Parents Corner

Updated Friday April 13, 2018 by Mission El Camino Soccer Club.

Welcome Newcomers!

Looking for a soccer program for your kids? Need to know if our youth soccer program fits your schedule and your needs? Here's some information to help you get acquainted with MEC. MEC is a recreational soccer club with a primary emphasis on children learning soccer in a safe and FUN environment. Contact us with questions.

MEC is run by the help of parent volunteers who do everything from coaching to registering players, to monitoring fields, to serving on the board of directors, to name only a few jobs. If you register your child with us, you will be given the opportunity to volunteer to help run the club. For more information about volunteering, please email Matt Tarter.


Signing up


Players who are registered on time will be placed on a team, and will have priority over late registrants for team preferences. Late registrants will be placed on teams on a space-available basis only. If your child is not placed on a team due to lack of coaches, you will receive a full refund.

Wondering about skills assessments? If your child is new to soccer, than MEC is the place for you! We do not require a skills assessment or have residential boundaries. 



Please contact us with any questions. See also the Frequently Asked Questions, tab. Thank you for your interest in Mission El Camino Soccer Club!


The object of the game is to score the most points by putting the ball into the other team's goal without using the arms and hands. One point is scored per goal. Each game consists of two halves of equal time with a small amount of time for halftime rest. At the U6 level scores are not officially kept and team standings are not recorded.

Referees and Linesmen:

There is 1 referee for each game, and his/her ruling is final. The Referee usually wears black and yellow. The referee has a whistle to signal decisions. The referee is also the official timekeeper, keeping track of the playing time per period including time-outs for injuries. The referee, who has the option of disqualifying the player, may warn a player who engages in disorderly conduct. A disqualified player can't be replaced by a teammate. There are usually 2 lines-men, 1 for each side of the field. The linesmen's job is to help the referee award goal kicks, comer kicks and throw-ins. The linesmen indicate what they think happened during play, but the referee makes the final decision.


Each game starts with a kickoff. A kickoff also takes place at the beginning of each period and each time a goal is scored: After a goal is scored, the team that gave up the point controls the kickoff. At the start of the second half, the team that did not open the game controls the kickoff and the teams switch sides.

On kickoffs, throw-ins, comer kicks and goal kicks, the ball must be touched by another player before the kicker (or thrower) can make a second play on the ball. The other team gets an indirect free kick when a player breaks this rule. The ball remains in play until:


  1. The game is stopped by the referee
    • Time runs out.
      • The ball goes out of bounds by crossing the sideline or endline (goal line), regardless of whether it's on the ground or in the air. If the ball hits a goal post, crossbar, comer flag or an official and rebounds back into the field of play it's still in play. Continuous play is one of the main reasons soccer is so appealing to the fans and players.


Drop Ball:

If the referee calls for time out (for example, when a player is injured) the game resumes with a drop ball where the ball was last in play. If the game stops while the ball is in the penalty area, the drop ball is performed in the nearest spot outside the penalty area.


  1. The referee drops the ball from waist height between one player from each team.
    • The ball is in play once it hits the ground. If either player touches the ball before it hits the ground the referee will drop the ball again.



If the ball goes out of bounds over the sideline, them team that last touched the ball loses possession. A member of the opposing team returns the ball to play with a throw-in.


  1. The player stands at the point where the ball crossed the line and throws the ball over his/her head using both hands.
    • The players feet must remain on the ground before releasing the ball.
      • If the player throws the ball incorrectly, a member of the opposite team gets a chance at a throw-in.


Goal Kick:

When an offensive player accidentally kicks the ball across the end line, the referee stops the play. Play restarts with a defensive goal kick from the goal area.


  1. The ball can be put anywhere in the goal area but must be stationary.
  2. A defending player kicks the ball up field.
  3. The offensive team must remain out of the penalty area until the ball passes the penalty area.
  4. If the ball does not clear the penalty area, the defending player gets another chance to kick the ball.
  6. Corner Kicks:
  8. If a defensive player causes the ball to cross the end line, the opponents are awarded a comer kick.
  9. The referee will point to the comer and the ball will be placed in the comer closest to where the ball left the field of play.
  10. Defensive players must remain 10 yards away from the ball until it is kicked.
  11. The kicker usually lofts the ball to a teammate who tries to score.


If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contat us! 

Thank you,

MEC Soccer Club

Birth-year-registration and season age matrix.pdf

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