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May 26, 2020


Dear Club and League Representatives:


At this point in time, a ‘return to training’ is not currently permitted. The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association’s (MSYSA) return-to-training guidelines apply once MSYSA has indicated that it is safe for an initial return-to-training in limited-size groups, and with adherence to social distancing. These are being provided so that our affiliated league/clubs, team officials and parents/players can prepare now on what is expected once MSYSA has indicated it is safe for an initial return-to-training.


For now, a return-to-training, with coaching (onsite) observing social distancing, may occur when Governor Whitmer has indicated that the entire state of Michigan has entered Phase 5. For reference, Governor Whitmer’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ Executive Order is in effect through June 12, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution for our participants and families, MSYSA’s return-to-play date is June 15, 2020, at the earliest. In the event that MSYSA receives favorable clarification on potential youth soccer activities from MDHHS during Phase 4, MSYSA will update our guidance to be consistent with MDHHS.


During an initial return-to-training, clubs must:

·     Read and review MSYSA’s criteria for small group training sessions (includes athletes, coaches and staff).

·     Create and distribute protocols to members.

·     Have an effective communication plan in place.

·     Identify strategies for working with public health officials to notify adult leaders, youth, and their families if the organization becomes aware of a participant or adult leader has developed COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity.

·     Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.

·     Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returning to play at this time.

·     Have an action plan in place, in case of notification of a positive test result.

·     Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.

·     Be prepared to shut down and stop operations.

·     Develop plans for temporary closure of facilities for proper disinfection.

·     Provide adequate field space for social distancing.

·     Provide hand sanitizing stations (recommended) and waste receptacles at fields for individual participant use.

·     Contact, and seek guidance, from their insurance carrier(s) if not secured or provided by MSYSA’s insurance carrier and communicate that information to participants prior to initial training.


In addition, coaches/team officials must:

·     Read and review MSYSA’s criteria for small group training sessions (includes athletes, coaches and staff).

·     Ensure you are healthy and you check your temperature before activities with others.

·     Ensure the health and safety of the participants.

·     Inquire if the athletes have experienced any ill feelings or COVID-19 symptoms. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill and advise them to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible.

·     Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.

·     Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, etc.)

·     Ensure the coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.

·     Ensure that all training is conducted outdoors (recommended) and compliant with social distancing per state or local health guidelines.

·     Always wear a face mask, even when not actively coaching.

·     Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.

·     Do not use scrimmage jerseys, or pennies, at this time.


Before ‘returning to training’, MSYSA’s affiliated clubs and leagues are required to create, distribute, and be prepared to enforce all safety protocols, consistent with MSYSA’s guidelines. The information above represents abbreviated, high-level, guidelines as it relates to a ‘return-to-training’. It is important that our affiliated clubs and leagues feel comfortable with the new guidelines. If your club or league does not feel they can achieve the required level of compliance, then it is important that you not proceed until you are comfortable.


Please share this information with your affiliated team officials. In the interim, please continue to review our website, email communications, and social media platforms for updates.




Thomas Faro

Executive Director


cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors

Fall 2020 Soccer Games Scheduled To Begin Sept 12th Through Nov 8th


Registration Process

Registration for the Recreational Spring Season will run from November 15th through February 14th.  Registration for the Recreational Fall Season will run from June 15th until July 31st.

All returning players will be awarded a spot on your previous team. New players or players wishing to switch teams, will be assigned a spot on a first come first serve basis. This applies to regular registration only, late registration is always first, come first served.

Players team/coach request, and desire to “play-up”, will be handled by the division manager. While they will do their best to grant these requests, they are not guaranteed.

Things to know...

Fall 2020 games begin approximately the weekend of Sept 12th and run through Nov 8th.   Play 6/8/10 games based on division (see detailed division information below).  Makeup games due to weather or cancellation are typically rescheduled but are not guaranteed.

We begin to build the teams on August 1st.  Teams are built based on player birth year.  

Coaches will be identified based on volunteerism within active registrations.  We will hold our coaches meeting approximately the second week of August.  Coaches will set their practice schedules at that meeting.  Look to hear from coaches the third week of August.  Your child's coach will be the primary point of contact. 

Practices generally begin about two weeks prior to the start of games.  Practice days and times are up to the coach's discretion.  Games are typically on Saturday and/or Sundays, depending on team and field availability.   However, it is possible to have a weekday game if field availability is limited.  Weekday games are scheduled at the discretion of the game scheduler.

