Thursday, August 8

About Ligi Ndogo and Season 36 dates

Ligi Ndogo is designed as a soccer league with regular matches and training sessions to build a closer understanding between the instructor and the child resulting in the child learning more than just sporting skills. 
Aspects such as discipline, team spirit, leadership and responsibility are incorporated resulting in a well-horned individual at the end of the day. Our program is divided into three seasons each calendar year (JAN-APR), (MAY-AUG), (SEP-DEC). A typical Ligi Ndogo season lasts 10-12 weeks. The inaugural season commenced February 2002 (season1). We are currently in season 35 which started on 19th of May and ends August 3rd.
Season 36 starts on Saturday 21st September and ends 7 November 2013.
Upon registration players are placed in teams which are categorized basing on age and ability. Atoms (4-6 years), Juniors (7 & 8 years), Lower Mids (9 & 10), Upper Mids (11-12 years), U14, U16, U19 and seniors (over 19).
The Atom,Junior and Mid categories are further divided into teams which train twice a week on Friday (4:30p.m-6:20p.m) and Saturday (9.30 to 10.30).They play their league matches every Saturday from 11am to 12.30pm. 
The other categories (U14, U16,U19 and senior) participate in the Left Foot league,FKF County league and FKF Division One league.
Practice for the under U14,U16 is every Saturday and Sunday,2.00-4.30 in the afternoon.Special categories (U19 and Senior teams) practice depending on the tournament and league calendar.The workout is laid down by the coach. 

What is Required
The player is required to be at practice by 9.30am.At admission the player should have plastic studded playing shoes, games kit, water bottle and a snack. He proceeds to fill in an admission form with payments.
 Progress and Promotion
One's progress depends on their performance and there are cases whereby junior players have graduated to the senior teams even before attaining the required age.
No senior player is allowed to play for an underage team.

Note All the players are clothed in the Ligi Ndogo primary colors, that is, tangerine and cobalt. During play time, players are differentiated by different bib colors.
Duration of Play
A typical mid and upper mid game lasts 25 minutes per half while the junior games last 20 minutes per half. Prior to the games, each team has a training session once a week during the week. A team will play a maximum of one league game per weekend though impromptu friendly matches between the different league teams sometimes take place and act as build-ups.
Coaching Staff
The coaches are paid semi-professionals. Apart from coaching they take keen note of a player's conduct and progress. They are encouraged to liaise with parents for the best progress of the player both on and off the pitch.

Physical fitness and basic football technique is given priority during the training sessions to enable an enjoyable and injury free game for the player. The coaches also strive to give equal playing time to all the players in the team for the duration of the season. This enhances team spirit and also has the added advantage of boosting the confidence of players who might have felt that they are not upto par. The parents sometimes get involved in the officiating as linesmen, giving out handy tips at half time and generally encouraging there favorite teams.
Currently there are 20 semi professional coaches working at Ligi Ndogo. They are organized by the league manager who oversees coaching activities. The coaches also undergo training and refresher courses at the end of every season, thrice a year as part of our drive toward capacity building. Before being confirmed as coaches for the next year, Ligi Ndogo coaches undergo theory and practical aptitude tests to ensure they continuously improve their skills.
Planets and Academy
A reward for outstanding play during the season is a call up to the prestigious Planets and Academy sides. The Planets is a select team that represents Ligi Ndogo in games with outside clubs/teams and go for international tours. In April Ligi Ndogo participates in the Junior League in Uganda and the Keele cup in the United Kingdom in July.Ligi Ndogo recently added the PlussbankCup,the second biggest tournament in Norway, to its list of outings.Tanzania Chipkizi Futures closes the calendar in December.

To be called up to one of these teams is a great honor for any player in Ligi Ndogo. 
Members pay a subscription fee every season.15% are free,drawn from the local community where we operate, in this case Kibera,Muchatha and Mukuru. This number has grown to 30% of all the players.These players are also included in all the international tournaments.