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2021 Seasons

With the current regulations and phased-in approach from Alberta Health Services (AHS), we anticipate 2021 adult soccer to be similar to 2020. We are planning on bringing back our organized leagues in addition to continuing our wildly successful casual outdoor cohort program. We hope to get these leagues going soon, in the mean time read about our plans to resume below.

  • More games per season than elsewhere
  • Season finals, trophy, medals, standings
  • Annual Spartan Championship in September
  • Annual Game of Trophies (GoT) in December
  • You can sub as requested for other teams without restrictions
  • Payment plans are offered
  • Team managers get fully enabled team management software
  • Want to improve? Check out our Spartan Bootcamp

Put Your Teams Together – Registration Is Open!

2021 Summer Spartan Soccer Program Summary

Lots Of Soccer And Training Options!

We have built the bedrock of the 2021 Spartan Summer program upon the success of our 2020 cohort program, as well as fitting in Alberta Health Services (AHS) regulations and restrictions during the pandemic. In 2020, we organized nearly 300 players for over 200 games in cohort groups across Edmonton and St. Albert.

The 2021 program is designed for games and training to overlap at the same times and same locations—allowing adults to play or train in a program, while aligning this with other Spartan youth and adult programs (giving flexibility to those that need it). It also creates opportunities for individuals to participate in multiple levels of soccer on multiple nights as it fits their needs.

The Perks of Being a Spartan:

One major benefit is that all full-time adult players registered in our Spartan Open or COED leagues can sub for free when requested by any other teams in either league without the need of permission slips. Spartan Soccer does not do a trialists program, just soccer! Full-time player in any Spartan league can migrate as needed, as Spartan players hold privileges to play within the whole Spartan community; any full-time players in Open or COED can also play for free in the cohort program.

New Goal Keeper Training:

Spartan wants to expand soccer in our region, and we are introducing more programs to get people into the great game. In addition to the Adult Basics and Advanced programs, we now offer Goal Keeper training for all ages; this specialized course is capped at three participants per session for maximized benefit.

Examples of Spartan participation:

Mom plays COED while son trains in Youth Grassroots. Dad wants to play, too, but is new to soccer so he takes the Adult Basics program. All programs start and end at the same location on different pitches, so they travel together and everything wraps up around the same time, and everyone has fun!

Sally and Lynn are partners. Lynn is coming back from an ACL surgery and is taking the Adult Advanced course so she can prepare to return to play with Sally in the Open Women’s league. Sally plays on the team while Lynn gets prepared. All programs start and end at the same location on different pitches; they can travel together and everything wraps up around the same time and everyone has fun!

Rob and his daughter, Julie, both want to take the Goal Keeper course together. Rob wants to learn this position to gain skills and become a backup GK for his Open Men’s team. This is a great bonding time for them both and they are accountability partners. Julie will play on her Youth team when ready. Rob plays on his Open Men’s team, but also plans to play on the occasional Sunday in the Cohort program.

 

Cohort Soccer
  • Start date: July 2
  • Game times: Varied. Contact for more info.
  • Seven games weekly (every day, in locations across Edmonton and St. Albert)
  • Format will be a minimum of 6 vs. 6 and a maximum of 12 vs. 12 per field, per night
    – no goalies, and a fun-first atmosphere, pylon/flag nets (and max. shooting area) to limit hard blasts
    – (if more people sign up on a given night, multiple fields at the same location may be used)
  • Pinnies (and when necessary, lights) will be provided to designate each side (teams emailed out approx. one hour prior to the game based on registered participants). Warmup music, flags, markers and practice/game balls also provided
  • Format management (participants per cohort and maximums) will follow AHS cohort regulations

Players sign up to be part of the cohort and RSVP for each game they want to attend. Since this is a cohort group, participants can choose to take a break for lifestyle (vacation, etc.), but cannot bring other players who are not registered and RSVP’d in the cohort (as per AHS regulations).

