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Recreation Programs

Charlotte Junior Soccer Foundation, Inc., founded in 1974, is a recreational soccer program located in the central Charlotte area. We offer programs in the fall and spring for children in Junior Kiindergarten (JK) through twelfth (12) grade. 

Our main purpose is to introduce and educate children so they have a lifelong love of the game of soccer. Our Division Coordinators put the teams together making note of both practice day and buddy requests. We cannot guarantee any request but we do our best.  Please let us know any special requests or special needs via email. We organize the teams every Fall season and may hold teams somewhat together in the Spring season. Team creation and player placement is totally dependent on parents volunteering to coach.

SPRING 2023 SEASON INFORMATION: Play begins in MARCH and continues through late MAY. Practices are once a week (U8-U18) in the afternoon for an hour. These are usually between 5 and 8 pm, depending on your coach/team/field availability. Most games on Saturdays, between 8 am and 6 pm.  The Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Kindergarten (K) programs practice and play in one hour segments on Saturdays and do not have another practice during the week; those start at U8. Due to field and lead coach volunteer limitations, we will cap divisions/age groups where necessary if divisions are full prior to the FEB 1st deadline.

Club Players U8 - U18: Charlotte Junior Soccer is a recreational level soccer program reserved for the rec level player.  A player can play on both a CJSF team and a HS school team, but not in the same season; for MS, a player can play on both a rec and school team in the same season.  We are excited and supportive of all players who decide to move to competitive soccer with the club of their choice. The two levels are distinct and offer very different experiences for players and families.  A very limited number of club players can play recreation only in the U18 Division (check for Eligibility Rules).  Otherwise, club players are not allowed on recreation level teams. Charlotte Junior Soccer is one of the few soccer programs devoted to the recreational level player. 

FEES: Fees for the Spring 2023 season are $160.  Fees include: uniform (socks, shorts, shirt) and trophy/end of season memento (JK-U12); referee fees; field rental, lights and maintenance; team equipment; and minimal administrative fees. The player needs a water bottle and shin guards; cleats are not required but recommended.

NOTE: Any registrations received after February 1st or above the cap will be automatically placed on a Waitlist and are not guaranteed a spot on a team. Late registrations are placed on a space available basis with very limited ability to grant requests. Refunds after a player is assigned a team and given a uniform will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Charlotte Junior Soccer offers need based financial assistance.  Email to request assistance.

AGE DIVISIONS: Charlotte Junior Soccer Foundation offers the following divisions of play--based on school grade level

Grade Level Program Register

Junior Kindergarten

Born before 7/31/18

JK Girls/Boys

Age 4-5 

Click Here!

U6/Kindergarten Girls/Boys Age 5-6

Click Here!
Grades 1 & 2 U8/Division 1 Girls/Boys Age 6-8 Click Here!
Grades 3 & 4 U10/Division 2 Girls/Boys Age 8-10 Click Here!
Grades 5 & 6

U12/Division 3 Girls/Boys Age 10-12

Click Here!
Grades 7 & 8

U14/Division 4 Girls/Coed Age 12-14

Click Here!
Grades 9 & 12 U18/Division 5 Girls/Coed Age 14-18 Click Here!

*If you want your child to "play up" (making your child one of the youngest in the division) in the JK or K program, you must be a Head Coach or Co-Coach.

*Exceptions on "playing down" on a case-by-case basis-please email us.

*CJ automatically adjusts players based on grade level into divisions. Prior approval by CJ needed to play up or down.

If you have any questions, please email

Under 14s and Under 18s: two divisions, girls and coed (mostly boys), per age group. The CJr teams play in the MARS league, a scheduling league made up of recreation programs throughout the county. This league is for recreation level players with specific player eligibility rules that are strictly enforced. If a team is found to have used an ineligible player, that game is declared a forfeit. This can be particularly painful for players during the End of Season Tournament - a team is not allowed to advance if an ineligible player is used during any game in the tournament.  Check the website on the Eligibility tab. 

WEATHER CANCELLATIONS: Check the Home page for the very latest information on all Charlotte Junior Soccer Foundation activities, dates, weather, and information. Game and practice cancellations will be listed on the web site as quickly as possible. For U14 and U18 game cancellations, please check the MARS website. Ch Jr rents fields from the County. The County P&R department makes the call on field closures.

 Click below to register for one of our Recreation programs.