Q. Why is registration for the Fall Season so early, in April and May?
A. We recognize that most teams have barely begun their spring season when they are forced to make roster decisions about the fall. Many players want to see how the spring goes before committing to fall soccer. Please sign up with the kids who can commit, then add others later. We know this is stressful for everyone, but the SFYS timelines are unavoidable, for several reasons. First, we have to follow the SAY Soccer, USYS CalNorth and NorCal guidelines. Also, we have to secure game field permits while teams must secure practice field permits, and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department can only accommodate youth leagues if we know our exact field needs early. In addition, too many families are unavailable in the summers to complete registration. The best way to deal with this stress is warn parents early and often of what will be needed. After the first year, parents and coaches get used to it and it’s not as frustrating.
CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION
The soccer year is August 1st - July 31st, Fall through the following Summer.
A couple of important points for parents to keep in mind :
SF Youth Soccer is the largest youth participation program in the city, apart from the SF Unified School District. Hundreds of teams play with us. Because the City has determined that San Francisco parks resources should go to youth first, organizations like ours which serve youth are required to submit our field needs 4-6 months in advance of the season.
This means that: