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Niceville PAL Soccer League

Start Smart

NEW!  Smart Start letter and practice protocols (as of 18 Sep 2020)

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.

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?

» Tuesdays from 5:15pm to 6:00pm OR 6:15pm to 7:00pm, you choose the session you prefer when registering
» Each session will be limited to 35 participants
» Thursdays will be make-up days in the event of weather on Tuesdays

» We will start the program Tues 22nd September and it will run for 6 weeks, ending 27 October.

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

Registration begins online starting Jun 8th and concludes on September 12th.  There will be two in-person registration events - see the 2020 SEASON link above for details about in-person registration.  The registration cost is $25 plus a $3 service charge from Sports Connect.

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!!


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


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