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As parents, summer can be a hectic time. If you are like us, at one point or another we have forgotten to register our children for something. We at FamilyLifeNWA want to remind all our local families. If your child is interested in playing soccer this fall, most recreational league registrations are still open, but time is running short.


Northwest Arkansas Recreational Soccer Update - Registration is still open in most cities so act now

by Monica Whitaker


New to soccer in Northwest Arkansas? Want to know what to expect financially? What is the time committment? How often do the kids practice? Those questions, and a host of others are answered in our Northwest Arkansas Youth Soccer Guide which covers both recreational and club soccer in the area.


As parents, summer can be a hectic time. If you are like us, at one point or another we have forgotten to register our children for something. We at FamilyLifeNWA want to remind all our local families. If your child is interested in playing soccer this fall, most recreational league registrations are still open, but time is running short.


See below for exact details based on where you live:

  • Fayetteville: Late registration ends July 16th with a $10 late fee.
    • Cost range from $70 - $85 with late fee depending on age.
    • Fall Season (U5 - U19): August 19th - October 21st.
    • First Touch Season (3-4 years old): September 5th - October 14th.
    • For more information, please visit the City of Fayetteville webpage.

  • Bentonville: Registration ends July 22nd. Late Registration ends July 30th with a $10 late fee.
    • Cost range from $50 - $85 depending on age before July 22nd.
    • Fall Season (U5 - U19): August 19th - October 28th.
    • Little Kicksters (3-4 years old): September 9th - October 7th.
    • For more information, or to register, please visit Bentonville Recreation Webpage

  • Rogers: Registration ends July 18th. Late Registration cost $20 after July 18th with no end date specified.
    • Cost range from $50 - $85 depending on age.
    • Fall Season (U5 - U19): August 14th - October 28th.
    • Little Kicksters (3-5 years old): September 9th - October 7th.
    • For more information, or to register, please visit Rogers Recreation Website

  • Springdale: Registration ended June 30th. There is no late registration.

A possible alternative for children 9 and under is club. Although competitive club soccer tryouts have already happened at Sporting Arkansas, The Arkansas Comets, etc., children 9 and younger in the club system play in what they refer to as "academy" level. Academy doesn't travel much (if any) and focuses primarily on player development. This is a nice bridge between recreation and competitive club soccer. Each year, some local clubs accept children 9 and under for late registration into academy if the numbers dictate in order to create multiple teams. The cost is significantly higher (e.g. $200+ uniform), however your child will have certified coaches that deliver top-notch development (e.g. Sporting Arkansas' academy girls are coached by the Bentonville High School girl's coach). Just another option if you miss recreational signups. Children 10 and older do not have this option since club team rosters are set in stone by August.



Monica Whitaker.  Writer for Firefly Marketing, LLC including SupplierLife.com and FamilyLifeNWA.com

Monica Whitaker, writer with FamilyLifeNWA