WISL – Winter Indoor Soccer League

Winter Indoor Soccer League

5-a-side games played to official Futsal court lines. The game requires players to be skilled on the ball, quick of feet and mind. The action is fast-paced, goals are numerous, and creativity is rewarded throughout the match.  SOCA is pleased to offer Charlottesville and the surrounding area a league to play this international indoor game.

All WISL matches are to be played at the SOCA Field House, SOCA’s new indoor futsal facility.  The facility features four 27 x 18 yard futsal courts, or two 40 x 27 yard showcase futsal courts depending on age group and level of play.  All courts are premium artificial turf and are designed specifically for safe indoor soccer play.

WISL has advanced and intermediate divisions, in order to serve all levels of interested players.  Players can use this program to further their individual development or simply have fun with friends.  Get your team together now and sign up for the upcoming league!

  • General League Information

    All Matches will take place at the SOCA Field House in Belvedere.

    • 5v5 play with goalkeepers and an official Futsal ball.
    • Play is done on officially lined Futsal courts, with out of bounds and quick restarts.
    • Matches will follow modified Futsal Rules.
    • Specifically instructed referees will officiate matches.  *There are no referees for U8 divisions, team facilitators will manage these matches.
    • Matches will take place either on Saturdays and/or Sundays.  Divisions will tend to have consistent times throughout the season. ex: all U10 Girls Matches may be scheduled on Saturday mornings at similar times each week.  Exact age group and division times will not be known until after the registration deadline.
    • If a player must withdraw after the schedules are released due to scheduling conflicts, they must withdraw before the first league match in order to receive a refund.

     

  • Registration Information

    WISL Registration is $85 per player

    Space is limited and the program may fill by the registration deadline. Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis while space is available after the deadline. Registration is done through your personal SOCA account.

    The deadline to register is December 8.

    Team assignments and schedules will be posted onto your SOCA account by late December.

    There are no refunds after January 1.

  • Age Groups and Divisions

    Divisions will be offered for Boys and Girls in the following age groups:  U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, & U19

    2020-21 Birth Year Age Groups
    U8 – 2013 & 2014
    U10 – 2011 & 2012
    U12 – 2009 & 2010
    U14 – 2008 & 2007
    U16 – 2006 & 2005
    U19 – 2004 & 2003 & 2002

    *Female players are allowed to register for Boys divisions but there is no guarantee that these teams will feature other female players

  • Advanced and Intermediate Divisions

    Divisions will be offered for Advanced and Intermediate play in all age groups.

    Advanced Divisions are designed to serve the highest level of play.  Players from SOCA travel programs as well as surrounding area travel programs are encouraged to form teams and participate in the league.

    Intermediate Divisions are meant to serve players from SOCA’s Challenge or Recreational programs.  It may also feature players from surrounding school programs or other players from similar levels of play.  Players may register as part of a group or individually.

    Depending on registration numbers, there is no guarantee that teams can be formed in each age group to create divisions in this manner.  SOCA will attempt to create equitable divisions and help find appropriate team placements for individual players when initially forming the league.

  • League Game Format
    • The league plays a 7 week round robin competition beginning Saturday, January 2 and ending Sunday, February 14 with a make-up weekend on February 20-21.
    • Games are approximately 50 minutes long and each team plays a minimum of 7 matches.
    • There are no practices during the week for WISL teams.
    • Teams must be prepared to play on either Saturdays or Sundays and as originally scheduled.
    • U12 and older Advanced divisions will maintain league standings, and will conclude with a single championship match between the top two teams (Feb 20-21).
  • Team Formation

    Players register individually through their personal SOCA accounts.

    Players are encouraged to form teams and make special requests to be with other players or a particular team facilitator.  To make a special request, enter a short request into the text box provided under the player’s name on the final page of the registration process (where payment information is entered). Ex: “U10 Team Barca”, “Coach David”, or “team with Amy Johnson.”

    You may also contact the program director prior to the registration deadline with team player lists so that we may assign players correctly after the registration deadline.  Andy.Wilson@socaspot.org

    All teams must have an adult facilitator to manage the team.

    Team Roster maximum limit is 10 players.

    Independent players will be placed on teams as roster space allows.  No spots are guaranteed to those who register after the registration deadline.

    As with all SOCA programs, the option to “play up” only appears if you have selected this option in your player’s personal information within your SOCA account.

  • Player Driven Program

    The Winter Indoor Soccer League is designed to be a “player driven” program. This simply means that players are encouraged to make the majority of decisions during the course of the season.

