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SDFA Recreational Soccer League

An Introduction to the wonderful game!

Now serving

Rancho Penasquitos, Del Sur, Carmel Valley, Torrey Highlands and surrounding neighborhoods

Saturday games played at Westview High school and neighborhood school fields

Fall Season begins Saturday, September 10th thru November 12th including SDFA League Cup play

About the Program

San Diego Football Club Player Development Academy Recreational League program consists of a fall soccer season for youth ages from under five (5) years to under fourteen (14) years old. Our season starts with practices in late August. Games begin in September and end in November. A fun league cup tournament for SDFA Development Teams will be hosted at the end of the season. The SDFA Recreational league will be run by parent volunteer coaches that will have full support from SDFA professional coaching staff through our Player Development Academy Training Sessions, Camps and Coaching Clinics.

League facts:

  • All registration is Online.

  • 10 week program – Includes SDFA League Cup Play.

  • Cost: Division 6 $125.00, Divisions 8-14 $165.00

  • Early bird registration: discount of $25.00 applied if registered prior to June 15th.

  • Practice Days – Volunteer coach/Manager – Practice 1 x week with Saturday games.

  • Format: 4v4, 5v5, 6v6, 7v7, 9v9. Depending on player registration and age groups.

  • Day: Saturday games. All games played on Saturday between 8am – 4pm.

  • Game location: Westview High School (Back fields) and surrounding area.

  • Month/Dates:  Sept 10th – Nov 12th.

  • Birth Year’s:

Division 6 (U5-U6) 2011-12, Division 8 (U7-8) 2010-09, Division 10 (U9-U10) 2008-07, Division 12 (U11-U12) 2006-05, Division 14 (U13-U14) 2004-2003.

  • Full support from professional SDFA coaching staff.


  • Online registration is now open. To mail in a registration, please send to: SDFA Rec, PO Box 721030, San Diego, CA, 92172. Please print and fill in the online registration form when mailing. 

  • Players who register after July 31st, 2016 will be placed on teams until the rosters are full.

  • Fees increase by $25 per player for registrations after August 1st, 2016. 

  • Registration and payment must be completed through our online registration system, or if mail in registration, must be accompanied  to “SDFA Rec”.

  • Walk-in registration is available only on specified dates TBD.  

  • A parent or guardian is required at Walk-In Registration.

  • Registered players must provide the following:
    1.  CC Payment.
    2.  Signed Cal-South Registration.

  1. 3.Copy of child’s birth certificate or passport.

  • We will do our best to accept team/coach/friend requests.  Only the head and assistant coach’s players will be guaranteed team placement.

  • Coaches are always needed.  No experience necessary, we train!

  • SDFA Recreational program has a NO REFUND policy.

  • WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! If you are interested in Coaching or serving as a division coordinator please contact Roy at or Shea at

Fall 2016 Age Guide

SDFA Recreational Development Soccer League

Frequently asked questions:

When does registration open?
Registration will open each year on March 1st. All registration is on-line. Please 
visit our registration page at for more information and links to our secure registration system.

When is Early Bird registration?
Early Bird Registration is from March 15 to June 15th. During the early bird registration time period there will be a $25.00 discount.  

When does registration close?
Registration will close on August 15th. Registrations prior to June 15th will be guaranteed placement on a roster. Registrations received after July 15th will be charged a $25 late fee if space is available.  If all rosters are full, your child will be placed on a waiting list.

When will I find out which team my child is on?
Coaches will receive their rosters at the Coaches Meeting in late July.  Your child’s coach will contact you during the first week of August.

What do I need to buy for practices?
Your child will need shin guards, socks to cover them and soccer cleats.

When do practices start?
Team practices will begin during the week of August 15.

When do games begin?
Games are played on Saturdays beginning September 10 and ending on November 12.  Game schedules will be released in mid to late August.

