Frequently Asked Questions
There are three basic levels of soccer: recreational, travel, and premier. Each of these differs in level of play, player, and parent commitment, amount of travel, and cost. Recreational soccer is the least competitive and requires less time and commitment than either travel or premier soccer.
Travel Soccer is designed for players who have an interest and the ability to benefit from additional soccer training and to compete at a higher level of play. Because it is competitive, the program requires more time, effort, and commitment from both the player and parents. This is a commitment matched by the coaches and Board of Directors of FSC. From this shared commitment, your child’s development as a soccer player should progress more rapidly than if they played only recreational soccer.
The total season runs November through July. Indoor practice is November through April, with league play May through July. For the league play (against other teams in the team's division) there are 6 home games (played on Fairport Fields) and 6 away games which happen during the week (this schedule is decided by RDYSL and distributed in March). The teams will also play in up to two tournaments which are on weekends - one tournament will be our FSC tournament, the other will be the coaches choice (and usually depends on player availability).
U8 to U19 based on their birth year. The age matrix for the 2019 season can be found at RDYSL Age Matrix.
For the season, we are continuing with our very successful U6 & U7 micro program for both Boys and Girls. Players in this age group will be coached in the technical aspects of the game during the indoor winter season in Fairport.
Prior to 1997, there were two travel soccer leagues, one for boys, and one for girls. There was a power ranking system that limited the number of teams each club could enter in the league with an emphasis only on the higher talented players. FSC had approximately 16 teams.
In 1998 the leagues combined and, responding to initiatives from FSC and other clubs, multiple divisions were formed and teams of varying levels were allowed. FSC began to emphasize player and coach development with formal programs. Younger age teams and multiple teams in an age level were created.
After years of increasing the amount of indoor training in school gyms and the Crosman center, in the fall of 2002 FSC effectively became a year round club with the introduction of training sessions at the Village Sports and Brighton Sports Zone indoor facilities.
Today, FSC has a formal winter indoor training program for the younger age teams, has a rigorous coach selection mechanism, requires head coaches and encourages assistant coaches to be trained and licensed, and has raised the skill level of all players. FSC has created as many teams as possible at the younger age groups where the primary emphasis is on skill development.
Within RDYSL, at U10 and younger, scores are not kept by the league. U11 is the transition year, with larger field sizes, larger goals, and more players (9) on the field. In addition, scores are recorded beginning at U11 and playing time is at the discretion of the coach. At U12, play is 11 v 11 on a full-sized field.
RDYSL has established the following restrictions: At U10 and below, the maximum roster size is 14. For U11 and above, the roster size varies.
Teams age U10 and younger play 7 v 7 (7 players on the field including the keeper); U11 and U12 play 9 v 9; U13 and above play 11 v 11.
The Fairport Soccer Club is organized with the expressed intention to teach and promote soccer on a competitive level. The club’s primary purpose is to develop youth soccer players. Players are sought who demonstrate the greatest commitment and ability to play soccer. The prime emphasis with the U10 and under groups is to teach individual techniques at the expense of competitiveness. In the U11 and above age groups, emphasis changes to the development of competitive teams. Player commitment to training is of primary importance to a player’s continuing development. We also promote an environment with our club where each player is challenged to their capability and therefore we offer multiple teams at each age group, when we can. These teams are placed in Division 1, 2 or 3 depending on their strength.
No. We have multiple teams at most age groups so that players of different abilities can both compete and develop.
No. FSC is focused primarily on players in the Perinton area but out of town players are able to play for FSC. FSC defines the Perinton area as either a mailing address of Fairport NY or living within the Fairport Central School District.
FSC follows RDYSL rules.
Dual Roster Players information: for players who play on more than one competitive NYSWYSA team.
- Each FSC team can have up to 6 dual roster players.
- 3 players that are primary to FSC and 3 players that are Secondary to FSC.
- The Dual Roster forms that MUST be signed can be found on the NYSWYSA website, it is called
- Release to Secondary form.
