General Club Overview – Frequently Asked Questions

When Is Each Season?

  • Fall Outdoor: Sept – Nov, Dec OFF for all teams except NorCal Purple teams in State Cup
  • Winter Indoor/Futsal: Jan – March
  • Spring Outdoor: March – May
  • Summer Camps/Fitness: June – Aug

What do registration fees cover?

Fees cover club membership, coaching, team practices, technical development, goalkeeper training, game coaching, referees, fields, league fees, staff and player passes, equipment, insurance, administrative management.

Why are travel team registration fees "increasing" this year?

Girls Unite provides a female-centered training environment designed to elevate the youth soccer experience. We are committed to delivering a positive team experience for players, families and coaches.Girls Unite aims to make annual fees all inclusive. This covers club membership, coaching, team practices, pre-season team camp, tournaments, coach travel, technical development, goalkeeper training, game coaching, referees, fields, league fees, staff and player passes, equipment, insurance, and administrative management. As you compare annual fees, keep in mind what is or isn’t included.Additionally, we are committed to providing competitive pay, healthcare and 401k matching for our coaches and staff.

Are There Additional Costs?

Yes, additional costs may include personal gear, uniforms, tournament registration fees, team parities, and/or coach gifts.
PERSONAL GEAR & SUPPLIES NEEDED TO PLAY
  • Cleats or turf shoes
  • Shin guards
  • Soccer ball (age-appropriate)
  • Uniform kit, one time purchase as long as style remains available through provider (jerseys, black shorts, black socks, warmup for travel teams)
OPTIONAL EXPENSES
  • Additional tournaments (e.g. registration fees, travel expenses, etc.)
  • Private or semi-private coaching
  • Girls Unite spirit wear (e.g. club backpack, sweatshirt, jacket, etc.)

Do You Provide Financial Assistance to Play?

Girls Unite is committed to making high-quality soccer programming available to as many girls as possible. Players should wait to receive an offer for a team (or invitation if recreational/micro), then can submit the financial aid request link below.
Financial Assistance process:
  • Apply for FA through Google Form on Financial Assistance page (complete form)
  • Begin Byga Registration Process (do not check out)
  • Email admin@girlsunite.org when above steps are taken
  • Admin will enter discount as approved by Financial Aid committee into started Byga Registration
  • Log back into Byga and complete registration with applied financial assistance discount
Girls Unite will then consider and process the request and send parents a discount code if approved so families can complete the registration.
Please be sure to submit a separate request for each player.
A new submission is required for each new season for recreational/micro as players in those levels of play register multiple times during a calendar year.
Only one submission is required for competitive/travel players as they only register once during a calendar year. Tournament financial assistance is considered separate and requires financial assistance submission.
Assistance is provided on a first come first serve basis and is subject to change from season to season.
Read more about financial aid eligibility criteria and application process here.

What are our home and away jersey colors?

Girls Unite competitive teams will wear purple jerseys at home games and grey jerseys at away games. Always bring both to all games. The home team is obligated to change if there is a color conflict. Girls Unite recreational teams will wear purple jerseys (unless you are a school specific team) at both home and away games. Girls Unite micro players will wear purple tshirts at both home and away games (provided by Girls Unite).

How often do uniforms change style?

Our uniforms generally change every two or three years as the provider turns styles over. We will have a new uniform in Fall 2024.

Can I request a jersey number?

Recreational players will be assigned jersey numbers on a first come first serve basis.
Competitive players will be assigned jersey numbers by Girls Unite staff after a competitive team offer is accepted and registration completed.

How Many Coaches Are On Each Team?

  • One head coach is assigned to each team; many teams have an assistant coach or a Junior Coach, in addition.
  • A Goal-Keeper Trainer is available to all goal-keepers.

Are Any Specialized Trainers on Staff?

