Sunday, March 07, 2021


Signature Logo“Each year many recreational-based soccer families are faced with a dilemma: continue playing recreational soccer or make the big “jump” to club soccer. For years, there has been an expressed desire for an opportunity for youths to play soccer at a level between recreational play and the highly-committed club experience. Hence, the creation of the Cal South Signature League game circuit in 2002.”

Cal South created the Signature program for recreational leagues wishing to create a more competitive soccer experience and player development opportunity to augment their current recreational programs. Signature is a natural progression, or transition, for players wishing to play at a higher level, while retaining many of the benefits of a recreational schedule at a lower cost.

Signature leagues are “localized” playing circuits formed by eligible recreational leagues coming together. Individual leagues create a team via a player selection process and tryouts. Each league is responsible for publishing their individual rules and guidelines, relative to coach and player selection. Recreational leagues must register these players with Cal South under the Signature League division. A Signature League Director, responsible for coordinating all aspects of the playing circuit, coordinates each Signature League playing circuit. Promotion of player development is of paramount importance.

There are a number of rules that are unique to Signature League, such as a 50% play rule for all players, a limit on the season’s financial responsibility (not to exceed $500.00 per player for the Fall), and a limitation on distance of travel (not to exceed a 50 mile radius).


Specific LNYSA Signature fees will be assessed in addition to the standard LNYSA player fee paid at registration. These additional costs are set not to exceed $500.00 in total for the Fall Season, as set forth by CalSouth

Here are the separate fees you can expect as your team prepares for the Fall season to commence:

  • LNYSA Player Registration (June)
  • Signature Uniform (July)
  • Referee Fees (September)

LNYSA Player Registration – typically due in June. After your child has been selected for a team, training will start in July. Look out for an early registration discount in June as an added incentive. 
Signature Player registration costs more than recreational player costs as this covers the cost to register a team in the Signature League, extended training time, field usage, field lights, and pays for several sessions with Laguna United Club coaches, and keeper training.

Signature Uniforms – All Signature players need to place uniform orders in July.
New players need to order/buy a full Signature kit.
Returning players may be able to save on costs depending on what items they need updated.
New kit cost range $100-$160.

Referee Fees – typically due in September, cost ranges from $20-$50. This fee can vary depending on the number of games, how many players on the team, and which division you are participating in.

Fall 2019 - Referee Fee Schedule (half to be paid by each team):
  • 2005 (16U)-2004 (15U) $120.00
  • 2006 (14U)-2007 (13U) $106.00
  • 2008 (12U)-2009 (11U) $90.00
  • 2010 (10U)-2011 (9U) $50.00

Extra Costs – Some teams pursue training or events to enhance the experience and development of their Signature players. These additional costs are at the discretion of the parents and coaches. These costs might include spirit wear, outer garments, training equipment, tournaments, and/or additional professional training. 


Practices begin in mid-July. The season duration is similar to the LNYSA recreational program. Teams begin matches at the beginning of September and finish their season with a tournament that concludes in mid-December. The spring session is not mandatory for Signature players, but strongly encouraged.


Unlike the recreational playing circuit, Signature teams are formed in one-year age group increments. For example: B2011/G2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005, are each separate divisions Girls/Boys. No player is permitted to “play down,” and any player requesting to “play up” must first pursue the approval of the league. 


  • 2011-2010 plays 7v7 with a maximum roster size of 14
  • 2009-2008 plays 9v9 with a maximum roster size of 18
  • 2007-2005 plays 11v11 with a maximum roster size of 20
  • Free substitution with the stipulation that each player must play 50% of every match



Players are selected via a thorough tryout process. The process involves at least 2 tryout sessions that are open to any player. These sessions start in April and typically are concluded by mid-May when the teams are formed. Coaches and/or league-designated officials attend these tryouts to evaluate the players. Final selection of a roster requires coach administration approval. The selection process includes evaluating the following attributes of a player:

  • Technique/ball handling skills
  • Experience/years played/aptitude for playing certain field positions
  • General attitude and sportsmanship



Anyone interested in coaching a Signature team must meet certain criteria:

  • An application must be submitted to the LNYSA for consideration.
  • LNYSA requires a mandatory E license (or equivalent [11v11 Grassroots]) in order to coach in the Signature playing circuit. The E license commitment is an extensive 2-day course that combines classroom lectures, field demonstration, and participation from the coach candidates.
  • Life scan/Kid safe approved
  • Concussion Training

Final selection of coaches is done via a committee comprised of Coach Administration and designated league officials. Attributes that are reviewed for final selection are:

  • Years of coaching experience
  • General soccer knowledge
  • Recommendations and/or references from within the community
  • Aptitude for teaching and working with youths

Current coaches within the program are required to meet certain standards in order to be approved to coach another term in the fall. Signature teams are considered to be player-centric and not coach-centric. The ultimate goal is to offer a positive experience for the youth that focuses on constructive player development.


For additional information please contact the LNYSA Signature Director

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