Recreational Program


Our Recreational Soccer program is a volunteer run program offering year-round soccer opportunities for boys and girls aged 4 to 12. Each program is tailored to provide an enjoyable and skill-building experience, ranging from team-based Recreational Soccer to individual-focused Academy Style sessions and a special Mini Kickers program for the youngest players. With a focus on community, skill development, and fun, we ensure a welcoming environment for all participants, supported by easy online registration and opportunities for family involvement.


What age groups do you cater to in your Recreational Soccer program?

Our Recreational Soccer program welcomes boys and girls aged 4 to 12. We offer age-appropriate divisions to ensure an enjoyable experience for all participants.

When do the Recreational Soccer programs typically start and end?
We have year-round recreational programs:

• Fall Recreational Soccer season usually runs from September to November.
• Winter Academy usually takes place from January to February..
• Spring Recreational Soccer  season usually runs from April to June.
• Summer Academy usually takes place from June to July.
What is the difference between Recreational and Academy Style Programs?
• In our Recreational Soccer program, your player will be placed on an age appropriate team. Practices are run by the team’s coach(es) with the location, dates, and times dependent by team. Games against other local teams are played on the weekend.

• Academy Style programs are soccer schools that focus on providing skills and drills for the players, with some small-sided scrimmages.
What is the Mini Kickers program?

Our Mini Kickers program is an Academy Style program for boys and girls aged 4-5 years old. Players meet on Fridays from 5:30-6:30pm at Shorty Garcia Park for 8 weeks during the Recreational Soccer program seasons (Fall and Spring). Registration in Mini Kickers includes a t-shirt and participation award.


What equipment does my child need to participate in Recreational Soccer?

Players will need soccer cleats, shin guards, and a soccer ball (size varies depending on age group). Water bottles are recommended as well. Uniforms will be provided by the league for our Fall & Spring season Recreational Soccer programs.

Where will team practices be held?

Most recreational teams practice at Accinelli Park. Location is subject to change however, based on availability.

What is the time commitment for Recreational Soccer?

Recreational soccer teams usually practice once or twice a week, with games on weekends. Practices typically last between 1-2 hours.

Is there travel involved for Recreational Soccer?
Our recreational teams play local teams from Union City, Hayward, Fremont, and San Leandro.


How can I register my child for Recreational Soccer?

You can register your child using this link: UCYSL Recreational Soccer Registration.

How are teams formed for Recreational Soccer?
Teams are typically formed based on age and skill level. We strive to create balanced teams to ensure fair and competitive matches.
Can I request my child to be on a team with a specific coach or another player?
Parents can request a teammate or coach. Requests cannot be guaranteed but we will try to accommodate as many as possible.
Are there opportunities for parent involvement in Recreational Soccer?

Yes, we welcome parent volunteers to help with coaching, team management, and other aspects of the program. We also offer a coach’s discount: 1 free recreational registration fee for each team coached. If you’re interested in volunteering, please submit a Recreational Coaching Interest Form.

Do you offer sibling discounts?
Yes, we offer sibling discounts of $25.


How do I get answers to another question not listed here?

Send an e-mail to our Rec team and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Recreational Highlights