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What equipment does my child need to play soccer?

Shorts, socks, athletic shoes (indoor or outdoor cleats at your discretion), Shin-pads MANDATORY.

Where do you find your schedule?

Schedules can be found here: https://emsawest.com/sschedules/

The season has started and I have some concerns about the way my child’s coach speaks to the kids. Is there anything I can do?

EMSA West strives to have only the best coaches for our children. Please remember all coaches are volunteers. There are many different personalities as we have more than 300 head coaches and another 600 assistant coaches and managers. There are occasions when these personalities conflict. Please report all concerns to your community coordinator.

My child’s coach is clearly not playing my child as much as the other players. I don’t think this is fair. Is there anything I can do about this?

Yes. The first thing you should do is approach the coach in a respectful manner and discuss your concerns with him/her. If you are not satisfied with the coach’s response or if the situation does not change, please do NOT ignore the situation and please do NOT wait until the end of the season to bring it to your community coordinator’s attention. Our policy, philosophy and our bylaws state that each child MUST and SHALL play equally. In other words, “you pay the same, you play the same”. The only exceptions to this is in the case of injury/sickness or if there is a discipline issue, and in the event that a team has only one designated goalkeeper, the Coach is allowed to keep this player in goal the entire game. It is our position that NOT playing a player equally is detrimental to the child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

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Player/ Coach Cards. Who needs one, where do you get one?

Click here for more carding information.

How much does a community league membership cost?

Memberships vary based on a community visit the Edmonton Federation of Community league website for further information www.efcl.org

I always thought that soccer would be such a cheap game to play. After all, you only need a ball. Where does my registration fee go?

It would be nice if you only needed a ball. Unfortunately, there is much more to running a comprehensive soccer program for community soccer and competitive soccer. Besides purchasing soccer balls (10-16 per team), your registration money also goes towards equipment bags, nets, flags, cones, first-aid kits, player jerseys, lining the fields, field paint, medals, trophies, referee fees, photo-copying, computer and office equipment, Web Site, email, office overhead, salary for full-time staff, volunteer appreciation, and coach training/ASA course and appreciation nights. Not to mention insurance, Edmonton Minor Soccer Association, Alberta Soccer Association and Canada Soccer Association fees. We save a small fortune in salary because every person on our Executive Board is a volunteer. These Executive Board members donate literally hundreds of hours of their time each season. We also apply for every available grant to help us subsidize our program to keep costs down. Our Executive Board has the responsibility to ensure that all registration fees are kept to a minimum and that all expenditures are justified. We are a NOT FOR PROFIT registered society, governed by the Societies Act, and our books are audited each year.

Your Executive Board sounds like a really good group of people, who are really contributing to the community and area. How do I get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers to help us in the office, or as a Field Marshall at Tournaments, or to help out with Equipment hand out, etc. If you have some time and you want to contribute some energy to a good cause, simply send us an email, give us a call at 780-451-6453. Our Annual General Meetings are held in November each year, and virtually every position is open for election each year. One word of caution if you are running for a position on our Executive Board: You should first find out a little about the position that you are running for. We certainly don’t want to scare anyone off, but before you take on a key position on our Executive Board, make sure that you can do what the job requires and that you will have the time to meet those commitments.

Is EMSAwest a for-profit organization?

EMSAwest (Edmonton West Zone Soccer Association)is a not-for-profit organization run by a board of directors.
Not-for-profit organization (NFPO) does not earn profit for its owners. All money earned through pursuing business activities or through donations goes right back into running the organization.

What is Emsawest’s primary source of income?

Emsawest runs two tournaments each year. Slush Cup (February) and Slurpee Cup (June). The income from them covers staff wages and helps subsidize programs.

How are soccer fees comprised?

  1. EMSA Fee: Fixed Costs, ASA/CSA Fee, field and or field marking, referee fees (age and season dependant)
  2. Zone Fee: includes but not limited to; Zone Fixed Costs, field and or field marking, referee fees (age and season dependant)
    1. Fixed cost: is a cost that does not change with an increase or decrease in the amount of goods or services produced or sold. Fixed costs are expenses that have to be paid by a company, independent of any specific business activities.
  3. Community Fee: any additional costs need to host a soccer program.

Why am I charged an Admin. Fee this season when asking to cancel my registration before the season starts?

As mentioned above, the zone has fixed costs, and this fee covers the credit card fee charged by our provider.