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Sign-up for US Sports Coaching Spring Break & Summer Camps 2014

US Sports Coaching and Premier Soccer Coaching Camps in Santa Clara
Over Spring Break and throughout the Summer USSC and Premier Soccer Coaching are having an extensive and unique camp program to celebrate the World Cup in Brazil, and help players...

SF 49ers Break Promise to Build New Soccer Fields - Soccer Parents Need to Speak-Up

March 23, 2014


The Santa Clara City Council is meeting on Tuesday 3/25 at Santa Clara City Hall  1500 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara at 7pm to discuss building additional soccer fields in Santa Clara to offset the fields lost at the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park on Sundays due to 49er game day congestion.  We are overjoyed that these new fields are being considered, sceptical that they can be completed by early August when they would be needed, and disappointed in the fact that the City is footing the bill for these fields rather than the 49ers (regardless of which fund the City money comes out of). 

If you read the letter from Jed York, Owner of the 49ers dated January 10, 2012, it is clear that he promised "to underwrite several regulation-sized additional fields" for use "during NFL game days."  There is no mention of a contingency for underwriting these fields in exchange for being allowed to use the SCYSP parking lot on game days (which the 49ers now claim is the holdup).  If he is to be held to his word, then why is the City (which means footing the bill for these fields?

We would like to ask anyone who has an interest in youth soccer in Santa Clara to attend the meeting and support our hope of swaying the Council's thinking on this matter.  Children in soccer uniforms would send a great message to the City Council that these youngsters are the ones who are actually being displaced on game days, and we want our children to see that authority figures who make promises in order to sway public influence in their favor can't simply renege on these promises once the election is over and they have what they desire.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, you can still show your support be emailing the City Council at or sending mail to Mayor and Council 1500 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

Matt Heintz, SCYSL President and Santa Clara Sporting 97B Green Team Manager


Goals for a Cure Donates $30,000 to El Camino Hospital - Over $155,000 Raised Since 2008

The Santa Clara Sporting 98B Black Team once again dominated the Goals for a Cure fundraising efforts for the third consecutive year, and presented El Camino Hospital with a...

18 Sporting Players Recruited to Collegiate Soccer Programs in 2014

Santa Clara Sporting is proud to announce and congradulate the graduting class of 2014 student-athlete soccer players that are recruited to play collegiate soccer. Thirteen players were recruited from the Santa Clara Sporting 95B Green Team coached

Register for Scholar Athlete Awards - Deadline March 28th

The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League will host our annual Scholar Athlete Award Ceremony and the Jonathan Manzo Chavez Spirit Awards at 7pm on April 7th at the Santa Clara Sporting club house located at 282 Brokaw Road in Santa Clara. The Scholar Athlete Award Ceremony recognizes the academic excellence...

SCYSL Looking for New Board Members

The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League is searching for new Board of Directors members for the up-coming season. The SCYSL relies on volunteer board members to help manage and run the league. Please take a moment and see if you are able to step forward to help the children in our league.  As a volunteer run organization, we rely on our members to make this league great!

Available Positions:

  • U12+ Age Group Coordinator - this person manages the U12+ boys and girls cross-league teams. After players register for the up-coming season, this age group coordinator will form teams and place players on teams. He/she will work with team coaches/managers to place uniform and equipment orders, then distribute team gear. The coordinator will also work with other leagues to schedule games, then distribute awards at the end of the soccer season. The bulk of the work happens between August-November, and the remainder of the year it's pretty quiet.
  • Photo Coordinator - this person manages the relationship between our league and the professional photographer partner that takes our annual photographs in September. This person will work with our photographer vendor to schedule and coordinate the league's photosession day held once a year.  You will coordinate with our age group coordinators to distribute the photos after they arrive.
  • Volunteer Coordinator  - this person will coordinate parent volunteers. Work with our marketing/webmaster to promote available volunteer jobs, schedule parent volunteers and assist them in the collection of their Volunteer Participation Program (VPP) refund. All the VPP forms and instructions are available online but some parents may have a few questions. The main volunteer opportunities take place in May (Fall season registration), and in August-September (field prep and photo day).
  • Treasurer/SCYSL executive position - provide monthly financial reports to the Board. Accounting experience is preferred for this position, but not required as we have a bookkeeper. 
  • Website/Marketing Coordinator - this person will manage the league's website and communications. Manage monthly updates to the website and send email communications to the SCYSL membership.  Familiarity to the Constant Contact email solution and Demosphere (website content management) system are preferred, but not required as long as you are comfortable with blogging and photo editing.

