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Youth Indoor Soccer - Fall 2021

CLICK HERE to view the Indoor Soccer Program Handbook. This resource is for coaches, parents, players and referees and includes general program policies, guidance as well as rules for our indoor soccer league games.

CLICK HERE to view the Indoor Soccer COVID-19 Mitigation Plan (for FNSBSD)

   

FYSA indoor soccer programs are a great way for youth to keep active during the long winter months. Here we will share information for all youth programs. As always, if you can't find answers to a question here, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call 907-456-3972

Who Can Participate
Program options are available for all youth PreK through High School.
Divisions for the Fall 2021 season will include:
PreK (min. age 3 by Sept. 1st)
Kindergarten
1st-2nd Grade - Recreational
1st-2nd Grade - Advanced
3rd-4th Grade - Recreational
3rd-4th Grade - Advanced
5th-6th Grade - Recreational
5th-6th Grade - Advanced
Middle School
High School
* Each division will be initially capped at 4 teams, with adjustments made based on registration numbers.
** FYSA will use the established grade-based birthdate windows utilized by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, which begins with 'Age 5 by Sept. 1st for those in Kindergarten' and 'Age 6 by Sept. 1st for those in 1st Grade' etc. Players whose birthdate/grade combination are outside of these typical parameters are welcome to contact FYSA to have their registration options adjusted accordingly.
*** The 'Advanced' divisions do not include any 'tryout' or skill assessment requirements. Parents are free to self-assess their player's skill level. If there is an imbalance between the Recreational and Advanced divisions' registration numbers, we may reach out to solicit options for participants to shift between divisions. While the Advanced divisions are meant to offer a higher level of play for skilled participants, it is still expected to hold a spirit of recreational soccer in terms of sportsmanship and players getting adequate playing time.
  

Registration Period
SPACE WILL BE VERY LIMITED, WITH ENROLLMENT CAPS IN PLACE! Registration ends Wednesday, September 8th at 11:59pm. At that point, the office will close for the remainder of that week to allow staff to organize teams and begin forming schedules. This process takes significant time and focus and our goal is to get schedules and teams finalized and posted as soon as possible after registration ends. Registration closes at this time, but will reopen to allow any late registrations to fill remaining open spots OR to allow for Waitlist registrations (no cost) should a spot become available. 

Season Dates, Season Length, and Schedule Details
PreK groups will have a 6 week program, meeting once a week on a Saturday afternoon between 12pm-4pm, beginning Saturday October 9th. Exact times will be determined after registration ends and groups are formed. We will have limited space, with enrollment capped at 4 groups. Group sessions last for about 50 minutes and are a hybrid practice/scrimmage format. 

All other divisions, for grades Kindergarten through High School, will have a 8 total games for the season. Games take place on Saturdays between 12pm and 6pm, beginning for most teams on Saturday October 2nd. Game times will vary but generally stay within a consistent range. 'Who plays when?' cannot be determined until after registration closes, due to parameters that may need to be met for volunteers who coach more than one team, gym allocations by FNSBSD, etc. All teams will also have a weekly practice on a weeknight between 6pm and 9pm (younger time slots are always used first for the youngest teams, with 8pm practices used only for older teams and only when absolutely necessary due to gym availability). Games are practices are always scheduled in 1-hour time slots. Occasionally an age group may have an odd number of teams, which will result in 1 team having a 'bye' week (no game, possibly no practice). If you notice a gap in your schedule, it is likely due to having an odd number of teams in your division. Additionally, with an odd number of teams in a bracket, the season's 8 games may occur over a 9 or even 10 week timeframe.

  

General Program Info
All activities take place in local school gyms. All teams (including PreK groups) are co-ed, with games for the divisions Kindergarten through High School played as 5v5 (4 players plus a goalie) in a 'futsal' style format.

'Futsal' balls are slightly smaller and slightly heavier than a typical outdoor soccer ball and a are 'low-bounce' ball which allows for better ball control and skill development. In the smaller space of a school gym, keeping the ball closer to the ground and at the feet of players is a significant aspect of indoor soccer. Coaches will be given a small set of futsal balls. Players will not be required to have their own futsal ball, but these WILL be available for purchase through the online registration process. There are additional adjustments to the rules for play for futsal compared to outdoor soccer (kick-ins vs. throw-ins, no sliding, etc.) but those will be conveyed to coaches and included in an updated Program Handbook prior to the start of the season.

Teams are general formed based on geographic zones for players in grades K-12. However, there are no guarantees that players utilize specific gyms as that is based on what is allocated to FYSA by the school district for specific nights. Our goal is for youth to have the chance to see a familiar face or two on their team.

During team formation, we strive to make all teams as balanced as possible. This is easier said than done and even an age group that appears perfectly 'balanced' on paper likely may not be due to each unique player's experience. While all teams are co-ed, there are no specific requirements for the ratio or number of players of each gender out on the court at all times during matches. The best way to keep things balanced is our Fair Play Policy, which ensures that all players receive a minimum of 50% of playing time during matches they are present. Additionally, rosters are kept to and appropriate size to allow players to have as much, usually more, time on the court vs. on the bench (ex. age groups playing 5v5 would have a roster max of 10).


