Frequently Asked Questions

LYSA Youth Recreational Programs

 Registration Questions

When should I register?

How do I register for LYSA?

If I register online, how do I pay my fee?

How much does it cost to play?

Are registration fees refundable?

Where do I send proof of age and what kind of document is acceptable?

Do I have to volunteer?

Explain the volunteer choices.

Who do I call if I have questions?

 

Questions About Team Assignments

What age group is my child in?

Will my child be returned to the same team?

Will my child be on an all girls or mixed team?

How will my child be assigned to a team?

Can I request a specific team or coach?

Can I play with a friend?

When will I know my child has been assigned to a team?

 

Questions About Dates, Locations, Times, Etc.

What are the dates for the Season?

Who coaches LYSA teams?

Where and when do LYSA teams practice?

When are games played?

Where are games played?

How much will my child play?

What equipment is required?

 

General Questions about LYSA and its programs

What exactly is LYSA?

Who sponsors LYSA?

Why does LYSA have a mandatory volunteer program?

What types of teams does LYSA offer?

Do you take beginners?

Tell me more about the Under 5 and Under 6 program.

I have heard that LYSA is more competitive than other leagues in town, is this true?

What does my registration fee cover? 

 

When should I register?

Registration for our Fall season opens June 15; for our Spring season December 1st.    Early bird discount is available through July 15th for fall and January 31st for spring.  After those dates, we will continue to place children if there is space available. Please check the web site for updates during this period.  As age groups fill up, we will close online registration and move to a paper waiting list registration.

  • Players move up to the next age group for the Fall season only.  They continue in the same age group for the following spring. 
  • See the chart in the paragraph below explaining "Which Age Group is My Child In".   The age categories remain the same for the Fall and Spring seasons.
  • Move-up is determined specifically by age. 
  • In order to play in in the Fall, you MUST register and submit payment no later than July 31.  For Spring, you MUST register and submit payment by February 15. 
  • If your child does NOT move up in age, and played with us in Spring, he or she will remain on the same team unless you request a change. 

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How do I register for LYSA?

There are two ways to register.

1) Register online using our online registration system.  This is the preferred and easiest method to register. 

2) Print a copy of our registration form and mail it to us.  You can download our form here,  or call and request one.

Please remember that we must have proof of age for new players.  A copy of a birth certificate is best.  We also accept copies of passports or valid driver’s licenses.

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If I register online, how do I pay my fee?

If you register online, you may choose to pay with a credit card or you can mail us a check.  If you choose to mail us a check, we must receive your check within two weeks or your registration will be canceled.

Our mailing address for youth registrations is:

          P.O. Box 24988

          Lexington, KY  40524-4988

Please put your child’s name or their LYSA ID in the memo section of the check.

 

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How much does it cost to play? 

 

On or Before Jan 31 (Spring) / July 15 (fall)

  After Jan 31 / July 15

Under 5 & 6

$ 70.00

  $  80.00

Under 8

$ 85.00

  $  95.00

Under 10

$ 90.00

  $100.00

Under 12 and above   

$100.00

  $110.00

     

Uniform cost is about $35.00.  You will order your uniform directly from a local sporting goods store after you are assigned to a team.                      

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 Are registration fees refundable?

If your child is not assigned to a team, your fee will be refunded.  Otherwise, no refunds are given.

 

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Where do I send proof of age and what kind of document is acceptable?

We must have proof of age for all new players or players that have not played with LYSA within the past two years.    We prefer a copy of your child’s birth certificate, however, if a birth certificate is not available, we will take copies of passports or a valid driver’s license. Please include your contact information so we may contact you if the birth certificate is not legible:

 You may take photo with smart phone and text or email:

  1.   Text to registrar at 859-361-5719
  2.   Scan and email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or
  3.   Send traditional mail:    PO Box 24988, Lexington, KY  40524-4988

 

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Do I have to volunteer?

