Overview & Questions

Recreational Program

Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy Recreational Program Mission Statement:
To create an environment where every recreational player enjoys a soccer experience so rewarding he/she voluntarily seeks opportunities to participate in Club programs throughout the year and returns to the Club the following season.

Contacts:

Rod Miller – DOC of Recreation, North Campus, rmiller@armadafcyouth.com

Annie Hett, Recreational Registrar, North Campus, youthadminnorth@armadafcyouth.com

Programs:

Recreational Program - For players ages 4 -19 years old (players must be 4 by the start of the season they want to play in). The recreational program is for players who want to learn and enjoy the game in a non-competitive setting.

Locations:

Patton Park, 2850 Hodges Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224

Ed Austin Park, 11751 McCormick Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

Where do I register?

We use Blue Sombrero for all of our registrations. 

https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=84266

When are the recreational soccer seasons?

Spring Season – early March (start practicing end of February) to May

Fall Season – early September (start practicing end of August) to early November

(High School players start in mid-August and finish before high school season)

How long is the season?

8 games over about 10 weeks.

Older teams (U13 & up) who are in the North Florida league, the season is 8 games over 10 weeks.

Fees:

Recreational Players - Per season registration fees are $120 for U5-U8; $130 for U9-U12; $135 for U13-U19. There is a 3 installment pay plan available as a payment option when you complete the registration.

Recreational Uniforms cost $55-$65. Recreational uniforms can be re-used each year.

What are the fees for?

JAFCYA is a not for profit corporation and our fees cover the below:

  • Field use (the club pays for all of the maintenance and upkeep of the fields and park area)
  • Administration
  • Registration fees & insurance
  • Referees

When does registration end?

Spring Soccer – registration closes January 31. Returning players will be placed on their previous team if they register before January 31 of each year. After that there is no guarantee. We will accept late registrations on a space-available basis plus late fee.

Fall Soccer – registration closes July 31 (closes July 15 for and older players) Returning players will be placed on their previous teams (assuming proper age group) if they register before July 31 of each year. After that, there is no guarantee.

We will accept late registrations on a space-available basis plus late fee.

How are the teams formed?
Teams are formed based on zip code.

Can I request coaches and teammates?

There is a “REQUEST” section in the online registration to enter your request. Requests are considered but not always able to be honored - parents sometimes request teams or other players who are on teams that are already full. Parents cannot request a practice night or location.

Can some of my friends register?

We open registration for new players in fall and spring seasons. New players register through our website. They can request to be on a team or with a friend but since we allow players to return to their teams from season to season, requests cannot always be honored.

If you are requesting a friend, make sure it is clearly marked in the “request” box and make sure they are in the same age group as you.

How are the coaches decided?

In the recreational program, coaches are volunteer parents. We have about 150 recreational teams and we always need coaches (especially in the younger age groups). If you are interested, please contact the office. If you are emailed about coaching, remember that we cannot have teams if no one volunteers to coach.

Is there coach training?

YES. The Directors of Coaching are here to help you. We send out bi-weekly practice plans and can help with your game day questions. There are also coach licensing courses offered at the club occasionally.

When do we start practicing?

Teams start practicing by the end of August – once a week.

Day of the week, location and time of the practice are decided by the coach and field availability.

We do not move players from team to team based on practice days – with over 1400 recreational players, we do our best to assign players based on where they live and requests.

How many players are on the field?

Number of players on the field, field size, goal size and ball size are all set so that players get a lot of opportunity to touch the ball.

U5-U6 – play 3 vs. 3, no goalies, size 3 ball

U7-U8 – play 4 vs. 4, no goalies, size 3 ball

U9-U10 - play 7 vs. 7, with goalies, size 4 ball

U11-U12 – play 9 vs. 9 with goalies, size 4 ball

U13- U16 - play 11 vs. 11 with goalies, size 5 ball

U19 – play 7 vs 7 with goalies, sixe 5 ball

Is there any required equipment?

YES – all players are required to wear shin guards at practice and games.

Players are required to wear issues uniforms at games (including correct color socks)

Soccer cleats are not required (baseball cleats are not allowed).

Other Recreational Programs?

Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy is a very active club with numerous events throughout the year including

  • Recreational Clinics
  • Recreational Development Centers (Fall and/or Winter)
  • Recreational Goal keeper Clinics
  • 3v3 & 4v4