Recreation v. Competition Soccer – What’s The Difference?

Special article brought to you by La Roca Futbol Club

If you have a youngster who loves kicking a ball around, maybe it’s time to consider enrolling him/her in a soccer program. If you never played soccer yourself, you might not be aware of the options available for beginning soccer players, or what to do once you feel your child is ready to transition to competitive soccer.

Most beginning soccer players start in a recreation program. In the Syracuse area, La Roca Futbol Club offers a recreation program called La Roca Juniors for boys and girls ages 4-9.

La Roca Juniors is designed to be a fun introduction to the game of soccer. Teams are coached by volunteer coaches who have been trained by licensed La Roca coaches. Practices are held once a week where players learn soccer skills in a positive, nurturing environment, as well as the value of teamwork and sportsmanship. Games are played on Saturday mornings at Legacy Junior High School.

A recreation program like La Roca Juniors is the most affordable way for a player to see if they really like playing soccer. The cost to register your child in La Roca Juniors is $100 for fall and spring seasons (see the ad below for a code for $10 off). All La Roca Juniors players receive a PUMA uniform kit that includes a jersey, shorts and socks. Registration for La Roca Juniors is now open for Fall 2020-Spring 2021. Visit to register your child.

Once a child has learned to love soccer and has developed the skills to play at a higher level, parents might consider placing the child in a competitive program with a club such as La Roca FC. Club soccer is for players who are ready to play in a more competitive environment and want to receive training by licensed, experienced coaches. La Roca FC has competition teams for boys and girls ages 6-18. Players interested in being placed on a competition La Roca team must attend tryouts where they will be evaluated and placed on teams based on their skill level.. Playing on a competitive club team is more involved than recreation teams in terms of time and cost, but for the child that has a passion for soccer, it’s a chance for them to receive the training and development to take their game to the next level. For specific tryout dates and times, please visit

La Roca FC prides itself on offering a pathway for those players who strive to play at the highest levels in college and even professional leagues. From the youngest players on La Roca Juniors teams to the oldest players on La Roca premier teams, La Roca FC provides a path so players can achieve their dreams. Please visit for more information about how La Roca FC can introduce your child to the beautiful game of soccer.

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