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Youth Soccer

Youth Soccer: (3rd & 4th Grade)

This program is for our 3rd through 4th graders. It is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and
development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high level competition. The
purpose of youth soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn
the sport and develop life skills including a life long love of the game. Teams in this age division will begin to travel outside of Oregon City for games to local soccer clubs. Teams will play games at Willamette United Soccer Club, Clackamas United Soccer Club and of course here in Oregon City.

Youth Soccer: (5th - 8th Grade)
This program is for our 5th through 8th graders. It is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and
development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high level competition. The
purpose of youth soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn
the sport and develop life skills including a life long love of the game. Teams in this age division will travel outside of Oregon City for games to local soccer clubs. Teams will play games at all clubs in the Soccer-5 program: Willamette United Soccer Club, Clackamas United Soccer Club, Lake Oswego, Valley Premier and Canby Soccer Association and of course here in Oregon City.

AGE GROUPS

Ages for Soccer -

Please note that at the youth soccer level (recreational) we will do our best to have previous players play with their former coach/team. We will move the player up by one age group in order to accomplish this. Please continue to register your son/daughter by their correct birth year and DO NOT change their year of birth in order to accomplish this.

Game Design for Youth Soccer

Age/Grade Field Size (yards) Goal Size Ball Size Game Duration # of Players on Field Goalkeeper Recommended Team Size Gender
3rd Grade 40 X 60 6' X 12' 4 2-25 Min Halves 7 X 7 Yes 10-12 Gender Based
4th Grade 40 X 60 6' X 12 4 2-25 Min Halves 7 X 7 Yes 10-12 Gender Based
5th Grade 50 X 80 7' X 12' 4 2-25 Min Halves 9 X 9 Yes 12-14 Gender Based
6th Grade 50 X 80 7' X 12 4 2-25 Min Halves 9 X 9 Yes 12-14 Gender Based
7th Grade 60 X 100 24 X 8 5 2-35 Min Halves 11 X 11 Yes 16-18 Gender Based
8th Grade 60 X 100 24 X 8 5 2-35 Min Halves 11 X 11 Yes 16-18 Gender Based

Soccer-5 Rules of Play


Player Registration

All players must be registered in accordance with the rules of the club. Prior to any player being assigned to a team, the player must be in good standing with the club and all fees paid. Coaches are not allowed to add players to their roster without the written consent of either the registrar or a board
member and coaches will not allow any players to practice with their team unless they are registered as player with Oregon City Soccer Club.

Playing Up

A player may "play up" in the next age division if space is available on a team. No player may "play up"
two age divisions. No exceptions.


Playing Down

A player may not play down an age group. They must at least play in
the age division where their birth date falls, regardless of where they were
last assigned.

Team Assignments

Recreational soccer team assignments are probably the least pleasant part of the season for our staff. It’s a challenge to assign nearly 800 kids to 80+ teams. Even though we try, we cannot possibly make everyone happy. To help you better understand our process we have “briefly” summarized the team assignment process:

We use previous season act as a template. Players are reassigned to the same roster unless we are asked not to do so. Late registrants are only added to those rosters as space allows; just because a player was on a certain team last year doesn’t guarantee that same placement if the registration is late. New Club members are assigned to teams based on space, the school attended and if possible, teammate requests.

3rd & 4th grade teams will play 7 v 7 games.
5th & 6th grade teams will play 9 v 9 games.
7th & 8th grade teams will play 11 v 11 games.

Our goal is to assure adequate playing time (in recreational soccer, each player WILL play at least 50% of each game, unless there is a disciplinary issue) as well as provide for adequate substitutions in the event missing players.

During the registration process we do allow for parents to “request” players or coaches. Parent coaches always have their child on their team. We want to stress that although you may have requested a teammate or coach, we will NOT guarantee to accommodate your request.

We allow a parent to coach their own child, so long as they are the same age as the rest of the team. We also allow each team to have one assistant coach, and that parent may also have their child on the team. Teams are limited to ONLY two registered coaches. Other parents may help as long as one of the registered and approved coaches is present.

Recreation coaches are all volunteers that dedicate significant amounts of time to the team. Each year we welcome our coaches back. If they volunteer again and we are not aware of any significant issues with the team, they are given the first option to again coach that team.

We do not allow coaches to pick their team or to add a new player to their team simply because they request a child. Any new kids are assigned based upon the process that was explained above.

Oregon City Soccer Club will field as many teams as possible, as long as there are enough parent volunteers to coach them.

We understand that this process is not perfect. We also understand that 1% of our families will be upset that their requests are not accommodated. To these families we appreciate their frustration and apologize that we are not able to accommodate your request.

We encourage players to register EARLY! 

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