2022 Spring Program Information
The Lakeland Recreational Soccer program provides a fun and educational youth soccer league for all members of the local community. Players can sign up for either the Fall or Spring seasons or both. Our Fall season runs from August through November and our Spring season runs from March through May. The program provides all children the opportunity to learn the game in a positive, fun, and productive environment. Our volunteer coaching staff receives training and follows a specific curriculum overseen by our league director.
A typical season consists of 8 games and weekly training sessions with a team. In addition, other skills clinics and opportunities for players may also be offered throughout the season. Games and training sessions may be scheduled on weekends or weeknights.
We do not keep league tables or records. Our recreational program is designed to offer every player at every level the opportunity to fall in love with the game in a fun and productive environment. By doing so and staying true to our mission, we hope to inspire even more players and their love for the game.
Divisions, Format, & Cost
All players are placed in Divisions based on their birth years. Players MUST play in their division and can not play up or down a division.
- 5U Coed - Birth years 2018 & 2017 (4v4 Format - No Goalkeepers) $95.00
- 6U Coed - Birth years 2016 (4v4 Format - No Goalkeepers) $95.00
- 8U - Birth Years 2015 & 2014 (4v4 Format - No Goalkeepers) $100.00
- 10U - Birth years 2013 & 2012 (7v7 Format - Referees) $115.00
- 12U - Birth years 2011 & 2010 (9v9 Format - Referees) $115.00
- 14U - Birth years 2009 & 2008 (11v11 Format - Referees) $125.00
- 16U - Birth years 2007 & 2006 (11v11 Format - Referees) $125.00
- 18U - Birth years 2005 & 2004 (11v11 Format - Referees) $125.00
*Players in the U12 and older age groups may play games in the Arlington or Bartlett Leagues if not enough teams are formed. This will be determined by the director once all registrations are received.
Uniforms & Equipment
All Lakeland Soccer players are outfitted in Adidas branded apparel which includes (2) Adidas jerseys, (1) Adidas Short, and (1) Sock. All uniforms are ordered by the family online through Soccer.com and shipped directly to your door. You will receive a link to the Lakeland soccer.com team page with more details about ordering once you complete registration. The uniform cost is approx $50.00 and can be worn multiple seasons. This cost is in addition to the registration fee.
All players should wear soccer cleats and shinguards for practices and games, bring water/snacks, and the appropriate size soccer ball for their age group. Ball sizes are below.
- Size 3 Ball: 8U, 6U, 5U (Birthyears 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
- Size 4 Ball: 10U & 12U (Birthyears 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)
- Size 5 Ball: 14U+ (Birthyears 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)
Once you have registered your child to play with Lakeland Recreational Soccer, the organization immediately incurs costs. We do a lot of work and incur many expenses weeks before the first day of the season. By registering your child, you have signed a contract with us to prepare a spot for your child in our program, and by doing so, means that we incur a significant financial obligation as well. We sign contracts and lease agreements with the city, purchase supplies and equipment, pay for administrative, organizational, planning, and preparatory work, pay city and state registration fees and take out insurance policies on your child.
If it turns out your plans change and your child is unable to participate, you will need to notify the Director immediately through email at email@example.com. If notified prior to the final date of open registration, you will receive a full refund. After online registration has closed and prior to the first day of practice, we will refund the registration fee minus $50.00 and any online transaction fees. The $50.00 is a recovery fee to pay for the time that has already been spent on your child's behalf as well as for the time that will be spent in taking the child out of the league and replacing/rearranging/scheduling their assigned team. Once games begin, no refunds are issued.
If it is determined that play be suspended due to COVID at any time after the season has begun, NO REFUNDS will be given due to the expenses already incurred by the program. Every effort will be made to EXTEND the season, but we can not guarantee all games will be played.
Inclement Weather Policy
Weather conditions can cause potentially dangerous situations for our players and participants. The Lakeland Inclement Weather Policy is in place to keep all involved as safe as possible. Lakeland coaches, players, and members work together by following the US Soccer's Environmental Conditions Guidelines to create a safe environment for our participants at all times. For full details about US Soccer's environmental conditions guidelines and recognize and recover actions, please click the link above.
