Swain Youth Soccer Association

SYSA is organized exclusively for educational purposes to foster soccer education and competition for youth in Swain County and the surrounding area without regard to race, creed, gender, or economic disadvantage.


Jr. Academy and Academy Soccer Fall 2018


Jr./Academy Soccer- We do have practice today. See you at 5 pm.



Jr. and ACADEMY SOCCER- The next level of play. Academy emphasizes player development. Kids will be introduced to the latest techniques in soccer and offered higher level of coaching.

Ages: Jr. Academy: 2011-2012 ($75)
           Academy: 2008- 2010 ($100)
Sign ups: 8/29, 8/30, 9/4 4:30-6pm Rec. Department Soccer Field
Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-6:15 throughout September and October,                                     tournament early November. 
1st practice: Tuesday 9/4 5-6:15 Rec. dept. soccer field
Games: Most games are played on Saturdays against nearby clubs 
Please email if you have any questions swainsoccerkids@gmail.com


Jr. Academy and Academy Soccer Spring 2018



Jr./Academy Soccer- We do have practice today. See you at 4 pm.
Jr./Academy Soccer- Practice is cancelled for today. See you Thursday.

Practice is still on for today, 3/19. See you at 4pm.

Practice is cancelled for today, 3/12. We will see you all tomorrow 4pm.

Crazy, Yes!! But we are still having practice today at 4 pm. It is optional so don't feel like you have to bring your child but dress them warm if you do.

No Jr/Academy Soccer practice today (Tuesday, 3/6) due to weather and field conditions. See you all Thursday.
No Jr/Academy Soccer practice (Thursday 3/1) today due to weather and field conditions. See you all Monday.
Practices officially start tomorrow (2/19). Regular practices will be every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 4-5:15 Swain Rec. soccer field. Please check your email (you provided) for information and updates.
The next level of soccer. Academy emphasizes player development and fun. Kids will be introduced to the latest techniques in soccer and offered higher level of coaching.
   Ages: Jr. Academy: 2010 and 2011
              Academy: 2008 and 2009
  Sign ups and first practices:
              Feb 13th, 15th and 19th (rain date)
              5-6:15 pm at Rec. Department Soccer Field
  Regular practices will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:15.
  Games on Saturdays.
  First practice: February 19th. (although we will be out there practicing during signups)

Please email if you have any questions swainsoccerkids@gmail.com

Recreation Soccer Fall 2017




Tomorrow (10/30) will be our last day for Recreation soccer this Fall. Parents, this is your time to show off your soccer skills!! First 1/2 (5:30-6:00) will be parents (and coaches) vs. kids!!! The kids love this. They love scoring on their parents, so please, if you can, plan to play. At 6:00, we would like everyone to make their way to the back pavilion where we will have a few closing words, cake and awards. 

It might be a little chilly once that sun goes down so dress warm!

Anyone who did not pick up their pictures Thursday, we will have them tomorrow. Statues may or may not be in tomorrow. If they are not, you will have to contact WNC Sports Photography- Christie 828‐736‐2557 or Fran 828‐736‐0629 to find out how to get them. 

Thank you for a great season, look forward to seeing some of your kiddos in our Spring Academy Program.



10/23/17:   NO SOCCER TODAY!!

Although the rain has stopped, the fields are flooded.  We will not have soccer today, 10/23.  See you all Thursday.


Picture Day- October 19th

Thursday, 10/19 will be picture day for Rec soccer (at CLW fields). Please have your child dressed in their team jersey. Most teams will be practicing that day (2 teams have games), we will try not to get them too sweaty or dirty before pictures.

The picture folks will be setting up a 4:45 if you would like to get there early for individual photos (especially for folks with siblings on different teams) to beat the crowds. Team photos (and individual if you can't get there early) will follow the schedule below. Please see picture order form link below if you would like to see your options and/or fill out ahead of time (you will need to print it first).

Photo Schedule: Times can change if things are moving along quickly. Please plan for your child to practice before/after pictures.

Picture Order Form Link





Team Smith’s Dry Goods (game)


U 6

Team NOC (game)


U 6

Team CJ’s Grille


U 8

Team Relax Inn


U 8

Team Mud Dabbers


U 8

Team Lynn’s Place


U 8

Team High Creek Earthworks


U 10/11

Team Duinokit


U 10/11

Team Owle Construction


U 10/11

Team BB Disposal



This Thursday, 10/12, will be the NCYSA Roadshow at Rec soccer. Please plan to have your child there by 5:30 with their jersey. Instead of a regular practice or game, players will move through a series of stations/activities designed to work on their skills. This event usually goes over by 15 minutes, we understand if you need to leave at 6:30 but would love for your child to stay through the event if possible. See you Thursday.

