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Where: Bedford Area YMCA Gymnasium: 1111 Turnpike Rd, Bedford, VA 24523

Old Bedford Middle School Gymnasium: 503 Longwood Ave, Bedford, VA 24523

When: Saturday, December 8. The tournament will begin at 10:00 am and the championship games will be played by 8:00 pm.

Description: Games are 26 minutes long in a 4v4 format. The games are played on 18 by 28 yard courts with 6 foot pop-up goals. Every team will play a minimum of 4 games. Teams will be seeded for playoffs based on the results from their first 3 games. Teams will be split into appropriate divisions based on age and ability level: Juniors Division (2nd-5th grade), Middle Division (6th-8th), High School Division, and Open Division (adults, college players, and top high school teams). Players are eligible to play in leagues above their age group if they choose.

Cost: The entry fee is $100 per team; teams are encouraged to roster at least 5 players. All proceeds go to Bedford YMCA soccer programs. Checks should be made p You must email your roster (*on back of this sheet) to or text 434-665-8263 to enter your team. You must have your entry completed by December 1, 2018 to be eligible.

Questions: For any questions or further information please contact Eric Seckman at 

Where: Bedford Area Family YMCA Gymnasium

When: Starting January 5th, at 1:30pm on Saturdays. We will take a break the weekend of January 26th

Registration Deadline: December 10th is the deadline to sign up with a guaranteed shirt. Registration fees will be $45.00/participant. 

Description: This program is for ages 9-13 year olds. It is a coed program. Teams will have a brief warm up period then play. It will be sub on the fly. Participation will determine game formats and team size.  Futsal is played with a “low bounce” ball to promote foot skills, usually 5v5 including keepers in the area of a basketball court. 

Questions: Contact Dwayne Abbott at 540.586.3483,, or facebook@bedfordymcasports

Come out and play!

Youth INDOOR Soccer - sign up all NOVEMBER

Youth Indoor Soccer registration will held 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. 



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Spring Registration is the entire month of January! 

Fall Registration is the entire month of June!

Youth Indoor Soccer Registration is the month of November!

Tournament Soccer – year round as tournament permits

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


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. 

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