Clawson Soccer uses the SportsEngine App to communicate schedules and important information such as field closures and events.  Once you have registered your child, please download the App to your device.  Once your player has been added to a team, you will receive an invitation to join the team page.  Please follow the instructions provided within that invitation to opt-in to communications.  Once you have opted-in, you will be able to view the schedule, the roster,  and communicate with your team.

Why Birth Year?

Please review the US Youth Soccer mandate on birth year registration and team formation: 

You can also view MSYSA's FAQ's regarding birth year registration here:

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Registration Fees

U4-U6 = $40
U7-U10 = $60
U11-U19 = $70

No additional fees apply after two siblings are registered, players 3,4,5..... play for free!

Registration fees cover player's insurance, equipment, field maintenance, state fees, ref fees, administrative costs and are non-refundable.

In an event that a check bounces or a credit card is denied, the player's parent will be emailed and given one week to correct the error before the player's registration is canceled.

Late Registration

Late registration for the spring season will run from February 15th until March 15th or when teams are full, whichever comes first.  Late registration for the fall season will run from August 1st until September 1st or when teams are full, whichever comes first.

A $20 fee will be added to the regular fees for late registration, except U19

When late registration opens, a “needs list” will be posted on the website listing open positions on current teams.  New teams will not be formed during late registration.

Registering during late registration does not guarantee you a spot on a team, it's on a first come, first serve basis. If your registration is denied due to no openings, you will be notified and your credit card will be refunded. You will then be put on a waiting list should any positions open.

Team and Coach requests may not be honored during late registration, players will be placed on teams as needed.

Age Group Information

U4 - This age group runs for 6 weeks on Saturday mornings from 8:30-9:30am at Hunter Community Center either on the outdoor field or in the Hunter Gym depending on weather conditions.  The Fall sessions are an introduction to soccer through age-appropriate drills and fun games that work on field independence, following the coach's directions and sharing the ball!  Spring is a continuation of building the skills listed above as well as adding traditional soccer games.  Team shirts are included in your registration fee.

U5/U6 - This age group runs for 8 weeks.  Coaches will select a practice night during the week with games played on Saturdays at Grant Park.  Game times are determined by the game scheduler based on field and team availability.  Team shirts are included in your registration fee.

U7-U19 - This age group runs for 10 weeks.  Coaches will select a practice night/nights during the week with games played on the weekend.  Game times are determined by the game scheduler based on field and team availability.  Jerseys are not included in the registration fee.  Orders can be placed using the link below.

In all age groups, occasionally, adjustments need to be made to game schedules to accommodate rescheduled games due to rainouts/cancellations.  In some cases, weekend games are not possible so weekday games may need to be scheduled. 

While we make every effort to reschedule all rainouts/cancellations, sometimes if the season is running short, a reschedule is not possible.  We do not guarantee a specific number of games per registration.

Jersey Information

Jerseys for U4 - U6 age groups are provided by the league and included in your registration fees.  

In an effort to reduce cost and waste, U7-U19 players will now be required to buy two jerseys through Triple Thread Apparel in Clawson. Uniforms can be purchased as a package for $52, two jerseys ($15 a-piece), black shorts ($12), and black socks ($10), or items can be purchased individually.  All Clawson teams will now be using the same two jersey colors and players may use those jerseys as long as they desire and even pass them down to younger siblings.  In order to offset the initial cost of the uniform change,  Registration fees have been adjusted to offset the uniform cost.   Advertising and names will not be allowed on the purchased Jerseys.

Black shorts are a required part of the uniform package whether you buy them as a package through Triple Thread, or on your own.  Socks may be any color as long as they cover the shin guards.

Due to Covid-19 and with the financial health of our families in mind, Fall 20 uniforms are not required.  Pinnies will be provided to players without a Clawson Soccer Uniform.

However, if you would like to purchase a uniform it can be purchased in two ways:

In-person at Triple Thread
24 W. 14 Mile Road
Clawson, Michigan

Samples are available in-store to try on for size if needed.

or by clicking the following link:

Financial Hardship

Full scholarships will no longer be given, but a reduced registration rate of $15 per player will be offered to families with financial hardship.

Financial Hardship refers to low-income families or families with extenuating circumstances that make it impossible for their child to play soccer without assistance.

Click here for the application form.  Email completed forms to the registrar by February 1st for the spring season and August 1st for the fall season. Under no circumstances, will applications will be accepted after these dates.  If approved, a discount code will be sent back to you to complete the registration process.

A set number of applicants will be accepted, the number will be determined by the board. Those accepted will be based on a first come, first serve basis based on the postmark on the registration envelope.