MSB Academy is an exciting new program that we are starting this indoor season.
The MSB United Academy Program will focus on exposing players to game-based situations where they can further refine their ability to perform soccer specific actions (e.g. passing, creating space, shooting, etc.).

We believe that 1 vs 1 situations are at the core of youth player development, but it is vital that players are also able to recognize space, teammates, and opposition around them, thus the importance of the games-based approach in the Academy Program.

Research into coaching practice within soccer commonly reports that coaches employ a “traditional” approach to skill acquisition. Traditional coaching approaches assume that technique needs to be mastered prior to game play, but these approaches focus on the practice of technical skills often in overly simplistic and unpressurized situations that do not mimic the demands of real game play. This direct approach can create a separation between technique and tactical knowledge, leading to a disconnect between practice and game play where players are not able to respond to game situations.

MSB United believes that the game-based approach is the most effective way to improve decision-making, skill execution, and physical fitness in youth soccer.

The MSB United Player Development Phases (PDP) provide players with age-specific training, preparing them to be successful in realistic game situations. This lays the foundation for them to progress in their journey towards maximizing their potential as soccer players.
Whereas the purpose of the Acquire Phase (U9-U12) is to develop the core skills, the Consolidate Phase is about learning how to apply them in a functional way. In the Consolidate Phase the focus shifts towards learning to play as a team and developing an understanding of the team tasks during the main moments (attacking; defending; transitioning), as well as the specific tasks that go with the individual team positions.

Similar to the sessions of the Acquire Phase (U9-U12), the sessions of the Consolidate Phase are also ‘theme based’. While in the Acquire Phase the ‘theme’ of a session focuses on one of the four core skills (first touch; running with the ball; 1 v 1; striking the ball), in the Consolidate Phase the ‘theme’ of a session focuses on one of the main moments of the game (attacking, defending & transitions), and the team tasks within that main moment. To design the Consolidate Phase sessions more practically, we have subdivided the main moments of the game into the following themes:
Playing out from the back
Midfield Play
Creating Scoring Opportunities
Disturbing / Pressuring
Regaining Possession
Team and player actions when we win the ball
Team and player actions when we lose the ball
Since Consolidate Phase sessions should strive for game realistic scenarios, the practices must include game specific resistances such as opponents, team-mates, direction, rules and appropriate dimensions. As a consequence, in Consolidate Phase sessions often all three Main Moments take place continuously, but the coaching focus is on one of them.

Consolidate Phase sessions consist of 4 components:
  • Warm Up - Typically with the ball (e.g. passing combinations), and ideally including a level of decision making
  • Positioning Games - In these activities players learn to create several options for the ball carrier through proper positioning. Additionally, players will improve their decision making by learning to choose the most effective option
  • Phase of Play - This is the part of the session where conscious teaching and learning of the designated team task (e.g. playing out from the back) takes place
  • Training Game - This is the traditional game at the end of a session. In our approach however this is not just a ‘free’ game. It is a game that contains all the elements of the real game but with rules and constraints that ensure the designated Team Task is emphasized.
All players in the Consolidate Phase will take part in the MSB Academy Program. In addition to the Academy Program, volunteer head coaches will deliver an extra team practice on a weekly-basis for the entire duration of the season. Our technical team will work closely with our volunteer coaches to ensure they receive all the support in terms of session plans and areas to focus on in order to maximize player learning.


The COVID-19 outbreak is an ongoing and ever-changing situation. There will be specific COVID related protocols that need to be adhered to this indoor season both for training with MSB United and for playing games through CMSA.

Please review the following information in regards to MSB United's COVID-19 Training Guidelines, and CMSA's COVID-19 guidelines that will be required for game attendance.

This information is subject to change and will be updated as the pandemic continues to develop.
COVID-19 Training Guidelines(View Page)
CMSA COVID-19 Guidelines(VIEW PDF) Updated Aug 16
Registration Cost: $520
Volunteer fee: $100
Academy Fees
(to be determined and will be invoiced once team tiers have been finalized)

Developmental Soccer (Tier A/B): Maximum $325.00 for up to 22 sessions*
Recreational Soccer (Tier C/D): Maximum $175 for up to 11 sessions*

*Number of sessions will depend on available training space and will be confirmed with each team.

