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Recreation Programs

Charlotte Junior Soccer Foundation, Inc. has offered recreational soccer programs for Charlotte children since 1974. The recreational program consists of a Fall and a Spring program.

Our main purpose is to introduce and educate children so they have a lifelong love of the game of soccer. Our Division Coordinators put the teams together with the overall aim of balancing teams by age, experience, and skill level while taking note of both practice day requests and buddy requests. We cannot guarantee any request but we do our best.  Please let us know any special requests or special needs via email. We organize the teams every Fall season and may hold teams somewhat together in some divisions for the Spring season.

FALL 2019 SEASON INFORMATION: Play begins in early September and continues through late November. Practices are once a week (U8-U18) in the afternoon for an hour. These are usually between 5 and 8 pm and depends on your coach/team/field availability. Most games on Saturdays, starting after 8 AM.  Moppets/Under 5 and Under 6 practice and play in one hour segments on Saturdays and do not have another practice during the week; those start at U8. Due to field limitations, we may cap divisions/age groups where necessary and some divisions may close when full.

For children on club teams in U8 - U18If your child is rostered on a non-recreation club level soccer team or program (US Club or NCYSA academy, challenge or classic), he or she cannot also play on a recreation team with CJSF as a player or guest. A player can play on both a CJSF and a school team. Charlotte Junior Soccer is a recreational level soccer program only. We are excited and supportive of all players who decide to move to competitive soccer with any club of their choice. The two levels are distinct and offer very different experiences for players and families.  Charlotte Junior Soccer is one of the few programs totally structured around the recreational level player. Please do not register to play recreation if your child is on a classic or challenge team.

FEES: Fees for the Fall 2019 season are $160.  NOTE: Any registrations received after Aug 1 will incur a $10 late fee (total cost $170) and are not guaranteed a spot on a team. Late registrations are placed on a space available basis with very limited ability to grant requests. If your child is not placed on a team due to late registration, a full refund will be sent via check. Refunds after a player is assigned a team and given a uniform will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Fees include: uniform (socks, shorts, shirt) and trophy/end of season memento (U5-U12); referee fees; field rental, lights and maintenance; team equipment; and minimal administrative fees. The player needs a water bottle and shin guards; cleats are not required but recommended.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Charlotte Junior Soccer offers need based financial assistance.  Click Here to inquire!

AGE DIVISIONS: Charlotte Junior Soccer Foundation offers the following divisions of play--based on school grade level

Grade Level Program Register
Junior Kindergarten

Moppet (Under 5) Girls/Boys

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Kindergarten Under 6/U6 Girls/Boys Click Here!
Grades 1 & 2 Under 8/U8 Girls/Boys  Click Here!
Grades 3 & 4 Under 10/U10 Girls/Boys  Click Here!
Grades 5 & 6 Under 12/U12 Girls/Boys Click Here!
Grades 7 & 8

Under 14/U14 Girls/Coed

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Grades 9 & 12 Under 18/U18 Girls/Coed  Click Here!

We are relatively strict on grade cut offs, especially playing "UP" in Under 5 or Under 6. If you want your child to "play up" (making your child one of the youngest) in Under 5 or 6, you must be a Head Coach or Co-Coach. We also will make few if any exceptions for any child born after 12/31/15. We make exceptions on "playing down" on a case-by-case basis-just email us. Divisions are outlined above, with each division separated by gender. We will automatically adjust players based on grade level into divisions, UNLESS we receive a prior request to play up or down.

If you have any questions, please Click Here to send us an email.

Under 5's: This program is divided into boys and girls teams. The teams are kept very small-5 or 6 max.-and play is 3v3. The teams will practice and play games on Saturday mornings in a combined 1 hour session.

Under 6's: The Under 6's will continue to be Girls and Boys with no co-ed teams. Teams are 6-8 players and play 4v4. They practice and play games on Saturday mornings in a combined 1 hour session. 

Under 14s and Under 18s: two divisions, girls and coed (mostly boys), per age group. The CJr teams play in the MARS league, a scheduling league made up of recreation programs throughout the county. This league is for recreation level players and has specific eligibility rules that are strictly enforced. See marsoccer.org for details prior to registering to make sure you are eligible.

WEATHER CANCELLATIONS: Please check the Home page for the very latest information on all Charlotte Junior Soccer Foundation activities, dates, weather, and information. Game and practice cancellations will be listed on the web site as quickly as possible. Ch Jr rents fields from the County. The County P&R department makes the call on field closures. 

 Click below to register for one of our Recreation programs.