Girls Unite have many professional female coaches on staff who incorporate specialized training for players at no extra cost, including:
  • Running Specialist
  • Strength & Conditioning Trainer
  • Goal-Keeper Trainer
  • Mental Health Consultant

What are the Coach to Team assignments?

Coach assignments are fluid depending on coach schedule availability and the practice lottery results. Girls Unite will do our absolute best to keep coaches consistent from season to season. However, please note that Coach Dani (if you had her this past season) prioritizes the micro program as the Micro Director and may not have bandwidth to continue with 2nd grade teams.

How many practices per week are there?

Practices are 1-3 times per week depending on age and level of the team.

Are Additional Practices Available?

  • Additional technical and training sessions are offered for players who are interested.
  • If your child cannot attend their team practice, they can practice with another Girls Unite team in their age-group.
  • To make arrangements for either scenario, please contact us.
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What Day/Time/Location Does My Team Practice?

For all teams, we do not know the exact days & times of practices until closer to the start of the fall or spring season. SFRPD requires families to commit to rosters prior to knowing practice or game details.
Many things need to be taken into consideration when scheduling all of our teams’ practices, most importantly fields we have available to us (which many are managed and assigned to us by SFRPD). Only after receiving our field allocations from the city, can we schedule practices which are also based around coaches’ schedules.We appreciate your patience & understanding in this process.
Girls Unite does not offer a refund if the practice schedule doesn’t end up working for your family as your player took a limited roster spot, but we will work hard to connect you with an alternative practice time/location/day of the week so your player can still enjoy the sport they love!
  • For recreational teams, Girls Unite does requests fields in proximity to schools players attend and based on input from team parent representatives.
  • All practices are held in San Francisco.
  • All practice & game details will be listed on Byga — the sports team management & communication tool used by Girls Unite to share essential details with families & players.
  • Fall season practices run from the last week in August – third week in November. Generally we have Fall season permits the first week in August and will put into each team’s Byga schedule tab as soon as we have them from the city.
  • Winter “I” practices run from last week in Nov – third week in January. Most teams take December off unless they’re participating in State Cup (Purple NorCal teams). Generally we have Winter I season permits the second week in November and will put into each team’s Byga schedule tab as soon as we have them from the city.
  • Winter “II” practices run from last week in January – third week in February. SFRPD breaks Winter season into two permit cycles. Practices may change mid season. Generally we have Winter II season permits the first week in January and will put into each team’s Byga schedule tab as soon as we have them from the city.
  • Spring practices run from last week in February – third week in May. Generally we have Spring season permits the second week in February and will put into each team’s Byga schedule tab as soon as we have them from the city.
Coming soon for Fall 2024! Byga Login

How Do You Communicate with Families and Players?

  • TeamSnap is the current online communication platform Girls Unite uses to share key information among families, coaches & Girls Unite administration pertaining to team logistics (i.e. fields, times, days, important updates that impact play, etc.). Girls Unite will be changing over to Byga for the Fall 2024 season.
  • Monthly newsletters will be emailed to provide club-wide opportunities, highlights and special event information.
Coming soon for Fall 2024! Byga Login

What is the Girls Unite Refund Policy?

  • Registration fees are non-refundable past the designated deadline date (girlsunite.org/refund-policy). No refunds will be granted to players who drop out during a season or during their one-year commitment to the club. Additionally, no refunds or discounts will be granted if your child does not attend a team tournament or team camp. fees cannot be applied to other Girls Unite camp, clinic, or services.
  • Our refund policy takes into account that a player’s acceptance of a team position has the effect of denying another player an opportunity to play on a Girls Unite team or participate in a scheduled program. Additionally, Girls Unite also incurs costs each time a player registers to play soccer (administrative, staff, insurance, etc.).
  • Special cases may be brought to the Board of Directors for consideration: please email info@girlsunite.org.

Does Girls Unite Follow SF Park & Rec Residency Team Requirements?