9/25/2017: Practice/Game Schedules


Swain soccer game schedule Fall 2017.pdf



We WILL have practice today, 9/14. See you at 5:30.


Rec. Soccer: Just a reminder, we WILL have practice tomorrow, Thursday 9/14. It is Thursday, OCTOBER 5 that we will not have practice due to the Cherokee Fair.


Due to the weather, we will not have practice today, 9/11. See everyone on Thursday, 9/14 at 5:30.

9/10/2017  Just a few quick reminders:


We will have practice every Monday/Thursday from 5:30-6:30 with the exception for Thursday, 10/5, due to the Cherokee Fair.  We do plan to practice tomorrow.  We are monitoring the weather and will make a final decision by tomorrow afternoon.  


And speaking of weather, in the event of bad weather, we will notify you by 4 pm that day via email and/or text if practice is cancelled. In addition, we will post this information on our FB page and website.  If you have questions, contact us via email at swainsoccerkids@gmail.com.  (I will not be able to check this email until 3pm so please be patient with my response time). Please do not try to call us at work, we cannot take your phone calls. Please do not call Camp Living Water to find out if practice is cancelled, they will not know what our decision is. 


Please check your email (be sure to check the one you gave us and make sure our emails are not going to your SPAM box), as this is our main form of communication.  We will also post information on our FB page and website (swainsoccer.com).


We are excited about another great season of soccer, hope you are too.  Thank you for all your support, without the parents, there would be no rec. soccer for the kids.  



9/04/2017 First week of Soccer!!!


Rec. soccer is just around the corner.  We will have our first practice this Thursday, Sept. 7th from 5:30-6:30 at the Camp Living Water fields.  Practices and games will be every Monday and Thursday 9/7-10/30 from 5:30-6:30 at the Camp Living Water fields.  Please be sure your child has cleats, shin guards and water for each practice.  We have a box of used cleats (various sizes) that you are welcome to pick through.  I will have them available on Thursday.  


If you still need to pay for this season, you can bring your check or cash Thursday.  We will have some medical forms available too.  


We will have a parent meeting on this Thursday at 6pm next to the large willow tree, please plan to attend.


We are still trying to finalize coaches, sponsorships and teams, so please look for another email from us on Wednesday with your child's team name and coach.  If you are interested in coaching a team for the U4-U6 group or U7-U8 age group, please let us know as soon as possible (swainsoccerkids@gmail.com).  We are short 2 coaches for U4-U6 and 4 coaches for U7-U8 (we currently have no coaches for that age group).  Also, if you are interested in sponsoring your child's team, please contact us (swainsoccerkids@gmail.com) and we will give you more information. We appreciate your help on this, without parent volunteers, programs like ours cannot happen.  



Recreation Soccer Fall 2017 Registration

Swain Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) will offer local recreation soccer at Camp Living Water for players ages 4-11.  The league will play Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30, at Camp Living Water from September 7-October 30.    

Registration is available online.  To access, please visit https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/ncysa/2017/0143/fall/Welcome.html  or contact Kathy Gray at swainsoccerkids@gmail.com.   Online registration will close August 30.  You can also register in person at the Rec. Park Playground August 24, 25 from 4:30-6:30. All payments($50.00) and signed medical waiver will be due by September 7. Please pay in person (cash or check) on one of the registration dates or mail checks and signed waivers to SYSA REC PO Box 521 Bryson City, NC 28713. Your child will not be able to play until both are received.

If you are interested in coaching or sponsoring a team, please indicate on your registration form and/or contact Jack Gray at swainsoccerkids@gmail.com

Camp Living Water offers a recreation soccer league in the spring. Contact the camp for information on their program. 

SYSA has adopted codes of conduct for our players, parents, and coaches. See Codes.

Medical Consent/Liability Waiver - Form

Recreation Soccer Fall 2016


10/25/2016:  Last Day For Rec. Soccer

It was brought to our attention this week that East Elementary is doing their Fall Festival on Thursday, 27th.  That date was originally set aside as our Awards and Celebration Night.  We have decided to move everything to Tuesday so that players from East do not have to make a choice.   So, Tuesday, 25th will be our last evening of Rec. soccer.  We will still do parents vs. players (sorry parents, not getting out of this one).  Games will go from 5:30-5:55. At 5:55, everyone should gather at the Willow Tree for a few, quick closing remarks. We will then split into our age groups to give out awards.  After awards, there will be cake.  We will also have your pictures that day.

 Thank you again for another great season of Rec. soccer. 