Youth Training

Start Date: July 5

Time: 6:30pm

 

Spartan Soccer has created a program structure that better suits the circumstances of 2021. Considering Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines, we have looked at all options to provide the best options for soccer participation. We are focused on grassroots soccer and options for custom training and advanced skills. Training is completed via small groups in an outdoor program.

Participating in small group/class sizes allows for more one-on-one training, and this helps to better integrate your child into the exciting world of soccer at the grassroots level.On a more advanced level, our coaches provide additional strategic training that helps to accelerate development. We build upon our premise that soccer training should be ongoing, while still giving the flexibility for everyone’s unique lifestyles (other sports participation, time commitments and other extra-curricular activities, etc.).

Spartan Soccer (youth) programs are set up as monthly basis. If your child is new to soccer, or you wish to see how our system works and compare it to other leagues or programs; try us for a month and see if it suits your child. The youth program is set up to run two or three days a week (evening) training, culminating with a game on the weekend. Unfortunately due to Alberta Health Services (AHS) restrictions, all games are on hold until AHS mandates otherwise. This means the youth program will continue with small cohort training only until further notice.

Grassroots (ages 6 – 10)

This program is designed to introduce children new to soccer, as well as those looking to carry on with an existing interest in having fun. The focus is on a less competitive environment while still developing skills and confidence.

Typically, children will play soccer only during sessions, but they may practice when prompted by parent or friends. One never knows the potential of any child that finds joy in soccer and their interest in developing their skills into a more advanced level. We believe every child has this potential and strive to cultivate that joy.

Advanced (ages 8 – 11)

This program is designed for children that are excited about soccer and are self-motivated to train at home with little prompting. These children also play soccer outside of training sessions with parents and friends. At this level, we explore and cultivate if a child is interested and inclined to enjoy participating at more competitive levels; and if the club route is part of their destination as they grow, they will develop skills and confidence to perform at an advanced level. And regardless, they will have fun.

This program is offered as a mixed class or will be separated into boys and girls (the final count of registrants will determine the outcome).

We often find many parents who play also want their children to play—and our youth programs will coincide with times and locations of the Spartan Soccer adult programs. We want to make this as flexible as possible to allow as many participants in both (adult and youth) programs; as under the current circumstances, we are all struggling with the pandemic and its impact upon lifestyle and income.

Advanced Programs

All other higher levels of training are on hold for 2021.

Twice per week (8 sessions): Monday/Wednesday @1.5 hour sessions

Or

Three per week (12 sessions): Monday/Wednesday/Friday @1.5 hour sessions:

Adult Training

Start Date: July 5

Time: 6:30pm

Grassroots – Brushing Up on Skills and Basics

The adult grassroots program is ideal for those who want to be casually active (in a recreation-first format) and those looking for new sport experiences—such as starting soccer for the first time.

It is also good for those who have been away from soccer, taken some time away from the game and want to brush up their skills and set new exercise routines. It allows all participants to build and use their soccer skills confidently. The program is small-group focused and allows for custom one-on-one training.

Suitable for those:

  • new to soccer;
  • haven’t played in a long time;
  • wanting to learn basics;
  • focused on improving condition in a more-relaxed environment;
  • looking to develop skills; and/or
  • looking to refresh existing techniques (especially after not playing for an extended time).

Advanced Program – Refining Skills and Preparing for the Next Season

Ideal for soccer players that are preparing for recreational to competitive levels, and are wanting to refine their skills. The advanced program is suitable for those preparing for return to soccer or the next pending season. Existing skills sets are developed further, as players who have some soccer knowledge and are looking to advance their skills will be challenged. The program is small-group sizes focused, and allows for custom one-on-one training at a more advanced level.

Suitable for:

  • people who have soccer experience;
  • individuals with average to athletic conditioning;
  • skillsets at the recreational to competitive levels;
  • those with established skills and wanting to be challenged; and/or
  • those looking to enhance their conditioning.

Goals for success

The best option is to register with an “accountability partner” (a friend or family member that can help drive you to enhance progression and participation). These programs are designed as a one month series that help prepare individuals so they can learn the basics of soccer, or those looking to get back to the game and return to more competitive soccer. You can even take both programs continuously, as the trainers can continue building your skills beyond current levels.

