Practices are held on Saturday mornings in the Fall and Spring and Sunday evening in the Summer. Players arrive at the designated time and start playing a small sided game for 20 to 25 minutes followed by a short skills practice to work on dribbling, passing or shooting. Training concludes with another 20 minutes of play. The Play-Practice-Play method keeps the players energized and learning the entire time. Game and practice times are as follows for Saturday mornings in the Fall and Spring: U5 8:30-9:30 am, U7 9:45-11:00 am. Game and practice times are as follows for Sunday evenings in the Summer: U5 4:00 to 5:00 pm, U7 5:15 to 6:30 pm.
Registration fee for the 6 week session is $75 which includes their t-shirt uniform. All sessions are held at the Dubuque Soccer Complex.
Girls and Boys are separated by gender in the U9 division and play short-sided 7v7 games on Saturday mornings in the Fall and Spring and Sunday evening in the Summer. Practice and game times are as follows for Saturday mornings in the Fall and Spring: 8:30-10:00 am. Practice and game times are as follows for Sunday evenings in the Summer: 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
All players in the U9 division can also choose to add one week night of additional of training on Thursday evenings (5:20 to 6:40 pm). Players will be working with experienced DSC coaches on improving their individual skills and have a better understanding of how to play this amazing game of soccer! These sessions will be at the Dubuque Soccer Complex. There are a limited number of spots in these sessions to keep a low player to coach ratio, and are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Players only wanting to participate in the Saturday morning (Fall or Spring) or Sunday evening (Summer) 6-week session will pay a registration fee of $75. Players including the additional training session will pay a registration fee of $125. The registration fee includes their t-shirt uniform for the season.
2024 Spring Dates
Deadline for registration March 15
Main Sessions (mornings): Saturdays - April 6,13,20,27 May 4.11 (rainout May 17th -Friday)
Supplemental Trainings (Thursdays) – April 4,11,18,25 May 2,9 (rainout May 16)
2024 Summer Dates
Deadline for registration May 17th
Main Sessions (evenings) Sundays - June 9,16,23 July 14,21,28 (Rainout August 4)
Supplemental Trainings (Thursdays) – June 6,13,20,27 July 11,18 (rainout July 25)
2024 Fall Dates
Deadline for registration August 9th
Main Sessions (mornings): September 7,14,21,28 Oct 5,12 (rainout October 19)
Supplemental Trainings (Wednesdays): September 4,11,18,25 October 2,9 (rainout October 16)
Spring, Summer 2024 Age groups
Division Birth years Gender
Under 5 2019-2020 Coed
Under 7 2017-2018 Coed
Under 9 2015-2016 Girls & Boys teams
Fall 2024 Age groups
Division Birth years Gender
Under 5 2020-2021 Coed
Under 7 2018-2019 Coed
Under 9 2016-2017 Girls & Boys teams
2014/2015 birth year can email Academy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in Academy Soccer with DSC
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