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SHELTON FC

Shelton, Connecticut

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I learn about and register my child for a SYSO program?
A: SYSO offers a variety of recreational and competitive soccer programs year-round.  Visit our website www.sysonet.org and click on the Programs and Registration pages to learn league details and enroll in our Programs.  


Q: Who coaches the competitive league teams?
A: All of our competitive league teams are coached by the licensed and professional SYSO Coaching staff.  Teams have a dedicated Coach assigned to their team to lead the practices and gameday tactics, so the players can receive personalized attention to develop and enhance their skills.  Parents are encouraged to volunteer as Assistant Coaches and/or Team Managers to help coordinate practices and organize team activities so that the players develop into the best versions of themselves.  


Q: Who coaches the recreational league teams?
A: Our recreational teams are coached by Volunteer Coaches under the guidance of SYSO Coaching Director Greg Lee and the SYSO Coaching staff.  The Volunteer Coaches receive training guides and goals to help introduce technical skills to our more inexperienced players.  The SYSO Coaching staff oversees all practices and will help introduce and refine new skills, drills, and fun games to welcome players to soccer.  


Q: How can I volunteer?
A: Please feel free to speak with your Coach, a SYSO League Director or Board Member to learn about more opportunities to help SYSO and our players grow.  SYSO is always looking for new volunteers.  


Q: What are the COVID-19 protocols?  What should I do if I have questions?
A: In these changing times, SYSO enforces the policies and procedures which are enforced by the Shelton School District.  Players are welcome to wear masks at their discretion.  SYSO reserves the right to enforce COVID-19 protocols, including but not limited to player/parent suspensions, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other applicable authorities.  As of July 2022, click this link to find the current policies enforced within the Shelton School District.  Should you have any SYSO policy related questions, please contact the SYSO League Director.  All medical related questions should be answered by your Physician.


Q: What is the attendance policy?
A: Players are expected to attend all practices and games and to notify the coach in advance, if they cannot attend.


Q: Can my child play another sport/activity while being on a competitive league soccer team?
A: Yes, as long as they can attend all practices and games.


Q: What should my child wear/bring to practices?
A: Players are expected to wear cleats, shin guards, and athletic attire during practices.  They should bring a soccer ball, water bottle, and any other safety equipment.


Q: What should my child wear/bring to games?
A: Players are expected to wear cleats, shin guards, and their uniform attire during games.  They should bring a water bottle, and any other safety equipment.


Q: How long and how many times a week are practices?
A: Recreation leagues practice once a week on weeknights from 5:15 – 6:15pm.  Competitive leagues practice once or twice a week from 6:30-7:45/8pm normally.  The Travel Director and the coach determine the number of practices, length, starting time and location.


Q: Will my child play in every game?
A: Yes, our recreational league emphasizes personal development, so players are expected to play an equal share of minutes.  Players in our competitive programs will play in at least one-half of every game.


Q: How far do you travel?
A: Our recreational league plays exclusively within Shelton, with games normally at Capewell Park and the Nike Site, with practices normally held at East Village Park.  Similarly, our competitive leagues practice and host home games in Shelton.  The competitive league away games are generally less than a 1 hour drive from Shelton. Excluding tournaments, teams generally travel within Fairfield and New Haven counties.


Q: When and where are the competitive league tournaments?
A: Tournaments are normally held on the weekends during the fall and spring seasons. However, there are some tournaments played out of the SYSO season. Participation in these tournaments is up to the coach, players and parents.  Tournaments usually include a minimum of 3 games and a maximum of 6, but it varies by tournament.  


Q:  How are teams/leagues formed?
SYSO and its League Directors analyze the registration within enrollment windows and create competitive, age and gender appropriate teams/leagues.  SYSO reserves the right to allocate players within teams/leagues based on skill and/or enrollment dynamics.  Example: If 30, 8 year old boys enroll in the Academy league program, SYSO may setup 2 teams of 12 for the U8 division and promote 6 players to the U9 team, rather than cutting 6 players.


Q: How many players will be rostered on the team?
A: Our recreation league features smaller sided games, with rosters typically including no more than 3-5 players than would normally be on the field at once.  Our competitive league rosters are usually between 10-16 players large.  Generally, U10 rosters include 10 players, U12 to U19 up to 16 players.  SYSO determines the number of players on a team based on registration and tryouts for competitive leagues.  


Q: When and how will a parent be notified if their child has made a team?  Are there tryouts?
A: Players who register for recreational leagues will be assigned a team, tryouts are not necessary.  Tryouts are applicable for our competitive league teams only.  Tryout participants will be notified by email when the rosters are posted on the Shelton FC Website, approximately a week after the tryouts conclude.


Q: What are the costs of the uniform and who pays for them?
A: Players pay for their own uniforms, which are not included in the league registration fees (as uniforms can often be re-used).  If needed, please add it as an extra item during the online registration process.  Recreation league uniforms are $30 and include a jersey, shorts, and pair of socks.  Competitive league uniforms costs range from $100 to $400 and include multiple jerseys, one pair of socks and shorts. 

Contact Us

Shelton Youth Soccer Organization

PO Box 2375 
Shelton, Connecticut 06484

Phone: 203-610-7853
Email: [email protected]

Shelton Youth Soccer Organization

PO Box 2375 
Shelton, Connecticut 06484

Phone: 203-610-7853
Email: [email protected]
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