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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 to 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 2024 season?

» Tuesdays, starting September 17th and running through October 22nd
   » Two sessions - 5:15pm to 6:00pm or 6:15pm to 7:00pm, choose which session you prefer when registering
» Thursdays, starting September 19th and running through October 24th
   » Two 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
» Please note that Smart Start registration tends to fill up fast!

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

Where does Smart Start take place?
All Smart Start sessions are conducted on Field 1 at the Niceville Rec Center, which are the ball fields at the base of the water tower behind the Niceville Library and City Hall.  You can find a PAL Soccer field map on the PARENTS page.

When can I register for Smart Start?
Registration for Smart Start 2024 begins online starting May 4th and concludes on September 8th, based on remaining availability.  There will be one in-person registration event - see the 2024 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 the PAL Smart Smart Coordinator, John Sekas, at TBD.


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