LYSA depends on parent volunteers to keep us going.  Coaching is our most important volunteer position, but we depend on parent volunteers in many areas.

If you choose not to participate in our volunteer program, you may opt out by paying an additional $50.00 per child.

 

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Explain the volunteer choices.

Head Coach:

You will be the head coach of a youth team.  No soccer experience necessary, just a willingness to work with kids.  You will be coaching your own child's team.  Time commitment: 4-8 hrs. per week.

Assistant Coach:

Assist the head coach with your team.  Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week.

Team Formation Volunteer:

Assign children to teams and recruit coaches to coach these teams.  Time commitment: Up to 10 hours per week prior to season.

Division Coordinator:

Collect scores and keep standings within your team's division.  Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week during season.

TOPSoccer Buddy:

Individual must be at least 12 years; can be a soccer player or someone who works with special needs children or adults.  Soccer experience is not necessary, just the strong desire to enable children to have fun.  Time commitment: 1 hr. per week on Sundays.

Summer Camp Worker:

Responsibilities might include: help during water breaks; assist coaches; assist during drills; first-aid help, etc.  No soccer experience necessary – just a willingness to help and cheerful attitude.  Time commitment: 1 day during 1 week.

Rec Development Clinic Worker:

Responsibilities might include: help during water breaks; assist coaches; assist during drills, etc.  No soccer experience necessary – just a willingness to help and a good attitude. Time commitment 2-3 hrs/season.

Team Manager:

Act as liaison between Lexington FC administrators, Coach, and Team members. 

Community Service Options are for player volunteers:

Community Service Option – TOPSoccer Buddy:

Player must be at least 12 yrs. old -- Volunteer to work with special needs children or adults.  Soccer experience is not necessary, just the strong desire to enable children to have fun.  Time commitment: 1 hr. per week on Sundays.

Community Service Option - Summer Camp Worker:

Player must be at least 12 yrs. old. Responsibilities might include: help during water breaks; Aiding the coaches; assist during drills; First-aid help, etc.  No soccer experience necessary – just a willingness to help.  Time Commitment - 1day-1wk.

Community Service Option - Rec Development Clinics:

Player should be 12 years old.  Responsibilities might include: help during water breaks; assist coaches; assist during drills, etc.  No soccer experience necessary – just a willingness to help and a good attitude. Time commitment 2-3 hrs/season.

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Who do I call if I have questions?

If you have questions, please email our main office at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (859) 223-5632.  If you need assistance with registration, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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What age group is my child in?

Age groups are determined each year in the Fall and continue unchanged through the Spring.

Children eligible to participate in LYSA in  Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 must have turned 4 by July 31, 2014.   Please use the following table to determine your child’s age group for recreational soccer.

Age as of July 31, 2014       

Age Group

4

Under 5

5

Under 6

6 or 7

Under 8

8 or 9

Under 10

10 or 11

Under 12

12 or 13

Under 14

14 or 15

Under 16

16, 17, or 18

Under 19*

4

TOPSoccer

*U19 is only offered in the Spring.

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Will my child be placed back on the same team?

If your child played during our previous season, he or she will be placed back on the same team unless he/she moves up or you request a change.  Children only move up to the next age group in the Fall season.  See info above in the "Registration" info for more specifics.

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Will my child be on an all girls or mixed team?

In our Under 5 and Under 6 age groups, all teams are mixed boys and girls. 

In our Under 8 through Under 14 age groups, we offer an all girls league and a mixed league.  The mixed league tends to be composed mostly of boys, but girls who prefer to play on boys teams may register for the mixed league.

Our Under 16 and Under 19 leagues are all mixed.  We do not offer an all girls league in these age groups. 

 

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How will my child be assigned to a team?

We make every attempt to form teams geographically within Fayette County and surrounding areas.   This does not necessarily mean that your child will be assigned to a team that practices right in your neighborhood.  

We take the following into account when we form teams:

First priority is given to players returning to a team.   As long as the child is registered before the registration deadline they will be placed on the same team they played on the previous season provided they are not moving up in age group and do not request to be placed on a different team.

