Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I determine my player's age group and fee?
Please refer to the Registration Overview page for player age groups and associated fees.
Is it too late to register?
We accept player registrations up to the start of the season, provided space is available on a team at the appropriate age level. After registration closes, all player registrations are waitlisted and added to a team based upon availability. View the Registration Overview page for registration deadlines.
How do I sign up for a friend's team or a specific coach?
We accept "buddy" and coach requests and try hard to accommodate these requests. Register early to secure the best chance of getting on your requested team. After the deadline, the Registrar places additional players on teams with the shortest roster. Even in cases where your requested team has space and you are past the deadline, the Registrar needs to place the next player on a team with fewer players.
How are teams formed?
Do you accept beginning soccer players?
Do you have programs for kids under the age of seven?
Our Coed U-06 and U-07 programs are an excellent way to introduce the concepts of team play and basic soccer skills. This is a low-key program with an emphasis on fun. All Coed U-06 & U-07 games are played in West Seattle beginning in September. If you are registering a Kindergarten or 1st grader, they will be assigned to this program. This program is open to children that are either 5 or 6 on July 31st. More information on Coed U-06 and Coed U-07 is posted on our Programs page.
How will I be notified regarding the team assignment for my child?
WSSC notifies the coaches of the players on their team roster and the coach contacts all of the players. Once registration closes, a date is provided on the WSSC home page stating when the coach should contact you. If this date has passed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
May I register my child without a specific team request?
We make every effort to ensure each registered player has a team to play on and that every team has approximately the same number of players to equally distribute playing time. In rare situations where we cannot find a team for a player, we promptly refund registration fees.
When is Fall Season?
Fall season starts in September for all age groups:
- Competitive (Gold or Silver) district teams generally start the first weekend following Labor Day and play a 12-game season
- District recreational teams and association teams generally start two weeks after Labor Day and play a 10-game season
- Coed U-06 and U-07 teams play on Sundays and generally begin one to two weeks after Labor Day.
- View our Programs page for more information.
When are fall games?
Fall game days vary by age and competition level:
- All recreational teams U-08 through U-19 play on Saturdays
- Boys' Competitive (Gold or Silver) divisions move to Sundays at U-14
- Girls' Competitive (Gold or Silver) divisions move to Sundays at U-15.
- Coed U-06 and U-07 teams play Sunday afternoons. The league scheduler sets the time and location of all home games, generally following generally the request of the team coach. View our Programs page for more information.
When is the Spring Season?
Spring season begins the first week of April and is 8 weeks long generally excluding Easter, Mother's Day and Memorial Day Weekend. Games are played on Sunday afternoons, starting between 12:30 and 5:15pm. More about the Spring Season...
What is the fee to play soccer?
Registration fees range from $80 - $145 per player for the Fall 2012 season, and $50 - $60 per player for the Spring 2013 season. Scholarships are available for those families with financial need. Please view the Registration Overview page for player fees by age group.
What does my fee cover?
Registration fees pay for field rental, equipment (including goal nets, balls and cones), player insurance, referees, medical supplies, administration costs, field development ($10/player - fall season only), and our registration fees to Washington Youth Soccer and Highline Soccer Association. For the fall season, West Seattle Soccer Club will also provide jerseys, shorts, and socks for each player assigned to a team. In the spring, only jerseys are provided.
May I request a refund if my child in unable to finish the season?
Yes - please check the WSSC Policies page for refund guidelines.
What equipment do I need to provide?
All players must wear shin guards and long socks. The club provides a jersey, shorts and one pair of socks for the fall season. In addition, soccer cleats are strongly recommended. Baseball cleats can be used to play soccer provided the toe cleat has been completely removed.
When are practices?
The team coach determines the number of practices per week, the location, and the time. WSSC reserves practice fields for fall season only. Coaches can schedule optional practices for spring season.
Can earrings and/or jewelry be worn, even if they are taped up?
No! Jewelry of any kind, including earrings, is considered dangerous to the players and not allowed for any reason in youth soccer. If jewelry cannot be removed, the referee, who is responsible for the safety of the players, may not allow the player to play. We encourage deferring any plans for pierced ears until soccer season is over.
Why are hospital birth certificates not acceptable?
Our governing body, Washington State Youth Soccer (WSYSA) requires a government issued proof of age on file with WSSC for every child who is a registered member of our club.
Do you reimburse for coaches clinics, referee clinics or entering tournaments?
Yes - we encourage our coaches to take coaching clinics, both youth and adults to get certified as a referee, and for coaches to enter their teams in tournaments. Please refer to our WSSC Policies for refund guidelines.