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Indoor Soccer

EBYA Winter Indoor Soccer is a 7 week program hosted on Saturdays at ASC in Thorndale. 
ASC has two turf fields for touchline soccer - with out-of-bounds rather than walls that are in play.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 
[email protected].


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About EBYA Winter Indoor Soccer

EBYA Winter Indoor Soccer is held in January and February, and is open to all boys and girls from 1st grade to High School age. EBYA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization and EBYA accepts players from all areas. The EBYA recreational soccer program provides instructional soccer for children of all ages and abilities. Our programs emphasize good sportsmanship, participation, team play, and fun, but at the same time, help develop confidence and self-esteem. Games for players in the 2nd/3rd Grade Division and above have referees. 

EBYA is a volunteer organization that relies on the willingness of parents to volunteer to coach and help with other functions to keep the organization moving forward. Please step forward and offer to volunteer in some capacity. EBYA Winter Indoor Soccer is hosted at ASC in Thorndale. ASC has two turf fields for touchline soccer - with out-of-bounds rather than walls that are in play.

Our Winter Indoor Program consists of 7 Saturday sessions. Our format is one session per Saturday and sessions are scheduled for approximately one hour. Sessions are held on late Saturday mornings through evening.

Teams will be setup by the league commissioner or via a player draft depending upon the division.

*Due to limited facility availability, we may not be able to makeup sessions lost due to poor weather or road conditions.

Registration Information

Winter Indoor Soccer Registration will open on November 18th, 2019.


Registration Fees:
$119/child
* All children registered together must live in the same household.
* No refunds will be issued once uniforms are ordered

Click here for registration instructions.

All sessions are held at ASC in Thorndale. ASC has two turf fields for touchline soccer - with out-of-bounds rather than walls that are in play.

Registrations received after December 6th may be accepted based on division availability;
Divisions that are full will present an option to join a wait list.
Late fees will apply.
Late fee costs - $149/child

If you do not have an account on the new EBYA website, please click the REGISTER button to set up your account.

*EBYA Winter Indoor Soccer does not currently have the capability to provide scholarships.

Please send any requests to [email protected]

Division Format

Note: Division age ranges and format are subject to change based upon sufficient player registration and coach volunteers within each division.
The divisions will be based on the following age groups. All divisions are COED.
  • 1st Grade; Comprised of children in 1st Grade. Teams will be comprised of 8 players and play 4 v 4 (no goalkeeper). Format is a 20 minute skill session followed by a 30 minute game. Size 3 ball. Saturday sessions will start at 2:00pm.
  • 2nd/3rd Grade; Comprised of children in 2nd and 3rd grade. Teams will be comprised of 9 players and play 5 v 5 (no goalkeeper) with referees on the field. Play 35 minute game. Size 4 ball. Saturday sessions will start at 11:00am, 12:00pm, or 1:00pm.
  • 4th/5th Grade; Comprised of children in 4th and 5th grade. Teams will be comprised of 10 players and play 5 v 5 (with goalkeeper) with referees on the field. Play 35 minute game. Size 4 ball. Saturday sessions will start at 3:00pm.
  • 6th-7th-8th Grade - Middle School; Comprised of children in 6th through 8th grade. Teams will be comprised of 12 players and play 7 v 7 (with goalkeeper) with referees on the field. Play 40 minute game. Size 5 ball. Saturday sessions will start at 4:00pm, 5:00pm, or 6:00pm.
  • 9th-10th-11th-12th Grade - High School; Comprised of children in 9th through 12 grade. Teams will be comprised of 12 players and play 6 v 6(with goalkeeper) with referees on the field. Play 40 minute game. Size 5 ball. Saturday sessions will start at 7:00pm or 8:00pm.

*Divisions may be shifted to make as many teams as possible.
*EBYA does not honor requests for specific coaches or requests for players to be placed together due to carpooling with the exception of siblings in the same division.

Important Dates

Winter Indoor 2020 Schedule (Tentative)
  • Monday, November 18th - Registration Opens
  • Friday, December 6th - Registration Closes
  • Monday, December 9th - Team drafts and/or player assignments begin
  • Saturday, December 28th - All families notified of team assignments, game schedules published
    • Click here to view the Game Schedule (when published)
  • Saturday, January 4th -First Saturday Session - practice/scrimmages
  • Saturday, January 11th - 2nd Saturday Session - First official game day
  • Saturday, February 15th - Final Saturday Session

Sessions are held at ASC in Thorndale
Sessions are on Saturday late mornings through evening.

