KLM 8-aside

(Soccer for 2008-2009 born)

U11 & U12, commonly referred to as ‘8-aside’, are transitional years in soccer. Starting at U11, players are tiered based on player ability. New for 2019-2020, all U11/U12 teams are coached by qualified staff coaches. Spots are capped at KLM so register early. Please read Event Details, Program Details, and Answers to Common Questions below. Welcome (back) to KLM!

Event Details

EventKLM 8-aside, 2019-2020
ParticipantsU11 (2009), U12 (2008) girls & boys
DatesFirst Mon/Tues practice: Sept 9th / 10th, 2019
First Thurs practice: Sept 12th, 2019
First game: Sat, Sept 14th, 2019 (projected by league)
Season: Sept 9th, 2019 – Mar 1st, 2020 (6 months)
HolidaysWinter Holidays: Dec 9-Jan 5, 2020
The league may/may not schedule games at Thanksgiving (Oct 12-14), Family Day (Feb 15-17), or other weeks. Team coaches will notify parents ahead of time. Practice cancellations are determined by team coaches.

U11-U12 players have two practices per week (be mindful of shoe-wear for the different fields). It is parental responsibility to have players arriving 10 minutes before each practice, dressed appropriately.

Monday practice location
U11/ U12 girls & boys: Mon 5pm-6:30pm
Trillium Park – Turf (600 National Ave)

Thursday practice location
U11/U12 girls & boys: Thurs 6pm-7pm
Memorial South Park – Turf (Prince Albert St. @ 45th Ave)

Game Times

The league schedules games between 8am-3pm on Saturdays for boys and Sunday for girls teams. Games are made up of two 30-minute halves. ‘Away games’ are played against other clubs across Greater Vancouver.

Speak with your team parents regarding car-rides and car-pooling as KLM wants to ensure all players have access to transportation to/from practices and games. Note, KLM has no control over league schedules; we are obligated to follow them.

Home FieldsTrillium Park (turf field)
600 National Ave, Vancouver
Park field side (be mindful of parking signs)

Walter Moberly Elementary North (grass field)
1000 E 59th Ave, Vancouver
Park alongside 59th Ave (east of Fraser)

Memorial South Park (turf field)
Prince Albert St. and 45th Avenue
Park on Prince Albert St (be mindful of parking signs)

EquipmentPlayers must have their own shin-guards and cleats. KLM provides team jerseys, black shorts and socks which players should wear only on game days. Think weather-appropriate clothes. (See Common Questions below)
WeatherWe play rain or shine. KLM notifies parents by 7pm Fridays of field closures as is determined by the Vancouver Park Board or Vancouver School Board. See Common Questions below for ‘Alternative Fields and Field Status’.


Program Details

ProgramKLM 8-aside, 2019-2020
RegistrationEnrolment is capped at KLM. No early-bird rate.
KLM emails ‘program start reminder’ to parents in late August.
Registration fees, timeline, refund policies, etc:
Cost$375 for 6 months of soccer led by staff coaches including two practices per week, league games, and winter gyms for Jan-Feb.

Financial assistance available (see Common Questions below)
Refunds are available prior to deadline (see Common Questions below)

CoachesValentinos (Head Coach), staff coaches TBA
VolunteersPlease see Common Questions below regarding volunteering opportunities.
Play levelsStarting at U11, players are tiered based on player ability. Please contact info@klmsoccer.com or visit the website to learn more about our player assessment process at http://klmsoccer.ca/assessments. KLM works to ensure the best development and experience for all players.
QuestionsFirst, look below to see answers to our most common questions.
Email questions, concerns, or suggestions to: info@klmsoccer.com

Common Questions: Safety Related

Safety is first. Please make coaches aware of any potential injuries or illnesses.

Appropriate Clothing?
For practices, players can wear shorts or pants. For games, players need to wear their team jerseys, shorts, and shorts. Note, players can wear thermal-wear under their shorts & jerseys for games. For cold and wet weather, please consider soccer-appropriate hats, gloves, rain-gear or thermal-wear to keep warm. This is a parent/player responsibility.

Common Questions: Alternative Fields and Field Status

Games are sometimes scheduled on alternate (gravel) fields due to weather concerns. KLM 8-aside alternative field is at: Walter Moberly Field – Gravel (1000 E 59th Ave)

City of Vancouver updates their field status every Friday afternoon: https://covapp.vancouver.ca/parkfinder/FieldStatus.aspx

Common Questions: Participation-Related

Player Development
Need more soccer? Note that in place of what was previously known as KLM Academy, all U11-U12 players are offered two week-day practices plus league games with full-time staff coaching as part of the cost of registration.

KLM Goalkeepers
Goalkeeping require a different set of skills and training. All interested KLM players will have the opportunity to learn goalkeeping, as well as receive training.

Parent Volunteers
KLM is a non-profit youth sports organization supported by the dedication of staff and volunteers alike. Please contact info@klmsoccer.com if interested in volunteering for KLM club or for your child’s age-group. Remember that team coaches rely on parents each week for communicating player availability, punctuality of players, goal net set-up, etc. Be part of making KLM better!

Common Questions: Money-Related

Financial Assistance?
KLM proudly supports soccer for all children, irrespective of financial capacity. Contact registrar@klmsoccer.com to arrange to speak about financial assistance through KidSport. Learn more about KidSport in your city; visit KidSport-Vancouver at:

Refunds are possible prior to deadline, less a $50 administration fee. The refund deadline for the upcoming season is April 15th. See www.klmsoccer.com/registration for further details. Requests and questions are to be emailed to the Registrar at registrar@klmsoccer.com.

Uniform Deposits?
Uniform deposits will be coordinated prior to season start.

Common Questions: People-Related

Parental Attitudes?
Parents have a big impact in youth sports. Modelling positive attitudes, sportsmanship, respectful behaviour and spectator roles is integral to success in youth soccer. Help our coaches make KLM soccer positive for all involved.

Bringing Issues Forward?
There are always surprises in youth soccer. Remember that fields, times, etc may be adjusted for many reasons, and sometimes at last minute. Please work with staff to model healthy and proactive communication. Please let your coach know if you have concerns, or if needed, forward your comments to feedback@klmsoccer.com and an appropriate KLM director will get back to you.

Giving back to KLM?
KLM is a community and volunteer-run organization. We genuinely and deeply thank the participation, support, and humour of all parents involved. Go KLM!

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