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Fax: 894-8889
P.O. Box 1537
Chico, California


Thursday, October 18

Chico Youth Soccer League is a parent/volunteer recreational soccer program and we depend on our volunteers to help us have a successful program.  CYSL needs volunteers in the following areas:  Board Member, Field Painting (need someone to paint the fields each week in preparation for game day).  CYSL will also have an opening for Executive Director after this season.  For information, contact the league at 894-1088.


DATES OF PLAY:  Games will be played on Saturdays beginning September 8th, 2018 and will continue through November 3rd, 2018.  All games will be played at 20th Street Community Park.  


FEE:  $80.00 per player.   LATE FEE: $90.00 after August 1st and may be placed on a waiting list.

UNIFORMS:  Uniforms consist of a colored T-shirt (provided by the league for all participating players). You will need to purchase a pair of all white shorts and solid colored socks to match the T-Shirt. (No black stripes on shorts or white stripes on socks). Shin guards are mandatory during practice and games. Soccer shoes or turf shoes are acceptable.  No metal or toe cleats allowed (ususally toe cleats on baseball shoes can be cut off). 

AGE DIVISIONS:     Childs age as of:  December 31, 2018    

DIVISION                     AGE                                            YEAR BORN   

U6                                 5 years old                                     2013    

U7                                 6 years old                                     2012    

U8                                 7 years old                                     2011   

U9                                 8 years old                                     2010    

U10                               9 years old                                     2009    

U12                              10-11 years old                               2008-2007    

U14                              12-14 years old                               2006, 2005, 2004

If there are not enough players to form a single age division, two age divisions may be combined ie: (U10, U12, U14) U6 division may be combined into a co-ed league.

TEAM ASSIGNMENTS:  ALL PLAYERS ARE ASSIGNED BY RANDOM DRAW.  Special requests for a specific team, friends, car pools, or conflict due to practice times or location, are not allowed.  This policy as been determined by the Board of Directors as the most efficient way to manage team placement of over 2000 children participating in our programs.      

PRACTICE:  Teams are required to have at least one practice per week and not more than two per week. Practice times and location are determined by the Coach. Due to the size of our league, players WILL NOT be transferred to another team due to a conflict over practice times or location.  Practice times and location are the decision of the coach and are scheduled according to the coach’s availability and field availability.  

COACH CONTACT:  A Coaches Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 18 to distribute rosters.  Coaches will begin contacting their players AFTER the coaches meeting.  If you have not heard from a coach by August 31st, contact the league at 894-1088 or Leave a message and either the coach or a league representative will contact you.  

REFUNDS: All refunds are assessed a $40.00 Fee and must be approved by the league.  Approved refunds are  processed AFTER the 2nd game. 

 VOLUNTEERS: Chico Youth Soccer League is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors committed to providing a quality recreational soccer program to the youth of Chico. Teams are coached by parents.  The league provides a Coaches Clinic prior to the beginning of the season and Board Members are available on game days to offer assistance when needed.  Referees are also needed. Classroom and field training is provided. Sign-Up sheets are available during registration.

Handout: Registration Form 2018


   Chico Youth Soccer League (CYSL) was founded in 1973 with 254 boys and girls participating. CYSL now offers a Spring and Fall Season and has over 2000 youth, ages 5-14, participating in the Spring and Fall programs. CYSL is for boys and girls in the U6 - 14&U age divisions.

   CYSL'S policy is to encourage the RECREATIONAL and PARTICIPITORY aspects of the game. We recognize there will always be competition in any activity in which a score is kept, however, CYSL's first principle is that RECREATION and PARTICIPATION come first.

   CYSL's motto is that "EVERYBODY PLAYS". There are no tryouts. Everyone who signs up, on time, makes the team. No player on a team is to sit out more than half of every game. Coaches are pledged to this policy and the Board of Directors will enforce it. Most important of all, the League encourages a spirit of unpressured and congenial good sportsmanship among players, coaches and parents. An excellent guide for parents put together in England can be found at -- go to the links page and click on Respect Guide. Another great short clip can be also found on the links page under "Ray calls for Respect".

The Coaches Manual includes general information about the league in the form of questions most frequently asked, league rules, policies, procedures and our players code of conduct.


Team Assignment:

All players are assigned by random draw. Due to the size of the league, special requests for a specific team, carpools, friends etc. are NOT allowed. Teams are required to have at least one practice per week and not more than two per week. Practice times and location are determined by the Coach according to space availablity.


Coaches are NOT permitted to recruit players without league authorization. If a team is short players, the coach must call the league and reguest a player from the waiting list. The first child on the waiting list will go to the team that needs another player.
Under NO circumstances may an unregistered player participate in a game or practice.

Become a Referee

Chico Youth Soccer League is looking for youth and adults who want to become referees. Referees must be at least 14 years old to apply, attend the USSF Entry Level referee class, pay the $75 USSF license fee and purchase the required uniform and accessories.  

The referee training class consists of 3 3-hour classroom sessions and passing an on-line test.  Attendance at all 3 classroom sessions is required.   The next training class will be held in January, and are ususally held on two weeknights from 6-9 pm and for 3 hours on a Saturday, usually 9-Noon.

Referees are paid $10.50 per game and can choose the dates and times they want to work (subject to game availability)

Referees must purchase the uniform and accessories.  We make available a group order for most items for which we get a significant discount (figure $45).  They must also have predominately black shoes and a digital watch with a stopwatch and/or countdown feature. 

For more information, or to reserve a place in the next class, contact Wes Hocking at 680-4052 (cell), or via email at

Handout: Referee Information Form

Wednesday, October 8
Soccer Law Help for Coaches and Parents

A new web page has been added - "Mysteries Demystified", which deals with explanations of selected laws and procedures of soccer.  It's purpose is to help coaches and parents with some of the "trickier" soccer laws.  It's the last page listed in the left column of the website.

Board of Directors

CYSL is run by a volunteer nine member Board of Directors, mostly parents like yourself who are interested in contributing to their own child's development as well as that of other children in the community. CYSL does not have an operating office. You may contact the league by calling 894-1088 and leaving a message, by emailing, or by Fax at 894-8889.

Thank you for supporting CYSL.

Thursday, August 20
Coaches and Referees

The league is also accepting applications for coaches and referees. A coaches clinic and referee training is provided. For more information contact the league at 894-1088 or

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