Prescott Valley Tribune
Hundreds of children ages 3 through 18 participate each fall in the Yavapai Soccer League’s 10-week recreation program.
But YSL also supports a half-dozen select competitive teams for a season that spans September through April. Two U11 (under 11) teams, one U13 team and one U16 team exist for boys, and a U12 and a U16 team for girls are forming. The league encompasses the Quad City area, and in fact, all of Yavapai County.
“Yavapai Soccer caters to every type of player from recreation to serious,” said new coaching director Philip Reid, who also is head boys’ soccer coach at Bradshaw Mountain High School.
YSL president Mary Sterling said the league suspends club play during the high school season so athletes can play for their schools. But that season has ended and the club teams are in full swing.
Reid noted the annual Yavapai Cup is coming April 23-25 on fields all around Prescott Valley, Prescott and Chino Valley. More than 90 teams participated in 2009, filling up hotels all the way to Camp Verde. The Arizona Youth Soccer Association sanctions the tournament.
The league also will host the British Challenger Soccer Camp June 28-July 2. Coaches and players from England will stay in the homes of YSL families.