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Euclid Youth Soccer

Euclid Youth Soccer

U05 Rec Division

Players turning 5 or younger during the season (2019 or later birth years)


Players will be divided into teams of about 6 players each. 



Saturdays, 10:00 - 10:45 am, starting April 13 (weather permitting).

Each session will include 25 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of 3v3 games.
All sessions are held at the Babbitt Road Fields.


The EYSO House League’s primary goal is to instill in players a lifelong love for the game and to prepare them to move on to travel or school teams. The U5 division is an introduction to soccer for our youngest players, and focuses on developing foundational soccer skills and knowledge through fun, age-appropriate activities.

U5 sessions are a combination of 25 minutes of instructional games ("practice") followed by 20 minutes of 3v3 game play. We have adopted an academy style of instruction to maximize the learning opportunities for every player. Coaches will follow a single curriculum based on recommendations from our state and national youth soccer associations. Rosters may be adjusted as needed, even during games, to provide balance in competition.


All players will receive a uniform (jersey, shorts, socks) that they will use for the fall and spring sessions of the 2023-2024 season. Every player must have shin guards which must be worn under the socks.

For each session players should come in uniform and should bring water.

While not required, soccer-style cleats are recommended. Metal spikes or football or baseball cleats that have a toe cleat are not allowed. If you do not have cleats, or are panicking that last year's no longer fit, we encourage you to participate in our reBOOT program. We collect used cleats of various sizes and make them freely available to all EYSO players. You can pick up cleats or donate old pairs at uniform pickup or on Saturday mornings at the fields. If you are donating cleats we ask that they be clean and placed in a bag and labeled with the size. Cleats donated to this program that we cannot use will be passed on to local charities.


Email will be used for league announcements and updates. We will also be using Stack Team App ( to try to make communication easier for parents. You will separately receive an email invite to your U05 team within the app. 

House (Recreational) League

The EYSO House League is a recreational program designed to provide all kids aged 4-10 opportunities to play soccer and develop their skills. The EYSO House League’s primary goal is to instill in players a lifelong love for the game and to prepare them to move on to travel or school teams. In addition, the House League provides opportunities for coaches and parents to learn and to love the game.  As a recreational league, the focus is on learning the laws of the game, developing fundamental skills, and having fun; not necessarily on winning matches.

Players are placed in age-specific divisions and are assigned teams in a semi-random fashion to try to balance the skill level across teams. As a result, players will play with youth of similar ages at various skill levels.  U10 and below play in-house against other Euclid teams.  U11-U14 recreational teams play in the western Lake County inter-community recreational league.

EYSO has adopted the US Youth Soccer recommendations for the small-sided game format for our House League. This format attempts to maximize the number of touches each player gets in game situations, allowing players to more quickly develop and hone their skills. The small-sided game format also is more enjoyable for the players as they get more action during games and have less idle time.

Player development will be guided by skills checklists for each age group listing the basic skills that players are expected to learn at each age level. In addition, the House League will adopt the recommendations of the National Standards Project for foot skills assessment and development. These basic skills will give each player a foundation upon which to build in preparation for play at higher levels on travel or school teams. Skills are taught and reinforced in team practice sessions as well as in supplemental Foot Skills clinics offered periodically during the course of the season.

The House League is also a training ground for coaches. Those who volunteer to coach in the House League need not have any previous soccer or coaching experience, and will receive instruction from more experienced coaches. Multi-team practice sessions, coaches’ clinics, and one-on-one training will help develop the even the most inexperienced parent into a knowledgeable and confident youth soccer coach.

If you have questions or would like more information about the EYSO House League, please contact Nate Johnson.

U05 Rules of Play

Law 1 – The Field of Play

Field Markings: none. Fields will be identified using cones.

Dimensions: Length: Length: 24 yards; Width: 16 yards

The Goal Area: none. Coaches may place cones in a small semi-circle around the goal to discourage players from standing in the goal mouth.

The Penalty Area: none

Flagposts: none. Tall cones will be used to identify the corners of fields.

Goals: goals will be pop-up style four (4) feet or six (6) feet in width.

Law 2 – The Ball

Standard size three (3) ball will be used.

Law 3 – The Number of Players

Players: A match is played between two teams, each consisting of not more than three players. There are no goalkeepers.

Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions may be made.  Ideally there should be no substitutions. Extra players should be combined to form an additional match.

Substitution procedure: At any stoppage of play.

Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment

Conform to FIFA

Law 5 – The Referee

Coaches, other league officials, or parents may be used. Infringements shall be briefly explained to the offending player.

Law 6 – The Assistant Referees


Law 7 – The Duration of the Match

The match shall be divided into four (4) equal 5-minute quarters. There shall be one-minute breaks between quarters 1 and 2 and between quarters 3 and 4. There shall be a two-minute half-time interval between quarters 2 and 3.

Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play

Conform to FIFA, except that at kick-off opponents are to be at least four (4) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play

Conform to FIFA. Players are encouraged to quickly return the ball in play, and play need not be stopped if the ball is out of play but it appears that players are attempting to return to the field of play.

Law 10 – The Method of Scoring

Conform to FIFA.

Law 11 – Offside


Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

Conform to FIFA, except that no cards are shown for misconduct. Players may be asked to take a break to cool off if they are over-excited or too aggressive. Sliding tackles are not allowed.

Law 13 – Free Kicks

Conform to FIFA, except that all free kicks are direct and opponents must be at least four (4) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 14 – The Penalty Kick


Law 15 – The Throw-in

Conform to FIFA, except a kick-in shall be used in place of the throw-in. Kick-ins are considered as direct free kicks. Coaches may also restart play by returning the ball to the field of play.

Law 16 – The Goal Kick

Taken within 2-3 yards from the goal line, anywhere along the goal line near where the ball went out of bounds. Opposing players must be four (4) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 17 – The Corner Kick

Conform to FIFA, except opposing players must be four (4) yards from the ball until it is in play.