United Futbol Academy

Metro Atlanta

Rec FAQ

REC FAQ- Metro Atlanta

Do you need prior experience to sign up for recreational soccer?

No skill level requirement at any age, i.e. we will have children of all levels participating on each team in our Recreational program. We have developed a system that provides both a fun and productive environment for players at all levels.

When is registration?

Registration for the fall season begins July 6th.  We offer an early bird discount for players that register and complete payment by August 6th.  Regular registration ends on August 19th.  Beginning August 20th a late fee of $25 applies. Late registration ends on September 1st. 

Registration for the spring season begins in January.  Regular registration ends on February 15th for the spring season.  Beginning February 16th a late fee of $25 applies. 

When will someone contact us after registration?

You will receive a welcome email from the UFA Metro Rec Manager the weeks before practice starts. Coaches will begin contacting their teams immediately following the Recreational Coaches Meetings.  The Coaches Meeting dates will be February 14th (TIME TBD). If you have not heard from a coach before your team practice starts, please contact UFA Metro Rec Manager metrorec@unitedfa.org

When does the season start?

The first game of the Fall season is the weekend after Labor Day, and the first game of the spring season is the first week of March.

When do the teams start practicing?

Practices begin late-August/early-September for the fall season and mid-February for the spring season. 

What age group will my player participate in?

Our registration system will automatically place your child in their appropriate age group based on this Age Group Chart.  The “U” associated with an age group stands for “under."

How can I play for FREE?

UFA Metro Rec now offers NEW Family Referral Incentives. Refer 10 or more players to earn FREE Family Registration for the following season. Referred players should indicate family referred by in registration or via email to UFA Metro Rec Manager metrorec@unitedfa.org

Can I make a Special Request for team placement? 

Although we try to honor player requests received before August 1 for the fall season and February 10th for the spring season, we also strive for parity among the teams to maximize the enjoyment for all players involved.  Please note, all Special Requests will be considered, but are not guaranteed. When registering for our Recreational Program, you are registering specifically for the program and not to play on a certain team and/or with a certain player.

Can my player play up an age group?

Generally, players will play in their own age group, but occasionally players will want to play up an age group.   Any player wishing to play up to the next age group must first be assessed and approved by the Recreational Director by the assessment date at the latest.  To have your child assessed, please contact us at metrorec@unitedfa.org.  If approved, the Recreational Director will then go into the registration database and move the player to the division they will be playing up to.

Can my player play down an age group?

No, per rules and regulations, no players are allowed to play down an age group, regardless of size, skill or handicaps.  Per Georgia's soccer we will not be able to honor a doctor's request for a player to play down an age group. 

Are the teams coed?

All UFA Metro Rec teams are coed.

What is the cost?

U4 Mini kickers: $90

U5-U6: $99

U8: $99

U10: $99

U12: $99

What is included in the participation fee?

Soccer recreational league registration and insurance, referee fees, participation commemorative item (not a trophy), coaching education, league administration, at least (8) games for U5 -U12 age groups, and central professional training. 

What equipment will my player need?

Each player should have:

  • Shin guards 
  • Turf Shoes or Soccer Cleats - turf shoes can be worn during games, however we recommend each player wear soccer cleats. 
  • Age appropriate soccer ball - U5 - U8 divisions use a size 3 soccer ball. U9, U10 & U12 use a size 4 soccer ball.
  • Water and/or sports drink. 
  • Sunscreen is recommended for warm months.

What are turf shoes versus soccer cleats?

Soccer cleats generally have about 9 or so large studs for traction.  Turf shoes generally have 20 – 30 (or more) tiny rubber nubs for traction.  Turf shoes are intended for hard ground but are much easier on grass fields than cleats.

What is the uniform process?

Our recreational uniforms are intended to be used for one seasonal year (2 seasons). Our seasonal year runs from fall to spring and each player receives one uniform per seasonal year, i.e. - If you participated in the fall season, you will not receive a new uniform for the spring season. Prior to the fall season each year, the recreational uniforms will be evaluated and the vendor and/or style will change. Once the uniform is chosen, we will make a one-year commitment to that particular uniform. Due to the rapid growth of our club as well as time constraints, we will not be offering exact sizing.  Each team will receive the manufacturer’s recommended sizes for their age group.

Recreational Uniform Package U4 - U19 

Home Game Jersey

Away Game Jersey

Black Team Shorts

Black Team Socks 

Parents will be responsible for ordering the uniform. To order the recreational kit, please vist https://www.playwatchwear.com/your-store

The Kit is $72.00

What is included in the recreational uniform package?

The U5 & Up uniform includes a jersey, short and socks.  Each U4 Mini Kickers participant is given a UFA Mini League t-shirt and ball. 

Who will coach my player’s team?

Recreational coaches are parents that volunteer to coach a team, however we provide a professional trainer who works with each age group once a week during practice and each volunteer coach receives a coaches resources packet with email templates for parent communication, practice tips, hacks and drills.  Each season volunteer parent coaches are in great demand.  Our intent is to provide as many players as possible the opportunity to play, therefore every season UFA has to search for additional people to coach because there are never enough coaches to cover all of the teams.  Prior coaching and/or soccer experience is not required...all you need to be able to coach is some organizational skills and a willingness to help.  We encourage our coaches to attend the coaching courses offered by Georgia Soccer.  Please click on the link below to view course:

http://gs.affinitysoccer.com/eventmanager/public/calendarlist.asp?calguid=&eventtab=current

Where will my player practice?

All Rec Practices will be held at Keswick Park in Chamblee, GA

What day and/or time will my player’s team practice?

Preferred practice days should be selected at the time of registration. Teams, coaches, and practice schedules will be finalized two weeks prior to the start of practice. You will receive your preferred practice day unless changes have to be made in order to ensure equal roster sizes, in which case you will be notified. If you would like to change your preferred practice day please contact us at metrorec@unitedfa.org

Where will the soccer games be played?

Most games are played on Keswick or Dresden Park.

When will the soccer games be played?

Most games are on Saturdays. Saturday games start at 9:00 am and can be played as late as 6:30 pm.  Teams may have some games on Sundays in order to have a full schedule.

When will the game schedule be available?

The full season game schedule should be available 1 – 2 weeks prior to the first game.

How many games will the teams have?

All teams are guaranteed to have 8 games during the season. 

How do I check field status for games/practices?

You will receive an email blast and our website will be updated to display a field closure on the homepage. 

What if I need a refund?

UFA has a no refund policy with the following being the ONLY exceptions:  the player becomes injured to the point that they are unable to participate for the remainder of the season and/or a majority of the season, and presents a doctor's note.  The doctor's note must indicate the injury and show that the injury will prevent your child from participating for a certain period of time (beginning date through end date).  In which case, the refund will be prorated.  The other exception is the season has begun and we are unable to place your child on a team.

What happens if my child is placed on the Waiting List?

The number of teams in each age group is determined by the number of registrants in said age group.  A waiting list occurs when we have enough registrants to fill the roster for each team in the age group.  Upon registration, if a player is placed on the waiting list, every attempt is made to place that player by forming new teams if at all possible.  The more players we have on the waiting list, the easier it is to form new teams.  If upon registration you see that your player will be placed on the waiting list, we encourage you to please proceed with your registration.

Volunteer Fee?

All discounts will be applied at the checkout stage on the online registration platform. If you chose not to volunteer, the $35-dollar charge will be applied to the registration fee. If you choose to volunteer, the $35-dollar fee is waived. 

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