House League and Rec Program
There are three seasons of play: fall (September – November), indoor (January – March) and spring (April-June).
Teams, Practices and Games
Boys and girls can start playing soccer in our House League at age 4. House league players in the All City Divisions play in a recreation atmosphere. The divisions are split along birth year lines. In the Junior Boys Division, each division represents one birth year. Mixed Divisions 1, 2 and 3 & Girls Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are made up of multiple birth years depending upon the number of registrants.
House League games are all played in Stamford, and players are guaranteed to play approximately half of each game. Mixed Divisions 1, 2 and 3 and Girl Divisions 1, 2 and 3 typically play 1 game per week. Junior boys divisions have one session on Sundays that includes both a training session and game. Regular seasons typically last 7 to 8 weeks, plus playoffs, for mixed and girls Divisions 2 and 3.
Junior division teams do not practice outside of their scheduled weekend times. Practices for Mixed Divisions 1, 2 and 3 and Girl Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are typically held when it is convenient for the parent coach (es) and may be during the weekend or on the week when a game is not scheduled.
In our new all girls’ junior division, there will be professional trainers to develop the players. There will be no established teams and players will rotate among various groups of girls in the division.
The High School Rec+ teams are comprised of players from 9th through 12th grade, and compete against other local town’s Rec+ teams. Rec+ games are played both in Stamford and in surrounding towns.
Your child may request to play on the same team as a friend. In the junior divisions (ages 4 to 7), if the registration is received by the deadline we can often accommodate such requests, subject to the availability of openings and coaches. For the older divisions (ages 8 to 14), we do not accept requests, but we will place players together if parents are coaching or sponsoring the team, or age appropriate siblings who want to play on the same team.
House League teams between age 8 and 14 are generally coached by parents. Presently, our junior division girls (age 4 to 7) are coached by Quality Touch Soccer Academy. We are currently exploring extending our professional coaching to the junior division boys (age 4 to 7), but they are currently also being coached by parents.
If you would like to coach your child’s House League team, you may volunteer as you register online or on your child’s registration form. We are always in need of more help. You are required by the State of Connecticut to complete a background check (about a three minute process). Stamford FC offers coaching clinics each year. Contact the office (203) 322-5455 for more information. We also have an extensive video library with almost 100 tapes, and you can set up an appointment to review them. If you have questions about coaching, you may contact
Sponsoring a Team
Indicate on your child’s registration that you wish to sponsor or call the league office. You may also email our Director,
. Sponsorship fees are very reasonable because we wish to encourage small, local businesses. If you respond in a timely manner you can usually sponsor your child’s team.
Team pictures are free with registration for the fall season. You may also purchase one of the packages offered for individuals.
Uniforms and Equipment
We recommend that every player has their own soccer ball for practice. In addition, all players will need a uniform and be required to wear shin guards. Please see below for additional details and requirements for play.
Every player should have his/her own soccer ball. Junior division players use #3 size soccer balls. Mixed Division 1 and 2 and Girls Division 1 and 2 use #4 size soccer balls and Division 3 and Girls Division 3 use #5 size soccer balls. Every player needs shin guards. Players may wear soccer cleats or indoor soccer shoes for the winter season, but they are not required. A complete uniform for fall and spring will be provided by Stamford FC (shorts, jerseys, socks) and is included in the cost of registration. Indoor registration includes jersey only.
Tryouts, Registration and Fees
There are no tryouts for players in our House League. Players who wish to play in the House League only need to register for the season. We encourage on-time registration, as players are placed on teams as registrations are received, and teams tend to fill up quickly. If a registration if received after the deadline, we cannot guarantee a spot for a player. The House League follows a practice of keeping teams together between fall and spring seasons to the extent players register on time.
Registration for fall House League season typically takes place in June, July and August. For our Winter House Indoor League season, typically in November, December and January. For our spring House League season, in March and April. Registration may be done online on our website with a credit card. Registrations may also be mailed to the Stamford FC at: SYSL, 146 Gaymoor Drive, Stamford, CT 06902.
Registration forms for House League play are distributed in June for the Fall Season, in February for the Spring Season and in November for the Indoor Season in three ways:
1. Two emails to all players registered in the previous year.
2. A post office mailing to all players registered in the previous year.
3. Through the Stamford Board of Education online email system Peachjar.
You may download a form for the upcoming season from the website.
The 2018-2019 registration fee for the House League is $165 if received by the registration deadline, and $190 after the registration deadline has passed. Included in the cost of the registration is a team uniform (jersey, shorts, socks).
For House League and Rec Program questions, please contact: