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Full Year (Fall & Spring) Commitment

Program & Philosophy

Our U8 Travel program is designed for players turning 8 within the calendar year of play. For the 2019-20 season, only players born in 2011 are eligible to play U8 soccer. Players will meet twice a week to practice ball skills, and field sense with professional trainers. In the fall, U8 players will compete in two 20-minute 4v4 games games on Sundays against neighboring towns. These games will be coached by volunteer parent coaches. In the spring, the program will include the possibility of larger sided games and more travel to accommodate the children’s growing skill level and prepare them for the U9 format.

Games are coached by volunteer parent coaches. U8 requires engaged parent participation with at least two parent coaches per team (at least 3 highly recommended per team). Please see the Parent Participation section below.

At the U8 level, foot skills are emphasized and players are encouraged to get lots of touches on the ball. Players are taught that passing in soccer is three-directional: forward, sideways and backwards. Each player on the field will be actively engaged during practices and games. Players will learn to work as a team while emphasizing the development of individual skills.

The The fall season will go from early Sept to early Nov. The Sunday Game Schedule is released just prior to the start of the season. Please note that all players are asked to arrive at their game 30 minutes before to the start of the games for warm-up. As this is a travel league, you should expect that half of all games will be played in other towns and that there will be some travel time in reaching those fields. For this age group (U8), no scores or standings are maintained.

U8 Eligibility

  • Players born January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
  • Must supply copy of passport or birth certificate and one copy of medical release* form during registration process to the address provided during registration
*WYSL Medical Release form can be found on your Family registration page in SI Play.

Team Formation

The SYSC U8 teams are generally formed based on elementary school district. There are no tryouts for this age group. All players who register on time will be placed on a team. Players who register after the close of registration will be placed on a wait list and added to a team if a space is available. Players who register late may not be placed on a team with their schoolmates.

Parent Participation

The foundation of SYSC is based on parent participation, both at the Board level and at the team level. To make this the best experience possible for our U-8 children, we need parent participation. Every team is required to have at least two parent assistant-coaches (3 is optimal) who have been issued a coaching card by WYSL and games are coached by parent coaches. You do not need more than a basic understanding of soccer to help manage the U8 format. The kids just need enthusiastic, engaged parents who are willing to help make this a fun experience.

The requirements to get a coaching card for the Fall 2018 Season are minimal. Initially, volunteers only need to apply for and clear a background check, which includes an online injury awareness training video. A two-hour Coach Orientation Course is also required by Winter. In order to maintain the coaching card for the start of the Spring season, volunteers must also take the Level 2 Coaching Course by March 30. Please see the Parent Volunteer Pre-requisite page for more details on requirements and course availability. You can sign up to be a parent volunteer during registration or after with the

Winter Season Training* (Optional)

*The Winter Training for this age group is based on space availability and varies season to season.

While Winter training beyond the sessions provided by SYSC is optional, additional voluntary Winter training can significantly advance player skills and should be encouraged by the Parent Volunteer. Note that the Club and ATSC are now offering optional weekly training throughout the Winter as part of a broader effort to offer programs year-round.

2018 Season: U8 space is available and training will be offered by age group. The season will run from Jan 8 - March 29. Register through Family Account via SI Play on Home page through Nov 4th. 

SYSC Contact: JP VanArsdale 

U8 Teams


Maroon Diamonds

Team Website | Team Game Schedule

White Diamonds

Team Website | Team Game Schedule


The Active Registration period is
June 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018.

U8 Travel Soccer Facts (Born 2012)

  • This is a Fall and Spring commitment
  • NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS. Refund Policy
  • NO TRYOUTS, all players who register within the period will be placed on a team
  • Teams will practice 2x during the week with professional ATSC trainers
  • 2nd graders are not required to cross register for Rec Soccer in the Fall (Rec is a separate program run by the Village of Scarsdale)
  • Parent volunteer coaches will coach the games on Sundays in two, side-by-side, 4v4 Games for fall. Teams may adjust to larger sided games for spring.
  • Parent coaches required for Sunday games - please sign up during registration!

Registration Checklist:

New Players (new to u8+)

  1. Read about our SYSC programs to determine which program is available for your child. Tryouts for U9+ are typically held in May.
  2. Create a FAMILY ACCOUNT. If you have a child who has previously played travel soccer in our league, you already have an account and can login here. If you are new to any of the SYSC programs, please select online registration and create a family account to register.
  3. Complete the Player Documentation Requirements.
  4. Order uniforms for your child.
  5. Read the Commitment Policy.
  6. Read the Parent Guidelines.

Returning Players

  1. Read about our SYSC programs to determine which program is available for your child. Tryouts for U9+ typically held in May.
  2. Complete the online registration for each individual child in your family. Don't forget to upload a new picture of your child.
  3. Complete the Player Documentation Requirements.
  4. Order uniforms for your child only if they need a larger size from the previous season.
  5. Revisit the Commitment Policy.
  6. Revisit the Parent Guidelines.

2018 Fall Practice Schedule