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2024 FALL RECREATIONAL SOCCER - DEFC CENTRAL

(MIDDLETOWN, ODESSA, TOWNSEND)

REGISTRATION LINKS:

Discovery - U4 (2021), U5 (2020), U6 (2019)  - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

U8 (2018-2017), U10 (2016-2015), U12 (2014-2013) - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

U14 (2012-2011), U19 (2010-2006) - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Big Exciting News - DEFC x DE Union

Delaware Union is joining Delaware FC! 

Delaware FC and Delaware Union SC are excited to announce their official merger, creating Delaware's most comprehensive youth soccer organization.

The merger creates a Delaware-based youth soccer organization with the deepest and most experienced professional staff in the state as well as Delaware’s largest recreational program and a competitive program that offers a professional and personalized approach that caters to every player’s needs.

We look forward to welcoming all of our new players and families from Delaware Union and the Middletown area!

2024 FALL RECREATIONAL PROGRAM INFO

 

PRICING:
Discovery - U4 $70
Discovery - U5/U6 $120
U8-U10 $130
12 and older $140

 

REGISTRATION SCHEDULE

* Delaware FC is a membership/volunteer organization - $50 paid at registration and is reimbursable with 3 hours of volunteering during each season (per player/per season). Cost does not include uniforms and are purchased separately. TinyMites are excluded from volunteer fee

Have a question regarding the Recreational Program?  Questions can be sent to the following email address: [email protected]

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REGISTRATION LINKS:

Discovery - U4 (2021), U5 (2020), U6 (2019)  - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

U8 (2018-2017), U10 (2016-2015), U12 (2014-2013) - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

U14 (2012-2011), U19 (2010-2006) - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Important Season Information Please Read

All Saturday Recreational Games u8, u10 will be played at Odessa High School: 570 Tony Marchio Dr, Townsend,  DE 19734.

All Home Games u12, u14, Senior Division games will be played at  Odessa High School: 570 Tony Marchio Dr, Townsend,  DE 19734.
Registration Fee and Date of Birth ranges for each division are as follows.
Players are placed on teams by birth year based on age groups below. Parents may request to play up an age group but may not play down an age group.

 

2024 FALL RECREATIONAL PROGRAM CALENDAR

Discovery U4, U5, U6

This is a 7-week program with sessions on Saturdays starting 9/14 and going through 10/26

U8 & U10

Practices start the week of September 9th with Games on Saturdays starting 9/14 and going through 10/26

 U12 & Older

For U12 and above teams participating in the DYSA league practice start the week of 9/2.  Games will be every Saturday through 10/26.



2024 FALL RECREATIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

DIVISION INFORMATION:

Discovery Program: U4 (2021), U5 (2020), U6 (2019) -This program is designed to introduce basic soccer skills or build on players skills in a fun environment.  Coaches will introduce a new skill each week for players to develop and will then reinforce the skill through soccer related games and activities.  Our U3/U4 age groups will always end with activities centered around scoring goals and our older U5/U6 ages will conclude with 4v4 scrimmages.

