Return to Play FAQ for Parents

Our President, Pam Crone, is serving as our health safety officer. Both concerns and reports of illness should be directed to her. She can be reached at or 408-393-8878.

You may also report any deficiencies in compliance with Protocol requirements to County of Santa Clara Office of the District Attorney at or

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.

California Department of Public Health (Feb 19, 2021 Update)

  • Soccer may be played if county adjusted case rate = 14 per 100k or less
  • Local health depts and school districts may adopt stricter rules 
  • Face coverings to be worn by all (participants, coaches, spectators) when not participating in competition
  • Social distancing for all at all times off the field
  • Participants must sanitize hands before competition, during breaks, and after competition, if there is shared equipment
  • Nobody with symptoms may participate in competitions
  • Each participant must have a parent/guardian sign an ‘Informed Consent'
  • Spectators at games and practices limited to immediate household members
  • County-based competition, or between adjacent counties, if both counties are cleared
  • No tournaments or events with more than 2 teams
  • Only 1 competition per team, per day
  • Teams must not compete in out-of-state games or events

When will updated state guidelines go into effect?

New updated state guidelines come into effect on Friday, February 26, 2021

Who is responsible for the “Informed Consent” form indicated in the State Guidelines?

Each Club/League is responsible for creating their own “Informed Consent” form to be signed by a legal guardian and for maintaining copies of the forms with the team. Informed Consent Template

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

No, the only sports that require athlete testing are football, rugby, and water polo?

Can I watch my child play?

Generally, no. For everyone’s safety, we will limit the number of people on the field to just the players, the coaches and a Safety Monitor. We have designed the drop off and pick up so that parents do not need to leave their car. If you have safety concerns that require you to observe your child, you will have to do so from outside the fences. 

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.


NorCal Video: Town Hall Meeting

CalNorth Video: Return to Play Presentation

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 address?

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