Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

LYSA Youth Recreational Programs; scroll down for answers

When should I register?

Registration for fall season is June 1-July 31; Spring season December 1-February 15.  After those dates, we will continue to place children if there is space available. Please check the web site for updates during this period.  As age groups fill up, we will close online registration and move to a paper waiting list registration. $10 Early bird discount is available through June 30 for fall and January 31 for spring. 

Players move up to the next age group for the fall season only. They continue in the same age group for the following spring. 

See the chart in the paragraph below explaining "Which Age Group is My Child In". The age categories remain the same for the Fall and Spring seasons.

Move-up is determined specifically by year of birth. 

If your child does NOT move up in age, and played with us in spring, he or she will remain on the same team unless you request a change. 

How do I register for LYSA?

There are two ways to register. Please remember that regardless of the method, proof of age is required for new players. A copy of a birth certificate is best. Passports or valid driver’s licenses are also acceptable.

  1. Use our online registration system found on, click the “Registration” tab on theThis is the preferred and easiest method, or
  2. Print a copy of our registration form and mail it to us. You can download the form from the website; click on the “Registration” tab on the left; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and request one.

If I register online, how do I pay my fee?

If you register online, you may choose to pay with a credit card or you can mail us a check.  If you choose to mail us a check, we must receive your check within two weeks or your registration will be canceled.

Our mailing address for youth registrations is:


P.O. Box 24844

Lexington, KY  40524

Please put your child’s name in the memo section of the check.

How much does it cost to play? 


On or Before Jan 31 (Spring) or June 30 (fall)

 After Jan 31 (spring) June 30 (fall)

U5 and U6

$ 70.00

  $  80.00


$ 85.00

  $  95.00


$ 90.00


U12, U14 and U18



U8 League PLUS the Pre-Academy



** Uniform is not included in the registration fee and costs about $35.00. You will order your uniform directly from a local sporting goods store after you are assigned to a team.                      

Are registration fees refundable?

If your child is not assigned to a team, your fee will be refunded.  Otherwise no refunds are given.

Where do I send proof of age and what kind of document is acceptable?

We must have proof of age for all new players or players that have not played with LYSA within the past two years.  We prefer a copy of your child’s birth certificate; however a copy of a passport or a valid driver’s license is acceptable. Please include your contact information in case the birth certificate is not legible:

 You may scan or take photo with smart phone and text or email to:

Text to registrar at 859-361-5719

Email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or

Send traditional mail to LYSA, PO Box 24844, Lexington, KY  40524

Do I have to volunteer?

LYSA depends on parent volunteers to keep us going.  Coaching is our most important volunteer position, but we depend on parent volunteers in many areas.

If you choose not to participate in our volunteer program, you may opt out by paying an additional $50.00 per child.

Explain the volunteer choices.

Head Coach:

You will be the head coach of a youth team.  No soccer experience necessary, just a willingness to work with kids.  You will be coaching your own child's team.  Time commitment: 4-8 hrs. per week.

Assistant Coach:

Assist the head coach with your team.  Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week.


Share duties with another parent on the team.  Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week.

Lining of the Micro League Fields:

THIS IS FOR U5/U6 FIELDS ONLY. The volunteer will be assigned a morning lining and setting up goals or an afternoon takedown of equipment at the Farm Burea fields on Leestown Road.  Time commitment: 20-30 minutes.

TOPSoccer Buddy:

Individual must be at least 12 years; can be a soccer player or someone who works with special needs children or adults.  Soccer experience is not necessary, just the strong desire to enable children to have fun.  Time commitment: 1 hr. per week on Sundays.

Team Parent:

Assist the Coach with team communications and make refreshment schedule for your team. 

Who do I call if I have questions?

If you have general questions about how the league works, please email our main office at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call (859) 223-5632. 

If you need assistance with registration, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

What age group is my child in?

Age groups are determined each year in the fall and continue unchanged through the Spring.

Children eligible to participate in LYSA in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 must have turned 4 by Dec 31, 2016.   Please use the following table to determine your child’s age group for recreational soccer.

All Player born in the birth year:

Age Group















What is the Pre-Academy?

The LYSA/LFC Pre-Academy is a program specifically offered to U8 aged players who are also registering for one of the LYSA U8 boys or girls recreational teams. It is only offered as an add-on program to current U8 recreational players.
The purpose of the pre-academy is twofold:  

  1. To provide another level of training to LYSA recreational players who are looking for additional training, and
  2. To provide an academy-like environment for players who are interested in bridging recreational and competitive play. It will serve as an introduction to the Lexington FC Competitive Academy.

