Globally, FIFA reported roughly 265 million soccer participants, which makes it the most popular sport from a participation and fan base standpoint. An ESPN poll revealed that second to China, the United States has the highest youth participation rate in soccer with roughly 24.5 million players. And, within the country, soccer is the second most popular sport for youth, trailing only behind basketball.
Parents can play many roles in sport: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model, or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports. If you are a parent that wants to introduce your child to this wonderful sport the information below may be helpful to get you started.
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Where to Begin?
If this is the first introduction to North Shore soccer and you are lost as to what steps you need to take, here are a couple of pointers that can make the process a little bit easier:
How old is your child?
- U4-U7 corresponds to children under the age of 4 up to children under the age of 7.
- U8-U12 corresponds to children under the age 8 up to children under the age of 12.
- U13+ corresponds to any children 12 years and older.
Does your child want to play in a league or learn basic skills and development only?
- If your child is aged 3-6 and you are wanting to enroll them in a league go to the top navigation bar, under girls, your child will fall in the Mini's Category.
- If your child is aged 6-10 and you are wanting to enroll them in a league go to the top navigation bar, under girls, your child will fall in the Foundations Category.
- If your child is aged 11 or older they will be playing in a divisional league. Based on your child's skill level there are different teams that accommodate all types of players, some that are recreational and some that are highly competitive and require invitations to be a part of.
- If your child is only interested in their development and is 5 years or older, click on development center under development on the top navigation bar to view the different programs offered. Additionally, we offer camps throughout the year through different seasons.
Here's what's happening and when at NSGSC:
August - Pre-Season
22nd-Sept. 2nd: Training Camps for Metro/D1 Teams; OPTIONAL training for all other U11+ team
September - Fall/Winter Season Begins - Fall Sessions Begin
3-5: SX Cup International Tournament: All Renegades teams and optional for D1/2 teams
6th ongoing: Training field permits OPEN - all teams begin training on their scheduled day/time/field
7: First day of classes NVSD Soccer Academy
7: MANAGER'S MEETING - Virtual, ZOOM details will be sent by email
10: Mini's U4/5 & S4E Fall Programs Begin
11: SEASON Opener - First GAMES for U11-U18, U6/7 Mini's begin
11: U6-U8 COACHES MEETING & Education Session @ NSGIF, In-Person, details TBC
12: PARENT MEETING - BCCSL Ages U11/12 D1/2 and U13-U18 ALL - Virtual, ZOOM details will be sent by email
13: PARENT MEETING - Mini's & NSYSA Ages U6-U10 and U11/12 D3 - Virtual, ZOOM details will be sent by email
13th ongoing: Development Centre programs begin; participants to attend on their scheduled day/time @ NSGIF
16: Last day to register teams for Thanksgiving Tournament
18: SEASON Opener - First Games for U8-U10
24: NCCP Coach Education Day - FUNdamentals 1:30-4:30PM @ NSGIF: coaches to complete online theory prior to September 12th in order to attend
25th to October 2nd: ORANGE Shoelaces - NSGSC Honours our Indigenous communities
27: Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 7:00 pm - REGISTER HERE - One representative from every team must be in attendance.
30: National Day of Truth & Reconciliation - NO programs, training or games
1: NCCP Coach Education Day - Soccer For Life 1:30-5:30PM @ NSGIF: coaches to complete online theory prior to September 19th in order to attend
8-10th: Thanksgiving TOURNAMENT! No regular scheduled games or training (including Monday)
21st: Pro-D Day CAMP for U8-13s
29/20: Team Photo Days
30: Re-tiering Weekend for BCCSL - Exhibition Games for M/D1; League Cup Round Robin Weekend #1 for U13-U18 D2/3
11: Remembrance Day - No regular scheduled games or training
21-30: NSGSC Supports North Shore Family Services - Christmas Bureau Gift Card Drive!
25: Pro-D Day CAMP for U8-13s (TBD)
27: League Cup Round Robin Weekend #2 for U13-U18 D2/3
4: Last regular games for BCCSL U11-U18 teams before winter break
5-9th: Last days of regular Development Centre programs before winter break
10: Last Mini's U4/5 & S4E Sessions
11: Last regular games for U6-U12 Mini's and NSYSA before winter break; Make-Up weekend for BCCSL U11-U18
12-16th: Make-Up week for DC programs and games; training optional
16-Jan. 2nd: Winter Break - NO regular training schedule or field permits
January - Fall/Winter Season Resumes - Winter Sessions Begin
3rd ongoing: Regular scheduled training days resume
7: Mini's U4/5 & S4E Winter Programs Begin
8: U6/7 Mini's program resumes; Games resume for U8-U18
9th ongoing: Development Centre programs resume
23: REGISTRATION OPENS for League 2023/24: All U10+ returning players must be registered prior to assessments in mid-February in order to be considered for a M/D1/D2 team placement
February - Assessments
1-10: BCSPL 2011 Intakes Assessments and Team Formation for League 2023/24
6: REGISTRATION OPENS for SPRING programs
18-20: Family Day Weekend: NO regular scheduled programs or games (including Monday)
13-28: Renegades M/D1 In-Season Assessments for 2006-2010's and Team Formation for League 2023/24
17: Pro-D Day CAMP for U8-13s
26: League Cup Round Robin Weekend #3 for U13-U18 D2/3
27-March 10: U11-U18 D1/D2 In-Season Assessment Camps for selections for League 2023/24
March - Fall/Winter Season and Programs End - Coastal Cup Begins
1-10th: U11-U18 D1/D2 In-Season Assessment Camps continue
4: Last Mini's U4/5 & S4E Sessions
5: Year-End Jamboree: U8-10; Season Wrap-Up U6/6; League Cup FINALS U13-U18 D2/3; Coastal Cup A & B Round of 32 U13-U18 M/D1
8: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN's DAY: Season Wrap-Up Event
6-10: Last days of regular Development Centre programs
12: Coastal Cup A & B Round of 16 U13-U18 M/D1
13-26th: Spring Break - NO regular training schedule or field permits
If you are a parent that is new to soccer and wants to learn more about the rules or other details regarding the game and the process of enrolling your child into the sport, below are some helpful links.
Coming from or Going to another Club in BC? - you need to complete an inter-provincial transfer. See below for link.
For players coming to NSGSC from another province or country, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the transfer forms you need.
For players moving to another province or country that need a Club assessment or letter of recommendation, please email email@example.com with your request details.