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 $70 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 $70. Players including the additional training session will pay a registration fee of $115. The registration fee includes their t-shirt uniform for the season.
2020-2021 Spring Dates
Deadline for registration March 19th
Main Sessions (mornings): April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15
Supplemental Trainings: April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13
2020-2021 Summer Dates
Deadline for registration May 21st
Main Sessions (evenings): June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25
Supplemental Trainings: June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15, July 22
2021-2022 Fall Dates
Deadline for registration August 7th
Main Sessions (mornings): September 11, September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16
Supplemental Trainings: September 9, September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14
Summer 2021 Age groups
Division Birth years Gender
Under 5 2016-2017 Coed
Under 7 2014-2015 Coed
Under 9 2012-2013 Girls & Boys teams
Fall 2021 Age groups
Division Birth years Gender
Under 5 2017-2018 Coed
Under 7 2015-2016 Coed
Under 9 2013-2014 Girls & Boys teams
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