Recreational Soccer FAQs
Recreational soccer is that soccer program that is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high-level competition. The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop life skills including a lifelong love of the game.
Recreational Player – a player who is randomly assigned to a team without regard to his/her abilities and skills.
Recreational Team – teams formed randomly to play soccer.
Recreational League – leagues composed of teams formed in a random manner.
Rec is from U4 to U19, which includes players ages 3 to 19.
Age groups will be coed from u4-u8 in an in house league. U9-U12 “When possible we will try to put gender specific teams together.”
New age group mandates from USYS and Ga Soccer are requiring age groups to be determined by birth year. Check our recreation page for our birth year and age group chart.
Recreational soccer is focused on just having fun. Volunteer coaches, limited commitment, and like competition create the best environment for enjoying the game. The Academy program is the highest level of soccer offered at BFC. Tryouts are held annually for placement. Coaches are required to have the correct credentials in order to be placed in charge of a team. Players that have proven to have ability and a strong interest in the game should consider playing academy soccer.
There are no tryouts for Rec soccer. It’s first come first serve till our age groups are filled. If you’d like to try out for Academy and Select, head to our Academy tab to find out more information.
The Rec players are registered through Georgia Soccer to play for their club for one season. The soccer year is split into two seasons. The Fall Season, which runs from August to late November/early December and the Spring Season, which runs from February to May.
It varies between age groups, based on the registration numbers.
There are no levels in Rec soccer.
U5-U6 play 4v4, so we like to try to have around 6 players on each roster. U7, U8, and play 4v4, so we like to try to have around 6 players on each roster. U9-U10 play 7v7, so we like to try to have 10 max on each roster. U11-U12 play 9v9, and we like to try to have 13 max on each roster. U14-U19 play 11v11, and 18 is our max roster size.
The guideline is equal playing time for every player, regardless of skill level and age group or gender.
Yes. If a player cannot make a practice or a game, the coach must be notified with as much advance notice as possible. Whilst it is expected that a player will be at each practice and game, it is accepted that sickness and special occasions may mean a player misses an occasional practice or game.
It depends on the age group. See above for practice night options and practice length.
Practices are held at either Oglethorpe University Fields, or other surrounding area parks depending on the age group and gender.
See above on website for regular registration fees.
We’ll be in touch shortly to give the 411 on everything from your coach to your practice time. In the meantime, feel free to familiarize yourself with our club by checking out the BFC web site. And as always, feel free to give us a shout on our Contact Us page. All Recreation players will be placed on teams by mid-February.
Rosters take into account many different factors, including but not limited to, carpool requests, friend requests, conflict days, and gender ratios. Because so many factors are involved, team formations require many hours of work. All Recreation players will be placed on teams by mid-February.
Rosters from spring to fall are always shuffled around. Roster from fall to spring generally try to stay the same, but balanced play is what we are trying to achieve overall. Generally, even from spring to fall, older team rosters (U12 and up) try to remain intact.