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Friday Night Football Basics

Who  ROFC Rec players 6-7 pm starting September 13th
ROFC Premier players 7-8 starting September 13th

What:   3 v 3 or 4 v 4 pick up soccer games

Where:  Worden Park


1)  The program will be open for players  in 2nd grade and older. 
2)  There is no need to register for this program—if you are old enough, your child should bring their ROFC friends, show up and play!
3) We will set up and provide the small sized game fields, pinnies and nets for ROFC players to come out and play pick up soccer for an hour. 
We will let the players know when each game starts and stops and when to rotate to the next field to play your next team.  
5) A
side from that, its up to the players to pick their teammates (teams picked at the beginning should expect to stay together for that one hour), solve disputes, make their own subs if necessary and call out of bounds and fouls.
6) The pick up games will mix playing levels, genders and age groups—one team may be a few years older and significantly better than the team they are playing.   
7) Each game is expected to last for 7-8 minutes and we would expect kids to play 5-6 matches in an hour with teams of 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 with no goal keepers.

Cost:  Free for ROFC rec and premier players.  You must be registered with us to play.  

hy are we doing this:  : 
1) Not only do we want the kids to improve their soccer by getting a lot of touches and playing in tight spaces, but also we see this as a chance for kids to improve their social and problem solving skills. 
2) In terms of player development, pick up games are the way that all of the world’s best players learned to play and where they developed their creativity.  The players will be challenged by the fast pace, tight space of the fields and they will to learn to attack and defend in transition, create combinations, make runs, and possess the ball.


There will probably be some chaos the first few weeks as we work this program out!
This is supposed to be a chance for players to play the game for the FUN of the game, without pressure and in a relaxed environment
Parents should not be cheering or “talking” to their players while they play. 
There will not be any coaches. 

I loved pickup games as a kid, and I hope this works out as well as some of our other changes.

If you have some suggestions or ideas, I am happy to hear them.


Chris Maeso

ROFC President


P.S.  This program is replacing our Friday Night Technical Skills program as that program really saw its numbers drop last year--our view was kids really didn’t seem to want to be there and it was difficult and expensive for our club to staff. 


Royal Oak Football Club
P.O. Box 977 
Royal Oak, Michigan 48068

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