What is Rec Soccer?
Some common perceptions of recreational soccer are:
Made up of players assigned to a team in a random manner without regard to the ability of the players – as opposed to “travel” soccer, where the players are selected to be on a team through some sort of tryout or selection process.
“Less competitive” than “travel” soccer.
“Lower intensity” for training and practices.
“Less travel”, fewer games
“Less experienced” coaches.
Annual or biannual shuffling of players to new teams, and more
US Youth Soccer definition in “Policy on Players and Playing Rules” states:
leagues composed of Recreational Teams
means a league in which:
a. the use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting, or any similar process to roster players to any team on the basis of talent or ability is prohibited;
b. (the club administering the league accepts as participants in the league any eligible youths (subject to reasonable terms on registration)
c. a system or rostering players is used to establish a fair or balanced distribution of playing talent among all teams participating; and
d. league rules require that each player must play at least one-half of each game except for reasons of injury, illness, or discipline.
means a team that participates in a recreational league.
team formed of Recreational players to play soccer for fun
This is a soccer program that is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high-level competition. The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop life skills including a lifelong love of the game.
a player who is assigned to a team without regard to his/her abilities and skills