Santa Barbara SC is pleased to introduce our recreation leagues: 
Individual Players – Bring Your Friends – Form Your Own Teams- FUN!

Our rec leagues are the perfect environment for players of all ages and ability levels to develop soccer skills. Our leagues offer players a fun, enjoyable, safe environment for children to grow and to love the game.

The rec league is open to boys and girls, kindergarten – fifth grade. It provides players with a game environment that increases touches on the ball, improves creativity, and enhances goal scoring opportunities; in a fun, safe, and enjoyable environment. Coached by our highly accomplished and accredited professional staff, you can choose between 1, 2, 3, or 4 days.

Click here to learn more about Players Academy Camp.

Ages: Kindergarten to 5th grade boys and girls

Level: Beginner to Intermediate, recreational (pre-club) players

Location: Girsh Park Turf (7050 Phelps Road, Goleta, CA 93117)


  • Summer Session: Fridays, June 18 to August 20, 2021.
  • Registration opens in April (based on updated Covid playing policies).
  • June 18 to August 20, 2021 (10-weeks)
  • League will include two (25 minute) games per night (approximately 20 games a season) played between 4:00-8:00pm


  • Rates include two games each week (approximately 20 games per season), and the uniform (jersey, shorts & socks).
  • $175 per player for a 10-week league season.
  • $200 per player for a 10-week league season (including 1 weekly practice)
  • $225 per player for a 10-week league season (including 2 weekly practices)
  • $250 per player for a 10-week league season (including 3 or 4 weekly practice)

Note: Due to the limited number of time slots available during games, the league reserves the right to select or alter your child’s time slot. The league’s tentative schedule places the K-1 in earlier and 4-5 grades in the later time slots, but cannot make any guarantee. All participants are placed on teams based on age, gender, friend requests and ability levels.


  • K-1 grades (4v4 – maximum rosters approximately 7 players)
  • 2-3 grades (5v5 – maximum rosters approximately 9 players)
  • 4-5 grades (6v6 – maximum rosters approximately 10 players)

Game formats are tentative – we reserve the right to alter the format depending on the number of registrants, teams and what is best for the development of the players.

  • Teaches players to develop an appetite for self-improvement while teaching individual character traits and values.
  • The characteristics integrated into our gaming circuit and practice session are broken down into four main areas for analysis:
    • Psychomotor
    • Cognitive
    • Psychosocial
    • Cognitive Development
  • Our professional licensed coaches will conduct a planned, organized, and age appropriate development practice.
  • League games are managed with referees while the teams are coached by a parent volunteer.
Typical League game:
  • Fast
  • Active
  • Enjoyable
  • FUN
  • To offer motivated players the opportunity to learn and develop both soccer and life skills in partnership with the highest quality professional coaches.
  • To provide an opportunity for players to develop the necessary technique that is essential to the long-term growth and development of their game.
  • To organize and teach players to better understand the importance of a practice while creating comfort with the ball.
  • To provide players with a small-sided game environment that accentuates development and overall game understanding.
Rates & Discounts:
  • Early Bird Registration: Register on or before April 15, 2021 = $150
  • Regular Registration: Register after April 15, 2021 = $175
  • Sibling Discount= $5 off each additional sibling (automatically discounted at check out)
  • Team Discounts = Register as a team and each player receives $25 off the registration rate. Each team member is $150. Please see maximum roster size by division.
  • Additional Practices:
    • $200 per player for 10-weeks (including 1 weekly practice)
    • $225 per player for 10-weeks (including 2 weekly practices)
    • $250 per player for 10-weeks (including 3 or 4 weekly practice)
Uniforms: The cost of uniforms is included in all above costs Payments:
  • All players must register and pay online (in full) prior to the start of the league.
  • Rates do not include a 3% Credit Card processing fee for online payments.
Refund Policy or Cancellations:
  • If you must cancel, please do so as early as possible.
  • All payments are non-refundable unless Santa Barbara SC cancels the league.
Registration opens in early April!!

