As viewers, we are always excited when someone like Messi goes on a mesmerizing dribble, taking defenders out of the game one by one on his way to goal, but if you transport yourself from watching a professional game to watching a U7s game, that dribbling becomes something of an afterthought to many (coaches, teammates, parents, etc.) because it is seen as risky or selfish. So on those sidelines of that U7 game, you will undoubtedly hear coaches, parents, and teammates telling (yelling at) the ball carrier to pass the ball, which is arguably the exact opposite of what players should be encouraged to do at that age.

Instead, they should be encouraged to dribble and develop the abilities that allow them to be comfortable on the ball because as they get older that need to be comfortable on the ball is something that they will have a harder time to get used to, either because the objective and balance of training sessions switches from a focus on technical development and one-ball-one-player approach, to a more collective, tactical approach.
How do we develop a love of the game? How do we make players more comfortable on the ball? How do we develop technical abilities in players?

There is certainly a progression to it all, but logically, at the U4-U8 age groups players will be encouraged to be on the ball as much as possible. All sessions in the Discover Phase will have a ball per player for at least 75% of the training session so they begin to feel comfortable on the ball. Moreover, only a small percentage of the activities designed by the MSB United technical department will include isolated, unopposed situations.

The emphasis will be on exposing our youngest players to a high number of game realistic scenarios, mainly 1v1 situations. Within those 1v1 situations, the focus will be on developing dribbling and scoring (shooting) skills. This fits with the psychological and mental capability profile of these young children, who let’s face it, are rather egocentric. They aren’t able to deal with complex decision making required to know when to dribble, and when and whom to pass. The point is, before we start developing the notion of soccer as a passing game, we must focus on the development of skills that suit where they are mentally and cognitively, like keeping the ball, running with the ball and scoring.
‘My first question is always: Can this player dribble? I only want players who have that skill so that’s always what I look at. I want full backs and central defenders and midfielders and inside forwards and winger who can dribble. Because you can learn control and good passing…So, yeah, dribbling, that’s the key.’ Pep Guardiola - one of the most successful soccer coaches of all times


The MSB United PDP provides players with age-specific training, preparing them to be successful in game realistic situations. This lays the foundation for them to progress in their journey towards maximizing their potential as soccer players.
MSB Juniors is our newest program for all kids in the Discover Phase, more specifically the U4-U8 age groups. Within the Discover Phase, the kids will be divided into three main training groups: U4-U6 / U7 / U8
KIDS BORN 2015 - 2017
Registration fee: $120.00
Session dates:
Session 1: Saturdays, October 30 to December 18 (Register now)
Session 2: Saturdays, January 8 to February 27 (Registration will open in December)
Time: 1-2pm*
Location: To Be Confirmed
Huntington Hills Community Centre - or - The Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel Community Church

*depending on the number of registrants, we may split into two different training times and add 2-3pm

Your MSB Registration will be accepted with the expectation that your child intends to play with our club.
REFUND POLICY (MSB Juniors U4 to U6): Once you have registered with MSB United Soccer Club, you may withdraw your application for a full refund minus $25.00 administration fee per player before the first session of the current program. Any requests made after the program has started will not receive a refund. Exceptions will be made for season-ending injuries and will be prorated.

Cost Includes:
  • 8 Training Sessions
  • MSB Juniors Training shirt

    Indoor shoes and shin guards are not supplied but must be worn at all sessions.

MSB United registration is completed through a team management platform called Teamsnap. When registering you will be asked to choose a payment method.

We accept the following payment methods:
  • Credit Card (plus a ~3% surcharge for processing). Credit Card payments may be made in full or split into periodic instalments.

  • E-transfer sent directly to with the player name in the memo field.

  • Cheques mailed immediately after registration to:
    MSB United Soccer Club
    Box 433
    300 - 8120 Beddington Blvd NW
    Calgary, AB T3K 2A8

  • Cash (payment must be arranged with our treasurer directly.)

  • Kidsport or Jumpstart applications. (Please notify the treasurer if you are making applications for funding and then forward your acceptance email to the treasurer once you receive notifications from those organizations.)
    KIDS BORN 2013/2014
    Our U7 and U8 teams play in the Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA) league.

    For details, visit the Indoor Page