Lil’ Kickers

SOCCER FOR KIDS: AGES 18 MONTHS - 9 YEARS

Step onto the field during any Lil’ Kickers class and you will find a transformed world created just for your child. Our well-trained coaches will thrill your child with 50 minutes of highly creative, high-energy and age-appropriate activities that serve as a great introduction to soccer. They will help your child master developmental milestones, appropriate for their age.

Because Lil’ Kickers is primarily a child development program, our purpose is to help children mature on all levels. Our program focuses on helping children build strong physical, intellectual and emotional skills that will help them be successful on and off the soccer field. We believe in teaching children in ways that suit their developmental level, so you won’t see adult-like skill drills in our classes, but you will see teaching methods specifically designed to create an atmosphere that is effective and fun. You will also see happy, confident and sweaty kids who are eager to learn and want to keep coming back for more.

Whether your child is new to soccer or has already developed a love for the game, the progressive nature of Lil’ Kickers offers a place for children at every level. Our convenient class times provide families options to accommodate multiple children and busy schedules.

Enrollment is always open and classes are pro-rated!

Not sure where to place your Lil’ Kicker? We have a variety of choices for ages 18 months to nine years. You can view our class descriptions here.

Aly Wagner

Former Professional Soccer Player, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, & Mother of 4

I love that Lil’ Kickers combines soccer and child development principles. The fun, non-competitive classes are a great way to nurture children’s love for the game while supporting important milestones in their growth & development.

Matthew Trujillo

Youth Pastor, Family Community Church - San Jose, CA

For the last couple of years we had the Lil’ Kickers Program come in on a Sunday Morning to work with our children and it’s been such an exciting time. When they come in the kids always look forward to it, because the coaches bring an energy and excitement with them and they do such a great job working with our kids. We couldn’t be happier and we look forward to working with them for many years to come

Class Schedule

Lil’ Kickers Class Schedule

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Our convenient class times provide families options to accommodate multiple children and busy schedules. Contact Us to set up a free trial!

In our weekly Lil’ Kickers classes, kids learn fundamental soccer skills alongside important life skills. Our programs are based on innovative curricula while our instructors concentrate on building important skills necessary to be successful in life: self-esteem, physical strength, and social skills. Find out why more than 109,000 kids nationwide have a blast each week!

Winter Session Schedule 2023
November 27th – March 10th

Priority Registration Opens Oct 21st.

Registration Opens to the Public Oct 28th.

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No class Dec 18th through Jan 1st

Spring Session Schedule 2024
March 11th – June 2nd

Priority Registration Opens Feb 10th.

Registration Opens to the Public Feb 17th.

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No class March 31st

Class Descriptions

LIL’ KICKERS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Soccer for kids ages 18 months – 9 years

Explore Our Classes!

Not sure where to place your Lil’ Kicker? We have a variety of choices for ages 18 months to nine years. Class descriptions are below:
Bunnies (18 – 24 Months) – Parent & Child Classes
Thumpers (2-3 Years) – Parent & Child Classes
Cottontails (2.5-3.5 Years) – Parent & Child Classes
Hoppers (3 & 4 Years) – Beginning
Jackrabbits (3 & 4 Years) – Intermediate
Big Feet (5 & 6 years) – Beginning
Micro 4/5 Class (4 & 5 Years) – Intermediate
Micro 6/7 Class (6 & 7 Years) – Intermediate
Micro 8/9 Class (8 & 9 Years) – Intermediate

BUNNIES

18 - 24 months (Parent/Child)
Bunnies classes introduce toddlers to soccer with games that allow them to run, play as a  group and kick a ball. Geared toward a toddler’s unique way of learning, they learn balance and coordination.

  • Bunnies classes are 50 minutes long
  • Parent participation is required
  • The ratio for Bunnies classes is 12:1 with parents on the field

THUMPERS

2 - 3 years (Parent/Child)
Thumpers and their parents play organized games together to develop listening skills, balance, cooperation, sharing, ball skills and foot-eye coordination. Thumpers is the ideal next step for Bunnies veterans who are not yet old enough for the Hoppers level, and a perfect introduction to Lil’ Kickers for new players.

  • 50-minute class
  • Parent participation is required
  • Child/coach ratio: 12:1 (with parents on field)

COTTONTAILS

2.5 - 3.5 years (Parent/Child)
Cottontails is designed for children who are ready for more of a challenge than a Thumpers class, but who are not quite ready to be on the field without a parent or caregiver. The Cottontails curriculum is designed to build fundamental skills such as balance, coordination, and ball kicking in addition to helping build a sense of independence. As children progress through the session and become ready for more independence, parents can choose to transition to a less active role in the class.

  • 50-minute class
  • Parent participation is required
  • Child/coach ratio: 12:1 (with parents on field)

HOPPERS

3 - 4 years (Beginner)

Hoppers classes are fun and fast-paced, focusing on improving balance, coordination, and fundamental soccer skills. We utilize creative games to help kids develop listening skills, cooperation, and teamwork. Hoppers classes are the first class where children participate independently.

