Coaching FAQ

Common Soccer Association Questions

Where can my child play soccer?

If you go to our Club Directory page, you can will find a complete list of our affiliated clubs. Type in your zip code and the nearest clubs within your area will appear on the map/list. Simply contact the club or visit there website for more information.

What ages can my child play soccer?

Soccer is a lifelong sport that can be experienced by everyone, including adults. The Florida Youth Soccer Association administers players from the age of 4 to 19. Players over the age of 19 are considered amateur players instead of youth and must register with an adult soccer association. Youth players may also become coaches or referees.

What does the "U" mean in U8 etc. mean?

It stands for Under. This means that that each team member will be “under” a specified age group.

What equipment will my child need?

The only thing any player really needs is a ball and the desire to play! In addition to your child’s desire, players must wear appropriate footwear and shin guards.

Footwear can range from indoor soccer shoes (grooved rubber sole), to turf shoes (small rubber nubs), to cleats (10-12 molded plastic pieces on soles), to studs (6-8 metal spikes on soles). The field surface and weather conditions will determine the appropriate footwear. The flatter and harder the field, players will want flat, soft shoes (indoor or turf). Playing on grass usually requires cleats. Older teens and adults may benefit from studs, and then usually only when the game is being played on a field with exceptionally long or wet grass.

Shin guards are also mandatory equipment for any official game. Shin guards can cost as little as $5 or more than $50, depending on the materials. They can range from a simple piece of plastic to state-of-the-art synthetic materials. The strength of the shin guard materials is in direct proportion to the strength of the opponent’s kicking ability.

Where do I buy soccer equipment?

Most sporting good stores will have a variety of equipment for you to choose from.

Do boys and girls play on the same team?

In the Florida Youth Soccer Association, boys and girls play on separate teams. On occasion, younger age groups may see a mixed team. However, per our process by adding a boy onto a “girls” team, that team will be considered a “boys” team. If a girl is playing on a “boys” team, the team classification will not change.

How do I sign up for a coaching course?

By clicking the link here, you will have a direct access to the entire coaching department of our association. There you will fine upcoming coaching courses and some common questions about becoming a licensed coach.

How do I find Forms on the FYSA website?

All forms can be found by clicking the link here. For additional support, please email us at [email protected].

What is ODP and how do I join it?

ODP stands for Olympic Development Program. Players from all over the state tryout each year in late November for the opportunity to play on this team. The ODP Program is meant to discover and develop the top talent in the state in order to help identify the top pool of players in the state, the region, and even the nation. You can find more information here.