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Sharpen Your Soccer Skills at Premier Soccer Coaching Camps
2016 Summer Camps

June 14, 2016

The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League and Premier Soccer Coaching will be running three Summer Soccer Camps. The camps will run on the following weeks:

  • Week 1 - July 11th to 15th - 9am to 12 noon or 9am to 3pm
  • Week 2 - July 25th to 29th - 9am to 12 noon or 9am to 3pm
  • Week 3 - August 1st to 5th - 9am to 12 noon or 9am to 3pm

All camps will be held at Curtis Field, 890 Pomeroy Avenue, Santa Clara. During each week of camp we are offering three different types of soccer camp:

Competitive Player Camp These camps are open to competitive soccer players of all ages. During the camp players will work on improving their technical skills such as shooting, passing, receiving, footwork, heading, volleys, crossing, 1v1 dribbling, defending etc... We will also focus on improving player’s tactical understanding of the game. Players will be split into training groups by age, so that they can play with players of the same age and ability. We are offering a half day competitive player camp, which runs from 9am to 12noon and cost $159 per player or a full day option, which runs from 9am to 3pm and cost $209 per player.

Recreation Player Camp The Recreational Camps are open to recreational level soccer players of all ages and are aimed at those players that enjoy playing soccer and want to improve their soccer skills in a fun and positive environment. During the camps players will work on improving their individual skills through playing a wide range of fun and challenging games. Players will be split into training groups by age, so that they can play with players of the same age. We are offering a half day Recreational player camp, which runs from 9am to 12noon and cost $109 per player or a full day option, which runs from 9am to 3pm and cost $159 per player.

Mini Spring Break Camp The mini camps are aimed at players aged 5 years old and younger. Each mini camp runs from 9am to 10:30am, Monday to Friday. During the camp players will learn the basic technical skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting. Players will do a number of fun activities that are designed to create a positive learning environment for the players to practices their soccer skills.

Click here for more information on these camps and be sure to look out for our special offer, sign up for two camps and get a third camp for three.

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

Register for the SCYSL Spring Break Soccer Camp, April 11th-15th
Recreational & Competitive Soccer Camps Run by Premier Soccer Coaching

Sharpen-up your soccer skills and have some fun at the SCYSL Soccer Spring Break Camp during the week of April 11th-15th. There is a Recreational Soccer Camp and a Competitive Soccer Camp run by Premier Soccer Coaching. Get a 15% Discount when you bring a friend who has not played in the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League.

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


Superior Court Sets Hearing to Review Arguments to Prevent Destruction of Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park

Santa Clara, CA., Thursday, December 31, 2015 – The Superior Court of California Judge Joseph Huber today set a hearing to review the city of Santa Clara’s and the NFL’s effort to take over the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park on Monday, January 4, to build a media village for Super Bowl 50.

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...

Join Us for the SCYSL Scholar Athlete & the Jonathan Manzo Chavez Spirit Awards on April 15th!

March 24, 2014

Register and join us at the 2014-15 SCYSL Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony hosted on April 15th at the Santa Clara Sporting Bingo Hall. Every season, we highlight the importance of education within our soccer community, and celebrate the success of our student athletes off the field through the SCYSL Scholar Athlete Award...

Premier Soccer Coaching Hosts Spring Break Camp - April 13th-17th

Premier Soccer Coaching will be hosting a Spring Break Soccer Camp from April 13th to 17th at Curtis Field (890 Pomeroy Avenue, Santa Clara). They are offering a Half-Day Camp option which runs from 9am-12pm, and also a Full-Day option which runs from 9am-3pm (Monday to Friday). As always, the camp is open to players of all ages. They normally get players aged between 4 and 16 sign-up for each camp.

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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