Recreational soccer is the backbone of Washington Youth Soccer. Virtually all players start at the recreational level. This is the place where parents begin their soccer education as "soccer mom" or "soccer dad." This is where parents often become volunteer coaches, referees, administrators, board members, and receive their first form of soccer education.
The Recreational level of play is an ideal and vibrant entry point for the player who wants to be introduced to the game, play with friends, and participate on a team. Recreational soccer is open to all players and is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players. No tryouts are required to join a team.
The Recreational player is of any age and is interested in playing in a less committed environment. Seasons are typically shorter, tournaments are fewer, traveling is less, and coaches are volunteer-based. Recreational soccer is purely for the enjoyment of the sport, and not as much focus is placed on advanced technical and tactical instruction or wins.
Recreational coaches can vary with levels of expertise, however all coaches will have access to Washington Youth Soccer coaching resources, development, and licenses. All Washington Youth Soccer coaches must clear a Washington State Patrol Background Check.