Micro Soccer Program (U7 and U8)
Mod Soccer Program (U9 and U10)
9-aside Soccer Program (U11)
11-aside Recreational Soccer Program (U12 - U19)
Cascade FC (U10 Dev - U19)
The select soccer program gives training to qualified players and assists them in progressing to play at the highest levels of play available. Both high school and college teams are mainly comprised of players who have demonstrated their ability through the select programs. The select season starts with tryouts in March each year followed by tournament play in the spring and summer, regular league play in the fall, and finishes with the State Tournament in January and February.
The following coaching programs and services are designed to assist SnVYSA coaches in further developing our players. The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) coaching program starts with the entry level Youth Module certificates and moves progressively through the level "A" course. SnVYSA conducts the Youth Module Certificates, "U6", "U8", and "U10" level courses described here; WSYSA conducts the Youth Certificates, "E" and "D" level courses described here; USSF administers and conducts "C", "B", and "A" level courses.
U6 Coaching Certificate: Coaching U-6 Players
The U-6 Coaching Certificate is designed to provide the first-time parent/coach of five year olds with information on creating a beneficial soccer environment. The course has been designed to address the specific characteristics of this age group and to present activities and games that are developmentally appropriate. This is a 2 ½-hour course.
U8 Coaching Certificate: Coaching U-8 Players
The U-8 Coaching Certificate is designed to provide the parent/coach of seven year olds with information on creating a beneficial soccer environment. The course has been designed to address the specific characteristics of this age group and to present activities and games that are developmentally appropriate. This is a 2 ½-hour course.
U10 Coaching Certificate: Coaching U-10 Players
The U-10 Coaching Certificate is designed to provide the parent/coach of nine year olds with information on creating a beneficial soccer environment. The course has been designed to address the specific characteristics of this age group and to present activities and games that are developmentally appropriate. This is a 2 ½-hour course.
"E" Certificate Course
The emphasis of the "E" course is on coaching players 10-14 years of age. It is a general certificate of 11-a-side play and is intended for those coaches who are in the transitional stage from coaching small-sided soccer to coaching 11v11 soccer. The course is best suited for those coaches with several years' experience or who have attended one or more of the youth modules course.
The "E" course focuses on coaching points and the teaching of technique, with an introduction to the Principles of Play (attack and defense). The "E" course also provides elementary information on the management and preparation of a team.
"D" License Course
The attendees of a "D" course fall into two distinct categories: coaches who are using the course to prepare for the National "C" License and those who are using the course to qualify for a particular level of coaching within the State. Many of the latter are not required to further upgrade their license. In addressing coaches in these two categories, the "D" course can be seen as either preparatory or terminal. The "D" course is for coaching players 14-18 years of age and emphasizes observing mistakes and providing information to correct the mistakes. A majority of the course schedule is devoted to practice coaching and practical examinations. Candidates will be examined by the analysis of videotape footage for their knowledge and understanding of tactics and methodology. There are also take-home examinations on soccer injury prevention and the FIFA Laws of the Game.
Based on how well they do in the "D" License course, candidates are awarded either a National "D" License, which allows them to attend a National "C" License course after a year, or a State "D" License. If a State "D" License is earned, coaches interested in obtaining a National "D" License can retake the "D" course.
The enjoyment of competitive soccer for players, coaches, and supporters is often influenced by the quality of the officiating. Although the rules of soccer are relatively few in comparison to many sports, they do require a significant amount of knowledge, judgment, and experience to apply effectively in a competitive game. The SnVYSA Referee Program is intended to encourage the development of competent soccer officials, both youth and adult, in order to maintain and enhance the level of youth soccer officiating in the Valley and the region. Our goal is to accomplish this through active recruiting, provisions for training and uniforms, opportunities to gain experience and develop judgment in a structured and supervised program, and education of coaches, players, and supporters in appropriate field etiquette.