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Upcoming Challenge Program Dates

SVU Challenge Program - Important Dates

  • Tue, June 2 - Rec/Challenge Uniform Pick-Up (Drive-Up Service at Horizons Edge (2-7pm)
  • Tue, June 9 - Rec/Challenge Coach Ed: Return to Play Protocols (Online Meeting) (6-7pm)
  • Wed, June 10 - Challenge Program Orientation for Parents, Players & Coaches (Online Meeting) (6-7pm)
  • Thu, June 11 - Rec Community Meeting: Return to Play Protocols (Online Meeting) (6-7pm)

  • Sat, June 13 - Challenge Open-Play Pick-Up Games (Horizons Edge Outdoor Turf)
    • Coed u7u8 (10:00-11:00am)
    • Boys u9u10 (11:30am-12:30pm)
  • Tue/Wed, Jun 16/17 - Challenge On Field Training - Week 1
  • Sat, Jun 20 - Challenge Matches - First Match - Day 1
  • Sat, July 25 - Challenge Matches - Final Match - Day 6 - SOCCERFEST
 Contact the SVU Support Team with Questions:  [email protected]

Challenge Program Summary

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 Matches

  • Match Formats: 4v4/5v5 (w/ Gk), 7v7 (w/ Gk)
  • Age Groups: Coed U7/U8, Boys U9/U10, Girls U9/U10
  • 1 Match per week (1 hour in duration)
  • Optional Recreation-level Tournament

Challenge Coaching Model

  • Volunteer/ Parent Coaches via Application Process
  • SVU Staff Support at ALL Trainings and Matches

Age Groups

The Challenge Program includes U7/U8 and U9/U10 Age Groups 
The Challenge program is designed for players who are Advanced and/or have potential future interest in Travel Soccer. Challenge is more structured and instructional than the regular recreation program. 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 travel soccer. Training sessions are once during the week ran by SVU Staff with the assistance of volunteer/ parent coaches.


Registration is limited to 112 Players, 10 Head Coaches

What does "U" (as in U6) mean? 

 "U" stands for "Under." Players turning 6 during the September-to-August Recreational Soccer Year are placed in the U6 Age Group.

Note: In your account, if you do not see the program you are interested in registering for, this may be due to the age requirements for the particular program. Players may not play down an age group (e.g., move from U8 down to U7), but SVU does occasionally give permission to play up (e.g., move from U7 up to U8). If your player is interested in moving up an age group, please email us at [email protected]

2016-2020 UNIFORMS

Challenge (U7-U10)

Match Day Uniform (White Jersey for Home Team / Blue Jersey for Away Team)

NEW for Spring 2020

NEW for the Training Environment
- Assigned Team Rosters for Training
- Team Rosters of Balanced Level

NEW for the Match Environment
- Consistent Team Rosters from Training to Matches
- Referees for Matches
- End of Season Play-Off Structure for Matches
- CCL Club-to-Club ScrimmageFest opportunities

Plus Same Great Coaching Structure
- All Activities under the Direct Supervision of Tom Mitch, SVU Grassroots/Recreation Coordinator
- SVU Staff Leadership at All Training & Matches
- Dedicated Volunteer Coach for each Team
- 10-Week Program
- Pre-Season Classroom Sessions
- Pre-Season Coaching Education
- Curriculum-Based Training Objectives
- Curriculum-Based Match Objectives


2019-20 Challenge Fees

  • 10-Week Team Program (Team Training & Matches) - $145 
  • SAVE with Early Registration Discount thru Jan 30!
  • Uniform - $60
  • Optional 6-Week Striker/Goalkeeper Clinic - $20
  • Optional End-of-Season Travel Tournament - $60

How to Register

The following information will provide you with step-by-step guidelines for creating an account on our website and for registering for a program. Click the links below to view the guides.

New to SVU?

Already have an account?

If you have further questions, email SVU Support Staff at [email protected].

Uniform Pick-Up

Uniforms can be picked up at the following times:

  • SVU Appreciation Day at Dick's Sporting Goods
  • First Day of Practice
  • First Match Day at Smithland Fields
  • By Appointment at the SVU Office, Horizons Edge Sports Campus 
SVU Appreciation Day at Dick's Coupon 20% OFF

Ongoing Savings at Dick's Sporting Good

Challenge Coach Applicants

  • Register to Coach by selecting your preferred Volunteer Role in your SVU account.
  • Complete the Challenge Coaching Application to tell us more about your Soccer Background.
  • Complete the required Trusted Employee background check.
  • Complete the required volunteer SAPT training.

We very much look forward to your involvement!


Shenandoah Valley United (SVU Soccer)
325 Cornerstone Lane, Horizons Edge Sports Campus
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

Phone: 540-383-6341
Email: [email protected]

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