Fall Youth Soccer


This fall, your child can enjoy being part of a team while learning the fundamentals of soccer. Sports at the Y help children feel healthy, confident, and connected. Being a part of a team develops skills on and off the field – children learn the importance of  practice and hard work, and that it isn’t all about winning or losing.

Ages: 3 – 12
Session Dates: October 5 -December 5
Practice Begins: Week of October 5

Registration Information

  • Registration: Monday, September 14 until Sunday, September 27
  • Registration is online only at this time


When and Where

  • U5 and U7 (ages 3 – 6) leagues will practice and play games at the Warlick Family YMCA
  • U9 and U13 (ages 7 – 12) leagues will practice and play games the Pharr Family YMCA
  • Practice takes place once weekly – Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for 50 mintues
  • Games are scheduled for Saturdays
  • Indicate on the registration form days you CANNOT practice.
    • Practice day/time is based on volunteer coach availability.


  • Y Members: $62    I      Program Participant: $88


We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching a team this season by indicating your interest on your registration form, and completing a volunteer coach application.

  • Coaches get first choice of practice day/time
  • Coaches will be contacted by Branden Chesser – bchesser@gastonymca.org

Uniform Provided

All players will receive a team jersey.
  • Shin guards are required but not provided.
  • Goalies will need to provide their own goalie gloves.


Youth Soccer + COVID-19

Youth soccer is an excellent way to get the physical activity needed for a healthy life. Following guidance from the CDC and local agencies, we’ve modified our policies and youth programs to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

Here’s what you can expect when you come to the field:

  • To promote social distancing league capacity has been modified.
  • Spectators limited to two per household and social distanced from other spectators by 6 ft.
  • Coaches, players, and staff will have their temperature checked prior to scheduled practices/games. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will be asked to go home.
  • Masks are required for everyone in attendance, players can take their mask off while on the field.
  • Strict sanitization and cleaning protocol have been implemented; including a minimum of 15 minutes between each clinic to allow for proper sanitization.
  • Each participant is asked to utilize hand sanitizer upon entry.

Updated Rules:

  • Indirect kicks will replace throw ins when the ball crosses the sidelines
  • Substitutions will take place only during quarter change
  • Teams will play in a 5 team (or less) pool.
  • Goalies must supply their own gloves
  • Any changes due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic will be communicated quickly.
  • Only referees and goalies can touch the ball during the game



  • What if I signed up for Spring Soccer 2020?
    • All registered for Spring Soccer should look for a message via PlayerSpace on Friday, September 11 with information on fall soccer.
    • Team information and practice days will not be the same as communicated in March 2020 due to new protocols and changes in league.
    • The Sports Department will make every effort to honor spring soccer requests but all may not be met at this time.
  • What are the age groups?
    • U5 – Ages 3 – 4
    • U7 – Ages 5 – 6
    • U9 – Ages 7 – 8
    • U13 – Ages 9 – 12
  • How many kids play at one time during the game?
    • We have reduced the number of children playing at a time.
      • U5 -3 v 3
      • U7 – 6 v 6
      • U9 – 6 v 6
      • U13 – 7 v 7
  • What ball size does my child play with?
    • U5 and U7 use size 3
    • U9 and U13 use size 4
    • If you have a ball please bring it to practice! Our coaches will help sanitize it before use
  • Where are my games played?
    • U5 and U7 Games and practices are held at Warlick Family YMCA in Gastonia – 2221 Robinwood Road.
    • U9 and U13 Games and practices are held at Pharr Family YMCA in McAdenville – 208 Main Street.
  • What days are practice?
    • Practice days are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday and based on your availability. Practices start at early as 5:00 and run for 50 mintues. These practices are once a week. Please indicate what days you are unable to practice on your registration form.
  • What does my child need to play?
    • A jersey is provided to your player from the YMCA but you will need to ensure that your child has shin guards. These can be found at most stores that carry athletic equipment.
    • Children also must wear closed toed shoes/running shoes. Cleats are not mandatory.
    • Please always send your child with a water bottle.
  • When does the season run?
    • Season begins October 5
    • Each team will have 6 games scheduled
    • Games will take place on Saturday mornings
    • We will make every effort to make up any games cancelled due to weather.
      • U5 and U7 will schedule make up games on practice days as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons
      • U9 and U13will schedule make up games on practice days, weekend afternoons, as well as Wednesday and Friday evenings
  • What does coaching entail?
    • Coaching will require that you commit to practice once a week as well as a game
    • You will be provided with games and practice plans that you can fit to your team.
    • 1 on 1 assistance with coaching skills available if requested
    • Coaching is a volunteer position and we LOVE our coaches.