Recreational Overview

Montclair Soccer Club serves about 1,500 players from more than 1,000 families, with more than 80 teams formed to play Recreational soccer!

u6coedWhat is the difference between “Rec” and “Competitive”?

  • Recreational teams are formed at each age-group from U5 through U19.
  • Each team is made up of 8-18 players, volunteer coaches, team managers, and a variety of other volunteer positions.
  • In Rec, players are assigned to a team based on player preference or team need during the registration process, whereas in competitive, players try-out (usually in late Winter/early Spring) to be placed on a competitive team playing at an appropriate level of competition (bronze, silver, gold or premier flighted).
  • In Rec, ALL coaches are volunteers, whereas in Competitive, all teams have professional trainers and top flight teams have professional coaches.
  • In Rec, the Fall playing season starts in mid-August and continues through mid-November, with an optional Spring playing season. Competitive teams often train and play year-round with some teams taking a month or two “off” in Winter and/or Spring.
  • Most Rec teams play in a single end-of-season Fall tournament. Most Competitive teams play in 3 or more tournaments per year.
  • Most Rec teams practice once per week, whereas all competitive teams practice twice or more per week.
  • Our Rec teams play in the local CYSA league called Jack London Youth Soccer League, whereas most of our competitive teams play in the wide-ranging NorCal league.
  • ALL MSC registered Rec players have access to FREE professional-trainer led skills sessions in the Spring and Fall, to improve their skills outside of normal practice.

Learn more about our Recreational program in the pages in this section…