UNDERSTAND THE

IMPLICATIONS OF REGISTRATION

The soccer year starts fresh with the Fall season. This means that players are free to join any Fall team without having to complete transfer paperwork. No player is obligated to a team, nor team obligated to a player, based on the previous soccer year commitment.

Note that once a player has registered with a Fall team, that registration (and seasonal player insurance coverage) lasts the full soccer year (August 1st - July 31st).

SFYS Fall Season Registration
All Players are considered free agents and may choose where to register.  
The soccer year starts fresh with the Fall season. This means that players are all free agents, allowed to join any Fall team without having to complete transfer paperwork. No player is obligated to a team based on the previous soccer year commitment. Registration for the Fall season begins the mid-April, just after Spring play gets underway. 


SFYS Spring Season Registration 

Registered Fall Players will be insured for Spring play, but must make a formal commitment to play with the same team in order for that team to register for Spring season. Registration for Spring play begins in November, just as Fall season comes to a close. 


​Winter & Summer Seasons

Registration for Summer play begins in May, as the Spring Season comes to a close. Winter play in Indoor or Futsal leagues are independent of our leagues and may use separate passes.

PLAYERS MAY REGISTER ON ONE TEAM ONLY

Be thoughtful in your team decision. Whether your player is of recreational or highly competitive skill, the considerations are the same. When looking for a team, consider these factors at a minimum:

  1. Make sure you are looking at the right age group.
    ​Teams are organized by the age and gender of the players. 

    • Players may play on a team in an older age group but not a younger one. 
    • Girls may play on a Boys team, but Boys may not play on a Girls team. 
    • Importantly, SF Youth Soccer leagues welcome participation by all San Francisco youth! In cases where gender identity is different from that noted on the birth certificate, SFYS follows the SAY Inclusion Policy.
    • There are no Coed divisions OR designated Coed brackets/playing rules. Mixed Gender teams play in the Boys division
    • The Team Age is based on the age of the oldest player on the team. Players fall into different age groups based on the Age Chart, linked in advance of every registration cycle on the Player Registration page. There are no waivers or exceptions to this grouping.

  2. Make sure the team has enough players to field a team. This is especially important when looking at a new Fall or Spring team; if the team does not get the minimum number of players required to register, you will end up having to find another team last-minute. 

  3. Practice times and locations to fit your school situation. Teams have different practice days. Attending practice is very important to being on a team. Make sure that your child can attend the practices regularly.

  4. Team Strength / Playing Level: Within each age group, teams play in different divisions based on the skill levels and experience of the players on the team. If you have a child who has never played soccer before and is 10 years old, you may want to try to find a team playing in a lower bracket. You can gain some understanding of these divisions by looking at last year’s standings. 

  5. Coaching Cost and Coaching Credentials: Teams have different types of coaches. Most teams have volunteer parent coaches but some have paid coaches. Make sure you understand all fees associated with playing on a team.

  6. Commitment required: number of seasons played per year and number of tournaments (if any) attended each year. 

  7. REMEMBER: Once you've found a team, send us an email so we can remove your child from the list.

Looking for a soccer team for your player? There are two steps:


  1. Let coaches know you're looking!
    Add your player's name to the SFYS Free Agent Listing
    . The information you provide will be furnished to coaches looking for players who meet your criteria. SFYS does not place players on teams. 

  2. Contact teams that need players.
    Our website hosts a seasonal listing of  Teams Looking for Players.
    ​We also highly recommend that you check with your child's friends and school for a team. 

    NOTE : Primary responsibility for finding a team rests with the player. It is your job to call or email coaches to find a team that is compatible. We have an amazing soccer community here in SF, with teams of all types and levels. Don't stress too much, as many teams need and welcome additional and new players - particularly in spring when there are players switching sports or activities. However, the closer it is to season start (September) and into spring, the less teams there will be looking for players. You may need to be flexible. ​

​​SFYS TEAMS WITH PLAYER OPENINGS