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Recreational Overview

Recreational Soccer Program

for Boys and Girls in San Ramon, CA

San Ramon FC youth soccer team

The recreational program is great for both young players and new players of any age, regardless of ability. The goals of the recreational program are for players to have fun while playing and learning FUNdamental soccer skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Recreational teams are coached by parent volunteers and we provide them with the coaching resources and support needed to be successful.

The Recreational program is comprised of the following age groups:

  • Recreational U5 and U6 program (3 vs 3 without a goalkeeper)
  • Recreational U7-U8 program (5 vs 5 including a goalkeeper)
  • Recreational U9-U12 program
  • Recreational U14-U19 program
  • Select program

For current pricing and program details on our recreational programs, please visit the Available Programs page.


SEASON OVERVIEW

The U5 and U6 division teams combine practices and games into a single time slot during the weekend. They do not have weekday practices.

Games begin in late August or early September, depending on the age group. The season ends in early November for all age groups.

League games are run solely by San Ramon FC in the U5 to U10 age groups and in conjunction with other local area clubs in the U11 – U19 age groups.

Some games are held on Saturdays and some are held on Sunday. SRFC reserves the right to schedule games on either weekend day.

U11 and U14 teams will play games in San Ramon and Dublin, while the U16 – U19 teams will play in San Ramon and other East Bay communities under NorCal Premier League's Region 3/4 Nickel Division.


Families in our recreational and select programs should be aware of the following:

 

  1. Effective in 2016, due to a US Soccer Mandate on Player Registration, all teams will be formed based on birth year instead of school calendar year. Please view our birth year registration chart to determine which age group your child will play in for 2017.
  2. Effective in 2018, U7 recreational teams will have a volunteer parent head coach and assistant coach who will conduct practices 1x per week during the Fall season, similar to U8 recreational teams. Coaches will select practice times based on their work schedule together with their REC Age Group Coordinator. Please be ready to practice one hour during the span of 4-6 pm on one particular day out of the week. The practice day and time will remain constant once chosen. The selection of time and day is dependent on your child's coach and his/her availability.

TEAM FORMATION

Recreational teams are typically formed in late July or early August. In some cases, teams may be formed earlier than that, depending on registration in each age group. Players are assigned to teams by the San Ramon FC staff.

Teams are formed using these primary factors:

1. Parity of teams

2. Player zip code and school attended

3. Home location of coaches

4. Field availability

San Ramon FC is focused on creating a fair and enjoyable playing experience for all its players.

Our goal is to create teams that will represent us well in our community and surrounding neighbors.

As such, families should expect the possibility of assignment to a team that practices anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes from their home, and all practice venues will be in the town of San Ramon.


PRACTICES/GAMES

We place an emphasis on skill development and creativity by providing coaches with United States Soccer Federation guidelines to help practices run smoother.

Through age-appropriate exercises and small-sided games, players learn basic fundamentals and technical execution at an early age, while still having fun.

Training sessions can occur Monday through Thursday, with start times as early as 4 pm or as late as 6:30 pm. Each team’s training schedules will be based on their coach’s availability during the week. 

Families, by registering, agree to the possibility of a start anywhere in this time frame. We cannot guarantee a start time, so parents should have their calendar open for a start time in the window provided.

2019 Season

Program (Birth Year) Training Start Date # of Sessions, Length Game Dates Game Length
U5-U6 (2015-2014) Training will occur prior to each game One for 25 minutes 9/7, 9/8, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 Four Quarters for 8 minutes each
U7-U8 (2013-2012) August 26, 2019 One for 60 minutes 9/7, 9/8, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 Four Quarters for 10 minutes each
U9-U10 (2011-2010) August 5, 2019 Two for 60 minutes each 8/17, 8/18, 8/24, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2 Two Halves for 25 minutes each
U11-U14 (2009-2006) August 5, 2019 Two for 90 minutes each 8/17, 8/18, 8/24, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2 Two Halves at 30 minutes | U14: Two Halves at 40 minutes
U16-U19 (2005-2001) August 12, 2019 Two for 90 minutes each 8/24, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 U16: Two Halves at 40 minutes | U19: Two Halves at 45 minutes

COACHING

We support every coach with care.

 

SRFC provides support to volunteer coaches through free coaching curriculum handouts and free coaching clinics.

Visit our Recreational Coaching page for important information pertaining to the upcoming season.

San Ramon FC recreational youth soccer

VOLUNTEER ROLES

San Ramon FC is proudly made up of more than 200 volunteers to make each season A SUCCESSFUL ONE.

From the board members, volunteer coaches, and assistant coaches, San Ramon FC is an organization built with pride by its volunteers.

It is with your help that San Ramon FC continues to improve, and in the end, none of this would be possible without your help.

If you are interested in volunteering as a coach, assistant coach, or training to be a referee, please mark your interest when registering your child or contact us to learn more.