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Mod Soccer

U8-U12 Recreational Mod Fall Soccer Program

Mod (modified) or small-sided soccer, is the next step in player development after Micro. In accordance with best practices and US Youth Soccer recommendations, U8 through U12 players play matches under modified rules. The rules vary by age, gradually reaching the same rules used at the highest levels all over the world. Mod soccer continues with small rosters and small-sided games that maximize the opportunities for players to have touches on the ball and improve their skills and confidence.


Rosters are released to coaches in late July. No changes will be made to rosters other than the addition of late registrants if space is available. Teams are re-formed at U8 (Micro-soccer team rosters will not be taken into account) based on neighborhood school boundaries whenever possible.

  • U8 plays 4 v 4 with a maximum team size of 8 players.
  • U9 plays 5 v 5 with a maximum team size of 9 players.
  • U10 plays 7 v 7 with a maximum team size of 12 players.
  • U11 plays 9 v 9 with a maximum team size of 14 players.
  • U12 plays 9 v 9 with a maximum team size of 14 players.

Age Groups: Age Chart

Mod soccer is for U8 through U12 players, typically 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades.

Pre-Season EYSA Jamboree (optional for U8-U12 teams)

Season and Time Commitment

U8 through U12 teams typically practice twice a week (Monday & Wednesday) starting in August.

U8, U9 and U10's will participate in a clinic once a week (in place of a practice) starting the week of September 1st for 8 weeks see below:

  • U8 and U9 will have clinic on Mondays (except the week of Labor Day, will be on Tuesday). 5pm-6:30pm.

  • U10 will have clinic on Tuesdays (except the week of Labor Day, will be on Wednesday). 5pm-6:30pm.

**Please note that the start time will change as daylight becomes shorter.**

Location: Veteran's Memorial Field: 120 2nd Ave NE, Issaquah 98027

U11 and U12 teams will have two "solo" practices each week.

Games start Saturday, September 12th.

For U8, U9 and U10's, the season will end with a Post-Season Jamboree (1st weekend in November, Saturday/Sunday). U11 and U12 season will end mid November. 10 total games played.

Volunteer Coaches

Every team will have a volunteer coach. Coaches do not have to have past soccer experience! The EYSA Director of Coaching will be showing the coaches what they need to do with their teams each week at a group training session and will provide instruction to our coaches. Coaches need to have enthusiasm and a willingness to be at practice each session.

Field Location (Practices) Field FAQ

The team practices will take place at Tibbets Valley Park #2, Challenger Elementary, Beaver Lake MS baseball out field and Veteran's Memorial Field (subject to change). U8-U10 teams will have one "solo" practice each week at a location chosen by their coaches and one MOD Clinic practice a week.

Field Location (Games) Field FAQ

Away games can be played in Mercer Island, Newport, Bellevue, and Snoqualmie Valley (U11). Home games will be played on a field within the Issaquah boundaries:

  • U8 and U9 Games: TBD
  • U10 Games: TBD
  • U11 Games: TBD
  • U12 Games: TBD


As part of their registration, Mod players will receive an official Issaquah FC uniform kit including jersey, shorts and socks. Parents are responsible for the following additional equipment:

  • Shin guards. All players MUST have shin guards to play in any practices or games.
  • Shoes. Cleats are preferable because they grip the wet grass and are good for lateral movement.

Registration Fees

Please consult the registration fee table