7 Things Soccer Coaches Want in a Player

Looking for a new team to play for this season?

The Fall season is just around the corner and it’s a great time to polish up the cleats, get some new shin pads and get out to the practice field.

Many of us are looking for a new team to play for this year

What are your skills and technique

How fit are you?

Are you a good decisionmaker?

Can you make your teammates better?

How deep are your patience reserves?

What’s your commitment level?

Do you put the team first?

If your answer is yes, contact CSA-N (415) 467-1881 for the name of the league in your area.


Making CSAN’s Team & Services More Accessible

CSAN members can now enjoy our brand new website. And we promise not to disappoint.

Whether you’re a player looking for a team, a team looking for a league, or a league looking for a home, CSAN is here to help. Click on our big Email Us Now button to contact our friendly office team. We’ll answer any question you ask, as long as it’s not naughty!

So here it is… our BIG BUTTON! Use it like a bat-phone or just give us a call!

By the way, our new email address is office@csan.net

San Francisco’s Historic Soccer League Gets Elite Status

The San Francisco Soccer Football League – America’s oldest soccer league – has been officially recognized as the West Coast’s elite competitive soccer league by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

Now entering it’s 113th year, the SFSFL pre-dates even the mighty FIFA, surviving two world wars and the great depression to champion the growth of soccer in California. None of this would have been possible were it not for dedicated soccer players and fans whose vision was for a not-for-profit league that includes members from the San Francisco Bay Area’s diverse communities.

Like CSAN, the SFSFL is embarking on somewhat of a transformation by introducing new members to its leadership team and embracing social networking technology to service the 21st century soccer player. 

Teams like Club Marin and El Farolito bring an increasing level of competitiveness and professionalism to the SFSFL as the game matures to embrace conveyor belt style clubs that have made European soccer systems so successful.

California Soccer Association North congratulates the SFSFL’s leadership team and players for continuing the competitive soccer tradition in our great State.
The new SFSFL Spring season started in March 2015.

A Day With California Soccer’s Referee Young Guns

It’s the tenth weekend of the 2015 SFSFL  season, and the game returns to the historic Boxer Stadium, home of the SFSFL for the last 50 years, way before the MLS was even a dream. As Premier Division players warm up and prepare to give their final pep talks, league commissioner and SFSFL President, Leo Schoomilof, inspects the field for one last time before the action begins.

Historic Boxer Stadium

Officiating at these games are some of the west coast’s brightest young referees, carefully trained and selected by the California North Referee Administration (or CNRA for short). Like players and coaches, referees have their own passion for the beautiful game and many have dreams of officiating at the highest level possible.  So the CNRA – which has 12,000 referees on it’s books – has created a new Tier 1 group of referees, comprising of over 40 talented men and women who represent the future of soccer in America.

It’s a long commute for many of them, but the high intensity and the complexity of the game is a worthwhile effort for referees who are looking to gain experience at the highest level possible at amateur level. In turn, players in San Francisco’s historic league, and many other of CSAN’s 19 affiliates, have the comfort of knowing that their games are officiated by the very best of America’s young rising talent.

THe CNRA’s Tier 1 officials get together once a month for specialized training and receive special funding to travel to other states across the United States for vital refereeing experience.

“The Tier 1 program would be nothing without the assignors”, he adds, “They are the guys and gals who make this program work”.

Referee assignors are responsible for “assigning” the right referees to the right games. This is often a tricky task as the assignor needs to understand an official’s strengths and abilities as well as the level of competition of each team and the type of game they will be overseeing.

By the way, if you’re interested in becoming an referee, you might want to pay a visit to the CNRA website: http://www.cnra.net/

Getting involved is easy, you’ll get to meet great new people and you’ll enjoy playing one of the most important roles in our precious game.



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