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Rec Program Overview

Overview

The primary objective in the recreational program is for players to have fun with an emphasis on sportsmanship, good play, and following the laws of the game of soccer.  Recreational players in the 4U-12U age brackets play small-sided (micro) soccer.  Recreational players in the 14U and up brackets play in the GSSA inter league format and play clubs, both home and away, from the Atlanta area and follow the rules of GSSA. IAFC offers a Girl's Only division for: 7U/8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U divisions. 

Rec Soccer is entirely coached by parent and community volunteers.  We rely on our 200+ coaches to help keep our team sizes manageable and to maximize each child's time touching the ball and playing the game.  Please consider helping out! Fill out this google doc AND register as a volunteer coach when registration opens, so we know you plan on helping this season.


Age Brackets for Fall 2018-Spring 2019

Division - Birth Year
4U Coed - 2015
5U Coed - 2014
6U Coed - 2013
7U Coed - 2012
8U Coed - 2011
7U/8U All Girls - 2012 and 2011
9U Coed - 2010
10U Coed - 2009
10U Girls - 2009 and 2010
12U Coed - 2007 and 2008
12U Girls - 2007 and 2008
14U Coed - 2006 and 2005
14U Girls - 2006 and 2005
16U Coed - 2004 and 2003
16U Girls - 2004 and 2003
18U Coed - 2002 and 2001
19U Coed - 2000

IAFC Play Up and Play Down Policy

IAFC does not encourage playing up UNLESS the player’s development is better suited for the age group above. For Recreation players wanting to play up into a new age group, parents can request a play up through emailing our Director of Coaching -Recreation. Only our Director of Coaching - Recreation is able to approve a play up request. Requests need to be made every season and be in writing to our DOC - Rec no later than three weeks prior to the season start. There are never any approvals for players to play "down" age groups. Ga Soccer and our liability insurance does not allow it. We also do not allow requests to play up into our 4U division (you have to be enrolled in our program for at least one season before you can request a play up)

Team Formations

Every season, there are over 1000 children registered for recreational soccer.  As you can imagine, team formations can be complicated. Our goal is to create balanced teams to ensure as enjoyable a season as possible.  We try to consider a number of factors to create balanced teams. During registration, parents are allowed to indicate one friend their child would like to play with and one practice day conflict.  

We will attempt to honor "reciprocal" friend requests (both children's parents make the same request) when their indicated practice preference days don't conflict.  We do not accept coach requests.  We try to slightly shuffle rosters around from Fall to Spring to keep parity among teams paramount, but teams are freshly formed each Fall.  

Please Note: Rosters WILL change and shuffle frequently before the start of a season. If you don't choose a conflict night during registration, then we are free to schedule or shuffle you around to accommodate balanced teams. Many players are shuffled around at least once before the season starts. When rosters are released, please consider those a "rough draft," waiting a few weeks until most roster shuffles are complete.

Important Dates

Spring 2019 Dates (current season)

• December 1 – Registration Opens and Early Bird Discount ($25) Applied
• December 31 – Early Bird Discount Ends
• January 1 – Regular Registration Begins/Pre-Academy and Junior Academy Registration Opens
• February 2 – Late Fees Begin
• February 10 – Last day to withdrawal and receive 100% refund (must email registrar)
• February 16 – Mandatory Coach's Meeting 9:00 AM, Clubhouse
• February 17 – Last day to withdrawal and receive 50% refund (must email registrar)
• February 18 Week – 1st Draft of Team Placements Posted Online (rosters will change)
• February 25 Week – Practices start for U5 and up
• March 4 Week – Game Schedules Released (minor changes can occur)
• March 9 – First Game for all age groups (and first practice/game day for 4U)
• April 6 – No Games (Spring Break)
• April 6 – Rec Development Day
• May 18 – Last Game


Fall 2019 Dates (upcoming season)

• June 1 – Registration Opens and Early Bird Discount ($25) Applied
• July 1 – Regular Registration Fees Applied/Pre-Academy and Junior Academy Registration Opens
• August 1 – Late Fees Applied ($25)
• August 2 – Last day to withdraw and receive 100% refund (must email registrar)
• August 10 – Mandatory Coaches Meeting 9:30 AM, Arizona Avenue Fields
• August 12 Week – 1st Draft of Team Placements Posted Online (rosters will change)
• August 19 Week – Practices start for U5 and up and Game Schedules Released
• August 20 – Last day to withdraw and receive 50% refund (must email registrar)
• August 24 – First Game for all age groups (and first practice/game day for 4U)
• September 7 – No Games (Labor Day Weekend)
• October 5 – No Games (Fall Break)
• November 9 – Last Game

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Recreational Soccer?
Rec soccer is designed to be a fun, non-tryout, less competitive and cheaper program as compared to an Academy or Select program. The training and coaching is carried out by volunteer soccer coaches. Compared to Academy or Select soccer, Rec soccer requires a lesser amount of time and financial commitment from the parents and players. It mainly involves one or two practices per week and one or two games per weekend depending on the age group. Rec soccer is designed to be fun while still learning about the game of soccer and gaining player development.

