Youth Rep Soccer


The Russell Raiders program provides an opportunity for players aged 13 to 21 wishing to develop and compete at a higher level.

Russell Raider Youth teams compete in the East Regional Soccer League (ERSL) (Levels 3, 4 & 5)

The program has the following characteristics:

  • There are separate teams and divisions for boys and girls and, subject to registration numbers, at each age group.
  • The season runs from Victoria Day to the end of August (teams who make it to the finals of the play-downs may have a game in September).
  • The season encompasses 12-15 games, dependent on number of teams in the division and 50% of the games will be played in Russell. An optional play-down structure may apply.
  • Teams often compete in one or more tournaments throughout the season; these may be local, out of town or both (usually the coach and the parents agree on a tournament schedule).
  • Teams usually play one game per week (on a set weeknight) and have at least one practice per week (usually there are 2 practices per week).
  • The games are played on a full field with 11-a-side and halves ranging from 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Subject to registration numbers, there may be a tryout process to select the team and players who withdraw or are not selected will be guaranteed a place on a RSL house league team.

Playing at this level does require a higher level of commitment, and players are expected to attend all games and practices unless due notice has been given to the coaches.

Players must adhere to the club and league code of conduct and will receive monetary fines, suspensions or loss of membership for violations.

Teams entered will depend on the availability of an experienced and qualified coaching staff and sufficient players with the capability and desire to play at this level.


Once teams have been finalized and communicated parents and/or players have 1 week to withdraw from the team and asked to be placed in House League (and receive a refund of the difference between the two leagues) or ask for a full refund (minus the administration fee of $45 ).

No refund will be provided for any requests received after the one week grace period.