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Recreational Program

CYSA Fall Recreational Soccer Program is open to children of all abilities.  The focus of the program is fun and skill development.


  • Have fun!!
  • Learn to play soccer.
  • Learn to play as part of a team.
  • Improve skills through practice and competition.
  • Build confidence and character.
  • Be safe.


CYSA requires that all players wear shin guards for all practices and games.  If a player does not have shin guards, s/he will not be able to participate in games or practices.

All jewelry must be removed.  This includes necklaces and bracelets (including string/soft ones), ear rings, and any body piercing.  The only exception is medical alert bracelets.

Although not required, soccer cleats are recommended because the fields can become muddy or slippery.  Soccer cleats do not have a single cleat at the toe.

Please alert your child’s coach to any medical issues that your child may have.


Games are held on Saturday between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM at Ninigret Park in Charlestown.  Games begin the Saturday after Labor Day and run into the begining of November (exact end date depends on rain cancellations).  There are No Games Columbus Day weekend or, to allow participation in tournaments or family vacation.

Games are scheduled one after the other so it is important that they start on time.  Please be AT THE FIELD 15 MINUTES before game time.  This will allow players to warm up and for coaches to get organized.  The locations of the fields can be found on the Fields and Directions page.

In the event of rain cancellations, coaches will be notified as soon as possible.  Coaches will in turn notify their players.  Do NOT ASSUME there is no game just because it may be raining lightly; please come to the game unless you get a phone call.  Coaches set there own practice schedule.  Please tell the coach if your child will not be at a practice or game.


Soccer is a fast moving game with a unique combination of individual skills and team performance.  Soccer is a non contact sport although collisions may occur.  Players, except the goal keeper, can not intentionally touch the ball with their hands/arms.

Teams try to score by advancing the ball toward their opponent’s goal by passing and dribbling.  Possession of the ball is an integral part of the game.  Play is continuous.  There are no time outs until the end of the quarter.  Recreational or developmental soccer emphasizes small sided games in order to maximize players touches of the ball and increase game participation.

Under 4 and 6 teams (U4 & U6) play 3 v 3 (three players on field for each team), and do not use goal keepers.  Quarters are 8 and 10 minutes respectively. Coaches are on the field to give guidance and act as referees.

U8 teams play 5 v 5, with goal keepers.  Player begin using throw-ins.  Quarters are 10 minutes.  CYSA Referees are used.

U10 teams play 7 v 7 (or 6 v 6) with goal keepers.  Off-side is introduced. Quarters are 12 minutes. CYSA Referees and Assistant Referees are used.

U12 teams play 8 v 8 with goal keepers.  Halves are 30 minutes.

U14 teams play 8 v 8 with goal keepers.  Halves are 35 minutes.


A parents/spectator’s role is to provide POSITIVE SUPPORT and cheering.  It’s the coach’s job to give directions, if needed.  Many of the best coaches say the least during games.  Cheer for good soccer play and effort by both teams. Emphasize sportsmanship and fair play.  We stress fun and game fundamental development, over scoring. Although we want children to play competitively on the field, the final score of the game is unimportant compared to the skills and behavior that is demonstrated.  Nobody should make negative comments toward players, coaches, referees, or board members.  Remember referees are learning to develop their skills, just like the players.  They will make mistakes, just like the players do.  We all represent the Chariho Youth Soccer Association. Bring family and friends to the games.


CYSA is an entirely volunteer organization.  We have a board of 13 people that divide league functions such as Registration, Coaching, Fundraising, Administration, Fields, and Finance.  Each year we need to replace members in various areas, so WE NEED YOU!  You don’t need to be in charge of an area, but just help out in the group effort that it takes to get the job done.  All are welcome to attend our monthly membership meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at Hope Valley Baptist Church.  Even if you don’t want to be a board member, you can come and participate in the decision making process.  Many hands make for light work!