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Northern Utah United Youth Soccer FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I register my child for soccer?

A: The answer depends upon the level your player will participate in.  Recereation and competitive have two different processes.  They are as follows:
  • Recreation Soccer: For the details click on the "Recreation League" tab above and look for the area you are living or want to play in. 
  • Competition Soccer: You will need to participate in the team tryouts and/or contact the coach of the team you would like to play for and he or she will guide you through the process. Team tryouts are posted on this site.  Click Here for Challenger League tryouts.  Click Here for UYSA State Comp tryouts.
Q: What is the cost?
A: Fees vary according to what is provided by the local soccer association or club. Some clubs provide a t-shirt for the Under-6 age group and a complete uniform for older players. Since many factors affect the fee structure, as you local club or association.

Q: What is the soccer season?
A: There is no traditional season in youth soccer. At the competition level we play a fall season (August through October) and a spring season (April through May) with only a short break in the winter and a short break in the summer.

Q: What does the U in U-6 mean?
A: The player's age as of August 1st (the official start of the season) is Under-6.

Q: How many practices are there per week?
A: Usually teams practice two times per week.

Q: What equipment do I need?
A: Shinguards are required for all practices and games. Cleated shoes are needed if play will be on wet, muddy or soft surfaces. For very young players, sneakers will do fine.

Q: How long does practice last?
A: Practices for players six and younger should be no more than an 45 - 60 minutes. Under-8 players practice 60 - 75 minutes. Under-10 players are about 75 - 90 minutes. Older players practice for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

Q: What does my child need to bring to practice?

A: A ball, soccer shoes, shinguards and plenty of water.

Q: Do I need soccer shoes or will tennis shoes be okay?
A: For younger players, sneakers work fine on a dry field. Older players or wet and muddy conditions may require cleats.

Q: What size ball do you use?
A: Under-8s and younger play with a No. 3. Under-10 through Under-12 play with a No. 4. Players Under-14 though adult use a No. 5.

Q: My child has a disability. Is there a place for her?
A: TOPSoccer is the program offered by NUU for players with mental or physical challenges.  Click Here for more information.

Q: Can I wear a cast (or earings, religious medals, eyeglasses)?
A: The FIFA Laws of the Game prohibit anything which is dangerous to a player or other players. Referees at the game will determine if an item can be worn without being dangerous.

Q: Why can't players wear helmets?
A: Helmets are not included in the Laws of the Game under Players Equipment. Although the player wearing the headgear is protected, he may play in a physically more aggressive manner than others not protected, thereby becoming a danger to others.

Q: Are mouth guards needed?
A: Injuries to the teeth are so few that insurers do not require them. Many dentists however recommend them.

Q: How many players are on a team?
A: U-6 play 3v3, U-8 play 4v4, U-10 play 6v6, Under-12 play 8v8 and older teams play 11v11. See more recommendations for Small-Sided Games.

Q: How big is the field?

A: Field sizes vary by age group. For U-6 we recommend 25-30 x 40-50 yards, U-8 35-40 x 45-55 yards, U-10 40-50 x 60-70 yards, U-12 50-60 x 100-110 and U14-19 play 70 x 110 yards. For more information see the "Laws of the Game."

Q: Why does our league not post standings?
A: For the recreation soccer program we place a priority on participation and deemphasize results.

Q: How do I get information about coaching license courses?
A: Click Here for information on the the D and E licenses.  For the A, B and C licenses, please contact U.S. Soccer. For the National Youth License, you can register through US Youth Soccer.

Q: What is the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP)?
A: US Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic development program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships, Interregional Training/Competition, Regional Camps and International play. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player identification and development. US Youth Soccer ODP is an approved program of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Q: Do you know of any summer camps to which I can send my son/daughter?
A: Click here for a list of summer Youth Soccer Camps being offered in the region.

Q: Can you recommend a tournament or tour operator?
A: Northern Utah United sponsors two great trournametns.  The Kohl's American Cup and the Cache Valley Cup.  Click the "Tournaments" tab above for more info.  UYSA also maintains a sanctioned tournament directory. We refrain from recommending any tournaments or tour operators.

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