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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.

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.

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.  Challenge is 8 week program, that 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.

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 recreation teams and refunded the difference of program fees.


When does registration open? 

** Registration will open on Memorial weekend (May 28)

Where will these practices take place? How many?

** Monger Park. Challenge program trains twice per week, with one game per weekend.

Are games inner squad format? Does Challenge travel? What days do they travel? How far do they travel? 

** Inner squad (COED) games are the majority of games played in the Challenge Program. Games against other opposing teams may be scheduled, minimal travel required. 
All games are on Saturday and a majority are 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. In preparation for the next step in SVU's player development model, being travel soccer.

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 (10 week program)
  • Spring Season: March-June (10 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

2016-2020 UNIFORMS

Challenge (U7-U10)

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

Challenge Program Dates - Spring 2021

Fall 2021 Challenge Program
Important Dates:

  • May 28 (Memorial weekend)- Registration Opens
  • August 23 - Registration Closed
  • August 31 - Practices Begin 
  • September 11- Intra Squad Matches Begin
  • TBD - One-Two Matches Scheduled with outside clubs (i.e. CVU in Lynchburg)
Contact the SVU Support Team with Questions: [email protected]


2021-2022 Challenge Program Fees

  • 8-Week Program (Team Training & Matches) - $145 
  • Uniform - Additional cost to be kept at minimum, but yet to be selected; approx. $30                      * All families who purchased a uniform In Spring 2021 will not need to repurchase a uniform.


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

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

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