AYSO Playground Soccer

AYSO Playground Soccer (formerly called KickStart) is a program specially designed for 3 and 4 year-olds. Every session is run by our professional EXTRA trainers leading games and using soccer fun to develop motor skills for early ages.

No teams are formed in Playground Soccer.  In Playground, each session is 45 minutes long and uses activities, soccer themes and parent participation to develop a child’s early fundamental motor skills. This is the foundation of sports success and an active lifestyle.

Players who turn 4 by July 31st will be automatically placed on teams in our “Core U5” division and *not* in the Playground Soccer program.  Our Core U5 division plays only on Saturdays with a 30-minute practice session followed by a 24-minute game.

Playground Soccer is for 3-4 year-olds who are not yet eligible to play in Core U5 or for 4 year-olds whose parents opt to not play in U5 Core.  If you would like your U5-eligible player to play in Playground Soccer instead of our U5 Core division, please contact playground@ayso300.org.

The cost of Playground Soccer includes both the Fall and Spring season, 8 weeks of Playground Soccer each season, 2 sessions per week.  Families choose two of the following three weekly sessions to attend:

Cost Seasons/Sessions Sessions All Times Location
$150 Fall and Spring Tuesdays 9:00-9:45 AM Ridge Acres Park – Western Springs
Wednesdays 9:00-9:45 AM Ridge Acres Park – Western Springs
Saturdays 9:00-9:45 AM Ehlert Park – Brookfield
How to Register

Existing AYSO 300 families can register by logging in to their Family Profile at the AYSO 300 Team Page.  New families can start the registration process HERE.

*Because AYSO 300’s registration system has a July 31st cutoff for division/age determination, if your 3 year old was born after 7/31/14, please contact our registrar and they will help you register your 3 year old.

For additional questions, please email playground@ayso300.org

What to Bring

Players should come to each session wearing athletic/tennis or soccer shoes, shorts, and t-shirt.  A T-shirt will be handed out at the first session.  Shin guards are not required in Playground Soccer.  It is not necessary to bring a soccer ball.

What is FMS?

FMS is Fundamental Motor Skills.  Generally speaking, FMS can be grouped in the following categories:

  • Locomotor – running, hopping, skipping, etc.
  • Non-locomotor – balancing, twisting, etc.
  • Object Control – catching and throwing, kicking, etc.

In the Playground Soccer program, children are exposed to a wide base of FMS to provide a solid foundation for future movement activities and sports.