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EastSide Soccer Association / Indy Force

ESSA U7/U8 Coed Rec

U7/8 Coed Rec Overview

    The U7/U8 division is an introductory learning division for boys and girls designed to expose young players to the game of soccer. The children will play short-sided games on small fields with simplified laws which will help ensure that the children have fun and maximize their learning opportunities.  The kids meet for 1.5 hours two nights a week for practice to learn basic soccer skills and play games on Saturday morning. Schedules are always on the web site as well as field maps. These are the tools that will help you know where to be and when to be there.

                Registration for the spring and fall season can be completed online or at a designated registration time and location.  Online registration for spring seasons typically runs January through March with on-site registrations being held early to mid March.  Online Registration for fall typically runs from mid May to Mid August with on-site registrations being held in early August.
Age Requirement

   Players are assigned to groups based on a birth-date cutoff date of July 31. Please consult the "Age Chart" which can be found on the left side of our Home Page, under the "Links" heading. Also, be aware that while children can sometimes play "up" into an older age group, they may never play down, per Indiana Soccer rules.


    Teams are coached by volunteer parents. About one half the coaches in this division are first-time coaches with little or no soccer experience and the other half have usually only coached the younger U5/6 players. 

Game Criterion
  • 6 vs.6
  • (4) 10 minute Quarters
  • No Penalty Kicks
  • No Off Sides
  • No Direct Kicks
  • Games will have referees
  • Kids should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled game time.

    All U7/8 games and practices are held on the U7/8 soccer fields at the ESSA soccer fields (937 S German Church Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46229)


        NEW IN 2017- Jerseys will now need to be purchased separately and will come with shorts. These are available at the concession stand. **You can reuse the jerseys across seasons.
Players will need to provide the following:

  • Soccer socks (preferably black, white or green)
  • Size 4 soccer ball
  • Shin guards (Required)
  • Soccer shoes (These shoes may not have a toe cleat.)
  • Water bottle
  • Players are not permitted to wear any type jewelry.
Dick's Sporting Goods is a valuable ESSA Sponsor that sells all the equipment you need
We ask that you support them in return for their support of the club.
Please click on the link below to access the ESSA Dick's Sporting Goods Coupons.

Dick's Sporting Goods Coupons