Recreational News & Events

Real Colorado’s Cubbies Program

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The CUBBIES program is offered to boys and girls with a birthday falling between 8/1/11 and 7/31/12 for the fall 2015 season. This fun and energetic program is designed to introduce our youngest players and their parents to the exciting game of soccer and the rewards of being part of a team. Every session is filled with age appropriate soccer activities and games that provide these young players with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of soccer and have fun in their first soccer experience.


Cubbies is a SIX-week program offered during the Fall and Spring recreational season. Cubbies sessions are all held on SATURDAYS.  There are no practices during the week.  Locations and times will be released soon so keep checking back.


Cubbies is a SIX-week program offered during the Fall and Spring recreational season. Cubbies sessions are all held on SATURDAYS, at Heritage Park in Highlands Ranch (SW corner of Lincoln & Quebec, behind HR Post Office).  The girls Cubbies sessions run from 9:30am-10:15am.  The boys Cubbies sessions run from 10:30am to 11:15am for the fall season. There are no practices during the week.


$70 PER season. You must register for the Fall and Spring season separately.


First 3 weeks: “Practice Phase”. Kids will be introduced to cooperative play and being part of a team.  They will also have the opportunity to learn basic soccer skills in a fun and challenging environment.

Last 3 weeks: “Game Phase”.  Games are played in a 3 vs 3 format with a maximum of 3 players from each team on the field at a time. Prior to each game Cubbies will warm up playing one or two of their favorite Cubbies activities that they learned during the “Practice Phase” sessions.  Following the fun ‘warm up’ stage, each team will play a game against another Cubbies team.  Each half will be 10 minutes in duration with a 5 minute break at the half.


Each Cubbie will need to bring to every session:

Size three soccer ball (will be used until age 8)

Shinguards with socks pulled up over the top! No shinguards= No play

Water bottle

Uniform: Real, reversible, red/white jersey MUST be purchased through Soccer Stop at University and County Line Rd. The jersey is offered alone or as part of a package.  You can see the uniforms here, listed as U4-U8.  Each child will also need shorts and socks but these may be generic. Players can wear cleats or tennis shoes.


Nothing brings a bigger smile to a child’s face than to have their Mom or Dad share their soccer experiences with them!

Each team will need parent volunteers to serve as head coach, assistant coach and team parent. If you do sign up to be a coach, please remember that Real Colorado is committed to providing support on and off the pitch for all of our volunteer coaches.  We would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to step into a volunteer role for our Cubbies Program.  You will have the opportunity to choose a volunteer role during your registration process.



Summer 5v5

Summer Indoor 5v5 League


Designed specifically for U7 – U10 teams (Fall 2015 age groups).

(Recreational and  Jr. Academy) Teams will be scheduled based on skill level to the best of our ability. Playing different age groups and gender is possible.

The League will “kickoff” June 23 through July 30.

Format:  5v5 (4 field players + Keeper) continuous play with walls

Cost:   $350 Per team

Roster:  Recommended roster size 7-9 players

Location:  Westridge Rec Center – Highlands Ranch – Tuesdays & Thursdays

Acceptance: First 6 teams in each age group and gender will be accepted.  Teams will be notified by early June.

Registration: Opens April 10.

Deadline to register: midnight, May 29 or when program is full.  All registration will be done as a team, no individual registration.

All games! – no practices

Tuesdays – U7 & U8 rec teams* – 4:45pm to 9pm Thursdays – U9 & U10 – rec and JA teams* – 4:45pm to 9pm *day of play might need to be adjusted to match best skill level

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For rules or more info visit our website under Tournaments

For any questions please email Herman Sullivan, hermans@realcolorado.net or Sara Connolly sarac@realcolorado.net

Recreational Camps

Fall Break

 Recreational Camp October 12th-15th 

$95 U5-U14


Heritage Turf

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Camp questions? Email Camp Director, Skye Dregalla, at skyed@realcolorado.net

Real Honors MVP Coaches

At the 2014 Colorado Soccer Association MVP and Awards Banquets, several Real Colorado coaches and players were honored.  In each case, its an amazing testament to the dedication and spirit of fun all these individuals have, show and inspires.

