Frequently Asked Questions​

common questions about the Recreational League

Rec League FAQ

ASA's Recreational League is a volunteer based, inclusive soccer program for kids of all abilities and experience levels, ages 4-19. The league is all about fun, fitness and friendships. Teams practice once a week and play games on Saturdays in Alexandria (high school teams sometimes opt to practice twice per week). This Fall (2020) we're offering an in-house 9v9 league for U13+.

The Rec League is an all inclusive soccer league open to any and all children, regardless of experience and ability. Many players are new to soccer! The Rec League is open to players in Alexandria and beyond. Practices and games take place in Alexandria but the league includes participants from all over the DMV area.

The Rec League is offered in the Fall and Spring. Registration for the Fall season (or for the full year!) begins in May and ends in early September. Registration for the Spring season begins in November and ends in March.

Games are played on Saturdays in Alexandria (at schools and city fields). The game location for younger teams (PreK-6th) will stay the same throughout a season although game times will change. Practices are also held in the City of Alexandria at schools, parks and recreation centers. ASA works closely with the City to secure field permits and space for teams to use.

The season is approximately nine weeks long. Practices for the fall begin in mid-September and the season ends in early November. Practices for the spring begin in mid-March and the season ends in early June.

ASA makes every attempt to form teams by neighborhood. When registering your child for the league you may select the Alexandria school that is nearest to your home (whether your child attends the school or not!). ASA will place your child on a team that practices in or near that neighborhood (ASA cannot guarantee neighborhood choices to late registrants).

ASA aims for each child to participate in at least half of every game. Roster sizes are limited to help with this goal.

Yes. Players need both a red jersey and a blue jersey (purchased from ASA). You are given the opportunity to pre-order the jerseys during registration or you may purchase them from the office separately. ASA also sells optional gear such as black shorts, black socks, shin guards and soccer balls. (Shin guards are required to play but can be purchased elsewhere).

Prior to each season ASA offers evening office hours for uniform pickup. Otherwise, the office is open Monday – Friday from 9-4pm for pickup and registration needs.

Until 7th grade Rec League teams are organized by school grade. At U13+ (7th – 12th grade), kids are roughly organized by birth year as opposed to grade in school.

2020-201 Age Group Chart

  • U9 and U10 Academy players are eligible to participate in the recreational league as well as Academy
  • U11 and U12 Academy players may request approval to compete in the recreational league as well as Academy. 

Absolutely! ASA makes every effort to group kids together when requested (you can make this request during registration). Grouping cannot be guaranteed during late registration period.

Each team needs a coach and an assistant coach. In addition, a parent usually volunteers as a team manager to schedule snacks and take charge of the end-of-season party. If you are interested in volunteering as a coach or assistant coach of your child’s team you may do so online when you register your player.

  • Online (preferred!)
  • Over the phone — give us a call (703-684-5425)
  • In person — the office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00.

ASA will process refund requests before the first game of the season. You will receive the amount you paid minus a $15 administrative fee (to cover credit card fees, administrative and software costs). No refunds will be given after the first weekend of games has been played.

Financial aid is available to Rec League players who qualify for the Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) Free or Reduced Lunch Program. A copy of a child’s enrollment in the lunch program is required for aid consideration. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the office at 703-684-5425 or email [email protected].

PreK and Kindergarten teams are coed. First grade and older team are boys and girls.

After registering your child he or she will be placed on a team. Approximately two weeks before the season begins your coach will reach out with information about practice and games.