  • 50-minute class
  • Child/coach ratio: 7:1

JACKRABBITS

3 - 4 years (Intermediate)

Jackrabbits classes are designed to help transition children into non-competitive team play. Children learn basic soccer skills (dribbling, passing, trapping, scoring) and are introduced to more one-ball- oriented games and scrimmaging. Scrimmages focus on building teamwork and helping players understand how to apply skills in different situations. Some non-competitive soccer games are introduced.

  • 50-minute class
  • Child/coach ratio: 7:1

BIG FEET

5 - 6 years (Beginner)

Big Feet classes are for five and six year-olds who have not played a lot of soccer before, or who respond better to a low-key environment. Classes build basic soccer skills (dribbling, passing, trapping, scoring) and develop a sense of confidence on the field. Players will also learn sportsmanship and team play. Some small-sided, yet non-competitive soccer games are played to enhance learning how to apply skills in game situations.

• Big Feet classes are 50 minutes long
• The ratio for Big Feet classes is 12:1

MICRO CLASSES

4/5, 6/7, & 8/9 years

Micro Classes are developmental and non-competitive for intermediate players. Proper soccer techniques are progressively introduced and as kids grow and master various skills, they are introduced to more complex soccer skills. Micro Classes are for kids who have played soccer before either in Lil’ Kickers or another program.

  • 50-minute class (15-20 minutes of instruction; 20-25 minutes of scrimmaging)
  • Teams for scrimmage field a maximum of four players at a time
  • Everyone gets equal playing time
  • No goalies, no score-keeping, no league standings
  • Child/coach ratio: 12:1

SKILLS INSTITUTE

5/6, 7/8, & 9 - 12 years
Take the next step with Skills Institute – a soccer development program. Our players have fun learning and improving technical and tactical soccer skills while tackling key developmental milestones. Learn more.

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Program Policies and FAQs

FAQs

Customers may transfer their child at any point in the session.

All class transfers are dependant upon space availability.

Make-ups are done on a space-available basis.

Make-ups do not carry over into the next session.

No spaces in any class are guaranteed without payment.
All registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Lil’ Kickers Annual Registration is required for all participants.
All first-time trial classes are free of charge.
Customers may only do trials in classes that have space available.
Parents are required to stay within view of the field/coach during their child’s class.

Multiple Class Discount: Any participants who register for two or more classes per week, in the same session qualify for a $24 discount off the second session.

Sibling Discounts: Siblings are defined as children that reside in the same household and are under the care of the same parent/guardian.
Discounts apply when registration for multiple children are done at the same time, in the same invoice.

*Discounts only apply to full session registration. One discount per session.

Special group-pricing and scheduling is available.  Any interested group should contact our Lil’ Kickers Coordinator by Clicking Here.

Meet the Coaches

Coach Annika
Coach Annika Seasons Coached: 7
Favorite Color: Light Purple
Favorite Animal: Koala
Favorite Movie: Enchanted
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently Coaching: Bunnies, Hoppers, Jackrabbits, & Micro 6/7

Coach Ashley
Coach AshleySeasons Coached: 5
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Dolphin
Favorite Movie: Home Alone
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently Coaching: Thumpers, Hoppers, Micro 6/7, & Skills Level 2 5/6

Coach Chris
Coach ChrisSeasons Coached: 5
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Turtle
Favorite Movie: Minions
Favorite Super-Hero: The Flash

Currently Coaching: Thumpers, Hoppers, Jackrabbits, Big Feet, & Micro 6/7

Coach Colton
Coach ColtonSeasons Coached: 1
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Cheetah
Favorite Movie: Super Mario Bros
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently Coaching: Jackrabbits & Micro 4/5

Coach Fatima
Coach FatimaSeasons Coached: 20
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Sea Otter
Favorite Movie: Frozen II
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently Coaching: Hoppers, Micro 6/7, & Skills Level 2 7/8

Coach Gabby
Coach GabbySeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Light pink
Favorite Animal: Horse
Favorite Movie: Lilo and Stitch
Favorite Super-Hero: Wonder Woman

Currently Coaching: Bunnies, Thumpers, Cottontails, Jackrabbits, & Big Feet

Coach Jaren
Coach JarenSeasons Coached: 4
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Koala
Favorite Movie: Avengers: Endgame
Favorite Super-Hero: Hawkeye

Currently Coaching: Bunnies, Cottontails, & Jackrabbits

Coach Jason
Coach JasonSeasons Coached: 7
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Meerkat
Favorite Movie: Cars
Favorite Super-Hero: Batman

Currently Coaching: Hoppers, Thumpers, Jackrabbits, Big Feet, & Micro 4/5

Coach Kaitlynn
Coach KaitlynnSeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Panda
Favorite Movie: Home Alone
Favorite Super-Hero: Wonder Woman

Currently Coaching: Hoppers, Jackrabbits, Big Feet, & Micro 4/5

Coach Kriselle
Coach KriselleSeasons Coached: 1
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Animal: Bear
Favorite Movie: Up
Favorite Super-Hero: Captain America
Coach Landry
Coach LandrySeasons Coached: 9
Favorite Color: Light Green
Favorite Animal: Orca
Favorite Movie: Avengers: End Game
Favorite Super-Hero: Iron Man

Currently Coaching: Micro 4/5, Skills Level 1 7/8, Skills Level 2 7/8, and Skills Level 1 9/12

Coach Lauren
Coach LaurenSeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Stringray
Favorite Movie: Aladdin
Favorite Super-Hero: Dr. Strange

You’ll catch me at the front desk too!