    Unlike the more traditional soccer programs, WISL is designed to inspire a more “free play” or “pick-up” style soccer experience.  Creativity is emphasized and player decision making is paramount.  The indoor field constraints and fast-paced play naturally inspires this approach.  Players who embrace this play develop the necessary technical foot skills required to be successful in this environment.

    All teams are to have an adult team facilitator with them for every match.  The facilitator presence is mostly to help facilitate safe play and appropriate playing time for all players on the team.  Team formations and general playing decisions should be done by the players. Coaching should be limited specifically to encourage players to learn from the game and to adapt to the challenges it presents.  In the WISL program the game itself is the teacher.

  • COVID Protocols

    Feature summary of the COVID-19 mitigation measures at the SOCA Field House, applicable to all winter indoor programs.

    •  Space/Volume: The indoor space at the Field House is larger than any SOCA has used in the past.  The indoor field is 60 yards x 40 yards (180’ x 120’), which is the size of the outdoor Field #1 at South Fork Soccer Park. The total indoor space is 230’x 160’, with an average ceiling height of 37.5’. There are approximately 1.3 million cubic feet of air in the building.
    • Team and Group Size: Size limits will be enforced to reduce person-to-person contact. Youth WISL teams will be limited to 10 players, playing 5v5. Academy and Clinic training groups will be limited to 12 players.
    • Spectator Limits: Non-player attendance at events is discouraged. Spectators will be strictly limited to one person per player.
    • Spectator Separation: Players, coaches, referees and club officials only will be permitted on the field level.  Parents/spectators will be required to remain on the mezzanine level, separated by 13’ of vertical distance from the players.
    • Masks: Players and Referees are required to wear masks to/from the playing area.  Masks are not required when playing/refereeing.   Coaches and spectators will wear masks at all times in the building.
    • Ventilation: The Field House features eight large garage door openings along the exterior walls, permitting cross ventilation.  There are four, 20’ diameter ceiling fans which circulate mass volumes of air.  The doors will be opened and fans in use to allow for constant air flow through the facility, while in use.
    • Time Between Activities: Scheduling has been adjusted to minimize contact between entering and exiting groups. No one is permitted in the building until 10 minutes prior to their event, and all persons must exit the building within five minutes of completion of their event.  Extra time has been allotted between game/events.
    • Indoor Temperature: There are four large heaters which will moderate the temperature as needed.  Participants should expect the indoor temperature to be cool, due to the ventilating.
    • Hand Sanitation: SOCA will provide hand sanitizer stations at all entry points to the field and mezzanine. Players and coaches are required to sanitize prior to participation.
    • Personal Stations: Marks will indicate personal stations for each player, at safe distance from others.  No sharing of water permitted.
    • Shared Equipment: No training vests/pinnies will be shared.

     

    Full SOCA Field House COVID Protocols

  • General League Information
  • Registration Information
  • Age Groups and Divisions
  • Advanced and Intermediate Divisions
  • League Game Format
  • Team Formation
  • Player Driven Program
  • COVID Protocols

General League Information

All Matches will take place at the SOCA Field House in Belvedere.

  • 5v5 play with goalkeepers and an official Futsal ball.
  • Play is done on officially lined Futsal courts, with out of bounds and quick restarts.
  • Matches will follow modified Futsal Rules.
  • Specifically instructed referees will officiate matches.  *There are no referees for U8 divisions, team facilitators will manage these matches.
  • Matches will take place either on Saturdays and/or Sundays.  Divisions will tend to have consistent times throughout the season. ex: all U10 Girls Matches may be scheduled on Saturday mornings at similar times each week.  Exact age group and division times will not be known until after the registration deadline.
  • If a player must withdraw after the schedules are released due to scheduling conflicts, they must withdraw before the first league match in order to receive a refund.

 

Registration Information

WISL Registration is $85 per player

Space is limited and the program may fill by the registration deadline. Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis while space is available after the deadline. Registration is done through your personal SOCA account.

The deadline to register is December 8.

Team assignments and schedules will be posted onto your SOCA account by late December.

There are no refunds after January 1.

Age Groups and Divisions

Divisions will be offered for Boys and Girls in the following age groups:  U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, & U19

2020-21 Birth Year Age Groups
U8 – 2013 & 2014
U10 – 2011 & 2012
U12 – 2009 & 2010
U14 – 2008 & 2007
U16 – 2006 & 2005
U19 – 2004 & 2003 & 2002

*Female players are allowed to register for Boys divisions but there is no guarantee that these teams will feature other female players

Advanced and Intermediate Divisions

Divisions will be offered for Advanced and Intermediate play in all age groups.

Advanced Divisions are designed to serve the highest level of play.  Players from SOCA travel programs as well as surrounding area travel programs are encouraged to form teams and participate in the league.

