League FAQ

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1. Registration Basics

I just discovered you guys, is it too late for me to sign up a Team, or join a team as an Individual?
We always have new leagues open for registration and starting soon. Registration for upcoming seasons is typically open at least a month or two in advance, and typically closes on the Signup Deadline 6 days prior to the start date. Check out our leagues with open registration here. If you're dying to play immediately, contact us to see if there may be room in a league already in progress.
I just moved to Atlanta and I don't know enough people to put together a team but I want to play, what should I do?
Sign up as an Individual and SOPFC will place you on an existing team or a new team with other Individual signups. It's a great way to meet new friends! We contact Captains to check existing team availability, and also compile Indy teams, and then notify you about who your other teammates are and when you'll be playing.
I know a ton of people who want to play but I am not sure about being a Captain. I'm nervous asking people for money and also scared of not being able to get enough players from week to week.
Being a Captain can sound intimidating, but SOPFC makes it as easy and we are always here to support our Captains via email and phone throughout the season! Also, you don't have to front ANY MONEY to register your team and start adding teammates. Our TeamPayer tool allows you to invite and simultaneously invoice teammates for their share of team dues which are then paid directly to the league and lower your team balance by that amount. You can use your Team RSVP tool to see who can make each game on your schedule. Check out our Tools for Captains page for even more info on managing your team, paying dues, and finding players. If all that seems too much for you, ask a teammate to sign up the team and take the reins instead! 
How old do I have to be to participate?
All SOPFC leagues require participants to be 18 or older. Youth players 16 and older may be allowed to participate with the permission of a parent or guardian as part of our community programming.
What age are most of the people who play?
People of all ages and skill levels play in our leagues! We have 53-year-old former semi-pros, 20-year-old players new to the game, 31-year-old weekend warriors just looking to stay in shape, 26-year-old ballers, 41-year-olds who've played weekly leagues for years, you get the idea. Our Competitive leagues tend to skew a little younger (20's and 30's), and our Over-30 league is strictly 30+, but those are the only generalizations we could make.
How do I create a profile on SOPFC's website?
To create a profile, you must register for a league. After your first registration, you will have a permanent profile on our website. 
There are three ways to complete registration for a league:
  1. Register as a Team Captain and create a team. 
  2. Register as an Individual - you'll then be added to a roster. 
  3. Accept an invitation from a Team Captain via email. 
What if my Team invitation link doesn't work?
When a Captain creates a team, they can send email invitations to friends and coworkers with a link that will allow them to join the team directly. These links expire after a certain length of time though, at which point players may get an error saying the link is no longer valid. Don't worry, if this happens players can still sign up for the team by:
  1. Having your Captain log in and send a new invite to an active email address.
  2. Email info@sonsofpitchesfc.com and let us know the league and team you're trying to join.



2. Payment Basics

What do my league registration dues include?
Individual dues must be paid in full during registration, and Team dues must be paid in full by the Payment Deadline, specified in the league details. 
Standard Soccer League Registration typically includes:
- 8 Guaranteed Games  
- 1-3 Playoff Games for Qualifying Teams  
- 1 Free Pickup Session for "Individual" Signups 
- 25 Minute Halves + 5 Minute Halftime 
- New Artificial Grass Turf Fields 
- Stadium Lighting for Night Games  
- Championship T-Shirts for All Division Winners
- Engraved Team Trophy for All Division Winners 
- YouTube Video Footage of One Game Min for Every Team
- Trained, Paid Referees  
- Quality Turf-Specific Game Balls  
- On-Site League Managers
- League Scheduling & Customer Support
- Support for Youth Community Programs (A portion of all player dues goes directly to support the athletic programs of the high schools where we play, as well as after school soccer programs for local community middle and elementary school youth.)
Check your specific league details for any modification to these items.
* SOPFC reserves the right to change the length of a season due to excessive rainouts, field scheduling issues, and other unforeseen circumstances. We also reserve the right to change of day, time and location of games in order to complete games. 
What is your refund policy?
Our refund policy is outlined in the player waiver, which is agreed to during the registration process. All registration fees are non-refundable. Registering for a team or league is a commitment to participate in the full season. A player's or team's decision not to participate in a league they have registered for is not grounds for a refund. If players or teams choose not to participate after they have registered and before the season starts, they may request a credit to use towards a future league. Refunds are also not given if a player moves, due to a change in work schedule, or any other non-league related changes. Participation in adult sports, even at the social level, may result in injury unfortunately. SOPFC does not refund players' fees if they are injured. 



