Mission: It is the goal of the Southern Alameda County Youth Soccer League to promote health, welfare, camaraderie, family unity and well-being among youth and their families in this community, through the teachings and practice of soccer.
History: Southern Alameda County Youth Soccer (SACYSL) began serving the San Leandro and San Lorenzo communities in 1974 and became a part of US Soccer and CYSA in 1975. By 1979, Southern Alameda Soccer League had incorporated other surrounding cities including, Castro Valley, Hayward and Union City. A Board of Directors committee was created in 1989 to support the decisions made for the club. The board held 6 seats and 18 officers in a variety of positions, some of which included: Team Coordinators, Newsletter and Select Rep, Daily Review Report, Picture Coordinator and Publicity/Youth-Adult Dance Coordinator. Surprisingly the Youth Dance Crew referred a whopping 400+ players to the league, which grew the number of youth soccer participants in SACYSL to 1,400! Just a few short years later, the league grew to toal the largest amount of registered players to date - 2500+ including select players!
As an extremely community-driven club, SACYSL began holding annual tournaments. In 1992, SACYSL brought in teams from neighboring communities to participate in what was called the SACYSL Cup Tournament. That same year the Pee Wee program was born and the league was successful in forming over 65 teams!
By 1996, Castro Valley pulled out of SACYSL and became a stand alone club.
The beginning of a new century, the year 2000 brought about significant change to the club. Technology helped encourage SACYSL to develop their own website, in addition to a rotating newsletter "The Goal Post" delivered to the club's registrants. In 2002 dreams became reality when H.A.R.D. (Hayward Area Recreational Development) built what is now considered to be SACYSL's home turf field at the San Lorenzo Community Center which became life-changing for the club. The following year current Technical Director of Coaching for SACYSL Paul McCallion created the club's competitve division branded name "California Northstars".
Today SACYSL is still growing strong with a total of 11 Board of Director members, 50+ volunteers and between 700-900 registered youth soccer players!
Interesting Facts: In 1979 the SACYSL snack bar began out of the back of a pick up truck.....YES a pick up truck! 10 years later "The Snack Bar" as we know it today, has its own building along the side of the soccer field at San Lorenzo Community Park. If it weren't for the persistence and determination of our club's volunteers during that time, it may not have grown to the thriving level it maintains today. It was the volunteers of SACYSL that took it upon themselves to fundraise enough money for the Hayward Area Recreation Department to begin construction of the building.