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Niceville PAL Soccer League

Start Smart

What is Smart Start Soccer?
Start Smart Soccer is a developmentally appropriate introductory soccer program for children 3-5 years old. The program prepares children for organized soccer in a fun, non-threatening environment. Start Smart is created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports. It is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe sports environment.

Parent Participation required!

This program requires the parent or responsible adult to attend each session with the child. Parents are their child’s first coach, engaging in activities and supporting their child’s skills and development of soccer skills with the support of Start Smart instructors.

This is an introduction to organized sports, it’s a great fun way to see if your family is ready for the next step of team sports!!

What do I need to buy?

» A size 3 ball, no shin guards or cleats are required, just closed toe shoes.

» Bring water to hydrate

When is Start Smart during the 2021 season?

» Tuesdays, starting September 21st and running through October 26th
   » Two Tuesday sessions - 5:15pm to 6:00pm or 6:15pm to 7:00pm, choose which session you prefer when registering
» Thursdays, starting September 23rd and running through October 28th
   » Two Thursday sessions - 5:15pm to 6:00pm or 6:15pm to 7:00pm, choose which session you prefer when registering
» Each session will be limited to 35 participants
» Thursdays will also be make-up days in the event of weather on Tuesdays

» There are no games, it is a “skills only” based program

Registering for the 2021 season
Registration for Smart Start 2021 begins online starting May 15th and concludes on September 12th.  There will be two in-person registration events - see the 2021 SEASON link above for details about in-person registration.  The registration cost is $20 plus a $3 service charge from Sports Connect.

If you have any questions that have not been answered you may contact PAL via email [email protected] or Bernie Busovne 850-830-3463.


We look forward to seeing you and your child out on the pitch in the fall.