Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the season start?
The soccer season usually starts Mid-September and ends in March. There is a break over the Christmas holidays.
When are teams formed?
U6 – U10 Teams are put together over the summer months with a little bit of juggling as the season starts. U11 – U18 Teams are put together between March and May after Evaluations have been completed.
When will the team equipment and uniforms be distributed?
Equipment (balls, cones) and uniforms will be distributed at the Clubhouse (opposite Hyde Creek Recreation Centre on Laurier Avenue, beside Minnekhada Middle School) during the coaches meeting usually held in mid August. Check the website for the date of the coaches meeting.
When and where are practices held?
Practice days and times are determined by the coach and availability. U6-U10 usually practice outside once per week until the beginning of October (when the weather turns poor) and then move indoors to a school gymnasium. Gymnasium times and locations are allocated in September by the Club Scheduler (). Coaches are asked to email a minimum of 2 preferred days of the week, North or South Side, and 2 preferred times to the gym coordinator. All effort is made to accommodate preferences. Gym times are usually booked in 60 minute blocks on the hour.
Practice times for other divisions are held outside during the season at various grass and turf fields. Practice times are allocated by the Club Scheduler () (see practice times and schedules). Coaches are asked to email a minimum of 2 preferred days of the week, and 2 preferred times to the Scheduler. All effort is made to accommodate preferences. Practice field times are usually booked in 60 minute blocks on the hour.
When are games held?
Generally, U6 – U16 Boys play scheduled games on Saturdays and girls play on Sundays. U17-U18 Boys play on Saturdays and/or Sundays. In Competitive Leagues, games can be anytime from Friday – Sunday.
Where are games held?
U5 – U7 at Minnekhada Oval.
U8 at Minnekhada and away games are at various fields in Coquitlam and Port Moody (Fields to be announced)
U9 and U10 Home Field – Gates Park 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D. Away Games in Coquitlam and Port Moody (Fields to be announced)
U11 – U18 – Home field is Gates Park
What are the responsibilities of the coach on game day?
Coaches are required to ensure that:
• players and coach arrive early so that games can begin on time
• nets are set-up (and taken-down if necessary)
• fields are properly lined with flags put up. With the home team providing linesmen (this is not a recognized volunteer position for the POCO Euro-Rite FC Soccer Volunteer Program and does not qualify for your $50 volunteer fee reimbursement)
• parents, players and team supporters respect the decisions of the referee and that the player, coach and parent Codes of Conduct are followed
Coaches are responsible for the behaviors of their parents.
Nets are available in the metal bin situated at the Minnekhada field. Bin is open 20 minutes before 1st game of the day. Nets, flags, benches and lining equipment are available for use by teams.
Who can cancel games in case of bad weather?
For U6 – U7 games, coaches can mutually decide whether or not to cancel a game due to poor weather. For U8 and up, it is up to the referee to decide whether or not to cancel individual games. Sometimes, either the City of Port Coquitlam or Poco Euro-Rite FC has closed the fields due to rain, snow or frost in which case all games are automatically cancelled.
What are the rules of soccer? Click here to get to the Rules page
U6 – U7 follow the U6 & U7 game day guidelines. All players ages U8-U12 follow the Tri-Cities District Small Sided Rules. Other age levels follow the rules established by FIFA.
Are there referees and linesmen for all games?
There are no referees for U6 and U7 games. Referees are available for U8 and up. Parents are asked to act as linesmen for most games.
What information and training is available to coaches?
Here are a few websites that our technical team uses:
There is also the Coaching Development Program run through B.C. Soccer Association and certified by the Canadian Soccer Association that consists of three levels:
1) A license
2) B license
3) Community Sport Stream
i. Active Start: Stage 1 (U4-U6) – 3.5 Hours
ii. Fundamentals: Stage 2 (U7-U9) – 7.5 Hours
iii. Learning to Train: Stage 3 (U9-U12) – 14 Hours
iv. Active for Life: Stage 4 (U13-U18) – 14 Hours
Courses are offered throughout the season by our Technical Director. Registration is done online through BC Soccer. For more information, visit this link: