5U - 10U
What is First Skills?
Echo’s First Skills Program is a co-ed Rec+ soccer program for ages 5-10. First Skills players learn the game of soccer through playing games with an option for professional Coerver instruction, all while having a great time.
New 10U Division
Designed to ease the transition into travel play, our new 10U division allows older players to experience Rec+ play. 10U players may bridge to travel soccer by joining Echo's travel academy teams for games and training.
*Make the game fun to practice and play
*Provide a safe & educational experience
*Teach good sportsmanship and respect
*Value character and performance
*Develop skilled, confident, creative players
First Skills Info
First Skills is a pre-academy Recreational Plus soccer program aimed at introducing the fun of playing soccer to kids ages 5-10.
The program features weekly small-sided games where the kids can apply their skills and creativity simply by playing the game. Coerver training with experienced technical trainers is available as an add-on to help kids learn the fundamentals of soccer.
And weekday games mean you can keep your entire weekend free for other important things!
First Skills Winter Session
Ages: 5-10, co-ed
Dates: January 23 - February 27
Format: One game per week with paid coaches and officials.
Times: Games will be on Saturday mornings
Includes: 6 games, a game shirt, paid coaches, paid officials, and a dedicated First Skills Director.
Location: Echo Indoor Training Center
Enrollment is limited and players may be wait-listed. Have questions? Scroll down to our FAQs or contact us.
First Skills Director - Steven Smith
Echo's First Skills Director is Steven Smith. Steven is originally from Lucan, Ireland and played collegiate soccer in the United States. He is an Echo coach and has served as a regular guest trainer for many of Echo's teams.
As director, Steven's main responsibility is to ensure players have fun while learning from the game. Steven oversees our First Skills program and follows the progression of First Skills players into the Echo Academy.
When your child is ready to graduate from the First Skills program, the next step in his or her progression is to join Echo's academy.
Echo's Academy is the entry into its travel soccer pathway for kids ages 8-10.
Our new First Skills 10U division bridges the gap between Rec+ and travel for those players who are not quite ready for travel. At the 10U age group, players can continue playing in the First Skills program while also getting some game and training experience with our academy teams.
For more information about the Academy program, please visit our Academy page.