3. Signing Up as an Individual

What is an Individual signup?
We call them Indy signups. Basically it means that you don’t have a team to play with, but still want to play. Just sign up by yourself and we will either place you on an existing team (after Captains let us know whether they need additional players that season), or what we call "Indy Teams" with other people that have signed up by themselves. So, on day one you'll meet the Captain and teammates of an established team, or "Indy Team" players who are in the same boat as you. Many of our past Indy teams stick together season after season, so it's often a good way to meet some new friends!
When will I be placed on a team?
Individuals will be assigned to a team typically 1-7 days prior to the first scheduled game, after SOPFC knows which Captains and teams need additional players, or whether a new Indy team will be created. Plan to play a game on the first scheduled day of the season, even if you haven't received a team assignment just yet - it should arrive soon! Please contact us if for some reason you haven't heard from us by the day before the first scheduled game.
My friend and I both want to play and sign up together, but only if we’re on the same team, can you make that happen?
Of course! During your Individual signup process you can invite friends to join you by emailing a link which will group you with your friends to be teamed together.
Invite Friends to Play
The more you invite, the better the chance of placement! If everyone that intends to play signs up, we are usually able to place you together 99% of the time, otherwise we will notify you if that it is not the case. There is also a "Team or Teammate Request" during registration.
What type of footwear is recommended?
In general, we recommend regular molded grass cleats, for both our artificial grass turf fields and our grass fields. However, players are free to wear any boot they'd like, as long as they don't have metal studs. Some players wear turf cleats, a few even wear flats. Our artificial grass fields are fairly thick (like real grass) and have a rubber pellet base.
Are shin guards required?
Yes, all leagues require shin guards to be worn at all times during games. You must also wear long socks to cover them complelely.
What color shirt should I wear?
After each league's registration deadline, we start assigning Individuals to either existing teams that need additional players, or new teams composed of other Individuals. For the former, the Captain of that team will give you details including shirt color; for the latter, you and your new team can decide what color to wear for the first game (and the season) via your Team Forum or GroupMe before the first game.
I’m not sure if I should play, I’m not that good…
While at least a tiny bit of experience playing soccer is recommended even for our Social or Coed leagues (even if it was way back in 6th grade), by no means do you have to be "good"! Our Social and Coed leagues are very accommodating to players without much experience, or who haven't played in a while. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly in general.
I want to play, but I may have to miss a game because of work/wedding/etc.
If you have to miss a game or two, that’s not a huge problem. We put extra people on Indy teams as we realize that everyone can’t make every week. However, if you need to miss more than half the season, it’s probably best to pick another league.
How many people will be on my Indy team?
We assign 12 players minimum to every Indy team since we realize that players can’t make it every week. That way your team shouldn't ever have to forfeit. From our experience, typically 2-3 players per team can't make each week's game. 
What if I only want 10 people on my team?
You should click "Team" to sign up as a Captain. That way you'll be able to invite only as many people as you want to play on your team, and you'll be able to invoice each of them for their share of the total team dues using our TeamPayer tool.
Our Indy team isn’t good, but my friend is really good, can I bring him along and let him play to make us better?
No. You can feel free to bring subs with you if your team might be short one game, but just bringing your buddy with you to play isn’t fair to the rest of the team. You’re taking away playing time from people who paid to play. You also risk incurring an immediate team forfeit by bringing an ineligible, non-roster player to any playoff game.
What if I really like my teammates, can I keep them? 
Of course! You can always sign up for another season as a full team after your initial Indy team. Just choose someone to be the Captain and sign up when the next season’s leagues open up.



4. Signing Up as a Team Captain

IMPORTANT: Read our Tools for Captains page for full details on paying team dues, managing your team, and finding players. These FAQs do not cover all essential information or tips you'll need as a Captain.
How much do I have to pay to register my team?
NOTHING! You can register your team with no money down, and then invite and invoice your teammates for their share of team dues using our TeamPayer tool. As a Captain, you are responsible for making sure a minimum of $150 is paid toward your team's dues by your league's Signup Deadline, and that your team dues are paid in full by the Payment Deadline, typically the day before your third game at midnight. However, if for instance, you invoice your teammates for their share of team dues, and at least $150 is paid by the Signup Deadline, and then your team's full dues are covered by additional teammates' payments by the Payment Deadline, you will not be charged any money :)
When do my team dues have to be paid in full?
Team dues must be paid in full by the Payment Deadline, typically the day before your third game at midnight. All leagues also require a minium of $150 paid toward a team's dues by the Signup Deadline to confirm a team's spot. 