If you are interested in any of these positions please contact Matt Heintz, SCYSL President at

Santa Clara Hot Rods Win U9 Boys Copper Division at District II Fall Cup

December 2, 2013

Congratulations to the Santa Clara Hot Rods U9 competitive soccer team for winning the Copper Division at the 2013 District II Fall Cup on November 10th. The boys won four games over the two-days of competition starting on Saturday, November 9th. The Hot Rods tied their first game 1-1 against the Pajaro Valley PV United 04B White Team, then defeated the Scotts Valley SVSLV Knights 04B Team with a convincing 3-1 score. On Sunday they beat the Aptos Tied 04B Team with a big 4-1 margin, then beat Pajaro Valley in a close championship game 3-2. Congrats to the players, coaches and parents.

Santa Clara Lightning Boltz Finish 2nd at 2013 Fall District II Cup

November 24, 2013

The Santa Clara Lightning Boltz U10 Boys team placed 2nd at the 2013 Fall District II Cup in the U10 Yellow Division on November 24th. The team...

Santa Clara Storm Win Division at 2013 Fall District II Cup

November 24, 2013

The Santa Clara Storm U10 Boys team took first place in the U10 Blue Division at the 2013 Fall District II Rec Cup Tournament on November 23rd-24th. The team competed in four games over the weekend; they won

Santa Clara Juggernauts Place 3rd at 2013 Fall District II Cup

November 23, 2013

The Santa Clara Juggernauts U14 Boys Team competed in the 2013 District II Fall Rec Cup on November 23rd and finished in 3rd place overall. The team won their first game 2-0 over the Sunnyvale Alliance SC Panther FC Team, then tied the MHYSL Aftershocks 2-2. Congratulations to the players and Coach Wendy Amick and Ken Gosalvez.

US Sports Coaching Hosts Winter Soccer Camp: Dec. 30th-Jan. 3rd

US Sports Coaching Winter Soccer Camp - December 30th - January 3rd
This winter, US Sports Coaching is hosting the Kickers and Winter Camp Program for those players that want extra soccer skill development or want to enjoy more soccer during the for more info....

Santa Clara Sparks U12G Win the 2013 District II Fall Cup

Congratulations to the Santa Clara Sparks U12G team for winning the 2013 District II Fall Cup. The Sparks played in the Bronze division and did not allow a goal...

SCYSL Make-up Picture Day - Sept 22nd at Central Park

SCYSL Make-up Picture Day will take place at Santa Clara Central Park, 901 Kiely Blvd. next to the Swim Center.

Tom Austin
SCYSL Photo Coordinator

SCYSL U5-U8 Pre-Comp Soccer Program Starts Sept 6th
FREE Soccer Training for Boys & Girls Every Friday

If you have a child that is playing U5-U8 in our Santa Clara Youth Soccer League, we want to invite your son or daughter to participate in our FREE training sessons on Fridays from 5:30pm-7pm at Curtis Field. These training sessions are for players who think they may want to play competitive soccer when they are age U9 (or U8 in the Spring of 2014)....More

Sporting 02G White win District II Spring Cup Bronze Div

June 3, 2013

A BIG Congratulations to the Santa Clara Sporting 02G White Team for taking 1st place in the U10 2013 District II Spring Cup Bronze Division last weekend in Morgan Hill. The girls played four tough games in hot weather down at the Morgan Hill Soccer Complex. Read more...