Contact the League Director at leagues@santabarbarasc.org

Game Day Central
Schedules & Scores


What do I bring with me?

  • Proper soccer indoor shoes, sneakers, cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Water bottle
  • Note: Do not bring a ball

How do I check in & out?

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the game
  • Check in with your coach (parent volunteer)
  • Please review Covid guidelines here (for checking in/out)

What should I wear to practice and games?

  • Always wear Santa Barbara SC issued game gear.
  • Please select appropriate gear size when registering online.
  • Your parent/coach will distribute gear prior to the first game.

What is the refund and cancellation policy?

  • All payments are non-refundable unless Santa Barbara SC cancels the league.
  • In special circumstances (injury or illness), the club may approve a refund.

Can I request to be on the same team as my friend?

  • We will do our best to accommodate “friend & buddy” requests.
  • This is not a guarantee and we can’t always honor the request. 

Can club level players sign up?

  • A maximum of three (3) Santa Barbara SC (or equivalent level teams) club level players per team is allowed.
  • This limit is to ensure balanced competition and fair play.

K-1 grades (4v4 – maximum rosters approximately 7 players)
2-3 grades (5v5 – maximum rosters approximately 9 players)
4-5 grades (6v6 – maximum rosters approximately 10 players)

Note: Please note the game formats are tentative. We reserve the right to alter the format depending on the number of registrants, teams and what is best for the development of the players.

Do you offer financial aid?
Santa Barbara SC has the capacity to provide some scholarship assistance for players’ families with financial need. Click here to email request to league director for scholarship information.

League Rules & Policies

Rosters. Each team’s roster may carry up to a maximum of three (club level) players and a maximum of 3-4 players above league roster size.

Format. Each team will play two games per week (Friday night), unless the number of teams in the division dictates an alternate format. Games will be 25 minutes total, unless the division is playing an alternate format. This is at the league’s discretion.

Game day. Any team can play down one player (example. 4v4 game you could play 4v3) and still NOT forfeit the game.  You CANNOT play down two players. In the event you do have to forfeit, the game will register as the opponent receiving the maximum of 3 points. If one team must forfeit, we will attempt to still play the game using a combination of players from both teams. Please arrive to each and every game regardless of how many players you have.

Forfeit.  Your team will forfeit the game if you do not have the correct amount of players at kick-off. NO EXCEPTIONS. The league will start all of the games at the same time, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Minimum Time. Each player on every team must play a minimum of half of each and every game, INCLUDING PLAYOFFS.

Age Bracketing.  This is a grade-based league for players currently in Kindergarten through fifth grade. (K-5).

Ball Size. Size 4 balls will be used for all games in all age brackets.  The League will supply the game ball. No outside balls are permitted.

Field Size. The field size will be between 30×20 yards and 40×25 yards

Kick Ins.  No throw-ins (only kick-ins). A goal CANNOT be scored directly from a kick-in from the sideline or on a goal kick from end line.

Goal kicks.  Will be taken from the end line. All opponents must be behind designated build out line.

Off sides. No off sides and players are not permitted to stand in goal zone. No goalkeepers permitted in the league.

Handball.  Any handball in the attacking half of field will be a penalty kick taken from midfield. Every player on the field must be behind the midfield line when the shot is taken.

Headers. No headers allowed, an indirect kick would be awarded for an intentional header.

Free Kicks. For all indirect or direct free kicks teams must be 5 yards from the ball.

Substitutions. Can take place on any stoppage of play as long as the referee is notified.  Modified flying changes.

Cautions. Any player deemed to receive a yellow card will have to report to the League Director who will make all final decisions regarding whether the player can return to game play or any subsequent penalty. Yellow card infractions are at the referee’s discretion: slide tackling from behind, inappropriate language/physical conduct, etc.

