Farmington Recreation's Youth Soccer Program for the Spring 2020 for children born in 2005 (8th Grade) through 2015 is scheduled for Saturdays, April 25 through June 21 with no games on Memorial Weekend. Registration for the Spring 2020 season is now open. Those born in 2015 may participate in our Jr. Soccer - Revs Kickers Program.
Per Connecticut General Statutes, programs that service children ages 7 - 19 who engage in an athletic activity such as an organized game or competition against another team or in preparation for a game or competition or who attend an athletic camp or clinic in which the purpose is to train, instruct, or prepare the participant to engage in an organized athletic game or competition to provide a written or electronic statement on the signs and symptoms of concussions to each athlete and parent/guardian upon registration. Information can be found by visiting www.cdc.gov/headsup/.
- Recreation Soccer (U6 – U14) practices will be held once per week at various times and locations. Specific requests for practice days and times will not be accepted.
- Recreation Teams will be created based on a number of factors including but not limited to the player's home address, the school that the player attends, and the number of registrations received. Specific requests for team placement will not be accepted.
- U6 - Born 2014 (Coed)
- U8 - Born 2013/2012
- U10 - Born 2011/2010
- U12 - Born 2009/2008
- U14 - Born 2007/2006 & 2005 (8th Grade)
- Players will be notified of their team assignment and practice information approximately 1 - 2 weeks prior to the start of the season.
- Games will be held on Saturdays and/or Sundays at Tunxis Mead Park at random times between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Players in the older divisions may play games in the Farmington Valley Recreation League which may result in games being scheduled within the Farmington Valley.
- Our Jr. Soccer - Revs Kickers Program for those born in 2015 is available on Saturdays, Saturdays, April 25 through June 21 with no games on Memorial Weekend. from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m., 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. or 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
- At the conclusion of the registration period, an email will be sent to those registered outlining the above information. Refunds and/or credits for sports leagues such as soccer, basketball and other team sports may not granted after the deadline to register unless Farmington Recreation can find a substitute participant.
- Farmington Recreation works with the Farmington Soccer Club regarding the management of Travel Soccer. Click here for more information on the Farmington Soccer Club. Click here for a copy of our Travel Soccer Eligibility Table.
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US Youth Soccer Player Development Initiatives
In an effort to further the development of youth soccer players in the U.S., the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) instituted important changes to youth soccer in 2016. These mandates apply to all USSF member organizations including the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) and, in turn, Farmington Recreation and the Farmington Soccer Club.
The change for 2016 was that we, Farmington Recreation, began registering Recreational and Travel players by their year of birth (birth certificates may be required). In turn, Farmington Recreation organizes the Recreation League participants based on their year of birth as well. For more information on the Travel Soccer League, please visit www.FarmingtonSoccerClub.org.
The changes for 2017 is that we, Farmington Recreation, are now following the Small-Sided Games Mandate as well as the introduction of the Build-Out-Line. The Small-Sided Mandate includes alterations to field size, goal sizes and number of players on the pitch. The result will be a decrease in 11v11 competitions in lieu of more 9v9 and 7v7 competitions. U6 through U10 for recreation soccer will play 7v7, U12 will play 9v9, and U14 will play 11v11. For travel soccer, U9 - U10 will play 7v7, U11 - U12 will play 9v9, while U13 and up will play 11v11. The benefits of Small-Sided Games for players include more fun, more touches on the ball and more tactical decisions. The style of play will allow players to learn different positions, learn tactics quicker, increase fitness and allow players to be more emotionally and socially involved — creating a more fun and enjoyable game. In regards to Recreation Soccer, the Build-Out-Line will gradually be introduced to U6 – U10 divisions. Currently our U6 field does not have a Build-Out-Line. For Travel Soccer, the Build-Out-Line is mandatory for U10 and below.
Please see below for more information on the Build-Out-Line.
- The Build-Out Line is essentially a line halfway between the penalty box and midfield. (As of the Fall 2017, Tunxis Mead currently has Build-Out Lines on Fields #5 and #6)
- The idea of the Build-Out Line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting.
- When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the Build-Out Line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the Build-Out Line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed).
- After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the Build-Out Line and play resumes as normal.
- The opposing team must also move behind the Build-Out Line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play.
*Please note that games may or may not be played on fields with a “Build-Out Line”. It is suggested that coaches begin teaching this style of play with or without the line on the field.
**Please note that this rule is also new to all referees and they will enforce the rule to the best of their ability as well as the perceived ability of the players.
*Please note that all Recreation and Travel Players must register with Farmington Recreation each season (Fall and Spring).