The pre-academy will be overseen by the LYSA Director of Coaching, directed by Jimmy Rue, who has over 20 years of coaching experience including camps, Club, Olympic Development Program and College, and training will be provided by excellent experienced competitive club coaches,

Fall 2016 Pre-Academy players will receive one weekly training session on Fridays at Christ Church at the corner of Harrodsburg Road and Man-o-War. There will be 10 total training sessions of 1 1/2 hours each (weather permitting).  The pre-academy season will start just before the recreational season, and will run concurrently with the recreational season. Players in the pre-academy are encouraged to attend all practices and games with their respective LYSA recreational teams.

Will my child be placed back on the same team?

If your child played during our previous season, he or she will be placed back on the same team unless he/she moves up or you request a change. Children only move up to the next age group in the fall season. See above in the "Registration" info for more specifics.

Will my child be on an all girls or mixed team?

U5 and U6 age groups, all teams are mixed boys and girls.

U8-14 age groups, we offer an all-girls league and a mixed (boys) league. The mixed league tends to be composed mostly of boys, but girls who prefer to play on boys' teams may register for the mixed league.

U18 league is offered for our High School age players. We do not offer an all girls’ league in this age group. 

How will my child be assigned to a team?

We make every attempt to form teams geographically within Fayette County and surrounding areas.   This does not necessarily mean that your child will be assigned to a team that practices right in your neighborhood.  

We take the following into account when we form teams:

First priority is given to players returning to a team.  As long as the child is registered before the registration deadline they will be placed on the same team they played on the previous season provided they are not moving up in age group and do not request to be placed on a different team.

All new players and players changing age groups will be placed in the unassigned player pool and randomly assigned to teams based on their home addresses, or the location chosen when registering online.  

In age groups that span more than one birth year, we also try to maintain an even split between younger and older players.

Can I request a specific team or coach?

LYSA does not take requests for team placement. The one exception to this rule is with coaches and their assistants.  We will allow each coach volunteer to designate one assistant coach. The coach’s child and assistant coach’s child will be placed on the same team provided they are in the same age group.

Siblings in the same age group will be placed on the same team if requested and when possible.

Can I play with a friend?

Although we do not take requests for specific team placements or specific coaches, we do offer a program that allows your child to play with one friend.  On the registration form you may put the name of a friend or neighbor you would like your child to play with.   We added this option because we realize that to small children it is sometimes comforting to know you will have at least one person you know on the team.  Also, we realize that parents are busy and having a buddy to carpool with is sometimes necessary. The conditions apply:

  • Friends need to be in the same age group. 
  • You may not move up or down in an age group in order to play with a friend.  
  • Because we try to form teams geographically, it will be best if friends reside in the same area of town. 
  • Chains will not be honored.  
  • Make sure the friend you request, also requests to play with you. This must be a reciprocal request.
  • We cannot guarantee that your request will be honored, but we will make our best effort.   

When will I know my child has been assigned to a team?

If you registered your child before the registration deadline, you will be assigned to a team.  Once the team is approved by the registrar, you will receive an email that specifies your team, coach, and coach's contact info. You should then receive a follow up communication from the coach within a week of this initial contact.  If you don't hear from a coach within the week following the initial informational email, please feel free to initiate contact with the coach.  If you do not receive an informational email within two weeks before the season, please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

What are the dates for each Season?

The specific weekends of play will be listed on the LYSA website.   

Games for our U8-U18 age groups will be played primarily on Saturdays and Sundays, however there may be some weeknight games including Friday evenings. 

Games for our U5 & U6 age groups will be played primarily on Saturdays. 

We reserve the right to reschedule games if necessary for weather situations.  We will do everything we can to be sure all games are played.

What times are games played?

The actual game schedule will vary each week.  Games begin on Saturdays at 9:00AM and on Sundays at 1:00PM.

Who coaches LYSA teams?

All of our LYSA recreational coaches are volunteers.  In most cases, the coaches are parents of players.  Coaching clinics are held each season to prepare the coaches to work with the children.

Where and when do LYSA teams practice?

Practice locations and times are determined by the coach.  Recreational teams Under 8 and above may practice no more than twice a week for no more than a total of 5 hours.  Teams may practice anywhere they can find space.  Teams may not practice on any LYSA field used for games. 

Under 5 and U6 teams may practice no more than twice a week for no more than a total of two hours prior to the start of the season.  After the season begins, no more than one practice a week for one hour may be held. 

