Player FAQ

  • What size ball should my child be using?

    Soccer balls used in youth leagues come in sizes 3, 4, and 5.

    • 3-7 Years Old (U4-U8): Size 3
    • 8-12 Years Old (U9-U12): Size 4
    • 13 on up (U13-U18): Size 5

    A Size 5 ball is the same used by adults. There are also Size 1 balls, which are often called 'skills balls' that players can use to practice foot skills.

  • What uniform items do I need to buy?

    Cleburne Soccer Association provides a Jersey, Shorts, and Socks for recreational youth players to use during their games each Fall and for new players in the Spring.  Players will not get new uniforms in the Spring unless their team fails to return and players have to be assigned to new teams.

    Additional items that parents must purchase are shin guards, soccer cleats, and an appropriate size ball. Also, extra soccer socks, shorts, and practice shirts to be used during practices will be necessary.  Players should be wearing athlethic apparel to practices and not bluejeans, polo shirts, jewelry, etc.  

    CSA sells practice t-shirts at the concession stand and at registration.  Parents are also encouraged to purchse these for themselves to wear to games and show support for your team and Cleburne Soccer.

    Soccer balls used in youth leagues come in sizes 3, 4, and 5.

    • 3-7 Years Old (U4-U8): Size 3
    • 8-12 Years Old (U9-U12): Size 4
    • 13 on up (U13-U18): Size 5

    A Size 5 ball is the same used by adults. There are also Size 1 balls, which are often called 'skills balls' that players can use to practice foot skills.

    Shin guards have sizing charts on the package. Please pay special attention to this and get a pair of shin guards that fit the player.  Too small or too big can hamper the protection the shin guard is supposed to offer.  

    Soccer cleats are very specific.  The most noticeable difference is that soccer cleats do not have a toe cleat at the front of the shoe.  A player cannot play if they have the wrong cleats on.  Regular athletic shoes are allowed, but may cause the player to slip and cause injury during a game.

  • Why can't my daughter wear her earrings?

    Jewelry of any kind, including earrings (even if covered with a band-aid or tape), are not permitted while playing soccer.  Jewelry can cause injury to the player and/or other players during the match.  Referees will not tell you that you have to take the earrings out, they will just tell you that the player cannot play with them in.  The parent is responsible for deciding what they would like to do at that point.

  • My child has a cast on his/her arm and the doctor says they can play soccer. Is this permitted?

    A child with any type of cast may only practice or participate in games if it is covered with foam padding.  Bubble wrap is not acceptable. The player may be eligible for a refund for the season – check our website for more information.  How the cast is covered and whether or not it is accpetable for play is still up to the referee of the match.  It is best to check with the referee before the match to allow for any modifications that must be made.

  • When and where are practices or games?

    The coach chooses the practice night(s) that best fits his/her schedule.  Cleburne Soccer Association does not dictate when or where a coach practices his/her team.  Because of the number of teams we have, CSA also does not have a master schedule of practices or locations teams practice at.

    Coaches set the practices times, but generally begin between 5:30-6:30pm depending on the time of the year. They tend to last around 1-2 hours depending on the age group (practices are shorter for younger age groups, longer for older age groups).

    Each coach sets the practice schedule with a suggestion of two nights per week for children U8 and above and one night per week for U5 and U6. The first week available for practice is mid to late March for the Spring season, and early to mid August for the Fall season for youth recreational teams.  Academy and Select teams may practice year round.

    Game times depend on the age group. Regular season Saturday games start around 9:00 am and are slotted all day long. Each game last roughly 45 - 90 minutes (younger ages play shorter games). Weeknight evening games start after 6:00 pm.

    During tournaments, games may start as early as 8:00 am and last until after dark depending on light availablity at the field being playerd on. Sunday tournament games may occur in the morning in order to get all the game completed.

  • Do we play on holidays?

    We are mindful of the holidays and try to respect everyone's ability to celebrate, however we must get the required number of games in during the season.

