Recreational Soccer

Updated August 20th

The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League provides a Fall and Spring Recreational Soccer Program for boys and girls from ages Under 6 through Under 16. Emphasis is on player development and soccer enjoyment.

2017 Fall Recreational Soccer Program (Sept.-Nov) - Click Here to Register Before July 10th.
The Fall program starts at the end of August and runs through the first week of November.  All games are played in Santa Clara, except the older U12-U14 Teams may compete in the West Valley Play-Through League (requires some local travel). Teams are formed by gender/age group and teams play between 8-10 games during the season.

2018 Spring Recreational Soccer Progeam (March-May 2018) - Click Here to Register (Register Before Nov. 30th and Save $25)
The Spring program
 utilizes small-sided game formats in our U6/U8/U10 and U12 age groups to maximize skill development. There is one practuce a week and one "game day" on Saturday. Teams are not formed in the Spring, instead we focus on training and soccer games to develop skills. 

We have a very dedicated and enthusiastic group of parent volunteers serving on our Board of Directors that organize the Recreational soccer for us.  You will find general information, modified playing rules and contact information on each Age Group web page.

Steve Robertson
SCYSL President

2017-2018 US Soccer Birth Year Chart

Updated 5/19/2017

Due to recent mandates by US Soccer, all soccer clubs in the US are switching to birth year to determine what age group a player plays in.  For instance a player born in the year 2003 will play in the U15 age group for the 2017-18 season. 

99's U19 1/1/1999 through 12/31/1999
00's U18 1/1/2000 through 12/31/2000
01's U17 1/1/2001 through 12/31/2001
02's U16 1/1/2002 through 12/31/2002
03's U15 1/1/2003 through 12/31/2003
04's U14 1/1/2004 through 12/31/2004
05's U13 1/1/2005 through 12/31/2005
06's U12 1/1/2006 through 12/31/2006
07's U11 1/1/2007 through 12/31/2007
08's U10 1/1/2008 through 12/31/2008
09's U9 1/1/2009 through 12/31/2009
10's U8 1/1/2010 through 12/31/2010
11's U7 1/1/2011 through 12/31/2011
12's U6 1/1/2012 through 12/31/2012
13's U5 1/1/2013 through 12/31/2013

New 2016-17 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.

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