Brookhaven Soccer Club

If you love soccer (Association Football), then welcome to the home page of the BNL Soccer Club! We have both recreational and competitive soccer here at BNL.

Recreational Soccer

Recreational soccer is basically pick up games at lunch. No teams are permanent. Sides are chosen before the game, and we try to keep them even because close games are more fun. If it gets too one sided we adjust the sides. We play dark shirts vs white shirts or shirts vs skins (when it's warn). All outdoor play is at the BERA Recreation Park Soccer Field, located at the east end of Brookhaven Avenue.

Games are 4 v 4 up to 11 v 11 with small goals and simplified rules.

Spring/Summer/Fall - During the summer season, the Soccer Club members meet every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at noon on the soccer field of the BERA recreation area. The number of players range anywhere from 8 to 22, dependent on the weather (some play in all weather). If we have less than 18 players, we play short field, small goals (approximately 2 m by 1 m). Everyone takes turns in the goal. Goalkeepers may not use his/her hands. With more than 18 players, we may play full field, full goals. Goalkeepers may use his/her hands when we play full field. 

Winter - During the winter season (Jan. and Feb.) the gym is reserved for the soccer club on Tuesdays at 13:15/14:30. We play full gym (no out of bounds), small goals, with a special indoor ball "futsal". Everyone takes turns in the goal. Goalkeeper can not use his/her hands. For safety reasons, ball can not be played higher than people's heads, and no head balls allowed. All offensive direct kicks are taken from the corners. We play up to 6 a side, if we have more than 12 players, we rotate in every 10 minutes. With 15 or more players, we form a third team and rotate one team every 10 minutes. 

Club Officers


Competitive Soccer

Although there is no organized competitive play within the BERA Soccer Club, a number of the club members play on the BSC Upton team in the Suffolk County Men's Soccer League (SMSL).  Games are on Sundays (late afternoon). The BERA Recreation Park soccer field is used as the home field.

Prior to the formation of the BSC Upton team in 2005, BERA Soccer Club members formed the core of the Brookhaven team. This team won the 1996 Division I Championship and the 1997-98 Division II Championship. We also won the Cup Tournament in 1994 and the B-cup in 2005.

Joining the Competitive Team

Anyone interested in joining the Competitive Team must meet the following requirements:

  • be at least 30 years of age (only exception: goalkeeper must be 18 or older).
  • have and wear shin guards.
  • be available to play both the Fall season (September - December) & Spring season (March - June) on Sunday afternoons.
  • be willing to assist the team with such tasks as field maintenance or administrative tasks.
  • and follow this tryout procedure:

    • contact the team manager Richard Wagener, 344-5886 to arrange for a tryout.
    • submit two forms of ID, clearly showing your date of birth (e.g., driver's license, passport)
    • submit two passport size photos, clearly showing your entire head.
    • attend a tryout. (Note: If the tryout is scheduled during a league game, your must wait until the league issues you a valid player pass).
    • the team will then vote to decide whether to accept you onto the roster.

    if you are accepted onto the roster, you must then:

    • purchase a team uniform (typically $15-$25).
    • pay the league fee for the current season (typically $30-$50 per half season: fall and spring).

    Competitive Team Officials



    Soccer Mailing List

    Anyone interested can subscribe to the soccer list and be kept up to date with club activities, schedules, players, etc. 

    For answers to questions, contact Joseph Piacentino Jr., club president, or (631) 344-4616.

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    Last Modified: April 7, 2015
    Please forward all questions about this site to: Joseph Piacentino Jr.