Where are games played?

U5 & U6 leagues play at the Farm Bureau field on Leestown Road.

U8 divisions play most of their games at our complex at Masterson Station Park.

U10 divisions play all of their games at our fields in Masterson Station Park.

U12, U14, and U18 divisions play home games at our fields in Masterson Station Park.  These age groups also play teams from Woodford, Scott and Jessamine Counties.  You will have some games that will be played in other counties. 

How much will my child play?

All children on recreational soccer teams will play at least half of every game. 

What equipment is required?

Shin guards are required for all players.  A ball and rubber-cleated shoes are recommended but not required. Cleats must be soccer style.

Ball sizes are different for each age group.  Players should have the proper size ball.

U5, U6 and U8

Size 3

U10 and U12

Size 4

U14 and above

Size 5

What exactly is LYSA?

Today we're known as LYSA.  However back in 1977 when we began, we were the Lexington Youth Soccer Association, incorporated “to promote the growth of an appreciation for the game of soccer by providing opportunities for youth to learn the game, its rules and to participate in organized programs of soccer."  Today we offer four distinct programs:  Youth Recreational, Youth Competitive, TOPSoccer and the Adult League. 

Who sponsors LYSA?

LYSA is a volunteer, not for profit, self-supporting organization.  The organization is run by volunteers mostly comprised of parents. 

Why does LYSA have a mandatory volunteer program?

LYSA relies on parent volunteers to coach teams, assign players to teams, track scores, help with advertising, referee games for younger teams, assist with tournaments, line fields, and anything else that crops up.  Without parent volunteers, LYSA could not succeed. 

What types of teams does LYSA offer?

LYSA offers soccer for your entire family including three different programs for youth and a league for adults.

  • Youth Recreational Soccer is the nuts and bolts of our organization. Teams are formed for children 4 years of age through 17.  Following the guidelines of the United States Youth Soccer Association, our teams are formed on a random, geographical basis by the child's age.
  • Lexington FC is the competitive division for children Under 9 and above. Tryouts are held for team placement for all LFC's age groups. For more information about Lexington FC, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 219-1493 or visit
  • LYSA TOPSoccer league started in the Fall of 2009.  TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based soccer program designed to meet the needs of athletes ages 4 and up with physical and or intellectual disabilities. This program is geared toward player development and athletes are placed on teams according to ability. Check the TOPS website for further info:
  • LYSA Adult League -- Adults are also welcome to play in LYSA.  Our Adult League website provides more info:

Do you take beginners?

All kids are welcome.  No experience is necessary to play in our LYSA Youth Recreational League. Our program has room for kids from beginners to those who have played for years. Through practice and games, kids who have never played before will catch on quickly and hopefully grow to love the game of soccer.

Our Youth program is for any child who wants to learn to play the game of soccer.  Absolutely no experience is necessary to play. 

Tell me more about the Micro (U5 and U6) program.

  • Games are played mostly on Saturdays.  All games are currently played on our Farm Bureau field at the corner of Leestown Road and Trade Streets.
  • This age group is allowed to practice up to 2 hours per week prior to the start of the season.
  • Each team will be comprised of approximately 8 players. U5 and U6 plays 4 v 4. Every child is guaranteed to play half of each game. 
  • Games have four 10-minute quarters with a 5-minute half-time. We do not keep score during the games.  Everyone wins. 
  • Coaches are the referees.
  • We want our players and families to have fun and learn the basics of soccer without being concerned about the score of the game.

I have heard that LYSA is more competitive than other leagues in town, is this true?

No, this not true. Our goal in our youth league is for players to have fun while learning soccer. Players of all skill levels play in each age group.  Children who have never played and those that have played for years can participate in our Youth leagues.  Soccer is a true team sport and there is room for everyone.  

LYSA is affiliated with the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association which gives our teams the opportunity to participate in statewide recreational soccer events if they choose to do so. This is one of the things that set us apart from other leagues in town.

For those players that want a more competitive experience, we have the Lexington Futbol Club (Lexington FC).  The Lexington FC is for the player who wants to play soccer at a much higher level.  Tryouts are held each year for team placement, coaches are paid, and teams travel to locations outside of Lexington for games and tournaments. 

What does my registration fee cover?

Your registration fee helps us cover the cost of field maintenance, field construction, league equipment, referee fees and administrative costs.  LYSA is entirely self-supporting and we depend on registration fees and parent volunteers to keep us going.  We are a non-profit organization and do our best to keep fees as low as possible.

Updated May 31, 2016