Skills Institute

Winter Season Begins Week of December 2
Fall Season Begins Week of September 3

Open Enrollment, Join Anytime!

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About Skills Institute

Skills Institute is a developmental soccer program for boys and girls ages 5-10 years. With a 8:1 player to coach ratio, players will receive plenty of one on one attention as they explore their potential in the target areas of soccer. Classes will be offered in groups by age and skill level. Throughout each session players will be evaluated, experience chalk talks, video analysis, and the occasional homework assignment to practice at home. Players will walk away more confident, equipped for their next right step, and ready for life’s challenges on and off the field.

We offer many different class levels offered based on AGE and SKILL LEVEL.

  • Twelve (12) classes per session (one class per week). Skills Institute T-shirt and Skills Institute 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 students, teamwork, listening to instructions, and learning to interact and form a positive bond with their soccer coach.
  • All classes are held at the NCSP

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!

Class Locations & Schedules

North County Soccer Park

Winter Session Begins Week of Monday, December 2

Winter Schedule

Escondido Sports Center

Winter Session Begins Week of Wednesday, December 4

Winter Schedule

Level Descriptions

Skills Institute utilizes the same approach as our award-winning Lil’ Kickers program – age-appropriate curriculum taught by highly-trained coaches and designed to inspire kids to be active, strong, confident and well-adjusted in order to unleash their awesome both on and off the field.

Level 1

Ages 5/6, 7/8, 9-12

The focus will be on basic fundamentals of player development: dribbling, passing, shooting, trapping and how to use them effectively in a game. Level 1 will take players through weekly sessions of fundamental skill building and competitive drills/games to develop self-confidence in practice and game situations. Player to coach ratio is 8:1.

Level 2

Ages 5/6, 7/8, 9-12 (By Recommendation Only)

Focus will be on continual development of individual technique, history of the game, positioning, and speed and agility. Level 2 will take players through a challenging 1 hour weekly session of driving competence of the fundamentals, defining of positions, and development of personal strengths and how to contribute those strengths to enhance team play. Player to coach ratio is 8:1.

Level 3

Ages 9+ By Recommendation Only

Focus will be on individual position specific training, tactical insight, systems of play, as well as speed and agility. Level 3 will take players through a challenging 1 hour weekly session of mastery of the fundamentals, position responsibilities, tactical approaches, as well as attacking/defending. Player to coach ratio is 8:1.

SI Team Training

Trained Skills Institute Instructors will provide the entire team with technical instruction aimed at areas of improvement for your team specific. SI Team Training is a great way to enhance:

  • team chemistry
  • systems of play
  • tactical insight
  • positioning
  • speed & agility

This is a great crash course on smaller modified systems of play for teams who have not played indoor soccer or modified outdoor.