For forty years the Jack London Youth Soccer League, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, has presented competitive and recreational soccer matches for thousands of children in Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont. We are proud of our league’s rich diversity and our record of hosting matches in a safe and positive environment. We remind those attending our matches this fall of our specific policies for turf fields (below), our longstanding ban on dogs of all sizes, and our rules against verbal abuse of referees and opponents. Enjoy the beautiful game.
Don't Miss Tryouts
Many of the soccer clubs in JLYSL will be conducting tryouts very soon. Give it a shot and see if you can make the team!
East Bay United Soccer Club - Click here for tryout information
Montclair Soccer Club - Click here for tryout information
Oakland Soccer Club - Click here for tryout information
Piedmont Soccer Club - Click here or tryout information
Alameda Soccer Club - Click here for tryout information
JLYSSL Concussion Policy
The league authorizes its referees to remove a player from a match when the referee is concerned that a concussion has been sustained, and once removed the player may not return to the match. The league recommends that all coaches, parents, players, and officials take sanctioned online training in concussion awareness, and that coaches teach ball control to their players to reduce the incidence of concussions.
JLYSSL Norcal Rescheduling Policy
If a JLYSSL team allows a Norcal away match to be rescheduled on a JLYSSL field, the league will bill the JLYSSL team’s club $360 for field and referees. JLYSSL teams are encouraged to reach agreement with the away team before the match is rescheduled that the away team will arrive at the match with a $360 check payable to Jack London.
No Game-Day Scrimmages
On game days Jack London does not allow its fields to be used for scrimmages. If your official match has been called off by the referee, you may not play your opponent informally in a scrimmage or friendly.
Schedule Your Norcal Home Matches
Use this form to request a field for a home match.
Click here to schedule your Norcal home games.
More information about scheduling your Norcal matches can be found in these pdf documents.
Scheduling Norcal Games Overview
Scheduling Norcal Games Procedure
No Dogs on JLYSSL Fields
As a reminder, dogs are not permitted at soccer games or practices. Dogs tend to get excited by all the activity, presenting a danger to the players, officials, and even the spectators. At games, referees may refuse to let the game proceed if a dog is present. Of course, service dogs are always an exception.
When games or practices are on public parks or adjacent to public areas, other people might bring dogs close by. The league has little authority here, but most dog owners are receptive to a gentle suggestion that their dog be kept away from players.
Christopher Seiwald, JLYSSL President
JLYSSL Rules for Turf Fields
For Merritt Stadium, Alameda College, Witter HS, Castlemont HS, Fremont HS,
Cesar Chavez, and Raimondi:
- No smoking on the track and field or in the stadium.
- No animals allowed on the track and field or in the stadium.
- No strollers, bicycles, scooters, skates, skateboards, rollerblades, or motorized vehicles on the track and field or in the stadium.
- No food or drink allowed on the track and field or in the stadium at any time. Specifically prohibited are sunflower seeds, gum, snack bars, and chewing tobacco. Water is the only drink allowed.
- No tape allowed on the track or field at any time.
- Only rubberized sports footwear or 1/4 inch or less spikes are allowed on the track and field or in the stadium at any time.
- Only active participants and coaches on the track and field at any time. All spectators must sit in the stands.
- All equipment must be returned to its proper place.
- Full cooperation is required with all field, school, and JLYSSL officials.
- Persons not adhering to these rules or not cooperating with officials are subject to citation under the California Penal Code 626.6 and may be banned from attending JLYSSL matches.
Thank you for your cooperation! The fields are a precious resource.
Don Levine, JLYSSL Match Secretary
Welcome to the home of the Jack London Youth Soccer Sports League, where “We Honor the Game.” JLYSSL serves the East Bay cities of Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont in Northern California.
Who We Are
Jack London is proud to provide competitive and recreational soccer for more than 7,000 youth players in Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont. The league comprises six organizations: Alameda Soccer Club
, East Bay United Soccer Club
, Grass Valley Soccer Club
, Montclair Soccer Club
, Oakland Soccer Club
, and Piedmont Soccer Club
JLYSSL Rain-Out Hotline (510) 812-6051
Please check regularly, as the hotline is updated as the weather changes. Please do not leave a message. In the event of thunder or lightning, games should not be played. Safety is our number one priority.
JLYSSL Field Closures
The collective decision of the JLYSSL Field Coordinators to close fields is not subject to dissent by any member of the league, coach, referee, or visiting coach or referee when the field is under use permits held by the league or any club.
No Dogs on Fields
No dogs of any shape or size are ever allowed on Jack London fields. This includes practices as well as games. The only exception is registered guide dogs. Thanks for your cooperation.
CYSA Tournament Calendar
Click here to access a comprehensive listing of all tournaments for CYSA-affiliated teams.
Board of Directors Meeting Location
The monthly JYSSL Board of Directors meeting has a new location: the Kaiser building at 3701 Broadway, second floor meeting room, the first Monday of the month at 7:30 PM.