Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association

Youth Indoor Soccer Fall 2022

Program Info

Youth Indoor Soccer Fall 2022 Registration

The details below is the same that is included on the FYSA website's program info page for this season. If you've already reviewed that information, save yourself some time! Feel free to scroll to the bottom, hit continue, and complete the form. If you arrived here without reviewing season details, no need to back up and find that elsewhere. Give it a read and then continue with the registration process. 

Thank you for being a part of our program!

FYSA indoor soccer programs are a great way for youth to keep active during the long winter months. Here we will share information for all youth programs. As always, if you can't find answers to a question here, feel free to contact us at staff@fairbanksyouthsoccer.com or call 907-456-3972

Who Can Participate?
Program options are available for all youth in grades Kindergarten through High School. We will also have a limited capacity PreK program (min. age 3).

Just as last winter, our gym times are very limited, especially with the closure of Joy and Nordale Elementary, which are not available for gym rentals anymore. As such, we have the following divisions planned for the Fall 2022 Indoor session:
PreK - 8 small groups max (4 time slots).
Kindergarten - 5 teams max.
1st-2nd Grade Recreational - 6 teams max
1st-2nd Grade Advanced - 6 teams max
3rd-4th Grade Recreational - 5 teams max
3rd-4th Grade Advanced - 5 teams max
5th-6th Grade Recreational - 4 teams max
5th-6th Grade Advanced - 5 teams max
7th-8th Grade - 5 teams max
High School - 5 teams max

FYSA will use the established grade-based birthdate windows utilized by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, which begins with 'Age 5 by Sept. 1st for those in Kindergarten' and 'Age 6 by Sept. 1st for those in 1st Grade' etc. Players whose birthdate/grade combination are outside of these typical parameters are welcome to contact FYSA to have their registration options adjusted accordingly.

Registration Fees
PreK - $70
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade - $125
Recreational 3rd through 8th Grade - $130
Advanced 3rd through 6th Grade - $140
7th-8th Grade and High School- $140
*A $10 sibling discount applies to any additional players signed up during the same registration process.
**Families wishing to pay for the season with homeschool allocation funds may do so by making a payment during the checkout process and submitting their confirmation email receipt for reimbursement with their program. FYSA IS able to direct bill some homeschool programs on a family's behalf, however you'll need to contact us in advance as the registration will not allow you to submit the form without payment (or admin assistance for a 'pay later' situation).
***Online processing fees of (2.95% + $1.00) per payment will be added to the total of each order.
Note: these registration amounts were set in consultation with the FYSA Board of Directors this fall, after consideration of the substantial increases in program expenses during 2022.

Registration Period
SPACE WILL BE VERY LIMITED, WITH ENROLLMENT CAPS IN PLACE! Registration ends Friday, Sept 9th at 11:59pm. At that point, the office will close for a few days to allow staff to organize teams and begin forming schedules. This process takes significant time and focus and our goal is to get schedules and teams finalized and posted as soon as possible after registration ends. Registration closes at the time mentioned above, but WILL reopen to allow any late registrations to fill remaining open spots OR to allow for Waitlist registrations (no cost) should a spot become available. Registrants will receive a 'season-prep status update' email sometime in the following week to give more details about season start dates and gear pick-up for any items purchased during registration.

Season Dates, Season Length, and Schedule Details

Games: All divisions for grades Kindergarten through High School will have a 8 total games for the season. Games typically take place on Saturdays between 12pm and 6pm. However, this season, while most games will be on Saturdays, each team will actually have anywhere from 1-3 games on a weeknight. It is anticipated that the first games for most teams will take place on Saturday October 8th, with first practices scheduled in the week preceding this. The 'Who plays when?' question cannot be determined until after registration closes, due to parameters that may need to be met for volunteers who coach more than one team, gym allocations by FNSBSD, etc. However, game times will generally stay within a consistent range for each age group throughout the season.

Practices: All teams in divisions Kindergarten through High School will also have a weekly practice on a weeknight between 6pm and 9pm (younger time slots are always used first for the youngest teams, with 8pm practices used only for older teams and only when absolutely necessary due to gym availability). We anticipate teams having their first practices in the week prior to their first game (see previous section for start dates). Games and practices are typically scheduled in 1-hour time slots. If an age group has an odd number of teams, this would result in 1 team having a 'bye' each week (no game, possibly no practice). If you notice a gap in your schedule, it is likely due to having an odd number of teams in your division (or a week of low gym availability). Additionally, the season's 8 games may occur over a 9 or even 10 week timeframe.

PreK Schedule Details! PreK participants will meet once a week on Saturdays, between 12pm and 6pm. The time will be consistent, however the time is also TBD! Dates will be 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19. Location will be Tanana Middle School. Once we have set the schedule for all age groups Kindergarten through High School (who start 2-3 weeks earlier than PreK), we will know which hours we have available for our PreK groups. A separate email will be sent in mid/late Sept. with options for parents to communicate their doable/preferred time(s). 

General Program Info

All activities take place in local school gyms. We have exciting plans in place for this winter involving the Carlson Center indoor courts, however the schedule is still in flux, inconsistent, and may only serve for certain age groups for certain dates. 

All teams are co-ed, with games for all divisions typically played as 5v5 (4 players plus a goalie) in a 'futsal' style format. (Note: teams playing in Ryan Middle School's gym or the any games in the Carlson Center may be instructed to play 6v6. Details to be communicated later to those whom this may apply)

'Futsal' balls are slightly smaller and slightly heavier than a typical outdoor soccer ball and a are 'low-bounce' ball which allows for better ball control and skill development. In the smaller space of a school gym, keeping the ball closer to the ground and at the feet of players is a significant aspect of indoor soccer. Coaches will be given a small set of futsal balls. Players will not be required to have their own futsal ball, but these WILL be available for purchase through the online registration process.

