Frequently Asked Questions - All FAQs

FAQs - All FAQs

When registering for any of our soccer programs, your child will be placed into an appropriate age group based upon the birth year of your child. The birth year for registration is based on the year in which the season ends. For example, if a season begins in the fall of 2018 and ends in the summer of 2019 (i.e. 2018-2019 season), the player would be registered based on their age in the year 2019. Competitions that take place in a single year (ex: fall of 2019 only) should use that year to determine birth year.

For a complete matrix of Birth Years and Seasons for LSA soccer programs, refer to our Player Age Groups chart.

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The Academy program offers competitive soccer for Under-9 (U9) through Under-12 (U12) age groups.

Registration into a particular age group is based upon the child's Birth Year. For a complete matrix of Birth Years and Seasons for LSA soccer programs, refer to our Player Age Groups chart.

The Select program offers competitive soccer for Under-13 (U13) through Under-19 (U19) age groups.

Registration into a particular age group is based upon the child's Birth Year. For a complete matrix of Birth Years and Seasons for LSA soccer programs, refer to our Player Age Groups chart.

Every player should bring the following to every practice and game:

  • Shin Guards are required for all practices and games.
  • Soccer Ball of appropriate size for the player’s age group.
  • Soccer Shoes – Cleated shoes are required for games. For practices, turf shoes may be worn but should be verified with the coach. For very young players, sneakers are fine. For programs that also provide indoor practices (futsal), futsal/indoor shoes are required for indoor practices. NO METAL STUDS are allowed at practices or games!
  • Plenty of Water – Be sure to have extra water during hot-weather games.
  • Sunscreen – Be sure to apply appropriate sunscreen before outdoor practices and games.

For games, in addition to the above equipment, players should also wear their uniform.

Note: For all games, players should bring both home and away uniforms as it is sometimes necessary to change when both teams have a similar color uniform.

 

NO METAL STUDS are allowed at any time.

Under-8 (U8) and younger play with a No. 3 soccer ball.

Under-9 (U9) through Under-12 (U12) play with a No. 4 soccer ball.

Players Under-13 (U13) though adult play with a No. 5 soccer ball.

In the game of soccer, injuries to the teeth are so few that most soccer clubs and tournaments do not require the use of mouth guards.


Many dentists would likely recommend the use of mouth guards. At LSA, usage is a choice left to the player and parents.

The FIFA Laws of the Game prohibit anything that may be dangerous to any players on the field. Such objects are not allowed to be worn on the field during practice or games.

During games, referees determine if an item can be worn without being dangerous. If considered dangerous, referees will request such items be removed and have the authority to prevent players from playing should such articles not be removed.

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The FIFA Laws of the Game prohibit anything that may be dangerous to any players on the field.
If the player’s physician allows for participating in soccer with a cast, a player may be allowed to participate at practice given the coaches consent.

When participating in a game or tournament, referees determine if a player’s cast may be dangerous to other players. If the referee considers the cast to be dangerous, the referee has the authority to prevent the player from participating. Game-time decision may vary a bit from referee to referee and such decisions are outside the control of LSA – our coaches must respect the referee’s decision.

It has been out experience that “hard casts” are never allowed by referees. Players wearing “soft casts” or “sports casts” are occasionally allowed during games.

Many orthopedic doctors are familiar with sports-related casts. If your child is injured, be sure to discuss what cast options may be available for your child’s injury.

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Helmets are not included as part of a player’s equipment in the FIFA Laws of the Game. Although helmets may protect the player wearing it, it poses more danger to other players around the player wearing the helmet.

To help protect a player from head injuries, a player may wear a concussion headband or soccer headgear. Though recommended, the usage of such head gear is not required.

In youth soccer, there is not a “traditional” single season of play. In Georgia, and most other states, youth soccer programs play a Fall season and a Spring season.

  • Fall Season – Runs September through November; pre-season activities (team camps, pre-season tournaments) typically begin in August.
  • Spring Season – Runs March through May; pre-season activities (pre-season tournaments) typically begin in February.

As high school soccer teams play in the Spring months, Under-15 (U15) and older age groups do not have a Spring season.

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