WYSA Frequently Asked Questions
A. Contact your District Club or Community Center and they will advise you of their costs for each season. Costs may vary from District Club to District Club or Community Centre to Community Centre.
A. The first step in registering for soccer (indoor or outdoor) is determining which District Club or Community Centre you belong to. Based on where you live, you will need to register with your nearest District Club or Community Centre for that area. The following District Clubs serve the 5 regions of Winnipeg:
Bonivital Soccer Club (www.bonivitalsoccer.com) serving the city's Southeast Neighbourhoods.
FC Northwest Soccer Club (www.fcnorthwest.com) serving the city's Northwest Neighbourhoods.
Winnipeg Phoenix Football Club (www.phoenixsoccer.ca) serving the city's Northeast Neighbourhoods.
St. Charles Soccer Association (www.stcharles-soccer.com) serving the city's Western Neighborhoods.
Winnipeg South End United Soccer Club (www.wseu.ca) serving the city's Southwest Neighbourhoods.
If you are unclear of which district you should register at, please contact the WYSA office.
Q. My child would like to play soccer this year, where and when do I go for registration or what age they have to be?
A. CLICK HERE to see what options are available for all ages and levels of soccer in Winnipeg.
Children 3 – 8 years of age contact your Community Centre or the Greater Council of Winnipeg Community Centres (GCWCC).
Children 9 – 18 years of age playing recreation contact your Community Club.
Children 9 – 18 years of age playing competitive contact your District Club.
A. Contact your District Club OR Community Centre and they might be able to find space on a team for you. A late fee may apply.
A. The process you need to be involved in is the Out Of Region Transfer. Individual players from outside the boundaries of WYSA must submit their requests to participate in WYSA’s Premier and Regional programs to the Manitoba Soccer Association. Once approved by the M.S.A., these requests will be administered by the Transfer Committee. Please note, placement is determined by need (i.e. the club in most need of players).
For the Outdoor Season, these requests must be submitted to the Manitoba Soccer Association by January 1st.
For the Indoor Season, these requests must be submitted to the Manitoba Soccer Association by September 1st.
A. If you have moved to a different part of the city, you will now need to register with your new District Club or Community Centre. If you want to still play for the District Club in which you came from you need to request an Inter-District Transfer or apply for an Open Transfer.
A. An Inter-District Transfer is when a player transfers from one District Club to another for the current playing season and is only valid for that current playing season (a season is defined as either the indoor or outdoor season, therefore each calendar year has two (2) seasons). An Inter-District Transfer must be requested by the player/family to their current District Club Administrator and if approved, the player is then transferred by the Transfer Table Committee to the club with the greatest need for players. Please note while consideration is given to the player’s choice of District Club, the first priority is player need.
A. An Open Transfer is a permanent transfer to another District Club. Applications must be submitted each January (see WYSA website for the current deadline). If a player is accepted to a new District Club through this process, they have permanently switched District Clubs. To find out more about the Open Transfer Process, CLICK HERE.
A. The Transfer Table Committee is chaired by a WYSA Representative with other members representing the 5 District Clubs. The Committee deals with all Inter-District Transfers.
A. WYSA is introducing changes designed to encourage more playing time for every player, enhance skill development, improve coaching and generally make the game more fun. Noticeable changes to the game that have been made are smaller field sizes, net sizes and roster sizes. With smaller sided games, every player will become more involved in the action and get more touches on the ball. We’re confident this will result in better players and a longer lasting love for the beautiful game.
CLICK HERE for information provided by WYSA on Long Term Player Development.
A. The following information is only a guideline to how games are scheduled for outdoor season play.
Recreational teams will generally play two (2) games per week during May & June with playoffs scheduled for September. (No July/August play).
Odd divisions (U9-U11-U13-U15-U17) will generally play on Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Sundays depending on the number of teams in a division, field and referee availability.
Even divisions (U10-U12-U14-U16-U18) will generally play on Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays depending on the number of teams in a division, field and referee availability.
Developmental teams will generally play one (1) game a week from the months of May to September with a planned break from the 2nd Monday of July until the 1st Tuesday in August.
U9 teams will generally play Monday, Wednesday or Friday matches.
U10 teams will generally play Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday matches.
U11 teams will generally play Monday, Wednesday or Friday matches.
U12 teams will generally play Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday matches.
