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Challenge - u7-u10 Age Groups

Challenge Program: Primary objective is to provide U7-U10 players a competitive and fun learning environment that encourages individual development, creativity, and understanding of the game. This program is Shenandoah Valley United’s bridge between recreation and travel soccer. Through this program, our players will compete via intra-squad scrimmages and other club teams with similar motivation to improve their game.

Challenge is 8 week program, which provides 2 trainings each week, and a minimum of 1 external match per season. All training and match sessions are run by professionally licensed SVU Coaching Staff with the assistance of volunteer/parent coaches.

Challenge (Advanced Development Program)

Challenge Curriculum

  • Technical Development: Ball Mastery, Receiving, Passing, Striking the Ball, Shooting, Crossing & Finishing
  • Individual/Small-Group Tactics, Principles of Attacking & Defending
  • System Development, Positional/Functional Development, Phase-of-Play Training 

Challenge Commitment

  •  Fall Season: September-November (8 week program)
  • Spring Season: March-June (8 week program)

Challenge Matches

  • Age Groups: Coed U7/U8, Coed U9/U10
  • Inter-Club Match Formats: U7/U8 format is 4v4 or 5v5 , U9/U10 format is 7v7
  • Minimum of 2 Club-to-Club Matches (i.e. CVU in Lynchburg)
  • Games Scheduled at Recreation Soccer Fest
  • Referees for Matches
  • Optional Tournament Opportunities

Challenge Coaching Model

  • Coordinated by Licensed Coach
  • Volunteer/ Parent Assistant Coaches
  • Volunteer/ Parent Team Managers
  • SVU Staff Support

Challenge Program Dates - Fall 2021

Important Dates:

  • May 28 (Memorial weekend)- Registration Opens
  • Registration Closed
  • September 4- Labor day (No games)
  • September 7 - Practices Begin 
  • September 11 - Matches Begin
  • October 30- Last game
Contact the SVU Support Team with Questions: [email protected]


2021-2022 Challenge Program Fees

  • 8-Week Program (Team Training & Matches) - $145 
  • Uniform - Additional fee $20 

 * All families who purchased a uniform in Spring 2021 will not need to repurchase a uniform.


Who is the Challenge Program for? Your child who is searching for professionally led coaching in an organized and competitive environment, excels in their current program, or is interested in playing travel soccer in the future; Challenge program is perfect for them.

Is there any Tryouts? No. With no tryouts, parents/players are free to determine whether Challenge is right for them based on player athleticism, soccer experience, and potential interest in further soccer development. 

Are there a minimum and maximum number of registered players? Yes. Registration is limited to 80 Players.  Minimum Registration for each division (U7/U8 and U9/U10) is 25 players. If player interest is low, then parents will be called and offered placement on recreational teams and refunded the difference of program fees.

Practice Information: Challenge program trains twice per week, with one game per weekend. Practices will take place at Monger Park.

Are games inner squad format? Inner squad (COED) games are the majority of games played in the Challenge Program.

Does Challenge travel? What days do they travel and how far do they travel? Games against other opposing teams may be scheduled, minimal travel required. All games are on Saturday and the majority will be local to Harrisonburg. Families will not travel more than once, if at all, or over an hour and a half distance. (For example) Within the 8 week program, SVU will communicate prior with CCL (opposing travel club academies U8-U10) teams to schedule friendlies to provide a holistic approach to the program. Challenge is preparation for the next step in SVU's player development model, being travel soccer.


Shenandoah Valley United (SVU Soccer)
325 Cornerstone Lane 
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

Phone: 540-214-2575
Email: [email protected]

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