In order for us to continue having games and to be as safe as possible, we remind you of the BIG THREE:
- NOTIFY us if you or your child is sick or has been exposed. Please do this immediately, even before you have a test result! The full directions are HERE.
- You and your player must wear masks going to and from the field. Players should have their mask on WHENEVER they are not actively playing in the game. They should also be physically distanced (6-10 feet apart) when not actively playing. Exception: they can temporarily remove their masks when they are BOTH actively distanced and drinking water.
- Spectators must be away from the field and be masked -- like 20-30' away. If there are stands, you can be in the stands but shouldn't be in the first row when that is proximate to the field. Exception: for K-2, coaches can ask parents to help but parents must be masked.
Please help us keep games safe. Notify us if anyone has been exposed or is ill, and wear a mask whenever you are not actively on the field playing.
Please be kind. The more patience and understanding we can extend to one another during these stressful times, the better for all involved. If we all do our bit and take necessary precautions, we can keep the season going successfully.
Thank you for your continued hard work this season in providing a safe and fun experience for our players.
Remember the BIG THREE:
- Parents need to NOTIFY us if they or their child is sick or has been exposed. They should do this immediately, even if they don't have a test result. The full directions are HERE.
- Coaches and players must wear masks going to and from the field. Coaches should wear masks the whole time at games. Players should have their mask on WHENEVER they are not actively playing in the game. They should also be physically distanced (6-10 feet apart) when not actively playing. Exception: they can temporarily remove their masks when they are BOTH actively distanced and drinking water.
- Spectators must be away from the field and be masked -- like 20-30' away. If there are stands, they can be in the stands but shouldn't be in the first row when that is proximate to the field. (Exception: for K-2, coaches can ask parents to help but parents must be masked.)
Before game day:
- Please contact the opposing coach to coordinate. Coach contact information can be found on the public practice page, or on the division page (by clicking on a team's name in blue).
- Some teams/coaches are not participating in games, some teams are requesting masks for all players, some teams have players who can’t run with masks and, depending on the number of players who attend, you may need to opt-in or out of certain rules, and/or make plans to share players with clean pinnies.
- Middle school coaches -- remind your players which color uniform to wear. Blue = Home; White = Away.
On game day:
- Check the Inclement Weather Line: 703 228 4715 to see if fields are open
- Players must be masked and socially distant when not playing in the game. No team benches. We recommend using disc cones to mark out spaces 6 feet apart for kids to sit when waiting to enter the game.
- Please coordinate with the opposing coach on separated locations for your players, and different (distant) parts of the field for each teams’ supporters (with exceptions allowed for K-2).
- If you are not attending games, please be sure to relay all the rules to the parent who has been designated to manage your players at the game. A link to all the game RULES is here. A link to all the pandemic-specific rules is here.
- Lastly, please remind your team parents to wear masks at games and model good behavior.
Please start on time and end on time. If there is no referee:
- Please start your own pre-game check-in 5 minutes before game time.
- No earrings allowed, no jewelry
- Players must have shin-guards to play
- Cleats are not required, but no boots or hard street shoes (sneakers are fine)
- Coordinate with the opposing coach on who will referee (maybe one half of the game or each cover one half of the field as in Kindergarten and 1st Grade).
- If it is your turn to referee, please make sure a coach or parent is monitoring your substitutes for social distancing and mask use.
Please help us keep games safe. Notify us if anyone has been exposed or is ill, and wear a mask whenever you are not actively on the field playing. We do not ask you to play "mask-cop" with the other team's families, but please DO work with your own families and players to make sure everyone follows the rules.
DO cooperate with the referees. Right or wrong, theirs are the only calls that matter. Zero tolerance for referee abuse or intimidation or back-talk means ZERO TOLERANCE. I dismiss coaches every year over this. Sorry.
Thank you for working with each other and opposing coaches to make the best of the situation for the kids. It is not always easy to remember these precautions, but it is essential, and we appreciate your working collaboratively with other coaches and being great role models for your players.
The Arlington Soccer Rec Program is excited to safely return to play this fall! Please review the important Parent and Coach protocols below. Also, please review the general club protocols also on this page.
