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Red Teams, Age 8-18

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Red Teams?
Red Teams are the teams established within the Homewood Soccer Program to promote recreational soccer. The goal of the Red Team part of the Homewood Soccer Program is to help each Red Team player to learn and enjoy the game of soccer; gain the multiple benefits of all youth recreational programs; and to provide the opportunity for each child to improve his/her soccer skills to the level of their desire and ability within the Homewood program.

What are the size of the teams?
Team size varies with the age group.

U-9 and U-10: Games are played 6 v 6 including goalkeepers.

U-11 and U-12: Games are played 8 v 8 including goalkeepers.

U-13 and older:Games are played 11 v 11 including goalkeepers.

How are teams put together?
The Homewood Soccer Program philosophy is to place players on teams primarily based on each player’s combination of skill and commitment, with secondary attention to other preferences when possible. Teams will be established that put together players with as similar ability as possible. This team make up allows the most efficient coaching and allows all players to be responsible for and share equally in the success of the team. Director’s of Coaching will make determinations about team formation and any changes needed to be made after the beginning of the season are made on a case by case basis by the Director’s of Coaching.

Teams established in the fall will be kept intact for the spring season to the maximum extent possible.

When do teams practice and play games?
Red Teams have two practices of 1-1/2 hours a week and play games almost always on Saturday. Games are occasionally played on Sunday or during the week.

Practices can be on Monday through Friday and the possible practice blocks are 4:30-6:00; 6:00-7:30.  The team coach is the primary decider on practice times.

Skills practices are also available free for all registered players throughout the season on Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 (check website for start dates).

Teams normally play 8 games during a season.

Who are the coaches for Red Teams?
The coaches of the Red teams are selected by the respective Director’s of Coaching. Each of these coaches is given a curriculum and charged with ensuring that the players not only have a good experience but also grow in their soccer abilities. Coaches are monitored throughout the season by the Director’s of Coaching and help is provided to continue the growth of our coaches. All coaches have a soccer background either playing at a high level or previous coaching experiences.

What equipment is required and who is responsible for providing it?
Red Team players are required to have soccer cleats and shin guards at all practices and games. It is also highly encouraged that all players have a ball to bring to practice and to practice with on their own at home!

Full uniform kits and/or individual uniform components will be supplied through Homewood Soccer Club. A complete kit costs $50.00. The new uniform kit is by Nike and includes one Red and one White Jersey with a Homewood Soccer logo on the front and a number on the back; a pair of navy shorts and two pairs of white socks. In the future players can continue to wear this kit and pass it on to siblings as long as it remains in acceptable condition. At the beginning of each season players will be offered the opportunity to pay for a full kit or individual components. Players will be required to have a complete kit and to wear the correct uniform at every game.

My child has not played soccer before, is it too late to start at the Red Team level?
Absolutely not! One of the greatest thing about our Recreational program is that we have players from all levels and walks of life wanting to learn to play the game. Whether it is with the intent to have fun and get some exercise or to one day play on a competitive travel team our program offers it all. If available multiple teams per age group form with the more experienced playing on a team in a higher bracket and a team with less overall experience playing in a lower bracket. All teams are coached by excellent coaches who dedicate their time to improving skill and ensuring that all players have an enjoyable experience.

What is the cost of playing on a Red Team?

Red Team
Registration Fee                                 $110.00
Red Team Fee U9-U12                      $90.00
Red Team Fee U13 and up               $140.00
Non-Homewood Resident Fee        $25.00

[Please download Concussion form and Medical Information form and return to your team manager at the start of the season.]

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Birmingham, AL 35259
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Homewood, Alabama 35216 (Map)
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