AYSO - Youth Soccer for Cedar Rapids, Marion, Mount Vernon, Vinton, Robins, Hiawatha


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VIP Goals and Objectives

Goal: Players will have fun playing soccer

  • To introduce all skills by using games
  • To allow players to set the pace
  • To relax and be flexible
  • To keep everything positive

Goal: Players will understand the fundamentals of the game

  • To give each player plenty of opportunities to play the ball
  • To build skills on the success of previously learned skills
  • To involve family members in learning soccer fundamentals

Goal: Players will learn teamwork and fair play

  • To build teamwork and fair play into practice sessions
  • To encourage team identity by wearing uniforms and participating in team get-togethers
  • To reward positive effort when teamwork and fair play are observed

Goal: Players will increase their self-esteem

  • To establish individual, realistic goals with players
  • To encourage effort toward goals, no matter how small
  • To recognize player effort and achievement

Goal: Players will become more physically fit

  • To encourage maximum participation in physical movement for each player at his or her level
  • To facilitate player participation in off-season physical activities or sports

Goal: Players will meet and be comfortable with new people

  • To encourage parents to play a supportive, not active, role during games
  • To facilitate the development of positive player relationships with buddies and other volunteers
  • To utilize community helpers


Fast Facts of VIP Soccer

Play on smaller field:

  • U-6 size for younger players
  • U-8 or U-10 size for older players
  • Smaller goals (or a set of cones) fit the smaller field better


  • Shin guards are required
  • Soccer cleats are optional
  • Size 5 ball
  • Occasionally play with a large ball (3 feet in diameter)Have pinnies available

Schedule "Same" Games:

  • Same day of the week
  • Same time (mornings are typically best)
  • Same field (allow for handicap parking)
  • Same direction (do not switch direction halfway through the game)


  • Use buddies
  • Coaches may be on the field
  • 1:1 ratio ?Parent or parent designee of majority age must be present for each player 
  • Always play short sided
  • Length of Game: Four 10-minute quarters
    To be adjusted as needed

Play against:

  • Other VIP teams
  • Mainstream team – U-10 though U14
  • A team of "buddies"

In summary:

  • Be flexible!
  • FUN, FAIR AND SAFE are the words for VIP!