Northwest United’s ‘NEXT GENERATION’ program is for boys and girls of the 2017 birth year and players born in 2016 not involved in the NWU Academy. During this program, players are taught fundamental soccer skills then put into small sided (2v2, 3v3, 4v4) games to find their own way to use them on the field. While traditional recreation programs play 6v6 or 8v8, fewer players on the field ensures each player gets more touches on the ball, and plays a bigger part of the game. Coaches will follow a curriculum so players are learning new skills each week within small sided games. With a player centered environment, coaches allow players the opportunity to experiment, try things, and make their own decisions. There are also no referees, and players keep score (or not), with an emphasis on trying new skills rather than winning. All our staff are qualified soccer professionals, experienced in working with these age groups.