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.
How many practices are there per week?
Usually, teams practice at least two times per week.
What does the U in 6U mean?
The player’s age as of August 1 is 6-and-Under. You can view the age guidelines here.
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.
What is the cost?
Fees vary according to what is provided by the local soccer association or club. Some clubs provide a t-shirt for the 6-and-Under age group and a complete uniform for older players. Since many factors affect the fee structure, ask your local club or association.
How do I register my child for soccer?
Contact your state or local association. US Youth Soccer has a Club Directory where you can search for clubs in your hometown. There are 55 State Associations that makeup US Youth Soccer; all 50 states with five that are divided (California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas).
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