Fall Soccer FAQ
Q: How can I set up a team in the BSA competition?
A: You can only establish a team in the U10 or U13 leagues. For the U6 and U8 leagues, the children will be placed into teams by BSA.
BSA will place you into a school team based on the school you represent in your registration. If you don't have enough players, don't worry. We'll find some more for you.
If you're by yourself and can't create a team, don't worry. We have lots of players in the same situation and we'll create a team for you with lots of great kids for you to make friends with!
Q: Where is my home ground?
A: If you're a school or community with access to a field, you can nominate that field as your home ground. That's where you'll be playing your home games as well as training. If you don't have access to a field, that's OK. You can access the great facilities at the International School of Brussels or St John's International School and use it for home games and training.
Q: I'd like to coach but have never done it before and may not be available sometimes.Q: Is there practice during the week?
A: That's not a problem! We provide you with coach training and will give you several guides which contain information and example training drills. We also allocate several coaches per team so it's not a problem if you can't make it some weeks because the other coaches can cover the workload. It's also great fun being a coach. You meet some great people, have some fun and most importantly, your kids love you being there with them!
A: Children in the U6 league do not practice during the week. The U8 program will have one optional skills practice session a week. All other leagues (U10 and U13 boys and girls) have one evening practice each week.
Practice times depend on when the fields (and the coach!) are available. When you register, we'll ask you when you're available during the week and will try to develop a training schedule based on that.
Q: Where are the practices held and on what nights?
A: Practices are held at the International School of Brussels (ISB) in Watermael-Boisfort or at your U10/U13 team's home field. Field availability and the volunteer coaches determine the time and night for practice, but we try to make it suit everyone. If you have access to a home field, practice can be basically whenever you want. If you are using ISB facilities as a home field, practice will typically begin at about 18:30 on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening.
Q: What if there are certain nights when my child cannot practice?
A: When you register you may select ONE night (Monday - Thursday) that is not convenient for practice. We will do our best not to assign your child to a team that practices on that night. We never schedule practices on Fridays.
Q: What if my child only has one night free to practice? Should I still sign up?
A: We need some flexibility when assigning children to teams, but if your child cannot attend his/her team's practice, they are welcome to attend practice with another team.
Q: When and where are the games played?
A: We try to schedule leagues for Saturday afternoons, however, some teams may only have access to their home fields on Saturday mornings, so the times vary occasionally. A big factor in playing times depends on how many players enrol (therefore, how many teams we have) and the availability of the playing fields. Games are sometimes scheduled for other weekend days or times depending on field availability, but this is rare as we try to keep the days and times as consistent as possible.
Q: What equipment do they need?
A: Children should wear soccer shoes with rubber cleats (no metal) and shin guards. BSA provides game jerseys to all who register. These will be distributed in September.
Q: Where can we purchase soccer shoes and shin guards?
A: Soccer shoes and shin guards can be purchased at all major sporting goods stores in Belgium. For reasonably priced shoes we recommend Decathlon or Disport. Shin guards are widely available and can be purchased at most large retailers such as Cora, Carrefour, etc.
Q: What is the graduated registration fee system?
A: There is a discount if you register early. Because of the significant administration effort required to cater for late registrations, this fee gradually increases as the start of the season approaches. More information can be found on our website under 'Registration'.