DFAC Soccer General Information

    Levels of Play:

    DFAC offers several levels of soccer commitment.  These are summarized below to help fill plan your registration (not available for all divisions).  Recreational teams are usually available for all age divisions.

    Recreational - This is our most popular level of play.  It includes all U6 and U8 teams, and most older divisions.  There are no tryouts or skill sessions; teams are formed from open registration.  Main focus is on fun while learning the sport.  There is typically one practice each week.  Teams play in our internal league or in partnership with another recreational league when sufficient teams are not available to develop a schedule.  An attempt is made to play everyone equally.  Season runs into December.

    Developmental – For players willing to make a more significant commitment than recreational level of play.  Teams are usually formed through skill sessions where players of similar skill level can learn from each other.  There are typically 2 practices each week, all teams play in the Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA), usually 3 or more weekends dedicated to tournaments, teams may or may not use a trainer, and there are some additional fees for training and tournaments depending on the coach and team.  Everyone plays half the game minimum.  Season typically runs through January.  This level includes all four U9 and U10 Desert Elite teams as mandated by the State Association.

    Competitive - This is our highest level of play for U11 teams and older.   Typically, there will be only one team per division (when available).  All teams play in the Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA).  Includes multiple practices each week, additional fees for training/tournaments/equipment, and playing time is dependent on coach.  Typically 3 or more weekends dedicated to tournaments.  All competitive DFAC teams are known as the ”DESERT ELITE.”


    All players are required to have soccer shin guards and soccer cleats (No baseball or other cleats will be allowed for safety reasons.).  Each player should also bring a soccer ball to practice (see Soccer Ball Size).

    Soccer Ball Size:
    Under 6 through Under 8 Players:  Size 3 soccer ball
    Under 9 through Under 12 Players:  Size 4 soccer ball
    Under 13 and older players:  Size 5 soccer ball