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FAQ's for Parents

FAQSCommon Questions - click on question to jump to answer.

How do I register my child?

What is the cost?

What is the soccer season?

How many practices are there per week?

How long does practice last?

What does my child need to bring to practice?

What equipment do I need?

What size ball do you use?

My child has a disability.  Is there a place for him/her?

Can I wear a cast (or earrings, religious medals, eyeglasses)?

Why can't players wear helmets?

Are mouth guards needed?

How many players are on a team?

How big is the field?

Academy Registration  FAQ's


If this is your first-time playing soccer we recommend that you visit Find my Association to locate a Member Association to register your child for recreational soccer.  The registration of all players is coordinated by our Member Associations within your area.  If you are looking for a Competitive Club visit here to find our list of clubs.

Fees vary according to what is provided by the local Member Association or Club.  Since many factors affect the fee structure, ask your local Member Association or Club.

There is no traditional season in youth soccer.  Most states play a fall season (August - November) and a spring season (February through May).  Many competitive programs may play with only a short break in the winter and a short break in the summer.

Usually, teams practice at least two time per week.  Weather and practice space can play a big part in the number of practices a team may have.

The following are recommended practices for players:
Six and younger should be no more than 45 minutes; 8U players practice for one hour; 10U players practice for about one hour and 15 minutes; older players practice for about an hour and a half.

What does my child need to bring to practice?



A ball, soccer shoes, shinguards, and plenty of water. 

Shinguards are required for all practices and games.  Cleated shoes are needed if play will be on wet or soft surfaces (toe cleats are not allowed).  For very young players, sneakers will do fine.

8U and younger play with a No. 3 ball; 10U - 12U play with a No. 4 ball; 13U - Adult play with a No. 5 ball 

TOPSoccer is a program for players with mental or physical challenges.

The FIFA Laws of the Game prohibit anything which is dangerous to a player or other players.  Referees determine if an item can be worn without being dangerous. 

Helmets are not included in the Laws of the Game under Players Equipment.  Although the player wearing the headgear is protected, he may play in a physically more aggressive manner than others not protected, thereby becoming a danger to others. 

Injuries to the teeth are so few that insurers do not require them.  Many dentists, however, recommend them.

USSF states 6U - 8U play 4v4 with no Goalkeeper, 10U play 7v7, 12U play 9v9 and older teams play 11v11 

Field size vary by age group.  For 6u we recommend 35x25 yards, 8U 35x25 yards, 10U 65x45 yards, 12U 80x55 yards, and 14U through Adult play 100x50 up to 120x80 yards.

Academy Registration FAQ's