Return to Play FAQ

Return to Play Competition Policies

Soccer is categorized as an Outdoor High-Contact Sport, generally permitted when the county reaches the Orange Tier. Outdoor high-contact sports (orange tier) can be played in the purple or red tier with an adjusted case rate equal to or less than 14 per 100,000, with implementation and strict adherence to additional guidance (Informed Consent).

On February 25, Santa Clara County announced changes to health order directives, yielding to the state guidance for recreational sports.

Below is the State Requirements (“Reqm’t”)/Guidance as well as CVSJ’s position on each topic. Please note that the summary of the State’s information was prepared by the club and could be subject to mis-interpretation of the guideline.

State Sports Guidance + CVSJ Policies (3/5/21)

The CVSJ Board has done its best to address all of the state guidelines and develop a club policy on each issue. Please refer to this document.

Which safety guidelines are you adhering to?

At the moment, we are taking all guidelines from the CDC, County of Santa Clara, US Soccer, Cal North Soccer and other organizations into consideration. Our main point of reference however are the county guidelines as that is the most localized version of what is appropriate.

What is the Return To Play Informed Consent form?

Due to the nature and risk of transmission while participating in Outdoor High-Contact and Moderate-Contact sports, the State requires us to provide information regarding risk to all parents/guardians of minors participating in such sports, and have each parent sign an informed consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgement of the risks indicated herein. Return To Play Informed Consent Form

Face Coverings

Masks strongly encouraged during play but not required. Masks are mandatory for coaches and observers at all times and for players not actively engaged in play (eg. on the sideline)

Will athletes need to be tested for COVID 19 in order to participate in soccer?

Testing - still interpreting state’s language to determine whether weekly testing is required for ages 13 and above.

Can I watch my child play?

Observers will be allowed, in compliance with the state’s guidance. Note that other clubs may have more restrictive policies that we will adhere to for away games.

  • Practice: Follow state requirements as stated above
  • Home Games: Follow state requirements as stated above
  • Away Games: Must comply with host team’s rules, to be communicated by team manager.

What do I do if my player or a member of our household becomes sick?

First and most important, attend to the sick person. Please see Santa Clara County Emergency Operation Center’s “If You Think You Are Sick” webpage for further instructions. In summary, the person should self-isolate, preferably in a separate room. Your player cannot return to the field until ten days after symptoms first appeared and three days with no fever.

Positive tests must be reported to Ashkon Afsari at as soon as known to allow us to meet county reporting requirements.

Youth Soccer FAQ

How do I register? What is required?

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.

Friend/Coach Requests

We do honor as many buddy requests as possible but given the number of requests, players, and team sizes not all may be accommodated. We also try to consider the school and zip codes of the children in hopes that each child is on a team with fellow classmates or families nearby. Our hope is to make this a fun and memorable experience for all.

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, Fall usually starts the first weekend of September after Labor Day and Spring starts 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 mailing address?

Central Valley Youth Soccer League, PO Box 24396, San Jose, CA 95154-4396