Rules and Policies

SYA Soccer Policy clarification



SYA Age Group Specific Rules

SYA Standards Chart - Updated September 2020

Each age group has its own set of rules appropriate for them. Click continue to see each age group’s rules. Click on any of the age groups below for either detailed or summary of rules.


Players are assigned to leagues based on their date of birth. Starting with the fall 2019 season, U4-U6 age groups will play by birth year.  The U7-U14B age groups will follow the "old" age groups parameters of 8/1-7/31 (see age group chart for  the specific age group's parameters).  The U14G and U16-U19 age groups play in the Suburban Friendship League (SFL) and also plya by birth year.  U7-U14B players whose birth date falls between August 1 and December 31 AND are in the next higher grade as the higher age group have  the option to play up ONE age group.  If a parent wants their child to play up with their grade, they will need to request that on their registration form under "special requests" and provide proof of grade level (e.g. report card). If the request is not on the registration form, the child will be initially placed with their  default age group. 

The only waivers that are given to play down an age group are for children with pervasive physical or mental challenges. A written request should be submitted at the time of registration. When registering online, then the written request should include the Player ID number and can be sent via email to  Requests will be given to the Soccer Commissioner for review.  Players whose age group plays in the Suburban Friendship League are not eligible to play down an age group according to SFL rules.  

Any person who intentionally/deliberately misrepresents the age or grade of their child on the registration form or on-line, will have their child expelled from the soccer program for one season. All fees paid will be retained by the club. Only the parent or legal guardian of a child may register a child in soccer.

To the greatest extent possible, teams are formed geographically around the residence of volunteer coaches, taking into account players’ neighborhoods and school boundaries, but there should be no expectation that players will be with the same coach or team in consecutive seasons.

SYA will consider special requests, but cannot guarantee that they will be honored. Reasonable carpool requests will be taken into consideration, but requests to carpool with more than three players may not be able to be honored. SYA will attempt to honor requests to avoid a particular practice day.

SYA Code of Conduct

All players, coaches and spectators must adhere to the SYA Code of Conduct.

SYA Code of Conduct

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds must be made in writing and received prior to the scheduled recreational coaches’ meeting.  SYA Soccer will refund the registration fee minus a $35 processing fee. After scheduled recreational coaches’ meeting,  no refunds will be granted.  Complete the Refund Request Form and mail to the address listed on the form, or fax to (703) 539-8633. SYA Soccer will refund the registration fee minus a $35 processing fee. Refunds are issued back to either your credit card if you paid by credit card or by check if you paid by check or cash and will be processed by our first game.


Animal/Pet Policy on Soccer Fields


There are three Fairfax County ordinances prohibiting pets (i.e., dogs) from all Fairfax County school grounds. There are health notices on all FCPS school grounds asking pet owners to NOT bring their pets on school grounds. Please do not bring your pets to ANY school fields.

FAIRFAX COUNTY/REGIONAL PARK AUTHORITY PARKS (Kincheloe, Popes Head, EC Lawrence, Braddock Park, Arrowhead Park):

It must be on a leash, must remain AT LEAST 15 feet from the field at all times (NEVER to be on the field), controlled by someone that can restrict its movements (ie, not a child), and any waste must be cleaned up and taken with you.

We prefer that you would NOT bring your pet to any soccer fields. We have had many complaints from concerned parents. While most people are responsible, even the best of dogs will had a bad day.

Because of the number of people who visit the fields, and local health codes, please consider leaving your pet at home while attending soccer games.


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Centreville, VA 20121
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