The team rosters are smaller; U-8 teams play 5v5 (4 field players and a goalie). U-9 teams play 7v7 (6 field players and a goalie.) The fields on which they play are also smaller; 30×40 yd and 40×60 yd. Games are two 25 minute halves. Goalkeepers are introduced. This is a developmental soccer program for younger players. Mod teams play other BYSC teams as well as teams from other nearby soccer clubs. The emphasis of the game is on skills development. Scores are not kept and there are no standings.
Referees are introduced, although they are not much older than the players. Most games are still refereed by the coaches. Girls and boys play on separate teams in separate leagues.
Team Practices will start in mid-late August. There are two practice per week, one is the Academy Practice. The practice time is determined by the volunteer coaches who make an effort to find a time suitable for all players on the team.
*Ages for Soccer – SYSA Recreational Clubs use a “school year” based age system to build teams. “AGE” is that of the player as of July 31 of the current year. Teams and ages are referred to as U (under), then an age. For example 10 year olds play on U11 teams.