Rec Program Overview

Overview

SFDSC offer recreational soccer for ages 3+. Each level is described using the age of the oldest players in the group – e.g. the level for players who turn seven or eight during the year is called “Under-8” (or U8 for short). There is recreational soccer available for boys and girls, men and women of all ages and skill/fitness level.

Youth ages three to ten will play in the Smiths Falls House League, operated by SFDSC. Older youth play in the local recreational league – the Goulbourn-Lanark Soccer League. Adults (18+) play in the Ottawa Carleton Soccer League.

SFDSC House League

Our youth recreational programs conducted at Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls include:

  • U4 – for players turning 3 and 4, who will participate in a soccer and physical activity program, once a week for a six-week period. This will usually start the first week of June. Boys and Girls are placed on mixed teams to a max of 13 players per team. Players spend about 45 minutes at the field getting acquainted with some basic soccer skills and having fun! The emphasis is on inclusion and physical activity – parents and guardians are encouraged to join in.
  • U6 – for players turning five and six, who will participate in a soccer program twice a week for approximately ten weeks each summer starting the first week of June. Boys and Girls will be divided up into gender-based groups of about 10 – 12 players and will spend up to an hour at the field learning soccer skills and playing games. The emphasis is still on fun and physical activity! Each season ends with a “Fun Day” festival and BBQ.
  • U8 – for players turning seven and eight, who will participate in a soccer program twice a week for approximately ten weeks each summer starting the first week of June. Boys and Girls will be divided up into gender-based groups of about 10 – 12 players and will spend up to an hour at the field learning soccer skills and playing games. The emphasis is still on fun, and players will start to learn about some soccer rules and get a chance to try all positions. Each season ends with a “Fun Day” festival and BBQ.
  • U10 – for players turning nine and ten, who will participate in a soccer program twice a week for approximately ten weeks each summer starting the first week of June. Boys and Girls will be divided up into gender-based groups of about 10 – 12 players and will spend up to an hour at the field learning soccer skills and playing games. Each game will have a referee and players will learn skills related to specific positions and some strategies for team play. Each season ends with a “Fun Day” festival and BBQ.

Goulbourn-Lanark Soccer League (GLSL)

In the GLSL, there is one full game each week, and one practice. About half of the games will be in Smiths Falls, and the others will be away games hosted by other Clubs in the league (Perth, Carleton Place, Almonte and West Carleton). Travel for some games could be as much as 45 minutes. Each game will have a Referee, and sometimes Assistant Referees, and discipline infractions are adjudicated by the league (not SFDSC). This program includes:

  • U12 – for players turning 11 and 12, who will participate in a soccer program twice a week for approximately thirteen weeks each summer starting the last week of May. Boys and Girls will be divided up into gender-based groups of about 15 players.
  • U15 – for players turning 13, 14 and 15, who will participate in a soccer program twice a week for approximately thirteen weeks each summer starting the last week of May. Boys and Girls will be divided up into gender-based groups of about 18 players.
  • U18 (Mixed) – for players turning 16, 17 and 18, who will participate in a soccer program twice a week for approximately thirteen weeks each summer starting the last week of May. Boys and Girls will be play on a mixed gender team of about 18 players.

Ottawa Carleton Soccer League (OCSL)

SFDSC strives to keep options open for all adult players by offering Men’s and Women’s recreational teams (open to all ages – recommended for 18+) as well as Men’s Over-35, and Women’s Over-30 teams. These teams will play a season approximately 14 weeks long, starting the week after the May long-weekend and ending in late August or very early September. This is an Ottawa-based league, and travel can be as far as West Quebec and Orleans.