Cal North CYSA - District 8
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Recreational Playing League

The basic CYSA Recreational Playing League is classified as a non-com

petitive 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.  Players learn soccer skills as they proceed through their age groups.

Typically league registrations for play in the fall (play starting typically in August) often take place in the Feb.-April time frame, depending on the league.  Some leagues have spring playing leagues and registration for these leagues could start in late December/early January.  You would need to check with the league that you are interested in, as for their actual seasonal registration dates.  Some leagues have co-ed play and others do not for spring season.  Most of the teams for fall play are established by gender, unless it is a small league, where they may combine genders, to insure enough playing teams.  Please note, you are not limited to signing up to play in just your city.  If there is a league in another city, and you are willing to drive, you may sign-up to play there.  This would also mean though that you would have to drive to weekly team practices in that city.


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.


Small Sided Games

US Youth Soccer has issued new rules for soccer playing/skill learning for young soccer players.  These new rules are designed to ensure that youth players get frequent play on the ball, by having fewer players on the field of play.  This ensures that the players are more involved in play.  This helps to focus on their soccer playing skills, and their enjoyment of being directly involved in play.

Leagues may begin implementing these plans as of August, 2016, and the small sided game initiative must be fully implemented, in all leagues, by the start of the August, 2017, season.  

This new initiative will change the size of the field of play, and playing time for players in the younger age groups.  Coaches will have to develop practice session scenarios to match the smaller player numbers on the fields.

The following will provide information on the new US Soccer initiative:

     Why Small-Sided Games?
     Official Rules
     National Program Overview
     Small Sided Soccer

The following will provide information on small sided soccer skills:

    U6 Practice Activities
    U10 Practice Activities
     U12 Practice Activities
   4v4, To Lines or Small Goals
   Coaching in 4V4 

The following video gives a perspective of small sided game play:

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


     February, 2013


 Parent Web Resources

Four Ways Youth Parenting Can Help Or Hurt A Child's Experience

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

Soccer 101

Recreational Soccer Jargon

Soccer Rules Of The Game For Baffled Parents

New To Soccer, Or Need Some Fundamental
Information On Soccer?  The Following Will
Help You!

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
Positive Coaching Alliance

   PCA Development Zone
       Information on a wide variety of items:
             1st Time Coach resources
             Playing Time
             Coaching Own Child
             Parent/Coach Conflict

        Information For Others

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 tool here.


This page brought to you by:

Jack Smith     - District VIII Recreational Committee Member

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