Recreational FAQ

When are games played?

All teams are scheduled for at least eight games. Due to a busy spring schedule, about half of these games will be weeknight games, and the other half will be on weekends.

Where are games?

All games and practices are at Grand Park. Club does schedule and provide practice space at our facilities for all teams; coaches are not expected to find a place to train.

What kind of ball does the player need?

U5, U6, U7 and U8 use a size 3 ball; U10 and U12 use a size 4 ball; U14 and U16 use a size 5 ball.

What about shoes?

Cleats are strongly encouraged. IYS rules specify that cleats must be "soft cleated soccer shoes".

What about shorts, socks and shirts?

WYSA supplies jerseys and socks; players need to have a pair of black shorts.

How is soccer organized?

WYSA is registered with Indiana Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) which in turn is part of United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA). USYSA is a division of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the U.S. Affiliation with IYSA provides insurance and training support for WYSA participants.

Do we have to live in Westfield?

WYSA is open to players from any area. The majority of our players live in Westfield and Carmel, but we do have players from Indianapolis, Sheridan, Zionsville, Noblesville and the other surrounding areas.

How come there are only 3 (or 4 or 5) players on the field?

Soccer has traditionally been played with 11 players on the field but studies have shown that players develop faster and have more fun if fewer players are on the field at one time. This prevents a player from getting lost in the crowd and allows them to get more touches on the ball. WYSA was one of the leaders in the switch to "small-sided" soccer and many surrounding clubs now play the same format. We currently offer small-sided soccer up through and including high school.

What is all this "U" stuff and how are teams formed?

"U" stands for Under (U8 is under-8). Each age group corresponds to a grade: U5 is for pre-K, U6 is for Kindergarten, U7 is for first grade and so on. While many teams are placing players according to their birth years, we prefer to stick to school grade to allow players to befriend more of their peers.

When are practices and games?

About half of the games will be held on weeknights and the other half will be on weekends. Your coach will distribute your schedule. Each team practices one day a week. You can list a conflict day when you register.

Where do they play?

All recreational games and practices will be held at a WYSA facility

What kind of equipment does my child need?

While soccer is a relative inexpensive sport, there are a couple of items required to ensure your child's safety. Shin guards must be worn for games and practices. In addition, your child should wear soccer socks over the shin guards to provide padding for other players. Regular gym shoes are fine although soccer cleats may offer an advantage under certain field conditions (mud!). WYSA supplies a T-shirt but we ask that you get your child a pair of black shorts and socks for games.

We also require that your child bring a soccer ball to practice. Balls come in 3 sizes: U5 thru U8 uses a #3 ball; U10 thru U12 use a #4 ball and older players use a #5 ball. Note: Do not forget to mark your player's name on the ball with a permanent marker.

What about rain?

Soccer is an all weather sport. Unless the weather conditions are dangerous (i.e. lightning), we will try to get the game in. While the parents may not enjoy watching games in the rain, most children enjoy playing in the mud and getting dirty. We may also close the fields to prevent damage if large amounts of standing water are present. The general rule of thumb is to show up unless you hear from your coach.

What can I do to help my child?

Without parental support, we could not exist. In addition to providing moral support for your player and demonstrating good sportsmanship, we would like you to get involved with our program. We are always looking for coaches to help with the teams. As your soccer knowledge grows, consider becoming a referee.