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Santa Clara Lions FC Competitive Soccer Tryouts Jan.28th

The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League us expanding our competitive soccer program and launching the Santa Clara Lions FC Program. We are holding our second tryout on Saturday, January 28, 2017 Read more information....

Instructions How to Access Soccer Park During Levi's Stadium Events

September 1, 2016

Please follow these instructions to access Soccer Park when there are events held at Levi's Stadium.

Give yourself extra time, tell your team and your opponents to expect some sort of issues, but if they follow your instructions, and not Mapquest or Google Maps, they will do fine. If they just follow their GPS systems, they will run into many issues, and get frustrated. Do everyone a big favor and contact people and give them these instructions.

Kick It With Whole Foods Market!

September 1, 2016

Whole Foods Market is proud to be the official food and nutrition partner of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League! They will be providing SCYSL families with food and nutrition tips, snack and meal ideas and even offering half-time snacks to be ordered and picked up ahead of time...

Host a UK International Soccer Coach

August 20, 2016

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Hosting an UK International Soccer Camps UK International Soccer Coach is a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience as well as being somewhat of a cultural exchange. The similarities and differences of our language, combined with the love of soccer ensures a memorable week and long lasting friendships for everyone.

We invite all families to join in our ‘Host a Coach’ program. It has been a huge success over the years and we would like all our coaches to experience and appreciate the real American lifestyle. American families also get the opportunity to have a cultural and sporting exchange by learning about the British & European way of life.


  • Host families for all coaches on camp

Not Required

  • Transportation
  • Chaperoning/Entertainment


  • Suitable sleeping arrangements
  • Access to food/meals
  • Access to laundry/shower facilities
  • Any house rules you would like the coach to adhere to

For More Information Go To Our Webpage At: http://hostacoach.uksoccer.com

Contact Information

Kiran Patel, 510-365-1610, kiran.patel@uksoccer.com

SCYSL Partners with SCUSD To Repair Soccer Fields
Important Field Updates

August 20, 2016

The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League has partnered with the Santa Clara Unified School District in an effort to begin restoring some of our school location fields to a quality that is suitable for competitive play. We identified Curtis Field, the Cabrillo Middle School Field and the Wilson Middle School Field and started repairs over the summer. The soccer league and the school district made a joint investment to reseed, turf and repair the fields. The fields were closed during the summer to allow new grass to grow into the turf and stregnthen and improve the overall quality of the fields.

We also met with the Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department, PAL and the Santa Clara Cricket Group to formalize a field sharing schedule with the goal to prevent overuse and damage to the fields.

Imporant Updates

  • The grass fields at Curtis and Cabrillo are very long right now and the school district will mow the grass early next week (Starting the week of August 22nd.
  • SCSYL will mow the soccer fields every Thursday, and lines will be painted on the fields every Friday.
  • Curtis Field and the Cabrillo Middle School fields are Open for Practice and Games.
  • Wilson Field is CLOSED for practices, and we hope to start hosting soccer games there on September 10th but stay tuned for more details.
  • Any Santa Clara park and/or school can be used for practices except Wilson, Central, Elmer Johnson, Cabrillo, Santa Clara HS, Wilcox HS, Buchser MS.
Important 2016 Field Access Information for Practice & Games - Make Sure Your Team is Compliant with Rules

Updated August 20, 2016

To All Competitive teams,

Welcome to another fall season.  We look forward to watching you and your teams compete in the coming months.  Many of you are seeing certain leagues releasing schedules for the upcoming season, so we wanted to provide you with some guidance related to field use for the fall.  Please pay particular to the following information.

New 2016 US Soccer Player/Game Format

August 2016

In compliance with the new US Soccer format changes:

Age Group Format No. of Players Per Team No. of Players Allowed Ball Heading Regulation
U5-U6 3v3 6 5-7 Not allowed
U7 4v4 8 7-9 Not allowed
U8 7v7 (6 field players+goalie) 10 or 11 9-12 Not allowed
U9-U10 7v7 (6 field players+goalie) 10 or 11 9-12 Not allowed
U11-U12 9v9 (8 field players+goalie) 13 12-15 Not allowed
U13-U16 11v11 16 14-18 Limited to a maximum of 30 minutes of heading training per week, with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week.
U.S. Soccer's Birth Year Registration Mandate

Pleasanton, Ca. (May 13, 2016)— As previously announced, Cal North and US Youth Soccer will be implementing the U.S. Soccer Federation’s birth year registration mandates ‪in 2016. This means that ‪beginning Aug. 1, 2016 all regional and national US Youth Soccer competitions, including all levels of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, US Youth Soccer National League, US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup will be based on age group cut-offs of January 1 for each age group. Due to additional interpretative changes by U.S. Soccer since this announcement in how competition age groups are labeled, US Youth Soccer and other sanctioning bodies are now clarifying the age group structures for the 2016-2017 season.