10/11/2016:  Picture Day!!!

 Picture Day!!  Tuesday, 11th

 Pictures will start at 5:30 sharp.  Please be on time.  They plan to take everyone’s individual picture, even if you are not purchasing one. Picture folks will be there at 5pm if you want to go early and fill out paperwork.  Please be sure your child wears their jersey.  There will still be practice, just no scheduled games.  Here is the schedule:

 5:30- U11 Teams 

1st- Team United (Don)

 2nd –Team Cherokee Cabs (Alissa)

 3rd – Team Tallant Law Office (Michael/Brian)

 4th Team Southern Charm (Amorie)

 5:45- U9 Teams

 1st- Team Qualla Cabins (Kylie)

 2nd Team NOC (Elizabeth)

 3rd Team Tsali Cycles (Anne)

 6:00- U7 Teams

 1st- Team Great Smokies Gifts (Sammy)

 2nd Team High Creek Earthworks (Amber)

 3rd Team Alarka Church of God (Freda)

 4th Team Chocolate Shoppe (Trey)

 5th Team Sweet Freeze (Grant)

 6:15- U5 Teams

 1st Team Cherokee Cabs (Mike)

 2nd Team Entegra (Derek) 

10/4/2016: Practice will be today at 5:30

 Just a reminder that soccer practice will start at normal time 5:30.  Team jerseys are here!!   If a parent from each team can help pass out the jerseys, I would greatly appreciate it.     

  9/27/2016:  RoadShow Information 9/29/2016

Thanks again for being so understanding and adaptable to this Thursday's schedule.  We only found out yesterday we needed to change the time.  Practice will start at 6pm and go until 7.  We understand that is late (especially for our little ones) but think this is a great opportunity for our SYSA players. Jane is traveling to us from Greensboro, NC- home to NCYSA (North Carolina Youth Soccer) and is in charge of all Rec. soccer in NC. She is a former college player, SYSA and WNC United coach and has lots to offer.   In addition, each player will receive a free soccer ball (a smaller one than the game size- great for practicing fancy foot skills).

 The plus to having to change the time is it will offer up a chance to come out and support the Swain Middle School soccer team.  They are playing against Rabun Gap this Thursday at 4:30 Rec. soccer field for 1st place position in next week's conference tournament.  Not bad for a first year team!!!  Should be a great game!!  All rec. soccer players are free, $3.00 for all others (except young children-kindergarten and below are also free).  Monies collected will go to fund the soccer team (SYSA is fully funding the Middle school team this year).

 On a final note, picture day will be October 11.  I will send out a schedule as we get closer to the date.  Shirts should be in next Tuesday, if a parent from each team could help in handing them out, I would greatly appreciate it.  

Thank you all for your support and understanding,



 9/3/2016:  Welcome to Fall Rec 2016 SOCCER!!!! 

We are excited about our season starting next week. Just a few quick reminders:
1st Practice will be Thursday, 9/8 at 5:30-6:30 at Camp Living Water fields. 
Please make sure your child has cleats, shin guards and water for each practice/game. An adult must be at the fields at all times with their child.
After a few weeks (and when team jerseys arrive) we will start to cycle games into the mix. Remember all practices and games will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
If practice is cancelled, we will send out a mass email, we will also post soccer cancellations on the SYSA Facebook page.
We are still in need of a few coaches. U9 and U11 age groups are both short 1 coach. If you are interested, please contact us immediately. If we cannot find a coach, we will have to increase team sizes beyond what is optimal. All head coaches get 1 child registration fee waived. 
If you need to contact us throughout the season, please use the swainsoccerkids@gmail.com email.

 See you on the Pitch!!!


Spring 2016 Academy and Jr. Academy Season

Swain Youth Soccer Association has two programs to prepare elementary school soccer players for competitive play. Under the direction of Coach Romano Michelotti, players learn essential skills in a fun environment.

Academy – The Academy program is for players U9-U10 (born Aug. 1, 2005 - July 31, 2007). Teams play area clubs, away and at home, and an away tournament.  The focus is player development, games are not scored, and all players play.  Practice is three times a week (4:00-5:20 Monday, Tuesday and Friday). Cost is $95 + $25 uniform fee.  Practice begins Tuesday, Feb. 9th. We will have registration before practice starts on Feb. 9th. (Some U8 players who are playing at the higher level and show maturity can play Academy)

Junior Academy – The Junior Academy program is for players U7-U8 (born Aug. 1, 2007 - July 31, 2009). Junior Academy teaches young players basic skills in a fun environment. Teams play against each other in Swain with a few local travel games possible.  Players practice twice a week (Mondays 4-4:45 and Tuesdays 5-5:45). Cost is $65 + $15 uniform fee.  Practice begins Tuesday, March 15th. We will have registration before practice starts on March 15th.