All new players and players changing age groups will be placed in the unassigned player pool and randomly assigned to teams based on their home addresses, or the location chosen when registering online.  

In age groups that span more than one birth year, we also try to maintain an even split between younger and older players.

 

 

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Can I request a specific team or coach?

LYSA does not take requests for team placement.   The one exception to this rule is with coaches and their assistants.  We will allow each coach volunteer to designate one assistant coach.  The coach’s child and assistant coach’s child will be placed on the same team provided they are in the same age group.

Siblings in the same age group will be placed on the same team when possible.

 

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Can I play with a friend?

Although we do not take requests for specific team placements or specific coaches, we do offer a program that allows your child to play with one friend.  On the registration form you may put the name of a friend or neighbor you would like your child to play with.   We added this option because we realize that to small children it is sometimes comforting to know you will have at least one person you know on the team.  Also, we realize that parents are busy and having a buddy to carpool with is sometimes necessary.

  • Friends need to be in the same age group. 
  • You may not move up or down in an age group in order to play with a friend.  
  • Because we form teams geographically, it will be best if friends reside in the same area of town. 
  • Chains will not be honored.  
  • If you do request to play with a friend, make sure that friend requests to play with you.
  • We cannot guarantee that your request will be honored, but we will make our best effort.   

 

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When will I know my child has been assigned to a team?

If you registered your child before the registration deadline, you will be assigned to a team.  Once the team is approved by the registrar, you will receive an email that specifies your team, coach, and coach's contact info. You should then receive a follow up communication from the coach within a week of this initial contact.  If you don't hear from a coach within the week following the inital informational email, please feel free to initiate contact with the coach.  If you do not receive an informational email within two weeks before the season, please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

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What are the dates for each Season?

The specific weekends of play will be listed on the LYSA website.   

Games for our U8-U16 age groups will be played primarily on Saturdays and Sundays, however there may be some weeknight games including Friday evenings. 

Games for our U5 & U6 age groups will be played primarily on Saturdays. 

We reserve the right to reschedule games if necessary for weather situations.  We will do everything we can to be sure all games are played.

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What times are games played?

The actual game schedule will vary each week.  Games begin on Saturdays at 9:00AM and on Sundays at 1:00PM.

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Who coaches LYSA teams?

All of our LYSA recreational coaches are volunteers.  In most cases, the coaches are parents of players.  Coaching clinics are held each season to prepare the coaches to work with the children.

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Where and when do LYSA teams practice?

 

  • Practice locations and times are determined by the coach.  Recreational teams (Under 8 and above) may practice no more than twice a week for no more than a total of 5 hours.  Teams may practice anywhere they can find space.  Teams may not practice on any LYSA field used for games. 
  • Under 5 & 6 teams may practice no more than twice a week for no more than a total of two hours prior to the start of the season.  After the season begins, no more than one practice a week for one hour may be held. 

 

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Where are games played?

Under 5 & Under 6 leagues play at the Farm Bureau field on Leestown Road.

Under 8 divisions play most of their games at our complex at  Masterson Station Park.

Under 10 divisions play all of their games at our fields in Masterson Station Park.

Under 12 and Under 14 divisions play home games at our fields in Masterson Station Park.  These age groups also play teams from Woodford, Scott and Jessamine Counties.  You will have some games that will be played in other counties. 

Under 16 and Under 19 leagues also play in Masterson Station Park.  These age groups also play teams from Woodford, Scott and Jessamine Counties.  You will have some games that will be played in other counties.

 

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How much will my child play?

All children on recreational soccer teams will play at least half of every game. 

 

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What equipment is required?

Shin guards are required for all players.  A ball and rubber-cleated shoes are recommended but not required. Cleats must be soccer style.

Ball sizes are different for each age group.  Players should have the proper size ball.