If you have any questions, please email ReturnToPlay@arlingtonsoccer.com
Arlington Soccer - Rec Program - PARENT Information: Overview of the Return to Play protocol for Parents.
Arlington Soccer - Rec Program - COACH Information: Overview of the Return to Play protocol for Coaches.
Return to Play - Coach Education Video: Tips and tricks on how to run a fun and safe session!
Return to Play - Guidelines and Progression : Practice field set up recommendations!
Due to the uncertainty caused by the ongoing public health crisis, Arlington Soccer will continue to implement health and safety measures during the Spring 2021 Rec program. We look forward to providing soccer opportunities for our community and safely return to play as public health restrictions are lifted.
- Registration Fees: For the spring 2021 season, Arlington Soccer is not increasing Rec registration fees. Furthermore, there will be no 'late' fees assessed.
- Refund Policy: The refund policy has been amended this season to account for possible suspensions, delays or cancellations. Due to the current pandemic, for the Spring 2021 season Arlington Soccer will offer prorated credits (or refunds) if the Rec season is fully or partially canceled due to pandemic-related problems. Please visit the Rec Policies page for full details.
- Practices and Games: Spring 2021 activities may be limited by safety protocols. As excited as we are to return, we must do so in a way that prioritizes the safety and health of all our players, their families, our staff and community. Sessions may be shortened. Scrimmages or games may not be possible or may be limited. At this time, we do not know what the restrictions will be, but Arlington Soccer will provide opportunities for players as Return to Play protocols permit.
- Uniforms: Families with players in grades K-5 do not need to purchase a new uniform unless they choose to do so. Families with players in grades 6-8 must purchase the new middle school uniform. Full details and photo can be found here.
With more than 6,500 players participating each Fall and Spring in league play, the recreational soccer program is the cornerstone of the Arlington Soccer Association. Players register and are placed on teams within one of our neighborhood soccer clubs, based on elementary school enrollment or geographical location. The recreational program provides quality soccer experiences for players, both boys and girls, from kindergarten through high school age. Anyone of any ability and level of income is welcome to participate. Parents, and other volunteers, coach the teams to provide a fun and educational environment through scheduled practices and games. Equal playing time is guaranteed and all players are welcome!
What are the dates of the season?
The fall season typically runs from September through mid-November
The spring season typically runs from mid-April through mid-June
What ages can play rec soccer?
We organize the Rec league by grade level. Rec soccer is open to all kindergarten through the high school ages permitted by VYSA (in 2020, the oldest birth year is 2002). If your child is between the ages of three through pre-school, they may be eligible to play in Arlington Soccer's Mini Soccer program.
Can I play on a travel team and a rec team in the same season?
Arlington Soccer does not allow travel players to play on rec teams in the same season for grades 5 and older.
How are teams formed?
Arlington Soccer attempts to place players on teams based on elementary school enrollment, when possible. If a player cannot be placed on a team from their school, then they are generally placed on a team in the same general geographic location in Arlington.
How often do teams practice?
Teams generally practice once a week, with some older teams deciding to practice twice a week. However, the vast majority of teams only practice once per week for an hour after regular school hours.
Where/when will my child's team practice?
We try to assign practice space to teams based on the geographical makeup of their team. However, exact practice locations and times are decided by the team coach and their club manager and this can vary across teams.
When are games?
Games are normally played on Saturdays during the season, with the occasional Sunday afternoon game when needed.
How do I get a uniform?
Please visit the Uniform Information page for more info about rec uniforms.
What are the game formats?
Kindergarten: 4v4, no goalkeepers
1st/2nd Grade: 4v4, no goalkeepers
3rd/4th Grade: 7v7
5th/6th Grade: 9v9
7th/8th/High School: 11v11
What are the fees?
Registration for Rec in Spring 2021 is $94.
Does my child qualify for Financial Aid?
We offer a reduced fees for players who qualify for Financial Aid. Players who receive Free/reduced Lunch, SNAP/TANF or Medicaid benefits, Families who qualify for the Arlington County Parks and Recreation Fee Reduction are eligible for Financial Aid. Families must provide valid(not expired) supporting documentation. Click here to view the list of valid documents.
If your child is on Free or Reduced Lunch, please submit that proof to qualify. The fee for financial aid recipients is $40.
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