Coach Lilly
Coach LillySeasons Coached: 1
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Animal: Snail
Favorite Movie: Wall-E
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman
Coach Lovina
Coach LovinaSeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Animal: Tiger
Favorite Movie: Luca
Favorite Super-Hero: Black Panther

Currently Coaching: Bunnies, Thumpers, Cottontails, Hoppers, Jackrabbits, Big Feet, Micro 6/7

Coach Matthew
Coach MatthewSeasons Coached: 5
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Animal: Lion
Favorite Movie: Finding Nemo
Favorite Super-Hero: Iron Man

Currently Coaching: Thumpers, Hoppers, Jackrabbits, Micro 4/5, & Micro 8/9

Coach Meher
Coach MeherSeasons Coached: 1
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Koala
Favorite Movie: Aladdin
Favorite Super-Hero: Super Girl
Coach Nathan
Coach NathanSeasons Coached: 4
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Movie: Transformers: The Last Night
Favorite Super-Hero: Black Panther

Currently Coaching: Cottontails, Hoppers, Big Feet, Micro 8/9, and Skills Level 1 5/6

Coach Nick
Coach NickSeasons Coached: 5
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Turtle
Favorite Movie: Sonic 2
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently Coaching: Jackrabbits, Micro 6/7, Skills Level 1 7/8, & Skills Level 2 7/8

Coach Quy
Coach QuySeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Panda
Favorite Movie: Top Gun: Maverick
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently Coaching: Bunnies, Cottontails, Thumpers, Hoppers, Big Feet, Micro 6/7, & Skills Level 1 9/12

Coach Ray
Coach RaySeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Raccoon
Favorite Movie: The Lorax
Favorite Super-Hero: Batman

Currently Coaching: Jackrabbits, Big Feet, Micro 4/5, Micro 6/7, Skills Level 1 5/6, Skills Level 1 7/8, & Skills Level 1 9/12

Coach Raz
Coach RazSeasons Coached: 1
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Elephant
Favorite Movie: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Favorite Super-Hero: Captain America
Coach Tyler
Coach TylerSeasons Coached: 1
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Turtle
Favorite Movie: Puss in Boots
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently coaching: Thumpers, Hoppers, & Big Feet

Coach Veronica
Coach VeronicaSeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Turtle
Favorite Movie: The Princess and the Frog
Favorite Super-Hero: Supergirl

Currently Coaching: Cottontails, Hoppers, Micro 4/5, & Micro 6/7

Coach Malaya - Social Media Specialist
Coach Malaya - Social Media SpecialistSeasons Coached: 9
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Panda
Favorite Movie: Moana
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently taking pictures & videos for Lil’ Kickers’ social media!
I handle @lilkickerssj on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok!

Coach Jordan - LK Coordinator
Coach Jordan - LK CoordinatorSeasons Coached: 31
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Octopus
Favorite Movie: Cars
Favorite Super-Hero: The Flash
Coach Aarushi
Coach AarushiSeasons Coached: 4
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Animal: Cat
Favorite Movie: National Treasure
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently studying at UC Santa Cruz! Go Banana Slugs!
Coach Aarushi will be back in the Winter Session!

Coach Ashrith
Coach AshrithSeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Animal: Monkey
Favorite Movie: Frozen
Favorite Super-Hero: Iron Man

Currently studying at Loyola Marymount University! Go Lions!
Coach Ashrith will be back in the Winter Session!

Coach Praneeth
Coach PraneethSeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Koala
Favorite Movie: Rush Hour
Favorite Super-Hero: Spiderman

Currently studying at UC Riverside! Go Highlanders!
Coach Praneeth will be back in the Winter Session!

Coach Randall
Coach RandallSeasons Coached: 5
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Animal: Wolf
Favorite Movie: Star Wars Episode 4
Favorite Super-Hero: Spider Man

Currently studying at UC Santa Cruz! Go Banana Slugs!
Coach Randall will be back in the Winter Session!

Coach Soreya
Coach SoreyaSeasons Coached: 2
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Animal: Panda
Favorite Movie: McFarland USA
Favorite Super-Hero: Black Panther

Currently studying at UC Davis! Go Aggies!
Coach Soreya will be back in the Winter Session!

Enrichment in Motion

Are you looking for a fun, child-centered sports program which fosters physical, social, cognitive and emotional growth?

Lil’ Kickers at The Plex now offers a new Enrichment in Motion Program perfect for before and/or after school or part of your physical education program!

Contact lilkickers@gotoplex.com for more information.

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