Lightning & Severe Weather
Lightning is one of the top ten causes of sudden death in sport. As the majority of soccer is played outdoors, lightning and severe weather pose a threat to player health and safety. U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover program, with the help of the Korey Stringer Institute, provides these guidelines for responding quickly and safely when lightning and severe weather threaten practice or a game. When it comes to making decisions to suspend or cancel play due to weather conditions, coaches, officials, athletic trainers, and administrators all share responsibility. These same individuals should be aware of close safe shelter locations and know how to evaluate when it is safe to resume play after severe weather leaves an area.
- No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. All activity should be suspended, even if lightning or thunder has not yet been observed, and everyone should get indoors. Communicate this information completely and quickly to all participants.
- Consult the National Weather Service, the Storm Prediction Center, or local media outlets for severe weather watches and warnings. Alerts can even be sent directly to your mobile device while you are on the field.
- Safe locations should be available with enough capacity to hold all who may need a safe shelter. A primary location would be a fully enclosed building with wiring and plumbing. A fully enclosed vehicle with a solid metal roof, like a school bus, would be a safe secondary option. Open fields and open-sided shelters are not safe. If there are no adequate safe shelters close to the field, play must be stopped well in advance of the storm to allow everyone to travel to a safe place or their home.
- If it’s been half an hour since thunder, it’s safe to go outdoors. Outdoor activity may resume 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or flash of lightning. The 30-minute clock restarts every time lightning flashes or thunder sounds.
Severe storms are dangerous and can be upon us before we know it. High winds, heavy rainfall, hail, lightning, and thunder can cause serious threats quickly in any situation. If a severe storm is approaching the area, has been spotted on Radar, or is visibly in close proximity, activities will be suspended until the area is determined safe to play. Lakeland requires all participants to seek immediate shelter in their automobiles or a permanent structure such as bathrooms/concession buildings. Avoid any open structures, trees, tents, metal or other conducting materials, and unprotected open areas. The coach/staff will notify the team/manager when it is safe to return to the fields, or activity has been canceled.
The danger from lightning can persist for 20-30 minutes or more after a thunderstorm has passed. Lightning can strike from over 10 miles away and is considered a major threat to the safety of our participants. If lightning has been detected within 10 miles or any thunder has been heard, all game(s) and practice(s) will be suspended and all participants will need to seek shelter immediately. Game(s) or practice(s) will not restart for at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike has been detected or thunder has been heard. If lightning & thunder continue for longer periods of time, all game(s) and practice(s) will be canceled. The coach will notify the team/manager when it is safe to return to the fields, or activity has been canceled.
Heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. U.S. Soccer’s RECOGNIZE TO RECOVER program prepared this guide for coaches, referees, and players when training or playing in warmer climates, outlining recommendations for hydration breaks and participant safety during extreme temperature conditions. The information provided herein is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, consultation, or the advice of your physician or other healthcare providers. For specific questions and concerns, please consult your healthcare provider or physician.
When the body can not continue to cool itself dangerous situations arise. Symptoms caused by body overheating can include fatigue, nausea, headaches, cramps, dry mouth, and a decrease in sweating. By monitoring and limiting outdoor exposure during extremely hot conditions and properly hydrating our participants, we can create a much safer playing environment. Lakeland Hot Weather Guidelines
The effects of cold weather can impact health and safety during practices and games. The definition of “cold stress” varies across the United States, depending on how accustomed people are to cold weather. U.S. Soccer’s RECOGNIZE TO RECOVER program prepared this guide for coaches, referees, and players for training or playing in colder climates. Additionally, it serves as a guide for match play and participant safety during extreme temperature conditions. The information provided is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare providers. For specific questions and concerns, please consult your health care provider or physician.
