ABOUT CHSA- Fall Recreation Program

What sets CHSA apart from other leagues?
CANYON HILLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION (CHSA) is one of the largest and most successful youth sports organizations in North Orange County with over 1,200 soccer players and 100 teams with ages from 4 to 19, CHSA continues to promote soccer in the Anaheim Hills area as an inexpensive and fun youth program, in a safe and positive environment.
The CHSA Soccer Program begins with our innovative program to introduce soccer to our youngest players, 4-10 years old. This development program combines learning in a positive environment and the excitement of league play through small-sided games. Our program operates under the simple belief that kids learn by playing. Every rec player is guaranteed playing at a minimum 75 % of the time. It is CHSA's goal to create a developmentally age appropriate and fun-filled environment where children will be provided with a solid foundation to enjoy the game of soccer for many years to come.

How does my child go about qualifying to play soccer?
There are no special requirements for your child to play soccer.  The only requirement is age.  Please see the US Soccer Birth Year and Season Matrix listed under Resources.

Previous CHSA coaches and all CHSA parents are invited to coach their player's team.  All of our recreation coaches are parent volunteers.  Coaches are required to complete Cal South Risk Management fingerprinting (Live Scan), obtain a coaching license thru Cal South/USSF, and complete the Cal South Concussion Awareness online course.  For more information on coaching, please contact our CHSA Director of Coaches.

CHSA is non-profit and entirely run by parent volunteers.  Coaches, assistant coaches and team managers are entirely parent volunteers.  All coaches and assistant coaches are required to have a coaching license, live scan and concussion training.  All team managers are required to live scan and complete the concussion training.  For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact our CHSA Registrar.

Where would his/her practice sessions be held?
Practices will be held at one of our local fields.  Once a child is placed on a team, his/her coach will request a field and time to practice on.

How often would he/she be attending practice and how long do the practice sessions last?
This will vary depending on age.  The younger divisions, specifically clinic (u5/u6), will practice once a week.  The older divisions will start out practicing twice a week which can change to once a week after daylight savings ends.

Can I request a certain practice day and time?
CHSA is not equipped to accommodate practice requests.  The place and time for practices will be determined by the coach and league scheduler. 
The only way to ensure your player will  have a practice time that fits your schedule is if you Coach.

How many games would he/she be playing in?
This is somewhat dependent on how many children sign up to play.  We strive to have a minimum of 10 games per season. Games are mostly played on Saturdays, however some divisions may have a few Friday night games as well.  Make-up games due to a rain-out are scheduled as there is space.

What equipment would we have to buy and what is the cost?
Equipment cost is minimal.  Your child would be required to  wear soccer cleats (baseball or football style with a toe cleat are prohibited), shin guards and a soccer ball.  The cost will vary; a ballpark figure would be roughly $30-$40.  The players are given a game day uniform as part of the registration fees (shorts, shirt and socks).

Soccer Ball:

U5-U8 size 3 ball

U9-U12 size 4 ball

U14-U19 size 5 ball

How long is the typical soccer season?
Practices typically start in the beginning of August with the last game sometime in the middle of November.  U10, U12 and U14 may the opportunity to play into January in Cal South All Stars and Comissioner Cup tournaments.

Can my child play on the same team as his friend?
At the clinic level, yes, you can request that your child play on the same team as a friend.  Depending on availability, these requests are usually honored- but nothing can be guaranteed.  All other age groups are subject to a draft and players will be selected and placed on a team. 
The only way to ensure your player is on a team with requested friends and to have a practice time that fits your schedule is if you Coach.

Can my child play with a neighbor/friend for carpool reason?
See above answer.  All divisions above clinic hold a draft.  Your child will be placed on a team based on this draft; NO exceptions are made for carpool/friend circumstances. 
The only way to ensure your player is on a team with requested friends and to have a practice time that fits your schedule is if you Coach.

Can my child play up - i.e. play on a team of older players?
For the Fall 2018 season- Play ups will be considered for the 2013, 2012 divisions.  Play ups will NOT be considered for the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 divisions.  Please contact the League Registrar for information on play ups.

Can my child play down?
For insurance reasons, no child is allowed to play down.

Beside the registration fee are there any other fees?
In addition to registration fees, teams may also have a team fee.  The amount is determined by each team and includes but is not limited to referee fees for NOCRA sanctioned referees for each game (U9 and above),  and optional items such as team banner, name lettering on jerseys and team parties.  Referees fees, per game are listed under "Forms and Docs."


Where does the money from the registration fee go?
Uniforms, pictures, participation awards (i.e. trophies or medals), insurance, Cal South fees, field and league equipment  and general operating expenses.  

A $25.00 late fee will be added to all registrations on or after June 29.

Other expenses in addition to the registration fees:

- Referee fees (U9 and above)

- Team fees- Coaches or team coordinators will collect money to cover team parties, team banners and gifts

-Sponsor- Every team is required to obtain a $200 sponsorship to the league.

Do I have to register online?
Yes.  The link is provided on our website after May 1

Do I really need to submit a birth certificate?
Soccer is an age-verified sport.  All players registering for the first time must submit a copy of their Birth Certificate, or other valid proof of age (valid passport), and photo to qualify for registration.  Our league Registrar will contact you if there are any questions.

Birth Certificates are kept secure with the Cal South data base.  No one other then Cal South officials or sworn League Registrar have access to the birth certificates on file.

How can I see if I registered correctly and if my child's registration is complete?
You will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating that your registration is complete.  Your credit card is typically charged within 24 hours of your transaction.  If there are any problems with the registration you will receive an email from Affinity (for credit card issues) or from the CHSA Registrar.

How can I tell if my child is already registered (I did not get a confirmation or can't remember)?
E-mail the Director of Registration (Registrar), or login to your Affinity family account.

How can I figure out what division my child will be playing in?
On our homepage located on the left side you will find a link titled Forms & Docs.  Click on the link and then click US Soccer Birth Year and Season Matrix.

When will I hear from my child’s coach?
By August 1 or typically within a few weeks after the draft.  The draft takes place in  July. 

If you have questions regarding registration (including refunds) please contact, CHSA Registrar- chsa.team.coordinators@gmail.com

If you experience technical difficulties (e.g., login/password issues, multiple parent or player profiles) on the registration site, please contact the Affinity tech support during normal business hours at 800-817-5977

If you have questions regarding the player draft and the placement of kids on teams and in divisions- please contact our Director of the Draft

If you have questions about coaching please contact our Director of Coaches


What is your refund policy? (rec teams)
The last day to request a refund of paid registration fees is May 31.  A full refund of registration fees paid (minus a $5.00 processing fee) will be provided up to May 31.  A request for refund must be made via email to the League Registrar on or before May 31.

A 25% refund of paid registration fees will be provided between June 1 and June 22.  A request for refund must be made via email to the League Registrar on or before June 22.

CHSA does not issue refunds for reasons such as getting drafted onto a team that you did not want to be on or for practice time conflicts.

No refund is given after June 22

Late Registrants (those that register after the posted draft date) waive ALL rights to refunds 

A $25 late fee may be charged on all late registrations.

Canyon United Refunds (Signature)

The Canyon United online registration fee is non-refundable.


Lost player cards can be reprinted by our CHSA Registrar, and will incur a $5.00 reprint  fee per card.  Please contact the CHSA Registrar for questions concerning player cards.  


Parents wanting to initiate the Cal South release and transfer, must do so via Cal South.  Click here for the link and for information on the Cal South Release and Transfer process.

Didn’t find the answer to your question?
Many questions can be answered by looking at our Coaches Manual under “Forms and Docs” on our web page.