Kick, Run, Ref!

By Matt Larson

West County’s local soccer league offers programs for kids and adults alike...

If you’re looking to find a program to keep your child active and healthy, look no further than the West Contra Costa Youth Soccer League. For more than 35 years now this organization has been run completely by volunteers. Many of them are former players in the league, or have children on one of the teams.

WCCYSL coordinates about 600 players between the ages of 4 and 17, competing in about 45 separate teams countywide. Players come from Pinole, Hercules, El Sobrante, Richmond—all throughout West County.

Kids have two options to choose from when joining the league: the Recreational Program, and the FCA (Football Club Alliance) Competitive Program. The rec program is less expensive and is only a one-season commitment; the comp program is for an entire year.

“Anyone can play in the recreational program; nobody’s turned away,” said WCCYSL President Tyler Darke. “All you have to do is register and you get placed on a team.”

For rec program players, they play for fun and they’re all guaranteed playing time. “They usually train once or twice a week, and are coached by parent volunteers,” Tyler explained. “To coach in the FCA program, you need to have prior experience playing and/or coaching soccer.”