General ASA program FAQs are listed below. Travel-specific FAQs can be found here.
Founded in 1970, the Arlington Soccer Association offers recreational and travel soccer, as well as a number of other camps, clinics and other programs throughout the year. Over 9,000 children take advantage of ASA programs each year.
ASA offers a variety of soccer programs throughout the year, including Recreational (frequently referred to as “Rec”), Developmental (ADP) and Travel soccer, camps and clinics, and more. You can read about our principal programs on this web site, starting with Rec Soccer, Developmental Program, Travel Soccer, and our other programs. We work with kids from the pre-kindergarten years up through high school.
1 – You are in the right place! First, look at the range of programs that we offer, including Recreational soccer, Developmental (ADP) soccer, Travel soccer, and more. Which appeals most to you?
4 – If interested in our Recreational soccer program, first determine which neighborhood soccer club you belong to by checking the info on this page.
5 – If interested in our Developmental program, you can learn more here.
6 – If interested in our Travel program, you can learn more here.
7 – If you still have questions, please ask!
First, figure out which program is appropriate based on the age of your child. Rec soccer is for players in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Mini Soccer is for children from 3 years through those who will enter Kindergarten in *the coming Fall*, not this Fall. ADP focuses on players roughly in grades 3-5, and Travel focuses on players loosely in Grades 3 – 12.
Once a player is registered, the next thing to expect is to hear from your player’s coach(es) who will tell you about practice times and locations.
Most teams practice weeknights starting around 5 to 6pm; games are mostly Saturdays.
Specifics: Once someone successfully registers for Rec soccer, the player’s name is maintained in ASA’s registration system and is assigned to one of ASA’s neighborhood clubs. Exception: High school players join teams formed within the overall High School club. For elementary school students, the assignment is based on which school the child attends.
Once assigned, the club manager works with his coaches to form teams. Then the coaches contact their respective players to let them know about practice schedules, locations, and any other pertinent info.
Teams are formed primarily by the neighborhood club managers, sometimes with the help of individual coaches. ASA staff typically are not involved in team formation and player placement on teams.
Why are Travel or Developmental (“select”) players permitted to play on Rec teams?
Select players are permitted to play on Rec teams because the primary reason kids play sports is to have fun. ASA wants to provide a fun soccer environment. Another major reason is that kids like playing with their friends. Separating friends and preventing them from having fun together seems antithetical to what Rec soccer is about.
We do have specific limitations on the number of select players that can be rostered on a given team. That number changes as the team sizes increase, but in all cases we are trying to prevent teams from being “taken over” by select players. Likewise, we don’t want potential Rec players being denied a roster spot because it went to a select player. We believe there are mechanisms in place (and a lot of accommodation made by our volunteer Club Managers) that give all comers chances to play.
In many cases, mixing select and Rec kids on the same team helps all involved. The select kids revel in a more relaxed soccer environment, and they get to try things that might not be encouraged in the select environment. Smiles result. For the Rec kids, the exposure to select players may elevate their games. They may learn from their peers in ways that are invaluable. If, in keeping these players together on the field, the kids end up having a good deal of fun, then we’ve accomplished our mission.
ASA’s Travel program conducts tryouts each Spring, typically starting mid-May. Keep an eye out for tryout information on this site starting in April. Also, some teams may have current needs to fill out their rosters. For more info about this, please contact the Director of Travel Coaching (German Peri) using the contact info shown here.
ASA’s tax ID number is 23-7284150.