Lago Lindo Soccer
The Lago Lindo Community League is home to one of the largest community soccer programs in Edmonton, and one of the most successful girls community soccer programs in the Province of Alberta. Our U10 - U18 teams compete in tournaments across the province and have particpated and medalled in provincials several times over the years.
What makes our soccer program so great?
The key to our success is two fold. There's obviously some amazing athletes on these teams, but hands down, the real key to our success is the amazing parents who are focused on making this program a success for their kids. Here in Edmonton, no different than most of the other soccer communities around the world, there are two ways to ensure your child gets the best opportunities they can from organized sports. The first is by investing your money. Club programs have higher fees because the programs find the best coaches, get the best equipment and facilities, have access to more training time, and specialized technical trainers. Generally the more you pay, the more you'll get. The other side of this equation is an investment of time. The more time you invest into a program as a volunteer, the more things a program can provide at a lower cost. In Lago Lindo we've tried our best to balance this equation to create the most economical program we can by leveraging as large a volunteer base as possible. The larger our volunteer base gets, the better our program gets.
Our parents invest their time into running our facilities, running registrations, building teams, organizing equipment, and ultimately coaching our children. There are tangible costs to running the program though, and in order to cover those costs we do have slightly higher registration costs than many communities.
So where do my soccer registration fees go?
In Lago Lindo, on average about 70% of your soccer registration fee goes directly to the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA). On a $200 U6 fee that equates to about $140. The additional $60 dollars is spent on the following:
In Lago Lindo we provide all of our players a new uniform each season. If you registered directly with Lago Lindo, you actually selected your uniform size directly at registration. If you registered late or transfered from another community, we try our best to ensure there's sufficient extra sizes so everyone has a jersey that fits appropriatly. In our younger age groups (U4, U6 and U8, a uniform consists of socks, shorts and jersey, and in our U10 and above age groups, we provide the socks, shorts and both home and away jerseys to ensure the players never have conflicting colors with another team). Other communities have different ways of doing jerseys, some collect jersey deposits from parents to ensure they're returned at the end of the season, others get parents to purchase a jersey as required. We've tried the former of those two methods and it resulted in large upfront costs for the initial jersey order, and that a large amount of time spent collecting, sorting, cleaning, and replacing jerseys every season. Over time we found we weren't able to replace with the same color, or some jerseys faded over time and the new ones looked out of place. We wanted to create a brand around our players so that both other teams knew who the Lindo teams were, but also to create a sense of pride for our own players before they ever even played a game.
Every player the Lago Lindo soccer program will receive both a team photo and individual player photo each season, assuming they show up for the photo session. Parents are welcome to purchase additional photo's and/or merchandise with their child's photo on it for an additional fee.
Our youngest players in the U4 - U8 age groups which are not competitive soccer all receive trophies as keepsakes from their time in our soccer program. The older age groups may receive medals based on their placement at the end of the season.
This is an area Lago Lindo has invested considerable funds since 2013. As one of the largest soccer programs in Edmonton with over 50 teams, replacing all of our equipment was no small feat. We're quite proud of the fact that every team has brand new equipment, and we're now evaluating the state of that equipment each season replacing damaged or worn out items to ensure every player has the tools they need to succeeed. This also relates back to our commitment around our community brand, and ensuring players are proud to play here.
- Coaches Courses
This is another one of the key commitments by our community to our parents who volunteer to coach. Edmonton Minor Soccer requires that all coaches complete a coaching course within the first year of volunteering to coach. In Lago Lindo, we take this a step further and ensure the funds are in place for coaches to update that training each season. Our budgetting process ensures there's money for 1 coach from every team to take a course every season.
- First Aid Supplies
No different than most sports out there, we know our kids are going to fall down and hurt themselves. We make sure our coaches are loaded up each season with a plethora of bandaids, wipes, and ice packs, and these items are suprising expensive.
