Fundamentals First Academy is excited to return its Fall Instructional Soccer program. This year, we welcome TK/Pre-K (must turn five by September 1, 2025) groups! The season kicks off in mid-September 2024. All sessions take place at Archbishop Riordan High School on Sundays. Games will run as early as 8:00 AM and conclude by 5:15 PM. The field is synthetic, allowing play to occur during inclement weather.

Our goal for the children is to experience the sport of soccer in a caring and nurturing way. We aim for the children to learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and, most importantly, having fun participating in sports. Our leagues are heavily team-based; however, there are generally opportunities for individual players.

Our instructional soccer league is open for children in grades TK/K, 1, and 2. Our children are taught fundamentals at each level, with a clear progression path each year. As with our basketball program, there are no additional days for practice.

TK/Kindergarten and first-grade children have an hour block for drills and games. We want to maximize each minute of these sessions. While there are five players from each team on the pitch, the remaining players from each team will be doing drills with our FFA staff. When we call for subs, the two groups will switch. The goal is for the children to only sit for a sip of water.

TK/K and Grade 1 - five v five
- No goalies
- Small goals

The second-grade league will have a one-hour and twenty-minute block for their practice time and play. Teams will start with 30 minutes of practice and drills followed by two twenty-two-minute halves. As always, FFA is happy to facilitate the training for groups that request it.

Grade 2 - seven v seven
- Goalies
- Large goals
(Our goal is to prepare the second grade for CYO soccer in the third grade)

Co-ed TK/Co-ed Kinder, First Grade Boys, and First Grade Girls - $150 per player

Second Grade Boys and Second Grade Girls - $210 per player

(Teams can have a co-ed team in grades 1 or 2 and will play in the boys league)

Teams are limited, so reserve your teams now!

The deadline to register a second-grade boys' or girls' team is April 1. As this will be the first year with second graders, we want to ensure that at least four teams are in each league. If we do not get the minimum, we will not offer the league and give those interested a chance to find another league.

Once you submit your roster, families will have two weeks to make payments for teams entering grades 1 and 2 next school year. If the entire team has registered within two weeks, their entry into the league will be protected. *

*If you reserve a TK or Kindergarten team, your families will have until July 1 to register.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many divisions are there?
There are five divisions:
Co-ed Kindergarten
First-grade Boys
First-grade Girls
Second-grade Boys
Second-grade girls

Is the league co-ed?
Our kindergarten league is co-ed. If you have a co-ed team for grades one or two, the team will play in the boys' league.

Does our team need a coach?
For TK/Kindergarten and first grade, we will have one FFA staff officiating and another working with the teams during the skills sessions. We encourage teams to have a team manager to assist our staff with drills if needed.

What time should we arrive for our game?
Players should arrive five minutes before the scheduled start time.

What uniform should my child wear?
Each child will receive a reversible league jersey.
The children should come wearing soccer cleats for the turf field, shin guards, and shorts or sweats.

Are there separate days for practices?
No, the sample schedule is listed above.

What are the minimum and maximum number of players on a roster?
For TK/Kinder and first grade, the minimum number of players is eight, and the maximum is ten.

For second grade, the minimum is ten players, and the maximum is fourteen.

Can exceptions be made, and teams go over the maximum?
We will honor the request as long as the team is okay with having more than the suggested maximum and knows that the amount of playing time is less for each child. Again, we do not recommend this practice.

Can exceptions be made, and teams be under the minimum?
With many activities and commitments for families, we must have the minimum number to ensure enough to avoid forfeits, which impacts other teams.

At what age is my child eligible for this program?
Any child who turn five by September 1, 2025 can sign up.

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