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FAQ


Registration

Why do I have to register my child for soccer so early?

Uniform orders take 6 to 8 weeks. Teams must be formed before the order can be placed. Additionally, the paperwork to handle insurance, team roster and scheduling is monumental and takes time.

When will my coach contact me?

Your coach will contact you approximately two to three weeks prior to the start of the season after the coaches meeting

When will practices begin?

Practices will begin approximately 2 weeks before the start of the season. The Spring season generally begins the first or second weekend of March. The Fall season generally begins the end of August.

When are practices?

Practice days and times depend on the coach but are generally once a week for U5-U6 for an hour and twice a week for an hour to hour and a half for the older age groups at the discretion of the coach. Practices are usually in the evening.

The majority of practices are held at the Dennis Viollet Soccer Complex in Eagle Harbor. There are also several teams that may also practice at other locations in the Clay County area. 

Where are practices?

The majority of practices are held at the club. There are also several teams that may also practice at other locations in the area. 

How and when do I get my uniform?

After registration you will receive an email from our uniform vendor with an order link to order your uniforms. Your uniforms will be shipped to you via UPS, and take approximately 2 weeks, so please order your uniforms as soon as possible. 

When and where are games played?

The majority of games will be played on Saturdays with the possibility of an occasional Friday night or Sunday game depending on the number of teams in the players particular age group. All games for the U5-U8 are played at the home fields. U10-U19 will play games at the home field as well as other clubs in the greater Jacksonville area.

Why are some teams practicing and my child hasn’t heard from a coach?

Older and advanced (or select) teams often start early. Many of the coaches for younger children will not begin until 2 weeks before opening day.

What is a traveling recreational team?

A traveling recreational team plays with other teams in North Florida Youth Soccer League, instead of just at the home club. Some travel is involved but it is all within an hour and half of home. Teams start traveling at the U12 age level for both boys and girls.

How many games are there in a season?

There are approximately 10 games per season.

What does my registration pay for?

Fees pay for insurance, soccer equipment, referees, training costs and all the other things required to run this type of program. It does not pay for the uniform. 


Games & Practices

What will my child need for practice?

Shinguards are a must. Additionally, Comfortable clothes for exercise, sneakers or soccer cleats, and a drink (Gatorade or water) are needed. Your coach may also ask you to bring a ball. U-5 through U-8 use size 3 balls, U-10 through U-12 use Size 4 and older players use size 5.

Does my child need cleats to play?

Although shinguards are required, cleats are not. Many younger children are more comfortable in their sneakers. Older children will want the traction that their cleats provide.

Can my child play with jewelry or beads in their hair?

No jewelry or anything that could cause harm to other players or themselves can be worn. This rule includes hair beads and barrettes and even casts. We recommend that ears be pierced between seasons, because earrings must be removed to play. This is a Florida Youth Soccer rule and not discretionary for the referees or club officials.

Can my child bring a friend to practice?

Only players and coaches registered to can participate in our practices and games. Other are not covered by our insurance.

Why are the teams and spectators on opposite sides of the field?

Players and Spectators are kept separate to aid the coach and referees in team management. It helps the coach to have all the players in one place. It helps the player to understand that his instructions come the coach during the game if he does not have the distractions of family around.


Coaching

Who do I contact if I would like to coach a team?

Sign up on the website under The Club>Coaching. You will then be forwarded a link to complete your background check.

Can I get educational information about coaching?

Yes, the club has manuals, books and a few videotapes. We also provide coaching courses and clinics on a regular basis. Contact the office for additional information.


Become A Referee

How do I become a referee?


Find out on this website under The Club>Referee

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