What is Recreational Soccer?

The purpose of the CVYSL recreational soccer program is to provide the development of the soccer playing ability of the child. Safety, fun, excitement, and player skill development are the primary focus of our program. Regardless of the ability of the child, everyone deserves an equal chance to play and to learn in a safe, positive, and supportive environment. Children with little or no soccer experience should play in the recreational program. This will allow them to develop their soccer skills in preparation for advancement to competitive level play.

Recreational coaches are volunteers and typically parents of the players and must pass a background check. If you are interested in coaching a recreational team, please indicate your interest when registering your child for CVYSL recreational soccer.

What is Competitive Soccer and where do I get info?

Central Valley Youth Soccer League (CVYSL) has a proud tradition of producing some of the most successful teams in Northern California. Competitive soccer is intended for those players who have a greater interest and commitment in advancing their skills. This level of soccer is tryout based and focuses on player development and taking the player from Recreational Soccer on the path to competitive soccer. Please visit the San Jose Earthquakes Youth Club website for more informaiton and how to try out for CVYSL-San Jose Earthquakes Youth Competitive soccer teams.

How do I register for Recreational Soccer? What is required?

CVYSL offers both Fall and Spring recreational leagues. Register online at Central Valley Recreational Soccer. For new and some returning players, a birth-certificate or passport is needed to verify age. Registration for these seasons typically closes in June for Fall soccer, and in February for Spring soccer.

  • New Players: A copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate (Certificate of Vital Record issued by the county recorder) to verify the child’s age must be uploaded into the registration program during registration if not previously uploaded.
  • Returning Players: You will be notified by the Registrar, if proof of age is required.

Age Restrictions

Age of the player is based on their birth year. For Ex. 2007 = U12, 2005 = U14 (players do not "age-up" until the following Fall). If you were U9 in the Fall you remain U9 in the Spring.

How are teams organized? How big are the teams?

Teams are organized by birth year, school attended and requests. Requests are not guaranteed, as teams are built to be balanced. Team size depends on age. Teams that play 4 v 4 will have no more than 8; 7 v 7, no more than 11; 9 v 9, no more than 13. Older teams may have as many as 16-18.

How often are practices and games? Where are practices and games held?

Practices are at the discretion of the coaches, and will begin usually three/two week’s prior to season beginning, and as the coaches are identified and teams are formed. The number of practices will vary, and generally increase with the age of the child.

Games are held on Saturday’s and occasionally some teams will have ONE Sunday game during the season. Game times range between 8:00am – 4:00pm.

All U6 - U10 recreational games are played on schools/parks in the Cambrian, Willow Glen and Rose Garden neighborhoods of San Jose, but sometimes may be at fields/parks in the City of Campbell. Most of U12 - U18 recreational program games are also played on fields within San Jose & Campbell, but some of the "play through" games can be played in other nearby cities.

When does the season begin?

Depending on the season, for Fall, usually the first weekend of September after Labor Day and Spring mid-late March.

  • Fall Season: Sep – Nov
  • Spring Season: Mar – Jun

When will I be contacted about my child’s team assignment?

Parents, you will be contacted by your child’s coach. Depending on the season it could be a month/three weeks before season starts. Please be patient with coaches as they are volunteers and arranging practices times/days, it also depends much on their work schedule and field availability or assignment from the league.

When does the schedule of games come out?

Usually the schedule comes out one-week prior to the season start. AGC’s will submit game schedules to coaches who will then send it to parents. After the first week, schedules will be posted on the Central Valley website.

Can I get a refund?

Refunds will only be issued if your child cannot be placed on a team. Refunds for voluntary withdrawals are at the Board’s discretion and will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

What is an Age Group Coordinator (AGC)?

Age Group Coordinator (AGC) manages certain divisions. There are four AGC’s, a U6 (U5&U6), U8 (U7&U8), U10 (U9&U10), U12&up. Please check Board of Directors to find your Age Group Coordinator.

What is the League’s address?

Central Valley Youth Soccer League, P.O. Box 321149, Los Gatos, CA 95032