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What is District Sports all about?
District Sports is DC’s premier nonprofit soccer league.
Since 2004, we’ve been providing friends, neighbors and co-workers with the opportunity to join together to get some exercise, share experiences and make new connections. It is in this spirit that we continue to run our leagues. While we make efforts to create different skill divisions of varying levels of competitiveness, District Sports league are purely recreational and suitable for men and women looking for a fun team experience. Whether you're a past college athlete or a newcomer to soccer, we can find a space for you.
What sports do you offer?
Soccer, futbol, calcio, the beautiful game. At this point District Sports only runs soccer and Futsal leagues.
What kind of equipment do I need?
Players must be wearing a shirt that is the exact same color as that listed next to their team on the league schedule (unless there is a color conflict). Shin guards and long socks covering them are a must for all District Sports leagues. Players without shin guards will not be allowed to participate. As for footwear, any athletic footwear is permissible on both turf and grass fields (this includes molded cleats). Non-marking, “flat” soled shoes are permissible for indoor.
Where are games held?
Games are generally held at metro-accessible schools and recreation centers in the District of Columbia. Fields surfaces are mostly artificial (turf). To find your field, check out these maps.
How much does it cost?
Leagues cost varies, depending on the size of your team’s roster. Based on our suggested roster sizes, most leagues should cost between $75-85 a season, per player.
How long is the season and how often are games?
All seasons are 8 weeks in length, with teams playing one game per week, unless a bye is scheduled. Typically, each league has a playoff tournament for which the top regular season finishers competing in a playoff tournament.
How many players on a team?
Roster size varies depending on the format of the league. We suggest the following roster size per league format:
11v11 - 18 players
9v9 - 14 players
8v8- 13 players
7v7 - 12 players
6v6 - 10 players
Indoor 5v5 - 10 players
What is the level of play in the leagues?
District Sports strives to provide soccer playing opportunities for anyone who is seeking a recreational sports experience. Our leagues are suitable for both beginner and advanced players. Where possible District Sports divides leagues into tiers:
D1 - Our most competitive division. Many teams feature ex-college varsity or club level players. Suitable for people who have played at a high level consistently for many years and have no plans to stop.
D2 - For the intermediate player. Most teams are made up of people who played intramural college soccer, high school, or at an equivalent level. A typical D2 player has a good grasp of the game, but doesn't live to play soccer. Perfect for the type of person who loves adult sports leagues of all kinds.
D3 - Purely recreational soccer. Perfect for those just looking to have fun and get some exercise. Teams are made up of people new to soccer, those returning to the game after a long break, as well as life long casual players who are more concerned with having a good time than pretending every game is the World Cup Final. A great option for pre-existing groups like your office or volunteer organization who are looking to try out a soccer league.
Yes. Referees are present primarily for the safety of the players, as well as to ensure games are carried out in a respectful manner. District Sports will not tolerate rough or reckless play, nor verbal abuse on the field, be it directed at players or referees. District Sports has a strict disciplinary policy. You can read it here.
Are there are any specific rules of play in the league?
All games are played in accordance with standard FIFA rules, with minor changes made to accommodate different formats. In certain leagues (9v9 and 11v11) off sides will be called. Slide-tackling is absolutely prohibited in all leagues. Here are the complete District Sports soccer rules: link.
Is there soccer year-round?
District Sports runs four (4) separate seasons of soccer each year- winter, spring, fall, and summer. Indoor soccer/futsal is only offered during the winter.
Are all leagues coed? If so, what is the gender breakdown?
All leauges should be considered CoEd unless otherwise specified. The gender breakdown varies by format but is generally as follows:
11v11- 3 members of each gender on the field at all time
9v9- 3 members of each gender on the field at all times
8v8- 2 members of each gender on the field at all times
7v7- 2 members of each gender on the field at all times
Indoor 5v5 - 1 member of each gender on the field at all times
Are games ever cancelled due to weather conditions?
Games played on grass may be cancelled if there is significant precipitation within 12 hours of kickoff. Turf fields allow for games even during rain storms. District Sports management will cancel games due to lightning or other weather events that make play hazardous for those participating (ie freezing rain, extreme cold, etc). For updates on the status of games, check the weather hotline at 202.263.1143.
What is District Sport's mission?
Goals on the field. Results in the community.
District Sports is a 501c3 non-profit that seeks to harness its ample membership and resources for the good of the community at-large. Throughout the years we have partnered with local, national and international organizations to provide support for their good works. While much of our charitable focus has been on providing soccer opportunities for those who wouldn't otherwise have them, our aims are diverse. Any given year, District Sports will donate a large portion of its budget to a varied set of groups that are affecting change. We believe that by scoring goals on the field our teams are helping others attain results in their community.back to top