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Youth Soccer is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills. YMCA Youth Soccer promises no try outs, no getting cut and no bench warmers! Your child will learn to dribble, pass and strike the ball correctly and the positions of the game. We use the YMCA Games Approach in our coaching methods where your child will learn the sport and have fun! Every child plays at least half of every game while making friends and learning new techniques. Leagues are coed for younger ages and league divisions are age specific. Our youth sports are open to Y members and non-members; members receive the lowest program fees.

Youth Soccer Preschool

(Ages 2-5*) - Instructional skills clinic/game for boys and girls (coed) to learn the fundamentals of soccer.

Youth Soccer League

(Grades K-8*) - Our league features:

  • One practice per week 
  • Games on Saturdays 
  • Six games per session (some sessions offer a bonus game for a total of 7 games)
  • Trained volunteer coaches
  • YMCA trained and screened officials
  • Sportsmanship and core values modeled and promoted
  • Focus on fundamentals and new skill development
  • All players receive equal play time
  • Team shirts/jerseys and end of season awards​

*Programs and program ages may vary by branch. Branches may offer this program during additional sports sessions, may offer skills clinics and may offer leagues for other age groups. Please check with your branch for offerings. View branch locations.

Upcoming Sessions

Spring 2019
Early Bird Registration: December 17 – February 18 (fees increase $15 on February 19)
Registration: February 19 – March 4
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of March 18 | Season Dates: March 30 – May 18

Fall I 2019
Early Bird Registration: May 20 – August 5 (fees increase $15 on August 6)
Registration: August 6 – August 19 
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of September 3 | Season Dates: September 14 – October 19

Uniforms and Equipment: What Players Need to Bring 

Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.

Soccer players should bring water in spill-proof, non-breakable container. We recommend that they wear shin guards. Optional equipment is their own ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) K-2 players use a size 3 ball. Grades 3-6 use a size 4 ball.

Sports Handbooks​

Parent Handbook
Coach Handbook

Sports Safety

The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support for parents, coaches and athletes. Cardinal Glennon representatives visit sports programs at our YMCA branches to share information on injury prevention, proper technique and overall athletic health. Here are tips for Soccer SafetyClick here to view more Sports Safety and Injury Prevention sheets from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. If you need help finding an expert physician for your young athlete, contact a local SportsCare representative at 314-577-5640 (this is a Cardinal Glennon phone number.)

Branch Locations

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