Under 8 (2018-2017): 4 on the field at a time - NO GOALIES (4v4). Max Roster of 8
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. Players begin to understand positions on the field and continue to work on dribbling and shooting. Passing become more important at this level as the field size increases. All out of bounds restarts will start with a kick-in. A referee is assigned to each game to manage the game. Coaches run practice one night each week starting at this division. Games consist of 4 10 minute quarters with 5 minutes for warmup, 3 minutes in between periods, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game.
Under 10 (2016-2015): 6 on the field plus one goalie (7v7). Max Roster of 12
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. Goalies and throw-ins are introduced. A referee is assigned to each game to manage the game. Coaches run one practice each week. Games consist of two 25 minute halves with 5 minutes for warmup, 5 minutes for half time, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game.
Under 12 (2014-2013): 8 on the field plus one goalie (9v9). Max Roster of 16
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. Teams play games against Kent County Parks & Rec with away games being played at Kesserling Park in Dover  . A referee is assigned to manage the game. Coaches run one practice each week. Games consist of two 25 minute halves with 5 minutes for warmup, 5 minutes for half time, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game.
Under 14 (2012-2011): 10 on the field plus one goalie with 30 minute halves (11v11). Max Roster of 18
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. This division participates in the DYSA Interclub league. Practice is held once or twice a week. Home games will be played at Middletown Village. Away games may be held in Dover, Hockessin, New Castle, Wilmington. A referee is assigned to manage the game. Games consist of two 35 minute halves with 5 minutes for warmup, 10 minutes for half time, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game.
Senior Divisions (2006-2010): 10 on the field plus one goalie with 35 minute halves (11v11). Max Roster of 18
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. This division participates in the DYSA Interclub league. Home games will be played at Middletown Village. Away games may be held in Dover, Hockessin, New Castle, Wilmington. A referee is assigned to manage the game. Games consist of two 35 minute halves with 5 minutes for warmup, 10 minutes for half time, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game.
Every player is expected to play 50% of every game unless by their own choice or a parent's request. We do our best to keep team sizes limited to guarantee that every player can get 50% playing time. However, over the years we have received equally as much feedback about teams with too few players (even when the team is at max recommended team size) and teams with too many, Due to vacations and other conflicts not all players show up every week which can leave teams shorthanded. We also have about 10-15% of registrations after the late fee date starts, so this can be a significant number of players in a division. We typically we need to create two teams at a time to make scheduling work which can then make team sizes too small. Our Board Members and Commissioners do everything we can to make this work out for everyone involved.

Practices may begin as early as March 25. Practice days and times preferences are picked when registering to be a coach.
Practice schedules are determined by the coaches based on field, day and time availability. Early in the season, daylight is still limited, so practice schedules may need to be adjusted, but all of this will be determined by the coaches based on field availability.

There will be 7 game days for the U8 and older divisions this season. The 3v3 tournament is held on a separate weekend from normal game days. The tournament is free and only open to Delaware Union Recreational Teams U8 and up divisions, so even though it is not required, we have found that almost 100% of teams field at least one team for this tournament. The 3v3 will be held on Saturday, June 1.

PRACTICES:

For U8+, each coach will conduct at least one practice each week, typically on the same day and time. Coaches will select their practice time and location based on field availability and what works best for their schedule.

GAME DAY INFORMATION:

For U8-U10, all games are played on Saturdays between 9 AM and 2 PM (ending times may vary depending on the number of teams in each division).

For U12+, all games are played on Saturdays between 9AM and 4PM. The number of home and away games vary by team.

LINKS

Fall Game Schedules - Coming Soon

(Click on your age group below)

Boys (U8) - 

Girls  (U8) -

Boys (U10) -

Girls  (U10) - 

Boys (12) - 

DYSA Inter-club League Schedules (U12 Girls, U14 Boys, U14 Girls, HS Girls)

FALL PICTURE DAY  SCHEDULE - 

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GAME DAY RULES

Click on the links below:

U8 Boys and Girls - U8 Game Day Rules and Guidlines

U10 Boys and Girls - U10 Game Day Rules and Guidelines

U12, U14 Boys and Girls and High School -  DYSA Inter Club League Rules

 

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

  • Uniforms

    • U8 and older order uniforms online through DEFC - Ordering information coming soon

    • Discovery ages do not need to order a uniform - t-shirts are provided.   

  • Soccer cleats are recommended.

  • Shin guards are required.

  • Soccer ball - sizes:

    • Discovery ages, U8 - Size 3

    • U10, U12 - Size 4

    • U14 and up - Size 5

  • NO JEWELRY, no hard hair barrettes, no toe cleats, no casts.

TopSoccer

TOPSoccer

(The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities sponsored by US Youth Soccer. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age 4-19, who has a cognitive or physical disability.

For more information on TOPSoccer CLICK HERE!

Season Details

TOPSoccer meets every Saturday during the Fall season at Paper Mill Park, Newark DE.  Dates will be announced shortly.  Session times for the Fall 2024 season will be announced shortly.