Players who are 13-years-old and older choose whether to perform at the Recreational level or the Competitive level. Recreational emphasizes game time over practice time and enjoyment comes more from being with friends and playing the game they love. Competitive emphasizes practice time over game time and enjoyment comes from the realization of skill development and performance success. Players are not locked into either Recreational or Competitive tracks. Here’s some more detail about each program:
Recreation for Life Leagues
Is for the player who enjoys the game, wants to stay fit and play soccer with their friends but not commit to increased training or travel. Players in this pathway are likely to train once per week and play once per week or only play matches. Soccer in this pathway will most likely occur within a club
(i.e., house league) or at a local level between neighbouring clubs or communities which would mean more travel than traditional house league. It could also occur as part of a District League which would mean more travel again but still considered recreational. A player at this level could also move between this level and the Competitive for Life pathway depending on his/her development and advancement as a player.
Competitive for Life Leagues
Is for the player who is more driven and motivated to progress in soccer and that is prepared to dedicate more time to soccer through training to compete at a higher level. A player at this level could move between this level and the Talented Pathway depending on his/her development. However the level of commitment and ability level of the player increases the further the player progresses within the competitive structure. For example a Regional League will be a very high standard of soccer where players will be training 2-3 times per week and playing once per week whereas in a district league players would be training 1-2 times per week and playing once per week. A player could also move to the Recreation for Life Pathway if he/she wanted a soccer program with less commitment and less intensity.