A variety of different levels of play are offered year round for over 1200 local men and women annually. There is something for experienced and competitive players as well as new players seeking exercise and social networking. Men, Women, Young and Old are all welcome.
Can't find the information you are looking for?
Contact Jason Moore at the SOCA office - Jason.Moore@SOCAspot.org or 434-975-5025 x 18.
Weather Info/Field Closings
Always check the SOCA weatherline before leaving for your match. Fields can be closed at any time as weather is unpredictable. There are two places you can check for weather updates and field closings. The front page of this website is updated regularly with field closing messages and you can call 434-817-7246(RAIN) for information. On weekends we make an initial determination by 7:30am and then update as necessary throughout the day. On weekdays we make an initial determination by 2:00pm and then update as necessary throughout the evening. If bad weather arrives right at game time or during a game, the referee has the authority to make a field closing determination on site.
*Updated 10/1/2013* League rules, information etc. All current and future captains should print this document and read it.
The Adult Program consists of four seasons. Click the season for league information and offerings during that time of year.
Other important league information:
New to the League? Want to join a team? / League Schedules & Results / League Standings / Medical Insurance Info for Players / Refund Policy / Uniforms / Guest Playing / Pre-Game Player Check / Red Cards / How to Register a Team
Fall Season: Mid September - Early December
Spring Season: Late February - Mid May
Primary Seasons - Both Fall and Spring Seasons are structured the same. There are four leagues each season and multiple divisions within each league.
SOCA’s Men’s League is open to all men and women in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. Typically this is the most competitive level of adult play. Normally, the league is broken into multiple divisions (2-3) based upon ability and the number of teams registered. League play is composed of a single 17-20 game season spanning both fall and spring seasons with a winter break. It is understood that teams registering in the fall will continue playing in the spring. The number of games in league play will vary based upon division sizes and league format. The season begins mid-September and continues through the first week of December. After the winter break, play resumes in late February/early March with the conclusion in early/mid May. Division champions are crowned each spring based upon points earned during the season. Additionally, there is a postseason Cup competition in some divisions. Promotion/Relegation is imposed where appropriate between divisions at the conclusion of the Spring Season. Player experience varies from novice to experienced players. Games are played primarily on Sundays with some Saturday games as well. Three officials are provided for each match and teams play 11v11. Each team determines practice requirements.
The Co-Recreational League is open to all men and women in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. Typically this league is a less competitive environment than the Men’s League. Normally, the league is broken into multiple divisions (2-3) based upon ability and the number of teams registered. Teams must have a minimum of three women on the field of play at all times. Teams play separate Fall and Spring Seasons with each season composed of approximately nine league matches. Teams may choose to enter into either the Fall or Spring Seasons or both. Player experience varies from novice to experienced players. Games are primarily onSundays with some Saturday games as well. One official is provided for each match and teams play 11v11. Each team determines practice requirements.
Women Only Program
SOCA’s Women’s Program plays on Sunday afternoons. The League is designed as a fun yet competitive outlet for women soccer players. The league is not a teaching league and is designed for women with prior experience in the game. Teams are formed based upon the number of players registered. If multiple teams are created, a season schedule of 10 games per team is created and referees are assigned. If numbers are light, players will organize teams each week and play games. Ten sessions are scheduled each season. Players register separately for Fall and Spring Seasons. The Women’s League is open to all women in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.
SOCA’s Over-40 League is open to all men and women in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area over the age of 40. Players must have turned 40 prior to the first weekend of the season to be eligible to play that season. The league is designed to give older players an opportunity to play against peers and the focus is on clean, fun, competitive play. Teams play separate Fall and Spring Seasons with each season composed of approximately nine league matches. Teams may choose to enter into either the Fall or Spring Seasons or both. Player experience varies from novice to experienced players. Games are on Sunday afternoons. One official is provided for each match and teams play 8v8 on reduced size fields with no offside. Each team determines practice requirements.
Winter Indoor Soccer League (WISL), Men’s
The Men’s WISL is open to all men and women in the Charlottesville Albemarle area. Typically, the Men’s League is the most competitive winter league and it is often broken into multiple divisions based upon ability. Teams may be carried over from the fall season, or new teams may enter. Play begins in early January and concludes at the end of February. Games are played at a variety of times entirely dependent on gym availability. These times include Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings and weekday evenings. Matches can end as late at 11:00PM due to limited gym availability. Teams can expect to have a schedule of games at a variety of times and days rather than the same day and time each week. Matches are held in local gymnasiums and the format is 5v5 including a goalkeeper. Walls are in play and the action is fast paced. A regulation Futsal ball is used in matches to reduce out of control bouncing and ball speed. One referee is used in the 5v5 format.