For more information, contact Scott Cline at 828-736-0455/lscottcline@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

If you feel that your child is a better fit for the Rec level then Camp Living Water will offer the Rec Level this Spring.

Recreation Soccer Fall 2015 New

 Last week of soccer, you made it!  Are Messi and Morgan household names yet?  If not, just wait...

Tuesday- we will be doing round robin practice/games for U5 and U9 teams, so please have your child's jersey.  U7- scheduled games nd practices.  Check previous email or our website for the schedule.  Also, Oasis studios will be there to pass out pictures.  Please be sure to get your pictures before leaving tomorrow.  They will come around to each team to hand them out.  If you miss them or they miss you, just find me, I will help locate your pictures.  

 Thursday- last day of soccer for the season.  We will start with a kids vs. parents game.  So parents- do some stretching and wear sneakers and get ready to be schooled by your child.  The kids love this, so if you can play, please do so. At 6:00, we will start awards with individual teams.  After awards, we invite everyone to some cake to celebrate a great season of soccer (yes parents, you read correctly- CAKE!! before dinner).

 Thank you again for a great season, please be sure to thank your coaches and sponsors of your team, without either, Rec. soccer could not happen.

  One last reminder, tomorrow night at 7pm at United Community Bank, SYSA will be conducting a meeting about a possible Middle school soccer team.  We would love any and all input and help in this matter.  Please join us if you can.

SYSA will be having a meeting on Tuesday, October 20th, 7:00 PM at United Community Bank's Meeting Room to plan for a 3v3 Soccer Tournament in June.

Purpose- to raise money to pay for a Middle School Soccer team. The Swain School system has said they do not have any extra money to go towards the Middle School Soccer team and it would have to be paid for totally by SYSA. There is a big gap between when Rec soccer ends and High School Soccer begins. We are trying to fill that gap. At this time the school board is discussing if we can even have the middle school team which would be funded by SYSA. If you know someone on the School Board, please share your thoughts on the Middle School Soccer team. Here are our current school board members: http://www.swain.k12.nc.us/Board.
If you are interested in volunteering and helping to make this tournament happen, please plan to attend this meeting on Tuesday. Anyone is welcome. 
And of course, we are always looking for new blood to help with the SYSA board and officer positions.  If you are interested in becoming more involved in local soccer, please contact us at www.swainsoccer.com
Thanks, hope to see you Tuesday night at the meeting.

Schedule for the rest of the season.  Please note, 10/13 and 10/15 have been switched.  NCYSA had to change the Roadshow date.  Please have your child wear their jersey on the 15th.  






Clampitts vs BB Lawn Service

(NOC- practice)

Subway vs. Tsali Cycles

Woodard Construction vs. Swain Transit

(Partons Trading Post- practice)

Cody Construction vs. UCB

(GSMR- practice)


NOC vs. Clampitts

(BB Lawn Service- practice)

Subway vs. Partons Trading Post

Tsali Cycles vs. Swain Transit

(Woodard Construction- practice)


(Cody Construction- practice)






5 minutes King and Queens of the pitch

Partons Trading Post vs. Tsali Cycles

Woodard Construction vs. Swain Transit

(Subway- practice)

5 minutes King and Queens of the pitch


Parents vs. Kiddos

Parents vs. Kiddos

Parents vs. Kiddos



Don't forget, tomorrow will be individual and team pictures for U5 and U9 teams. In addition, any individual and team pictures that were not done on Tuesday, we will do tomorrow.

Oasis Studios asks, if you can get there by 5pm on picture day, to please do so, as this will greatly speed up the process. They can start individual pictures at that time. Team pictures (and anyone that will still need to do individual pictures) will be at set times. Times are as followed:

U9 Teams: Cody Construction- 5:30
UCB – 5:40
GSMR- 5:50
U5 Teams: NOC- 6:00
BB Lawn Service- 6:10
U9 Cody Construction and UCB will play their scheduled game after pictures.
U9 GSMR will practice between pictures.
U5 BB Lawn Service and Clampitts will play their scheduled game before picture.
U5 NOC will practice between pictures.
Any U7 or U12 individuals or teams that need pictures, please plan on your child wearing their jerseys. We will squeeze them into the picture schedule b/w their practices or games.

Sorry and thank you for your patience. Picture days are always chaotic and Tuesday had a few more elements added to it.

If you have any questions, please contact us at swainsoccerkids@gmail.com


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