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Fall Outdoor Soccer 2019


There is still plenty of summer soccer to be played here in July but we sometimes allow weeks of great  weather to pass by in August! The ‘Fall Outdoor’ season will take place over 4 weeks starting the week of August 5th, ending before Labor Day. Registration will be open through the end of July in order to give us a few days to finalize plans and coaching staff.

PreK players (min. age 3) will meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6pm. Registration is only $35 and players can attend sessions on BOTH days if desired. So 4 weeks, up to 8 sessions. 

Players in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade will have 8 total game nights over the 4-week season and registration is only $50. All age groups will have a 5v5 game format that will be co-ed. Practices for all players K-6 will be on Mondays at 6pm. Games will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, also at 6pm. Players are welcome to attend both game nights! Each week coaches will have a player list for the respective age groups so parents can let us know if they plan to come to the matches on Tuesday and/or Wednesday, so we can adjust squads for game nights if necessary. In other words, players will enjoy 4 weeks of organized practice sessions and 8 nights of games which will be more structured than casual ‘pick-up soccer’, but still flexible compared to a typical league/team format.

Practices and games will be run by coaches provided by FYSA, but we won’t turn away any dedicated volunteer coaches who’d like to be involved. Contact us if that’s you!

We're looking forward to some extra weeks of soccer this fall. Register ends July 31st so sign up early!

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 Please Note: Everything below this section pertains to the Summer 2019 season which ended August 1st. Thanks for another great summer of soccer! 


FYSA 2019 Summer Program Handbook

Since Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association was first formed in 1978, we have taken advantage of the beautiful summers that Interior Alaska provides to bring the world's most popular sport to the youth of the Fairbanks area. Our large soccer complex on the corner of Wilbur and Davis has grown and developed over the years and we're excited for 2019 to have another summer of 'the beautiful game' for our young athletes. 

This page will be where we post specific information for our summer programs to provide parents a resource to find answers to frequently asked questions. Some information is applicable to all players, while other sections below will be designated for specific age divisions. Please consult the information on this page and if you still have further questions, feel free to call or email FYSA and we'll be happy to help in any way we can.

League Structure and Schedules

When Will My Child Play?

Often, this is something we can't answer until closer to the season, after registration closes. However, since this is typically one of the most important question that parents ask during registration months, we've set our age division schedules NOW so families can plan their summers.

GAMES (see chart below). The chart below shows which night each age group plays their scheduled GAME(S) at the FYSA complex. Younger ages typically have earlier games (though never earlier than 6pm) and older ages are scheduled with start times of 6pm or 7:30pm. Younger divisions play one game a week while older ages play twice a week. If there is an 'OR' that means this division plays once a week. When you register for the summer session, those younger ages will be able to select their preferences for game night. NOTE: In order to make sure all teams have an equal number of games for the season, some schedules will look different than others. Certain dates will not have matches due to holidays or other special events, but they'll be made up elsewhere in the calendar. For example, no matches May 27-28 or July 4th-6th, and limited matches during the summer solstice weekend due to our Midnight Sun Soccer Tournament.

PRACTICES. FYSA does not set practice schedules in advance for the summer seasons. All teams in grades K-12 have a weekly practice at a day/time/location of the coach and team's choosing. Usually, shortly before the season begins, coaches will reach out to families to determine the best options for practice days. Some volunteer coaches are more flexible whereas some may have limited schedules. ALL teams (Grades K-12 and Eclipse teams) will be provided one free hour of practice field time at the FYSA complex every week. This must be arranged in advance with FYSA. Coaches/teams that would like to utilize this will give their preferred day/time to FYSA staff and we will assign a specific field number for their use. There may be teams who prefer to use another location for practices which is fine (i.e. teams in North Pole, near Pearl Creek Elementary's field, etc.) but the one free hour a week of field time for practices will be available to all teams. 
Note: PreK groups meet just once a week for their hybrid practice/game, so this section does not apply to them.

For summer programs, a child's 'Grade' is their school grade for the FALL of 2019 (i.e. 'the grade they're going into'). If a participant's birthdate puts them outside of a certain window, if their grade doesn't line up, or if you'd like to have your child 'play up', feel free to contact us for assistance. 

The following chart shows in green which night each age group will have scheduled games. If there is an 'OR', that means we will have specific brackets of teams that only play on Monday, only play on Tuesday, etc. (See section on GAMES above).
Grades Kindergarten through High School include 8 weeks of games/practices over a 9 week period. Practices can begin later in May, with first games scheduled after Memorial Day weekend.
PreK groups have a 4-week session, with two options to choose from between June and July.
Please also read the section further down on this page about our
Saturday Morning League
Age Division Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday FridaySaturday Schedule Notes
 PreK (Co-ed) OR OR OR OR  OR 1 hour session per week for 4 weeks
 Kindergarten (Co-ed) OR OR OR OR  OR 1 practice, 1 game per week for 8 weeks
 1st-2nd Grade (Co-ed)  OR OR OR OR  OR
 3rd-4th Grade Boys OR OR    OR
 3rd-4th Grade Girls   OR OR  OR
 3rd-4th Grade Saturday League (Co-ed) 
 5th-6th Grade Boys          1 practice, 2 games per week for 8 weeks
 5th-6th Grade Girls          
 Middle School Boys          1 practice, 2 games per week for 8 weeks
 Middle School Girls          
 High School Boys           1 practice, 1 game per week for 8 weeks 
 High School  Girls          
 Adult Co-ed Recreational
 7v7 Small-Field League
      These divisions are set on specific days to
enable interested High School players to
dual-register for both a youth division and
adult division of their choice. Min. age 14.
A large  discount is applied to any youth who
dual-registers. PLUS, all adult weeknight
registrants can participate in the open Friday
Night Pick-Up Soccer sessions all summer
(or register for just the Friday Pick-Up division,
for FREE). See the Adult Soccer League
program info page for more details.
 Men's Competitive
 11v11 Full-Field League
 Women's Recreational
 7v7 Small-Field League
 Adult Co-ed Recreational
 11v11 Full-Field League
 Adult Co-ed Competitive
 11v11 Full-Field Leauge
 Adult Co-ed Friday Pick-
 Up Soccer League
Eclipse Soccer Club Players:
Typically, club coaches will coordinate with FYSA for scheduling field time for practices and in-house matches.
Games have traditionally taken place Tuesday and/or Thursday but will be determined closer to the season.

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1 hour long session per week for 8 wks. Begin week of June 5th.
1 hour long session per week for 8 wks. Begin week of June 5th.

Specific Age Division Details

The following is a brief explanation of each age division's program. If you have specific questions, feel free to contact FYSA. Remember, a player's grade for summer soccer is based on the grade they will be in the fall. If you'd like your child to play up in an older age group, contact us for options. 

PreK Division
We typically divide our PreK division into groups based on player ages as a recently turned 3 year old has a different soccer experience and needs than a 4 and a half year old. All players register under the same program (just called PreK) and we'll form groups after registration ends.  PreK teams will have 4 weeks of 1-hour sessions, once a week. Often, players at this age run out of steam after 45-50 minutes, so sessions may not last the full hour. There will be two options for 4-week sessions, one that starts after Memorial Day (the 'June' session) and one that starts about a month later (called the 'July' session). Players can register for either or both sessions. PreK groups are all co-ed.

youngest PreK groups are meant to be very simple, with the goal of being not just an introduction to the most basic soccer skills, but to organized physical activity in general. There are no formal 'matches' (against opponents) so groups meet together once each week to work on skills and at the end of the session, can divide into two groups for a scrimmage (informal mini-game). This age of soccer should have parents being very involved, with a buddy-system (can be older sibling, parent, etc.) so that children can learn with someone familiar. Volunteer 'Coaches' are more like 'Group Leaders' who likely have their own child participating, so parent involvement for the whole group is vital.

Older PreK groups are similar to the younger groups as far as the need for parents to be involved. But this is a good time to transition into learning more from a single 'Coach'. Teams meet once a week and their session involves first spending time working on basic soccer skills. Each week teams will be scheduled with another team and when both groups have spent enough time working alone on skills, they can then get together for an informal mini-game (scrimmage), with coaches or other parents helping to serve as the faux-referee. 

Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade, 3rd-4th Grade
Kindergarten aged players have their own single year division, while other age players are combined with a 2-year grade-span. Elsewhere on this page is a detailed chart of the specific parameters that vary between each age group. These differences aim to provide a natural progression for player development as they get older. Each of these age groups typically have one practice and one game each week, with 8 weeks of games over a 9 week window. Teams in the Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade and the Saturday 3rd-4th Grade divisions are co-ed. Weeknight 3rd-4th Grade divisions are separated with boys and girls on different nights.

In gender-divided divisions, co-ed team/game situations may sometimes occur in some boys divisions during the weeknight league for specific reasons (ex. teams from Healy). Contact FYSA if you have any questions about this.

5th-6th Grade, Middle School and High School Divisions
Elsewhere on this page is a detailed chart of the specific differences between these age groups, such as field, goal, ball sizes, game length, etc. There you can see a natural progression for player development as youth get older.
5th-6th Grade: Weeknight divisions are gender-divided and play twice a week with 1 practice.
Middle School:
 Teams play twice a week with 1 practice and are gender-divided.
High School: Teams play once a week with 1 practice and are gender-divided. Check out our Adult Soccer League program info page for other options for High School players to participate in other divisions in addition to their youth league games. Min. age for adult league participation is 14.