Spartan adult programs are also aligned with our youth programs—allowing a parent or relative of a child in our youth programs to also have adult training at the same time. Then everyone can participate in programs focused on their skill development or as relaxed grassroots participation, all while learning the game and enhancing skills.

These programs are separate, have different coaches at different sections of the fields. The goal is to have flexibility for family lifestyles, and this helps contributes to success. Even if your partner is new to the game, they can start with the basics and learn the game while you take the advanced program—allowing the whole family to participate.

Twice per week (8 sessions): Monday/Wednesday @1.5 hour sessions

Or

Three per week (12 sessions): Monday/Wednesday/Friday @1.5 hour sessions

COED League
  • Start date: July 6
  • Game times: Between 6:30pm, 7:30pm & 8:30PM
  • 50 players per cohort limit (adjusted easily as per AHS regulations)
  • 9v9 format: 90 minutes
  • Two games each week: Tuesday & Thursday or Sunday & Thursday
    – St. Albert and Edmonton locations ( turf fields only)
    – Join as a team (16-18 player squad recommended) or as an individual (assigned to a team)
    – If a team is short players, you can play on other teams (as needed)
  • Format is the same as the open leagues (eight games, two referees, four teams per division, etc.)
    – Teams will be re-seeded after each flight
  • Participation is fully insured
  • Two referees for each game
  • Rules and Code of Conduct posted on our website
  • A cup and medals will be awarded for top three teams at the end of the season
    – An additional summer’s-end tournament is also planned for a cup and medals
  • *Registered participants in the Open or Coed leagues can also play Cohort Soccer without additional fees (provided they RSVP each night they choose to play)
  • This allows for players to take a break for lifestyle (vacation, etc.), and allows teams to continue to recruit or change teams (as needed). It allows players to enjoy a complete season within a 1 month period in the case of AHS shut down.
Goalkeeper Training

All sessions (youth and adults are combined) are split into four to six 15-minute segments depending on the number of participants. Instructors will adjust to customized one-on-one training that includes: warm up, strength, plyometric, endurance and skill portions (up to three repetitions per session).

Sessions can be customized for participants in advance if trainers are informed on specific needs so they can create a proper development plan. Otherwise, the trainers will customize sessions during the course based upon the skills of the participants.

Wide-range of Skill Options

The trainers have all the necessary training and equipment to accommodate all skill levels. Basic skills to more advanced and complicated movements will be assessed and trained so that all participants will succeed in our programs. Instruction sessions may have different trainers during the week, but the trainers collaborate together with a specialized program for each participant.

A typical session would consist of:

            – warm-up;

            – basic handling, catching and distribution (teaching or refreshment of technique);

            – drills incorporating skill focus for the session (e.g., angles, high-balls, crosses, tipping, throwing, kicking, reaction, etc.);

            – drills focused on footwork/positioning and basic diving;

            – free shooting style drills; and

            – cool-down.

The sessions will be dependent on who is being trained (and their skill levels), as well as what makes sense for the group to work on or what they want the focus to be.

Goal Keeper Training—Basics, Brushing Up and Advanced

This program is ideal for those looking to learn this challenging position, and for those looking to dust off their skills and keep active. It is a great opportunity to step into the position and learn basic to advanced skills without the pressure of getting thrown in net because your regular goalkeeper couldn’t make it.

Suitable for:

