Frequently Asked Questions


How can I volunteer to Coach?
The NPYSA is always seeking new coaches for both the Intramural and Traveling divisions. No experience is required to become an Intramural coach, however, we do expect Intramural coaching prospects to participate in coaching training provided BY NPYSA, attend coaching instructional sessions. Each year we hold at least two instructional sessions for coaches to review the rules of the game, safety practices, and other important topics. Visit the Coach/ Volunteer Page for more information.

How do I register my child for soccer?

Visit our Player Registration Page for information.

What is the cost?
NPYSA provides a t-shirt for the Little Strikers age group and a complete uniform for older players. Since many factors affect the fee’s structure for the season, updated fees are attached to the registration link.

What is the soccer season?
Fall season is September through November at our Ricci Sports Complex Fields. Our competitive seasons are winter (December through March) and Spring (April through June).  Many competitive programs may play with only a short break in the winter and a short break in the summer.

What age does my child need to be?
Our Fall Little Strikers program is for 3, 4 and 5 year old children.  that utilize professional trainers and coaches from the Challengers Soccer Academy. It will run 6 weeks on Saturday mornings for one hour from 9:00 to 11:00 (each age group will go at a different time). The program is designed to help our Little Strikers Academy players to develop techniques and practice what they learn. All Little Strikers players must have a size # 3 Soccer Ball NPYSA will provide Academy Jersey & Socks.

Age 6 and up are placed in our fall recreation league based on their birth year.

How many practices are there per week?
Usually teams practice one or two times per week (up to the coach).

Can I request a team?
NPYSA does not accept requests for a specific team, coach or player placement — only siblings & the children of coaches will be guaranteed placement on a specific team.
Practice days are determined by the coaches so we cannot honor practice day requests or make changes.

What equipment do I need?
Shin guards are required for all practices and games. Cleated shoes are needed if play will be on wet, muddy or soft surfaces. For very young players, sneakers will do fine.  Items can be purchased at your local sports store.

How long does practice last?
Under-8 players practice one hour. Under-10 players are about an hour and 15 minutes. Older players practice for about an hour and a half.

What does my child need to bring to practice?
A ball, soccer shoes, shin guards and plenty of water.

Do I need soccer shoes or will tennis shoes be okay?
For younger players, sneakers work fine on a dry field. Older players or wet and muddy conditions may require cleats.

What size ball do you use?
Under-8s and younger play with a No. 3. Under-10 through Under-12 play with a No. 4. Players Under-14 though adult use a No. 5.

My child has a disability.  Is there a place for him/ her?
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is a program for players with mental or physical challenges.

Can I wear a cast (or earrings, religious medals, eyeglasses)?
The FIFA Laws of the Game prohibit anything which is dangerous to a player or other players. Referees determine if an item can be worn without being dangerous.

Why can't players wear helmets?
Helmets are not included in the Laws of the Game under Players Equipment. Although the player wearing the headgear is protected, he may play in a physically more aggressive manner than others not protected, thereby becoming a danger to others.

Are mouth guards needed?
Injuries to the teeth are so few that insurers do not require them. Many dentists however recommend them.

How many players are on a team?
U-8 play 5v5, U-10 play 6v6, Under-12 play 6v6 and older teams play 11v11. See more recommendations for Small-Sided Games.

How big is the field?
Field sizes vary by age group. For U-8 we recommend U-8 30x25 yards, U-10 55x40 yards, U-12 75x50 and U14-19 play 100x50 up to 120x80 yards. See rules for Small-Sided Games.

Why does our league not post standings?
At the younger ages we place a priority on participation and deemphasize results.

How do I get information about coaching license courses?
For the D and E licenses, U-6/U-8 Youth Module, U-10/U-12 Youth Module and the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coaching Course you can contact your State Association. For the A, B and C licenses, please contact U.S. Soccer. For the National Youth License, you can register through US Youth Soccer.

What is the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP)?
US Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic Development Program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs exist in each state (Rhode Island) and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships, Interregional Training/Competition, Regional Camps and International play. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player.



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