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.
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.
MSB Juniors is a 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 as follows: U4-U6, U7, and U8.
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?
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 Academy Team will include isolated, unopposed situations.

The emphasis will be on exposing our youngest players to a high number of game realistic scenarios, mainly 1 vs 1 situations. Within those 1 vs 1 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 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 Fee: $320.00
Volunteer Fee: $100.00
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.

  • All practices and CMSA league games.
  • Game jersey, MSB Juniors training shirt, shorts and socks.

    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 U8 teams will play in the Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA) league.

    Season: Saturday, October 31 - Sunday, February 28
    Winter Break (no games): Monday, December 21 to Sunday, January 3, 2021
    Practice Schedule:
    Once per week.
    Location TBD
    Day and time will be determined by your coaching staff.

    Game Schedule:

    One game per week
    U8 Girls: Play games on Sundays
    U8 Boys: Play games on Sundays
    Game Location:
    Games will be played on CMSA provided fields.
    Game Format:
    4 vs 4 with no goal keeper
    There are no referees at this age group.

    Team Formation:
    Players at this age will not will be placed on teams in random order.
    Special requests regarding player placement can be made by emailing the U8 Age Group Coordinator.
    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.