Lil’ Kickers Soccer



Lil’ Kickers Current Session

Current Session End Dates: 
Check with the NCSP office

Lil’ Kickers Upcoming Session

Escondido Registration:
Priority Begins: Monday, July 24
Open Begins: Monday, July 31

Poway Registration:
Priority Begins: Monday, July 24
Open Begins: Saturday, July 31

Session Starts
EscondidoWeek of Wednesday, September 6th
Poway: Week of Tuesday, September 5th

NCSP Lil’ Kickers Program

REGISTER for the NEW Session! 

Escondido Fall 2017 Lil’ Kickers Session will begin the week of Wednesday, September 6th.

Poway Fall 2017 Lil’ Kickers Session will begin the week of Tuesday, September 5th.

To register, hit the “Register Online” button on the right-hand side of this page or call 858-748-4260.

North County Soccer Park’s Lil’ Kickers is a non-competitiveinstructional soccer program created to introduce children ages 18 months to 9 years old to the beautiful game of soccer. Lil’ Kickers classes develop important soccer skills such as dribbling, trapping, and shooting. Passing skills are also learned at the older ages. Developmentally appropriate equipment and games are used to teach your child the fundamentals of soccer in a fun, exciting, and positive environment.

  • Many different class levels offered based on AGE and SKILL LEVEL (click on specific class name under “Class Descriptions” on right-hand side of page for full class descriptions).
  • Ten (10) classes per session (one class per week). Lil’ Kickers T-shirt and Lil’ Kickers Award Medal included.
  • Trained Instructors use a weekly curriculum, but have the flexibility and experience to tailor the instruction for each specific class.
  • All children learn the important social skills of playing with other children, teamwork, listening to instructions, and learning to interact and form a positive bond with their soccer coach.
  • All classes are held at the North County Soccer Park.

Jon Martin, Director of Lil’ Kickers, or an NCSP Manager is available by phone at (858)748-4260 to answer any general questions you may have regarding the best class level for your child. We look forward to having your child join the NCSP Lil’ Kickers Program!

To view the current Lil’ Kickers schedule, please click on “Lil’ Kickers Poway Schedule” or “Lil’ Kickers Escondido Schedule” on the right-hand side of this page.

Class Descriptions:

  • Bunnies (18-24 months, Parent/Child class)

    The Bunnies class is designed for toddlers and parents to explore basic soccer and movement activities to develop gross motor skills and to teach the fundamental skill of kicking the ball using feet. Social skill building is a key element of the Bunnies class, where children learn to play with others and start interacting with their soccer coach in addition to their parent. Activities include Score-a-Goal! game, Squishy Balls, parachute activities, and the famous Cone Towers! Class is 50 minutes, once a week, child to coach ratio of 15:1.

  • Thumpers (2 years, Parent/Child Class)

    Thumpers is a parent/child class that introduces 2-year-old children to the basic concepts of soccer, including dribbling the soccer ball using feet (not hands!), trapping, and shooting. Parents help guide children through the activities as they begin to learn to listen to the Lil’ Kickers Coach’s instructions and to interact with other children in the class. Class is 50 minutes, once a week, child to coach ratio is 12:1.

  • Cottontails (2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years, Parent/Child Class)

    Cottontails is a parent/child class, but it is designed to encourage your child to gain more independence and to start interacting more with the Lil’ Kickers coach rather than just interacting with you, the parent. Parents certainly are encouraged to help their child with the activities as needed. However, your child’s Cottontails Coach will enthusiastically engage your child in various soccer-related activities to promote more and more independent interaction between player and coach. Cottontails focus on dribbling the soccer ball using feet only (not hands!), trapping, and shooting. During the activities, teamwork and interacting positively with the Lil’ Kickers Coach are emphasized. Class is 50 minutes, once a week, child to coach ratio is at least 7:1.

  • Hoppers (3-4 years, Beginner)

    The Hoppers class is a great introduction to soccer for your 3- or 4-year-old child. Hoppers learn the basics of dribbling the soccer ball (using their feet, not hands, and keeping the ball close), trapping, and shooting. Parents watch close by on the sidelines as their Hoppers learn to interact with and listen to their Lil’ Kickers Coach. Hoppers also learn the concepts of teamwork and playing well with other children in the class. Help your Hoppers-aged child discover why soccer is the world’s most popular sport! Class is 50 minutes, once a week, child to coach ratio of 7:1.

  • Jackrabbits (3-4 years, Intermediate)

    Jackrabbits is a class designed for 3- and 4-year-olds who have either completed the Hoppers level or have other soccer experience (school, league, or backyard) and have strong listening skills and are independent. Jackrabbits classes will focus on more complex ball skills (for example, passing and shielding). Although individual soccer skills are still the primary focus in this class, Jackrabbits will be introduced to scrimmages (small-sided soccer games) to demonstrate that soccer is played with one ball that two different teams are going after at the same time. Understanding this concept is a big developmental step. Prior to scrimmaging, young children are always taught to share and not take away other children’s toys, etc. Our Lil’ Kickers instructors are very experienced in helping children to transition to the concept that it is perfectly okay to take the ball away from the other team when playing a soccer game! Shinguards are mandatory in this class. All other soccer equipment is provided. Class is 50 minutes, once a week, child to coach ratio of 7:1.

  • Big Feet (5-6 years, Beginner)

    Big Feet classes provide a great introduction to the sport of soccer for your 5- or 6-year-old child. Big Feet players learn to dribble the ball close to their feet (no hands!), to trap the ball for better ball control, and to shoot and score goals. All of this learning by your Big Feet player takes place in a non-competitive environment. This is a key requirement for children this age to learn to love the sport of soccer. Often times, 5- and 6-year-old children with no soccer experience or skills join soccer leagues where well-intentioned parents excitedly scream from the sidelines that the player is going the wrong way or doesn’t know what they’re doing. Children can shut down in this type of environment. Big Feet classes allow children to learn the fundamentals of soccer without the pressure of a competitive game. Although the focus in Big Feet is on individual soccer skills, Big Feet players also will learn teamwork and passing skills when they are introduced to scrimmages (or small-sided games) where two “teams” are going after one soccer ball. Class is 50 minutes, once a week, child to coach ratio of 12:1.

  • Micro League (4-9 years, Experienced)

    Micro Classes for either 4- and 5-year-olds or 6- to 9-year-olds provide more advanced soccer skills training and weekly scrimmages for your soccer player. Micro League-ers continue to work on dribbling and ball control skills, but also work on shielding, “give and go’s”, and other team-related tactics and strategies. Each class includes 30 minutes of instruction to work on individual and team skills, and then 20 minutes of scrimmage to work on applying those skills in a “game” setting (i.e., 2 “teams” going after 1 ball). The Lil’ Kickers coaches periodically stop the scrimmage to instruct the players on how to improve their game skills and tactics. Shinguards are mandatory. Class is 50 minutes, once a week, 30 minutes instruction/20 minute scrimmage, child to coach ratio of at least 12:1.


  • Skills (5-8 years, Experienced)
    Skills classes focus on continual development of individual technique, field awareness, and combination play.  Classes will take players through a challenging 50-minute session of driving competence of the fundamentals, possession, and development of personal strengths and how to contribute those strengths to enhance team play.
    Skills Levels
  • Skills Level 1 5-6 years (Micro experience required)
  • Skills Level 2 5-6 years (Invite only)
  • Skills Level 1 7-8 years (Micro experience required)
  • Skills Level 2 7-8 years (Invite only)