for life


Building Winners for Life

Spring Registration is the entire month of January! 

Fall Registration is the entire month of June!

We have several age groups from ages 3 – 11, we may have a U15 team if we have enough to make a team!!!


The YMCA program is affiliated with the U.S. Youth Soccer Association, and follows their recommendations on field size and rosters. The current trend in soccer nationwide is toward smaller sided games with less specialization of players into set positions. There is less emphasis on competition and league standings and more emphasis on individual development and creativity. We want to create well-rounded players who love to play the game, hopefully lifelong. We teach children good sportsmanship and to be gracious winners and graceful losers. “It’s not whether you win or lose – it’s how you play the game.”

Getting Ready

  1. Shinguards – required.  Inexpensive ones are available at Soccer Stop in Roanoke; Play It Again and Dick’s Sporting Goods in Lynchburg; and Wal-Mart in Bedford.
  2. Water – bring to each practice and game.
  3. Cleats or turf shoes: optional (but most children want them).  
  4. Ball – children should have their own ball for play at home and to bring to practice. Mark it with your child’s name!  U-6 and U-8 use size 3 balls, U-10 and U-12 use size 4 and U-13 up use size 5.

The Season

Practices will begin early August for U-10, U-12, and U-15 and will generally be 2 nights a week with games on Saturday; your coach will contact you regarding the schedule. Most coaches want players at the field 30 minutes before a game for warm ups and strategy sessions. Practices and games will begin for U8 and U6 around Mid to Late August in the Fall and Mid to March in the Spring. Practices and games will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for U6 and Mondays and Wednesdays for U8 from 6:00 – 7:00 at the YMCA, your coach will contact you. In case of bad weather the coach will determine if practice is to be held- the coach or team parent will try to contact you at home. Please give an alternate number if you want to be called elsewhere. Game cancellations are made by the Home Field Coordinator, who contacts the home coaches, who contact the teams, also you may go to to see if the fields you are playing on are open for U-10 and above. Schedules and directions to the fields are also provided on the website.

Each team needs a team parent to help the coach with communication and socialization.  Please volunteer!  It’s not hard, and it helps so much!  Duties: 1) distribute notices, 2) help with phone calls in case of practice or game changes or cancellations, 3) make a schedule for juice or snacks, and finally 4) contact parents about items for the end of season celebration.

The YMCA will provide the players with medals at the end of the season.  It is up to individual teams to decide whether or not to have an end of season “get-together”.  Get with your coach and team parent to decide what you would like to do.  If you would like to use any of the Y’s facilities (pavilion, ropes course, climbing wall, pool, gym) please contact Dwayne at the Y.  These must be reserved and excluding the pavilion, carry standard fees.


Dwayne Abbott, Bedford YMCA Sports Director:  540.586.3483 or email at 




Travel and Academy Soccer!

Introducing Bedford Soccer Association! We are happy to announce that we are partnering with BSA to offer Academy and Travel soccer programs for the area youth who want a more competitive experience. Tryouts for Travel soccer ages U11 and up(players born 2007 and before) will be held June 2nd at 6:00 pm at the Bedford Area Family YMCA. There will be a tryout fee of $10.00 per child for travel only. Academy tryouts for ages U8-U10 (players born 2008-2010) will be held June 9th at 6:00 pm at the Bedford Area Family YMCA. There is no tryout fee for academy. Travel teams will play in the Blue Ridge Soccer League as well as tournament play. Academy teams will have games scheduled with other area teams.

Youth Indoor Soccer

Youth Indoor Soccer registration will begin in October and November. The program will take place in January and February, on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Ages 7 -10 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Ages 11 –14 6:30pm – 7:30pm. This is a great way for kids to keep their “touch,” and skills. There will be a 20 – 30 minute practice session followed by a scrimmage. 



Summer Soccer Camp

Our Summer Soccer Camp is currently taking registration until July 15th. The camp will run July 30th through August 2nd. Ages 5-8 will be 6:00-7:00 pm. Ages 9-12 will be 6:00-7:30. Prices are $30 for members and $50 for program members. This is always a great time for all! Don’t miss out!

Summer Futsal

Starting June 4th we will be offering a “drop in” futsal program from 6:00 pm-7:00pm. With everyone traveling over the summer we are charging $2 per session on Mondays and Wednesdays. Ages 8-14 are welcome. We will have experienced coaching staff to run the program. The participants will have some small sided games to work on skills then be split into teams to play a match. The program will not run on July 4th. Futsal is played with a “low bounce” ball to promote foot skills, usually 5v5 including keepers in the area of a basketball court. We will take a break the week of June 25th and June 27th and the last session will be July 25th. Come out and play!

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