Recreational Youth Soccer League

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Santa Cruz City YSC runs a large Fall season Recreational League of over 900 players, with age divisions of Under-6 (ages 4 & 5), U8, U10, U12, U14, and U19.  

Practice begins in late August to early September, with ten games played on Saturdays between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.  Teams usually practice twice a week at a neighborhood field, at a time set by the coach.  Registration begins the preceding April - check the website for walk-in or mail-in instructions.  Teams fill up so register early to ensure a space for your child. 


Registration for the Santa Cruz City YSC Fall 2016 recreational league will open in April and last through summer. As teams fill up waiting lists will be established, and new teams added pending a volunteer coach and enough kids.

1.  Online

Online registration will be available through Sportability. For Fall 2016 the age brackets will be:

4 year oldsPlayers must be 4 by 8/01/2016

6 and underPlayers Born in 2011 and 2010 

8 and underBoys or Girls born in 2009 and 2008

10 and underBoys or Girls born in 2007 and 2006

12 and underBoys or Girls born in 2005 and 2004

14 and underBoys or Girls born in 2003 and 2002

18 and UnderPlayers born in 2001, 2000, 1999 and 1998

2. By Mail

Once registration opens, send the completed registration form along with a copy of the player's birth certificate and a check for the amount stated on the form to:

Santa Cruz City YSC Registration, P.O. Box 2039, Santa Cruz, CA 95063

Refund Requests

If you paid online you need to request a refund online, as well. If you did not register online and are asking for a refund, please contact our Club Registrar, Janet Doutre.

Sponsoring a Team

Sponsoring a team is a great way for a business or individual to support soccer and get your name into the community.  Sponsor an entire team with a $300 tax-deductible donation and have your name printed on the team uniforms if payment is received before August 15.  The Sponsor a Team form is located on the Sponsors page.

Sponsor a Player

We have families in need of financial assistance.  Use our Sponsor a Player online donation form (at the Sponsors page), or add your donation to your registration fees and include in the same check.  Thank you!

Financial Aid

No player will be turned away for lack of funds.  We want every child to play who wants to play.   Please read the Financial Aid section for details.



The club depends on parents and other adults to volunteer as coaches.  To volunteer as a coach, assistant coach, team parent, or board member, check a volunteer box on the registration form, or contact the Recreational Coach Coordinator if you are interested.  Coaches get $50 off the next season for their child's registration.


Referees and Field Set-Up Staff are paid positions.  Referees can make $25-$35 per-game and have a flexible schedule.

The Santa Cruz City YSC runs  clinics  for new referees.  Becoming a Referee provides a great opportunity to support youth sports, a place to share your passion for soccer and a way to earn money while doing so!

Licensed Referees

Licensed referees (with a valid license for the season) please contact the club by phone (831-460-2549) or email to fill one of the paid positions. 

Fall 2016 Game Schedule

Games for Fall 2016 will be published later in the summer.