Welcome to East Bay United’s recreational soccer program. We have leagus for kids ages 5 through 17 that focus on developing soccer skills and having fun. There are no tryouts, evaluations, or previous experience required for these programs. The links below have all the information that new families will need to understand how to get your child started playing soccer, including what you need to know and do.

Age groupings

Players in our recreational programs are grouped by age. The age groups have names like U8 or U10, meaning “Under 8 years of age” or “Under 10 years of age”.

Our U6 Micro Soccer program is for children who will be attending kindergarten AND will turn 5 by September 1st of the fall season.

Our U8 Recreational program is for players who will be 6 or 7 years old on September 1st of the fall season, OR for players who are 5 on September 1st but will be in first grade (our U6 program is limited to kindergartners).

Below are the ages and birth-date ranges for the rest of the recreational leagues.

Age Group Birth Years
U10 2008 & 2009
U12 2006 & 2007
U14 2004 & 2005
U16 2002 & 2003
U19 1999, 2000 & 2001

Our Recreational Soccer Programs

Seasons

Recreational soccer has two seasons, fall and spring. The fall season usually starts the weekend after Labor day and runs through the second weekend in November. The spring season usually starts the first weekend of April and runs through the first weekend of June.

In the U6 Micro Soccer program, teams have one combined practice/game session each week during the season. The session is on a weekend day.

For the U8 and U10-U18 recreational programs, teams have one practice per week and one game per week during the fall season. The games are on weekends and the practices are on weekdays. Once teams are formed, coaches will request a practice time and location.

During the spring season, U8 and U10-U18 teams have one game per week. The games are on weekends. There are no practices in the spring, but Recreational players and coaches can attend Recreational Soccer Academy sessions. These are group training sessions directed by EBU coaching staff. They provide excellent training for both the players and the volunteer coaches. There is no additional fee for these Soccer Academy sessions.

For all of the recreational programs, detailed schedules with game times and locations are typically available 2 weeks before the start of the season.   The schedules are available from the Teams tab of our club web site.

Registration

Registration for our recreational program happens twice a year. Registration for fall soccer is open from May-June, and automatically covers your registration for the following spring soccer season. If your child was not registered in the fall and you wish to register for the upcoming spring season, please follow the registration links on the Registering for Recreational Soccer.

East Bay United uses Sportability as its registration service. When you begin the registration process you will leave the EBU site and conduct your registration on Sportability.

Registration

How Teams are Formed

Our registrar assigns players to teams. During the registration process you have the opportunity to request to be placed on a specific team or with specific friends. We can’t guarantee that you child will be placed on the team you request, but our registrar tries to accommodate as many requests as possible.

Uniforms & Equipment

All players must wear the East Bay United uniform kit in the blue and white colors. Additionally, each player must supply their own soccer cleats, shin guards, an appropriately sized soccer ball, and a water bottle. Please visit our Uniforms page for more information on the EBU uniform and the order form for coaches equipment.

Coaches & Coaching Philosophy

Except for the Grassroots program, East Bay United Recreational coaches are all volunteer and must have coaching licenses. Our club is focused on the continuing education of its coaches to ensure that our players learn, improve and, most importantly, have fun. EBU has a simple formula: better coaching leads to better player development, which leads to players enjoying more success, which creates more fun for our players. We pride ourselves on being The Premier Club for Player and Coach Development.

Please visit our Coaches Corner for more detailed information about our coaches or signing up to be a coach.

Parent Requirements

In addition to basic parental responsibilities, East Bay United Soccer Club requires a representative from each player families to attend a PCA workshop the first year their player participates in the Club. More information about PCA workshops can be found on the PCA for Parents page.

Moving to our Competitive Soccer program

For players who wish to play at a higher level of soccer, EBU runs a competitive program that offers higher level of training. Tryouts are held for the competitive program each spring and participation is by invitation only. Learn More.