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SYSA PROGRAMS

SYSA is a not for profit 501(c)(3) association that endeavors to provide the opportunity for girls and boys in Shaker Heights to develop technical soccer skills, to benefit from team play, to achieve personal growth and positive self esteem, and to learn and promote passion for the game of soccer.  See our Mission & Objectives page for more detail.

SYSA serves about 700 players, ages 4 – 18, who participate at three different levels:



RECREATIONAL: Mini Kickers     

  • 4-5 year old boys and girls (pre-K & K)
  • Fun and energetic environment where each player is constantly engaged in activity
  • 1 activity per week.
  • Fall and Spring Details and Registration through Shaker Rec
Please Bring soccer ball (size 3 or 4 is ideal, water, shinguards. Cleats are encouraged but optional)

    RECREATIONAL: K-1 Training & Scrimmages

    • Kindergarten and 1st grade, age 6-7, boys and girls
    • Low-stress, fun filled environment where players will encounter a games-based program to develop basic soccer skills. 
    • 1 activity per week
    • Fall and Spring Details and Registration through Shaker Rec
    Please Bring soccer ball (size 3 or 4 is ideal, water, shinguards. Cleats are encouraged but optional)

    RECREATIONAL: Challenge 
    • 1st-6th grade boys and girls
    • League has 1st & 2nd grade division, 3rd & 4th grade division, 5th & 6th grade division.  Boys teams and Girls teams.
    • 1 Weekly practice and Saturday game encouraging skill and tactical development. There are no tryouts and we strive to provide every player substantial playing time. 
    • Includes Fall (late August through October) and Spring (early April through early June) outdoor seasons with optional indoor sessions during winter months
    COMPETITIVE: Volunteer Coach
    • aka Travel
    • 7-14 year old boys and girls seeking a higher level of training.
    • Community based intermediate level of competition via weekly games played in a travel league from nearby communities.  Placement on teams in based on tryouts, held in May.
    • Includes Fall (late August through October) and Spring (early April through early June) outdoor seasons with optional, but highly recommended indoor sessions during winter months. 
    • 2 weekly practices and a Sunday game against other NEO communities.

    COMPETITIVE: Professional Coach

    • aka Premier, PFC
    • Top teams in age groups U11 & above
    • League placement in top Travel or divisions or OYSAN State League.  Placement on teams in based on tryouts, held in May.
    • Includes Fall (late August through October) and Spring (early April through early June) outdoor seasons with highly recommended indoor sessions during winter months. 

    For more information or to discuss which program is right for your child, contact 

    SYSA Director of Coaching,  Paul Driesen driesentsa@cox.net

    or

    SYSA Executive Director, Lora Mesiano, loramesiano@shakeryouthsoccer.org