U9 Jamboree Format


We have adapted the U9 League Structure this year and have adopted a Jamboree style game format. This means that each U9 Team will have 2 25 minute games per game night and all U9 Games will be played at the same location. *Exception for U9 Boys because more than one field is needed to accommodate all teams / games.*

U9 Boys - Parents Read Below

U9 Boys has 13 teams in the League. Because of the large number of teams, the group will be divided into 2 Divisions. Division 1 will include 7 teams and Division 2 will include 6 teams. Teams in U9 Boys Division 1 will be required to have a bye week (a week where they don't have a game) in order to allow for all 7 teams to get playing time. 

Teams in U9 Boys Division 2 will have a game every week. 

Half way through the season (6 weeks), divisions will be changed in order to change which teams have a bye week. 

Division 1
U9 Boys Chester United (Groeger)
U9 Boys Chester United (Gates)
U9 Boys Thunder FC (Wamboldt/Aulenback)
U9 Boys West Nova Fuels (Molly/Conrad)
U9 Boys Queen's County (Schnare)
U9 Boys West Nova Fuels (Page/Ernst)
U9 Coed Upper County (Mayo) 
U9 Boys Chester United (Wilson)
U9 Boys Thunder FC (Barry/Barkhouse/Forward)
U9 Boys Queen's County (Fralic)
U9 Boys Queen's County (Brown)
U9 Boys West Nova Fuels (Williams)
U9 Boys West Nova Fuels (Western)


U9 Girls - Parents Read Below 

U9 Girls have 6 teams in the League. This means that all 6 teams will play at the field during 1 game night. The only exception to this is when Queen's County hosts because they currently only have 1 U9 Field operating at a time and all 6 teams won't be able to fit in one evening. When Queen's County is hosting, half the games will be played at JC Wickwire (Liverpool) and the other half will likely be played at Hebbville Academy. The game times are generally 6:00pm, 6:30pm and 7:00pm. We've tried to give each club an equal amount of back to back games but sometimes due to field availability/clubs traveling from away, some clubs may have to wait between games (example: First game time at 6:00pm and second game time at 7:00pm).

U9 Girls Chester United (Adams)
U9 Girls Thunder FC (Hebb/Blakeney)
U9 Girls Thunder FC (MacDonald/Zwicker)
U9 West Nova Fuels (Marsters)
U9 West Nova Fuels (Smith)
U9 Queen's County (van der Poel)


Here is some information behind the adoption of the Jamboree Style of play. 

Our Goals: 

Keeping it fun






Balanced teams

Dynamic game days

Reduce travel

Power play rule

Accessible and Inclusive


Balancing Teams

U9 is the first competition introduction for most players, parents and even the coaches. Ensuring the best balance of competition is not easy but is fundamental to building joy and retention in youth sport. 

It also helps kids understand that they're more than just athletes. With more balance and less pressure, kids are more likely to perform at their peak. Ensuring we can provide a FUN and exciting environment for as many as possible is our primary concern.

Balancing teams - club and coach responsibilities

-The first games of the year, along with club practices, are used to ensure teams within the club are competitively balanced with no one team being significantly stronger than another.

-Coaches are to ensure balanced time for all players, rotating players to all positions for experience, using the power play rule when scores permit, same day roster changes to adjust to competition levels if required

-Clubs are mandated to ensure coaches are aware of the requirement for balanced competition. Provide resources and time to assist in education for coaches to balance teams. Ensure communication to parents on the U9 standards.


Rules for U9 

  1. Club teams must be balanced as much as possible to allow consistent competition levels across the District - Clubs will ensure the time is allotted to allow balanced rosters with the first league games internal to the club if they have more than 1 team

  2. Players may move from one roster to another at any time it is deemed required to balance teams - (properly communicated to parents to allow education of the why, retention, encouragement, equity and inclusion, building success for further development)

  3. Player Development - our goal is to teach the players how to play soccer to the best of their ability. To accomplish this all players are to be given equal playing time during games and attention during practice.

  4. If a club has more than one team, every effort will be made to have all that clubs teams of that age and gender playing on the same night in the same location

  5. Each club will host a jamboree night. Queen's County and Upper County only have 1 U9 Field permitting only 1 U9 game happening at once. Because of this, half of the games on that night when Queen's / Upper County are hosting will be hosted at the closest field.

  6. 2 games each game night, scheduled at (25) minutes per game

  7. 5 v 5 (including goalkeeper)

  8. Size 4 ball

  9. Net size 6ft X 4ft

  10. Field size -  Width - 25/30m,  Length - 30/36,  Centre Circle - 7m, Goal Box (W=12m, L=8m)   

  11. All out of bounds balls will be a pass in or dribble in. 

  12. Retreat line will be at half for all goal kicks and ball in hand with the keeper - Once the ball is played by the keeper, the defending players may advance past the retreat line.

  13. Power play rule permits the trailing team to add a player in addition to the 5 on the field if they are down by 4 or more goals.

    Note: Power play rule must be used if goal differential is more than 4 goals - Power play rule is rescinded once score differential is below 4 goals

  14. All games must be reported with proper rosters - Reported games will be reviewed for rosters and scores - it is important to note which players were on the rosters for lopsided games to ensure actions are taken to allow the players to have the most appropriate competitions level.

  15. When a lopsided game is noted, an adjustment to players and rosters can be made on the fly at the field during the games between any two club teams. We are free to share players across clubs to ensure competition is appropriate.

Coaches Information & Resources 

Game reporting, game sheet or RAMP app to include rosters

Monitoring games for proper competition level, tools that can be used

  • Move player positions
  • Power play rule
  • Tasking players who are currently performing with a skill, pass, dribble
  • Set a team goal of a number of passes
  • Consider moving players from one team to another, inside your club or even with another club

Ensure the retreat line is used - return to half when the keeper has the ball in hand or a goal kick. Proceed when the ball is played.

Positive comments at all times. Advice is fine but guide them to solve the problems on the field. If we make game decisions for them, they are not really playing or learning the game.

Humble - if your team is well ahead, we do not encourage more goals loudly. Celebrating another goal can simply be a “Well done.” Then focus on process actions.

Encourage process actions and efforts over results. 

Dribbling Skills

Passing Skills


Taking shots

Taking Chances

Making mistakes and trying again

A focus on process over results allows young players to develop at the rate that suits them. Remember, they are kids, it’s a game and every child will progress at their own pace. There are no “Elite” U9 players, only current performers and learners.

If a player is showing to be significantly more advanced than their peers, ensure your club is aware and request assistance on how the player can be challenged to develop. There are always options to help challenge players who are currently performing above their peers. (Call ups to older age group games or practices)




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