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High School 7v7 | 9th-12th Grade

Loudoun Soccer is pleased to announce a new playing format for Recreational players in High School: High School 7v7

High School aged teams previously competed in the Suburban Friendship League (SFL), a third party league that included clubs across Northern Virginia. 

The SFL recently announced it will not be organizing a league for Fall 2020. Our decision to provide a 7v7 league model is based on the benefits it provides players (a fast paced model similar to indoor soccer); the SFL’s decision not to conduct a league; and the conditions we currently live in and the best model available to ensure high school aged Rec players are able to safely participate in soccer this season.

Details on this new program are below:

STRUCTURE:
Players will be organized into one of two divisions: 9th-10th grade, or 11th-12th grade (whereas with SFL players had to be placed on teams by their birth years).

Where possible, players will be organized into teams by their high school, to better allow them to play with their peers. Team rosters should range between 10-14 players.

Teams will be coached by volunteers.

SCHEDULE:
Games will be played on Saturday afternoons and evenings at Loudoun Soccer Park, including potential games under the lights. Teams will play a 7 game league season, followed by a playoff date with 1-2 games that day.

League play is expected to begin on Saturday September 19, and completed on November 7 (games may not be played on Oct 10 for Columbus Day. Playoffs will take place on Saturday November 14.

Teams will continue to practice twice per week.

RULES:
The game format will be 7v7, with modified rules similar to the club’s popular weeknight Adult League, and officiated by certified referees. Abridged rules are available in our Coach Info Center.

Games length: 60 minutes (two, 30 minute halves).

FIELDS AND SPECTATOR AREAS:

Due to an abundance of caution, and simultaneous games being played at Loudoun Soccer Park, spectator viewing is limited to specific areas of the field.

Teams (players and coaches) and spectators should enter through the appropriate gate only after the previous game's teams have departed.



UNIFORM POLICY

HS 7v7 player registrations include a numbered jersey. Uniform numbers are assigned by Loudoun Soccer; no requests may be submitted.

Teams will also receive scrimmage vests to wear in lieu of a second jersey.

More information can be found on our uniform page.


BENEFITS OF 7V7:
• More touches: players will be more involved in game action, just like in indoor soccer or in futsal.
• Consistent schedule: families know when and where their games will be played – with no traveling out of town for away games.
• Teams organized by grades, not birth years, to better allow friends to play with each other.
• Safety: the High School 7v7 program will provide a more stable and contained environment in these present conditions, better ensuring the safety of its participants.

HOW TO REGISTER:
Log in if you are an existing club member or create a new account, then complete the registration steps.

If your child was previously enrolled for this Fall season in our SFL program and wishes to participate: no action is needed.

If your child is not yet enrolled and wishes to participate, please register as soon as possible. The registration deadline for this program is August 17.
FEE: $196.00 ($178.00 + $18.00 Loudoun County Parks & Rec Fee) - Numbered jersey included in cost of registration.

If your child was previously enrolled in our SFL program and does NOT wish to participate: submit a refund request to [email protected] by Friday, August 14.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: Why is the league 7v7 and not 11v11?
A: The format is 7v7 to better allow for teams to form (smaller rosters), the benefits it provides players (more touches), the difficulty forming an internal 11v11 league (not enough players or teams), and to better ensure the safety of our participants during COVID-19.

Q: Will playing 7v7 negatively impact my child’s ability to make their high school team?
A: It shouldn’t – if anything it may help improve their chances. Everything that takes place in an 11v11 match also occurs in a small-sided format like 7v7 – dribbling, shooting, passing, receiving, defending, etc. – but occurs more frequently, providing players more repetitions to improve.

Q: Why did the SFL cancel?
A: The SFL directors cited numerous reasons (school districts starting the year with remote learning, etc.), some reasons more valid than others. In short: they did not believe they could host games this Fall based on the current conditions.

Q: If SFL is cancelling, shouldn’t Loudoun Soccer?
A: No. The SFL is a large scheduling league including numerous clubs across multiple counties. The scope and scale of its operation is larger than what Loudoun Soccer can provide its members.

Additionally, we disagree with several points of the SFL's rationale to cancel, and feel it was not justified.


Contact

For more information, contact Karen Corpe, HS 7v7 Manager.


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19798 Sycolin Rd 
Leesburg, Virginia 20175

Fax: 703-777-1029
Phone: 703-777-9977
Email: [email protected]

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