What do I need to do to play?
To play on a team or register individually, you are required to have a valid Metro East FA player card. Your player card is valid for both the 8v8 and 11v11 leagues. YOU DO NOT NEED SEPARATE CARDS FOR EACH LEAGUE.
Player cards cost $25 and are valid for 12 months from the beginning of the season in which you begin playing. Please note: this is cheaper than the most popular local indoor facility and for players active throughout all our seasons, this is less than $0.50 per game.
Your player card keeps us affiliated with the US Soccer Federation (USSF), through the US Adult Soccer Association (USASA) & Illinois State Soccer Association (ISSA). This helps us bring you the best league experiences with quality referees and fields. Metro East FA does not see a penny of your fee, but it does help maintain insurance for the league, as well as providing supplemental medical insurance for you, if you should get hurt playing.
I am a woman. Can I play?
Absolutely, yes. The league does not have a specific coed division, however, it is considered female friendly. We have women playing in each 8v8 league division as well as in our 11v11 league. With enough interest, we could possibly offer a coed and/or women’s specific division in the future.
I'm Under 18. Can I play?
Unfortunately no. You must be 18 in order to register and play in the league.
I have a problem with a referee. Can I complain?
The short answer is yes you can. The longer answer is make sure you have something valid to say. Referees are not going to get every call perfect. We do not have VAR. This said, if there is a legitimate pattern of poor officiating, we DO want to hear from you and receive your feedback. Please contact us.
What happens if I get a yellow or red card?
A yellow card will be issued in accordance with standard FIFA laws (e.g. for hard or professional fouls or continued abusive behavior/language toward opposing team members and/or the referee). A second yellow card issued in the same game will result in a red card being issued, as well as a one game suspension. Straight red cards will result in a minimum of a one game suspension. All situations of issued red cards will be reviewed by the league for multi-game suspensions. Individuals receiving multiple red cards in a single session will be subject to a TBD level of discipline including possible fine and permanent ban.
I don't live in Illinois, can I play?
Absolutely. Most of our adult players and teams reside in St. Louis Metro East towns (O’Fallon, Belleville, Collinsville, Edwardsville, etc.) but we do have players from all around the St. Louis area that love to play outdoor soccer year round.
What affiliations do you have?
We are proud to be the only St. Louis Metro area league affiliated with Illinois State Soccer Association (ISSA), which is the state chapter of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). These are both affiliated associations of the US Soccer Federation (USSF). The league is NOT affiliated with any specific city run or operated department and is completely independent.
8 v 8 Specific FAQ
How do I register a team?
Two options to register a team:
Deposit Only or Payment in Full
Deposit Only: This covers your (team manager) individual payment, as well as an $80 refundable forfeiture bond. Teams must have a minimum of 12 rostered (paid) players in order to play. No less than 50% of these payments must be paid by 11:59pm the day prior to the first game. For additional info on the forfeiture bond and team requirements visit our FAQ.
Payment in Full: The base payment-in-full covers up to 14 rostered players. If you are paying for more than 14 players upfront, please select the appropriate option from the drop down menu. Players can be added to the roster up until a team has played 50% of their scheduled games. Roster spots are not transferable. All players must have a valid player card.
How are the different divisions set?
Competitive divisions are separated out as Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3; with Division 1 being the most competitive. Team placement into specific divisions will be based both on previous league history, as well what is indicated at registration. At registration, you will be asked to select your preferred division. This is solely used by league administration to help determine league divisions and is not a guarantee of placement within a specific division; nor is it a guarantee that there will be multiple divisions.
What are the specific rules of competition?
Primarily FIFA laws apply. However, sliding & slide tackling is specifically banned. In addition, offsides will not be called. It is worth noting that playing in an offsides position is not typically a good strategic move for your team due to the overall size of the fields.
You can view the specific league rules here: League Rules
What is the forfeiture bond?
In the event your team has to forfeit a game, an $80 Forfeiture Bond fee must be paid prior to the start of your team’s next scheduled game. Failure to pay this fee will result in an additional forfeit, as well as an additional $80 Forfeiture Bond fee. Forfeits and additional fees will continue to accrue until all Forfeiture Bond fees are paid.
How many players can I roster?
While you can play with as few as 5 players on the field, we recommend rostering at least 11 players to ensure you have enough people on game day. You may officially roster up to 18 players. During the regular season, you may utilize up to 2 non-rostered guest players, assuming the guest players have a valid league player card, and you have a minimum of 6 regularly rostered players present. Non-rostered players are not allowed to play with any team during playoffs.
What days are games played on? Where are the games played?
League games will be played on Sunday evenings starting hourly at 6pm or later.* We try to avoid 10pm kickoff times, due to Sunday primarily being a work night for many players. Depending on weather cancellations, we reserve the right to reschedule games on another day of the week. However, to date, this has never been implemented. All league games are scheduled to be played at the O’Fallon Family Sports Park turf fields. Games may be played at alternative local field turf fields due to unforeseen circumstances
*Winter Season is the exception to this, with games starting hourly between 2pm and 5pm, and starting at 12pm on Super Bowl Sunday.
How do I get placed on a team?
Individual registration is a great way for players that do not have an established team or do not know enough other players to establish a full team. We maintain house teams full of individually registered players (or a small group of players). At registration, if you have friends who are also registering at the same time, you can list their names to be placed on the same team with them. Our house teams often evolve into their own independent teams in subsequent seasons as players meet other players.
How do playoffs work?
Playoffs are typically fully bracketed with a few minor caveats. In order to ensure parity of play on the field, teams on the upper half of a table are typically placed into their own playoff bracket; while teams on the lower half of the table are typically placed into a separate playoff bracket. On a season specific basis, the number of teams in a division will determine whether top seeds will have a first round bye. Playoff weeks will typically include a possible double header of either the Quarterfinals/Semifinals or Semifinals/Championship. We strive to ensure a team’s second game of a doubleheader is against another team also playing their second game, so there is no distinct “fresh legs” advantage.