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Game FAQs

Q: When are the games?

  • Micro: Most U-6 and U-7 games are played on Saturday mornings.
  • MOD andYounger Rec (EYSA Youth): Most U8 - U12 games are played on Saturdays.
  • Older Rec (District 2): Boys U13 play Saturdays, and BU14-and-up games are on Sundays. Girls play on Saturdays until U-15, then switch to Sundays.
  • Select (NPSL): All Girls (U10-14 in the Fall and U15-18 in the Winter/Spring) play on Saturdays. U10-14 boys will play Saturday and U15-18 boys play on Sunday.
  • Premier (RCL): Premier games at all ages, play on both Saturdays and Sundays. There is no specific designation by age or gender, although most ages play predominately Saturday. There are always double-header week-ends with RCL Leagues at all ages. Additionally, quite a high number of teams in RCL do re-schedule games, due to other Leagues they also play in, like Far West Regional League, and also due to coaches coaching multiple teams, etc, so Sat and Sunday games are common in RCL.


These days can't be changed as the individual clubs only have so many time slots for games each weekend day, and the schedule needs to fit all of the Eastside teams on the schedule. Except for Club Select and Premier teams, which play year-round or nearly so, Eastside teams generally play around 10 games for the season.

Q: When is the season?

The REC season begins just after Labor Day in September and runs on consecutive weekends until completed --- typically about 10 weeks in total. Practices typically start in mid-August, but the exact start date depends on the coach. For Club Select teams with a fall season, the season will run longer into early December for regular season, and will extend into the early winter for tournament play. For High School girls' Select (GU15 and above), the season may start immediately after the high school season finishes and continue through March. Select teams typically begin practice and pre-season tournament play in May/June. Premier teams typically play year-round, with a break over the winter holidays.

Q: How much playing time should my child reasonably expect?

EYSA rules require that all recreation level players play at least 50% of every game. The only exceptions allowed are if the player misses practice, or their actions require some form of reasonable discipline by the coach. This 50% rule continues into U12 Club Select. For U13-and-above Club Select, playing time is at the discretion of the coach.

Q: Do we keep score?

At the younger ages, EYSA strives to make the game about learning, experimentation and fun. So, below U-10, no score will be kept or recorded. Starting at U-10, the score is recorded by the coach and reported to EYSA, but only for purposes of placing the team in the proper competitive division the following season. Starting at U-11 and higher, scores are recorded and reported. Links are available on the EYSA web site.

Q: How do I know if the EYSA leagues are going to provide good competitive challenges for my teams?

Your local EYSA club team will play in District 2, for U13-U19; EYSA, which serves U8-U12, and NPSL, which supports U10-U18 Select play. District 2 is the envy of other Rec leagues in the state. Each gender/age group will typically have somewhere between 20-30 teams competing and there are multiple divisions at every age group (even U18) so that Rec teams can get the best like-level competition. Teams are from EYSA, Snoqualmie Valley, Lake Washington (Redmond and north plateau) and North Shore (Bothell/Woodinville), and there is a wide range of competitive levels. And, for teams entering the Rec Cup, the District 2 playoffs are as big a deal as the State-level finals. It's a great experience. For U8-U12 teams, they will play in the EYSA league (Bellevue/Lake Hills/Newport, Mercer Island, Issaquah), plus Snoqualmie Valley for U11-12.

Q. How long are the games?

Games for ages U5-U10 take approximately one hour, but remember to bring your child early to warm up and get ready for the game. Check with your coach as to when he/she would like your player to arrive for games or practice.

Q. Can my child wear jewelry while playing?

For the safety of the players, EYSA does not allow the wearing of any jewelry during practices and games. This includes rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets (including the Lance Armstrong type), etc. We also do not allow the use of hair pins, wooden hair beads, hats with hard bills or hats with loose parts. Medical Alert medals taped to the body are acceptable.

Q. Do we play in the rain or cold weather?

While the decision to allow your son or daughter to play on a given day is ultimately up to the parent, soccer is a year-round sport and is played whenever conditions are not deemed to be unsafe. Games are not played during lighting storms or when field conditions are not safe (ice, snow, standing water).

Q: How much playing time should my child reasonably expect?

Club rules require that all recreation level players play at least 50% of every game. The only exceptions allowed are if the player misses practice, or their actions require some form of reasonable discipline by the coach.