  • people who have soccer experience (even if it was a long time ago);
  • coaches wanting to learn hands-on basics of goalkeeper training;
  • individuals focused on improving conditioning in a more-relaxed environment;
  • those looking to develop new skills; and/or
  • individuals looking to refresh existing techniques (especially after not playing for an extended time).
Women's Open League
  • Start date: July 6
  • Game times: Between 6:30pm, 7:30pm & 8:30PM
  • 50 players per cohort limit (adjusted easily as per AHS regulations)
  • 9v9 format: 90 minutes
  • Two games each week: Tuesday & Thursday or Sunday & Thursday
    – St. Albert and Edmonton locations (turf fields only)
    – Join as a team (16-18 player squad recommended) or as an individual (assigned to a team)
    – If a team is short players, you can play on other teams (as needed)
  • Eight games per month (we call this a flight), with one week off between flights
  • Participation is fully insured
  • Two referees for each game
  • Rules and Code of Conduct posted on our website
  • There will be four teams per division, per month
    – Teams carry points forward for an end of season tally
  • A cup and medals will be awarded for top three teams at the end of the season
    – An additional summer’s-end tournament is also planned for a cup and medals
  • Teams will be re-seeded to the next flight (repeat cycle): the top two teams move up
    – New teams can join each month
  • *Registered participants in the Open or Coed leagues can also play Cohort Soccer without additional fees (provided they RSVP each night they choose to play)
  • This allows for players to take a break for lifestyle (vacation, etc.), and allows teams to continue to recruit or change teams (as needed). It allows players to enjoy a complete season within a 1 month period in the case of AHS shut down.
Men's Open League
  • Start date: July 6
  • Game times: Between 6:30pm, 7:30pm & 8:30PM
  • 50 players per cohort limit (adjusted easily as per AHS regulations)
  • 9v9 format: 90 minutes
  • Two games each week: Tuesday & Thursday or Sunday & Thursday
    – St. Albert and Edmonton locations (turf fields only)
    – Join as a team (16-18 player squad recommended) or as an individual (assigned to a team)
    – If a team is short players, you can play on other teams (as needed)
  • Eight games per month (we call this a flight), with one week off between flights
  • Participation is fully insured
  • Two referees for each game
  • Rules and Code of Conduct posted on our website
  • There will be four teams per division, per month
    – Teams carry points forward for an end of season tally
  • A cup and medals will be awarded for top three teams at the end of the season
    – An additional summer’s-end tournament is also planned for a cup and medals
  • Teams will be re-seeded to the next flight (repeat cycle): the top two teams move up
    – New teams can join each month
  • *Registered participants in the Open or Coed leagues can also play Cohort Soccer without additional fees (provided they RSVP each night they choose to play)
  • This allows for players to take a break for lifestyle (vacation, etc.), and allows teams to continue to recruit or change teams (as needed). It allows players to enjoy a complete season within a 1 month period in the case of AHS shut down.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I want to make a team but I don’t want the hassle of chasing down fees

Each player can pay online towards team fees as an option. You don’t chase anyone.

  • That’s pretty cool you came up with the 4 week, 2x games/week as a season called a flight

Thanks, we think so, too. But… what’s your question?

  • What if some of my roster drop out or can’t afford the player fees?

Recruit and replace. We manage a wait list, too.

  • What if our team can only play 2 of the 5 flights?

That can be done. We designed the program to best handle the pandemic uncertainties whilst giving max game time for players in concentrated pockets.

  • I registered my team elsewhere, but we want Spartan now.

We hear that often and thanks. Can you get a refund? We have rapid onboarding to help your team join.

  • 18 players required?

No, you can have a smaller roster.

  • Can I have more than 18?

No, but you can recruit more players and replace as needed for each flight of games.

  • Can I charge players more than what is posted towards the team fee?

You charge what you want. Be upfront with your players.

  • Can I subsidize the team fees and spread the balance amongst players?

Yes and we can set it up as you wish for online player payments.

  • What if there is a shutdown mid way through a flight?

We delay until they allow us to continue.

  • How does a shut down overlap with the next flight?

It doesn’t. Unplayed games per flight are applied against the next flight.

  • What if the whole summer season is under pandemic and we only play 1 month?

That’s why we devised the flight concept so that we can pivot quickly, enjoy games in a compressed format, and bunker down as per AHS.

  • Do our players get to play for free in the cohort program on the other days?

Yes.

  • Do the players in the cohort program get to play as a sub on our team if we’re short?

No. The cohort players would need to upgrade. You can recruit them.

  • I have a team of 12, how does the team fee work?

The team fee doesn’t change.