Recreational Coaching

Welcome to coaching for Brookside Soccer Club and THANK YOU for volunteering to coach for our recreational league. Our organization was started in 1977 and was built on the hard work of thousands of volunteers since.
Please take a moment to review the information on this page, and please use it as a guideline for coaching in our youth recreational division.
All recreational teams are created using our Team Registration platform. Click on the Team Registration Feature below for directions.
Additional information is at the links below:
Game Schedules
View your team roster and league schedules
Laws Of The Game
Because our youth recreational league coaches are parent volunteers, it’s sometimes helpful to learn the basics of soccer

Background Checks

As part of Brookside Soccer Club’s volunteer process, ALL Youth Recreational League coaches and assistant coaches must successfully complete a private background check EVERY CALENDAR YEAR. The background check must be approved prior to being assigned as a head coach/assistant coach.

More information for parents

2017 Fall Schedule

These are the dates for the  2017 Fall Youth Recreational League:
September 8-10
September 15-17 (first week for Pre-K/K)
September 22-24
September 29-Oct. 1
Oct. 6-8
Oct. 13-15
Oct. 20-22 (final week for Pre-K/K)
Oct. 27-29

The next Recreational Coaches Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 26 in Royall Hall, Room 111, at UMKC. See the schedule below for times for each division. At least one coach (the head coach or an assistant) is expected to attend the meeting. Those coaches attending the meeting will have the first opportunity to schedule practice space at Swope Soccer Village.

9-10:15 am – Pre-K/Kindergarten divisions
10:30 am-noon – 1st grade through 8th grade divisions

High School division will meet at a separate time. You will be contacted individually regarding this meeting.

Brookside Soccer Club’s registration system, Blue Sombrero/Dick’s Sporting Goods, has a free app that allows coaches and parents to stay connected during the season. The Dick’s Team Sports HeadQuarters (TSHQ) app includes team rosters, schedules and field information that’s automatically updated from Brookside Soccer’s website.

Here are some things you can do with Blue Sombrero’s/Dick’s TSHQ app:
• View game schedules
• RSVP to games, practices and events
• Participate in team discussions
• Sign up for team tasks (i.e, snacks, refreshments, etc.)
• View event directions and weather forecasts
• View team rosters and player profiles
• Share game day photos with your team members

Team Sports HQ App

Team Registration & Assistant Coach

A new feature allows coaches to give a special registration code to players of their choice (including your entire current team) as well as lets you assign an assistant coach. The code places a player directly on your team. This expedites the registration process for everyone and ensures players are placed on the team they want.
If a player registers without a team code, they will do so as a Free Agent and will be placed manually later.
You may also invite another parent volunteer to be placed as an assistant coach for your team.
Click on the logo above for details.

Inclement Weather

Brookside Soccer Club’s recreational league games (as well as practices for our rec league and competitive division) will proceed as long as no lightening is within 10 miles. Sporting KC monitors the weather from their facility and alerts us to what’s happening in the area. We make a determination based on their sophisticated system as well as guidance from the athletic trainers on-site from the Center for Sports Medicine at Children’s Mercy.
You may check our website’s homepage or our rain-out line for updates. That number is 816.565.4256.

Practice Schedule

Youth recreational coaches may sign up for a practice spot for their team at Swope Soccer Village prior to each recreational season. Click the calendar above for details.

Player Header Rule

Slide Tackling Rules

No slide tackling U12 and under
Proper slide tackling in U14
No slide tackling in U19

Sideline Rules

The Coaches & Players Only area during Brookside Soccer Club games is for just that — for head and assistant coaches and team members only. All other parents, siblings and excess coaches are to sit on the spectator side of the field. Click the photo above for details.

Goal Kick Rule

REMINDER: The Goal Kick Rule that went into effect in Fall 2014 is still valid for 3rd/4th grades (U10) and 5th/6th grades (U12): Opposing players must back up to the half-way line and can cross it as soon as the ball exits the penalty area.
Please remind players of this rule before and during the game. If you have questions, contact

Uniform Orders

Complete uniform kits for recreational teams are distributed at the Recreational Coaches’ Meeting prior to the start of each fall season. Teams will use those uniforms for both the fall season and the following spring season. If coaches do not attend the meeting, uniforms will ONLY be available to pick up at the Brookside Soccer Club storage area at Swope Soccer Village on the morning prior to your first game. Uniforms will not be available at other locations nor during weekdays. Only coaches may pick uniforms for teams; do not send parents to pick up uniforms.

The uniform order form below should be used for teams needing a different size from what’s in the kit they received or for players who might join the team for the spring season. We ask that any new unused uniforms be returned to us to help keep those costs down.

If replacement uniforms are needed for any reason for a player who participated in the most recent fall season (i.e. outgrown, lost/stolen, etc.) that player must pay $20 per jersey, $5 for short and $15 for Pre-K/Kindergarten soccer balls.

