Catholic Youth Soccer

St. Paul Catholic Church is participating in the Catholic Youth Soccer, Inc., as part of the mutually shared vision of the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Courageously Living the Gospel! 



Important Message from Mr. Patrick Poland, Director of the CYS League:

It is imperative that parents understand the significance of their behavior and child’s behavior in shaping their child’s participation in CYS Soccer. As a vital component of our community, we expect all parents and players to uphold the values of respect, sportsmanship, and positive encouragement. Any misconduct or inappropriate behavior by parents or players will not be tolerated and may result in their child’s disqualification from participating in CYS Soccer activities. We believe in fostering a supportive and nurturing environment for all participants, and parental conduct plays a crucial role in maintaining this atmosphere. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring a positive experience for everyone involved in CYS Soccer.


Information and Details Regarding the Catholic Youth Soccer League

Below are details regarding participation in the Catholic Youth Soccer, Inc. League:

  • Registration for the 2024 CYS Winter League (January 6, 2024 – March 23, 2024) is now closed.
  • Participants will range from ages of 4 to 18, male and female.
  • Five divisions by age:  U6, U8, U10, U13 and U18 (the U stands for “Under”).
  • Game format 4v4 (four players versus four players) for U6 and U8 divisions.
  • Game format 7v7 (seven players versus seven players) for U10, U13 and U18 divisions [includes goalie].
  • Games will be 40 minutes in length for U6 and U8 divisions (two, 20 minute halves) and 48 minutes in length for U10, U13, and U18 divisions (two, 24 minutes halves).
  • No previous soccer experience is necessary.
  • Mandatory substitutions will be held every five (5) minutes for U6 and U8 teams and every eight (8) minutes for U10, U13, and U18 teams.
  • This season, teams may travel up to four times to play different teams in our deanery.  Practice field may or may not be available to warmup before away games.
  • All players must wear shin guards*.  [*Note: Shin guards can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Target, Dick’s, other sporting good stores or online at Amazon or other online retailers].
  • Soccer style cleated shoes (no metal) are highly recommended for play.
  • Players must not wear any jewelry including but not limited to: watches, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.
  • Players should wear the shorts that are issued with their apparel kit; however, if those shorts do not fit. or if the proper size did not come in, black, substitute shorts must be pocketless.
  • U10, U13, and U18 teams will play 7v7 on a field approximately 40 yards x 60 yards (with goalie).
  • U6 and U8 teams will play 4v4 on a field approximately 20 yards x 30 yards (no goalie).
  • Teams practice on most Saturday mornings before their Saturday game.
  • U8, U10, U13, and U18 teams will practice one hour before game time.
  • U6 teams will practice 30 minutes before game time.
  • Games last for approximately one hour for all divisions.
  • Players are to report to the soccer field by the start of their practice time every week.
  • When you register, you will be asked to link an email account to the family account (NOTICE:  Be advised that e-mail is the primary source of communication between the league, our church and your family).
Interested in Coaching a Team?

Coaches will be needed for each team from U6 to U18 Divisions.  Coaches will need to commit to all games and practices.  All coaches must complete a Level II FBI background screening and complete Safe Environment Training.  Previous coaching experience and/or playing experience is preferred.

If you are interested in volunteering as a coach for the CYS Soccer Program, please email:  soccer@stpaulchurch.com

Interested in Becoming a Referee?

Volunteer referees are needed at all games. All referees 18 years of age and older must complete a Level II FBI background screening and complete Safe Environment Training. Referees under the age of 18 will not need to complete a background screening.  We will offer training sessions.  Previous referee experience is preferred, but not required.

If you are interested in volunteering as a referee, please email:  soccer@stpaulchurch.com

Inclement Weather Update for Gamedays

Inclement weather conditions or prior weather conditions may affect the playability of the soccer fields.  Please be sure to check this site and tab on game days to see if practices and/or games are postponed due to poor field conditions. 

Important Dates

March 2, 2024:  First Week of the Catholic Cup Playoffs – All games at OLOR Soccer Complex

March 9, 2024:  Second Week of the Catholic Cup Playoffs – All games at OLOR Soccer Complex

March 16, 2024:  Third Week of the Catholic Cup Playoffs – All games at OLOR Soccer Complex

March 23, 2024:  Fourth and Final Week of the Catholic Cup Playoffs – All games at OLOR; END OF SEASON:  Pizza Party and Award Ceremony

June 1, 2024:  Early Bird Registration Opens for Fall 2024 Catholic Youth Soccer League

August 2024 – November 2024:  Fall 2024 Catholic Youth Soccer League; Start date to be determined (TBD)

 

 

 

 

St. Paul Soccer Complex Map

For the new rule set for 7 v 7 soccer (U10, U13 & 18 Divisons), CLICK HERE

For the rule set for 4 v 4 soccer (U6 & U8), CLICK HERE

If you have any questions, please send an email to:  soccer@stpaulchurch.com