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Euclid Youth Soccer

Euclid Youth Soccer

U08 Rec Division

Players turning 7 or 8 during the season (2016 or 2017 birth years)


Players will be divided into teams of about 8 players each. Additional teams will be added for the spring season based on registrations.

U08 Blue
U08 Green
U08 Red
U08 Gold

U08 Orange
U08 Silver 



Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday evenings, at the Babbitt Road Fields.
Each team will have two 1-hour practice each week as scheduled by coaches.
The full practice schedule will be communicated to parents by coaches.


Saturdays, 9:00 or 10:00 or 11:00 am, starting April 13 (weather permitting), at the Babbitt Road Fields

Full schedule will be released soon..

Fall schedule


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 U8 division is the beginning of more competitive play and a key age for player development. The focus will be on individual skill on the ball, and concepts of team play and relative spacing.

Players will be divided into teams of about 6 players each. Each team will have a parent volunteer coach. Each team will have one practice each week (on Monday or Wednesday) and a game on Saturday mornings. Returning players will remain on their teams from the fall. New players will receive roster assignments by April 10.

Following US Youth Soccer recommendations, we play a modified game format of 5v5 (4 field players + a goalkeeper). The field size is also adjusted for the age group: 35 yards x 25 yards.


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 workouts players should be properly equipped and dressed for the weather and should bring water. On game days players should arrive 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 at 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 U08 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.

U08 Rules of Play

Law 1 – The Field of Play

Field Markings: Conform to FIFA except that the center circle will be five (5) yards in radius.

Dimensions: Length: 40 yards; Width: 26 yards

The Goal Area: Defined at each end of the field as follows: two lines drawn at right angles to the goal line eight (8) yards from the center of the goal, extending into the field of play for a distance of four (4) yards, and joined by a line drawn parallel to the goal line.

The Penalty Area: none

Goals: Dimensions: 18 feet wide by 6 feet tall.

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 four players. There are no goalkeepers.

Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions may be made.

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 lasts two equal periods of 25 minutes.  There shall be a five-minute half-time interval.

Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play

Conform to FIFA, except that at kick-off opponents are to be at least five (5) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play

Conform to FIFA.

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 five (5) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 14 – The Penalty Kick


Law 15 – The Throw-in

Conform to FIFA, except that when correct procedure is not followed, a player will be given an opportunity to correct the throw. The number of retries is at the discretion of the referee. A kick-in may be used in place of the throw-in, depending on the abilities of the player, and the method of restart is at the discretion of the coach. Kick-ins are considered as direct free kicks.

Law 16 – The Goal Kick

Conform to FIFA, except that players must be outside the goal area and at least five (5) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Law 17 – The Corner Kick

Conform to FIFA, except opposing players must be five (5) yards from the ball until it is in play.