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Getting Stated With Soccer


Are you interested in registering your child to play soccer? Look no further! This page will guide you through the process on what you need to get registered and playing soccer in no time. Please follow the information below on how to find a club, the types of programs we offer, age groupings and what soccer gear your child will need. A how to video guide is also available!

Find a Club

The first step is to find a club in your area. You can do this by using our online club finder page. Search with your zip code and desired distance from home, or simply browse the interactive map. We recommend selecting two or three clubs in your area to look at a bit closer. Use the 'club info' tab for any club to view their contact information, website address, and field locations. Visiting club websites will offer complete details on the programs that they offer to youth soccer players. You can use the club finder tab or the US Youth Soccer Directory via Tipevo to locate a local program near. 

Types of Programs

As you research a few clubs, you may come across a few keywords to programs that may not make sense at first. Here are a few programs that clubs might offer:

  • Recreation: These programs are for youth players and are geared towards players who want to play "just for fun." Most teams are not selected using tryouts and players are never cut. Teams may be formed randomly or geographically by where players live.

  • Competitive: Competition programs are designed for players and teams that are looking for advance soccer play. This usually consists of teams that compete in local leagues or tournaments. Teams are generally formed by tryouts.

  • TOPSoccer: It isdesigned to reach and meet the needs of children aged 5-19 years with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program caters to player development rather than competition. TOPSoccer takes the kids off the sidelines and allows them to participate in the game of soccer. 

Age Groups

For youth players, the age group within which a player participates is dictated by their birth date. Please see the chart below to find out into which age group your youth player will fall. Please note that there are different cutoff dates for recreational and competitive programs. The dates listed are for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 seasonal year.



Youth soccer does not require a major investment in equipment as is common in most sports. Soccer players are required to wear shin guards, long soccer socks, and closed toe athletic shoes and cleats. Jerseys are issued by the club sometimes for a fee. Recreational teams typically only have one jersey, while competitive select teams may require several full kits and warm-up gear. Your club will provide all uniform information to you when you register.