Recreation Overview

Each season, thousands of athletes play on an MSI Recreational team! The MSI Recreational program is the foundation of our children’s soccer journey. We strive to create a safe, fun, and supportive environment where players can learn and enjoy the game in a simple way. Each player is guaranteed to play at least half the game, and players of all skill and experience levels are welcome. There are no tryouts for any MSI Recreational team.

Unlike other clubs, youth players can choose to play on MSI’s Recreation teams at any grade – from first-grade classmates learning a new skill to multi-sport high school athletes balancing a demanding schedule. Dedicated volunteers lead our Recreational program teams. Players can participate in fall and spring MSI recreation sessions.

Fall 2024 MSI Recreational Program

Practices: In late August, players and their families will be notified by the player’s coach with the day, time and field where practices will be held.  If contact has not been made by the end of August, please contact the appropriate coordinator for your child’s grade. 

Games: Teams have an eight-game schedule on Saturdays or Sundays beginning the weekend of September 7. Game start times can begin as early as 8:30 AM or as late as 7:00 PM. 

Rainouts: If rainouts occur, those games are rescheduled on an available Saturday or Sunday prior to the end of the season. It is always a good idea to check the MSI website and the Rainout Line, even on a sunny day when there have been recent rainy days, for field closures.

Financial Aid: Families who participate in the Montgomery County Public Schools Free and Reduced Meals program (FARMS) are eligible to receive financial aid from MSI.
Families Receiving Free Meals – Fee reduced to $35.00
Families Receiving Reduced Meals – Fee reduced to $50.00
These prices do not increase through the registration windows. To sign up for soccer via the FARMS Financial Aid program, you must choose the FARMS option during the registration process (or click here) and upload a photo or scan of your 2023-2024 FARMS approval form. If you have misplaced your form, please call 240-740-7400 to obtain a copy. If you have other questions about financial aid, please email our FARMS program coordinator.

Fall 2024 Calendar of REGISTRATION Events for Coaches and Families 

Please note: Registration is not complete until you make your payment. The date on which you make your payment is the date of your completed registration and will determine when your player is eligible to be placed on a team.   All registrants (including those requesting financial aid) must submit payment within the designated deadline to be able to be placed on a team.                      

May 6-June 21: Return to Team Window – $100.00 per player. Returning players registering from May 6 to June 21 will be automatically returned to the team they were on the previous season (for example, for the Fall 2024 season, players will be returned to the team they were on in the Spring 2024 season). Returning Players’ families will receive an invite through LeagueApps to register for their team. Returning players who sign up during this window making a Transfer Request to join a new team will be placed next. After all returning players are placed, New Players will be placed on teams after June 21 based on the order in which they completed registration. Please note that players who did not play in the Spring 2024 season are not eligible for “Return to Team.” Transfer Requests are filled in the order in which you register, so it is important to register as early as possible. If you are uncertain about playing in the Fall but would like to return to your Spring 2024 team if you do, please sign up during the Return to Team window! If you decide not to play and let us know in writing before the August 9 deadline, you will receive a full refund. If you do not sign up during the Return to Team window, you will most likely NOT be able to return to your team. 

ALL players intending to play in the Fall 2024 recreational season should register from May 6 – June 21. 

June 22-August 9: Open Registration Window – $110.00 per player. Completed registrations during this time will be placed on an available Rec team. Players will be placed and requests will be considered in the order they are received. Returning players: “Return to Team” no longer applies. 

August 10: Transfer deadline – last date to notify MSI that you are choosing to play Classic or Travel instead and receive a full refund.

August 10-September 9: Late Registration/Waitlist Window – $135.00 per player. Registrations completed during this period will be placed on a Waitlist. Team placement for Waitlist registrants will proceed as room is available. Please note that team placements may take place as late as after the first scheduled games. Additionally, August 10-August 23 is our uniform preparation and distribution window. As a result, registrations completed during this time may not receive a response until Monday, August 26. 

NOTE: The Fall 2024 schedule is complicated due to different day off dates between MCPS and some local private schools. Practice field assignments will be sent to coaches in mid-August, and each team can practice as per their own schedule once they have their permit(s).  

August (dates TBA): Free coaching education, including New Coach Orientation.  

Late-June – August: MSI/Red Cross CPR/First Aid courses available to MSI Coaches 

Late July: Coaches submit practice field requests to MSI.

Late August: Coaches will receive their practice field assignments and reach out to players’ families. If you have not heard from your coach by September 1, please reach out to the MSI office.

Late August: Coaches will receive uniforms for their team by coming into the office. Players do not come to the office to get their uniform 

August 23: Game Schedule published. 

September 7/8: Opening Weekend of Games! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

Additional Registration Info:
Online Registration is by Credit Card Only – If you wish to pay by cash or check, you must come to the MSI office to register. The MSI office address is:  7650 Standish Place, Suite 108 Derwood, MD  20855, and office hours are M, T, Th, and Fr 10-4.
Withdrawals and Refunds – To withdraw from the MSI  Recreational program, please send an email to with the header “Withdrawal Fall 2024”. Include in the email the following information: Name of the child being withdrawn; the age group of the child being withdrawn; reason for withdrawal.
Refund requests received by August 9, 2024, may be assessed a $35 administrative fee. Players who sign up to Return to Team but withdraw before the deadline will not be assessed an administrative fee. After August 9, 2024, there will be no refunds for Fall 2024. If you sign up during the Late Registration/Waitlist window and we are unable to place you on a team, you will receive a full refund.
Program Participation Please note that players may only be rostered for one MSI Recreational Program team per season. You may not play on multiple teams within you age group or for teams in different age groups. Additionally, players in the Classic League or an MSI Travel Team may not play on a Recreational Program team. The deadline to resolve these placements is August 9. Players who sign up for a Recreational Program team and decide to switch to a Classic or Travel team by August 9 will receive a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

Volunteer as a Coach or Manager!
All MSI adult volunteers must complete safety trainings and a background check through the GotSport system. Click here to sign up as a Coach/Manager! Once you register here, you will receive instructions to complete your online trainings and background check.

Game Formats by Age Group