The Kirkwood Soccer Club Instructional League Program is designed to teach soccer skills. Emphasis is placed on learning and enjoyment, not only winning. Teams of similar age groups are geographically formed and play each other within a KSC sponsored league. With the belief that participation is the best way to improve soccer skills, club regulations require that each participant play at least half of every game. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. All of our coaches are parent volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering as a head coach or assistant coach, PLEASE let us know. We will provide you with the training, literature, and support you need to succeed.
Itty Bitty Sports
Our youngest players. This is a parent/child interactive sports experience for 18 to 35 month olds. Parents and players will learn the basics of soccer, basketball, kickball, bowling and many other sports with the emphasis on having FUN! Registrations are currently being taken. The session times for the Itty Bitty Program is 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
Is for 3 year olds, sessions are held in our indoor arena on Saturdays. The session times for the Kirkaroos are 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. This is a parent/child participation program.Our goal is to introduce basic soccer skills through creative and fun activities. The curriculum is designed around weekly themes. Our energetic staff assures loads of fun and fast action instruction!!!! Our mascot "Kirkaroo"
Kirkaroos Plus Program
Designed for our 3 1/2 year old players. While maintaining a thematic approach to teaching the kirkaroos basic skills, the Kirkaroos Plus program is designed to introduce the players and parents to the Soccer Tots program in the fall. The last two classes will be outside (weather permitting) with mini training sessions followed by short games on our small sided fields. This session will be held at 3:00 PM each Saturday. Only players that are 3 1/2 years old may register. When registering your child choose the 3:00 PM option and your child will be registered as a Kirkaroo.
Outdoor team play begins with our 4 year olds. Teams are coached by parents, practices are held generally once a week. This league is not gender specific. The times, days and locations of practice are determined by the coach. They will play games on Saturdays using small sided games 4 vs 4. The fields will be 60' x 90', goals are 2' x 6'. There are no goalkeepers used. The expectations from this program include: learning team concepts, developing technical skills (passing, dribbling, shooting). You will need to purchase a uniform for this program. (Practical Hint: Order it a little big so that you can get few seasons out of it!)
When you are 5 years old, you play with the Kinderkickers. They will continue to work on their skills and team concepts. Parents are the coaches. Teams may begin to practice twice a week. Games will be on Saturdays using small sided games of 4 vs 4. The fields will be 60' x 90', goals are 2' x 6'. There are no goalkeepers used. This league is not gender specific.
U8 and Older
We have separate divisions for boys and girls. Practices are held twice a week by parent coaches, games are on Saturdays. Fields are 90' x 120', goals are 5' x 6'.
Soccer Tots through U10's play each other in a league format on our grass fields on Saturdays at the Kirkwood Complex.
U12 and older-players participate in an Interclub League. This league is played against teams in similar age groups from the local clubs. Games are played at Kirkwood Soccer and the local clubs. The schedule is generated by Delaware Youth Soccer Association.
Program Fee: $ 80
Instructional League FAQs
When will I hear from the Coach?
Players will be notified several weeks after registration ends. Please put a home phone number or a number where there is an answering machine. This will make communications by the coach more efficient. NO BEEPER NUMBERS PLEASE!
Do I have to travel to Kirkwood to practice?
No! Kirkwood has teams and practice sites throughout new Castle County - Newark, Bear, New Castle, Wilmington, and Middletown to name a few. We are not restricted to just the area surrounding the Complex.
When and where to we practice?
The Club does not dictate the time or neighborhood location for practice. Coaches select a neighborhood location and time once they have their roster. The older teams only have 2 or 3 teams, so the location may not be close. Teams practice an average of twice weekly. All age brackets will play games on Saturdays. Older age groups (U12 and older) may play games with other soccer clubs on area fields.
How are teams formed?
We try to have teams set up geographically with the intent of having practice closer to you, however we can't guarantee that we will have enough coaches in each neighborhood.
Requests for a specific coach cannot be honored. Due to a large number of turnovers of players from season to season, it is impossible to keep teams intact.
What equipment do I need?
- KSC reversible shirt or uniform
- Appropriate size soccer ball
- Shin guards and socks covering shin guards must be worn by all players.
- Soccer shoes or cleats
What size soccer ball should my child use?
Soccer balls vary in size depending upon the age group:
Size#3 Soccer Tots, Kinderkickers, Under 8
Size#4 Under 10 & 12
Size#5 Under 14 & older
We are now using Eurosport for ordering our Instructional Uniforms. We no longer carry uniforms at the Club. You have two uniform options for our league:
- KSC Reversible Shirt $15.94 + shipping
- (2) Estro Jerseys, (1)Blue jersey and (1)Yellow jersey, Striker Shorts, Classic Socks $39.34 + Shipping
You can order either a reversible uniform or the entire uniform kit at the following link: