Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is one of the best places to learn and play this worldwide game and have a lot of fun while doing it! YMCA soccer emphasizes fun, teamwork, sportsmanship and inclusion for all, while encouraging kids to be active – a benefit to them both physically and mentally, as active kids are not only healthier, but do better in school.

At the YMCA we offer both soccer leagues and classes/clinics. Soccer leagues are eight-week programs focusing on fun, while teaching team play and basic soccer skills. Soccer classes/clinics are directed toward specific groups to provide an introduction and more in-depth instruction on skills and strategies.
 

Thank you to our fall youth sports sponsors, Ufberg Dental and Tamburrino Orthodontics

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 in soccer leagues?

Soccer leagues are available for kids ages 4 - 9. Children are broken into two groups with one league for ages 4 - 6 and another for children ages 7 - 9. 

 

How much are YMCA Soccer Leagues?

$110 for YMCA members

$135 for nonmembers.

Each participant will receive a jersey and their own 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 leagues.
 

How long is the season?

The season is eight weeks – September 6 - October 30

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.
 

What health and safety protocols have been implemented as a result of COVID-19?

Our highest priority is always protecting the health and safety of your children, our staff and our members. Due to COVID-19, procedures and protocols are based on the latest directives and recommendations provided by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the State of Pennsylvania. 

Our talented team continually works to ensure the safest experience possible, while ensuring children still have every opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Please review our protocols.

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:

  • 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. 

 

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