What is the ADP program and what are the benefits?

The ADP is for players with above average skills and a strong desire to further enhance their abilities and love for the game.  It provides a higher level of playing and training than Arlington Soccer Association's Recreational Program by grouping players of similar abilities in training and in matches while being observed and trained by professional coaches.

This program will provide players with an opportunity to focus on technical and tactical development in a professional training environment with less commitment, money, travel and time than Travel soccer.  Social, physical and cognitive development, as well as the style of play, will be the priorities each season.


What is the tryout process?

The ADP will run open tryouts in June for the U9, U10, U11 and U12 ages to form teams for the following Fall season.  All players are evaluated during these tryouts by the team coaches and additional evaluators.

ADP selected players to participate in both the Fall and Spring Seasons.  Prior to the Spring season, a tryout will occur in March for any openings in ADP due to players not returning.  Only players not currently in ADP need to tryout.  


How do I determine the right age group for my child?

To determine the appropriate age group for your child, find their birth year in the table below.

Age Groups for 2021-2022:



U9 Boys


U9 Girls


U10 Boys


U10 Girls


U11 Boys


U11 Girls


U12 Boys


U12 Girls



 Can my child try out for a different age group?

All players must try out in their appropriate birth year. Players cannot try out or play in an age group for which they are too young or too old.


How many players are selected for each team?

At present, we anticipate the roster sizes for teams in the ADP as follows:

U9 and U10: 7 vs. 7 format with 10-11 players on each roster

U11 and U12: 8 vs. 8 format with 11-12 players on each roster


How are players evaluated and selected for ADP teams?

Players are evaluated using several criteria during tryouts each year. The three most important areas of evaluation are technical ability, speed, and character.

1) Technical

●       Can a player handle the ball technically under pressure and in tight spaces?

2) Speed

●       Pure Speed – Is the player fast from point A to B?

●       Technical Speed – Can the player handle the ball under pressure?

●       Tactical Speed – Can the player make fast decisions with and without the ball?

3) Character

●       Does the player like to compete?

●       Is he/she a positive influence on the group?

●       Does the player possess a high work rate?

●       Does the player bring passion and energy to the game?

Players are evaluated in these and other areas.  ADP players are registered and placed on teams with the goal of creating balanced and even teams in terms of ability.  We want games that are exciting and close in score, which creates the best environment for a player's development.  Similar to the travel teams, NO CONSIDERATION is given to the player's school or home address.  Players that are not selected for the ADP will be provided with information on Recreational Soccer and other programs in Arlington Soccer Association.


When and where do ADP teams practice?

Arlington Soccer is allocated fields throughout Arlington by the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation.  Each ADP team will have a different team practice schedule. ADP teams will practice twice a week during the season for 90 minutes per practice: one practice will be a pool session and one practice will be a team session.  Pool practices will be on a turf field. Team practices may be anywhere in the county and are usually on grass fields.  These teams will begin training in late August twice a week for 10 weeks with an 8 game schedule.


Who do ADP teams play?

The ADP teams will have 8 scheduled matches during each of the Fall and Spring seasons.  Each team will play other ADP teams in their age group.  Results will not be kept, with an emphasis placed on the player and team development.


How many teams will the ADP have in my child's age group?

For the 2021-2022 season, we expect to have 52 teams overall.


How are the coaches selected for each team?

Teams are coached by professional coaches and qualified volunteer coaches (one of each per team). Arlington Soccer employs a licensed, professional coaching staff under the supervision of the club’s Director of Player Development (DPD).  All professional pool coaches are hired and paid by Arlington Soccer.  Volunteer coaches are usually parents and/or former/current players looking to get into coaching at an early age.  The professional pool coaches work for the club and are placed in pools to benefit the development of each player.  The coaching staff is evaluated each year by the ADP Director and may be rotated among the teams for maximum player development benefits.  The standard term for a coach to remain with a team is one year. 


What is the time commitment?

ADP soccer teams play in two seasons per year. The Fall season lasts 10 weeks from late August to early November.  The Spring season lasts 10 weeks from late March to June.  Teams will play 8 games per season.  All games will be played on Saturdays or Sundays.  At the moment, teams will not play in end-of-season tournaments.

ADP players are expected to attend all team practices and games.  ADP players may also participate in Rec soccer, but ADP will be their priority.  ADP players may not participate in travel soccer. Arlington Soccer makes a commitment to our professional coaching staff and players. We expect ADP players and families to be fully committed each season as well.


How much does ADP soccer cost?

Each player pays a fee to play in the ADP.  This player fee covers professional coaching salaries, referee fees, state registration fees, player insurance, the club’s administrative expenses, staff salaries, and many other expenses.  For the 2020-2021 year, the player fee is $720 per player, for the entire year (fall and spring seasons).   There is an additional $8 in-county or $20 out-of-county residence fee per season.  The payment may be made in 4 installments for $180 each, with the first payment due immediately upon registration, then payments due September 10, March 4 and April 15.  Full-year county (or out-of county) fees are due with the first installment.

Required player uniforms and practice shirts are purchased online through our uniform supplier, Score.  Families will be contacted when it is time to order uniforms.  

Arlington Soccer believes that financial status should not prevent players from participating in soccer.  We offer financial aid for families in need.  Presently Arlington Soccer covers the costs of financial aid awards using the proceeds from camps and clinics.  Donations from parents registering their children for soccer may also be used.


Is financial aid available, and how does one apply?

Arlington Soccer believes that financial status should not prevent players from participating in soccer.  We offer financial aid for families in need.  Presently Arlington Soccer covers the costs of financial aid awards using the proceeds from camps and clinics.  Donations from parents registering their children for soccer may also be used.

As in all of our programs, financial aid is available to qualified applicants.  Contact the Arlington Soccer office for information (email ARL).


Are refunds available after program fees are paid?

No refunds will be given after the first game of the season, except if a player experiences a season-ending injury. Players experiencing a season-ending injury (proved by providing a signed and dated letter from a doctor stating such) will be granted a prorated refund based on the number of games left in the season, as follows:  a refund of 90% before the first game of the season, 60% before the fourth game of the season and no refunds after the fourth game through the end of the season.   Late fees, if applicable, cannot be refunded due to a season-ending injury. While rare, if the weather or some other unavoidable circumstance limits our program in any way, no refunds or other adjustments will be made. Players not returning for the spring season must notify Arlington Soccer (ARL) by February 25, 2020.


Can ADP players participate in Travel and/or Recreational Soccer as well?

ADP players may participate in the Recreational program, subject to rostering constraints based on team size. These limits apply regardless of the Rec team's grade level, meaning that ADP players are allowed to participate in both programs even after the fourth grade. Conflicts will not be considered when scheduling ADP training and matches.  Therefore, ADP training and matches should take precedence. 

Players participating in the ADP may not participate in the Travel soccer program (and vice versa).