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Elizabethtown United U6-U8 Player Development Program

  • Boys and Girls divisions for both U6 and U8
    • U6 for players born in 2017, 2018 birth year is on a case by case basis.
    • U8 for players born in 2015 and 2016


  • Players should bring a water bottle, shin guards, size 3 ball (U6) or size 3 ball (U8) and wear cleats to every practice and game
  • Spring 2024 Practices begin
    • U8: Tuesday March 19, 2024
    • U6: Wednesday March 20, 2024


  • U6 practice on Wednesday nights - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Masonic Village, Patton Campus.
  • U8 practice is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at Masonic Village, Patton Campus:
    • Boys & Girls - Tues 5:30-6:30p
    • Boys & Girls - Thurs 5:30-6:30p
  • Soccer practices are run by our IM Coordinator but teams are coached by volunteer coaches.
  • All games will be played on Saturday mornings at Masonic Village, Patton Campus  
  • Fall 2023 season - Games: September 9; 16, 23, 30, Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4  (no games Columbus Day weekend; unless a makeup day is needed)
  • Spring 2024 season - Games:  March 23; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, and 18 in Spring 2024. (no games Easter weekend March 30; unless a makeup day is needed)

U8 Girls (All):  Arrival Time:  8:40am, Kickoff: 8:50am
U8 Boys (All):  Arrival Time:  8:40am, Kickoff: 8:50am

U6 Girls (All):  Arrival Time:  10:00am, Kickoff 10:10am
U6 Boys (All):  Arrival Time:  10:00am, Kickoff 10:10am

  • Fees
    • U6 - $60 per child
    • U8 - $75 per child
    • Multi-child discount
    • Early Bird Discount applied until end of February 11, 2024 - $10
    • All registrations will pay a $30 fundraising fee up front.  If you sell the minimum number required, then the $30 fee will be reimbursed after the fundraiser is complete.
  • Parent coaches that will help run practices and assist with game day coaching.   Coaches do not need prior soccer experience!!
  • If you are interested in being a parent coach please contact the U6-U8 Coordinator at


Elizabethtown United Volunteer Coach Registration

The U6-U8 Player Development Program is successful because of your commitment as a parent coach.  We couldn't run the programs without your help.  First step is to Sign into your account, then Find a Volunteer Option to register as a coach.  EPYSA requires the standard state clearances as well as 2 online safety trainings to be completed prior to the first practice or before interaction with any participants on the field. 

When you transition to coach in our older levels (Travel or Rec), your volunteer profile will also be moved into GotSport.   GotSport is the system that our leagues use for rosters.  All coaches must be verified before being added on a roster.  More information will be provided when you sign up for a volunteer role on the older levels. 

Elizabethtown United U6-U8 Player Development Program Rules

Field Dimensions

35 by 25 yards

Roster Size
4 x 4 or 5 x 5  with no goalie, max roster of 8 players

Ball Size
U8:  Size 3
U6:  Size 3

Goal Size
The standard U8 goal size will be used for both U8 and U6 games

Duration of Game
U8:  4 quarters of 12 minutes with a 2 minute break between quarters
U6:  4 quarters of 8 minutes with a 2 minute break between quarters

Location of Game and practices:
All games will be played at Masonic Village, Patton Campus
1244 Bainbridge Rd. Elizabethtown, PA, 17022

Laws of the Game

  • Each player SHALL play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time
  • After a goal, the play resumes at the halfway line.  At the start of a kickoff, the player may pass in any direction to begin play.  The player may not dribble to begin play.
  • When the attacking player plays the ball over the end line, a goal kick shall be awarded to the defending team.  At this time, the attacking team must retreat to the halfway line to allow the goal kick to be taken.  Emphasis is to allow the team taking the goal kick to make a pass prior to any pressure is allowed.
  • When the defensive team plays the ball over the end line, a corner kick will be awarded to the attacking team.
  • At the start of any free kick the defending team must be at least 5 yards from the spot the kick is taken.
  • There will be no throw-ins.  When the ball crosses the touch line a kick-in will be awarded.  This is to encourage completing a pass or passing into space.
  • There will be no off-sides.
  • There will be no penalty kicks.
  • Goals must be scored from the offensive side of the half way line.
  • Substitutions are only made when the ball is out of bounds. 
  • If a team is short a player, they should “borrow” a player from the opposing team.  The purpose is for the players to play and get touches.
  • No score will be recorded.
What's the next step?
After your player has learned the basics of the game at the U8/U6 level it will be time  to consider the next step. Etown United has both travel and recreational soccer opportunities available depending on the current skill level of the player.  Our recreational soccer programs run in the fall and spring and are open to any kid that wants to play the game.  Our travel teams a determined by a tryout procedure that occurs every May.  Whichever program you choose, you be sure to find a rewarding experience in either program.  To find out more about the process you can reach out to our Recreational and Travel Coordinators:

Michelle Davy - Recreation Soccer Coordinator - [email protected]

Chris McCarthy - Travel Soccer Coordinator - [email protected]

Contact Us

Rheems Athletic Association

PO Box 26 
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 17022

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