Information for Parents

We would like to thank you for signing your child up for soccer. As you know soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in this country and your child will part a huge soccer player family of over 5 million children playing soccer today.

Portland Youth Soccer Soccer Association is the largest youth soccer association in Oregon. We have approximately 9,000 youth players and over 1,200 coaches being served by 19 clubs around Portland. With over 600 teams aged from 6 to 18, we use approximately 40 different parks or schools fields across the city every week during the season.

1st and 2nd Grade Parent / Coach Brochure (Information on playing time, rules etc.) CLICK HERE

3rd Garde and above Parent / Coach Brochure (Information on playing time, rules etc.)
A good article by the Oregonian on Winning and pressure in the game Click Here 

Anti-bullying video, great ideas: Click Here


  • Some very important legislation was passed in late June of 2013. This legislation is called Senate Bill 721. This bill relates to concussions and the education for coaches, referees, parents and players. All clubs are now required to insure that each coach and parents has received concussion education.
  • One of the areas the Bill covers is that if a player is identified by a referee, coach or parent of possibly receiving a concussion during activities with the team, they will be removed from all activities until they have been cleared by a Doctor. For more information about this topic please be sure to contact your club.

Below is some information on how this experience for your child and you can be one that will bring lasting memories.

Why Small-Sided Games?

What does "Small-Sided Games" mean? These are soccer games with fewer players competing on a smaller sized field. These are fun games that involve the players more because fewer players are sharing one ball.

All ages can play "Small Sided Games", but it has a definite developmental impact on our younger soccer players. US Youth Soccer recommendations for "number of players" at the various age groups are as follows:

1st Grade | 3 against 3 no goal keepers

2nd Grade | 4 against 4 no goal keepers

3rd & 4th Grade | 7 against 7 including goal keepers

5th & 6th Grade | 9 against 9 including goal keepers

7th Grade and above | 11 against 11 including goal keepers

Here are some of the reasons why we believe, as soccer coaches, administrators and parents must guarantee that our young soccer players play small-sided games:

  • Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it! (Individual technical development):
  • Because we want our young soccer players to make more, less-complicated decisions during the game! (Tactical development)
  • Because we want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space they are playing in! (Reduced field size)
  • Because we want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time with the coach! Fewer players on the field and fewer players on the team will guarantee this! (Need to feel worthy and need to feel important)
  • Because we want our young soccer players to have more, involved playing time in the game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)
  • Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunity to play on both sides of the ball! (More exposure to attacking and defending situations)
  • Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals! (Pure excitement)
  • Because we want to include children of all temperaments, assertive to shy, to have more opportunities to interact with others and the game! (Socialization)

These are the reasons why we adults must foster "Small-Sided Games" in our youth soccer programs. The "Small-Sided" environment is a developmentally appropriate environment for our young soccer players. It's a FUN environment that focuses on the young soccer player.

It just makes sense doesn't it?

The 10 most important reasons I play my best sport (From a childs perpsective). In order of importance….

1. To have fun (Related to coaching) 

2. To improve my skills (Related to coaching) 

3. To stay in shape (Related to coaching) 

4. To do something I'm good at (Related to Coaching) 

5. For the excitement of competition (Related to coaching) 

6. To get exercise (Related to coaching) 

7. To play as part of a team (Related to coaching) 

8. For the challenge of competition (Related to coaching) 

9. To learn new skills (Related to coaching) 10. To win (Related to coaching) 
The 11 most important reasons I stopped playing a sport (From a childs perspective). In order of importance….  

1. I lost interest. (Players don't develop ownership in the sport) 

2. I was not having fun. (Adults are too critical of mistakes and self-expression) 

3. It took too much time. (It takes approximately 10 years, or 10,000-hours to be proficient at anything) 

4. Coach was a poor teacher. (Not being taught basic skills) 

5. Too much pressure (Not understood by their coaches or parents / Pressure to perform) 

6. Wanted a non-sport activity. (Some drop-out is inevitable) 

7. I was tired of it. (Too much, too soon, perhaps?) 

8. Needed more time for study. 9. Coach played favorites. 

10. The sport was boring. 

11. There was an overemphasis on winning.