SYSI Leagues Explained


Finding the right program for players is often misunderstood, with too much emphasis being placed on the level or division.

Players will thrive in an environment where they are neither overwhelmed nor under-challenged. It is easier to develop confidence in an environment that allows the player to operate within and just outside their comfort zone. Operating in an environment where the player is overwhelmed will quickly drain confidence and hinder learning. 

That is why some parents choose to let a child born late in the year start school a year later.


D League - U7 and U9 

The D League is for players registering in the U7 and U9 age categories.

There is no tiering or selection process, but our technical committee will attempt to balance the teams to create a competitive balance. Training sessions are usually twice weekly, in a group format rather than individual teams. Austin Boryski, holder of the Canadian children 's coaching Diploma, is the lead coach. The Children’s Diploma is explicitly designed for coaches working actively within Children’s soccer, including full-time or part-time staff coaches. Accommodating requests to play with friends is a priority.


City Rec League - U11 to U17/19

Designed for those requiring a less demanding environment, the City Rec League provides a lower-cost program with one weekly practice. Beginner players, those needing time to develop or those sampling various sports often prefer the City Rec League program. Games and practices are predominantly at the Henk Ruys facility, where the live boards reduce game stoppages and inherently provide training for faster reactions and agility. Coaches must satisfy the criteria required for their particular age group. Players choosing this option do not need to sign up for evaluations, and teams are balanced to create fairness in competition. Requests to play with friends are given priority.


Alliance B - U11 to U17/19

The Alliance B division is divided into B1 and B2 groups. Players seeking a spot in the Alliance B league must be evaluated and placed in either B1 or B2 according to their development status and experience. This program has higher costs than the City Rec League, and participants must attend at least two weekly practices. Coaches are appropriately certified. There is no assurance that friends will play on the same team.


Alliance A - U11 to U17/19

Having opted for the Alliance evaluation, the most experienced and competent players are invited to the Alliance A teams. Players must attend at least two practices per week. The environment is more demanding, and they will have good proficiency in the game. There is no assurance that friends will play on the same team.


Alliance Academy

The Alliance Academy is not part of the league structure and provides supplemental advanced training for U13 to U17/19. Hollandia does not manage or run this program; information is available from Saskatoon Youth Soccer. Additional registration costs are applicable. Alliance Academy registrants in the U15 and U17 age groups may also make themselves available for selection to PSL teams in the outdoor season.

For more information, please see the SYSI website.

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