- Tournament Costs
Traditionally Lago Lindo has provided funds to send players in our younger teams to a single tournament each season. We've also provided funds to teams that travel out of town to post season events like Provincials and Inter-Cities in Calgary. One area that we're currently evaluating is the possiblility of providing a tournament allowance for teams to spend as they desire, though all of the details around this haven't been worked out.
- Additional Training Time
This is one of those areas where we've tried balancing that equation of time investment and money investment. We know that part of the reason club teams are so successful is because they provide their teams additional training time. In the indoor season we provide funds for the coaches to book a handful of additional practices. Some coaches use these at the start of the season to get a few more practices in before the season starts, others use the money throughout to fill in the availability gaps at the school they selected. In addition to extra facility time, we also run some additional clinics for the players before each season starts, including goalie clinics and offside training, and we're always looking for new opportunities to add to our program.
What is Lago Lindo's refund policy?
Lago Lindo has a No Refunds Policy. We implemented this several years ago now, and it was implemented because the bulk of the registration costs are incurred almost immediately following registration. The 70% we discussed above is the first of our expenses, and this is quickly followed by our uniform expenses. These are all costs we can't get back from the organizations we submit payment too, so that money is gone as soon as we place the order and register your child. Pictures, trophies and equipment are all ordered shortly there after and once ordered, those funds are then gone as well. Lastly, and arguably the most important reason why we don't issue refunds is that when you register your child in our program, you've taken one of a very limited number of spots. After our registration is complete, we get numerous requests from other communities looking for room to place kids that don't have a team to play on, and once our program is full, those kids are sent to other communities to play on. If we processed a refund, it's often too late to replace that player, and it requires our volunteers to not only spend time processing the refund, but also going out and doing a one off registration to refill that spot. Because of these reasons, as a community league, we've all agreed that it's not in our communities best interest to process refunds, and we ask that parents ensure they're committed to playing before registering in our program. We understand this isn't always possible, and to that end, we want to ensure parents are aware that if they find out there child doesn't like it, gets hurt and can't play, they end up moving mid season, or they find another sport they'd prefer to play, they're aware there won't be a refund.
There is one exception to the refund policy, and that is for players who register for community soccer and end up being accepted into a premier soccer program. Because our goal is ensuring every child has the opportunity to play at the appropriate level, if a player tries out and is accepted into a premier soccer program before the start of the community soccer season, we will refund those players their registration fee, and WEM tickets if there is still time to resell those tickets. We are not able to refund community memberships though under any circumstances. To be eligible for a refund after being accepted into the premier program, players/parents must produce a letter of acceptance from the club director.
What is Indoor Soccer
Indoor soccer is an exciting opportunity for those interested in continuing their soccer season through-out the fall and winter months by taking the program indoors. The game is played on an artificial turf using hockey arena style boards and built in goals. It is played at one of 4 indoor soccer facilities located throughout Edmonton on the weekends, and includes an additional practice that takes place in a school gymnasium on a weekday evening. The season generally runs from sometime in October to February or early March.
If you'd like to learn more about indoor soccer program there are some Frequently Asked Questions on the Edmonton Soccer website, or alternatively you can email our soccer director
The Little Kickers for those players under 4 years of age and under is only available during the outdoor season. If you're interested in a program for your little ones, please check out the Sports Explorerz program.
To register click the link below. After clicking the link, you'll need to login with the account you created in the past, and if you've never registered before, you'll need to sign up for a portal account by clicking the "Create Account" button. Once you've created an account and added the family members to it, you can then proceed to the registration section
If you require additional assistance registering online, please review the following resources prior to requesting assistance. To request assistance please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you've submitted your registration online you need to print 1 copy of your registration form and bring it with you to a community registration session. The online form says two copies, but we only need one. Your online registration cannot be processed until after attending and completing one of these community registration sessions, even if you paid online. We'll only be running payment sessions on the following dates and we will no longer be accepting late registrations outside of these dates:
August 26, 2017
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Lago Lindo Community Hall
17123 95 St NW, Edmonton, AB
August 30, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Lago Lindo Community Hall
17123 95 St NW, Edmonton, AB
|Late Registration Friday
$25 LATE FEE APPLIES
September 8, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Lago Lindo Community Hall
17123 95 St NW, Edmonton, AB
- Ensure you have a valid Community League Membership from the community you reside in or signup for a new one if needed. Lago Lindo Community League Memberships are $25. If you're registering with us from another community please ensure you bring your membership information with you as this is required to accept your registration and you are unable to purchase a membership for your community at our registration. You can however purchase community memberships online at the EFCL Website. CRA Memberships (Community Recreation Association Memberships) from CFB Edmonton Garrison or elsewhere are accepted as valid Community League Memberships for registration.
