FAQ's for families moving from U10 to U11

Up until U11, kids play on balanced teams and play other internal Vancouver United teams (with the exception of U9 girls). At and after U11, players move to a tiered approach, teams are based on ability, so players at a similar level of development, skill and commitment play together.

On both of the boys’ and girls’ sides we have Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3.

How are players evaluated?

Our evaluations process can be found on our website (https://vancouverunitedfc.com/evaluations-overview)

Does my child need to be evaluated?

If your child would like to be in a Division 1 or Division 2 team, he/she will need to be assessed by the Technical Director and Technical Staff to ensure they are placed in the correct team and division for their skill set and development. If your child would like to be on a Division 3 team there is no requirement to attend an evaluation, you will just need to register for the upcoming season when the registration is open.

What if my child can’t attend the allocated evaluation?

Please contact our Technical Director (gus@vancouverunitedfc.com) who will discuss options for your child for the upcoming season.

What day of the week are divisional games played?

Starting at U11, girls play on Sundays and boys continue to play on Saturdays. The level of play (Division 1, Division 2 or Division 3) will determine which league your child's team will play in, and how much travel is involved.

When do Divisional teams practice?

Teams practice on turf and coaches will have some input on practice day and time. Practices will generally be on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Practice allocations are generally confirmed in June after the teams are finalised.

How often do Divisional teams’ practice?

Division 1 teams will practice twice a week and this is incorporated within their fees, other divisions may request a second practice but there will be an additional cost.

What if my child doesn’t want to play in the position offered?

If your child is unhappy with the position offered please let us know, sometimes we may offer a child a position higher than they want to play, if you let us know we will place them in to a lower level. If a child believes they should be offered a higher position, they should contact gus@vancouverunitedfc.com who will review at their earliest convenience.

Can my child choose to be with a friend?

If your child is offered a Division 1 or Division 2 team, we are unable to accept friend requests. If your child would like to be in a Division 3 team they are able to request to be with a friend as part of the registration process.

What does U11, U12 etc mean?

Just like school, the year your child is born determines which age group your child should play in. Because the playing season overlaps the new year, the U number refers to the age that a player will turn after December 31st of the current season. For the 2021-22 season, these ages are given below:

Birth Year

Program

2011

U11

2010

U12

2009

U13

2008

U14

2007

U15

2006

U16

2005

U17

2004

U18

Children play with players of their own age. A player can request to play down an age group but the league requires a letter from their doctor providing reasons for this, and this is then sent to BC Soccer and VYSA for approval before a player can be approved to play down.

Where are Divisional games played?

U11 and U12 teams play 8-aside games on half of a full-sized field. Our club's home field for this age group is at Jericho, Locarno and UHill. As players at this age have away games then your child may play games at Trillium , South Memorial or Empire Fields depending on the Club they are playing. Teams will typically alternate home and away games, although not always.