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SYSA Recreational Soccer
Spokane Youth Sports Association provides consistent and affordable soccer programs for youth ages 4 through 18 where every kid receives playing time and the positive atmosphere to help them build confidence in themselves. Beginners are welcome, as the goal is to get youth from every corner playing soccer. SYSA has practice and game locations spanning the greater Spokane area to make youth soccer more convenient for families. Practices and games (as league size allows) will be played in your neighborhood.
Beginning August 1, 2017, ALL youth players in the United States register for youth soccer teams based on their birth year. As a recreational program, we have the flexibility to allow your player to “play-up” one year to play with their friends/classmates. Our aim is to continue to provide the highest quality recreational program in the area.
SYSA is a member of the Washington Youth Soccer Association. “The Recreational level of play is an ideal and vibrant entry point for the player who wants to be introduced to the game, play with friends, and participate on a team. Recreational soccer is open to all players and is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players. No tryouts are required to join a team.” As a member of Washington Youth Soccer, SYSA coaches receive concussion and sudden cardiac awareness training, safety awareness, SafeSport, and must be approved through a national background check. A membership with Washington Youth Soccer also provides secondary insurance coverage.
The Recreational player is of any age and is interested in playing in a less committed environment. Seasons are typically shorter, tournaments are fewer, traveling is less, and coaches are volunteer-based. Recreational soccer is purely for the enjoyment of the sport, and not as much focus is placed on advanced technical and tactical instruction or wins.
The SYSA soccer programs gradually become more sophisticated as the participant’s age increases. SYSA follows the objectives of the US Youth Soccer. Teams play small-sided games to “improve player confidence and comfort with the ball” and “develop intelligence with and without the ball”.
The 2015 Rookie participant practices/plays one day per week at the same field and time. This program is designed to introduce soccer to youth in a fun and dynamic environment where they can work on their coordination and understanding of the game.
For 2014 through 2012 participants, the commitment jumps to two days per week during the season, as the youth’s attention span catches up to their amazing ability to absorb new techniques, strategies, and fundamentals. The participants will have one weeknight practice and one Saturday game. Coaches may be present on the field during the games to help officiate and develop the players. Practices and games will be played in your neighborhood.
2011 through 2006 players play three times per week during the season – two weeknight practices and one Saturday game. This jump in commitment level fuels player bonding and team chemistry. Referees are requested for this older group as coaches step off the field during the games to allow the players to develop and make decisions more independently. These changes are all accompanied by an increase in both field size and players on the field as the youth advance through the age groups. 8th graders with an Aug-Dec 2005 birth year may register and play in the 2007-2006 league.
The high school grades 9-12 co-ed league gives older players an opportunity to play soccer in an organized league where everyone makes the team and is able to compete.
SYSA provides training curriculum and coaching clinics for the volunteer coaches. Spokane Sounders coaches are also available for coaches to receive additional assistance with their team practices.
SYSA Soccer and Spokane Shadow SC partner together offering youth soccer players in the Spokane Community a level of soccer league; recreational, developmental, select, or premier, that best fits their player’s ability and the family’s commitment level.
SYSA Soccer is an official partner club with the Seattle Sounders FC.