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Euclid Youth Soccer

Euclid Youth Soccer

U12 Rec Division

Players turning 11 or 12 during the season (2012 and 2013 birth years)


Coming Soon!   


Practices: Tuesdays & Thursdays, as determined by coaches

Game Schedule:
Full schedule for fall is below.

Practices and home games will be held at the 
Euclid Pool Field.


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 U12 division builds upon competitive play in a more formal setting with games against recreational programs from other nearby communities. The focus will be on individual skill, understanding of rules and principles of play, and concepts of team and positional play.

Players will be divided into teams of about 14 players each. Each team will have a parent volunteer coach. Each team will have two practices each week, and games will be on Saturday afternoons or weekday evenings.

Following US Youth Soccer recommendations, we play a modified game format of 9v9 (8 field players + a goalkeeper). The field size is also adjusted for the age group: approximately 75 yards x 50 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 a ball and 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 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 ( to try to make communication easier for parents. You will separately receive an email invite to your U12 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.

U12 Rules of Play

Law 1 – The Field of Play

Conform to FIFA, except in the dimensions of the field and dimensions of the goals. Recommended field dimensions are 75 yards by 50 yards. Recommended goal size is 21 feet wide by 7 feet high.

Flagposts at the corners are recommended but not required.

Law 2 – The Ball

Conform to FIFA, except that a standard size four (4) ball will be used.

Law 3 – The Number of Players

Number of Players: A match is played between two teams, each consisting of not more than nine players, one of whom is the goalkeeper.  A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than five players.

Number of Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions may be made.

Substitution procedure: Conform to FIFA, except substituted players may return to the match, and it is not necessary to give the referee a list of named substitutes.

Substitutions may be made at the following stoppages with the permission of the referee:
  • During the half time interval or before the start of overtime periods.
  • After a goal is scored.
  • On either team's goal kick.
  • On a team's own corner kick, or the opposing team's corner kick if the opposing team is substituting.
  • On a team's own throw-in, or the opposing team's throw-in if the opposing team is substituting.
  • At an injury (only to replace an injured player).

Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment

Conform to FIFA. 

Law 5 – The Referee

USSF Registered referee. Duties conform to FIFA.  Infringements shall be briefly explained to the offending player.

Law 6 – The Assistant Referees

May be used but are not required.

Law 7 – The Duration of the Match

The match lasts two equal periods of 30 minutes.  The half-time interval is not to exceed 10 minutes.

Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play

Conform to FIFA.

Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play

Conform to FIFA.

Law 10 – The Method of Scoring

Conform to FIFA.

Law 11 – Offside

Conform to FIFA.

Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

Conform to FIFA, except that sliding tackles are not allowed.  See the Recreational Slide Tackle Policy for details.

Law 13 – Free Kicks

Conform to FIFA.

Law 14 – The Penalty Kick

Conform to FIFA.

Law 15 – The Throw-in

Conform to FIFA.

Law 16 – The Goal Kick

Conform to FIFA.

Law 17 – The Corner Kick

Conform to FIFA.