Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are grouped into the following sections:
- General Questions
- House League
- Travel and Premier Leagues
- Unforms and Equipment
- Tryouts, Registration and Fees
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Coaches, Team Managers and Referees
Q: What types of soccer programs do you offer?
We provide opportunities for boys and girls between the ages of 4-19 to play soccer at various levels. We have a House League (recreational), and a more competitive Travel League for advanced players, as well as Premier and Elite teams in the EDP League. We also offer Skills Development Clinics twice a year, as well as goalie clinics.
Q: What are the playing seasons?
We have three seasons of play: fall (September – November), indoor (January – March) and spring (April-June).
Q: Who can I contact if I have questions about House League, Travel and Premier?
For boys travel, please contact
. For girls travel, please contact
. For House League questions, please contact:
Q: How do I know which Division my player falls into?
Players are assigned to a Division by birth year. U8 (players born in 2012), U9 (2011), U10 (2010), U11 (2009), U12 (2008), U13 (2007), U14 (2006), U15 (2005), U16 (2004), U17 (2003), and U18 (2002).
Q: How can I join your email list?
If you would like to join our mailing list, please click on “Join our email list” which is located in the left hand side of the home page of our website or click here.
Q: Are you on social media?
Yes! We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please like our pages, and follow us because we post a lot of photos, videos, and fun and helpful information.
Q: What can my child do to become a better player?
Players should just play and practice as much as possible. The game is the best teacher. Try to play with better or older players. This accelerates player development. Sign up for a soccer summer camp. Watch soccer on TV and attend local games. Attend a collegiate or national team game. A greater understanding of the game can come from watching it played by athletes who are at a high level of performance.
Q: I’d like to volunteer for the Stamford FC or join the Board. Who should I contact?
Great! Please contact
Q: I have questions not answered here, who can I contact?
A full list of contacts can be found on our website under the Contact Us section.
Q: At what age does the House League start?
Boys and girls can start playing soccer in our House League at age 4. At the younger ages (4-6 for the boys and 4-7 for the girls) the players have professional trainng sessions on Saturday mornings and another evening during the week for a "game day" type of session involving a professional director and voilunteer coaches.
Q: Can my child request to play on the same team as a friend?
In the junior divisions (ages 4 to 7), if the registration is received by the deadline we can often accommodate such requests, subject to the availability of openings and coaches. For the older divisions (ages 8 to 14), we do not accept requests, but we will place players together if parents are coaching or sponsoring the team, or age appropriate siblings who want to play on the same team.
In our new all girls’ and boys' junior division, there will be professional trainers to develop the players. There will be no established teams and players will rotate among various groups of girls in the division.
Travel and premier players may not participate in the House League with the exception of the indoor season.
Q: What is the difference between the House and Travel Leagues?
House league players in the All City Divisions play in a recreation atmosphere. The divisions are split along birth year lines. In the Junior Boys Division, each division represents one birth year. Mixed Divisions 1, 2 and 3 & Girls Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are made up of multiple birth years depending upon the number of registrants. House League games are all played in Stamford, and players are guaranteed to play approximately half of each game.
The High School Rec+ teams are comprised of players from 9th through 12th grade, and compete against other local town’s Rec+ teams. Rec+ games are played both in Stamford and in surrounding towns.
Travel league players are select all-star teams in one-year age groups. A player must try out and be selected for one of these teams. We have travel teams for boys and girls starting at U8 (under 8 years old) through U20 (under 20 years of age). There is no guaranteed playing time and the competition with other towns can be very strong. Travel teams play 8 to 10 games a season and approximately half of the games are played in other towns through Fairfield County. U11 and older travel teams also play in a state wide tournament in the Fall and Spring throughout the State of Connecticut. Travel teams may also play in tournaments, which generally occur over Columbus Day Weekend and Memorial Day Weekend.
Q: How many games do House League teams play?
Mixed Divisions 1, 2 and 3 and Girl Divisions 1, 2 and 3 typically play 1 game per week. Junior boys' and girls' divisions have one professional training session on Saturdays and another day during the week which includes a "game" type situation. Regular seasons typically last 7 to 8 weeks, plus playoffs, for mixed and girls Divisions 2 and 3.
