What is Recreational Soccer?
What does “recreational soccer” mean?
US Youth Soccer definition in “Policy on Players and Playing Rules” states:
“recreational league” means a league in which—
a. the use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting, or any similar process to roster players to any team on the basis of talent or ability is prohibited;
b. (the club administering the league accepts as participants in the league any eligible youths (subject to reasonable terms on registration)
c. a system or rostering players is used to establish a fair or balanced distribution of playing talent among all teams participating; and
d. league rules require that each player must play at least one-half of each game except for reasons of injury, illness, or discipline.
“recreational team” means a team that participates in a recreational league.
Some common perceptions of recreational soccer are:
- Made up of players assigned to a team in a random manner without regard to the ability of the players – as opposed to “travel” soccer where the players are selected to be on a team through some sort of tryout or selection process.
- “Less competitive” than “travel” soccer.
- “Lower intensity” for training and practices.
- “Less travel”, fewer games
- “Less-skilled” players.
- “Less experienced” coaches.
- Beginning players
- Annual or biannual shuffling of players to new teams, and more
Recreational soccer: This is a soccer program that is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high-level competition. The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop life skills including a lifelong love of the game.
Recreational Player – a player who is assigned to a team without regard to his/her abilities and skills
Recreational Team – teams formed of Recreational players to play soccer for fun
Recreational League – leagues composed of Recreational Teams