Youth Recreational Soccer Pathways

Rec Player Pathway (4-18 Year Olds)

Program Mission and Values

BC United provides young children in Boulder County with an exceptional introductory experience in soccer.  Focused on enjoyment in the game and beginning soccer skill development, the Recreational Program at BC United is a child-first program, staffed by committed leaders who provide the context and culture for young people to experience joy in the game that will foster a life-long appreciation for sport.  The program is designed to fundamentally support the physical, emotional and social growth of young people between the ages of 4-18. We take this responsibility seriously; Soccer for Life begins with our youngest players.

Program Pathway

Through the unique partnership that BC United has with Boulder Indoor Soccer and Longmont Indoor Soccer, multiple pathways in the recreational soccer experience are available to young players.  See the diagram below to better understand the available options for young children interested in playing soccer throughout Boulder County.

Program Leadership

The recreational program at BC United rests on the collective expertise of some of the most experienced soccer coaches and program leaders in Boulder County.  Our belief in the importance of the foundation (physical, emotional, cognitive) that is set during the childhood and teenage years compels BC United to devote top human resources to our recreational program. See below for the brief bio’s of the leaders of the BC United Recreational Program.

Program Overview and Design

 Recreational soccer at BC United is based on a philosophy of progressive formalization in which early experiences are contextually-based and centered on play.  Over time, the training and game environment is gradually formalized as young people develop their capacity (physically, emotionally, and cognitively) to experience aspects of the “real” game as they will come to know it as older players.

Both to keep the cost of the program at a minimum and to draw on the experiences and motivations of parents to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children, the program will utilize volunteer parents as the “coach” of each team.  Parent coaches will be supported by program directors in the areas of team and player management, building positive and engaging practice environments, and fostering skill development.  In addition to providing education seminars and disseminating information to coaches (e.g., practice plans) throughout the season, BC United staff will orchestrate an optional common training experience for all teams once per week. This clinic style environment will be repeated on Fridays (game day experience) in which 30 minutes of instruction will be followed by 30 minutes of “game play” through which young players are introduced to competition in a healthy, positive, and supportive manner.

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BC United offers our Juniors Program for the ages 4-8. Players can register individually, with friends, or as a team. We believe in the importance of the foundation that is set during the 4-8 years, so BC United devotes a lot of attention to our Juniors program. The program does rely on volunteer coaches overseen by our coaching directors.


Cost: $225-$325 a season depending on age and training choice


The Boulder County United Recreational program is the foundation of our club and available to players ages U9-U19, regardless of experience and ability. The program places an emphasis on skills development and sportsmanship in a fun and safe environment for all.


Cost: $350 a season



The BIS & LIS Academies offer a private Indoor / Outdoor Youth Soccer Club for ages 4-10.  With its professional coaching staff, it is an alternative for youth soccer players to get a head start in the game of soccer while having a fun, educational experience. Our philosophy is to develop and inspire each player to his/her full potential, and enable a life-long passion for the game of soccer.

Cost: $129-$249 a season


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