Your MSB Registration will be accepted with the expectation that your child intends to play with our club.
REFUND POLICY (CMSA U7 to U19): Once you have registered with MSB United Soccer Club, you may withdraw your application for a full refund minus a $100.00 administration fee per player until three weeks prior to final CMSA roster submission.
Any requests made after this date will not receive a refund. Exceptions will be made for season-ending injuries and will be prorated.

  • Team practices
  • Tier I-II: up to 22 MSB Academy sessions
  • Tier III-V: up to 11 MSB Academy sessions
  • CMSA league games. (Tournaments are team optional and an additional fee)
  • Training shirt, shorts and socks.
  • Game jersey (to be returned at the end of the season)

  • Indoor shoes and shin guards are not supplied but must be worn at all practices and games.
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 treasurer@msbunited.com 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.)
    Volunteering Requirement:
    MSB United Soccer Club is run mainly by our outstanding volunteers! We need help from our soccer families with a number of activities. When registering, a $100 volunteer fee will be applied to your registration fee.

    You will be asked to select your preferred volunteer position from a list of available positions and we will do our best to accommodate your request. (Check out our Volunteer Page for descriptions.) At the end of the season you may be refunded the $100 fee for completing approved volunteer hours.

    If you would prefer to pay the $100 and do not wish to volunteer, simply select "OPT OUT OF VOLUNTEERING."

    **Please note that volunteering during your child's game or practice for regular activities such as linesman, field marshall, bench parent, scorekeeping or team equipment manager, does not qualify you for a volunteer refund. This is a regular part of participating on a soccer team.


    All U17 teams will play in the Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA) league.

    Season: Saturday, October 31 - Sunday, March 7
    Post Season Play:
    Tier I - Provincial Competition (TBA)
    Tier II-IV - Provincial Competition (TBA)

    Practice Schedule:
    Tier I/II: 1-2 MSB Academy sessions and one team practice per week.
    Tier III-V: One MSB Academy session and one team practice per week.
    Location TBD
    Day and time will be determined by your coaching staff.

    Game Schedule:

    Boys and Girls play games on any day of the week.
    Game Location:
    Games will be played on CMSA provided fields.
    Game Format:
    Tiers I & II will play 7 vs 7 soccer with two 30 minute halves
    Tiers III-V will play Boarded Soccer (6 vs 6) with two 25 minute halves

    Referees scheduled and paid by CMSA.

    Team Formation:

    MSB United has decided to replace the traditional team tryouts format, with a more holistic approach.

    Placement of players on MSB United teams is determined by gender, age, number of players in that specific age group, player report cards from previous seasons (returning players), end of season team evaluations provided by technical team, and new players joining the club.

    The team formation process involves the following steps:

    1. Players register with the club for the upcoming season.
    2. Returning players are temporarily placed on their teams from the previous season, while new players will be temporarily placed in age appropriate training groups.
    3. Players stay in their training groups until the CMSA preseason team registration deadline. During this time, head coaches and the MSB United Academy Team will review player report cards from the previous season (for returning players), and also evaluate returning and new players in training sessions.
    4. Players are now temporarily placed on their teams for the duration of the CMSA preseason. During this time, players are constantly evaluated by their coaches and Academy Team to ensure their initial placement was accurate.
    5. Last piece of our team formation process is finalizing the rosters for the CMSA regular season. At this stage, players may be moved to a higher/lower tier based on their performance in training sessions and games during the CMSA preseason.
    All teams are coached by parent volunteers. While soccer knowledge and playing experience is definitely an asset, it is not necessary to coach.

    Our MSB Academy Team will support each coach and provide them with weekly lesson plans and detailed activities to use in practices.
    We have many experienced coaches who are willing to help mentor new coaches to make sure all of our teams succeed.

    MSB United provides coaching education to all of our coaches. Starting with the Soccer Canada Community Stream Workshops and working up to the Provincial C Licence coaching certificate. To find out more about these coaching programs, visit our COACHING page.

    If you are interested in coaching with MSB United, please email our Director of Coaching and we will ensure you are supported every step of the way.

    MSB United Soccer Club believes that every child should have the opportunity to play.

    Do you need help with funding for your child's registration fees? Both Kidsport and Jumpstart are here to help keep kids in the game.  They do not apply the funding to technical training fees, but MSB has payment plans to help you out.  Contact Us to find out more.