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Street Soccer League and 

GESC Program charts and info graphics for the website - GESC Rec Format chart fall 2024_ed

Please note how to read the above chart: the age groups being grouped together on the chart (1st - 2nd grade for example) does not mean that 1st graders will necessarily always be playing with 2nd graders, but that they use the same rules (4v4, size 3 or 4 ball) and follow the same schedule (Mondays and Wednesdays, games on Fridays).

GESC Developmental Soccer Model

For Pre-K through 5th Grade

The GESC Street Soccer League and Tournament is a brand new program that is designed to be an introduction to the beautiful game of soccer and maximize your child’s exposure, enjoyment, and development within the sport. There are so many life lessons that kids can get from playing soccer, but if they do not enjoy the sport they will not want to continue playing and can miss out on many of them. No tryouts are required and all levels are welcome.

Developing Skilled and Creative Players

There are no shortcuts to player development. Success requires a long-term approach and commitment and player success is directly correlated with the player environment a youth athlete is exposed to.


GESC provides it’s recreational players a fun, safe, and developmentally-appropriate learning environment where our program director and assistant director create practice lesson plans and assist and encourage volunteer coaches. 

Our Street Soccer sessions are designed to place players in a "pick-up game" format and let the players navigate how to best play the game of soccer. 


The GESC Developmental model encompasses both formal and creative learning methods to accomplish these goals and is designed to help the growth and development of young players both socially and technically so they are prepared to advance within the game at the level they desire.​

Soccer is also a game where the players are the ones making the decisions during the game, so it is reflected during training that we ask them and guide them to their own solutions.


Age groups are done by the school grade that your player will be entering starting in Fall 2024.

Introductory Phase

For Pre-K - K


Early Development Phase

For 1st through 5th grade


We have found that kids enjoy playing with a friend. The informal setup to our street soccer league allows for the flexibility of this.


Note that the competitive programs will still be organized by your player’s birth year as mandated by US Soccer, but we have flexibility on how we group kids in our Rec program to maximize their enjoyment. If this is ever not doable we may combine ages and genders to make more even teams in the spirit of more varied and better competition.

For any questions or inquiries please contact:



How To Register

Click the link at the top or bottom of this page or click here to register. If you have not registered before you will first need to make an account for your player(s).




Note: If you sign up after September 1st we will do our best to place your player but we may not be able to guarantee them a spot in the event that we are full.

For Financial Aid and Scholarship information see here.


Uniforms are provided and will be handed out by GESC. 

Key Dates

Weather permitting, the Street Soccer games start Monday, 9/9.

Pro Sessions start Wednesday, 9/11.

The Street Soccer Tournament will be on Friday 10/18 and Saturday 10/19.​


For more info on training session dates and times, please see the chart above.



The fact is that kids do not play in the same way that adults do. We have yet to see a group of 5 or even 7 year old kids - without serious adult intervention - go out on a soccer field and organize themselves into a set formation with set positions playing 11 players vs. 11 other players and then play an organized game. If you put a child out on the field with goals and a soccer ball what is the first thing they want to do? Score goals! 


As a result, and this is backed by a lot of research from the current best European soccer nations and others around the world on what is the best way to develop a kids’ love for and skill in soccer, we play with smaller numbers on the field. This gives kids more chances to do what they want: score goals.


As the kids get older and they start to understand bigger concepts, we will slowly integrate and add more players on the field. The more kids score goals the more they will enjoy soccer and the more they will want to play. The more they want to play the more they will play and the better they will get. Specific positional and tactical roles can come later. 


For more on specific tactical roles see our Elite Juniors Academy program and our Elite Competitive program. The U9/10 age group (starting with 2014/2015/2016 birth year players for Spring 2024) is the traditional year where players can choose to stay in the recreational program or choose to move into our Elite Juniors Academy and strive to reach the highest level of play, but before they get there our goal is to first get them to learn to love soccer and to love playing with a soccer ball.


Focus On Fundamental Skills

The GESC Rec program also focuses on individual skill development, on building confidence in players, and on maximizing player creativity by allowing kids to learn the game gradually in a fun, engaging environment. Our goal is to have the players feel comfortable and confident with a ball at their feet. Our provided training sessions, therefore introduce proper ball-handling basics and techniques through a series of age-appropriate activities that advance progressively. GESC players will be asked to use all parts and both of their feet to handle the ball.


By focusing on mastering the basics, GESC players will hopefully develop a confident first touch on the ball and progress to more advanced techniques as they get older. With a strong fundamental foundation, players will improve their chances of becoming excellent decision-makers with the ball and learn how to maintain poise when under pressure.


Focus on Creativity

GESC also believes in the huge benefits that come with playing in a semi-informal and unstructured play format, as they do in Central and South America, in Europe, and in other parts of the world. By introducing "street soccer" to our recreational soccer players, this format will keep the games fresh, competitive, and engaging for the players, and provide flexibility for families if they can't make every week. By breaking the overly structured model, players will have the opportunity to match up with players whose abilities technically and/or physically mirror their own, and at times, be matched up with players that are above their level.


Unlike traditional weekend games where players are assigned to a specific team, our staff will have the ability to manipulate the street soccer games to put players in different realistic situations, where they will have to rely on their individual technical skills, decision making, and creativity in order to make an impact. This type of environment is not only fun and very beneficial developmentally, but it will also be used for player identification purposes. The intention with the street soccer days is to allow the players to learn from the game. We want to see players solve problems, make decisions, and learn from making mistakes all with minimal coaching.

Other Important Notes and Details

Mini Dribblers for Players Aged 3-5

For those aged 3-5, we also have the Mini Dribblers available for those interested in less commitment. Mini Dribblers is a looser introduction to soccer with no set teams and plenty of fun games and is only one day a week for 4 weeks. 

Volunteer Coaches Needed

The Elite Rec Program is a community-based program and would not be able to function without your help. Please note that all Pre-K through 5th-grade games will need help from parents for the street soccer games on Mondays and especially Fridays. We will also need parents to help coach teams for the street soccer tournament 10/18-10/19.

If you are interested in coaching, please contact our Club Director at


Coaches will have a brief meeting at the first sessions of the season outlining the expectations of a coach and should be willing and able to pass a background check.

Location of Rec Games, Training Sessions, and Street Soccer Sessions

All games, training and street-soccer sessions are overseen by GESC staff are currently planned to be held at either the Bronken soccer fields or the Bozeman Sports Park soccer fields on the Northwest side of Bozeman. As the season gets closer more information will be sent out regarding this as well as a reminder on training session times (see the chart near the top of the page).


Note - all of the times and dates herein are subject to change depending on weather and field availability.

For more info or for any inquiries, contact:

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