Q: When are practices typically held for House League teams?
Junior division teams do not practice outside of their scheduled weekend times. Practices for Mixed Divisions 1, 2 and 3 and Girl Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are typically held when it is convenient for the parent coach(es) and may be during the weekend or on the week when a game is not scheduled.
Q: Who coaches House League teams?
House League teams between age 8 and 14 are generally coached by parents. Presently, our junior division girls (age 4 to 7) are coached by Quality Touch Soccer Academy. We are currently exploring extending our professional coaching to the junior division boys (age 4 to 7), but they are currently also being coached by parents.
Q: How do I sponsor a team?
Indicate on your child’s registration that you wish to sponsor or call the league office. You may also email our Director,
. Sponsorship fees are very reasonable because we wish to encourage small, local businesses. If you respond in a timely manner you can usually sponsor your child’s team. We have options to include in the sponsorship a banner for the fencing at the turf facility at West Beach in Shippan
Q: Are team pictures taken?
Team pictures are free with registration for the fall season. You may also purchase one of the packages offered for individuals.
Travel and Premier League
Q: What age does my child need in order to play?
Players can start playing soccer in our recreational league at age 4. Players in our travel leagues can start as young as U8 depending upon whether there is enough interest to field a team. Players in our premier leagues generally start at age 12.
Q: How can my child get on a Travel or Premier Team?
Attend the tryout for your age appropriate team. Information regarding tryouts may be found on our website and social media pages. If your child misses the date of the tryout for their age appropriate group, you should contact either
, our Boys Travel Commissioner or
, our Girls Travel Commissioner.
Q: When are tryouts held for travel and premier teams?
See “Tryouts, Registrations, and Fees” section of our FAQs.
Q: How much does it cost to play on a travel or premier team?
Please see the “Tryouts, Registration and Fees” section of the FAQs.
Q: How many games do Travel and Premier Teams play?
Travel teams generally play 8 regular season games. Teams U11 and older also participate in the Connecticut Cup, which is a single-elimination tournament played throughout the State of Connecticut. Many travel teams also play in at least one tournament per season that generally does not require an overnight stay.
Premier teams generally play 8 games per season. Teams U12 and older also participate in the State Cup, which is a single-elimination tournament played throughout the state of Connecticut. Premier teams also play in 2 to 3 tournaments each year some of which may require travel and overnight stays in hotels.
Q: What league do travel and premier players participate in and what other teams might they play?
Travel teams: for the 2018-2019 season, we have 25 travel teams playing in the Southwest District of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association.
Premier teams: for the 2018-2019 season, we have seven teams playing in the Elite Development Program (“EDP”). Founded in 1999, EDP soccer was started by a core groupo of elite clubs in Region 1. EDP is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the US. One of the priorities of the EDP's leagues and tournamwents is to enable soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3, 500 teams participate in EDP's leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually.
Q: When are practices typically held for Travel and Premier Teams?
Travel and premier teams practice two to three times a week at the West Beach soccer turf fields, or at various schools including Rippowam and Turn of River Middle Schools, and Westhill and Stamford High Schools. Sample practice times can be either 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm, or 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm, depending upon the team and the coach, and are subject to change. Travel teams typically practice twice per week and premier teams typically practice three days per week.
Q: Who coaches the Travel and Premier Teams?
Stamford FC travel and premier, and elite teams are coached by professional soccer coaches through our Club’s partnership with Quality Touch Soccer Academy and Crocodile Elite Soccer Academy.
Uniforms and Equipment
Q: What type of uniform and equipment does my child need to need to play?
We recommend that every player has their own soccer ball for practice. In addition, all players will need a uniform and be required to wear shin guards. Please see below for additional details and requirements for play.
House League: Every player should have his/her own soccer ball. Junior division players use #3 size soccer balls. Mixed Division 1 and 2 and Girls Division 1 and 2 use #4 size soccer balls and Division 3 and Girls Division 3 use #5 size soccer balls. Every player needs shin guards. Players may wear soccer cleats or indoor soccer shoes for the winter season, but they are not required. A complete uniform for fall and spring will be provided by Stamford FC (shorts, jerseys, socks) and is included in the cost of registration. Indoor registration includes jersey only.