Under 5, 6 and 8 Size 3
Under 10 and 12 Size 4
Under 14 and above Size 5

 

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What exactly is LYSA?

Today we're known as LYSA.  However, back in 1977 when we began, we were the Lexington Youth Soccer Association, incorporated to promote "the growth of an appreciation for the game of soccer by providing opportunities for youth to learn the game, its rules and to participate in organized programs of soccer."  Today we offer four distinct programs:  Youth, Competitive, TOPSoccer and the Adult League.

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Who sponsors LYSA?

LYSA is a volunteer, not for profit, self-supporting organization.  The organization is run by volunteers mostly comprised of parents.

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Why does LYSA have a mandatory volunteer program?

LYSA relies on parent volunteers to coach teams, assign players to teams, track scores, help with advertising, referee games for younger teams, assist with tournaments, line fields, and anything else that crops up.  Without parent volunteers, LYSA could not succeed.

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What types of teams does LYSA offer?

LYSA offers soccer for your entire family including three different programs for youth and a league for adults.

  • Youth Recreational Soccer is the nuts and bolts of our organization.  Teams are formed for children 4 years of age through 18.  Following the guidelines of the United States Youth Soccer Association, our teams are formed on a random, geographical basis by the child's age.  http://www.lysa.org/youth/
  • Lexington FC is the competitive division for children Under 9 and above.  Tryouts are held for team placement for all LFC's age groups.  For more information about Lexington FC, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 219-1493 or visit www.lexingtonfc.org.
  • LYSA TOPSoccer league started in the Fall 2009 season.  TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based soccer program designed to meet the needs of athletes ages 4 and up with physical and or intellectual disabilities.  This program is geared toward player development and athletes are placed on teams according to ability. Check the TOPS website for further info:  http://www.lysa.org/tops/
  • LYSA Adult League -- Adults are also welcome to play in LYSA.  Our Adult League website provides more info:  http://www.lysa.org/adult/

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Do you take beginners?

All kids are welcome.  No experience is necessary to play in our LYSA Youth League  Our program has room for kids from beginners to those who have played for years.  Through practice and games, kids who have never played before will catch on quickly and hopefully grow to love the game of soccer.

Our Youth program is for any child who wants to learn to play the game of soccer.  Absolutely no experience is necessary to play. 

 

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Tell me more about the Under 5 and Under 6 program.

  • Games are played mostly on Saturdays.  All games are currently played on our Farm Bureau field at the corner of Leestown Road and Trade Streets.
  • This age group is allowed to practice up to 2 hours per week prior to the start of the season.
  • Each team will be comprised of approximately 8 players.  Under 5 and Under 6 plays 4 v 4.  Every child is guaranteed to play half of each game. 
  • Games have four 10-minute quarters with a 5-minute half-time.  We do not keep score during the games.  Everyone wins. 
  • Coaches are the referees.
  • We want our players and families to have fun and learn the basics of soccer without being concerned about the score of the game.

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I have heard that LYSA is more competitive than other leagues in town, is this true?

No, this not true.  Our goal in our youth league is for players to have fun while learning soccer.   We have players of all skill levels in each age group.   Children who have never played and those that have played for years can participate in our Youth leagues.  Soccer is a true team sport and there is room for everyone.  

LYSA is affiliated with the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association which gives our teams the opportunity to participate in statewide recreational soccer events if they choose to do so.   This is one of the things that set us apart from other leagues in town.

For those players that want a more competitive experience, we have the Lexington Futbol Club.  The Lexington FC is for the player who wants to play soccer at a much higher level.   Tryouts are held each year for team placement, coaches are paid, and teams travel to locations outside of Lexington for games and tournaments. 

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What does my registration fee cover?

Your registration fee helps us cover the cost of field maintenance, field construction, league equipment, referee fees and administrative costs.  LYSA is entirely self supporting and we depend on registration fees and parent volunteers to keep us going.  We are a non-profit organization and do our best to keep fees as low as possible.

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Updated May 27, 2014

 

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