FAQs for Parents

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Click HERE for information on Long Term Player Development, a program overseen by BC Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Association.

When does soccer season start and end and what ages are offered?

Depending upon the age of your child, soccer programming is available most of the calendar year.

The traditional soccer season in the Lower Mainland is known as the Coastal Season and is played during Fall/Winter, running typically from September to March for the U8 to U18 players. Teams in the U13-U18 age divisions may progress with Cup play through until April/May. The Provincial Championships are held in early July. For the U4 to U7 players, our club’s Grassroots I Program runs from July through October.

 What is Spring Soccer?

We host two spring soccer programs, which typically run for a period of 12 weeks, from early April until just prior to school ending in June.

 Recreational Spring Soccer League – is small sided games program (7v7) with two games per week. Teams are formed in double-age group divisions i.e. U5/U6, U7/U8, U9/U10, U11/12 and U13/14. For more info click here

 Spring Academy Program – is a developmental program which consists of two training sessions each week, a selection of exhibition games and entry in to pre-determined tournaments. Teams are formed in U8-U14 age ranges.

 What age division is my child?

The 2015.2016 Season age group/divisions are:

Birth Year

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

Age Division

U4

U5

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

U18

 What programs/teams are available to my child?

  • U4-U7: Grassroots I Program (Community level)
  • U8-U11: Grassroots II Program (Community level)
  • U11-U12: Super 8’s (Development level)
  • U10-U12 Selects: Super 8’s (Competitive level)
  • U13-U18 Divisional: Div1 + Div2 (Development level)
  • U13-U18 Divisional: Div3 + Div4 (Community level)

When does registration start?

Fall Season

(Sept-Mar)

Early Bird

Regular Fee

February until April

April until end of  July

 

Spring Season

(Apr-Jun)

Registration Open

Registration Closes

December

February

What days are practices and games for my child?

U4 to U7 click here for program outline.U8 to U10 click here for program outline.

U11 to U18 – practices for teams are usually on the day and time convenient for the volunteer coach so that could be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening with the younger players getting the earlier times and the older players the later times and practices are usually 60-90 minutes, depending upon age/level of team.

U11 to U18 games days are determined by the leagues and due to the growing demand on the fields throughout the lower mainland, games can be scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays, but most leagues and age groups do make every effort to play on set days and they are:

U11-18 Boys (All Levels) – Saturday or Sunday
U11-15 Girls (House) – Saturday or Sunday
U12-18 Girls (Competitive) – Saturday or Sunday

As with everything there are exceptions to these game days as some clubs may only have access to fields on a Sunday or Saturday or the league may change their rules and of course, your team may have a make-up game that is played on a Saturday or Sunday or even on a Friday evening.

 

Can I request my child to play on the same team as a friend or request a specific coach?

We do allow requests and we will make every effort to accommodate your request but there are no guarantees that your request will be accommodated. These types of request of course are only available to players on community/house level teams.


What equipment do I need for my child to play soccer?

Your child will need a pair of soccer boots and shin pads. The club will provide your child with a jersey, shorts and socks. The uniforms will be given out by the coach and the start of the year for the U8 to U18 players.U5 to U7 players will have their parents pick up their uniform at the soccer office prior to the start of their season in July.


What do I need to do if I would like to coach a team or be an assistant coach or manager?

If you would like to coach a team you should contact the Technical Director Ian Knight or General Manager Dan Village or complete an application [click here] .  If you wish to be an Assistant Coach or Team Manager for your child’s team you should speak to your child’s team coach and contact the General Manager Dan Village regarding the mandatory Police Record check and any paper work that may be required.


How do I register my child to play soccer?

As we are now into July 2015, we require registrations to be done at our soccer office in Bateman Park.  The office is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3 pm with extended hours until 6 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We encourage you to read the Registration Information and the Club Code of Conduct prior to registering. To access the online registration click on the Year of Birth for your child under the ‘Registration’ tab.  Registration for all our programs is available online and can be paid via eTransfer or complete the registration online and then come to the soccer office and pay the complete and pay your child’s registration fee by debit, cash or cheque.

Can I sponsor the club or my child’s team or another child to play soccer?

Sponsorship is always needed and welcomed by the club and teams. If you are interested in sponsoring the club or a player to play soccer please contact the club at info@abbotsfordsoccer.com or call 604-859-3033


What can I do to help the club with my child’s soccer experience?

We are always in need of coaches and managers so volunteer to coach, manager or help with any aspect of your child’s team. If you wish to volunteer to coach please contact Dan Village at gm@abbotsfordsoccer.com or phone the soccer office at 604-859-3033