CYSA - District 8 
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Recreational Playing League

The basic CYSA Recreational Playing League is classified as a non-competitive playing league within CYSA.  This league is comprised of teams that normally play within the boundaries of the league. 


The emphasis for the recreational playing leagues is for fun and ensuring that players get ample opportunity to have field playing time.  Some leagues have policies which state that a player must play at least fifty percent (50%) of each game.  This policy is totally league driven and league dependent.


If you want to have some fun, and enjoy watching players have fun, watch the entry level age group games (U5, U6, etc.).  For a new coach, with no experience, this is a great place to start your soccer career.  There are minimum expectations, with the greatest emphasis on the players having fun on the field.  As a coach progresses through the age groups they are expected to take coaching license classes, which gives the knowledge needed to pass onto players.  The lower age groups generally require at least an ‘F’ license.  Check with your league for their coach license policy and classes offered.



With a coach license in hand, the next item that you will need to learn about are the league rules regarding age group play, CYSA Modified Rules for U10 play, and the FIFA Laws of the Game.  Check with your league for information on these items.


Volunteers are always needed by leagues to coach teams.  This is a worth while undertaking, especially when you see the faces of ‘your’ team, as they enjoy their soccer playing experience.  

It's important...
Prevent dehydration - USSF Heat & Hydration Guidelines.


     February, 2013

Parent Web Resources

Soccer Coach And Parent Guide

US Youth Soccer Pocket Guide For Parents

Youth Soccer Safety

Recreational Soccer

US Youth Soccer:  Recreational Soccer Video

Soccer Parent Tips

A Guide To The Game Of Soccer

How To Help/Not Help Your Young Soccer Player

Soccer 101

Recreational Soccer Jargon

Soccer Rules Of The Game For Baffled Parents

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       Basic Soccer Information For Parents

US Youth Soccer:  Positive Parenting Video

The Ten Commandments of a Soccer Parent

My Youth Soccer Guide:  Selecting Cleats
   (A must for parents purchasing cleats)

US Youth Soccer:  Reasons Why Children Stop Playing Soccer

Heat And Soccer Players

Coaching Resources

USYS Coaching Videos

Health & Safety

Find A League Near You!

You can find a league near you by using the new Cal North league search tool.  You may find the new tool here.

Founders' Cup Tournament Information

Founders' Cup is a soccer tournament for recreational players in the following age groups:

The U10 recreational age group plays in the Junior Cup Festival part of Founders' Cup.  This festival has three divisions within it:

                                         U10 - Recreational Teams
                                   U9-U11 - Association & State Cup teams

Each of the above divisions only plays teams within its' own division.  No competitive players may play in the recreational games.

The U12-U14 & U16-U19 Play in Founders' Cup, against other recreational teams within their division.  The U12-U14 start play in December, with final games in January.  The U10, Junior Cup Festival starts/ends in December.  The U16-U19 games are typically held in March.  The tournaments for all divisions may be held anywhere within Cal North and teams must be prepared to travel, if necessary.  Initially assigned locations may be closed, due to rain-outs, with games reassigned to a different location.

Contact your District VIII cup representative for further information.
        Darlene Wilharm-Guertin  -

The main site for Founders’ Cup information is the CYSA main site:

You will find all of the CYSA information regarding the tournament at this site, including scores and schedules, as the tournament is underway.

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