Soccer Age Group Information

Recreation/Pre-Competitive soccer is based on classroom age (i.e., teams are formed by grade, not by birth year).  This is not changing for recreation/pre-competitive soccer.

For your information, as your son or daughter continues to play soccer, the age rules are different for competitive soccer. For competitive soccer which starts at U8 or U9 age-level the age rules are changing. In the Fall of 2016, for all competitive soccer teams (not recreation), the governing bodies, USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Association), KYSA (Kansas Youth Soccer Association) and HSA (Heartland Soccer Association), have all decided to switch teams to be based on birth year, not school classroom or the previous Aug 1 through July 31 age date range.

This new rule is going to affect those kids who were born later in the year and started school the following year – typically for kids with an August – December birth dates. Please keep this in mind as you select the age group for your child  to compete in.  Age groups are defined by age and under, so a U9 player is 9 years old and under. The kids move up in age group in the Fall season.

 

Pre-K Soccer Information

The pre-k program is designed for the 4-5 year old child who will enter kindergarten the following year. This basic, fun introduction to soccer will include a Saturday practice (30 minutes) and short game (30 minutes). OPSC trainers will organize the practice sessions and help the coaches instruct the kids. The six game season will be played at Roe Park (Roe & 104) in Overland Park. New players will receive a jersey with their registration. Teams are co-ed and organized by preschool, friend group, or area of kindergarten attendance. Players must wear shin guards with soccer socks over the shin guards. Soccer cleats are not required but are highly recommended. No earrings!

Interested in coaching? We rely on volunteers to coach our recreational soccer teams. We provide training materials and equipment for each new coach! Pre-k teams have approximately 6-8 players per team. Check out the overview page for more general information.

  • Pre-k rules of the game: Pre-K rules
  • Contact us for information at: playsoccer@opsoccerclub.org

 

Kindergarten Soccer Information

This is a fun introduction to soccer for kindergarten boys and girls. Practices are held once a week; coach determines practice time and location. Games are played 4v4 on Saturdays and/or Sunday afternoon.

The kindergarten soccer program is organized by both gender, school of attendance and friends. All teams play by grade. Games will be played at Roe Park – Roe Ave. & 104th. Each new registration receives a jersey. All players are required to wear shin guards and soccer socks. Soccer cleats are recommended but not required. No earrings!

Games begin March 25 and run through May 13. We will have a rain make-ups the weekend of May 18/19.

  • Kindergarten rules of the game: Rules
  • Contact us for information at: playsoccer@opsoccerclub.org

 

First Grade Soccer Information

This program is for 1st grade boys and girls. Practices time and location are set by the coaches. Games are usually played on Saturdays and/or Sunday afternoons.

The 1st grade soccer program is organized by both gender and school of attendance. All teams play by grade. Games are played at Roe Park (104th and Roe) and at Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex (135th & Switzer) in Overland Park. Each new player receives a jersey. All players are required to wear shin guards and soccer socks. Our 1st and 2nd grade pre-competitive teams play in a 6v6 format (5 field players and a goalkeeper).

Games begin March 25 and run through May 13. We will have a rain make-ups the weekend of May 18/19.

  • 1st grade rules of the game: 1st Grade Rules
  • Contact us for information at: playsoccer@opsoccerclub.org

 

2nd Grade Soccer Information

This program is for 2nd grade boys and girls. Practices time and location are set by the coaches. Games are played on Saturdays and/or Sunday afternoon. The 2nd grade soccer program is organized by both gender and school of attendance. All teams play by grade. Games are played at Roe Park (104th and Roe) and at Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex (135th & Switzer) in Overland Park. Each new player receives a jersey. All players are required to wear shin guards and soccer socks. No jewelry. No earrings!

Our 1st and 2nd grade pre-competitive teams play in a 6v6 game (5 players and a goalkeeper).

Games begin March 25 and run through May 13. We will have a rain make-ups the weekend of May 18/19.

  • 2nd grade rules of the game:  2nd Grade Rules
  • Contact us for information at: playsoccer@opsoccerclub.org

 

3rd Grade and above (U9 and older)

The Overland Park Soccer Club provides soccer for boys and girls, 3rd grade and up through the Heartland Soccer Association. We offer both recreational and competitive programs. Each year in June tryouts are organized to create new competitive teams and to complete existing teams. If you are interested in our competitive program contact the office (info@opsoccerclub.org). If you are an independent team and want to join OPSC please contact our Director of Coaching via our contact us form.

The U9 and older Recreation registration deadline is March 12, 2017.

All information for games, schedules, and rules can be found at heartlandsoccer.net. Registration for either program is managed by Overland Park Soccer Club and detailed information can be found on the respective pages for each program.

  • Heartland Recreational Rules for U9 and above: Heartland Recreational Rules
  • Please contact us for more information at: info@opsoccerclub.org