Grassroots Training Module--New Approach for 2020

Grassroots Training Module

Updated 2/3/2020

With long term player development at the core of Fairhope Soccer Club's philosophy, the Grassroots Training Module is designed to enhance the recreation experience at the youngest of ages and at the earliest of stages of our program. This module is geared towards player development, coaching development, and player education.  We are excited to introduce the inaugural Grassroots Training Module to all our FSC U6-U8 aged soccer players and parents. 


In this module, participants will participate in multiple sessions lead by our FSC Development Coordinator William Cunningham and FSC Grassroots Coordinator Josh Montgomery. The module will consist of a curriculum based on structured sessions following US Soccer's Play Practice Play (PPP) methodology.


This structure provides a fun, organized, and game like training environment. It will heavily focus on the development of individual skill. It will also provide a platform for coaching education highlighting the methods of our training methods and providing sample sessions to our volunteer coaches that relate to what is developmentally appropriate. A similar platform will be provided for parent education highlighting our club's core philosophies and available pathways available by the time players graduate to U10. 


This Spring, all our U6-U8 teams will participate in the Grassroots Training Module over the course of the 8 week soccer season.  A  pre-planned schedule will be set for multiple teams each week to participate.  These sessions will be under the guidance of our FSC licenced professional coaching staff. 


General Overview


Updated 2/3/2020

Fairhope Recreation Soccer is the recreational youth soccer program serving the Fairhope area as well as surrounding areas. Fairhope Soccer is a volunteer organization that has partnered with the City of Fairhope to provide the equivalent of city-league youth soccer. Fairhope Soccer is open to players of all skill and athletic levels and there are no try-outs required.  Our soccer program(s) gives players the opportunity to have fun playing soccer, learn fundamentals, and get some good fitness.

Beginning this spring 2020 season, all U6-U8 teams will participate in a scheduled training schedule providing multiple sessions with our Grassroots Coordinator, Development Coordinator, and Director of Coaching. A schedule will be set for multiple teams each week to participate. This schedule will follow a cycle throughout the 8 week season allowing for multiple sessions under the guidance of our licensed professional coaches. 


  • Teams are formed by age groups/birth years
    • U6 (2014)
    • U8 (2012-2013)
    • U10 (2010-2011)
    • U12 (2008-2009)
    • Only Coed teams in U6
    • All players will be placed in their appropriate age group.
    • Request for playing up in age group will be allowed but subject to a staff evaluation.  
  • Playing Format 
    • U6-U8 will play 3v3 or 4v4 Fall & Spring
    • U10 will play 7v7 in Fall; 4v4 or 5v5 in Spring
    • U12 will play 7v7 or 9v9 in Fall; 5v5 in Spring
    • All playing formats may be adjusted for registration numbers 
  • Coaches are need for all age groups.  Please indicate during registration. Equipment & coach shirt provided. For more information regarding coaching, visit Coaching Corner

  • Registration Fees: $110 inlcude jersey, player insurance, league fees, post game drink & snack


  • Soccer Ball (Size 3 for U6-U8 / Size 4 for U10-U12)
  • Shin Guards
  • Water Bottle
  • Soccer Cleats (No baseball or football cleats allowed)

Game Day Uniform:

  • In Fall--All players receive a game day uniform which includes, jersey, shorts & socks
  • In Spring--Only jersey is included. Players must provide black shorts & black socks for game day 

 Players MUST have the above equipment for every practice & games during the season. 


  • All practices/games are located at Fairhope Soccer Complex. 18383 County Rd. 13 unless other specified 
  • Practice day & time depends on your volunteer coach.  Below are our practice day guidelines for our coaches.
    • U8 & below 1-2 days/week or at least 4 practices before games begin then 1 game/1 practice ratio is plenty for this age group for about 45 minutes.
    • U10 & above—2 days/week or at least 4 practices before games begin then 1-2 practices/1 game or 2 games/1 practice, no more than 3 touches per week for about an 1hour.
    • Depending on your coach, he/she will schedule Monday-Thursday either @ 5:30pm or 6:45pm
  • Game times vary:
    • Saturday Times--8:30am-12noon
    • Tuesday/Thursday--5:45pm, 6pm, 7:15pm
  • Schedules will be posted online at least one week prior to opening day. 


  • Teams formation begins after registration closes
  • Coaches will receive rosters 2 weeks prior to opening day
  • Coaching Meeting--Mandatory Each Season--TBA

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