What info do I need to register my player(s)?
You will need to mail a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport to the SDFA office at P.0. Box 721030, San Diego, CA. 92127. SDFA Office phone contact details 858-737-6223.

Why does your recreational league only play U5, U7, U8, U10 etc.?
Each division consists of even year teams.  For example, U9’s and U10’s both play at the U10 level.  U11 and U12 both play at the U12 level, etc.  See age group break down: Division 6 Age 5 & 6 Birth Year 2012-2011, Division 8 Age 7 & 8 Birth Year 2010-2009, Division 10 Age 9 & 10 Birth Year 2008-2007, Division 12 Age 11 & 12 Birth Year 2006-2005, Division 14 Age 13 & 14 Birth Year 2004-2003.

I would like to be a coach, assistant coach, or team parent. What should I do? Firstly, THANK YOU! The success of our program depends on the spirit and energy of our volunteers. Every year we will always need coaches, assistants, team parents and volunteers. The league relies on parent volunteers to fill these positions. If you would like to volunteer as a coach or assistant coach contact Roy at  or Shea at or alternatively, when you register your child for the fall season you will have an opportunity to indicate that you are willing to volunteer. Please let your respective division coordinator know that you are interested in volunteering, no experience is necessary, our professional coaching staff will train you!  

What is required to be a coach?
First, we ask that you attend the coaches meeting in July.  All requirements for
coaching are set by our parent organization, Cal South. All Head and Assistant Coaches must go through Cal South Risk Management (fingerprinting). If you have already been fingerprinted through our club you do not need to do it again.  

What is required to be a team parent?
The team parent is the liaison between the Coach and other parents.  The team parent usually puts the team roster together, assigns the snack schedule, handles Opening Day/Picture Day information and/or plans the “End of the Season Party”. In addition, the coach may make other requests, such as asking the team parent to make a few phone calls reminding parents and players of practice times, game changes, etc.  We ask that all team parents attend the team parent meeting that is held in mid-August.

I would like to sponsor my child’s team. Who do I contact?
The registration fees do not completely cover the costs of running the recreational soccer league.  The league needs team sponsors to help cover the additional costs to run the recreational league.  Team sponsorships are $350.00.  Please let your coach know that you are interested in sponsoring the team and he/she will provide you with the appropriate forms. Alternatively, you can email Roy at or Shea at

How will I be placed on a team?
Considerable effort is made to balance the teams and provide competition that is enjoyable to both players and parents alike.  Players are placed on teams using the following criteria:

  • Balance between olders and youngers on each team

  • Requests to play for a certain coach or with a friend or neighbor when possible.

  • By school and/or location

How many practices will there be?
Each team will typically practice once per week.  Volunteer coaches usually pick the best day, time and location that will fit into their schedule.  Typically practices last 1 hour.

Can I make a request at sign up?
Yes, you may request to play for a certain coach or friend/neighbor.

Can I be on a team with all my friends?
We will do our best to honor at least one of your requests.  However, we cannot guarantee placement with all of your friends.  Our most important goal in making placements is balancing the teams to provide competition that is enjoyable for everyone involved.

Why can’t I choose who I want to be on a team with?
Unfortunately, when players and/or parents start choosing teams, the teams can become unbalanced.  Volunteer division coordinators spend a tremendous amount of time putting teams together to ensure a positive, successful experience for all players.

How can I help?
There are many ways for parents to help.  The SDFA recreational program is run by parent volunteers.  We invite you to join us for a memorable experience, assuring a great season for our kids.  Some volunteer positions start and finish before the season starts, some may last the season, and some positions involve simply one event.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Directors of Recreation program, Roy at or Shea at   

What are my responsibilities as a parent?
You are responsible for getting your child to practices, games, and other team functions on time (for games, this often means at least 30 minutes prior to game time) and picking up your child promptly afterwards.

Do you have an All Star program?
Yes! All Stars for ages U8 through U14 are selected in early November and go on to represent SDFA at local All Star tournaments in December and January