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 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.
Three levels of soccer are offered by CVSJ.
Recreational Soccer: 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.
Competitive Soccer: 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 year-round training by U.S. Licensed Coaches (volunteers) and play in NorCal / CalNorth leagues, against other clubs within the Bay Area. These teams compete in traveling leagues and often enter numerous local, state, regional, and national tournaments.