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Grassroots U5-U9

The primary objective of our Junior Grassroots (Recreational) programs is player development.  Our Grassroots programs have been designed with a focus on providing the technical skills base and understanding of the game with the intention of preparing players for the transition into the more competitive levels. We are also committed to keeping it positive and making it a FUN soccer experience for the youth of our community.  Below you will find one of the most important programs that we offer in the club.


Junior Grassroots PROGRAM (U5-U9)
Spring 2024

This program provides players ages U5 to U9 the opportunity to have fun as they play and learn the game of soccer the right way.  The players will gain a better understanding of the game of soccer and develop dribbling and turning, passing and receiving, shooting, and defending skills throughout the season. 

Ages: 5 - 9 (players born in 2019-2015)

Location: Atonement Lutheran School - 6500 Riverside Dr., Metairie, LA 70003

Practice Day: Mondays/Wednesdays 

Practice Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

Who Coaches: New Orleans DFC Staff

Season Length: Spring 2024 (9 weeks)

The season starts on Monday, January 29, and runs through Saturday, April 6.  Training is on Mondays and Wednesdays and Games are on Saturday mornings between 8-10 am. 

Practice Length per Session:  60 Minutes

Game Format: 4v4-6v6

Goalkeepers: NO

Ball size: U5/U6/U7 - Size 3, U8/U9 - Size 4

Uniforms:  We utilize a “home” and “away” system for the player's shirts. We change the style and the “away” shirt color, every two years. (Our home color is always grey and away is light blue!).  The cost of the shirts is $15.  We do not prescribe a brand of shorts or socks, but we require the shorts to be black and the socks to be black. The shorts have to be “soccer” shorts. You can buy your shorts and socks at any location you wish. (See the uniform section for more information)

Cleats and Soccer Ball: Are required for training and games

Cost: $95


Spring 2024

Q.  What are the main priorities for DFC Junior Grassroots Program?

A.  Player Development, a healthy and safe environment at training/game day and to make sure that players have fun playing the game.

Q. When will the Spring season start?

A. The season will start on Monday, January 29.

Q.  When will the season end?

A.  The season will end on Saturday, April 6.

Q. What do players have to bring to training?

A. Players must bring an inflated soccer ball, shin guards, and fluids (Gatorade, water, etc.)

Q. What time is training for?

A.  Training is from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Players are required to be at the fields at least 5-10 before the session starts.

Q. When is training?

A.  Training sessions are usually on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Q.  Where will the training happen?

A.  The location for training is Atonement Lutheran School (6500 Riverside Dr.).

Q.  When are games?

A.  Games are usually on Saturday mornings between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

Q.  When will the game schedule come out?

A. The game schedule usually comes out 7-10 days into the season.  (We need time to evaluate all the players and form balanced teams)

Q.  What type of games will be played?

A.  An in-house league will be formed, so in-house league games will be played.  Additionally, age group games will be played, e.g., 2016 players will compete vs 2015 players.  These games will be played as something additional to our in-house league.

Q.  What is the format in which games will be played?

A.  It all depends on the age group.  Teams may play 3v3, 4v4, or 5v5, 6v6.