Overview and Questions


Recreational Program (U5-U19) -



Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy Recreational Program Mission Statement:

To create an environment where every recreational player enjoys a rewarding soccer experience and voluntarily seeks opportunities to continue participation in Club programs throughout the year.

Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy Recreational Program:

Our Recreational Program is designed to create an environment that provides foundations and fundamentals to all players looking to enjoy the beautiful game. Coaches are volunteers and practice once a week with one game on the weekend during the season. The Recreational Director of Coaching provides sample practices and assistance to all Recreational coaches throughout the season. The age groups range from U5 – U19.


Recreation Director of Coaching, North Campus  - Mike Levine -mlevine@armadafcyouth.com    904-635-8969
Recreation Registrar, Annie Hett -  rec@armadafcyouth.com 

Patton Park, 2850 Hodges Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224

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

In-House Age Groups:

U5 & U6: 3v3, no goalkeepers with size 3 ball

U7 & U8: 4v4, no goalkeepers with size 3 ball

U9 & U10: 7v7, with goalkeepers with size 4 ball

U11 & U12: 9v9, with goalkeepers with size 4 ball

North Florida Youth Soccer Ages:

U13 to U16: 11v11, with goalkeepers with size 5 ball

U19: 7v7, with goalkeepers with size 5 ball

Teams in the NFY league will compete with other local clubs in the area. Home games are played at Patton Park and away games are played at the home site of each club (30-45 mins travel time).

Required Equipment – soccer cleats, shin guards, rec uniform

For Uniform Orders & Information Click Here

Junior Academy Program U5 - U8: 2 structured practices per week with club trainers, games on Saturdays at Patton Park - For More Information Click Here

SOUTH CAMPUS (Nocatee and Davis Park):

Ponte Vedra Storm Soccer Club (PVSC) is a fun and enjoyable soccer program for boys and girls. The program is designed for players age 4 to 18 looking to learn and play the game of soccer. Players do not attend tryouts and are assigned to teams to promote balanced skill levels for all teams. All coaches in the PVSC Recreational soccer program are parent volunteers.

Recreation Registrar - Dee McVay - youthadminsouth@armadafcyouth.com  904-304-0846

Click here to register

Davis Park, 2455 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL  32081

The Recreational program at the South Campus is ran by one of the Armada’s Fleet clubs: Ponte Vedra Storm Soccer Club.


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 10 weeks.


Recreational Players - Per season registration fees are $130 for U5-U8; $145 for U9-U12; $150 for U13-U19. There is a 3 installment pay plan available at registration check-out for your convenience.

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 fees include:

• Field use (the club pays for maintenance and upkeep of the fields and park)

• 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 January 31st, players are placed on teams needing players on a space-available basis plus a $25 late fee.

Fall Soccer – registration closes August 3rd (closes July 15 for and older players) Returning players will be placed on their previous teams if they register by August 3rd.  After the deadline, players are placed on teams needing players and a $25 late fee is incurred.  

Late registrations are accepted on a space-available basis plus late fee.  Late registrants cannot request to return to their previous team.   

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.  Teams may already be full or play in a different age group.  Parents cannot request a practice night or location.

Can some of my friends register?

Registration opens for new players in fall and spring seasons. New players register through the club website. Participants can request to be placed on a team or with a friend but placement is not guaranteed since the availabile space on a team varies from season to season.  

If requesting a friend, make sure it is clearly marked in the “comment” box and make sure the friend is in the same age bracket.  

How are the coaches decided?

In the recreational program, coaches are volunteer parents. There are approximately 150 recreational teams and the club always needs coaches especially in the younger age groups. If you are interested, please contact the recreation registrar at rec@armadafcyouth.com.  Teams are formed by zip code.  If there is not a coach in the assigned zip code, a parent will be asked to volunteer.  If the team cannot be formed due to lack of available coaches, the player fee will be refunded.

Is there coach training?

YES. The Directors of Coaching provides bi-weekly practice plans and is available for assistance with game day questions.  There are also coach licensing courses offered at the club peridiocally.  For a current coach course list, visit www.fysa.com.

When do we start practicing?

Teams start practicing two weeks before the first game.  Recreation practices are available at the parks one day per 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.

How many players are on the field?

Number of players on the field, field size, goal size and ball size are all set by the state guidelines.

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 required equipment?

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

Players are required to wear the recreational club uniforms at games (including correct color socks)

Soccer cleats are not required, but recommended. (baseball and football cleats are not allowed).

Other Recreational Programs?

Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy has numerous events for recreational players.  Events will be posted on the website and announcements provided to the parents.  

• Recreational Clinics

• Recreational Development Centers (Fall and/or Winter)

• Recreational Goal keeper Clinics

• 3v3 & 4v4