Program Goals 

The Southern Lehigh Soccer (SLS) Recreation program is designed to provide a fun, stress-free environment that promotes player growth.  For some players, it is a continuation of their development from the Intramural program.  For others, it is an entry level program.  For all players, the program will focus on developing players’ individual ball skills through both practice and match play.  In addition to individual skill development, players will develop an increased understanding of the game as the rules, tactics and strategies of the game are introduced and learned.  As with our Intramural program, the Recreation program is designed to follow the recommendations of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association.


Southern Lehigh Soccer & the Northern Valley Youth Soccer League (NVYSL)

What is NVYSL?
NVYSL is the Northern Valley Youth Soccer league.  It is a Recreational youth soccer league with teams from local communities in the Lehigh Valley.

What is the SLS-NVYSL Recreation program?
The SLS Club is one of approximately twenty (20) clubs that compete in the NVYSL.  Our program is geared for players aged 7 to 19 years old.  There are no tryouts.  Everyone plays.  Our program focuses on player development – both physical and mental.  We foster confidence, teamwork and good sportsmanship through friendly competition.  MOST OF ALL, WE HAVE FUN!

Many of our coaches have played at the Intramural, Interscholastic, High School, and even Collegiate levels.  Many continue to play in local adult leagues.  All are dedicated to providing an enjoyable, fun, and stress-free environment for our players to grow.  All are volunteers.  Why do we do it?  We do it because we love teaching kids and we love the sport.

How does this differ from the Travel (Competitive) program?
The difference is often one of commitment and focus (as well as ability).  The players in the Travel program commit to soccer as their primary Fall activity and attend all practices and games.  The Travel players are expected to practice on their "off days" and they strive for a more competitive environment.  Travel tryouts are held in late April, to form teams for the subsequent Fall thru Spring season.

The Travel program ends in high school whereas the Recreational program continues through high school.

How are the two programs the same?
In both programs, players typically practice twice per week and play one game per weekend.  The travel distance is often similar (within an hour of the Lehigh Valley). The coaches in both programs are caring, volunteer coaches.


Player Participation

SLS-NVYSL teams are made up of players aged 8 to 19 in the Fall season.  The teams are organized into age brackets (U7, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19).  If there are sufficient players of the same sex within an age bracket, we field same sex teams.  However, if there are insufficient players to fill rosters, we do, on occasion, form co-ed teams.  Team rosters are capped at 16 players per team for U10's and U12's; who play an 8v8 format.  Older teams are capped at 22 players per team; who play an 11v11 format.

The age brackets are:

            U8:            7 year olds

            U10:          8 and 9 year olds

            U12:          10 and 11 year olds

            U14:          12 and 13 year olds

            U16:          14 and 15 year olds

            U19:          16 to 18 year olds


Volunteers Needed

SLS is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization The objective of this Club is to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer by encouraging physical conditioning, encouraging a healthy attitude towards good sportsmanship, promoting cooperative teamwork and developing individual skills.  All our programs are staffed and coached by volunteers who come from various soccer backgrounds.  Some are first generation soccer people still learning about the game; others have only experienced soccer from the Intramural or Recreational level; still others have participated at the interscholastic and collegiate levels.  One thing we all have in common is a desire to provide the best possible soccer environment for the children in our area.

We need coaches and assistant coaches!  It does not matter if you don’t understand what “off-sides” means, or how to dribble a ball.  We will help and provide you with the training.  We need energetic fun people.  If you are interested, please contact the director of your child’s program (Intramural, Recreation or Travel).

If you cannot help, but know someone that can, please ask him or her to contact us.


Typical Registration Timeline

Spring soccer runs from April to June.  Registration for Spring soccer is typically open from January to mid-March.

Fall soccer runs from August to November.  Registration for Fall soccer is typically open from June to mid-August.


For questions not answered by NVYSL's website, contact our Director of Recreation for more information.