In San Francisco, teams are formed independently, through schools or neighborhoods, by soccer clubs, and community groups. SF Youth Soccer does not form teams or place players and coaches on rosters. Primary responsibility for finding (or creating!) a team rests with coaches, players, and their families. 

  • Need to find a team or players? 
    SFYS hosts a Player Connection resource to help teams and players find each other!
    • NOTE: The Player Connection will reset for the Fall 2024 season on Wednesday, April 17th

Want to form a team?

San Francisco and SFYS Leagues are among the few in the country where it is still possible to form your own team and coach your own player. These days, Federal, State and US Soccer regulations mean there are some hoops to jump through, but there are hundreds of parent volunteer coaches who will tell you that while it may be a pain, it's totally worth it! 

Registration Overview

The Fall 2024 Season will take place Saturdays and Sundays from September 7th to November 24th (fields TBD by SF Rec & Park over the summer).

  • SFYS Leagues Teams: Registration for Fall 2024 will open on Tuesday, May 7th at 8AM and will close Monday, May 20th at 5PM. 
  • Mission Youth Soccer League Teams: Contact your home league for registration instructions.

Fall Team Registration Summary
(scroll down for more details, deadlines and instructions)

  • Submit an Intent to Play (opens Tuesday, May 7th at 8AM)
  • Register your team in SQWAD (opens Tuesday, May 7th at 8AM)
  • Register the minimum number of players in SQWAD (invite players to join your team via email/app; players accept and pay league fees to confirm particpation in the season)
  • Add at least one trained and background-cleared coach to the roster or designate someone who will be trained and cleared over the winter. Note: ALL coaches must have licensing + field training and be fully risk compliant

Fall 2024 SFYS Leagues registration fees are paid per player at the time of registration in SQWAD.

Due to increased referee-related expenditures, registration fees are increasing by $10 per player from Fall 23.

  • Recreational and Varsity$110 per player
  • Competitive Upper House$160 per player

Looking ahead to Spring: To be SF Rec & Park Compliant, Spring 2025 Registration fees will also be paid per player, instead of per team. 

Players returning from the Fall 2024 season will pay $30 less to reflect that admin and insurance fees were already covered in Fall.

Players returning from Fall 2024:

  • Recreational and Varsity$80 per player
  • Competitive Upper House$130 per player

All other players:

  • Recreational and Varsity$110 per player
  • Competitive Upper House$160 per player

Financial assistance for SFYS league fees is available. Financial aid information and application can be found here

Due Monday, May 20th by 5pmTeam Registration

  • The Intent to Play form must be completed by Team Manager, Coach or Club Administrator. Just one submission per team, unless you need to make any updates or corrections. (The form will open Tuesday, May 7th at 8AM–it'll be linked here!)

Note: There are no penalties for teams who submit an Intent, but end up withdrawing before the deadline. It’s ok if it’s early on and you don’t have all your ducks in a row yet–go ahead and fill out the form so we can start a conversation and help out!

  • Designate one person as the Primary Contact to receive communications and coordinate with Rec & Park for practice fields

  • Determine which division and level your team wants to play in. If you’re not sure, we can help! Reach out to, and click here for more information about the different league play opportunities offered by SFYS 

  • Register your team and the minimum number of players in SQWAD (opens Tuesday, May 7th at 8AM). Note that Roster min/max and age limits vary by division.

Click here for SQWAD Instructions

Reminder: SFYS does not place players on teams, but we do host a public listing to help make connections. If you are a player looking for a team, or a team looking for additional players: Player Connection 

Don’t worry if you might need to add a few more players later–for the deadline, you just need to register the minimum.

  • Every team must declare at least one adult as the designated coach for the team before the team registration deadline.

No more last minute scrambles! We want to know who new coaches are early to make sure everyone has time to take care of state and federal requirements for adults working with a youth sports organization (safety training and background checks)

Remember: coaches can be parent volunteers who take training, are hired independently, or provided by a club, but the requirements are the same for every coach. Click here for a Coach Compliance Checklist

The coach doesn't need to have completed anything by the deadline, but the earlier you can start, the better! In-person field training will be offered by SFYS over the summer (stay tuned for dates, and note that the sessions closest to the season fill up fastest, so the earlier you can complete your training, the better)

Additional Deadlines and Team Requirements

Over the Summer: Primary Contacts, keep an eye out for emails from SFYS re: Flights, Scheduling, Preseason Info Meeting + SF Rec & Park re: practice field selection. 

  • FAQ: Can SFYS or Rec & Park accomodate schedule and location requests? No guarantees, but the more specific information you can provide, the better. Are most of your players coming from one school or neighborhood? Is there a Saturday with a school event that most of your team will need to attend? Ask your families those kinds of questions early and let us know, so we have the best chance of scheduling games you can actually attend, and you'll be prepared to complete the practice field draft.


Due Thursday, August 1st at 5PM:

Player / Coach Registration

NOTE: teams can continue adding new players and coaches after this date; this deadline is only to guarantee that your registration will be processed in time for the first weekend of games. In other words, coaches and players added after this date will be processed in the order they have registered and may not be eligible for opening weekend matches.

  • New players: accept your invitation to complete registration, upload a player photo and birth document

Player photos are included on the game day roster for check in: think ID photo, solo and from the shoulders up with no hats, masks, or sunglasses

Birth documents must be government-issued and include name, sex and date of birth (birth certificate, passport, state ID; no school IDs or hospital certificates)


If your team didn't already do so when submitting the Intent to Play form:

Declare Your Team STAR

  • Each team must provide one volunteer adult who serves as an specially trained assistant referee (Team STAR) to help at each game. It doesn't have to be the same person every game, but your team must declare at least one person to complete the online training and attend a field training session before the season starts. This program was created in an effort to support our youth referees and increase general knowledge of the game while still allowing parents to enjoy watching their kids play! Click here for more information, including Team STAR training dates.
  • Note: Returning Team STARs don't need to do the online training or attend a field session again (though they are welcome to!)

Declare your Team Parent 

  • The Team Parent must be a parent of a player on the team (it's ok if they're also a coach or manager). The Team Parent must be unique for every team (each parent may only represent one team only). They receive all official communications that go out team primary contacts, and for independent teams and clubs with fewer than 10 teams participating in SFYS leagues, Team Parents also get to vote for our volunteer board at our Annual General Meeting (date TBD, early 2025–it's ok if they're not able to attend, they can designate a proxy)


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