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Recreation League Information

The Pittsburgh Dynamo Recreation League is intended to provide kids ~4-18 years old with an environment where they can learn the game of soccer, have fun playing, and develop as players. All coaches and administrators are volunteers, though many have soccer backgrounds and US Soccer coaching licenses. No official scores or standings are kept in the Rec league as the emphasis is on developing soccer skills rather than winning.

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Dynamo Philosophy | Age Groups | Formats and Rules | Health and Safety |
Equipment Every Player Needs | 
Registration Info | Spring 2024 General Timeline |
Practice Field Map | Game Field Map

Dynamo Philosophy

Dynamo's philosophy emphasizes development of fundamental soccer skills, knowledge of the rules of soccer, and good sporting behavior with an eye towards creating lifelong lovers of the game of soccer. We seek to minimize outside pressures on our players. We do not pursue success in competition for its own sake, but only as a by-product of our approach.

We expect all spectators to model this behavior both in practice and in match play, specifically by:

  • showing respect for all coaches and referees at all times;
  • showing respect for all players regardless of perceived skill level;
  • praising positive team behaviors rather than individual efforts;
  • minimizing sideline involvement (i.e. NO coaching from the sidelines).

Please keep in mind that Dynamo is an entirely volunteer-run organization. Parents who have the urge to shout out instructions to players, coaches, or referees must restrain themselves or will be asked to find another league.

Age Groups

In accordance with U.S. Soccer, age groups are birth-year based, so even if a group is called "U6" it will likely have a combination of 4- and 5-year olds in the fall, and 5- and 6-year-olds in the spring. If your children are younger than these age groups, please check out other programs in our area for some beginning soccer instruction (for example, SoccerShots and HappyFeet).

The rec league age groups for the Fall 2023, Winter 2024, and Spring 2024 seasons are:

 Age GroupAvailable Division(s) Birth Years 
 U5* Coed 2019
 U6 Coed 2018
 U8 Boys/Girls 2016, 2017
 U10 Boys/Girls 2014, 2015
 U13** Boys/Girls 2011, 2012, 2013
 U14+** Boys/Girls 2010 and earlier

* Your child will need to be 4 years old by September 1 to participate in the fall.
** Due to generally lower numbers in the older age groups, we may be more limited in the options we're able to offer.

What about playing "up" or "down" a level?

We want everyone to have a positive experience with Dynamo. If your child is very advanced for his/her age, and you think it would benefit everyone to have him/her play in an older age group, register your child for the standard age group, then please contact [email protected] with your request.

Having players play down to a younger age group has more potential problems, but in some cases where children are born late in the year and/or are on the small side for their age, we may be able to allow a child to play in the next lower age group. Please contact [email protected] with details. 

Formats and Rules

Microsoccer (U5, U6, U8)

  • Size 3 Soccer Ball
  • 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 games, can be played side-by-side depending on numbers
  • No goalies, throw-ins, offsides, penalty kicks, punting, or heading.
  • Defending team should still be encouraged to back away significantly during goal kicks (no buildout lines on field)
  • Pop-up goals on fields 20 x 30 or larger depending on numbers
  • Parent referees for U5, Youth referees for U6 & U8

Full-Sized Soccer (U10, U13, U14+)

  • Size 4 or Size 5 (U14+ only) Soccer Ball
  • 7 v 7 games depending on numbers, full-sided, with goalies and referees
  • Minimum field size is 40 x 60 yds (Schenley 3), with a minimum of 6 x 10 Bownet goals 
  • Throw-ins for sideline restarts
  • U8 Large format will play similar to U10 
  • FOR U10: Offside more loosely called (think cherry picking) as players are still learning the rule. Buildout lines are lined on field. No penalty kicks, no punting, no heading.
  • FOR U13: No heading.
  • FOR U13 and U14+: Offsides and penalty kicks will be called. Punting is allowed.


Regardless of age, each child participating in the Rec League should have some basic items for each practice and game:

  • Soccer Ball (size 3 up to and including U8, size 4 for U10 and U13, and size 5 thereafter)
  • Shinguards
  • Soccer socks to cover shinguards
  • Appropriate footwear (soccer cleats are ideal, other soccer shoes are good)
  • Water bottle

Players should wear weather-appropriate athletic clothing. Team shirts will be distributed during the first week of the season and should be worn to each game. Wearing them to practice is optional, or at the discretion of the coach.

Health and Safety

Dynamo follows guidelines set by PA West Soccer and the Allegheny County Health Department. Prior to the start of the season, we will communicate any specific health and safety measures. We will continue to communicate any significant changes during the course of the season. 

Registration Info

  • Registration for each season will be accepted through an account on SportsConnect, which you can access here: Login/Register.
  • Season consists of 8 practices and 8 games, weather-permitting
  • Each player receives a team shirt
  • Final game is parents vs. kids
  • Scholarships are available for those in need (email [email protected])
  • Practices will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Schenley Oval unless otherwise dictated by city permits. Choose a weeknight when registering and we will try to accommodate.
  • Games are either Saturday or Sunday mornings or afternoons at Schenley Oval

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, register your player, select the "Pay Later" option at check out, then email [email protected] with the following information:

Approximate household monthly income
Number of people in your household (adults + kids)
Any other circumstances that affect your ability to pay (such as tuition, taking care of parents, etc)

The Rec Commissioner will be informed of your status and will apply the scholarship directly to your account if you qualify.

 Spring 2024 General Timeline

  • Registration Opens: February 19
  • Dick's Sporting Goods 20% Off Gear Weekend:  TBD
  • Registration Closes: March 22
  • Coaching requests and team notifications Early April
  • Game schedules available TBD
  • Practices begin April 15
  • Final game weekend is  June 8/9

* Late registrations (between March 22 - April 15) will be accepted as space permits and with an additional fee of $10. We cannot guarantee friend or sibling requests for late registratants.


PO Box 8217 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217

Email: [email protected]

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