Iowa Rush Soccer Club - South

Little Kickers 5U-8U - Fall 2019

Rush Little Kickers

  • In-House soccer program for 5U-8U age groups with all practices and games at Pella Soccer Complex

  • For Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, 5U are those born in 2015, 6U are 2014, 7U are 2013, and 8U are 2012

  • 5U stands for 5 and Under, 6U are 6 and Under, etc.

  • We offer two different seasons for Little Kickers - Fall season and Spring season.  You register and pay for each season separately.

  • No pressure to players - positive reinforcement - Professionally managed - Little Kickers learn soccer while having FUN!

  • Volunteer Assistant Coaches are needed for each age groups to help with practices and games.  All selected volunteer coaches have a fill out a disclosure for a risk management check and then receive a COACH t-shirt.  To volunteer to coach simply click on the Register Now for Little Kickers Coaches after you register your Little Kicker.
    ~Thank You to all volunteers ~

Little Kickers - Professionally Managed

Little Kickers are professionally managed by a dedicated Director of In-House, Katelin Gannon.  Katelin is a former Central College coach and Pella Premier coach and her focus is now our 5U-8U Little Kickers players, coaches, and parents.  Our Director of In-House organizes all practices and games and trains volunteer Assistant Coaches for how to help during those practices and games.  Learn from the best!

Questions?   Email [email protected] or [email protected]


  • Age Groups
    • 5U-6U Coed - play 4v4
    • 7U-8U Girls - play 4v4
    • 7U-8U Boys - play 4v4

  • Our goal is to schedule 5U-6U games and 7U-8U games at different time slots so families with children in both age groups can enjoy the entire games of both! 

  • As per US Soccer, recommended roster size of 6 is standard to play 4v4, which means 4 players vs. 4 players with no goalkeeper. 4v4 soccer is meant to be played in a less structured environment in order to maximize fun and participation; thus, players 8U and younger should play without formal teams and rosters.  Conducting play through in-house programs with flexible and fluid teams is the best approach.

Teams for Games

  • Players will be randomly assigned to new team every game day, ideally 5-6 players per team.
  • Parent volunteers will be needed to help with group practices and games.  The Director of In-House will help all coach volunteers learn how to help at practices and games.
  • No scores are kept for games - no pressure - lots of do-overs - lots of encouragement.
  • Ball size 3



  • Practices normally begin two weeks prior to the first game weekend.

  • 5U-6U Coed practice for 45 minutes once a week and parent/guardian has a choice of Tuesday or Thursday.

  • 7U-8U Boys and Girls practice separate groups, in one hour sessions, twice a week - usually Tuesday and Thursday,

  • Days and times for Fall 2019 practices will be listed below once final and are based on numbers within each age group who register.

Little Kickers Game Shirts

  • All Little Kickers for 5U-8U will wear the same t-shirt as their game shirt and pennies will be used to distinguish one team from another during games.  The same shirt will be worn from season to season and a uniform will not need to be purchased until your player is 9U.

  • Instructions will be posted in this section and emailed to those registered for how to order a Little Kickers shirt if needed.  As Little Kickers was starting up, the club did not increase fees to cover the cost of the Little Kicker t-shirt and covered it from reserve funds.  Starting with the Fall 2018 season, the Little Kicker shirt will be sold separately, but a parent/guardian only needs to purchase one shirt that can cover several seasons of Little Kickers if you buy a big enough size.

  • Ordering instructions for the NEW RUSH Little Kickers shirts will be on this webpage at a later date.

Little Kickers Games

  • Game times are 4x8 which means 4 periods of 8 minutes each
  • No scores are kept, no pressure, lots of do-overs, lots of encouragement
  • 5U-6U games are refereed by volunteer coaches; 7U-8U games are refereed by paid, certified officials.
  • Little Kicker shirts will be worn for games.
  • Ball Size - 3

Fall 2019

Practices for 5U-8U will begin August 26th

  • 5U-6U are targeted to have 6 games
  • Targeted Game dates are Saturdays. Games begin September 7th- October 12th at 9:00am.
  • Game field assignment will be emailed the day prior to play.

  • 7U-8U Girls are targeted to have 7 games.
  • Targeted Game dates are Saturdays . Games begin September 7th- October 19th at 10:00am.
  • Game field assignment will be emailed the day prior to play.

  • 7U-8U Boys (coed) are targeted to have 7 games
  • Targeted Game dates are Saturdays. Games begin September 7th- October 19th at 10:00am.
  • Game field assignment will be emailed the day prior to play

    - Click HERE for the rules for 5U-8U


Iowa Rush Soccer Club - South
Mailing Address: 110 Holland Drive 
Pella, Iowa 50219

Email: [email protected]


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