Recreational Soccer Frequently Asked Questions
Posted May 17, 2011

Southlake volunteers are happy to answer any and all questions about recreational soccer, but we very much appreciate you consulting this FAQ page first to see if your question can be answered without contacting us directly.  If your question is not answered below, feel free to contact any of the Southlake board members for help. 

Question: How much does it cost to register my child to play for Southlake?

Answer: The cost is $120 for age groups U10 -U19.  After early registration is over on August 1st, the registration fee increases by $10.

Question: What type of equipment does my child need to play soccer?

Answer: A uniform shirt will be provided by Southlake soccer club, or a team decision may require your player purchase a uniform. Players must supply their own soccer shoes, shin guards, and soccer ball. The appropriate ball sizes are:

U-10 to U12 players need a size 4 ball

U-13 and up players need a size 5 ball

*Yes, it really does matter that your child practice with the right size ball!

Question: When does the Fall Recreational 2017-18 season begin?

Answer: Practices may begin as early as mid-August. The decision of when to start practice is made by your player's assigned coach. Please keep in mind that August is a time when many people take vacations, so some teams may begin practice earlier than others.  For U11-U18, the first regular season games begin the weekend after Labor Day.  For U10, the fall season starts with the GRTYSA jamboree on the first weekend after Labor Day, with regular season games starting the following weekend.

Question: How will I know who my child's coach is and when practices begin?

Answer: Coaches packets and rosters will be handed out to coaches the second or third week of August. Coaches will contact their players and inform them of practice times and locations. As mentioned above, August is a prime time for vacations and some coaches will start practice a little later than others for this reason. Please allow time for the coach to contact you. We receive many calls during this time of year with parents checking on who their coach is - this creates a great deal of work for our volunteer staff.  We appreciate your patience!

Question: Where are the games and practices held?

Answer: Practices for all age groups are held at various fields within the Greater Renton-Tukwila boundaries. Home games will be played within those boundaries, away games can be anywhere in the Puget Sound area.

Question: When are the games played?

Answer: Games are generally played on Saturdays, but older age groups can also have games on Sundays.

Question: What league age is my child?

Answer: See the League Age Chart.

Question: When do the game schedules come out?

Answer: Typically game schedules come out 7 to 10 days prior to the first regular season game.  Players and teams registering late can cause delays in finalizing the schedule.  We appreciate your patience!

Question: Will my child play on the same team or for the same coach as last year?

Answer: A lot of effort goes into keeping teams together.  It is the preference of the club to keep kids on the same team as the previous year.  However, the club may move kids from one team to another.  Returning players tend to have priority, but some consideration is given to players that register early, as this eases the workload on our volunteer registrar.  Typically, new players are placed on a first-registered, first-rostered basis after returning players have been placed.  Returning players not registered before the registration deadline lose their priority status.

Question: Can my child wear jewelry while playing?

Answer: For the safety of the players, Washington Youth Soccer (WYS) forbids the wearing of any jewelry during practices and games. This includes rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. WYS also forbids the use of hair pins, wooden hair beads, hats with hard bills or hats with loose parts.  Medical Alert medals taped to the body are acceptable.