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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When can my child begin playing recreational soccer?
Players must be 4 years old on December 31st immediately after the fall season. For example, in the 2017/2018 soccer year, the player must turn age 4 by December 31, 2017 to play in either the fall 2017 season or the spring 2018 season. For a simpler overview please review our Age Matrix to see which birth years are currently able to register.
How do I determine the correct age group for my child?
Soccer ages are determined once per year and hold for the whole year. The soccer year corresponds to the academic year, so your "soccer age" is the same for Fall and the following Spring (i.e., not the calendar year). Your soccer age is your age on December 31 immediately after the Fall season. Thus your "soccer age" for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 seasons is the age you are/were on December 31, 2017.

For quick reference you can use the Age Matrix grid to find the correct age group for your child for the current soccer year.

What Does "U6" or "U8" (etc.) mean?
"U8" is short for "under 8 years old". The system is analogous for U6, U10, etc. In general, U6 players will be 4 or 5 years old, U8 players will be 6 or 7 years old, and U10 players will be 8 or 9 years old. Sometimes, U7 and U8 age groups or U9 and U10 age groups are split into these 1-year increments, but our club generally means "U7 and U8" when we say U8 and "U9 and U10" when we say U10.
When will practices begin?
You can find a list of game dates and other important dates on our Dates/Schedules page.
When will I hear from a coach?
Coaches will contact you shortly after the coaches meeting (when the coaches receive their rosters and are asked to call their players). The locations and times for the coaches meetings will be listed on our Dates/Schedule page when it becomes available.
How often do we practice?
NSC recreational teams practice once per week for an hour maximum. Teams can practice during the evening from Monday to Thursday. The practice day and time is decided by the head coach. All fields are reserved on Friday nights for clinics.

Exceptions:
  • Teams may practice twice a week before the start of the season.
  • Additional teams (select/travel) may be formed throughout the season for play against other teams in friendlies or tournaments. These teams will have additional practice times scheduled when fields are available.

When will I know my player's practice schedule?
We allow coaches to select the night of the week and the time slot for their practice. Once the rosters are distributed to the coaches, your coach will contact you and inform you of the practice night and time they have chosen.
What equipment do I need for my child?
Each player should bring the following equipment to every practice, game, and clinic:

  • Soccer ball
    • U5 to U8 - Size 3
    • U10 to U12 - Size 4
    • U14 and up - Size 5
  • Soccer cleats (non-metal cleats and not baseball cleats, baseball cleats have a spike at the top center of the sole)
  • Shin guards (must be worn under and completely covered by long socks)
  • Water bottle

A team jersey, shorts, and socks will be provided as part of registration except for U8 and up players returning from the previous fall season who will reuse their uniforms from the fall.
Can my son or daughter request to play on the same team as their friends, or can I request teammates to facilitate car pooling? Can I request a coach that my child had previously?
NSC has over 1,200 participants in the soccer program each year. Consistent with our mission statement, our goal is to cultivate the skills of our young players while helping them develop a love for the game. We work hard to establish teams that are roughly equal in skill level. Fulfilling requests is secondary to establishing balanced leagues. Although requests are taken into consideration, the program has no obligation to fulfill any particular request and makes no promise in that regard. Of course, a parent who coaches will have their own child on the team. Please note that at ages U10 and up, the program’s obligation to attempt to assemble balanced teams is particularly paramount, and, accordingly, grouping teams in accord with family requests secondary.
Is there an "in-house" tournament at the end of the season?
Those teams in the U10 and U12 age groups will participate in the NSC end of season tournament during the last two weeks of the fall and spring seasons.
Can my child wear jewelry during his/her game?
Law 4 of the FIFA Laws of the Game states that "All items of jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather, rubber bands, etc.) are strictly forbidden and must be removed. Using tape to cover any jewelry is not acceptable."

Players uniforms will be inspected by referees prior to the start of the game and players wearing unauthorized clothing or jewelry will be asked to remove it in order to participate in the game.

NSC News

2018 Fall Season Schedule (subject to change):
  • 6/1 - Registration Opens
  • 7/31 - Registration Closes
  • 8/20 - Practices Begin
  • 9/8 - Games Begin
  • 10/20 - No Games - WCS Fall Break
  • 11/3 - Final Games

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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about registration, practice times, etc? See our FAQ page to learn more or contact us at soccer@playnya.com.