    • Easter Weekend: No games (but there are games in the proceeding week).
    • Mother's Day: Yes, games may be scheduled on this day, but not ususally for the younger teams.  Your team might also choose to participate in tournaments, so confirm with your coach.
    • Memorial Day: The recreational season is typically over at this time. Your team might also choose to participate in tournaments, so confirm with your coach.
    • Father's Day: The recreational season is typically over at this time. Your team might also choose to participate in tournaments, so confirm with your coach.
    • Labor Day: No regular season game are scheduled during this weekend. However, your team might choose to participate in tournaments, so confirm with your coach.
    • Halloween: Yes, although late afternoon games might be rescheduled.
    • Thanksgiving: There are many tournaments that happen the weekend after Thanskgiving if your team chooses to participate.  Invite the family to come out and watch.
    • Christmas & New Years: There are many tournaments that happen around this time if your team chooses to participate. Invite the family to come out and watch.
  • Where are games played?

    For U4 and U6 age divisions, all games are played in Cleburne at the Cleburne Sports Complex.  

    For U8 teams, you may have to travel to Glen Rose for a game or two, since their U8 teams participate in our playing league.

    For U9-U12 teams, you will participate in the Metroplex Soccer Alliance and will play half (or more) your games in Cleburne and other games in other cities that participate.  

    For U13 teams and up, you may participate in either the Metroplex Soccer Alliance or the Arlington Soccer Association league.  Coaches must notify the registrar if they wish to play in Arlington, otherwise they will be placed in Metroplex if that age division is available.

  • I do not want my child to have the same coach as last year. What can I do?

    On the registration form, just indicate that you do not want to be on the same team and your child will be removed as a core player from that team. Your child will be placed in the Player Pool for random assignment to a new team. NTSSA rules require that children be assigned to teams in a fair manner. As long as there are more than two teams/coaches in a division, you may request that your child NOT play for a particular coach by designating this in the appropriate area on the registration form.

    You may have to purchase new uniforms if you are wanting to move your player to a new team in the Spring and they have already been issued a uniform from the Fall.

  • I liked my child's coach from last year, but I don't want him/her to play with the same kids. What can I do?

    You cannot request the same coach but with different players. You do have the option to request your child not play on the same team and be placed back in the Player Pool for random assignment.

  • How can I make sure my child is on the same team as last season?

    If the coach is returning and enough players from the team return (50% + 1), then the team is formed for the season.  In order to guarantee your spot on that team, you must sign up during our regular registration period (typically before and during our walkup registration dates).  

    After the last walk-up registration date, teams are formed.  We are still registering players afterward during extended and late registration periods, however there is no guarantee that your child can return to the same team as last season.

    In addition, if your child did not play on the team in the immediate past season, they will go into the player pool.  You can request a team your child has played for previously, but we cannot guarantee a spot on that team.

  • I don't like a situation that I saw on the playing/practice field. What should I do?

    As a parent, the most important thing for you to do is have good communication with your child's coach. Talk to the coach about the situation. We want to encourage good sportsmanship, fun, and safe play.

    We rely on volunteer coaches for all of our recrational teams. If you have a young child, please just allow them to have fun on the field. If you have an older child whom you feel is more competitive than the recreational team they are on or whom you would like to be come competitive, you might consider a select club. There are many select leagues in the DFW Metroplex and a few in Cleburne.

    Please remember that a recreational team is comprised of many different playing abilities, coaching levels, parent expectations, and referee skill levels.

  • I would like my son/daughter to play on a friend's team or for a specific coach.

    We try to honor such requests and urge you to register by the deadline, although we cannot guarantee requested placements.

    If your child is a returning player, every effort will be made to place your child on the same team as last season, as long as the coach and team are returning and you've not requested that your child be assigned to a new team. Please keep in mind that it's CSA policy to place additional players on teams with the shortest roster and without going over state-regulated roster size.

    You may have to purchase new uniforms if you are wanting to move your player to a new team in the Spring and they have already been issued a uniform from the Fall.

    Coaches may NOT request that you play for their team.  This is a serious violation of the recruiting rules.

  • I want my son/daughter to play in a higher age bracket. Is this possible?

    The decision to have your child "play-up" is something that requires careful consideration. Such a request is generally made when a player demonstrates a skill level above his/her age of play and when there is a team available. Such a request should be made to the appropriate age group commisioner and requires board approval if the player is requesting to play up more than 1 year.

    Two things to note: you need to register your child in their correct age-group, using the Special Request Form to request that they "play-up."  CSA has final approval of any player requesting to "play-up."