Winter Indoor Soccer League (WISL), Co-Recreational
The Co-Recreational WISL is open to all men and women in the Charlottesville Albemarle area. Typically, the Co-Recreational League is the least competitive winter league and it is often broken into multiple divisions based upon ability. Teams must have a minimum of one woman on the court at all times. Teams may be carried over from the fall season, or new teams may enter. Play begins in early January and concludes at the end of February. Games are played at a variety of times entirely dependent on gym availability. These times include Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings and weekday evenings. Matches can end as late at 11:00PM due to limited gym availability. Teams can expect to have a schedule of games at a variety of times and days rather than the same day and time each week. Matches are held in local gymnasiums and the format is 5v5 including a goalkeeper. Walls are in play and the action is fast paced. A regulation Futsal ball is used in matches to reduce out of control bouncing and ball speed. One referee is used in the 5v5 format.
Summer 8v8 League, Men’s
The Men’s Summer League is open to all men and women in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. Typically, the Men’s League is the most competitive summer league and it is divided into multiple divisions based upon ability. Teams may be carried over from the spring season, or new teams may enter. Play begins in early June and concludes at the end of July or early August. Matches are played during the week in the evening rather than on the weekends. Games are on modified-sized fields and the format is 8v8. One referee is used in the 8v8 format with no offside.
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Summer 8v8 League, Co-Recreational
The Co-Recreational Summer League is open to all men and women in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. Typically, the Co-Recreational League is the least competitive summer league and it is divided into multiple divisions based upon ability. Teams must have a minimum of two women on the field of play at all times. Teams may be carried over from the spring season, or new teams may enter. Play begins in early June and concludes at the end of July or early August. Matches are played during the week in the evening rather than on the weekends. Games are on modified-sized fields and the format is 8v8. One referee is used in the 8v8 format with no offside.
for SOCA's adult soccer program is conducted online via your
personal/family account. If you are new to the league or don't
have a team in mind we have a team of independent players each season dedicated to serving new or unattached players. Its a great way to join a new team in the league and meet new people. To register as a new player, use the Team ID Code for the Independents team in the league you would like to play in (Mens, CoRec, Womens, Over-40). The Team ID Codes for those teams and the registration process are
Alternatively, players can also use the team captains list at the top of the page to contact captains and
inquire about openings on their team. This process involves more leg work on the player's part and many teams will not have spaces. However, it will give you the opportunity to join a pre-existing team and perhaps find a team that is a good fit for your interests and abilities. If you have very specific interests and abilities or if the season has already started, the captains list is your best bet to join a team. Simply email the captains list
with your interest and background and captains will reply with their Team ID Code if they
are in need of additional players. Some teams do conduct tryouts for new players. Once you have found a team and received its Team ID Code, use the registration process below.
Most returning players register directly for specific teams via the Team ID Code unique
to each team (its a different code each season). If you have a team in mind that you would like to
register for, you must contact the team captain to get that team's
unique Team ID Code.
Players without internet access should contact Jason Moore at the SOCA office for manual registration instructions.
On the main page of this
website (WWW.SOCAspot.org), in the upper left hand corner, 'Create' or
'Sign in' to your SOCA account.
Click on "Sign up for a team" by your name.
Enter the Team Code for your team.
who may still need players. Captains are not required to add anyone to their rosters. If you find a team, you will need their team code.
At the bottom of the page click "here" where it says to click if you are not already on the list.
Add your name and email when prompted.
Click "This is me" by your name.
Enter your payment information, click yes to the medical waiver and click Sign up for Team.
You will then be registered. The schedule and roster for your team will be posted to your MySOCA account prior to the start of the season.
A part of each player's registration fee goes towards a medical insurance plan. The medical insurance that SOCA players are entitled to is run through the United States Adult Soccer Association and our state association the Metro DC Virginia Soccer Association.
If you are a registered player and are injured while playing in a SOCA sanctioned match you may be eligible for insurance coverage of your medical expenses. The first step is to contact the SOCA office to notify them of the injury. There is a six section form that is associated with filing a claim. SOCA will sign the form and verify the player's participation. The rest of the form is completed by the injured player.
The player should mail the form and all bills as well as estimates of benefits from their regular insurance company to the address provided on the claim form. The state association will process the claim and send it to the insurance company. SOCA will not be involved in determining coverage nor will the state association. The club’s and state’s role is to verify that the player in question is a player in good standing who has paid dues and is eligible for coverage of injuries sustained while participating in SOCA programs. Questions pertaining to this coverage should be directed to the insurance company. The insurance company will be put in touch with you by the MDCVSA once you have filed your claim.
You have 30 days from the date of the accident to file a claim or as close to that as is reasonably possible.
There is a $500 deductible associated with this insurance coverage.
This medical insurance is designed to be a secondary medical insurance. If you have your own insurance you should use that insurance first to cover your expenses. This medical insurance will then cover any additional expenses beyond what your insurance will cover minus the $500 deductible.
If you have no medical insurance of your own, this plan will act as your primary insurance.
All refund requests must be made in writing to the SOCA office by the participant requesting the refund. Captains may not request refunds for team members. All refunds are less a $20.00 processing fee.
Prior to the season, refunds may be issued to individuals who are unable to play due to a variety of conflicts and circumstances including personal schedule changes, over commitments and change of interest.
