Who We Are

Whether you are new to soccer or an experienced player, CVSJ provides fun, safe and competitive programs, in a positive environment. Central Santa Clara Valley Youth Soccer League is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1983 to provide an opportunity for San Jose’s youth to play the wonderful game of soccer. 
Today, we support ~4,000 children playing soccer annually.  We primarliy serve the Cambrian, Willow Glen, & Rose Garden neighborhoods of San Jose, plus a section of Campbell. However our programs are open for players from any of our neighboring cities!

Most know us as the Central Valley Youth Soccer League (CVYSL).  When the 3-time National Champion Central Valley Mercury girls were featured on the box of Team Cheerios, it said they came from Central Valley, CA, but they and we are really located in San Jose, CA.


US Youth Soccer (USYS)

CVYSL is part of California Youth Soccer Association North (CYSA-N) District II. CYSA-N is part of a much larger organization called US Youth Soccer (USYS).  US Youth Soccer administers four (4) regions in the United States.  We are part of Region IV (4), since we are located in California.

USYS National Championship Series

USYS promotes the National Championship Series, where teams compete for their State Cup championship, and then move on to compete for the Regional Championship, and finally the National Championship. State Cup play begins at the under 11 age group, Regional at under 12’s, and National’s at under 14.


USYS Olympic Development Program

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for internationalcompetition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

CVYSL’s own Aly Wagner has been on the Women’s National Team since 1998, and has 86 Caps, and 16 goals for the team to date.
Youth Soccer Programs

Three levels of soccer are offered by CVSJ.  

Recreational: The purpose of the recreational soccer program is to provide the development of the soccer playing ability of the child. 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.

Our U5/6 division practices are led by a professional coaches, providing better development for the players and helping parent-coaches learn how to run an effective practice. Each year, players are assigned to teams on which all players must play at least 50% of the time throughout the season. We encourage the use of small-sided games in the youngest age groups to maximize skills development. In addition, we sponsor recreational jamborees, which feature tournament-style of play.

CV Select: Designed for those players (U10 and older) who are committed to fine-tuning their technical and tactical skills, as well as playing at the highest levels possible. Our Select program offers 8 months of training by volunteer coaches (licensed) and play in NorCal / CalNorth leagues, against other clubs within the Bay Area. These players compete in traveling leagues and often enter numerous local, state, regional, and national tournaments.

CV Elite: Developmental programs that are designed for those players who have a greater interest in and commitment to advancing their skills. CVSJ has a proud tradition of producing some of the most successful teams in Northern California. Our Elite program offers 10 months of training with paid professional coaches. These players compete in leagues that typically involve traveling to areas outside their league of registration and may include participation in a number of tournaments.

Note - Our Select and Elite teams play fall, and spring soccer, and participate in tournaments year round.  Our Recreational teams only play in Fall and Spring.

Fall Season:        Sep – Nov
Spring Season:   Apr – Jun

Our Volunteers
We our a league run by volunteers who love soccer, and are motivated to provide an organized soccer league for our children. We have over 150 volunteer coach’s, twice as many assistant coach’s, and a huge group of really dedicated parents.