Recreational Soccer FAQs

1.     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. CVYSL offers both Fall and Spring recreational leagues.  Registration for these seasons typically closes in June for Fall soccer, and in February for Spring soccer. 

2.     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. If you are interested in more information about cometivie soccer visit the Competitive tab on the above menu bar.

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

Register online at and click the “Register Now” button on the Home screen. Follow the on-screen prompts and completely fill out the form. For new and some returning players, a birth-certificate or Passport is needed to verify age. See instructions while registering.

4. What documents can be used for proof of age?

Proof of age can be a birth certificate or passport. Photocopies of any of the above are acceptable. Note that any player can be called upon to prove legality of age with an original copy of one of the above to the Board should a question arise. Hospital certificates and baptism certificates are NOT adequate proof of age.

5. How much will it cost to register?

Prices vary with age and are subject to change.  Prior to June 1
The 2018 Fall registration fees were: U5/U6 - $135, U7-U12 - $175, U14+ - $220.

6. 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.

7. 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.

Games and practices are generally held at local 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.

8. What is the League’s address?

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Can I get a refund?

Refunds are only given if your child cannot be placed on a team.

12. 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 the website under Board of Directors to find your Age Group Coordinator.

  • Team Formation
  • Assign Coaches
  • Schedule Games
  • Communicate League Information to Coaches
13. 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.