Frequently Asked Questions

What is a soccer season?

Fairhope Soccer offers two seasons. Fall (September through November) & Spring (March through May) 

What are the age groups?
  • Tots U5 Coed
  • U6 Coed
  • U8 Boys & Girls
  • U10 Boys & Girls
  • U12 Boys & Girls
  • Intramurals
    • MS Boys & Girls U13-U15
    • HS Boys & Girls U15-U19
What does the U in U8 mean?

The player's age as of August 1 is 8 and Under.  Birth Chart Matrix

How long does practice last?

Practices normally last about 45 minutes to an hour. Older age groups U13 & above may practice one hour to one hour 15 minutes.

How many practices are there per week?

Usually, teams practice at least two times per week. U6-U8 may only practice one day a week when games begin.

When are practices held?

We have no way of predicting when your child’s practices will be held until they are assigned to a team because the volunteer coach picks the day and time that is most convenient for him/her. All of our coaches are asked to practice on a weekday evening  starting some time on or after 5:00 PM. 

If you volunteer to coach your child’s team you get the opportunity to select a practice day and time that works best for you and your family. Outside of the satisfaction of doing a great thing for your community, picking the practice day and time is the ultimate coaching perk!

Where are practices and games held?

All practices & games are held at Fairhope Soccer Complex 18383 County Rd 13 Fairhope unless other specified.

My child has ______on Wednesday, can I request that he/she not be on a team that practices that night?

We understand and appreciate your family may have other activities outside of Fairhope Soccer Club.   Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate specific practice time requests. When your child is assigned to a team, it is up to your volunteer coach what day or time works. With over 400 kids playing each season, it is not possible to try and accommodate every conflict or practice difficulty.

Please remember the coaches are volunteering their time and juggling work and other activities. We ask that you do your best to make the assigned practice day and time work for you. If you still cannot make it work, please contact us. 

What equipment does my child need?

All player MUST wear shin guards (worn under socks) and soccer cleats (No baseball or football cleats allowed). For U6 & below, sneakers are acceptable. 

You will also need to purchase black shorts for game day. FSC provides a game day jersey and matching socks. 

What size soccer ball do I need?

U8 and younger--Size 3
U10 through U12--Size 4
U13 & above--Size 5

What does my child need to bring to practice?

A soccer ball, soccer cleats, shinguards, socks and plenty of water. Make sure soccer ball & water bottle are labeled with full name and telephone number.  

Can I wear a cast (or earrings, religious medals, eyeglasses)?

Player safety is very important. No jewelry,earrings (if new, have parent but band aids on ears) or hairbows/headbands. 

Eyeglasses: A player can wear glasses to play soccer as long as the glasses are designated “sport glasses”. Standard, everyday glasses are not designed to withstand the demands of a soccer game and may become damaged. Sports glasses are more robust and less likely to be damaged during competitive play.

Jewelry: This includes having all players remove jewelry which includes, earrings, rubber or cloth bracelets, watches, and necklaces (unless for religious and medical reason, necklace must be tape to chest under jersey).

FSC Exception to rule: We will allow earrings to be taped with band aids if your player has recently had them pierced. Players will need to ready to play with earrings tape/band aids. Just like having shin guards and soccer cleats on before the start of the practice/game, please have ALL jewelry removed.

Casts, guards, braces, etc. must be padded with a foam padding no less than 1/2 inch thick and securely covered. The referee must approve it. Players with injuries must have a medical release signed by a physician and turned into our referee assignor. 

How can I volunteer to coach my son/daughter team?

While you are registering your child, you can check box that you would like to coach or assistant coach.

ALL our volunteers coaches or assistant coaches are required to complete a background check, Safe Sports Certification and Coach Safely Certification as per Alabama Soccer Association once a year.  

Our staff will send you an email link to complete the requirements. 

Can I request a particular coach?

We try our best to accommodate special requests, however there are no guarantees. Our goal is to make teams as equal in skill level as possible. 

Coach Requests: The children of one coach and one assistant coach are guaranteed to be placed on the same team. We do our best to keep same-age-group siblings together.

Can we request to be on the same team as their friends?

The only friend requests we honor are the kids of the coach and the assistant coach. 

A lot of times we have too many friend requests for one team, or a player that isn’t registered for the season or in a different age group altogether. Often kids who are friends tend to be at the same skill level as each other. Our goal is to make teams as equal in skill level as possible. 

Most likely, your child will still have friends on the team and will probably make new friends. 

Can I switch to another team?

Once registered, a player has an obligation to remain with her/his team for the season.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact us

How are teams formed?

For Spring 2022, we will be placing returning players on returning teams (unless specified otherwise on the player’s registration). New players will be placed on teams in a manner where rosters will be balanced with an equal number of players or close to it. Specific team placement requests are honored on a best effort basis.

How much playing time will my child get?

Fairhope Recreation rules require all rec players play at least one half of each game, however, we expect commitment to attending practices/games.  It will be up to the coach how much playing time your child gets. 

What is the next step after I register my son or daughter?

You will hear from your son/daughter’s volunteer coach about 2 weeks before the season begins. E-mail is primarily used for communications. The coach will have information on practice and game schedules, and he/she will have the uniforms to hand out. The coach will also hold a parent meeting to communicate team activities, roles and responsibilities, and answer questions from parents.

Can I get a refund?

For Recreational Soccer, you may request a refund before the season starts. Once the season starts, no refunds will be issued.

The amount of your refund depends on when you request it.

  • Prior to the original registration deadline is entitled to a full refund.
  • 21 days prior to the start of the season (first scheduled game) is entitled refund less $10.00 administrative fee.
  • 14 days prior to start of season is entitled refund less $30.00 administrative fee and league fee.
  • After season has begun, no refunds will be granted.

No refunds will be made for cancellations due to inclement weather, injuries, or other circumstances beyond our control. While all efforts are made to schedule and reschedule practices/games, we cannot guarantee games/practices will occur due to variables beyond our control.