- Validate your child's registration information including verifying the age of your child.
- Purchase a minimum of 4 tickets ($15 each) to our West Edmonton Mall Family Fun Night Fundraiser.
- Select a volunteer commitment. Minimum 1 per family. A post dated cheque for the date of the volunteer event is required in the amount of $350 to serve as a deposit until you've completed your commitment. This is not optional. If you do not have a cheque, you will be required to leave a cash or credit card deposit.
- Pick uniform size.
- Finalize your registration by making a payment with Visa, MasterCard, Interac Debit or Cash. We do not accept payment via cheque or American Express.
Indoor Fees & Playing Information
|Year of Birth||Age Category||Gender||Game days*||Duration||Registration Fees||Late Registration Fee
After August 30
|2014 - 2015||U4 (Little Kickers)||Not Available||Not Available||N/A||Not Available||Not Available|
|2012 - 2013||U6||Mixed||Saturday||N/A||$210||$235|
|2010 - 2011||U8||Boys / Girls||Saturday||N/A||$220||$245|
|2008 - 2009||U10||Boys / Girls||Saturday||N/A||$290||$315|
|2006 - 2007||U12||Boys / Girls||Saturday||N/A||$295||$320|
|2004 - 2005||U14||Boys / Girls||Sunday||N/A||$295||$320|
|2002 - 2003||U16||Boys / Girls||Sunday||N/A||$300||$325|
|2000 - 2001||U18||Boys / Girls||Sunday||N/A||$300||$325|
Pre-Sizing Jerseys and Team Apparel
Please bring your children with you to the payment sessions to pre-select a jersey size to best ensure the proper size is ordered for your child. We do not maintain a stock of jerseys that players can chose from so if the wrong size is ordered our options are limited.
Eligibility & Gender Criteria
Children born between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2013 are eligible to register for indoor soccer 2017. Tim Horton's U6 programs are mixed gender teams, and U8-U18 are gender specific.
We will no longer be taking requests for players any age group to move up an age group, without a note from your coach that the player should be moved up. There are too many instances of players requesting to play up an age group only to find themselves outmatched and requesting to move back an age group, only to find that age group full and wanting a refund, which we don't offer. If this is your first year playing, this means you’ll need to compete in the designated age group for that season, and if you are a returning player, you’ll need to ask your coach to provide the letter before registration. Please note that while we try to accommodate all requests to move up age groups or play with specific coaches or players, our priority is always to ensure that children from our community are placed on teams first, then to accommodate special requests for returning players, and finally special requests for new players. As such we can't always guarantee your requests will be honoured. In the event there are not enough children or coaches to facilitate a team, we work with other communities in the area to ensure everyone has a team to play on.
- There are no refunds for soccer registration and all registrations are final. The only exception to this is for players trying out and accepted into club programs prior to the first league game of the community program. We will require proof of acceptance from the soccer club director.
- Community Memberships and fundraiser tickets are also non refundable.
- Edmonton Soccer Centre East - 12720 Victoria Trail, Edmonton, AB
- Edmonton Soccer Centre West - 17415 - 106 A Avenue, Edmonton, AB
- Edmonton Soccer Centre South - 6520 Roper Road, Edmonton, AB
- Tri Leisure Centre - 221 Campsite Road, Spruce Grove, AB
If you've got any questions, concerns or suggestions for improvement please contact the Lago Lindo Community Soccer Director.