Premier or Premier-Developmental teams:
There are no set nights of play. The Premier and Premier-Development League season runs from May through to the end of August with a planned break from the 2nd Monday of July until the 1st Tuesday in August. The City Playoffs will begin after the Labour Day long weekend and continue through to the final game in late September or early October.
A. The reason there is a five (5) goal maximum is mainly for fair-play reasons. WYSA doesn’t want to degrade any teams by having the score being run up on them. Youth soccer is about the development and enjoyment of the game, and we feel that is a team is ahead by at least five (5) goals then they should work on aspects other than scoring goals.
A. Game cancellations for U13 – U18 Recreational, U9 – U12 Developmental and U13 – U18 Premier and Premier-Developmental leagues will be handled by WYSA. In the event of an individual game cancellation email notification will be sent to the teams.
Notice will be sent to the GAME CANCELLATION LINE at 204-233-9100 and on the WYSA Website home page.
If no notice is posted either on the website or phone line, please attend to your game as scheduled. In the event that the field and/or weather conditions are unplayable, the referee has the authority to cancel a game at the field.
A. The lining of the fields is also the responsibility of the home team. Both the home team’s District and WYSA should be informed if a field is not properly lined or does not have proper goals.
A. Parents have the ability to videotape and photograph their children’s games.
A. WYSA refers to the CSA Players Wearing Casts Policy . Knee and leg braces must be completely covered by a protective sleeve (e.g. Neoprene or similar material). The referee shall decide on all matters of safety.
A. Players are not permitted to wear anything that is dangerous to themselves or other players. This includes any kind of jewelry, regardless of the material, such as: rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, or other visible body piercings are strictly forbidden and must be removed. Medical alert bracelets are permissible but must be either made of velcro or a similar soft material or covered with a sweatband.
The practice of taping jewelry is not acceptable (CSA Rule 10.3.5). WYSA did make provision for the removal of jewelry a few years ago by allowing (with permission of the Manitoba Soccer Association) a plastic retainer to be inserted in place of the jewelry for recent piercings. These plastic retainers are not considered jewelry and are not dangerous.
A. To make a claim, you’ll need to complete the Athletic Accidental Claim Form and submit it to the Manitoba Soccer Association. CLICK HERE for a copy of the form. If you have any further questions relating to the coverage, contact the Manitoba Soccer Association at 204-925-5752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A. The process is called a “Youth to Senior Permit”. Please contact your District Club for information of how to get approval.
A. At this time WYSA does not offer any summer camps as they are typically run through the District Clubs. Please contact your District Club for information about summer camps and academies.
A. Contact your District Club or Community Centre to get involved! CLICK HERE for information on how to become a coach with your District Club or Community Centre.
A. The first point of contact for any issues regarding your child’s coach would be your District Club or Community Centre.
A. The reason there needs to be a same gender team official on the bench is for safety and security. All teams must have at least one adult of the same gender as the players, as one of the team officials in attendance. This person, must be on the team bench and identified on all game sheets, and must not be a registered player on the team. Teams not having an adult of the same gender, will result in the game being cancelled and points defaulted (grace time will apply as with the players). The same gender team official is not required to have an identification card.
A. While every effort is made to have a referee for each match, at times there are unforeseen circumstances that result in no referee. WYSA does not assign referees for matches. The responsibility for Referee assigning is managed by the home team’s District Club. If the referee fails to appear for a game or is unable to officiate due to illness or injury, then a qualified referee on site may replace them. Failing that, the teams are responsible to agree on an alternate to officiate. Both team coaches are responsible to come to a decision so that the game will be played.
A. Contact your District Club for information on Referee Clinics that they provide. Clinics are held in April in preparation for the upcoming Outdoor Season.
A. WYSA refers to the Manitoba Soccer Association Severe Summer Weather Guidelines (Updated March 2012), developed to cover severe weather conditions.
A. The indoor facilities are as follows:
Gateway CC (1717 Gateway Road) – Indoor turf shoes only.
Seven Oaks (725 Kingsbury Avenue) – Indoor turf shoes & outdoor cleats are allowed.
Skylight (140 Haarsma Street) – Indoor turf shoes & outdoor cleats are allowed.
WSF Subway Soccer South (211 Chancellor Matheson, U of M) – Indoor turf shoes and outdoor cleats are allowed.
A. Below is a list of the indoor soccer facilities that are available:
Gateway CC – (204) 982-1234
Seven Oaks – (204) 632-7133
Skylight – (204) 943-3555
WSF Subway Soccer South (U of M) – (204) 953-4747
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