There are additional adjustments to the rules for play for futsal compared to outdoor soccer (kick-ins vs. throw-ins, no sliding, etc.) but those will be conveyed to coaches and included in an updated Program Handbook prior to the start of the season.

Teams are general formed based on geographic zones. However, there are no guarantees that teams are assigned specific gym locations as that is based on what is allocated to FYSA by the school district for specific nights. Our goal with using a geographical zone data-point is for youth to have the chance to see a familiar face or two on their team.

During team formation, we strive to make all teams as balanced as possible. This is easier said than done and even an age group that appears perfectly 'balanced' on paper likely may not be due to each unique player's experience. While all teams are co-ed, there are no specific requirements for the ratio or number of players of each gender out on the court at all times during matches. The best way to keep things balanced is our Fair Play Policy, which ensures that all players receive a minimum of 50% of playing time during matches they are present. Additionally, rosters are kept to and appropriate size to allow players to have as much, usually more, time on the court vs. on the bench (ex. age groups playing 5v5 would have a roster max of 10).

One of the more common questions we get pertains to carpooling needs. During registration, you can provide a name of a specific player to be considered for team placement. Additionally, players wanting to play up into an older age group should contact FYSA prior to registering.

Recreational vs. Advanced Options.

For players in grades 1st through 6th, as referenced earlier on this page in the division breakdown for the season, there will be an option for a 'Recreational' or 'Advanced' division. For clarity's sake, BOTH divisions are considered recreational in spirit and sportsmanship. No standings are kept and a minimum of 50% playing time is expected for all players. The Advanced division is an opportunity for players with more experience to be grouped together in teams for higher levels of gameplay. This also helps maintain a more welcoming atmosphere for new players of any age in the Recreational division. We often use the phrase 'keep rec soccer rec' when discussing ways to modify traditional program offerings while also providing something 'more' for those who want it :)

Selecting the 'Advanced' option is at the discretion of individual families. In other words, there are no tryouts or skill assessments. Instead we want to outline here the general difference between both options, so players and parents have appropriate expectations. The registration form will also ask a simply yes/no question if a player is willing to swap divisions, if needed, for the sake of balancing out numbers.

If the registration period ends and there are not enough players in one of the two divisions, we may put out the call for making some swaps! Our goal is simply to provide a good experience for players of all levels this season.

If you have any questions about any indoor program details, feel free to contact FYSA at staff@fairbanksyouthsoccer.com or 907-456-3972

"What does my player need to play?"
A soccer player's uniform consists of 5 items and they all begin with 'S': Shirt, Shorts, Shinguards, Socks and Shoes. Please read through each category to understand uniform guidelines for your child.

Shirt. Every player needs to have one of the FYSA blue/green reversible jerseys as shown in the image above. These were introduced for the summer 2017 season. Any players who still have their jersey should continue to use it! If a player is new to our league, has lost their jersey, grown out of it or worn it out, they need to buy a new reversible jersey. This can be done during registration. Be sure to check 'Yes' when asked about purchasing a new jersey ($17). If someone forgets to add this during registration or if they accidentally paid for a jersey that they didn't need, just contact FYSA to get things squared away.

Shorts. PreK players are permitted to wear athletic pants, sweats, etc. All players in grades K-12 shall wear BLACK shorts for soccer games. FYSA has these for sales for $5 each, however you don't have to wear 'our' brand/style. They should just be black and be the loose, athletic style. Volleyball, spandex, denim or cycling type shorts are not acceptable. Goalkeepers are permitted to wear pants as are other players with religious considerations (skirts are acceptable). 

Shinguards. All players in grades K-12 shall wear shinguards for all soccer activities. Shinguards are option for PreK players. However, because they are required for all games in K-12 divisions, the PreK stage is the perfect time to get used to the feeling of this important piece of equipment. FYSA has shinguards for sale for $9.

Socks. This is an easy one! Socks must cover the shinguards completely. Note: unlike a player's shorts (black), there is no mandated color requirement for socks for our league. FYSA has these for sale for $5 each.

Shoes. No cleats! Indoor soccer shoes or non-marking tennis shoes are to be worn. FYSA has a limited stock of indoor soccer shoes for sale. Contact us for more info, check size availability, etc.

Ball. Indoor soccer programs utilize a 'futsal' ball, which is a slightly heavier and smaller, low-bounce ball, meant to keep the play low to the ground and closer to your feet. Futsal is the name of hard-court, indoor soccer around the world and futsal balls are a standard piece of equipment that help better suit the unique gameplay of the indoor game. Players are not required to own their own futsal balls. Coaches will receive a small batch of balls to use for practices and games. However, a new futsal ball can be purchased during registration for $20.

A final note on player equipment: JEWELRY! No jewelry of any kind, including watches, shall be worn while playing soccer. This includes rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other piercings. Simply putting a piece of tape over a piece of metal does almost nothing to prevent possible injury. There are plenty of horrific images available (which we're inclined to not post here!) to illustrate potential damage to oneself or another player, that can be prevented by removing jewelry prior to soccer activities. While some may respond that new piercings can't be taken out otherwise the tissue might close, this is not the case for the short period of time a player is on the field. If there is a concern of this nature, a parent can help a player replace the piercing as soon as a player is subbed off the field and remove them before going back in. Just like other preventable injuries, no one who has had this happen to themselves would have thought it was possible that it would be a such a concern, until it was. It might be uncomfortable to remove and replace a piercing, but the potential for serious injury is of far more concern.