  • Girls Unite abides by all SFRPD team residency requirements
  • All players must submit residency proof when registering with the club according to SFRPD guidelines
  • For teams 9th grade and older, no more than 3 non-residents are allowed per team. For teams 8th grade and younger, no more than 2 non-residents are allowed per team.

What is Girls Unite Philosophy on Playing Time?

  • Girls Unite works to give all recreational and micro players equal amounts of game playing time.
  • Girls Unite works to give all competitive players that attend their team’s weekly practices playing time in games.  Players can have conversations with their coaches on how to increase their playing time in games, and find additional playing time opportunities/guest play in addition their team’s scheduled season games.

What is Club Soccer?

Club soccer is synonymous with competitive soccer, and is more selective and requires a larger commitment than recreational soccer. Girls Unite club/competitive soccer offers professional coaching, team practices, technical practices, goalkeeper training, and a diversity of competitive game experiences. With club soccer, tryouts are held to identify players and offers are made. Higher commitment involves personal drive/enthusiasm, growth mindset,2-3 practices per week, and a willingness to travel (within the Bay Area) for games and tournaments. Competitive teams play both fall and spring seasons, and often train together/maintain fitness in winter and summer as well.

Why does Girls Unite offer NorCal Travel rather than SFYS Upper House?

  • NorCal has many levels of play, including from Copper and Bronze which are appropriate for new/rising competitive players.
  • With more clubs and teams participating in NorCal, there is better matched skill-level competition for your player. This makes for a more positive experience (versus highly mismatched divisions) and is positive for player development.
  • In addition there is exposure to a broader range of opponents, as well as a diversity of playing styles.
  • More professional referee officials leading to a positive playing environment.
  • Most teams in the Copper and Bronze division will play 6-7 games within the city, and the 3-4 remaining games being within the Bay Area (~45m drive one way or less). Many of our travel teams carpool and have no problem making games.
  • NorCal gives Girls Unite more flexibility with game scheduling allowing coaches with multiple teams to be more consistent with their team games
  • NorCal greater flexibility in game scheduling also allows games to be moved as mass team conflicts arise (spring break etc)
  • NorCal provides coaches with professional development opportunities
  • NorCal allows fluid movement for guest play so players are able to increase their playing exposure for better player development. For example, players who are excelling at their current level will have the opportunity to play at a higher level or age group in order to challenge/develop their soccer game skills/IQ. In other instances, guest playing may be offered to cover roster spots when an older team has players unavailable and/or injured.

When will we know our game schedule?

  • Fall Micro: Vikings generally releases their game schedule in mid-August. Games generally begin the third Saturday in September, though some teams may start the fourth Saturday.
  • Fall Recreational: SFYS generally releases their game schedule 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the season. SFYS will start playing games the second week in September.
  • Fall Travel: NorCal games are scheduled by clubs. Generally, the first half of the season is scheduled by the second week of September. The remaining season games are scheduled by the end of September.
  • Winter Indoor Soccer: Jose Coronado League are scheduled by mid December. Games begin the second Sunday in January.
  • Spring Micro: Vikings generally releases their game schedule in late-February. Games generally begin the third Saturday in March, though some teams may start the fourth Saturday.
  • Spring Recreational: SFYS generally releases their game schedule 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the season. SFYS will start playing games the second week in March.
  • Spring Travel: NorCal games are scheduled individually by clubs. Generally, the first half of the season is scheduled by the second week of March. The remaining season games are scheduled by the end of March.

How are rosters formed? Or how does my player get on a team with her friend(s)?

  • Team rosters from season to season will be kept as similar as possible provided players register by the deadline. After the deadline, rosters will be filled up first come first serve and teams may be consolidated to meet league roster minimums (spots may not be available on your prior team if you register after the deadline).
  • If you and your players friends are new to the club, you can email admin@girlsunite.org with the first and last name of both the players in consideration and we will work toward getting them on the same roster. Please note – this is only for recreational, competitive/travel teams place players based on skill level.