** Due to limited facility availability, we may not be able to makeup sessions lost due to poor weather or road conditions

About ASC

  • Conveniently located in Thorndale just 4 miles from Community Park in East Brandywine
  • Two-floor facility with 3 turf fields
  • First floor Turf #1 (80' x 100') will be used by 1st grade and 2nd/3rd grade divisions
  • Second Floor Turfs #2 and #3 will be partitioned (80' x 100') and used by the 4th/5th grade division
  • Second Floor Turfs #2 and #3 will be combined into a 100' x 160' full field and used by the Middle School and High School divisions
  • For a facility map, photos, and parking directions - please visit the ASC Facility page here

Parent and Player Code of Conduct

I agree to abide by the EBYA code of conduct.
I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event.
I promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectable fan.
I will and I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials, with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
I will not undermine EBYA, coaches, or the referees.
I will adhere to the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship.

No profanity or intimidating/taunting language or actions will be tolerated.
No intimidating mail, email or phone calls to EBYA administrators or referees will be tolerated.
Failure to comply with the code of conduct could mean expulsion from EBYA, EBYA events, or cause the team of the offending spectator to forfeit the game.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Winter Indoor Soccer program:
Please email us at [email protected]

FAQs

When will Winter Indoor League rules and official schedules be published?
Winter Indoor League Rules will be published by Monday, Dec 9th. Official schedules will be published by Saturday, Dec 28th.

What equipment do players need?
Shinguards are required. Cleats are recommended but are not required.
Local sports stores, for example our sponsors Dick's Sporting Goods and Modell's Sporting Goods, sell value packages including cleats, shinguards and a ball for $30 to $40.

What does the league provide?
Jersey and socks
 
Are earrings permitted?

No. For safety reasons, earrings must be removed prior to practices and games.
They cannot be taped or otherwise covered. They must be removed.

Does your league have any township residency requirements or school district boundaries?
No. We accept players from any location in the area.

Is heading the ball permitted?
No. Heading is not permitted in any division. Heading the ball will result in a penalty. 
Rule regarding heading reads as follows: Players shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games.

In adherence to these requirements, referees have been instructed of the following rule addition: 
When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. 
If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

When will I first be contacted by my child's coach?
Players are assigned to teams after registration closes and after a division has sufficient volunteer coaches.
We encourage parents to volunteer to coach their child's team because it expedites this process in addition to the other benefits you recognize by volunteering.
Ordinarily you will hear from you child's coach in the week prior to the first Saturday session.

Where are games and practices held?

** This is a games-only program. There will not be weekly practices, only Saturday games.**
All indoor sessions are held at
ASC in Thorndale
3527 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale PA

When are the indoor sessions?
Indoor sessions are held on Saturdays with the time determined by the age group. 1st graders are at 2pm. 2nd/3rd graders are at 11am, Noon, or 1pm. 4th/5th graders are at 3pm. Middle School is at 4pm, 5pm, or 6pm. High School is at 7pm or 8pm.

When should my child arrive for games and practices?
For all games and practices your child should be at the field, ready to play, at least 5 minutes before the scheduled event.
This permits time to warmup which prevents injuries. This also gives your coach time to organize the team and start the game or practice on time.

Do parents need to stay at the ASC facility for sessions?
Parents are permitted to drop off/pickup. Note - coaches are instructed by League Rules to practice 2-Deep leadership. Coaches cannot remain at the field without another coach or parent present. Parent cooperation is essential to this safety practice, so please be prompt for the pickup.

Are children younger than 1st grade permitted to participate in the Indoor program?

No, not at this time. Following this inaugural indoor season, we will look for opportunities to expand participation in the future.

Can I register extended family members to receive the family discount?
All children registered together must live in the same household.

Do you offer financial assistance?
EBYA Winter Indoor Soccer does not currently have the capability to provide financial or military family scholarships.

Refund
No refunds will be issued once uniforms are ordered.
If you cancel your child's registration or withdrawal from the league prior to uniforms being ordered, we will reimburse you minus a $5 credit card processing fee.

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