Soccer isn't widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world for nothing. It is a rather simple sport to follow, and a great sport for learning teamwork. Everyone on the team contributes to the game. Soccer is also a dynamic sport; during a game the players are constantly on the move. So it's easy for your child to get his daily share of physical activity. Plus, the kids play outdoors and have plenty of fun even if they don't completely understand how to play.
One other thing to consider is the cost of equipment. Soccer is a relatively cheap sport to play. You don't need as much gear as for football and baseball. Most probably you will need to buy some shin guards and that's it. Make sure to get the shin guards with ankle sock (other guards will slide), and with the shield in the ankle sock (as in the model on the left).
Most kids enjoy kicking things around. So it's quite likely that even a 4 year old will enjoy playing soccer.
1. Southwest Youth Sports (SYS) "SYS" is no longer operational. Their wesite does not work too. USA Youth Sports is very similar and has taken their place!
SYS is really affordable. For soccer and T-ball, kids can start as early as 3 years old. There is a practice during the week and a game on Saturday. The bravest of the parents coaches the team, so it's totally unprofessional but fun.
2. Fort Lowell Soccer
If you'd like your kid to play more competitive and to learn some skills you could try Fort Lowell soccer.
3. Tucson Soccer Academy
Tucson Soccer Academy is the most serious soccer organization in our city and it's for kids older than 6 years. But if your child good at soccer you should definitely keep it in mind for the future.
4. FC Sonora (formerely Randolph Soccer Club):
Randolph Soccer Club was similar to Fort Lowell Soccer and other programs that rely on parent volunteers to coach the youngest players. FC Sonora uses experienced soccer trainers to provide a quality learning experience.
For kids 3 y.o. and older
5. USA Youth Sports
USA Youth Sports is similar to what was known as SYS. Their soccer program is for kids ages 3-13
PO Box 18631
Tucson, AZ 85731
Phone (info line): 336-4755
6. AYSO Soccer
is for kids 4 years old and older. The cost differs depending on the Region. There are 7 AYSO region in Tucson
For more information click the region that serves your area below
Serves: TUCSON NORTHEAST
Serves: TUCSON, TUCSON NORTH CENTRAL
Serves: ORO VALLEY, TUCSON
Serves: MARANA, TUCSON
Serves: TUCSON SOUTHWEST
Do not see an AYSO region in your area?
Find AYSO region closest to you here
7. Tanque Verde Soccer Club.
Soccer for kids ages 3-19
TVSC is servicing Northeast and East Tucson. They have 3-tiers of play: Recreational, Citywide and Competitive. Recreational teams practice at schools and parks in Northeast Tucson, and play all games at Emily Gray Jr. High School. Where most of the Citywide and Competitive teams practice at Udall park and play games at different parks all across the city.
8. Little Feet Sports
Soccer and TBALL classes for children 3-5
9. Canyon Del Oro Soccer Club
CDO Youth Program (U6 - U10 Teams) is suitable for younger kids since it's about participation only. The cost is $100 for the season (uniform included). Season runs from September to February.
Other teams in Canyon Del Oro Soccer Club may compete in local or in the State Leagues.
10. YMCA Youth Soccer
Program for kids 4-11 at two Tucson branches: Ott Family YMCA and Northwest YMCA.
11. Highland FC
Highland has some of the lowest registration fees in town, and NO coaching fees! No coaches' Fees! Non-Profit Youth Soccer-committed to help build great citizens and focused on player development. Recreational & competitive teams with USSF coaches and trainers for everyone!* See our Website highlandfc.org
For children age 3-18
Days/Times: varies with team
Fees: $60-185 depending on age
Tucson AZ, 85711
Recreational through elite player training,
Diet and exercise programs
12. Lil Kickers soccer for kids at Maracana Indoor Sports Arena
For children from 18 months old to 9 years old
555 East 18th Street, Tucson AZ 85701
Contact Lil Kicker coordinator Kristin Wook at 520.248.8687 for a free trial