Kick Your Way Into Fall with Youth Soccer at the YMCA!

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and the YMCA is a great place to learn to play it! We’re offering youth soccer leagues this fall for ages 4-9. COVID-19 has changed our world in many ways, but one thing we know for sure is that our kids are in need of time to just be kids and our soccer leagues give them that chance. We’ve implemented many precautions to offer our youth soccer leagues as safely as possible. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Coaches will wear masks
  • Defensive and offensive plays will not cross the mid-field line to avoid “bunch ball”
  • All coaches, players and teams will bring their own water and snacks
  • Shaking hands, fist bumps and high fives are not permitted
  • There will be 45 minutes in between each game to allow for thorough cleaning and disinfection
  • Spectators will practice social distancing.
  • All games will be played at your home YMCA branch. There will not be any traveling.

Practices begin the week of September 7 and will be held once weekly. Games run September 19-November 7 and will be held once weekly on Saturday. Branches running youth soccer leagues include Brandywine YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, and the Upper Main Line YMCA. 

All registrants receive their own soccer ball and jersey!

The YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization that provides financial assistance for programs. Ask us for details.

More Information about Soccer Leagues

What are the age requirements to participate?

Children ages 4-9 are eligible to participate with children ages 4-6 playing in one group and those ages 7-9 in another.

How much does it cost?

The member rate is $85 and the nonmember rate is $105. Each child will receive a jersey and soccer ball.

 

Not a member? Learn more about membership and member benefits including discounted rates on programs. 

 

Which YMCA locations offer fall youth soccer?

Brandywine, Jennersville, Kennett Area, Lionville Community and Upper Main Line YMCAs all offer youth soccer.
 

How do I sign my child up?

Click here and use the filter options to browse by branch or participant age. 

How long is the season?

The season is eight weeks – September 19 - November 7.
 

How often and at what time is practice?

Practices are held Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. The time and day of practice depend on your child’s age and team.
 

When are the games?

All games are held on Saturdays.

Will there be “away” games?

No. There won’t be any travel to other YMCA locations. All games will be played at home branches.
 

What equipment is required?

Shin guards are mandatory for all players. The YMCA does not provide these. 
 

Is there a uniform?

Each player will receive a jersey that we ask is worn at each game. In addition, all players must wear rubber cleats or sneakers. Jeans and sweatpants are prohibited as well as jewelry, watches, wristbands and barrettes. 
 

My child has health issues – can they still participate?

Parents should assess level of risk based on individual players on the team who may be at a higher risk of illness, such as children who may have asthma, diabetes or other health problems. 
 

Will my child play in every game?

All players MUST play at least half of each game. No one player may play the entire game unless his/her team has only enough players to field one team.
 

Does the YMCA have its own game rules?

Our rules can be viewed here.
 

Do players have to wear a mask?

Players are not required to wear masks, however, coaches and staff are required to wear them. 
 

Do spectators have to wear masks?

Spectators are not required to wear masks since games are held outside. However, we do ask that social distancing be practiced when around others from outside your household. 
 

How will the Y protect players’ health and safety?

We take the health and safety of our members and staff seriously. In light of COVID-19, new guidelines have been put into effect including, but not limited to:

  • Coaches and YMCA staff are required to wear masks 
  • Defensive and offensive players will not cross the mid-field line to avoid “bunch ball.”
  • All coaches, players and teams must bring their own water and snacks
  • Spectators must practice social distancing
  • All games will be played at your local branch – no traveling will occur. 

Learn More

Approximately 70% of kids stop playing organized sports by the age of 13 because they say it’s not fun anymore. That’s why the YMCA works to keep fun in the game. 

 

Learn more about our youth sports leagues >