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Player FAQs

What Towns does FCExeter cover?

We are a non-profit organization for players interested in competitive, travel soccer that reside in one of the following towns:  Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, East Kingston, Kensington and Brentwood, ages U8 through U19 and a member of US Youth Soccer.

NOTE: If your town does NOT have an established soccer club, we will consider players registering, however this will be only as roster space allows.

What age levels does FCExeter include?

 FC Exeter has both a Youth Division U8-U15 (through 8th grade only) which fields teams in the Fall and Spring seasons.  We also have a  High School Division U16-U19 (starting 9th grade) for Spring only. Refer to the US Club Soccer Age Chart for division level by birth year US Club Birth Chart Click here -                      

What does the fall season typically look like? Tournaments?

The fall season starts with a late August Pre-Season Jamboree, the season kicks off after Labor Day and runs thru late October/early November.  All age levels participate in a tournament during Columbus Day Weekend.  The season concludes with end-of-season playoffs for U11-up.

During the fall season, practices are held twice per week, and games are primarily scheduled on Saturdays and occasionally on Sundays.

What does the Spring Season typically look like? Tournaments?

The spring season starts at the end of April and runs through early June with end-of-season playoffs (U11 and up).  Spring is a shorter season with no preseason or in-season tournaments.

During the spring season, practices are held once per week.

Academy Program

The Academy Program is the soccer training program for our U8-U10 age groups and includes Academy style practice as well as practice plans and coaching support from our partners at Seacoast United (SUSC). The Fall practices are 2x weekly and Spring 1x weekly. FC Exeter coaches receive training and age appropriate soccer drills, game play and sportsmanship goals to share with their players. Travel league competitive games are played on the weekends, and they also participate in a season-end jamboree. 

Refer to the US Club Soccer Age Chart for division level by birth year US Club Birth Chart here   

Does FCExeter field indoor teams?

No, FC Exeter only fields teams for the outdoor fall and spring seasons. Off-season indoor team play is independent of our club and is  typically run by parents or coaches within our community.

How do I register for a season? Do you have tryouts?

To register you need to create an account on our website and complete all the required information and including uploading of documents and waivers.

Evaluations: We hold player evaluations for FALL SEASON team placement in late May/early June. We have no evaluations for SPRING SEASON team placement. 

Evaluations for Fall Team Placement

Evaluations for fall team placement are held in late May/early June. Players are placed on the evaluation attendance list by registering for the fall season. The club sends out several emails in advance of that date and posts this registration on the website. In order to foster an unbiased assessment of players, the tryouts are evaluated by Seacoast United coaches. These evaluations are used in combination previous seasonal feedback from FC Exeter coaches.  Our goal is to create teams based on similar balanced ability and skill while creating an opportunity for growth and competitive challenge.

Practice Schedules & Home Fields

Fall season teams practices twice weekly; spring season practice once weekly. The club works with team coaches to determine a practice schedule on sanctioned fields, and communicates this to families a few weeks prior to season start.

We utilize local fields for practices and games which may include Exeter Recreation, Brentwood Recreation, Stratham Park & Recreation, SAU-16 school fields, Phillips Exeter Academy and Seacoast United, among others.  These are scheduled dependent upon season field needs and availability.

Leagues, Travel Radius and Game Schedules

FC Exeter  is a competitive travel soccer club with most game locations within 60 minutes of Exeter.  Our club generally competes in the Northern New England Soccer League (NNESL)  

The game schedule is determined and posted on the NNESL website approximately three (3) weeks prior to the season start. Similarly, tournament schedules are determined by the host club and are typically released approximately one (1) week prior to the tournament. 

Ordering Uniform Kits

Uniform kits are a separate cost from registration and must be ordered in advance of the season. Player uniform numbers will be assigned after team roster formation.  Uniform kits (and replacement pieces) can be ordered from the Link for Uniforms Here

New uniforms kits are selected on a 2 year cycle (current uniforms are to be used from fall 2021- spring 2023). New uniforms will be introduced for fall 2023.

Age Group/ Birth Year Information

FC Exeter and our league, Northern New England Soccer League (NNESL) follow the US Soccer Club Birthyear Mandate and teams are fielded by birth year.  Refer to the US Club Soccer Age Chart for division level by birth year  - Link here 

Age Level Competition Guidelines

Operating Rules by age group such as roster size, number of field players, field size, goal size, duration of game, ball size, etc... can be found on the Northern New England Soccer League Operating Rules Page (


Coaching (also see Coaches FAQ section)

All of our Coaches are volunteers.  As mandated by US Club Soccer,  all are certified, including Background Check, US Club, and concussion protocol. For more information see the FAQ section For Coaches.