Uniforms. Teams will wear their league assigned uniforms (jersey, shorts, socks) and each player will have a unique number. No earrings. If earrings cannot be removed then they must be covered with medical tape for safety reasons.

Spectators. ALL parents and spectators must remain in the grass area. Absolutely no one other than coaches and players are allowed on the turf field for safety purposes.

Inclement Weather. Generally we will play rain or shine. The League will notify your coach, as well as all emails used by parents when registered in the system, by 2:00 pm on game day.

Facility Rules. No Alcohol allowed on the premises.  No Animals allowed on the premises.  Please pick up all trash when leaving.

Miscellaneous. Parents may want to bring a chair or blanket for seating to cheer for your player’s team. Absolutely no interacting with the Referee

Volunteer Coaches. Coaches are not allowed on the playing field at any time unless to attend to an injured player.

Coaches. Coaches mush and have teams in the designated coaching areas on your respective fields.  All Volunteer Coaches must complete a Live Scan process or provide a completed receipt within the calendar year prior to first game.

Let them play. We encourage a “ let the players play” mentality as much as possible. The coach’s primary role should be as a facilitator, allowing players to learn through active play.

Game Day. All games will be scheduled on Fridays between 4:00-8:00pm, and referees will report scores to the league official at the field by turning in the game card, signed by both coaches, immediately after the game. Only referees are to approach and convene at the scoring table to complete the score card. After having agreed with the coaches on the score and obtaining both coach’s signatures, coaches are to proceed to their next game.

Referees. The League Director will defer to the Referee for the final score of any game. Any and all questions and/or concerns regarding any game are to be made via email to the League Director the following day.

Behavior. Coaches are to report inappropriate parent behavior to the League Director to be addressed immediately on site.

Standings. Schedules and standings will be posted on the Santa Barbara SC website.

Points System. A simple point system will be used, 3-points for a win, 1-point will be awarded to both teams for a tie and 0 points for a loss. The league will not post any score over a difference of 3 goals.

Playoff format.

  • 4-team division.  All teams play one 50-minute game (two 25 min halves) with a 5 min halftime each week. After the 9 weeks every team will have played the other 3 teams three times each. The champions and runners up will be based on points determined over the proceeding 9 weeks (No official play-offs).
  • 8-team division.  After week 7, each team will have played each other twice. On week 8, all teams will play one 50-minute game with a 5-minute halftime. Teams in 1st and 4th place will play (semi-finals), and teams in 2nd and 3rd place will play each other. The winners of these matchups will play for the Championship in week 9. The other 2 teams will play each other in a consolation match. In addition, teams in 5th v. 8th & 6th v. 7th games will play matches as well.
  • 12-team division.  To begin the league there will be 2 brackets of 6 teams each. After week 5, each team will have played the other 5 teams in their bracket twice. At that point, based on points, the top 3 teams from each bracket will be grouped into a new bracket with the top 3 teams from the other bracket (New bracket A). Similarly, the teams 4-6 from each bracket will be regrouped together to form a second new bracket (New Bracket B). A new schedule will then be posted for each team to play each other once. So, after the first game on week 8, the standings in each bracket will determine the play-off schedule, which will begin with the 2nd game of week 8:
    • Bracket A:  Team 1 v 4 (Semi-final) Team 2 v 3 (Semi-final) Team 5 v 6
    • Bracket B: Team 1 v 2 Team 3 v 4 Team 5 v 6
    • Week 9: All games will be 50 minutes with a 5-minute halftime.
    • Winners of the 2 semi-final games (Championship game)
    • Losers of the 2 semi-final games
    • Winners of Bracket A game (5v6) v Winner of Bracket B (1v2) Losers of Bracket A game (5v6) v Winner of Bracket B (1v2) Winners of Bracket B game (3v4) v Winner of Bracket B (5v6) Losers of Bracket B game (3v4) v Losers of Bracket B (5v6)

*Note: In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, there will be a 5-minute break followed by overtime play until a “Golden Goal” is scored to decide the winner.