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Topeka Soccer Club hosts the largest recreational soccer league in Shawnee County.
Come see why.
Our Recreational soccer programs offer soccer options for every age and skill level, including adult. It is ideal for the casual player or those just entering the sport. All teams are volunteer led and get free training from our professional soccer staff to help them throughout the season.
Our Recreational soccer program provides boys and girls teams for ages U5 through high school. We welcome both fully formed teams and individuals looking to join existing teams. Although the Rec division is strictly for fun, we still expect players, coaches, and spectators to follow the TSC Code of Conduct.
The cost of this program is $99 per player and includes 8 games. We play in the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Register Now!
Looking to Coach?
All of our Rec teams have volunteer coaches. If you're wanting to be one of them, click the link below
to be taken to some info and resources to help you guide your team.
Why is soccer so expensive?
Before 2021, the club would pay almost $30 per player PER SEASON for a uniform. Thanks to our partnership with PUMA, we have lowered that to $15.
Fields & Equipment
Field maintenance, equipment upkeep, property taxes, and water are expensive. To keep the fields playable it costs us $50 per player per season.
The most overlooked and important part of the game is our amazing referee staff. These folks deserve more, but referees cost about $25 per player per season.
Paying our staff to keep the teams organized as well as provide liability insurance, this website, TeamSnap, and other costs is about $35 per season.
The combined cost of these expenses to the club is $125 per player, a full 25% more than what we charge.
The 4 Game Models of Youth Soccer
US Youth Soccer (USYS) and the US Soccer Federation (USSF) split soccer players into 4 different groups based on age. The 4 game models are listed below and we hope this chart begins to help you and your player understand what you need to be successful when you start.
- Ages 4-7
- Size 3 soccer ball
- Focus only on ball skills and fun. There are no 4v4 tactics. Passing, shooting, and defending are secondary to ball control and dribbling.
- The only focus is "Can I do it?" at this age. Learning the soccer skills: dribbling forward, backward, side to side and stopping or turning
- Teams can have up to 8 players on their roster. They play four 10 minute quarters.
- Ages 7-10
- Size 4 soccer ball (Size 3 at U8)
- Basic tactics are introduced. The offside rule is implemented. Ball skills are still the most important thing to practice.
- "Can I do it?" is still being asked. Should be starting to play with their head up.
- Teams may have up to 12 players per roster. Games are two 25 minute halves.
- Ages 10-12
- Size 4 soccer ball
- Tactics become much more important. Players should have a good foundation of ball skills and a solid understanding of the rules.
- Every player should now have graduated to "Can I do it with my head up?"
- Rosters are now 16 players. Games are two 30 minute halves.
- Ages 12 and older
- Size 5 soccer ball
- The full implementation of the FIFA Laws of the game. This is the earliest any coach should introduce physical development or conditioning.
- Most players should be answering "Can I do it with my head up?" and top players should be pushing themselves to play with maximal speed.
- Rosters can contain 18 players. Games are two 35 minute halves.
The 3 Soccer Questions
With our Rec soccer players we try to answer the first soccer question: "Can I do it?" and move them into the second of three questions, with the second question being: "Can I do it with my head up?" For instance, can I dribble forward, backward, and to each side? Can I receive and complete a pass? Can I stop the ball from rolling?
After the answer to "Can I do it?" is "Yes!," the next question is "Can I do it with my head up?" Can I dribble forward, backward, and to each side WITHOUT LOOKING DOWN? Can I make and receive passes WHILE LOOKING AT MY TEAMMATES? Can I stop and turn and quickly look up?
Finally, players need to ask, "How fast can I do it with my head up?" Can I accomplish this action with the fewest touches possible? Can I settle the ball with a single touch? Can I dribble past my opponents or quickly find and execute a pass?
Not sure what they should practice?
What age are we?
In 2016, US Soccer changed the way teams are formed by age. Although it took us a while, we are now 100% compliant.
Need to see what age your player is in? Check the chart below. We are currently in the 2020-2021 soccer year.
Spring 2021 Recreational Season - Important Dates
- February 15th - Registration Closes - Late fees assessed to late registrations
- February 23-24th - Mandatory Rec Coach Meetings - ZOOM Only
- March 1st - Practices can begin
- March 1st - Spring 2021 Rec League Schedule released
- March 8th - Late Registration Closes - No new registrations accepted
- March 10th - No further schedule changes allowed
- March 20th - First games of the season