Introducing Ellie Sharpe

We’re thrilled to have a roving instructor from Challenger Sports joining us this season. Ellie Sharpe hails from Sheffield, England, and she’ll be working with teams from the U5 to U14 levels. She will be a guest coach at practices, and will work with coaches before U5/U6 games on Saturdays at Triangle Field. She also will be observing travel team home games on occasion.

Here is a PDF of her first practice plan: Week 1 – Dribbling and Running with the Ball

And here is a Google Calendar with Ellie’s SYSL schedule.

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Massachusetts Youth Soccer’s District Select Program

SYSL players Grade 3 (U10) and older are invited to try out for Massachusetts Youth Soccer‘s District Select Program (DSP). The program lasts five weeks this summer, and tryouts take place this weekend at Joyce Middle School in Woburn.

Register and view the full schedule for this weekend here.

Here is a 2018 guide to the DSP program.

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SYSL May 2018 Board Meeting

The SYSL Board will hold its May 2018 meeting on Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink (570 Somerville Avenue). The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 PM.

Link: SYSL May 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

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Local Challenger Camps in July/August

SYSL partner Challenger Sports is conducting camps at Danehy Park in Cambridge for kids ages 3 to 16 the weeks of July 23-27 (British Soccer) and August 20-24 (Tetra Brazil). Challenger is offering SYSL families an early registration bonus this month:

Click here to register

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Yoga for Young Athletes

“You see moves in yoga and sometimes you think, ‘Why am I doing this?’ Some positions look awkward, but if you look at pictures of a footballer taking a shot, their body will be in a really awkward-looking position too, because you’re off balance. When you explode with pace or kick a ball, you need flexibility and strength and the yoga really helps to build that.”

— Ryan Giggs, former Manchester United and Wales star

Taught by former SYSL coach Jaclyn Kryzak, this series of classes for young athletes ages 11 to 14 will meet Mondays and Wednesday in June from 3 to 4 PM at be. in union yoga (440 Somerville Avenue).

The cost is $160 for the series ($20 per class). Space is limited to 40 students, so early registration is encouraged. Register via the YOUNG ATHLETES (11-14) option in the dropdown menu here.

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Spring 2018 game & practice schedules are live

Travel team practices already are under way, and In-Town practices nearly are here!

Complete game and practice schedules for all levels have been uploaded to Schedules section of this website.

Families/players: If you have any questions, please contact your coach.

Coaches: Please contact your age coordinator if you have any questions.

Thanks for being a part of Somerville Youth Soccer League and here’s to a great spring season!

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Youth Job Opportunity: In-Town Referees

Somerville Youth Soccer League is looking for youth referees for U7/U8 In-Town games. This is a great first job for boys and girls in Grades 5 and older with knowledge of soccer.

The spring season games take place Saturdays in April, May, and June between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM at Tufts Field C, Nunziato Field, and Winter Hill Field. Referees can work one to three games per Saturday. Compensation is $11 per game for referees and $9 per game for assistant referees. Referees will be paid at the end of the season.

How it works:

1. Interested potential referees should attend an informational meeting and training session on Thursday, March 29, 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Winter Hill Field (Evergreen Avenue & Thurston Street). Please RSVP to

2. Complete the registration form, indicating availability for the season, and submit it at the meeting on the 29th. The referee schedule will be developed for the entire season. Please notify the Coordinator of any conflicts at least one full week before the scheduled game.

3. At the end of the season (June 24), the Coordinator will calculate payment and the SYSL Treasurer will mail checks.

Any questions? Contact In-Town Referee Coordinator Rhonda Corey at

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