Player FAQ

What size ball should my child be using?

Soccer balls used in youth leagues come in sizes 3, 4, and 5.

What uniform items does SSA provide?

SSA provides a Jersey, Shorts, and Socks for recreational youth players to use during their games each Fall and for new players in the Spring.  Players will not get new uniforms in the Spring unless they have been assigned to new a team.

Additional items that parents must purchase are shin guards, soccer cleats, and an appropriate size ball. Also, extra soccer socks, shorts, and practice shirts to be used during practices will be necessary.  Players should be wearing athlethic apparel to practices and not bluejeans, polo shirts, jewelry, etc.

Soccer balls used in youth leagues come in sizes 3, 4, and 5.

Shin guards have sizing charts on the package. Please pay special attention to this and get a pair of shin guards that fit the player.  Too small or too big can hamper the protection the shin guard is supposed to offer.

Soccer cleats are very specific.  The most noticeable difference is that soccer cleats do not have a toe cleat at the front of the shoe.  A player cannot play if they have the wrong cleats on.  Regular athletic shoes are allowed, but may cause the player to slip during a game.

When and where are practices/games?

Coaches choose the practice nights and that best fits his/her schedule and practice field availability.  Practices typically start between 5:00 and 6:30 and last about an hour. Each team get 2 practices per week at the SSA complex.

Practices in the Spring season begin mid to late March and mid to late August for the Fall season.

Games are typically held on Saturdays with the first games beginning at 9:00am. Most U8 and below games are completed by 1:00pm. U9 and above games are typically on Saturdays with game times at any time during the day. There are occasional Sunday games as well. Metroplex Soccer Alliance makes the U9+ game schedule. Coaches of these games are allowed to submit schedule requests prior to the schedule being created. Not all requests are guaranteed to be granted.

U8 and below will play 8 regular season games. U9 and above will play 10 regular season games.