Adult Recreational soccer

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

The easiest way to register is online by clicking the registration link on the front page of our website. You can also phone us at the office (919) 967-8797, come by the office to register in person, or send us a check (with your phone number and the registrant’s full name and program) in the mail to Rainbow Soccer, P.O. Box 3093, Chapel Hill, NC 27515.

How do I apply for a financial aid?

We do not turn down anyone in need of financial aid! If you have a financial need, we ask that you fill out our financial aid form and register online while leaving your registration as pending when complete. 

We do ask that participants contribute as much as they can for two reasons: 1) we want everyone to value the experience and feel if there is some financial contribution made by the participant, there will be a greater appreciation for the opportunity; and 2) we are a non-profit and any contribution a participant makes allows Rainbow Soccer to help other participants.

When does registration open and close?

Registration for fall soccer starts in May. Registration closes for each respective age group as the divisions fill up. If all the teams in a specific age group don’t fill up, registration will close around September 15.

Registration for spring soccer starts in late November,. Registration closes for each respective age group as the divisions fill up. If all the teams in a specific age group don’t fill up, registration will close around March 30th.

Why is there a late fee and when does it begin?

The registration fee goes up by $5 after the registration deadline which is normally a month before the season begins.  We want to encourage everyone to sign up early because this helps us with knowing how many jerseys to order, scheduling games and practice fields, and ordering necessary equipment. We increase our fees because waiting later elevates our expenses, and reduces our time to plan and get out schedules in a timely manner.

What does my registration pay for?

Registration fees pay for field rentals for practice sessions and at least 8 recreational soccer games, referees, jerseys and related field upkeep, equipment and supplies..

Do I need to buy a uniform or purchase equipment?

With your full registration, there is no need to buy a uniform or separate team t-shirt. Shirts are provided for all leagues. However, if a participant chooses to buy an additional shirt, the participant changes teams after his/her initial registration, or the wrong size is ordered by the participant on the first order, the participant is responsible for informing the Rainbow office that another shirt needs to be ordered paying the additional amount to place the order. Additional equipment is advised too.

Can we get a refund for our registration?

For any refund request before September 1/February 15 there is a $20 administrative fee charged for withdrawal. However, after September 1/February 15 there will be NO refunds given.

What fields do you use?

We use fields throughout the Chapel Hill area for both games and practices to provide a convenient location for all of our players. Normally we use the Rainbow Soccer Complex, Southern Community Park and Meadowmont Park.

How are teams formed?

Teams are created based on your registration preferences. During online registration you have the ability to list your preference for a particular team or teammate.

How do I volunteer to coach?

You can choose both adult and youth volunteer coaching opportunities during the registration process.  We will waive the fees for a maximum of two coaches per adult team per season.  When you register, click on the "Pay by Check" button above the credit card information and you can finish your registration without making a payment.

If you are interested in coaching a Rainbow Youth Soccer team your adult participation fees will be waived in exchange for coaching.  You can select "coach a youth team" during registration, then email Karen Aldridge, youth registrar, at karen@rainbowsoccer.org and she will work with you to get you assigned to a team.  Our scheduler, Drew Kepley, will also work with you to try and schedule your youth and adult games so that they do not conflict.  You can reach him at drew@rainbowsoccer.org.