After the season has begun, refunds may only be issued due to injury or relocation (player moves to a different community). A doctor’s note may be required in the case of injury. Refunds issued after the start of the season will be less a $20 processing fee and then pro-rated per the number of weeks into the season. After the season has begun, refunds will not be issued for schedule conflicts or over-commitments.
No refunds will be issued after 2/3 of the season is complete for any reason.
Refunds will not be issued to whole teams who pull out of the league for any matter, including disagreement over division placement.
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Teams must supply their own uniforms. They are not included in the league registration fee, however they need not be fancy or expensive. At a minimum, all players must have a matching jersey of the same color with a unique number on the back. The color of all jerseys must match. Different shades of the same color such as gray or green are not acceptable as a jersey. Sock and short colors are not required to match. Goalies must have a shirt clearly distinguishable from the field players.
Jerseys may be purchased from any vendor as chosen by the team. Sponsors may be printed on the jerseys. Total Soccer at Downtown Athletic Store provides a discount to all SOCA players and teams and is a good option to purchase team jerseys.
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Only current, registered players in good standing may play in SOCA’s Adult Programs. Guest playing is allowed in SOCA’s Adult Programs. However, no unregistered players may guest play in a SOCA adult match. Only players registered to a SOCA adult team in the Mens, Co-Rec, Womens or Over-40 Leagues for the current season (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) may guest play with other teams.
Unlimited guest players are allowed in all divisions and programs provided the player is registered to another team in one of SOCA’s Adult Programs for the current season.
No guest playing is allowed in a postseason playoff or championship match.
In order to guest play, guest players must prove their current registration with another SOCA team by bringing a copy of their regular team’s roster and a picture ID to the match to be checked by the referee.
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Pre-Game Player Check
Only properly registered players will be eligible to play in SOCA sanctioned matches.
Players that are properly registered to a SOCA Adult Team will appear on the team’s roster. This Roster is accessible to all players via their MySOCA account. The captain or designated team representative must bring a copy of this roster to each game. Only players who appear on the roster or are guest players will be allowed to participate in the game.
Each player must have a photo ID with them at the match to prove who they are. Acceptable forms of photo ID’s are Driver’s Licenses, Passports and UVA Student ID’s. If a player does not have one of these forms of identification, the SOCA office will produce a player pass that will serve as their picture ID for league purposes.
Prior to the game, the referee will check the copy of the roster provided by the team against the photo ID’s of each player present. Each player must appear on the roster as an official team member and have an accepted photo ID to be eligible to play in the match. Players may not be handwritten onto the roster. All players must appear on the online roster and print out of the MySOCA system.
Players and spectators may be ejected by the referee for a variety of reasons. Referees will report all ejections in their match report. Every ejection will result in an automatic, no appeal, one game suspension for the individual as is standard in all FIFA sanctioned competitions. Two yellows equals a normal red except in the one WISL exception listed below. The suspension is to be served in the next game of the team the player is registered to. No guest playing is allowed until the player has served their suspension. The team captain should help ensure this suspension is served.
Additionally, any player who has received a red card may not be replaced during the game the red card was issued and the player’s team must play down a player for the remainder of the game (*Exception – In WISL matches a two yellow = red carded player may be replaced by another player to keep the teams even sided. The ejected player must still serve a one game suspension in the next match, however. Straight red carded players still may not be replaced in WISL matches.). Any red card issued may be cause for a full Conduct Committee review and possible further sanctions. The Director of Referees will consider the offense and make a decision based upon the referee’s report whether to take the ejected player before the Conduct Committee or not.
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How to Register a Team
SOCA utilizes online registration for all of its programs via the MySOCA system at www.SOCAspot.org. Registration is conducted each season and players wishing to play must register separately for each season. Registration includes payment. The league fee is set each year in the club’s budgetary process. If you do not have internet access but would like to register a team or if you have a sponsor paying for your team please contact Jason Moore at the SOCA office.
SOCA accepts team registrations and players register to individual teams. It is the captain’s responsibility to register their team with SOCA each season via the MySOCA system.
The process for registering a team for the league is as follows:
The Team Captain should go to WWW.SOCAspot.org
In the upper left hand corner, 'Create' or 'Sign in' to your MySOCA account.
Click on "Create a Team" by your name.
Select either the League option you want (COED, MENS, OVER 40 or WOMENS) and continue.
Enter your team name and the minimum # of names and email addresses of interested players that you would like to invite to your team. (minimum # is different each season)
Enter your payment information, agree to the waiver and click "Create a team" at the bottom of the page.
You and your team will be registered.
An automatic email will immediately be sent to each listed player inviting them to play on your team and providing them with a unique Team ID Code that will allow them to register specifically to your team.
The captain will also receive a confirmation email with the unique Team Code.
As players register for the team, the captain will receive notification emails that players have signed up and paid.
At any time, you can log back into your MySOCA account and see your Roster. When Schedules are published, you will be able to see your team's Schedule on your MySOCA page as well.
If a captain later decides to invite another player, just give them the Team Code and they can register for the team using it.