Player Registration Rules & Regulations
2017/18 Season Changes & Reminders:
All head classic coaches will need to have D License or higher when participating in our State Championships, with assistants needing E Licenses. Any teams entering the Governors Cup will need to have coaches that have an E License.
All coaches will need to log on to USSF's Digital Coaching Center (DCC) to enter their coaching license. You will be prompted to enter your basic information as well as your License number to be confirmed by the State. The DCC is also where you will also sign up for continued education such as GK Courses & further licensing.
Digital Coaching Center Website
Recreational Plus will no longer be a team level for Arkansas State Soccer. Your team will need to be either pure Recreational or Classic. We feel that this level that tried for years (including Challenge level) to bridge the gap between the two did not have the result we had hoped for.
Teams are no longer to be labeled 18 & Under, etc. It will be designated as 18U, 17U, 8U, 5U, etc. per USSF
All Coaches and Team Managers will have to take their background check & CDC Concussion Test each year through GotSoccer starting August 1st, 2017. This is found in their coaching profile within the club.
First Touch & In-House Rec teams will be allowed 15 players only per team. This will prevent only one coach being assigned to for example 75 kids. This will allow us to know that a KidSafe Coach who has taken a background check and CDC Test has been assigned to a team. This is all for the player's safety.
Players on the field:
5U and below: 3v3
6U – 8U: 4v4
9U – 10U: 7v7
11U – 12U: 9v9
13U and above: 11v11
5U and below: 6 players max
6U – 8U: 8 players max, 6 recommended
9U – 10U: Academy: 12 players max, Recreational 14 players max, 12 recommended
11U – 12U: Classic: 16 players max, Recreational (minimum of 9 primary players on a team)
13U and above: 22 players max, 18 recommended (minimum of 11 primary players on a team)
6U - 8U
25' - 35'
15' - 25'
9U - 10U
55' - 65'
35' - 45'
11U - 12U
70' - 80'
45' - 55'
* 4v4 soccer is meant to be played in a less structured environment in order to maximize fun and participation; thus, players eight-years-old and younger should play without formal teams and rosters. Conducting play through in-house programs with flexible and fluid teams is the best approach.
Heading is not allowed in the 11U and below age groups at practice or at games. In the 12U and 13U age groups limited heading is allowed in practice and unlimited heading is allowed during games. Coaches need to know how to properly instruct heading at the 12U and above age groups.
9U/10U Build-out Line:
USSF has implemented a build-out line for this age group. The build-out line promotes playing the ball from the back in a less pressured setting. Please see the USSF Player Initiative for complete details and dimensions of the build-out area.
Arkansas State Soccer Registration Levels:
Seasonal Year: August 1- July 31.
Rebate: Clubs that register 100% of their players and pay on time receive a $1 rebate per player. Please send the form at the end of the seasonal year to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team fees: Charged once per seasonal year and covers the fee for coach and manager background checks, medical and liability insurance for the coach/manager (listed on the roster) and administration.
Player fees: Players are charged once per seasonal year at the level of the team on which the player is rostered. Medical insurance, registration with US Youth Soccer and the US Soccer Federation is included in the player fee.
Classic (Gold & Silver Levels) 11U-19U
Eligible to participate in the Arkansas State League, Southern Regional Premier League & the ACDL
Eligible to qualify for the Arkansas State Championships or Arkansas Governor’s Cup
Tryouts are allowed
Player Fee: $26 per player per seasonal year
Team Fee: $40 per team
Eligible to participate in Academy Leagues and events
Eligible to participate in Academy Cup
Pool Rosters, can change from game to game
Players must play at least 50% of the game
Player Fee: $18 per season per seasonal year
Team Fee: $20 per team
Eligible to participate in the Recreational Leagues and other various leagues
Eligible to participate in Ron Heller Recreational Cup
Eligible to participate in Recreational Tournaments
Cannot participate in Classic Events
Tryouts are not allowed
Players must play 50% of the game
Player Fee: $14 per player per seasonal year
Team Fee: $15 per team
In-House Recreational 6U-19U
For teams that just play in their in-house league
Eligible for Fun Fest Jamborees & Kohl’s Jamboree
Players must play 50% of the game
Player Fee: $10 per player per seasonal year
Team Fee: $6 per team
First Touch 6U & below
Designed to teach kids the basics of soccer in a fun environment
Arkansas State Soccer provides a program and coaching instructions specifically for this age group
Player Fee: $6 per player per seasonal year
Team Fee: $6 per team
11U and above Recreational or Rec Plus players may secondary onto a classic team. Players who are Secondary on a Classic team may be ineligible to participate in certain recreational events. Rec Plus or Recreational teams are limited to having no more than 3 players who are secondary on a classic team.
When a player transfers from one club to another club: $10 (charged to receiving club)
Yearly Membership Fee
$25 per club: provides Directors and Officers Insurance for the club. This fee is billed in December of each year.
Classic Tournaments: $250
Recreational Tournaments: $100
Provides liability insurance for the club. Player's Medical insurance is only in effect for sanctioned events.
Please submit tournament host permit form to email@example.com
Host Permit Form
In-House Rec à Recreational : $5
Recreational à Rec (+): $5
Rec (+) à Classic: $10
All other fees are event specific (leagues, state cups, coaching courses)
Club pass is allowed in all registration levels. The ability to club pass and the number of club pass players allowed is dependent upon the event that the team has entered. Some leagues or tournaments may not allow club pass. Players are allowed to club pass up but cannot club pass down a level. Ex. A rec plus player can club pass onto a classic team for an event but may not club pass onto a recreational roster. A classic player can only club pass onto another classic team.