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Frequently Asked Questions


Common Questions

How do I register my child?

If this is your first time playing soccer or you are returning for another season, we recommend that you visit this page here to get acquainted with the programs and resources you might need for the new season. The registration of all players is coordinated by one of our member clubs within your area. 

What is the cost?

Fees vary according to what is provided by the local soccer association or club. Some clubs will offer different products or programs. Since many factors affect the fee structure, ask your local club or association.

What is the soccer season?

There is no traditional season in youth soccer. Most states play a fall season (September through 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.

How many practices are there per week?

Usually, teams practice at least two times per week.

How long does practice last?

Practices for players six and younger should be no more than 45 minutes. 8U players practice for one hour. 10U players are about an 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.

What equipment do I need?

Shinguards are required for all practices and games. Cleated shoes are needed if play will be on wet, muddy or soft surfaces. For very young players, sneakers will do fine.

What size ball do you use?

Under-8s and younger play with a No. 3. Under-10 through Under-12 play with a No. 4. Players Under-14 through adult use a No. 5.

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

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

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

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.

Why can't players wear helmets?

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.

Are mouth guards needed?

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

How many players are on a team?

6U play 3v3, 8U play 4v4, 10U play 6v6, 12U play 8v8, and older teams play 11v11. See more recommendations for Small-Sided Games.

How big is the field?

Field sizes vary by age group. For 6U we recommend 30x20 yards, 8U 30x25 yards, 10U 55x40 yards, 12U 75x50 and 14U-19U play 100x50 up to 120x80 yards. See rules for Small-Sided Games.

How do I get information about coaching license courses?

We've always got coaching courses going on around the state. Visit our coaching section here for more information.