Details

Seasons of Play

  • U11 through U14 – Fall and spring seasons
  • U15 through U19 – Fall season only

Tryouts & Team Designations

  • Not all players who attend a try out are guaranteed a spot on a team
  • Try-outs are typically conducted during May.
  • Teams are organized in each gender/age group
    • Green (top tier)
    • Black (middle tier)
    • White (lowest tier)

Fall Season

  • Practice begins around the first week of August.
  • Games generally begin at the end of August and go through mid-November
    • League Play - 8 to 10 games on weekends (home or away)
    • Tournament Play - typically played over holiday weekends (Saturday/Sunday) such as Labor Day weekend.
      • Green teams typically play in two to three tournaments in the fall season.  
      • Black and White teams typically play in one to two tournaments in the fall season.

Winter Season

  • Indoor soccer is available as an optional program at an additional cost.
  • Extra training programs are also offered optionally at an additional cost.

Spring Season

  • Practice begins around the first weekend in March.
  • Games begin the second week in March and go through Memorial Day weekend.
    • League Play - 8 to 10 games on weekends (home or away)
    • Tournament Play - typically played over holiday weekends (Saturday/Sunday) such as Memorial Day weekend.
      • Green teams typically play in two to three tournaments in the spring season. 
      • Black and White teams typically play in one to two tournaments in the spring season.

Summer Season

  • Opportunities for additional training and camps are available at an additional cost during the summer but are not required.

Time & Travel Commitment

  • Training
    • Teams train at least two days per week.
    • Extra training sessions and pick up play sessions are offered separate from team training at no additional cost.
    • Goalkeeper training sessions are offered separate from team training at no additional cost.
  • Training Locations:
    • Merriman Soccer Complex (6657 Merriman Road, Roanoke)
    • Valley AFC Complex (Progress Drive SE, Roanoke)
    • Vinyard Park East (150 Berkley Road NE, Vinton)
    • Star City Soccer Center (3624 Aerial Way Dr., Roanoke)
  • Games
    • Teams play at least one game on most weekends.
    • Tournaments are two-day (Saturday-Sunday) events.
  • Game Locations:
    • Home Games: see above for common game locations.
    • Away Games: range from being in Roanoke to up to a couple of hours away.

Financial Commitment

  • Participation Fee 
  • Fees for fall and spring seasons (if applicable) are paid once per year or in installments.
    • Fees cover coaching, field rental, league.
  • Uniform Fee
    • Paid when new uniform is ordered.
    • Includes two adidas jerseys, one pair of shorts, two pairs of socks, and one practice jersey.
    • Additional practice jerseys are available at an extra cost.
  • Tournament Fee
    • Each tournament requires an additional cost that covers team entry and the coach’s travel expenses. This fee is split among the number of players on the roster. These fees do not include individual family travel expenses like gas and hotel accommodations.

Volunteering / Financial Assistance

  • Valley United Bingo Program
  • Kroger Community Rewards Program
    • Earn money to offset soccer fees by enrolling in the program. Details can be found here