When do my team dues have to be paid in full to keep the early registration discount?


By midnight on the Signup Deadline for your league, listed on your league's registration page. If team dues haven't been paid in full at that point, dues will increase to the regular price and you'll then have until the Payment Deadline to pay in full.

How do I split my team balance with teammates?
Use our TeamPayer tool to invite all of your teammates and invoice them for their share of team dues.
What is TeamPayer?
TeamPayer is a way to help your teammates pay for their team fee without you having to worry about collecting cash, Venmo, PayPal, or checks. Click here for more info on TeamPayer.
TeamPayer explanation
Is it possible I could lose my $150 minimum team payment?
Yes, your team's minimum payment of $150 towards full team dues is non-refundable, secures your spot in a league, and serves as a commitment to play the season (many of our leagues have limited spots available). A team's minimum payment and/or dues will be refunded only if SOPFC cancels a league entirely, or if a team is not offered a position in a league/division determined to be appropriate for the team. 
My teammates stiffed me. One left town and the other paid me with expired gift cards. Can you just call them and get their money?
No. Next time try using TeamPayer tool at the beginning of the season to prevent any payment issues between friends.
Can I pay by personal check?
No. Only if it’s a company check and it’s mailed to our office or delivered to an SOPFC staff member at the field (you must contact us to arrange this first - do no just show up unannounced at the field with a check).
So can I get an invoice to get my company to pay for some or all of my team?
Absolutely! Printable invoices and receipts are available from your Player Page via the "View Invoice" text link above the "Manage Team" button.



5. Scheduling

When can I see a schedule for my league?
Generally we do a schedule for the first week of the league about 2-7 days prior to the start date. After the first day of the league, we’ll put together and post a schedule for the full season.
Why the two separate schedule release dates?
Waiting on the full season schedule gives us the chance to potentially accommodate any teams who may register a little late. By only scheduling the first week, we can add them without going back and changing all of your game times to accommodate them. It also allows us to make any necessary adjustments to league details if necessary.
My team can’t make a certain week at all. Can we just get a bye week and make up that game later?
Sometimes. Generally if a league fills up a make-up is not possible as our field space is maxed out.
Do you ever cancel for rain?
We play in rainy or wet conditions on our turf fields! So if you've seen some rain and are wondering if games are still on, the answer is YES! Very rarely will there ever be a cancellation due to weather; if there is lightning or a torrential downpour, we may delay play until it subsides. The manager on site will have more information about procedure at the field. The artificial grass turf plays a little faster when it's wet, but that's about all. We will make every effort to give at least two hours notice if we need to cancel for any reason.
For games played on grass fields, rainouts typically occur if there is a substantial amount of rain the night before or the day of the game. Players may log on to the website for weather update alerts (posted at the top of all pages). Players may also sign up for text message cancellation updates through their online dashboard. Typically an email and/or text message will go out as soon as possible to all players on the team roster if activities are cancelled.
What holidays do you cancel leagues for?
Due to field time constraints, we can’t cancel leagues on every day that is considered a holiday.
Leagues will NOT play on: Winter Holiday Break (day before Christmas through New Year's Day), Easter Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend (Sat-Mon), July 4th (including weekend), Labor Day Weekend (Sat-Mon), Thanksgiving Weekend (Wed-Sun)
Leagues WILL play on: Mother's Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Presidents’ Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Father’s Day
How do you determine who makes the playoffs?
Generally the top four teams always make the playoffs, and other teams may play a consolation game. Sometimes, depending on the league's specific format or total number of teams, more teams may make the playoffs - the format for playoffs and qualification are typically listed on the league's schedule. The standings page will have info on how we determine ranking and tiebreakers for teams with the same ranking points. Sometimes it's possible you may even make the playoffs with a losing record. Basically it’s never a good idea to assume you made the playoffs, and it’s never a good idea to assume you didn’t. The best thing to do is check the schedule on the website a couple of days after the last game of your regular season to see if you made the playoffs or have a consolation game.