Cold weather conditions can be just as dangerous. The mix of cold air and hard playing surfaces can cause difficulty breathing, muscle pulls, loss of feeling in extremities, frostbite to exposed skin, and a greater risk for injury coming in contact with a harder/cold surface. By monitoring and limiting outdoor exposure during extremely cold conditions we can create a much safer playing environment. Below are the guidelines for temp (air temp or wind-chill factor), amount of exposure, and suggested clothing during cold weather activities. Lakeland Cold Weather Guideline
Lakeland Covid Guidelines
We recommend that all Lakeland Recreational Soccer members follow any suggested guidelines set forth by the local municipality, Lakeland Parks & Recreation, and local health department that aid in providing a safer environment for our players and families while participating in the program.
Soccer is a contact sport, and there are risks involved for transmission and contraction of the virus. With those risks being lower due to an outside sport, we still recognize that there may be families who are still uncomfortable in returning to the fields under these conditions. We ask that everyone be respectful and show empathy towards each other and work together as a community to create the best and safest possible environment for our kids to play the game.
If any player/coach/admin/parent thinks they are sick, please stay home. Specifically: symptoms of acute respiratory disease (i.e. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), fever, sudden loss of smell or taste, or being diagnosed with COVID-19 (which would follow current quarantine requirements). If a coach or administrator has a concern about a player's health, they have the ability to send that player home.
If any member of Lakeland Soccer tests positive for COVID-19, they need to report that information to the Director and follow all guidelines from their health care provider.
Special Request Policy
Special requests must be made at the time of registration. Requests are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis. All requests are subject to review by the Director. Requests to play with a friend will be considered (only if that friend’s birth year falls into the same division). Requests for specific dates of practices and games can not be granted. Any special medical needs may require an exception to the policy. Please contact the Director with any questions prior to registering.
Important Spring Dates
Online Registration Opens
Online Registration Closes
Volunteer Coaches Clinic
First Day of Practices
OFF Spring Break Week
First Day of Games
Last Day of Games • End of Season
5U & 6U Coed (Birth years 2018-2016)
8U (Birth years 2015-2014)
10U & 12U (Birth years 2013-2010)
14U-18U (Birth years 2009-2004)
Lakeland Soccer Facilities
We are excited to announce, that all soccer programs provided by TSA/Lakeland will be held at the BRAND NEW sports facilities in Lakeland.
Lakeland Prep Athletic Annex Fields are conveniently located at 9651 Old Brownsville Rd, right next to Lakeland Prep, and the Lakeland Athletic Complex is just down the street at 9661 Memphis-Arlington Rd.
Lakeland Prep Athletic Annex Fields include (5) full-size, professionally maintained soccer fields, with (4) of those fully lit with state-of-the-art LED lighting. Other accommodations include plenty of onsite parking, brand-new bathrooms, and concessions.
Lakeland Athletic Complex houses (2) brand new full-size all-purpose fields, with walking trails in a beautiful setting.
Lakeland Prep Athletic Annex Fields
Lakeland Athletic Complex
Benefits of Playing with Tennessee Soccer Academy
A positive, fun, and competitive environment where all players have the opportunity to develop an even greater love for the game.
An innovative and progressive curriculum designed for player development that is overseen by an experienced, professionally licensed team of leaders.
Access to specialized skills programming, seasonal clinics, summer and winter camps, and tournaments led by professionally licensed staff.
Beautiful facilities professionally maintained offering safe and high-quality environments for all of our players to enjoy the game.
See Whats going on at Tennessee Soccer Academy
Online registration is now open for the 2023 Spring Recreational Season in Lakeland. The deadline to register is February 13th with the season beginning on March 20th. The Spring season will be back at the amazing Lakeland Prep Athletic Annex fields with beautiful fields, lights, bathrooms, and much more. Don’t miss out! Register Today!
Virtual Director of Coaching (VDOC) is an innovative online platform that provides a comprehensive range of features for administrators, volunteer coaches, and players. The platform connects and integrates the entire team on and off the field, providing training material, coaching guidelines and tutorials, session planning, player education, and much more. All Lakeland volunteer coaches and players will have access to this platform for the Spring 2022 Season.