Real Colorado recognizes the tremendous value that our recreational bring to the families they serve.  Some start out coaching kids who seem barely knee high, and slowly foster a love of playing and having fun at a game that gradually resembles  the game of soccer.  As our players mature, these coaches often are the single biggest reason some kids continue participating in this healthy and active sport.  These players may or may not have great talent on the soccer field, but what matters most is they continue to be part of a team and learn the many life lessons taught through sport, and this is a direct result of our coaches caring and making soccer fun.

During our 2014 seasons, our recreational program identified 2 coaches who best represent these qualities, and it’s with great thanks that we honor them and their families.  These were nominated to Colorado Soccer Association, formerly Colorado Youth Soccer, for recognition as Colorado Soccer Association Coaches of the Year – Recreational Boys and Recreational Girls.

Congratulations and Thank You to all of Real Colorado’s Volunteer Coaches from 2014:

2014 Real Colorado Boys Recreational Coach of the Year  – Ed Shroyer

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Real Colorado Recreational Boys Coach of the Year 2014 – Ed Shoyer From left: Chrissy Shroyer, Lorne Donaldson, Ed Shroyer, Mark Haston, Theresa Echtermeyer

2014 Real Colorado Girls Recreational Coach of the Year – Jesse Olave

2014 Real Colorado Girls Competitive Coach of the Year – Russ Lentine

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Real Colorado Competitive Girls Coach of the Year 2014 – Russ Lentine From left: Shawn Comegys, Russ Lentine, Neil Payne and Lorne Donaldson

2014 Real Colorado Boys Competitive Coach of the Year – Mike Mikes


Real Colorado Competitive Boys Coach of the Year 2014 – Mike Mikes

2014 Real Colorado USY National Championship Series – State Cup MVP’s

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MVP’s were seen with their coaches (who will remain nameless). From left front – Alexandria Sandoval, Tanya Schueppert Back left – Alexandra Daws, Jake Almeida, Matthew Kintzle. Not in the picture Lars Peterson. Congratulations, all of Real is proud of you!

Camps Guide

Join Real Colorado for soccer skill building led by our professional coaches, designed to fine-tune your player’s game while having fun along the way. Our camps offer preschool through elite competitive players an age and ability appropriate opportunity to learn skills like dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and playing in small games.  Whether you’re a beginner or a competitor, we have a camp for you!

We hope to see your player for a fun and engaging soccer experience during any of our upcoming camps.  All participants should bring water, a soccer ball and wear athletic clothing with shin guards.

Upcoming Camps: 

  • Junior Academy Skills  Center:  for Junior Academy players and Premier Rec (Prep) players. Visit the Junior Academy tab for more information.
  • Recreational Summer Camps:  Give your U5– U14 player a fun and engaging soccer experience this Summer. 
  • Cubbies Recreational Summer Camps: Give your 3 or 4 year old player an interactive soccer experience filled with fun games.
  • Foxes Team Training Clinics: for Recreational and Competitive teams with flexible schedulingClick here for details and registration 
  • Footability LIVE:  is an unparalleled technical training camp.  It’s our ultimate goal to take ALL players to the next level, while creating “difference makers” on the soccer field.

Camp questions?  Click on any of the Camps above to be directed to Camp coach and registration contacts.

Real’s Record-Breaking Year Earns National Attention

Real Colorado Soccer, a community based, non-profit youth soccer organization committed to helping each player learn, grow, and celebrate his or her love of the game, today announces the most successful year in its history, reaching new milestones and raising the club’s reputation on the national youth soccer stage.

Read the full release here!


Real Wins Family Favorite Sport Camp or Program Honor

Real Colorado Soccer was named a 2014 Family Favorite sports camp or program by the readers of Colorado Parent Magazine!  Thank you to all our members who voted for us!

Real offers soccer camps year-round.  To see our latest camps, visit our Camps Guide.

We hope to see your family at one of our upcoming camps!

Real Voted a Family Favorite

Recreational Soccer Programs

Discover Recreational Youth Soccer at its Best

Real Colorado offers more ways for your young soccer player to grow their love of learning and playing the game than any other club in our State.

Our recreational soccer program offers something for every player, from the 3 year-old just starting out to 10 year-olds and older who want to grow through advanced skills training and Colorado Youth Soccer league play. With a 25 year heritage of developing youth soccer players in fun and challenging programs, Real Colorado has a place for every player.

Below you’ll find our offerings by age group.  Parents, please note that the “U” before the age stands for “Under” and there is a birthdate, schedule and fees chart for your reference at the bottom of the page.

Why Should I Choose Real Colorado Soccer?  Click here to Discover…

Real Colorado offers a safe, fun, quality environment for all levels of soccer. We have dedicated staff in each age group to help promote the love of the game in each child and the training of our volunteer coaches. Real offers seasonal coaching clinics, online coaching education, and boasts a recreational staff with more than 50 years of youth soccer coaching experience.  Real Colorado is a top 20 club in the Nation. Real Colorado has a structured path that leads to our competitive program, which includes skills training, camps, and a nationally recognized Junior Academy.

Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about Real Colorado Recreational Soccer to learn more.

Programs by Age Group:

      • U4 (Cubbies)

        Real Colorado’s Cubbies program is an innovative, interactive program for kids ages 3 to 4 that introduces them to the enjoyment of soccer through child-friendly themes and play. This program meets once a week for 45 minutes and is offered over a six week season in the spring and fall. Come out and join us as we teach the basics of soccer while we play Cookie Monster, Red Light Green Light and Pick up the Laundry. Click here to read Cubbies Program Information and for questions, please contact Sheryl Stirling at sheryls@realcolorado.net
      • U5 & U6

        This program is designed to offer young players the opportunity to discover soccer as a fun and exciting sport.  Games are played 3v3 for U5 and 4v4  for U6 on small fields with small goals and no goalkeepers. The focus is on developing comfort with the ball, encouraging players to take chances on the field, and learning the dynamics of a team sport.  For more information, please contact Sara Connolly at sarac@realcolorado.net.
      • U7 & U8

        Recreational Soccer

        Players learn new skills as they discover soccer as a fun and exciting sport, add goalkeepers to the team and play 6v6 on larger fields with larger goals.  Teams can begin to identify the direction they want to take their soccer experience in future years.  U8 teams can request an additional practice per week and we will accommodate those teams on a field/space available basis.   For more information, please contact Sara Connolly at sarac@realcolorado.net

        U8 Developmental Centers (DC)

        DC offers an optional camp-like program designed to enhance the skills and strengths of individual players during regular season.  Registration for the DC program can be found in the Camps section of our website.

        U8 Recreational with Advanced Training Sessions (ATS)

        This exciting option for our aspiring young talents will bring our players in contact with some of the best coaches and advanced trainers at Real Colorado. In addition to their regular practices with their volunteer coach, the ATS Program offers 5 advanced training sessions with a skills coach to challenge the player with advanced training ideas and concepts. The location and time of this session might fall outside of normally schedule practice time to make best use of our skills trainers.

        Options for U8 going to U9

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      • U9 & U10

        Recreational Soccer

        Players learn new skills as they discover soccer as a fun and exciting sport, including learning new skills and 8v8 play on a larger field.  This is the age where players will start setting their soccer goals.  This program is a great fit for players who would prefer to play in a recreational setting with friends and neighbors, choose their own coach and continue with recreational soccer in the future years.

        U9 and U10 Recreational with Advanced Training Sessions (ATS)

        This exciting option for our aspiring young talents will bring our players in contact with some of the best coaches and advanced trainers at Real Colorado.  In addition to their regular practices with their volunteer coach, the ATS Program offers 5 advanced training sessions with a skills coach to challenge the player with advanced training ideas and concepts. The location and time of this session might fall outside of normally schedule practice time to make best use of our skills trainers.

        U9 & U10 Real Colorado Junior Academy

        To continue to provide our players individualized and team-based options for setting the direction that their soccer experience takes them, Real introduces the Junior Academy. This program is the bridge between our recreational and competitive programs for players whose  intention is to work toward becoming a competitive player at U11.  A Real staff coach will place individual players on teams based on ability and provide 3 training sessions per week.  Junior academy teams play inter-league games in the upper level of Colorado Youth Soccer’s (CYS) new “Intermediate” division.  Players are placed into this program by participating in ID Days, Developmental Centers, and recommendations from Real coaches.  When registering for this program, choose Real Colorado Junior Academy instead of Recreational.  Please contact Beckieb@realcolorado.net for more information.

      • U11 and Older

        Recreational Soccer

        This is a continuation of our recreational soccer program for those players that wish to continue playing soccer and having fun in a recreational setting.  Players will have 2 practices per week, and play 7-8 games per season in the Southwest Metro Denver area.

        Recreational with Advanced Training Sessions (ATS)

        Teams choosing to add ATS sessions to their regular practice schedule receive training from the best coaches and advanced trainers at Real Colorado.  In addition to their regular practices with their volunteer coach, the ATS Program offers 5 advanced training sessions with a skills coach to challenge the player with advanced training ideas and concepts. The location and time of the session might fall outside normally schedule practice time to make best use of our skills trainers. Contact Beckieb@realcolorado.net for more information.

    • Rec Info Sheet & Fees Chart

      Program Age Group Player Birth Dates Season Includes Season Fees Season Start Date
      U4 8/1/11 – 7/31/12 Meets once a week for 6 weeks $70.00 September 19th
      U5-U6 8/01/09 – 7/31/11 1 practice per week, 7-8 games $95.00  September, 2015
      U7-U8 8/1/07 – 7/31/09 1-2 practices per week, 7-8 games $135.00  September, 2015
      U8 with ATS 8/1/07 – 7/31/08 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $210.00  September, 2015
      U9 – U10 8/1/05 – 7/31/07 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $195.00  September, 2015
      U9-U10 with ATS 8/01/05 -7/31/07 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $270.00  September, 2015
      U9-U10 Junior Academy 8/01/05 – 7/31/07 3 practices per week, 7-8 games Nat’l or Oly. $725.00Red & Below $625.00  September, 2015
      U11+ 8/01/99 – 7/31/05 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $215.00  September, 2015
      U11+ with ATS 8/01/99 – 7/31/05 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $290.00  September, 2015
      Soccer Stop is our preferred provider of soccer gear and clothing.  To find out what equipment your child needs to begin their season, including ball size and knee-to-toe gear, click here.

Real CO Soccerfest: 2nd Annual Recreational Tournament

 Real Colorado is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Soccerfest Recreational Tournament, Sept. 4-7, 2015!

2015 Real Colorado Soccerfest TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

 Tournament dates are September 4-7, 2015

  • This is a pre-Fall 2015 season tournament, so teams will play as their Fall 2015 team.
  • The tournament will offer a 3 game minimum and will include Real Recreational and Junior Academy U7 – U12 boys and girls teams, as well as teams from area soccer clubs — CrossQuad, Option 1, InterLeague, InHouse Rec teams.
  • Teams will be flighted according to standings, results and request.
  • Real Colorado SoccerFest will take place at Highlands Heritage Regional Park and Challenger Park
  •  U7-U8 Boys and Girls Teams will play 6v6
  • U9 – U10 Boys and Girls will play 8v8
  • U11 – U12 Boys and Girls teams will play 9v9


  • Registration is Open.  To apply, click here.
  • Registration fees are $350 per U7 or U8 team and $400 per U9 through U12 team
  • Payment will be via check or credit card (entered into team application).
  • NOTE: No application will be considered without receipt of payment by Real CO via check mailed to 8200 S. Akron St., Ste. 122, Centennial CO  80112 or credit card entered into online application.
  • Payments will not be cashed/charged until team is accepted.
  • Application deadline is Friday, August 21, however, if our brackets fill, it will close earlier.  Teams are accepted on first-come, first-served basis.


  • U7 and U8 teams will play (2) 20-minute halves with (1) 5-minute half-time.
  • U9 and U10 teams will play (2) 25-minute halves with (1) 5-minute half-time.
  • U11 and U12 teams will play (2) 30-minute halves with (1) 5-minute half-time.
  • All teams are guaranteed 3 games.
  • Players may only play for one team during the tournament.


  • It is our goal to complete the tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (9/4-9/6/15), however, if there are any weather issues over the weekend, games may roll over to Monday, 9/7, to be completed as early in the day as possible.
  • All teams must be prepared to begin play as early as 5pm on Friday, 9/4.
  • Preliminary Schedules will be available on or about Wednesday, 8/26.


  • Saturday, September 12, 7pm  — Rapids vs. DC United
  • Click here, for all info!


  • U7-8 teams will use a Size 3 ball.
  • U9-12 teams will use a Size 4 ball.
  • Home team will provide game ball to be approved by center referee.
  • All players must wear shin guards under their socks and soccer cleats.
  • All teams must wear matching uniforms; uniquely numbered jerseys, shorts, socks.
  • Goalkeeper jerseys must be a different color from both teams uniform so as to be easily recognized as a goalkeeper.


 Real Colorado SoccerFest Roster Sizes

Age Format Roster Size # of Guest Players Allowed
U7-8 6v6 12 total 3 (to be included in total of 12)
U9-10 8v8 14 total 4 (to be included in the total of 14)
U11-12 9v9 18 total 6 (to be included in total of 18)
  •  One representative of each team must attend Team Check-in, at the Real CO Office, 8200 S. Akron St., Ste. 122, Centennial CO  80112, on Wednesday, 9/2, 1-7pm.
  • Field check-ins may be available on 9/4 or 9/5 60 mins. in advance of first game.
  • All teams must provide 2 copies of their club certified roster, including signature of club registrar or state association.
  • Teams must provide 2 copies of the Tournament Guest Player Roster, if applicable. Form located online SoccerFest_Guest_Player_Form.
  • All teams must provide a Team Information Form, located online here.
  • ALL players must have signed medical releases, form located online MEDICAL RELEASE FORM to be reviewed at team check-in and kept in team possession throughout the tournament. If your team already has a medical release in place for each player, you can use that form. No requirement to use our form.
  • U11 and U12 Teams must have player passes for each player.


  • Posted online here.


  • First and second place teams will receive team trophies and player awards.
  • All players and coaches will receive tournament gifts at teams check-in.




Meet Real’s Newest Recreational Staff Director

Real Colorado Welcomes Theresa Echtermeyer as Director of Recreational Coach and Player Development

Founder of Real’s Recreational Soccer Program Returns, Offering a New Resource for Players and Coaches   

Real Colorado Soccer, a community based, non-profit youth soccer organization committed to helping each player learn, grow, and celebrate his or her love of the game, welcomes Theresa Echtermeyer as its Director of Coach and Player Development for Real’s Recreational soccer programs.

Theresa began her career with Real in 1992, coaching competitive and recreational teams and eventually directing the club’s entire recreational soccer program before leaving in 2005.  Today, Theresa brings 25 years of coaching experience back to Real Colorado.  Theresa’s full-time involvement in the recreational program will bring more support and opportunities for our recreational membership, coaches and staff.

Most recently, Theresa was the Director of Coaching for the Highlands Ranch Soccer Association (Hattrix).  Theresa has also been the Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer Program Coach at Mountain Vista High School since the school’s inception in 2001.  She will continue at Mountain Vista while working with Real.  Theresa is also a National Staff Coach and Instructor for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) where she has the opportunity to travel and teach coaching courses around the country.

“Although she can coach through the elite adult athlete level, Theresa prefers to invest her time in the young players and their coaches, where a love of learning and playing the game begins,” said Jared Spires, Chief Administrative Officer, Real Colorado.  “Theresa’s intentional choice to focus on this age group makes her a great addition to our Recreational soccer program, where we offer more ways for young players to grow their love of the game than any other club in our State.”

Previously, Theresa was the Varsity Coach for Green Mountain High School for 10 years and coached in the W-League (women’s semi-professional league) for 6 years.  In 2007, she was named Colorado Youth Soccer’s Girls Recreational Coach of the Year and she has also been a 5-time NSCAA Colorado High School Coach of the Year.  Theresa also served as Vice President and then President of the Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association (CHSSCA).  She is currently a member of the NSCAA Women’s Committee.

Theresa has also served as a Director and Coach for our local TOPS (The Outreach Program for Soccer) soccer program, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, for more than 20 years.

Theresa began work at Real in May, 2014 and looks forward to her first fall recreational soccer season with the club.

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