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).
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.
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. For Spring 2021, no players registered for Fall 2020 - so ALL Players are considered free agents and free to register with any Spring team they like (as is true for Fall 2021 registration as well). Spring 2021 is an exceptional season in many respects and will be a standalone fun season this year with no bells and whistles, just a singular goal of getting kids on the pitch to have a wonderful time playing again!
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.
As a league of registration, SFYS does not place players on teams.
However, the player connection is a resource for teams and players to find a place to play within the SFYS house leagues. Follow the relative steps, below, for your situation to find a team or a player.
If you need further assistance, please contact SFYS via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be thoughtful in your team formation.
When looking for players to join your squad, please consider these factors at a minimum:
Make sure you are recruiting for the right age group.
Teams are organized by the age and gender of the players.
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 Team Management page. There are no waivers or exceptions to this grouping.
Make sure your team has enough players to register.
Do not over-commit and subject players to last-minute scrambling to find a team.
Request practice times and locations to fit your players' situations.
Set expectations for attendance, number, and length of practices - and generally where your team tries to secure practices (since the location is never guaranteed season over season).
Consider Player Strength / Playing Level
Players register for your team for a full soccer year (Fall - Winter - Spring, just like the school year). If a player is not a great fit, players will be compelled to transfer or worse not play at all because the effort to keep up made for a bad experience.
Coaching Cost and Coaching Credentials
Teams have different types of coaches and coaching styles. Are you a volunteer parent coach or a paid professional? Does your team utilize both? Make sure you make clear all fees associated with playing on your team.
Make sure all players are in agreement about the number of seasons played per year and the number of tournaments (if any) attended each year. (This can vary player by player, but if the team intends to play year-round and more than a couple of players don't intend to play Spring, coaches should be aware so that they can shore up the roster post-season.)
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. Though finding a team will be your own responsibility, we recommend that when looking for a team, consider these factors at a minimum:
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