In gender-divided divisions, co-ed team/game situations may sometimes occur in some boys divisions during the weeknight league for specific reasons (ex. teams from Healy). Contact FYSA if you have any questions about this.

Eclipse Soccer Club Players

This division is only for those players who are rostered with an existing Eclipse Soccer Club team. As in past summers, for 2019 we will follow the same protocol of team/club representatives meeting with the FYSA Executive Director to outline their individual summer plans for training and game matchups. Specific details regarding schedules can't be provided here. These games are all essentially 'in-house', between other teams from the same club, however we still follow established protocols and rules of soccer. Assigned referees are typically more knowledgeable, utilizing these matches for theirs and the players' development. Specific questions regarding competitive schedules/programs can be directed to your individual coach/manager or FYSA.

SATURDAY Morning League

Across much of the United States, youth soccer programs are structured so that teams meet during the week to practice and then Saturday mornings are for soccer games! Here in Alaska, our summers are precious and our summer weekends even more so. As such, our summer leagues have traditionally only been held Monday-Thursday evenings. However, as a result of public input and in cooperation with the local youth baseball/teeball organization, there was a desire for many families to have an option for a Saturday morning soccer program. In 2016 we offered such an option for the first time and it was successful enough to make it a standard summer program. 

Who can register? This is open to PreK ages (min. age 3) up through those players 'going into 4th grade'. The primary goal is to allow those who play another sport, or are otherwise unable to participate in our weeknight league, to still have a chance to get their dose of summer soccer. However, those who register to participate in our regular Mon-Thur leagues are ALSO welcome to register for this Saturday league in addition to their other program participation (the system will apply a small discount if you register for both options). 

All teams for Saturdays will be co-ed, and games times will be split between 10am and 11am. Teams in grades K-4th will still meet once a week for a practice at a location of their choosing or at the FYSA complex at a coach's request. PreK teams just meet on Saturday mornings. Younger age groups will have their own divisions and game-play parameters just like the regular weeknight leagues. The oldest age group (3rd-4th grade) may play as smaller format teams on smaller fields based on registration numbers. This program will include 8 weekends of games, with the first matches taking place the Saturday after Memorial Day.

Age Division Parameters

FYSA typically follows the established guidelines set forth by US Soccer for age division program structures in areas such as field, goal, ball and team sizes as well as game lengths and other parameters. Locally, we make a few adjustments based on traditional program structures of the past, and our Saturday morning league will have a few additional tweaks. But for the most part, the goal is for soccer to be pretty consistent across the country, league to league. The chart below outlines some details of how our age divisions and league games will be structured.*

 Age Division  Gender  Field Size  Ball Size  Goal Size  Plays  Roster Max  Game Length  Goalie  Offside  Cards
 PreK  Co-ed  Extra Small  3  Extra Small  4v4  8  1 hr session  NO  NO  NO  NO
 Kindergarten  Co-ed  Small  3  Small  5v5  9  40 min (4x10-quarters)  YES  NO  NO
 1st-2nd Grade  Co-ed  Small  3  Small  5v5  9  40 min (4x10-quarters)
 3rd-4th Grade  M/F  Medium  4  Medium  7v7  12  50 min (2x25)  YES  Limited  Limited
 3rd-4th Grade Saturday*
 Co-ed Medium 4 Medium 7v7 12 50 min (2x25)
 YES Limited Limited YES
 5th-6th Grade  M/F  Large  4  Medium  9v9  15  60 min (2x30)  YES  YES  YES  YES +AR's
 Middle School  M/F  Extra Large  5  Large  11v11  20  70 min (2x35)  YES  YES  YES  YES +AR's
 High School  M/F  Extra Large  5  Large  11v11  20  80 min (2x40)   YES  YES  YES  YES +AR's

Because no two seasons are exactly the same, sometimes certain variables may require adjustments closer to the season. Program structures and guidelines are subject to change at the discretion of the FYSA Executive Director and/or Board of Directors and are communicated to all participants involved. A Summer Program Handbook will be made available prior to the start of the season with additional information.
*Saturday divisions for older players may vary from their respective weeknight division parameters based on final enrollment numbers.

Player Equipment

What does my player need?
A soccer player's uniform consists of 5 items and they all begin with 'S': Shirt, Shorts, Shinguards, Socks and Shoes.
A soccer ball is also required for all players.
Please read through each category to understand uniform guidelines for your child.