SCYSL Picture Day - September 14th

SCYSL Picture Day Information

When: Saturday, September 14th (your team schedule will be posted Sept. 9th)

Location: Curtis Field, 890 Pomeroy Avenue, Santa Clara

Photo Day Scheduledownload and check (Updated 9/13/13) your team’s time slot. If you see an OPEN time slot, please e-mail Tom Austin at with your request.  Priority is given to those teams that have game conflicts.  Requests will be reviewed and changes communicated each night. 

Order Forms:

All SCYSL Recreational Soccer Players, and Santa Clara Sporting players (that registered for Cal-North CYSA) qualify to receive one standard photo kit (1 individual player photo and 1 team photo). Additional photos and souveniers can be ordered using the Photo Order Form.

Picture Day Order Process and Schedule

  1. Please check the schedule for your teams’ time slot.
  2. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your teams’ scheduled time, dressed in your full uniform. Click on the order form to print it. Then simply complete it, staple payment, and return it with your child on Photo Day.
  3. Make-Up Picture Day is tentatively scheduled for September 22nd at Curtis Field.

Tom Austin
SCYSL Photo Coordinator

Background Check Completed at Live Scan Events - July 13th, 16th, 20th

SCYSL and Santa Clara Sporting Coaches/Managers, 

There will be three opportunities this month to have the mandatory LiveScan completed for CYSA. Sunnyvale Alliance is hosting all of these events and have opened it up to adults in our league. It is very important that when you arrive...

SCYSL Coaches/Team Manager Live Scan Background Check Event Held June 26th

Santa Clara Youth Soccer League and Santa Clara Sporting Coaches and Team Managers

ALL adult volunteers who plan to coach and/or manage a SCYSL or Santa Clara Sporting Team in 2013 are required to register in the NEW Cal-North/CYSA Live Scan system. Every coach/manager is required to obtain a new fingerprint test. Comp teams cannot be roster and receive a Cal-North GoldenRod until he/she passes the LiveScan process.

If you cannot attend this event, there will be a second one in August, but your 2013 GoldenRod cannot be issued until the coach passes the background check

  • Register Online - Login and register for the "SCYSL June 26th Live Scan" event. You will need to create an account if you have not done so previously during player registration.
  • RSVP by June 17th - when you register online.
  • Date: Wednesday, June 26th
  • Time: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: Santa Clara Sporting Club house, 282 Brokaw Road, Santa Clara 95050 Google map
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...

Santa Clara Sporting Teams Win 8 Cal-North State Cup Championships!
2 teams were Finalists - Sporting Placed 10 Teams on the Podium

May 6, 2013

The Santa Clara Sporting club set a new record with 8 teams winning the 2013 Cal-North State Cup Championship this year. No club has ever won that many State Cup titles in one year. All eight teams quaify to compete in the 2013 Far West Regional Tournament held June 17-23 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Stand-up for Mariah and Support her Family

On March 23rd, 2013, the Central Valley Magic U12 Girl’s competitive team received word that their goalkeeper for the past 5 seasons, Maria Serratos, had been hospitalized and would not be playing in their game that day. Mariah was admitted to Valley Medical Center due to numbness and lack of strength in her legs. The following day she was transported to...

Carden Field Closed Until Further Notice

August 27, 2012

Carden Field is temporarily closed because of construction,  the City of Santa Clara hasn't given SCYSL a completion date (hopefully soon).  No one is allowed to use this field until we get the permit.  We will let everyone know when the field is open again.  If our teams are seen using the field during this time, the principal is going to seek that we are not allowed there even after construction is complete.  DO NOT USE THIS FIELD.

When you use any school (Carden and Westwood are ones that we always get complaints about), you are not allowed to use the bathrooms or go into any school building.  Your players cannot use the playground if the school has an aftercare program going on at the same time.  This would typically involve practices before 5pm.  Coaches need to be sure the parents and grandparents know these rules because you may be running practice, and when you are working with the team, the siblings may end-up where we don't want them.  This is another reason why the schools are threatening to kick-us out of Carden.

USSF Entry Grade 8 Referee Course Offered July 15th-30th

Updated 6/26/2013

SCYSL is offering a Grade 8 referee course this summer. The class will meet at the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park at 5409 Centennial Boulevard on the following dates:


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