Recreational soccer starts at U-8 and follows US Soccer Federation small-sided guidelines in a 4v4 format with no goal keepers. Over the next several years (U9-U12) players are gradually introduced to more field players, goalkeepers and larger fields. Starting at U13, they play 11v11 and adhere to all of the Laws of the Game. As the players physically mature, the size of the ball and the length of the match will increase until they are playing with a full-size, #5 ball and playing 45 minute halves.
When is Registration?
Registration for Fall 2020 opens in April.
Recreational soccer is for U8 through U18, typically 2nd through 12th grade.
Season & Time Commitment
The Recreational soccer season starts the first weekend of September after Labor Day and runs through mid-November. Recreational teams will practice twice a week. Games are typically held on Saturdays on Mercer Island and the Eastside. However, U14 and older boys and U15 and older girls typically play Sundays due to field availability.
All Recreational players receive an official MIFC game jersey included in the registration fee and to be handed out by their coach at one of their first practices.
Parents are responsible for the following additional equipment:
- Shin guards (all kids MUST have shin guards to play)
- Black socks
- Black shorts
- Shoes. Cleats are highly recommended for better grip on the field.