SHIRT: ALL recreational players (PreK through High School) must have the FYSA blue/green reversible jersey (introduced with the Summer 2017 season). Many players already have theirs, which is great. If a player is new to FYSA or has lost, grown out of or worn out their previous jersey, these can be purchased during the registration process ($16) and will be available for pickup prior to the start of the season. Our reversible jerseys have numbers on both blue and green sides. Individual players or teams are welcome to take their jersey to get a name printed on the back.

During games, the 'Home' team wears their jerseys with blue on the outside and the away team wears green.

Some teams may receive an additional set of shirts with a sponsor logo that should be worn for all the 'Home' games for the season and for team picture day, to highlight our local sponsors who help support our programs!

The following sizing chart is provided by the uniform manufacturer, Score Sports. The comparisons give an indication of size only and are by no means exact as sizes vary from brand to brand.

 Score Sports Size Similar to Youth Size
 Youth XXS 3T-4T
 Youth XS  4-5
 Youth Small 5-6
 Youth Medium 7-8
 Youth Large 10-12
 Adult Small 14-16
 Additional Sizes for Adult Med, Large, XL, XXL, 3XL and 4XL

If you need to change the size you ordered during registration due to an unexpected pre-summer growth spurt, or you come pick up your jersey only to realize you selected the wrong size, no problem. FYSA will order extra and unless we run out of a certain size, we can swap any jersey that hasn't been used for a practice or game yet.

SHORTS: All recreational players in grades K-12 shall wear BLACK shorts for soccer games. These can be purchased from FYSA through the registration process for $4. Players do not have to use the exact type of shorts that FYSA sells, but they must be black and they shall be a loose, athletic style. Volleyball, spandex, denim or cycling type shorts are not acceptable. PreK players are permitted to wear athletic pants, sweats, etc. Goalkeepers are permitted to wear pants as are other players with religious preferences (skirts are also acceptable in this case). Additionally, if the weather is cold, wet, etc. referees will typically not be concerned with players choosing to wear pants for those games, provided they are free of metal or other hazards (zippers, buttons, etc.) and shinguards are still worn underneath.

SHINGUARDS: All players shall wear shinguards for any scheduled soccer activities. These can be purchased through FYSA during the registration process for $10. PreK players will not be turned away if they show up without shinguards. However, because they are required for all games in Kindergarten and older age divisions, the PreK age is the perfect time to get used to the feeling of this important piece of equipment. 

This is an easy one! Socks must cover the shinguards completely :) These can be purchased from FYSA through the registration process for $4. Players do not have to use the exact type of socks that FYSA sells. Unlike a player's shorts (black), there is no mandated color requirement for socks for our league. 

SHOES: Did you know that soccer players are NOT required to wear soccer cleats?! Regular tennis shoes are acceptable for outdoor soccer participation, but of course, soccer cleats add great traction on the field. For those who DO wear cleats, they must be SOCCER cleats. Football cleats have additional studs that are not suitable for our type of game play and the structure of these cleats is less ideal for the type of movement during a typical soccer match. Other cleats such as for baseball or running are also not acceptable due to differences in shoe and stud (cleat) design and for safety purposes. If you have any questions about the difference between the various types of cleats, feel free to search online or ask us!

New in 2019. You can now purchase new soccer cleats for players of all ages directly through FYSA! For more info, check out our Soccer Cleats Sale info page.

BALLS: All players are required to have their own soccer ball. You can purchase one through FYSA directly during registration ($10) or indicate at that step that you already have a ball or intend to purchase one elsewhere prior to the start of the season.
For reference:

 Age/DivisionBall Size
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade, (aka 8U & younger)3
3rd-4th Grade, 5th-6th Grade, (aka 9U-12U)4
Middle School, High School, Adult, (aka 13U & older)

A final note on player equipment:
 No jewelry or watches of any kind should be worn while playing soccer. This includes rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other piercings. Simply putting a piece of tape, or band-aid, over a piece of metal does almost nothing to prevent possible injury. There are plenty of horrific images available (which we're inclined to not post here!) to illustrate potential damage to oneself or another player, that can be prevented by removing jewelry prior to soccer activities. While some may respond that new piercings can't be taken out otherwise the tissue might close up, this is not the case for the short period of time that a player is on the field. If there is a concern of this nature, a parent can help a player replace the piercing as soon as a player is subbed off the field and remove them before going back in. Just like other preventable injuries, no one who has had it happen to them would have thought that it could be such a concern, until it was. It might be uncomfortable to remove and replace a piercing, but the potential for serious injury is of far more concern. (Note: medical alert bracelets are permitted per US Soccer policy, provided they are firmly secured/taped to the player's wrist).

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