Intermediate Divisions are meant to serve players from SOCA’s Challenge or Recreational programs.  It may also feature players from surrounding school programs or other players from similar levels of play.  Players may register as part of a group or individually.

Depending on registration numbers, there is no guarantee that teams can be formed in each age group to create divisions in this manner.  SOCA will attempt to create equitable divisions and help find appropriate team placements for individual players when initially forming the league.

League Game Format

  • The league plays a 7 week round robin competition beginning Saturday, January 2 and ending Sunday, February 14 with a make-up weekend on February 20-21.
  • Games are approximately 50 minutes long and each team plays a minimum of 7 matches.
  • There are no practices during the week for WISL teams.
  • Teams must be prepared to play on either Saturdays or Sundays and as originally scheduled.
  • U12 and older Advanced divisions will maintain league standings, and will conclude with a single championship match between the top two teams (Feb 20-21).

Team Formation

Players register individually through their personal SOCA accounts.

Players are encouraged to form teams and make special requests to be with other players or a particular team facilitator.  To make a special request, enter a short request into the text box provided under the player’s name on the final page of the registration process (where payment information is entered). Ex: “U10 Team Barca”, “Coach David”, or “team with Amy Johnson.”

You may also contact the program director prior to the registration deadline with team player lists so that we may assign players correctly after the registration deadline.  Andy.Wilson@socaspot.org

All teams must have an adult facilitator to manage the team.

Team Roster maximum limit is 10 players.

Independent players will be placed on teams as roster space allows.  No spots are guaranteed to those who register after the registration deadline.

As with all SOCA programs, the option to “play up” only appears if you have selected this option in your player’s personal information within your SOCA account.

Player Driven Program

The Winter Indoor Soccer League is designed to be a “player driven” program. This simply means that players are encouraged to make the majority of decisions during the course of the season.

Unlike the more traditional soccer programs, WISL is designed to inspire a more “free play” or “pick-up” style soccer experience.  Creativity is emphasized and player decision making is paramount.  The indoor field constraints and fast-paced play naturally inspires this approach.  Players who embrace this play develop the necessary technical foot skills required to be successful in this environment.

All teams are to have an adult team facilitator with them for every match.  The facilitator presence is mostly to help facilitate safe play and appropriate playing time for all players on the team.  Team formations and general playing decisions should be done by the players. Coaching should be limited specifically to encourage players to learn from the game and to adapt to the challenges it presents.  In the WISL program the game itself is the teacher.

COVID Protocols

Feature summary of the COVID-19 mitigation measures at the SOCA Field House, applicable to all winter indoor programs.

  •  Space/Volume: The indoor space at the Field House is larger than any SOCA has used in the past.  The indoor field is 60 yards x 40 yards (180’ x 120’), which is the size of the outdoor Field #1 at South Fork Soccer Park. The total indoor space is 230’x 160’, with an average ceiling height of 37.5’. There are approximately 1.3 million cubic feet of air in the building.
  • Team and Group Size: Size limits will be enforced to reduce person-to-person contact. Youth WISL teams will be limited to 10 players, playing 5v5. Academy and Clinic training groups will be limited to 12 players.
  • Spectator Limits: Non-player attendance at events is discouraged. Spectators will be strictly limited to one person per player.
  • Spectator Separation: Players, coaches, referees and club officials only will be permitted on the field level.  Parents/spectators will be required to remain on the mezzanine level, separated by 13’ of vertical distance from the players.
  • Masks: Players and Referees are required to wear masks to/from the playing area.  Masks are not required when playing/refereeing.   Coaches and spectators will wear masks at all times in the building.
  • Ventilation: The Field House features eight large garage door openings along the exterior walls, permitting cross ventilation.  There are four, 20’ diameter ceiling fans which circulate mass volumes of air.  The doors will be opened and fans in use to allow for constant air flow through the facility, while in use.
  • Time Between Activities: Scheduling has been adjusted to minimize contact between entering and exiting groups. No one is permitted in the building until 10 minutes prior to their event, and all persons must exit the building within five minutes of completion of their event.  Extra time has been allotted between game/events.
  • Indoor Temperature: There are four large heaters which will moderate the temperature as needed.  Participants should expect the indoor temperature to be cool, due to the ventilating.
  • Hand Sanitation: SOCA will provide hand sanitizer stations at all entry points to the field and mezzanine. Players and coaches are required to sanitize prior to participation.
  • Personal Stations: Marks will indicate personal stations for each player, at safe distance from others.  No sharing of water permitted.
  • Shared Equipment: No training vests/pinnies will be shared.

 

Full SOCA Field House COVID Protocols