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Celebrating 47 Years of Excellence in Youth Soccer

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Recreational Soccer FAQs

Do you have questions about our recreational soccer league?
Below is a list of frequently asked questions.
If you have further questions, please contact us!

When does the season start and how long does it last?

The 'Season Info' page on our website lists key dates for the upcoming season. Key dates include: registration opening, end of early-bird discount period, registration closing, coaches meeting, equipment pickup, first game, and last game. Seasons are six games long, but may skip over certain holiday weekends.

What division (age group) will my child be placed?

The information provided during the registration process is used to place players into divisions based on their age as of the first game; please be sure to enter DOBs correctly. For example, a child who is 10, 11, or 12 years old on the day of the first game will play in the U11-13 division; the “U” stands for “under." Children may not play down in age, but they may play up in age if it would benefit their skill level.

Who will be my child’s coach?

The SCCSA is a volunteer-based organization whereby coaches volunteer their time. We receive the names of volunteers at the time players are registered. The only way to guarantee that your child is placed with the coach of your choice or practices at the day/time/field of your choice is if you volunteer to coach (wink wink).

When will we hear from my child’s coach?

Typically, coaches are sent their rosters immediately following the coaches meeting. The coaches meeting is held at least one full week before the first game. Please contact your age group coordinator if you have not heard from a coach by the Sunday prior to the first game. Please remember, we are a volunteer-based organization and can only lean on our volunteers so hard!

Where and when are practices?

Our volunteer coaches get to choose the day, time, and location of their team's practices. The league reserves fields most nights of the week in municipalities across the southern Chester County area. Rosters are formed by our volunteer age group coordinator; they generally try to group teams by schools and coaches' preferred practice locations. We ask for your flexibility as numbers never work out perfectly. Please make a note during registration if there is a night of the week that you absolutely cannot make practice.

Where and when are games?

Games are played on Sunday afternoons starting at 12:00pm at the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District's field complex in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. A current map of fields can be found online, and your field number can be found on your game schedule.

If a game is canceled, will it be made up?

While not guaranteed, typically yes. The league has several dates reserved in order to make-up games that were canceled for weather-related or other reasons. See the "Season Info" page for dates.

If it is raining, how will I know if the games will be played?

We will send an email blast by 10:00 a.m. the morning of a game day if that day's games need to be canceled. We use the registration system to generate our email blasts - please ensure you email address is current and you did not unsubscribed. If you unsubscribed, you should be able to update your preferences by logging in.

Additionally, we will also post to our website, Facebook, and Instagram. All parents are encouraged to check their email on game day for any last minute messages.

Where and when do I pick up my child's uniform?

U5 through U7 divisions will have jerseys provided for them. Coaches typically distribute jerseys to the team prior to the first game.

U8+ divisions will wear a green or yellow jersey that may be purchased ($25) during registration; they will also be made available to purchase the first two weeks of the season. Jerseys may be used season to season, and are often handed down between siblings. Jerseys can be picked up/purchased immediately prior to the first game at a location designated by the league. The league does not provide shorts, socks, shin guards, or shoes.

What is the league policy on equal playing time?

Coaches are instructed to provide players with equal playing time. Because this is a recreational soccer league, our goal is to provide a fun, team environment in which to learn the game of soccer.

What equipment do I need to buy for rec soccer?

For the safety of each player shin guards must be worn to all practices and games, and they must be completely covered by socks at all times. Soccer cleats are recommended, but you may not wear baseball cleats (shoes with a toe cleat) or shoes with metal spikes. Each volunteer coach is offered equipment (balls, cones, etc.), but it is a good idea to bring a ball to practice if you have access to one. Size 3 soccer balls are recommended for children 7 and younger. Size 4 soccer balls are recommended for children 8-11 years old. Size 5 soccer balls are recommended for players 12 and over.

How many girls play in the coed divisions?

U5, U6, and U7 age groups are all coed. For players seven and older, “girls only” divisions are offered in addition to coed. Girls divisions may be asked to consolidate to coed divisions if registration numbers do not allow us to field enough teams. If we cannot field a division refunds will be offered.

Is financial assistance available and how do I apply?

We strive to allow all children to play regardless of financial means. If you are unable to pay the registration fee, please email our president with a simple request for assistance. Requests are handled by league executives with the strictest of confidentiality.

What is your refund policy?

The $3 service/transaction fee paid during registration is non-refundable.
Withdrawal requests made prior to the close of normal registration - 100% refund.
Withdrawal requests made after the close of normal registration, but prior to the first practice - 100% refund less $15 processing fee.
Any refund request made after the first practice will be handled on a case by case basis, but typically no refunds are issued once the first game is played.

Players may defer their registration to the following season to avoid the $15 processing fee.
Players will receive a 100% refund if we are unable to form enough teams in an age group.

The SCCSA reserves the right to waive administrative fees or date requirements for cases of serious injury or illness.

What should I do if I have additional questions or a problem?

Don't be shy! We are here to help and we encourage feedback. The best contact for questions about your team/placement is your coach or age group coordinator. For all other questions please contact us via email.


Southern Chester County Soccer Association
873 E. Baltimore Pike, PMB #951
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348

Email: [email protected]

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