PORTAGE YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
“U” Stands for Under. Your child will be placed on a team based on his/her birth year. Age groupings stay the same for a soccer year (fall of one year through spring of the next–like a school year). We always use the Spring Year – which is the second year – and deduct that from the birth year to determine the proper U Age Group. So in the 2022 fall – 2023 spring season, a child born in 2012, means he/she will be on a U11 (under 11) team for both the fall and spring season. (2023-2012=11). It does not matter if he/she is born in January or in December. Placement is based on age and not by skill. Keep in mind a player can always play up a level, but usually never down. Here is the US Soccer chart for reference: Birth Year Chart. Or you can use the calculator below.
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If you register and the U team for your child’s age is not showing and you see an option for waitlisting or you see registration for a U team above your child’s age group, that means the team for your child’s birth year is full. Per MAYSA and US soccer rules, only a certain number of players can suit up for a game. You can wait and see if someone drops out, or your child can play up a level if that option is available in your registration. Registration is first come first serve, no exceptions.
We require our U9-U14 players to wear matching PYSA uniforms for games and tournaments. Uniforms consist of Sublimated PYSA Jersey, Sublimated PYSA Shorts, and a pair of Striped socks. Uniforms can be ordered through Design1 Apparel of Portage and require a 4-week lead time. PYSA will provide player numbers to avoid duplicates on teams. The total uniform cost is around $65-$75. These items ARE REQUIRED to be worn at all games and tournaments with no exceptions. Uniform ordering instructions will be sent to you in a separate email. Uniforms are handed out at practice prior to the first game.
U6-U8 players will receive a color coded jersey for their age group . We do ask that they wear black shorts and black socks for uniformity.
Practice schedules are at the sole discretion of the Coaching Volunteers. As the season approaches, the coach will put together a practice schedule that can accommodate field availability with other teams and his her own personal schedule. This might be 2 or 3 times a week. Any questions on the scheduling of games and practice please contact your coach. Please remember these coaches are all volunteers and donate their time and knowledge to the organization.
For traveling teams, games are normally played on the weekends. If the weather in spring is snowy and rainy like it usually is, sometimes there are doubleheaders or back to back games on Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes games may need to be played on a weekday. Most coaches do not want to have games go past Memorial Day in the Spring and past October in the Fall, but may have to if weather does not cooperate.
The schedule for all the PYSA games is usually not published from MAYSA until the reconciliation period is over. This gives the coaches time to make sure there are no schedule conflicts and that fields are available. You can check to see if the schedule is published by navigating here: Demosphere PYSA Schedule. Select your team to see their schedule and roster information.
Some coaches will push the schedule through to the Demosphere Mobile app. Talk to your coach about this functionality.
FOR PRACTICE: Your child will need to bring a water bottle or other forms of hydration, soccer cleats and shin guards. Your child will need SOCCER CLEATS (not football or baseball cleats), shin guards to protect the shins and ankles from kicks. Here is a recommended type of shin guard that protects both shins and ankles: Adidas X Youth Shin Guards
FOR GAMES: Your child will need to bring a water bottle or other forms of hydration, PYSA Jersey, PYSA Black Shorts, PYSA Striped black socks, soccer cleats and shin guards.
Practice balls are provided, however, we do recommend they have a ball to practice with at home and at the field before practices and games start.
For recreational/traveling teams in U9-U14, the spring season usually starts late March/Early April for practices and the first game in mid-April. This is very dependant on the weather and field conditions. Games typically go to mid-June, but most coaches try not to go past Memorial Day.
For in-house U6-U8 soccer, practices/scrimmages are twice a week normally Tuesday and Thursday, from 5-6 next to the concession stand. Depending on the weather it runs 5 weeks usually end of April into the end of May.
For recreational/traveling soccer U9-U14, the fall season games usually start early September and go through till mid/end-October. Practice usually starts mid to late August depending on the coach.