Travel and Premier Players (UX through UX): Every player should have his/her own soccer ball. Players U12 and under use #4 size soccer balls and players U13 and older use #5 size soccer ball. All players are required to wear shin guards, cleats and/or turf shoes. Team uniforms must be purchased through Soccer & Rugby, the Stamford FC exclusive supplier as directed by the team manager (jersey, shorts, and socks).
Tryouts, Registration and Fees
Q: When are tryouts?
There are no tryouts for players in our House League. Players who wish to play in the House League only need to register for the season. We encourage on-time registration, as players are placed on teams as registrations are received, and teams tend to fill up quickly. If a registration if received after the deadline, we cannot guarantee a spot for a player. The House League follows a practice of keeping teams together between fall and spring seasons to the extent players register on time.
Tryouts for travel and premier teams are held in late April or early May for the fall season and in late October or early November for the spring season. Tryouts are announced on our social media pages, website, and via our email subscriber list. We also announce tryouts through the Stamford Public Schools Peachjar flyer system. If you would like to join our mailing list, please click on Join Our Email List, which is located in the left hand navigation column on the home page of our website. You can also like us on social media and follow us to received information throughout the year. If you miss a tryout for your child’s age group, please contact Lauren Drysdale, our Boys Travel Commissioner or Michelle Lesser, our Girls Travel Commissioner.
Q: How do I register my child?
Registration for fall House League season typically takes place in June, July and August. For our Winter House Indoor League season, typically in November, December and January. For our spring House League season, in March and April. Registration may be done online on our website with a credit card. Registrations may also be mailed to the Stamford FC at: SYSL, 146 Gaymoor Drive, Stamford, CT 06902.
Registration forms for House League play are distributed in June for the Fall Season, in February for the Spring Season and in November for the Indoor Season in three ways:
1. Two to three emails to all players registered in the previous year.
2. A post office mailing to all players registered in the previous year.
3. Through the Stamford Board of Education online email system Peachjar.
4. Distribution through community centers.
You may download a form for the upcoming season from the website.
Registration for travel and premier teams must be done online on our website with a credit card at the link provided by the team manager.
Q: How much does it cost to play?
Below are the fees to join the various programs offered by Stamford FC.
House League: The 2019-2020 registration fee for the House League is $175 if received by the registration deadline, and $200 after the registration deadline has passed. Included in the cost of the registration is a team uniform (jersey, shorts, socks).
Travel for U14 and younger: $1,400 for the 2019-2020 season
Premier Development for U14 and younger: $1,975 for the 2019-2020 season.
Premier for U14 and younger: $2,075 for the 2019-2020 season.
Pricing for High School Age Travel and Premier teams vary as high school age players do not play on Stamford FC teams in the Fall.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Q: Do you offer financial aid?
We have a limited amount of financial aid available. To request financial aid, families need to speak to their team manager, or prior to registration, contact: Fred Wexler at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families requesting financial may be asked to provide documentation including the player’s eligibility for free or reduced price lunch.
Q: Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. We do offer college scholarships. Contact Fred Wexler for more information: email@example.com
Coaches, Team Managers and Referees
Q: How can I become a coach of my child’s House League team?
Volunteer as you register online or on your child’s registration form for your child’s house team. We are always in need of more help. You are required by the State of Connecticut to complete a background check (about a three minute process). Stamford FC offers coaching clinics each year. Contact the office (203) 322-5455 for more information. We also have an extensive video library with almost 100 tapes, and you can set up an appointment to review them. If you have questions about coaching, you may contact
Q: How can I become a manager of my child’s travel team?
Managers are selected by the Travel Commissioners in consultation with the team coach. If you are interested in managing your child’s travel or premier team, please contact Lauren Drysdale, our Boys Travel Commissioner or Michelle Lesser, our Girls Travel Commissioner.
Q: How can my child become a junior referee?
Referees are state certified after taking a course and passing a test. Referee classes are offered once a year around January. Indicate your intention to become a referee by emailing our referee assignor at: firstname.lastname@example.org. He will guide you as to next steps. As certified referees develop and gain experience, they can move from Level C to Level A. Each step coincides with a higher pay rate per game.