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.

NEW! We have updated age groups to accommodate our older players and also added 13 year olds!  Leagues are based on the child’s age as August 31, 2021.

  • U5 – Ages 3 – 4
  • U7 – Ages 5 – 6
  • U9 – Ages 7 – 8
  • U11 – Ages 9 – 10 
  • U14 – Ages 11 – 13

Registration Details

  • Ages: 3 – 13
  • Session Dates: August 9 – October 9
  • Registration: June 29 – July 25
  • Registration is online only at this time


When and Where

  • Cherryville – Thursday practices 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Pharr Family YMCA (McAdenville) – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday practice options 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Warlick Family YMCA (Gastonia) – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday practice options 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Games are scheduled for Saturdays
    • All Cherryville league games will take place at the Warlick Family YMCA
    • U9-U14 games rotate between the Warlick and Pharr Ys
  • Indicate on the registration form days you CANNOT practice.
    • Practice is once weekly for 50 minutes.
    • Practice day/time is based on volunteer coach availability


  • Y Members: $62    I      Program Participant: $88
  • Playerspace fee – $3/season


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 via PlayerSpace.

  • 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. The Y will follow guidance from State and local officials to protect all players and families.

Details will be shared closer to the league start date.




  • What are the age groups?
    • U5 – Ages 3 – 4
    • U7 – Ages 5 – 6
    • U9 – Ages 7 – 8
    • U11 – Ages 9 – 10 
    • U14 – Ages 11 – 13
    • Age is determined by child’s age as of August 31, 2021
  • How many kids play at one time during the game?
    • We have reduced the number of children playing at a time.
      • U5 -4 v 4
      • U7 – 6 v 6
      • U9 – 7 v 7
      • U11 – 7 v 7
      • U14 – 9 v 9
  • What ball size does my child play with?
    • U5 and U7 use size 3
    • U9 – U14 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?
    • Games are played based on the league registered with the exception of Cherryville who play at the Warlick Family Y.
    • U9 – U14 Games rotate between Pharr and Warlick
  • What days are practice?
    • Practice days are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday and based on your availability. Practices start at early as 5:30 pm and run for 50 minutes. 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 with socks over them. 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 August 9
    • Each team will have 8 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 – U14 will 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.