Recreational Playing Format

Please note that in order to more closely align Brookside Soccer Club with the United States Soccer Federation guidelines and to allow each player more time on the ball, some playing formats were adjusted within the last year. In order to ensure all divisions follow BSC’s core values, division coordinators will create balanced and fair teams. As per the club’s mission and within the registration system, 1st – 8th grade are single-sex divisions and PreK, K and High School division are coed. There are no exceptions to this rule.

PreK & K (U6)
Game Format: 25 minute practice+30 minute game
Game Length: 55 minutes
Field Size: 20×30
Ball Size: 3
Number of Players: 3v3
Goalkeeper: No
Max. Roster Size: 6

1st & Second Grades (U8)
Game Format: 4×10 minute quarters (2 minute breaks)
Game Length: 50 minutes
Field Size: 25×40
Ball Size: 3
Number of Players: 4v4
Goalkeeper: No
Max. Roster Size: 8

3rd Grade (U9)
Game Format: 2×25 minute halves
Game Length: 50 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 4
Number of Players: 6v6
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max. Roster Size: 12

4th Grades (U10)
Game Format: 2×25 minute halves
Game Length: 50 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 4
Number of Players: 6v6
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max. Roster Size: 12

5th & 6th Grades (U12)
Game Format: 2×30 minute halves
Game Length: 60 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 4
Number of Players: 8v8
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max. Roster Size: 16

7th & 8th Grades (U14)
Game Format: 2×35 minute halves
Game Length: 70 minutes
Field Size: 75×120
Ball Size: 5
Number of Players: 11v11
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max. Roster Size: 18

High School (U19)
Game Format: 2×35 minute halves
Game Length: 70 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 5
Number of Players: 8v8
Goalkeeper: Yes
Min. Roster Size: 12
Max. Roster Size: 16

Coed Adult League (19+)
Game Format: 2×25 minute halves, no offsides
Game Length: 50 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 5
Number of Players: 8v8
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max. Roster Size: 12

Coaching Sessions

Rules At Swope Soccer Village

In addition to asking your parents to read and accept the Parents Code of Conduct that Brookside Soccer has created, please review the following checklist:

Checklist for coaches, parents & players:

  • Temperatures — please plan accordingly by wearing appropriate attire; layers in cooler weather are suggested. Coaches: Water breaks are necessary in  both warm and cooler conditions.
  • Sunscreen, water and an umbrella are highly recommended in all conditions.
  • Please pick up any trash after the game — we want to respect our space and keep the new facility looking new.
  • Uniforms — Some teams have not received uniforms. We are doing everything we can to resolve this issue. Coaches will receive any updates regarding uniforms; please be patient will all of us. All teams in 1st Grade and older will receive new uniforms (jersey, socks, shorts). Most teams have had at least one practice; if your team has not practiced, players still should arrive for their scheduled game. Pre-K and Kindergarten division players receive a jersey and size 3 soccer ball. ONLY coaches may retrieve equipment at Swope.
  • Players MUST wear shin guards under their socks in order to play. Soccer cleats are recommended, but not mandatory.
  • Rainouts — Information will be posted at when games are cancelled. Also call our rainout line at 816.565.4256 and check our Facebook/Twitter pages for updates. Unlike previous seasons, teams will play in rain and when the field is wet. Play will be halted when lightening is within close proximity to Swope Park. Rainout games will not be rescheduled.
  • Schedules — Most schedules have been updated since they were originally posted to alleviate some scheduling conflicts. Please double check the schedule. Coaches — please send a reminder message to players with the Time, Date and Field assignment prior to that weekend’s games. Click here for SCHEDULES
  • Game Start Times — Games will begin on time; please arrive early in order to warm up. 
  • Time Management — Please allow extra time to get to your scheduled field (especially these first few weeks) while everyone adjusts to the parking situation, field locations and congestion. 
  • Concessions will be open at the two concession areas (one adjacent to Field 1 and the second on the west of Lewis Road near the Sporting KC training offices). There are also two drink vending machines. 
  • First Aid is located in two areas: Children’s Mercy Center for Sports Medicine staff will be on site during league play at the white tent at the northeast end of Field 2. Staff can be seen driving around the village in Brookside Soccer’s golf cart.
  • Goal Posts & Nets. Please keep players and other children from climbing or otherwise playing on the goals, as this is very expensive equipment.
  • Lost & Found — A lost & found bin will be located at the white tent at the north end of Field 2. Please turn in any lost/unclaimed items to BSC’s Field Monitor. For retrieval on days after items are lost, please send an email to
  • NO FOOD ON FIELDS — No exceptions. Snacks are to be served on the concrete or natural grass areas surrounding the fields. Picnic tables are set up outside the concession stand for your convenience. 
  • No PETS inside the Swope Soccer Park facility gates (unless they are registered service animals. Please leave pets at home (not locked inside parked cars). 
  • No Alcohol is allowed in KCMO city parks. Anyone caught with alcohol will be asked to leave the premises and is subject to fines.
  • Orange Cones in Parking Lots. If an orange cone is blocking a parking spot in one of the parking lots at Swope Soccer Village, it is there for a reason. Please find another place to park and do not remove the cone in order to park. Your car will be towed.
  • WATCH OUT! Soccer balls move much faster on the turf fields, so be alert at all times.