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How to decide what is right for your child and your family 

Recreational Soccer 

There is no selection/tryout process. All players who register are assigned to a team as long as space is  available on team rosters. There is a registration fee per season of $110 to play. Players benefit from the opportunity for social interaction with other players their own age and physical fitness aspects of the game while also developing better soccer skills. For the most part, games are held at a nearby location on weekdays and Saturday mornings (sometimes there will be Sunday afternoon games). There are usually 8 games during a season and one end of season tournament. Typically coaches are parent volunteers who will hold 1 practice a week.

Competitive (Club) Soccer 

Tryouts are held to identify players on the basis of talent and ability. Players selected for Columbus East FC teams are committed to their team for the Fall and Spring season (August 15th - June 1st of the following year). Additionally, players selected are also financially committing to their team for one seasonal year. Teams qualify for competition based  on performance in the previous season and play in the Ohio Champions League. Teams play in an approximate 8-12 game season each fall and spring and will likely see travel to local and regional towns; but at times travel  can extend to towns further away based on divisional play. This no doubt requires time and commitment. The seasonal year is divided into a Fall season and Spring season with about half of the games at home, at Easton Sports Park, and the other half away. There are also opportunities for teams to play in tournaments throughout  each season. It is likely that teams will also take part in some sort of winter training or league play.  All coaches are licensed at the level required for each age group. 

How do I know what's right for my child and my family? 

Before committing to a competitive soccer team, you should evaluate several things about your child and your  lifestyle: 

- Am I, the parent, willing to make the financial commitment of the club fees and travel expenses for a  seasonal year? 

- Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to two practices per week during the  season? Teams typically practice mid-August through mid-November, and March 15- mid-June. - Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to games on the weekend, (Saturday  and/or Sunday) even out of town games which could require extensive travel? 

- Am I, the parent, willing to allow my child to play some games on Sunday or even during a weeknight in the  event of a reschedule? 

- Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to play-off games if their team  advances requiring additional travel?

- Does my child have time in their schedule? Can he/she balance school, homework, school sports, and/or  other extra curricular activities to commit to a competitive team?




Competitive Travel Soccer

Recreational Soccer

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CESA Rec Soccer

The Big Picture

Club soccer has more dedicated players that travel to play their games. Often times, club teams will play in local or regional tournaments to compete at higher levels of soccer. Starting in a position and playing time is earned and not always equal. The coaching staff is usually licensed and has typically played competitive High School, College, or Professional level soccer and they have a wealth of knowledge to share with the younger players when it comes to player development. Often times, Club programs will hire coaches to increase the overall level of soccer that is offered. There is a clear vision for individual player development.

Rec soccer is designed to get children involved with the sport; get them out playing the game, learning about thegame, and having fun. The Rec version of soccer is a place where equal playing time is encouraged and the skill level of players will vary drastically. There will be children of all ages that are just starting soccer and there will be those that have been playing for a few years. Rec soccer is traditionally not as big of a time commitment. So, if you are new to the sport of soccer, the recreational program is a great opportunity to find out if soccer is for you.

Player Selection

Team Formation Day - typically held Early June.

Player will be assigned to teams as needed.


Typically 8-12 games each season with 1/2 of the games played at home. Games are scheduled by the coach and team manager through the Central Ohio Premier League/Ohio Champions League

Typically 6-8 games played all at home. Some older teams will need to travel to surrounding towns to play.

Time Commitment

CEFC asks its players to join for a full year (Aug 15-June 1). This means that players will play on teams in the Fall season AND the Spring season. A strong work ethic and commitment from both players and parents is expected with “off-season” training program asking players to participate. *Pricing includes the ability to train at Easton Sports Park all year if parents or coach want to set up extra sessions outside of season training during the summer months. Indoor Winter Programming is offered on a case by case basis depending on commitment level of group. This comes at an additional cost.

The Rec Fall season begins the weekend after Labor Day and runs until the last weekend in October. The Rec Spring season begins the first weekend in April and will run until the end of May.


CEFC will practice 2 times per week for 1.25- 1.5 hours each session. Players are expected to make both practices.

Practices are usually 1x/week for 1 hour each session.

Coaching & Training

Coaches are required to carry a Coaching License of appropriate level

Coaches are often parents who have volunteered their time and are likely learning the game themselves.

Cost to Play

CEFC has a YEARLY fee of $1000 - $1400 depending on the age group. This fee covers them for the Fall and Spring regular seasons as discussed above. It also includes 1 tournament per season (if teams are more committed and would like additional tournaments, the cost of the tournament is split between the parents). This fee does NOT cover jerseys, shorts, and socks.

CESA Rec charges $110 for the season. This includes a jersey, shorts, and socks.

Contact Us

Columbus East Soccer Association

P.O. Box 9556 
Columbus, Ohio 43209

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 614-300-6653
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