‪Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, US Youth Soccer and Cal North will be using the following birth year “labels” for competition, based upon the season in which competition ends. For example:

  • ‪Players born from August 1, 1997 – December 31, 1998 will be labeled as Under-19/20s.
  • ‪Players born from January 1, 1999 – December 31, 1999 will be labeled as Under-18s.
  • ‪Players born from January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2000 will be labeled as Under-17s. ‪
  • Players born from January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2001 will be labeled as Under-16s. ‪
  • Players born from January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2002 will be labeled as Under-15s. ‪
  • Players born from January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2003 will be labeled as Under-14s.
  • ‪Players born from January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004 will be labeled as Under-13s. ‪

With the exception of the Under-19/20s, the age group “label” will be determined by subtracting the year in which the players participating in the competition were born from the year in which competition ends. The change to birth year age groups and to the “labels” for naming each age group have been made by U.S. Soccer. You may view the U.S. Soccer matrix here, please note the definition for US Youth Soccer Under-19/20s competitions above.

Santa Clara City Council Awards Brian Field & 5 Santa Clara Sporting Champions

May 10, 2016 - Tuesday night was a joyous celebration at the Santa Clara City Council when Mayor Lisa Gilmor and the six Santa Clara Council Members recognized Brian Field and five Santa Clara Sporting Teams for their soccer accomplishments...

Referee Class Offered from May 18th - June 2nd at Soccer Park

Posted 4/23/2016

An entry-level (Grade 8) referee course is being offered at the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park next month. Please see the detailed information on class times and dates below. We encourage both adults and kids to take the class -- we normally ask that children be 12 before taking the class, but basically, anybody who has the ability to pay attention during the 18-hours of classroom instruction and successfully pass the test can get his or her referee license through this class.

Fees: The fees are 45$ for USSF and 35$ for the class. Each student will receive free one year membership for San Jose Soccer Referee Association.

  • Wed, May 18  6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Thu, May 19  6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Wed, May 25  6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Thu, May 26  6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Wed, Jun 1  6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Thu, Jun 2  6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • (Must attend ALL sessions) 

Click here to register for the Referee Class at the CNRA website.

If you have questions please contact Bob Sherman, SCYSL Referee at refs@scyouthsoccer.org

2016-17 SCYSL Board Vote in New Executive Officers

March 15, 2016

The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League held their annual AGM Meeting on Tuesday, March 15th and elected new executive officers, and welcomed new volunteer board members. Steve Robertson was voted in as the new 2016-17 league president, Gabe Foo was elected as the Vice President, Audren Cashman was elected Secretary and Martyn Webster continues as the Treasurer.

The league would like to express our gratitude to Tino Silva who served as the league's president last year, and successfully guided the league through an extremely challenging time when we had to battle the City of Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers and the NFL to protect the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park.

We want to thank and recognize: Elise Mello, Kerry Washington, Dan Sequiera and Dave Stiver all volunteered to join the Board in various key positions.

2016-17 SCYSL Executive Officers:

  • President | Steve Robertson
  • Vice President | Gabe Foo
  • Secretary | Audren Cashman
  • Treasurer | Martyn Webster

Newly appointed Board of Director Members:

  • Elise Mello | U6 Age Group Coordinator
  • Kerry Washington | U8 Age Group Coordinator
  • Dan Sequeira | Equipment Coordinator
  • Dave Stiver | Awards Coordinator


Sign the Petition To Protect Soccer Park & the 2016 Season

Please Read and Sign the Petition to Stop the NFL from Destroying the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park. Then Join Us on Tuesday, December 8th at the Santa Clara City Council Meeting to Show Your Support!

US Soccer Mandates Changes to Improve Youth Development Standards

August 24, 2015 - In another step towards improving long-term player development in the United States, the U.S. Soccer Federation is phasing in new mandatory standards related to small-sided games and birth-year registration.

These coaching initiatives, which will be mandated to apply to all U.S. Soccer members by August 2017, include age groups based on birth-year registration (from January 1 to December 31) consistent with international standards. Simultaneously, U.S. Soccer will also mandate new small-sided and field size standards for U-6 through U-12 age groups.

Click here for the official U.S. Soccer Federation announcement and presentation. NorCal has been working

SCYSL is working with Cal-North and NorCal Premier League Officials to better understand details and the timeline of the proposed changes. Stay tuned for more information.

