Recreational soccer

Elmbrook United follows the U.S. Youth Soccer birth year mandate at all levels – Recreational, Academy, and Select Soccer.  Therefore, EBU forms recreational teams based on players’ birth year rather than on players’ school grade.  

What if a player wants to play with his or her school friends, but is in a different age group?

An EBU player must receive approval by the Recreational Coaching Director to play up.  Contact Robert Williams, EBU Rec Coaching Director, at [email protected] with any requests to play up, prior to registering for the season.  Per Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association rules, a player may not play down with a younger age group.

2021/2022 Fall-Spring Soccer Season

U6 = 2016 birth year & 2017 birth year

U7 = 2015 birth year

U8 = 2014 birth year

U9/U10 = 2012 birth year & 2013 birth year

U11/U12 = 2010 & 2011 birth years

U13/U14/U15 = 2009, 2008,  & 2007  birth years (up to 8th grade only–not yet in high school)


EBU Recreational teams have volunteer coaches, assistant coaches and managers.  The rec league playing season begins after Labor Day, takes a break for winter, resumes in early spring and ends with the Bob Buss Club Tournament in early June.  Most games are played on Saturdays, however games may be scheduled on some Sundays or week nights.  EBU tries to schedule 7 or 8 games for each season.  It takes approximately one hour to play a game.

Practices are held once a week on weekday evenings at area parks and schools during the playing season (either 5-6 pm or 6-7 pm).  Games are held at Voigt Soccer Park, Elm Grove Park, and some local parks.  EBU recreational teams participate in our in-house Elmbrook United League, where they play each other in fall and spring.  Teams at U13 and above may play in the WARS league (Waukesha Area Recreational Soccer), which includes teams from the neighboring communities.


Registration takes place in May for the following Fall season. EBU utilizes online registration through Demosphere, where you can register and pay the registration fee with a credit card.   For the full year (Fall and Spring 2021/2022) the fee will be $260.  For the Fall Only 2021 or Spring Only 2022 seasons the will be $200 per season.  After the initial registration period, players can register but registrations may be held until it is certain there is space available in your child’s age division.  Also, registrations received after the initial registration period will be charged a late fee.  In Fall, players may register for the Full Year (Fall & Spring) or for the Fall Only.  Spring Only registration opens in mid-January.

Players are placed on teams according to their birth year.   Players can never play down to their grade (if a player’s grade puts them in a lower soccer age group then their birth year puts them, then they must play with their birth year).  This is a national soccer rule.  Playing up a year requires pre-approval by the Recreational Coaching Director and may require a skills evaluation.

Full-year and fall-only players are notified of their team assignments and practice schedules in late August and will receive the location of their teams’ practice through their coach.  Schedules for games are distributed at the first practice and will be available online close to the start of the season. The club strives to balance player ability and experience throughout the teams in each age division. Recreational teams are newly formed each year to help achieve this balance. All players are expected to play at least half of every game, except in cases of injury or discipline. Sorry, we do not guarantee any special requests for team placement.

Uniforms are included as part of player registration. Your child will receive a uniform consisting of a shirt, shorts, and socks. You will need to provide your child with shin guards and a soccer ball. Soccer shoes/cleats are recommended, but not mandatory.

If you need to withdraw your child out of Elmbrook United before the season starts, you will receive a refund minus $25.00.  EBU does not offer any refunds once the season (practices) has started.


Elmbrook United accepts registrations for Spring starting January 15th.  (Please note a late fee will be charged to all players registering after February 15.)  After that time, please check the main page of the website to see if Elmbrook United is still accepting recreational soccer registrations.  Players who chose to play just the Fall only season may re-register to play the Spring season as well.  They will remain on their same team.   New Spring registrants will be placed on existing fall teams as space is available or on a new spring team, depending on registration numbers.  Spring-only players are notified of their team assignments and practice schedules in April and will receive the location of their teams’ practice through their coach.  Once again, we cannot honor special requests to be with friends, specific coaches, or for carpools.


Elmbrook United may cancel an entire day’s game schedule if the weather has created field drainage problems during the week, or if rain is predicted for the day.  Severe weather or snow may also cause a total club cancellation.  PLEASE check the website for any cancellations.  It will be posted by 3:00 pm during the week and 8:30 am weekends.

If a Saturday cancellation decision is made, cancelled games will be made up on the designated Rain-Out Make-Up Day.  This is only for Elmbrook United recreational home games.  Only one total club cancellation day will be rescheduled in fall and and in spring.  Any other total club cancellations during the season may not be rescheduled.  The club scheduler reserves the right to adjust some times to accommodate referees and field availability. If Elmbrook United closes its fields during the week, and a game is cancelled, both teams should contact their Division Director, to reschedule the game.

If a referee cancels a game, and the game’s first half is completed, the game is called at the start of the second half, and that game is considered a full game.  If a referee calls a game during the first half, the teams should contact their Division Director to reschedule the game.

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