2. What age groups does Rec soccer apply to?

Rec is from 4U to 19U, which includes players ages 3 to 19.

3. Are the genders split?

The only All Girls divisions that we have available are our U7/U8 All Girls, 10U Girls, 12U Girls, 14U Girls, 16U Girls, and 18U Girls. Every other age group is Coed, which can technically roster females, though this becomes very rare as you move up each consecutive age group.

4. How do I know which age group my son/daughter is in?
New age group mandates from USYS and Ga Soccer are requiring age groups to be determined by birth year. Check on the Fees section right above to show birth years and age groups.

5. Is Academy soccer that different from Recreational soccer?
Yes. Expectations for the players in Academy soccer are much higher. There will be two or three 1 ½ hour practices per week and one or two games per weekend. In Recreational soccer, players are placed on a team on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of ability level. Academy players are selected at tryouts on ability.

6. When are Tryouts?
There are no tryouts for Rec soccer. It’s first come first serve till our age groups are filled. If you’d like to tryout for Academy and Select, head to our Tryouts tab to find out more information.

7. What is the commitment length?
The Rec players are registered through Georgia Soccer to play for their club for one season. The soccer year is split into two seasons. The Fall Season, which runs from August to late November/early December and the Spring Season, which runs from February to May.

8. How many teams are there in each age group?
It varies between age groups, based on the registration numbers.

9. What are the team levels in each age group?

There are no levels in Rec soccer.

10. How are games scheduled in Rec soccer and how many weekends does the season cover?

The Rec soccer season is a 9 to 10-week season. All 4U-12U teams will have Saturday games, and all 14U-19U teams will have at least Saturday games but sometimes Sunday games too, depending on their schedules created by Ga Soccer. All 4U-12U Rec games are scheduled by our Inter's DOC-Rec, and all 14U-19U Rec games are scheduled by Ga Soccer.

11. How many players on a team?
4U-5Us play 3v3, so we like to try to have around 6 players on each roster. 6U-8Us play 4v4, so we like to try to have around 8 players on each roster. 9U-U10s play 7v7, so we like to try to have 12 on each roster. 12Us play 9v9, and we like to try to have 14-16 on each roster. 14U-19U play 11v11, and 18 is our ideal roster size.

12. How much playing time will my son/daughter get?
The guideline is equal playing time for every player, regardless of skill level and age group or gender.

13. Are players expected to attend every practice and every game?
Yes. If a player cannot make a practice or a game, the coach must be notified with as much advance notice as possible. Whilst it is expected that a player will be at each practice and game, it is accepted that sickness and special occasions may mean a player misses an occasional practice or game.

14. What nights and times are practices?
It depends on the age group and the fields that we are able to permit from City of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools. Generally, 5U-9Us will get to choose from M-F, 10U-16Us from M/W or T/Th.

15. Where do the teams practice?

Practices are held at either Candler Park, Iverson Park, Walker Park, Austin Field, Coan Multipurpose Field, or Toomer Elementary depending on the age group and gender.

16. Are there written codes of conduct for players and parents?

Yes. Inter Atlanta has written codes of conduct for players and parents. These can be found on the website, www.interatlantafc.com under our Resources tab.

17. What are the fees?
See above on website for regular registration fees. If registering before our regular registration, during Early Bird registration, you’ll receive a $25 discount. If you register after our regular registration period ends, you’ll pay a $25 late fee on top of regular registration amount. To see breakdown of costs, please scroll up on this page.

18. Do rosters stay the same from season to season?
Rosters from spring to fall are always shuffled around. Roster from fall to spring are also slightly shuffle, because balanced play is what we are trying to achieve overall. Generally, even from spring to fall, older team rosters (U12 and up) try to remain somewhat intact.

19. Why do rosters take so long and why am I not with my friend requests?
Rosters take into account many different factors, including but not limited to, carpool requests, friend requests, conflict days, and gender ratios. Because so many factors are involved, team formations require many hours of work. Getting over 1000 kids on the exact team, night, and with their carpool is nearly impossible. We do our best but no guarantees are ever made for any request.

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