- ALL Dual Roster forms must be signed by the other teams coach & are due to the FSC registrar by October 1st for those players on U8-U16.
In cases when there are more than three players on one team interested in Dual Roster Registration, FSC will use the following criteria in determining Primary and Secondary registration. Please contact the FSC Registrar to help facilitate this process, they can be reached by sending an email to CONTACT US
The Dual Roster selection is made by the following:
- Played with FSC the previous year(s)
- 1st to sign up with FSC & return signed Dual roster form to FSC registrar
- Top performing player at tryout
Team placement occurs after tryouts. At the younger age levels, (up through U10), the focus is on soccer development. Assignment to teams is generally based on overall soccer skills. At U11 and above, placement is determined by a combination of overall soccer ability and position specific skills exhibited by individual players. This is due to the increasing importance of team tactical development and the need for a team to have competitive players in each position.
All team rosters are approved by the board.
Can a player move among teams within an age group from year to year?
Yes. Many players have moved onto a team at a higher level than their previous years team.
FSC allows players to tryout with their age group. We may occasionally move players up to an older (max of 2) age level in order to continue a player’s development or maximize the number of players participating.
Coaches are determined after tryouts. Soccer Development evaluates the needs of each team. A decision is then made as to whether a parent or non-parent paid coach is most appropriate.
The head coach serves as the general manager of the team. Assistant coaches and the team manager support the head coach in the administration and operation throughout the soccer year.
FSC has defined expectations for coaches and the Soccer Development Committee works with coaches throughout the year.
Club registration & dues is $549 plust the cost of the uniform.
Based on team decisions there may be additional costs for extra tournaments.
In addition, players usually require a ball, cleats, shin guards, and a duffle bag is recommended for their gear. Annual dues are set in the fall based on estimated club costs & income spread over the projected number of players.
The U6 and U7 teams(Micro Soccer Program) fee is $275 as they will not have the same commitments as the older teams, such as out of town tournaments etc.
Based on full registration fee:
100% refund by 10/31
50% refund from 11/1 to 12/31
25% refund from 1/1 to 2/28
0% refund after 3/1
Yes, all players are required to wear shin guards during practice and games. Although not required by a rule, cleats are highly recommended as the shoe of choice unless the ground is extremely hard. In that case, running shoes or turf shoes are often easier on the feet. A water bottle is also highly recommended.
FSC uses a 2 year cycle for uniforms and each player is required to purchase a uniform that consists of two jerseys, shorts, and socks. Players joining in year 2 of the cycle, or players wishing to purchase replacement uniforms, can do so at an additional cost.
Players can play other sports but are expected to participate in the teams soccer training sessions and games. Parents or players should contact the coach when conflicts arise in order to determine a solution as the commitment to training is of primary importance to the coach/player and open communication between the coach and parent/player limits any misunderstandings.
Indoor practices are held at
Turin Tennis & Swim Club
260 Hogan Road
Fairport, NY 14450
All games are officiated by referees certified by the United States Soccer Federation and all referees are required to pass an annual written test for certification.
Many positions are available on a team basis: team manager, field maintenance rep, and tournament committee positions. All families are expected to volunteer to help at the annual tournament held in June/July.
The team managers role is to facilitate the operation of the team throughout the soccer season. The time commitment varies but generally requires a couple hours per week. Being a team manager is an excellent way to positively influence your team and learn about the organizational aspect of soccer.
Below is an outline of a typical Year:
|July/August||Two 2-hour sessions as part of tryouts.|
|October||Team selection process.|
|November 1 to April 30||26 weeks of indoor training sessions. 1 hour-90 minutes per session.|
|Late April to Mid May||Outdoor Preseason practice and scrimmages. Normally teams meet 2-3 times per week.|
|Mid May to Late July||Outdoor league season. Teams play 12 league games and two weekend tournaments. Teams should meet three times a week (Division 1 teams may meet four times per week), with a very light schedule during the July 4th week.|
|August||Season ends late July to first week of August. August is normally soccer families vacation month.|