For in-house U6-U8 soccer, practices/scrimmages are twice a week usually Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5-6 next to the concession stand. This program usually runs for 5 weeks starting end of August to the end of September.
WYSA/MAYSA GAME FORMATS
Roster, field, ball, goal sizes for all age groups:
- U5, U6, U7 & U8 – PYSA In-House Program
Players on field: 4 V 4 no goal keepers
Field: L (25‐35y) X W (15-25y)
Ball: Size 3
Goals: 4’ X 6’ (hockey goals or flag goals)
Roster: Up to 6 recommended for single field or 12 for side‐by‐side fields format.
Playing time: 4 quarters of 8 minutes each.
- U9 & U10 – PYSA Traveling Teams
Players on field: 7 V 7 including a goalkeeper
Field: L (55-65y) X W (35-45y)
Ball: Size 4
Goals: 6’ X 18’
Playing time: 2 halves of 25 minutes each
Roster: Up to 14
- U11 & U12 – PYSA Traveling Teams
Players on field: 9 V 9 including a goalkeeper
Field: L (70-80y) X W (45-55y)
Goals: 7’ x 21’ are recommended, but 6’x18’ are acceptable
Ball: Size 4
Playing time: 2 halves of 30 minutes each
Roster: Up to 16
- U13 & U14 (U15 if in 8th Grade) – PYSA Traveling Teams
Numbers: 11 V 11 including a goalkeeper
Field: L (100-120y) X W(60-80y). 100-105y long x 60-65y wide recommended.
Goals: 8’ x 24’
Ball: Size 5
Playing time: 2 halves of 35 minutes each
Roster: 22 maximum; no more than 18 can “suit up” per game
Since Portage Youth Soccer is run by volunteers, we are always looking for parents to help promote and continue this popular sport for our Portage youth. You can volunteer to be a manager of a team, an assistant coach or even the main coach. Coaches normally consist of parents of children for their age group, so you stay with your child as you move up through the age groups. Background checks and certified courses will be required before coaching a team. You can signup when you register your child through Demosphere. Please keep in mind that the PYSA Organization is always looking for parents to help out on the board of directors.
If Coaching or Board responsibilities seems too much, we request our families to consider volunteering to help the club with maintenance, concessions, and equipment. 5 hours of volunteer time per family will result in a $60 discount toward a single future registration. There are many ways to get involved and support the organization. Visit this link https://portageyouthsoccer.org/volunteer-opportunities/ to see our volunteering opportunities.
Approximate fees per player: $115-$145
In the fall, we offer a $40 discount for those that register for a full school year (Fall and Spring). Registrations must be done in Fall and the spring season must be added on when checking out. This does not apply if registering separately for both seasons.
MAYSA (Madison Area Youth Soccer Association) Club fees, Demosphere licensing and insurance: $40.00/player
WYSA (Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association) Fees:$3.00
Fields, concessions, line markings and lawn maintenance fee: $20/player
Equipment Costs: $20/player
PYSA Fees: $25/player
Referee Fees: $10-$18/player depending on age bracket
Tournament fees (if any), Uniforms/Personal Equipment are not included.
The New Grassroots Referee training course is a 16 hour course with half of the time spent online and the other half in the classroom. It is designed to provide entry level referee skills and information through classroom and field training for candidates. Emphasis is on preparing for Grassroots program participation – including recreational and competitive games. Field emphasis is on practice of specific procedures.
Participants must be at least 13 years old at the beginning of clinic to attend a New Grassroots Referee course. Individuals over the age of 18 will be required to complete the SafeSport certification and successfully pass a background check.
There are costs associated with becoming a referee – you should budget for approximately $100-$125. Referees can quickly earn that back after officiating their first few games. A course fee of approximately $25-$35 (depending on area) covers the costs associated with attending the course. A registration fee of $40 covers your registration with the United States Soccer Federation. You’ll also need a new uniform. Entry level starter uniform kits start around $37 (Source: http://officialsports.com/off-field-apparel/starter-kits/).