MIFC Juniors Program
MIFC Juniors is a program for seven and eight year olds (U8 and U9 age groups) that love soccer and are interested in discovering what a high-level training and playing environment looks and feels like. MIFC Juniors teaches the fundamental principles that enable players to compete at the highest levels someday, all while growing their passion for the sport.
The MIFC Age Chart is a guide to soccer opportunities at each birth age.
When does the Juniors season start and end?
There are three "seasons" for MIFC Juniors (Summer session, Fall session and Winter/Spring session).
The Summer session starts in early July and ends in late August (1-9 weeks) and the Fall session begins immediately after concluding with a jamboree in mind-November (11-12 weeks). The Winter/Spring session starts in in January and runs into April (exact timing depends on the competition of your team enters, but will typically be at least 10 weeks, and up to 14 weeks). Kids can play in one, two or all of Summer, Fall and Winter/Spring sessions.
When, where, and how often, are practices and games?
During the Summer, players train twice a week on Mercer Island and might play in one or two weekend jamborees. In September, twice-per-week training on the Island continues, and games begin on the weekends. In the past, all training sessions were on Monday/Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm, but please note this is subject to change based on coach and field availability.
For the majority of Juniors players, games in Fall and Winter/Spring are on Sundays at Bellevue Community College, Newport Heights Elementary or Mercer Island, in the newly formed Junior Development League. A small minority of U9 teams might enter a Fall league (North Puget Sound League) that plays on Saturdays around the greater Puget Sound Region and in the Winter/Spring, enter Founders Cup (January) and Presidents Cup (March/April).
What is the cost?
The Summer session a la carte price is $300. Fall is $500. For kids that play in both, MIFC will be able to credit you back $100, making the total cost $700 for Summer and Fall combined.
The Winter/Spring session will have separate registration and cost $500-$800, depending on which competitions your child’s team decides to enter.
How are teams formed?
Teams are usually formed after the first few weeks of training depending on the developmental level (skills, ability to focus and listen, etc.). The goal is to create the most effective training and playing environment for your child to learn and grow. Because players learn and grow at different rates, players might switch between training and game groups throughout the season.
What is the difference between Recreational Soccer and MIFC Juniors? How do I know which one to sign-up for?
The key differences are that Recreational soccer has volunteer coaches and plays from late August through mid-November, while MIFC Juniors hires a paid coaching staff and has a longer season from July through mid-November. Juniors also offers a Winter/Spring season for those that want to keep going.
Both programs are open to all, but Juniors is generally best suited for kids who are motivated to learn, can focus at practices and games, and can commit to a longer season than the recreational program.
Still not sure which program is right for your child? Send a note to [email protected] and [email protected] for advice.
When is registration?
Registration for Summer and Fall Juniors opens in April. Winter registration will open in December.