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Soccer League Information

Participants will both practice and play a game each week where they can learn the rules, develop their skills and play as a team.  All levels focus on player development, having fun and sportsmanship.  This is an equal play league.  All skill levels and abilities welcome and encouraged!  Participants will receive a team t-shirt.  Closed toe athletic shoes are required.

NEW THIS SEASON!  In order to provide the most positive environment for the kids, the end of season family fun day and tournament has been restructured into a one day event (Saturday, December 8) that is comprised of a single regular game per team as well as player skills competitions with prizes, swag and fun for the whole family!

Volunteer Coaches Needed! 

Parent/Guardian Information 


Game Dates, Time, Location:

Kindergarten and 3rd-4th Grade Leagues
October 2 - November 27. PLUS Saturday, December 8. (No games October 9 or November 20)

1st-2nd and 5th-6th Grade Leagues
October 4 - November 29. PLUS Saturday, December 8. (No games October 11 or November 22)

Games are between 5:30-8:30pm

Riverview Soccer Complex 

Game Schedule:

8 weeks of games.

Participants will be notified of their team, coach, practice time and location, and game schedule via email on September 17 by 5:00pm.

Participants will also be contacted by their coach by this time as well.

 

League Schedules: 

Kindergarten Schedule
1st & 2nd Grade Schedule
3rd & 4th Grade Schedule
5th & 6th Grade Schedule

Uniform:

  • Participants will receive a team shirt at their first game. This shirt must be worn to each game.

  • Participants are required to wear shin guards and closed-toe athletic shoes or plastic cleats for safety reasons.

  • Participants should were athletic shorts or pants which allow for more comfort while playing.

  • Mouth guard is highly recommended

  • No jewelry

Team Formation:

Mesa Parks and Recreation is committed to providing a fair and equally balanced recreational league for all participants. In order to achieve this balance, Youth Sports has implemented the following policies:

  • Kids will be placed on a team with other participants as near to their Mesa middle school zone and elementary school as possible. Due to the complexity of forming teams, including the number of teams, coach locations, number of kids registered in a given area and friend requests, we try our best to place your child on a team as close to home as possible.

  • We do not allow full teams to register.

  • One friend request per participant may be submitted upon registration.  Absolutely no guarantee of request or placement. No exceptions due to the high volume of requests. 

  • No coach requests will be honored. No exceptions due to the high volume of requests.

  • Volunteer coaches will have their kid(s) on their team.

  • Participants must play in the league division corresponding with their current grade in school and may not participate in a grade lower or higher.

  • We are unable to switch children to a different team once they are formed due to the many moving parts and large amount of special requests received.

Some league divisions fill faster than others. Regardless of the registration deadline, once a league has reached registration capacity all additional children in that league division will be placed on a waitlist. Waitlisted kids will only be placed on a team if space opens up. Please note that Youth Sports administration has the right to make any changes to the league they feel are necessary to better benefit the program and its participants.

Practices:

  • Practice time and day will be determined by the volunteer coach and information will be provided after teams are formed. Practices are based on available lighted field space at selected City of Mesa facilities as well as general location of team and coach.
  • Practices will begin as soon as the week of September 17 for finalized rosters with approved coaches.
  • Teams practice 1-2 times a week. However, participants are only required to attend one practice.
  • Practice is held on a different day than game day. 

Divisions:

Co-ed, Kindergarten

  • Four 6 minute quarters with 5 minute halftime
  • Size 3 ball
  • Plays 4 on 4
  • With goalie
  • Will NOT keep score
  • Volunteer Coaches officiate games
Co-ed, Grades 1st-2nd
  • Four 10 minute quarters with 5 minute halftime
  • Size 3 ball
  • Plays 5 on 5
  • With goalie
  • Will NOT keep score
  • Referee officiates game
Co-ed, Grades 3rd-4th 
  • Four 12 minute quarters with 5 minute halftime
  • Size 4 ball
  • Plays 6 on 6
  • With goalie
  • Will keep score
  • Referee officiates game
Co-ed, Grades 5th-6th
  • Two 25 minute halves with 5 minute halftime
  • Size 5 ball
  • Plays 8 on 8
  • With goalie
  • Will keep score
  • Referee officiates game

Please review the rulebookYouth Soccer League Rulebook

Score Keeping and Standings:

It is important to know that this league is about having fun and developing in the sport, not what the score is or wins vs. losses. With that being said, we do feel there is an age when it is appropriate to begin keeping score. We ask that all participants, coaches, parents/guardians and spectators concentrate on the fundamentals and love of the game rather than the score.

  • Kindergarten and 1st-2nd grade divisions will not keep score.
  • 3rd-4th and 5th-6th grade divisions will keep score.
  • League standings will not be tracked or posted.

Picture Day:

October 23 (Kindergarten and 3rd-4th Grade) and October 25 (1st-2nd and 5th-6th Grade)

  • All teams must have their team photo taken.
  • Purchasing pictures is optional. It is purely a benefit of our league.
  • Coaches will pass out picture packet information at the first game.
  • Picture Day Schedule