One of the more common questions we get pertains to carpooling needs. During registration, you can provide a name of a specific player to be considered for team placement. Additionally, players wanting to play up into an older age group should contact FYSA prior to registering.

PreK
groups will meet weekly for a hybrid session, focusing on basic soccer skills and fun activities and games that help grow a love for the sport and enjoy general organized group physical activity. Formal matches against 'opponents' are not scheduled, but coaches are welcome to set up mini games of 2v2, 3v3, etc. when appropriate for their players. Parents are encouraged (sometimes expected!) to be involved at this age, specific to their own child's needs and per the coach's request.

Recreational
teams are meant to be for all players whether brand new or with several seasons under their belt. There are no league standings kept or an end-of-season tournament. The emphasis is on fun rather than winning/losing. Coaches are all typically volunteers, with training and assistance provided by FYSA for all those who desire it.

The Advanced division for grades 1st through 6th is meant to be an opportunity for recreational players of a higher skill-level who are looking for a more competitive experience. Teams will be formed like typical recreational teams, using geographic zone, player ages, gender, etc. With a higher level of play comes a more competitive spirit during games, but the expectations for fair play, sportsmanship, etc. are still in place so that focus can remain on fun, just with a higher level of gameplay. Our hope is that this separation of 2 tiers of teams (Rec. and Adv.) will better serve the more beginner players as well as the more advanced players. There are no tryouts or skill assessment plans at this time and players/parents are expected to self-select their appropriate program. Communication prior to the season will take place to ensure players are in the appropriate division and make any necessary adjustments to balance things as best we can. This is a new format for FYSA and we look forward to seeing how it can enhance our program options
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COVID-19 Considerations
Players, coaches, spectators, and referees will be expected to follow common best practices for matters pertaining to COVID-19 exposure and spread. Hand sanitizer should be a part of every player and coach's soccer gear, individuals should not share water bottles, and team gear should be laundered after each activity. The nature of indoor soccer is such that there will of course be closer proximity and frequent, short moment of close contact. Those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are directed to refrain from participation until they are symptom free, following guidance from health professionals and published protocols. As of the September 7th School Board meeting, FNSBSD will now require masks/face coverings for individuals within school buildings. For FYSA's indoor soccer activities, this applies to everyone present EXCEPT for players who are actively participating in a practice or game. Players who choose to wear a mask or face covering as welcome to if they desire, provided it is of a soft material, not a hard-shell or face-shield style.
  

If you have any questions about any indoor program details, feel free to contact FYSA at [email protected] or 907-456-3972

Uniform and Gear Info

        

"What does my player need to play?"

A soccer player's uniform consists of 5 items and they all begin with 'S': Shirt, Shorts, Shinguards, Socks and Shoes. Please read through each category to understand uniform guidelines for your child.

SHIRTS. Every player needs to have one of the FYSA blue/green reversible jerseys as shown in the image above. These were introduced for the summer 2017 season. Any players who still have their jersey should continue to use it! If a player is new to our league, has lost their jersey, grown out of it or worn it out, they need to buy a new reversible jersey. This can be done during registration. Be sure to check 'Yes' when asked about purchasing a new jersey ($16). If someone forgets to add this during registration or if they accidentally paid for a jersey that they didn't need, just contact FYSA to get things squared away.

SHORTS. PreK players are permitted to wear athletic pants, sweats, etc. All recreational players in grades K-12 shall wear BLACK shorts for soccer games. FYSA has these for sales for $4 each, however you don't have to wear 'our' brand/style. They should just be black and be the loose, athletic style. Volleyball, spandex, denim or cycling type shorts are not acceptable. Goalkeepers are permitted to wear pants as are other players with religious considerations (skirts are acceptable). 

SHINGUARDS. All players in grades K-12 shall wear shinguards for all soccer activities. Shinguards are option for PreK players. However, because they are required for all games in K-12 divisions, the PreK stage is the perfect time to get used to the feeling of this important piece of equipment. FYSA has shinguards for sale for $10.

SOCKS. This is an easy one! Socks must cover the shinguards completely. Note: unlike a player's shorts (black), there is no mandated color requirement for socks for our league. FYSA has these for sale for $4 each.

SHOES. No cleats. Indoor soccer shoes or non-marking tennis shoes are to be worn.

BALL. Indoor soccer programs utilize a 'futsal' ball, which is a slightly heavier and smaller, low-bounce ball, meant to keep the play low to the ground and closer to your feet. Futsal is the name of hard-court, indoor soccer around the world and futsal balls are a standard piece of equipment that help better suit the unique gameplay of the indoor game. Players are not required to own their own futsal balls. Coaches will receive a small batch of balls to use for practices and games. However, a new futsal ball can be purchased during registration for $20.

A final note on player equipment: JEWELRY: No jewelry of any kind, including watches, shall be worn while playing soccer. This includes rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other piercings. Simply putting a piece of tape 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, this is not the case for the short period of time 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 this happen to themselves would have thought it was possible that it would be a 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.  

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Phone: 907-456-3972
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