Soccer FAQ

UpdatedSunday July 25, 2021 byHEL Soccer Director.

When are practices?

Each coach will be able to provide input on the days they would like to practice. In the Fall, we have the two soccer fields and the baseball/softball fields at Cove Park. In the spring, we only have the two soccer fields available at Cove Park. We are hopeful to have the two soccer fields available at the Mark Russell Recreation Center to use in Spring 2022. Each coach will have the opportunity to have two practices each week before the games start. Once the games starts, practices may be limitied to due to games.

 

When are games?

Games will be typically held on Saturdays, but there may be a few games through the week. In the Spring, all games will be scheduled by Eastern League since we are the only league to have soccer. In the Fall, the city will schedule the U10 and above games since we will be playing other leagues in the Huntsville area. 

Games in the Spring will start around mid april and end before Memorial Day. In the Fall, games will start after Labor Day and end late October.

 

Where are games played?

Fall: For U6 and U8, we play all of our games at Cove Park. For U10 and above, we play about half at Cove Park and the other half at parks throughout the city since we interleague with the other leagues around the Huntsville area.

Spring: All games will be at Cove Park

 

What is the cost and what does it include?

The cost for each season is determined prior to open registration and will be published once registration opens.  For Fall 2021, the cost for each age group will be follows:

  • $95 for U4, U5, and U6 which covers jerseys, shorts, socks, trophies/medals, and insurance.
  • $105 for U8 which covers jerseys, shorts, socks, trophies/medals, referees and insurance.
  • $110 for U10 which covers jerseys, shorts, socks, trophies/medals, referees and insurance.
  • $120 for U12/U14/U16 which covers jerseys, shorts, socks, trophies/medals, referees and insurance.

 

What equipment does my child need?

Shin guards are required for all practices and all games. It is highly recommended that each player has a soccer ball. For U4, U5, U6, and U8 a size 3 ball is used, for U10/U12, a size 4 ball, and for U14/U16 size 5 ball.  Soccer cleats are also recommeded but not required.  No baseball or football cleats are allowed since they have a cleat at the toe which is not allowed in soccer. All cleats must be rubber/plastic. No metal cleats.

In the Fall, the league supplies jerseys, shorts, and socks. In the Spring, we supply only the jersey, so each player will be responsible for the shorts and socks.

 

What age groups do you offer and what age group will my son/daughter be in?

Easstern League and Huntsville City follows the age matrix from U.S. Soccer. The following age matrix will be used for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 season:

  • U4: Born between January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018
  • U5: Born between January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017
  • U6: Born between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016
  • U8: Born between January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015
  • U10: Born between January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013
  • U12: Born between January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011
  • U14: Born between January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009
  • U16: Born between January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007

Fall: We offer U4 through U16. U4, U5, and U6 will be coed. If we have enough players, then we will have split the U8 above into girls and boys. However, if there are not enough players, those age groups will be coed. 

Spring: Since we are the only park that offers soccer in the Spring, we can only offer age groups that have enough teams to play against each other.  We will try to have all of the age groups that we offer in the fall, but if we do not have enough teams, then we may not be able to offer some age groups. All teams in the spring are coed.

 

Can my child play up in a higher age group?

Yes, if you decide that your child would be better playing up an age group then you can do that. During the registration process, there will be the option to register for the age appropriate divsion and the one above it.

 

Can I request to play with a particular coach or my child's best friend?

Our number one goal is to have everyone to have a positiive experience.  In our opinion, the best way to do this is have balanced teams so everyone feels they have been challenged and feels that they have won and lost some.  Accepting request certainly takes longer to try and achieve balanced teams but is also leads to unbalanced teams as well. 

For the U4, U5, U6, and U8 will will try our best to accomodate all request.

For the U10, U12, U14, and U16, we can not guarantee any request since these teams are formed by a draft. A head coach's child will automatically be on the coach's team. A coach may select one assistant coach before the draft and the assistant coach's child will automatically be on the team. If the coach wants a second assistant coach, then that coach will have to draft the assistant coach's child in the draft.

 

How do I register?

Online at hsv-eastern-league.org There is a banner above the pictures that says registration now open.