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Soccer

Youth Soccer is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills. YMCA Youth Soccer promises no try outs, no getting cut and no bench warmers! Your child will learn to dribble, pass and strike the ball correctly and the positions of the game. We use the YMCA Games Approach in our coaching methods where your child will learn the sport and have fun! Every child plays at least half of every game while making friends and learning new techniques. Leagues are coed for younger ages and league divisions are age specific. 

Ages: 3 to 12 (Ages for leagues vary by YMCA branches)

Spring & Fall I

Leagues feature:

  • One practice per week 
  • Games on Saturdays (7 games for Spring Session, 6 games for Fall I Session)
  • Trained volunteer coaches
  • YMCA trained and screened officials
  • Sportsmanship and core values modeled and promoted
  • Focus on fundamentals and new skill development
  • All players receive equal play time
  • Team shirts/jerseys and end of season awards​

Fall I Session

2017 Fall I Session Early Bird Registration: May 23 – August 7
2017 Fall I Session Registration: August 8 – August 21
2017 Fall I Practices Begin: Week of September 4 | Season Dates: September 16 – October 21

2017 Fall I Session Youth Soccer Leagues Offered at: Carondelet Park, Chesterfield, Collinsville Maryville Troy, East Belleville, Edward Jones, Emerson, Four Rivers, Jefferson County, Kirkwood, Mid-County, Monroe County, Monsanto, O’Fallon Family – MO, Randolph County, South City, South County, St. Charles, Wildwood

Uniforms and Equipment: What Players Need to Bring 

Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.

Soccer players should bring water in spill-proof, non-breakable container. We recommend that they wear shin guards. Optional equipment is their own ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) K-2 players use a size 3 ball. Grades 3-6 use a size 4 ball.

Sports Handbooks​

Parent Handbook
Coach Handbook

Sports Safety

The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support for parents, coaches and athletes. Cardinal Glennon representatives visit sports programs at our YMCA branches to share information on injury prevention, proper technique and overall athletic health. Here are tips for Soccer SafetyClick here to view more Sports Safety and Injury Prevention sheets from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. If you need help finding an expert physician for your young athlete, contact a local SportsCare representative at 314-577-5640 (this is a Cardinal Glennon phone number.)

Branch Locations

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