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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please review this information before contacting CAA as these might answer your question.

Q. How does birth year = U-5 or U-6?
A. See the attached matrix from US Soccer

Q. Who can play? How old does my child have to be?
A. All children between ages 5-10 that live in the Copley Fairlawn School district are eligible to play.  We following the US Soccer Federations guidelines for birth year placement. 

Q. Can we request teammates or coach? 
A. The answer is no, we have no way to process requests within the website registration process.  

Q. Since we play other communities, How much travel will this require?
A. There may be limited travel (approximately 15-20 min radius) depending on the age of your child.  Depending on where you live in the community it might be less than traveling to our home fields. We stress that we are only playing against teams from neighboring soccer associations. Lastly, the communities involved have agreed to set it up as a home + away series therefore, ideally half or more than half of each teams games will be “home.”

Q. How much does it cost?
A. The cost is $75 for each child. CAA provides team shirts for all participants.

Q. How do I pay?
A. All registration payments will be made online when you register. You can pay with a major credit card or Paypal.

 Q. When are practices?
A. Practices are set by the coaches of individual teams, not CAA. Please contact your coach for practice information.

Q. What are Foot Skill Clinics?
A. These clinics are focused on developing the key ball control fundamentals that are the core of Copley Soccer.  Each week we break the group down by ages and if needed into smaller sub-groups.  Each of the 4 sessions are designed and lead by our Copley High School boys soccer coaching staff with current High School players (boys + girls) as group coaches.  Generally speaking the kids have a blast working with the "big kids", running just as much as they laugh.  The best part is they don't recognize that they are learning soccer skills, they're just having fun chasing or modeling their high school player/coach.  In addition, they build relationships with the high school player/coach as many of them are there for all 4 sessions.

Q. When does the season start? When does it end? When are pictures?
A. As these dates change each season, refer to the Important Dates page for this information, know we strive to keep that updated.

Q. When will I know which team my child is on?
A. Please look at the Important Dates page for more information.

Q. When will the schedule be out? What color is our team?
A. Before we can create schedules and assign teams, we need to know how many children are playing in each league. Thus, we can’t create the schedule until registration is closed. Typically it takes about 3 weeks after registration closes before the schedule is created. For more information, please refer to the Important Dates page.

 Q. Why can't I pick my child's shirt size?
A. Shirt sizes are automatically assigned based on the league (i.e. K league teams receives 8 shirts per team - 3 Youth Small, 3 Youth Medium and 2 Youth Larges). This helps to expedite our t-shirt order and keep our costs low. If there is a serious concern over your shirt size, please work with your coach to see if a replacement is available.

Q. How many games are there? When are the games? What night will the games be on?
A. We try to have each team play 8 games (weather permitting) each five-week season: one weeknight game and one game on Saturday. Weeknight games usually start at 6:00pm, though our Fall Season sometimes has games start at 5:30pm due to limited daylight.

Q. How long do the games last?
A. We play 2 25min halves with a 5 min halftime break.  For more information, please see Rule 3-A in the League Rules.

Q. What is the game cancellation policy?
A. Games are played in all weather unless there is lightning, so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. Individual games can be cancelled by the coaches, so please contact your coach (not CAA) to see whether your game will be played if there is bad weather. For more information, please see Rule 3-C in the League Rules.  Occasionally the fields are closed and game will be cancelled, please know that CAA does not own any fields and we MUST follow the governing authorities decisions to close fields.  There is NO exceptions to this policy!

Q. What equipment do I need? What should I bring?
A. All players must have soccer cleats (no toe spike as it is dangerous for soccer), shin guards, soccer socks and water for all practices + games.  In addition, it's highly recommended to have a soccer ball (size 3 for u5-6, size 4 for u7+).  Lastly, we suggest writing your players name on water bottle + soccer ball with a permanent marker.

Q. What are the rules for recreational soccer?
Please see Rules 4-A, 4-B, and 4-C in the League Rules for information regarding equipment. For additional information, please see the Comments.

Q. Where can I find information about being a referee?
A. Please see our Referees section.

Q. I’m having a problem with a player/coach/spectator – what should I do?
A. CAA has specific rules governing our leagues and expects everyone to behave properly. Please review Rules 1-B, 2-E, 2-F, 2-L 5-A, 5-B in the League Rules for specific information containing sportsmanship, ensuring equal playing time, no running up of scores, and slide tackling. If you still have questions, please email the CAA Soccer Director.

Q. Who can coach? Do I need previous experience?
A. All you need to be able to coach is some organizational skills and a willingness to help – no prior soccer experience is required. A coaches clinic is held at the beginning of each season to help you understand the basics of the game and provide some drills you can run with your team.

Q.  When are pictures?  How much do they cost?
A. Pictures are *generally* the first Saturday morning of games each season.  An email will be sent out about times and location.  Various prices and packages are available and can be viewed here

Q. How can I help?

A. Volunteers are the lifeblood of CAA. Our main needs are for coaches, referee coordinators (scheduling the referees) and field coordinators (to ensure fields are properly maintained). If you would like to help or know of someone that will help, please contact the CAA Soccer Director.

Q. Where are the fields at Copley Community Park?

Q. Field Layout, where should players/spectators be during a match?

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