Santa Clara Sporting & Santa Clara Youth Soccer League Partner with College Fit Finder

May 28, 2015 - The Santa Clara Sporting Club and the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League announced a partnership to provide their U13-U18 soccer players with complimentary access to the College Fit Finder recruting tool. Nearly 200 student athletes have been recruited in the last few years. The College Fit Finder system provides academic information on colleges and universities (majors offered, location, tuition/living exp. costs, incoming freshmen GPA & SAT scores), and soccer program details (coach contacts and program details for for all D1, D2, D3, NIAA programs in the US).

Stand-Up For Santa Clara Youth Soccer!
Read the Truth About the San Francisco 49ers

Recently, the San Francisco 49ers created a smoking area next to the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park just across the street from Levi's Stadium. People joked that they were trying to smoke out the kids to make room for VIP game-day parking...

Soccer vs. Baseball Field Spring Access Reminder

Please remember that soccer is a Secondary Permit Sport in the City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreational Department during the Spring Season. This means that youth baseball teams and games have first rights to fields. Soccer becomes a First Permit Sport during the Fall....

Santa Clara Arsenal U9 Boys Competitive Team Tryout

Santa Clara Arsenal U9 Boys Competitive Team is Holding Tryouts January 31st and February 7th at Sutter Field.

The Santa Clara Arsenal are hosting tryouts Saturday January 31st and Feb 7th from 4 pm-5:15 pm at Sutter Elementary School Field.  They are looking to add a few players to their roster for the CCSL Spring season.  If your son is interested please contact either team manager Adam Prince aprince888@gmail.com or text (215) 327-6359 or Coach Amsalu eamsalu@yahoo.com or text (408) 508-1524 to let them know if you are attending.  Players should bring water, shin guards, and wear cleats and appropriate soccer gear.

Santa Clara United & Santa Clara Landsharks U12 Girls Teams Holding Tryouts
New Girls U12 Competitive Soccer Teams

There are two Santa Clara Under-12 Competitive Girls Teams looking for players and holding tryouts. Both teams will play U13 in the 2015 Fall Season starting August 1st. Read More...

Donate to Goals-for-A-Cure & Save Lives in Santa Clara County
Playing for a Cause

Santa Clara Sporting Club and Matteo Studios launched Goals-for-a-Cure during the month of October 2008, to raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer.  All Santa Clara Sporting Teams participate in a Goal-A-Thon Fundraiser during the month of October, and the club raised over $155,000 to fight breast cancer between 2008-2013. The funds raised...

Respect the Game - The Consequences of Negative Parents

The recent death of Salt Lake City, Utah, soccer referee Ricardo Portillo makes me incredibly sad. There isn't a game on earth that is worth someone's life. I read that his family says the parents of the 17-year-old keeper who hit him in the head should bear...

2016 Referee Pay Rates
Referee Rates Aligned to NEW 2016 US Soccer Playing Format

Updated 4/5/2016

The following referee pay rates are used for all Santa Clara Youth Soccer and Santa Clara Sporting Competitive league and scrimmage games. This only applies to games where the home team pays the referee cash after the game (NorCal Premier games, scrimmages, etc).

The referee pay rate is tied to the game length. Center Referee rates are staying the same, and AR rates now match the length of the halves, i.e., 40 min halves equal $40 rate.

Spring Game Length Options - Teams can mutually agree to play a longer game duration (play-up a maximum of 1 age group), but must pay the referees the increased pay rate. For example, a U11 (9 v 9) game can be played at U12 (11 v 11) game format as long as the officials are paid the U12 referee pay rate. Please remind coaches/managers before the game.

2016 US Soccer Standards - Spring League Games

Birth Year Age Game Length No. of Players CR Pay Rate AR Pay Rate
Born in 2008 U8 2 x 25 min. 7 v 7 $30 $25
Born in 2007 U9 2 x 25 min. 7 v 7 $30 $25
Born in 2006 U10 2 x 30 min. 9 v 9 $30 $30
Born in 2005 U11 2 x 30 min. 9 v 9 $35 $30
Born in 2004 U12 2 x 35 min. 11 v 11 $40 $35
Born in 2003 U13 2 x 35 min. 11 v 11 $40 $35
School Age Age Game Length No. of Players CR Pay Rate AR Pay Rate
2003/2002 U14 2 x 35 min. 11 v 11 $40 $35
2002/2001 U14 2 x 35 min. 11 v 11 $40 $35
2001/2000 U15 2 x 40 min. 11 v 11 $45 $40
2000/1999 U16 2 x 40 min. 11 v 11 $45 $40
1999/1998 U17 2 x 45 min. 11 v 11 $50 $45
1998/1997 U18 2 x 45 min. 11 v 11 $50 $45
1997/1996 U19 2 x 45 min. 11 v 11 $50 $45

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