We are PYSL, Inc. dba Pacific Youth Soccer League, a non-profit organization run by volunteers. We are affiliated with CALSOUTH and follow the rules of U.S. Soccer Federation. We use referees that have been certified for all divisions except Under Six. PYSL has teams in both the recreational circuit and the competitive circuit (PYSL BLAST.)
Our home games are scheduled in Pacific Beach at Bob McEvoy Youth Fields on Grand Avenue, Crown Point Elementary School on Ingraham Street, or Bayview Terrace Elementary School on Fogg Street. Practices will be held on various fields according to space availability, including fields in Pacific Beach, Clairemont and Bay Park. Coaches in PYSL are volunteers, including our PYSL BLAST coaches. Each coach will set the practice times and days of the week for his or her own team.
All recreational games are played on Saturdays and could start as early as 8:00 am and start as late as 4:00 pm. Schedules are provided before the season starts. PYSL BLAST teams may also have Sunday games and will travel throughout the county of San Diego and into Murrietta and Temecula if they have been scheduled in the Northern Circuit. Older recreational teams will play in an inter-league loop with teams from La Jolla, Coronado, Point Loma and Clairemont leagues.
Recreational under eight and older teams will send all-star teams to a tournament in December. Recreational under eight and older teams are also invited to play in the Commissioner’s Cup tournament in December as a whole team (not all-stars.)
PYSL BLAST teams may play year round in tournaments and regular season play and teams stay together from year to year.
The History of PYSL, Inc.
PYSL, Inc. dba Pacific Youth Soccer League was originally founded in 1971 and called La Jolla – Tecolote Soccer League without any players from the Pacific Beach area included. In 1973 the name was changed to Pacific Youth Soccer League (PYSL) and players, coaches and fields were recruited from Pacific Beach.
Original fields included:
- The youth Little League fields on Grand Avenue
- Crown Point Elementary School
- Ski Beach
- Mission Bay High School.
Bob McEvoy was instrumental in getting fields and lights for the fields that now bear his name.
Both boys and girls were welcomed into the league from the very beginning although the girl’s teams were so few at that time that they were made up of girls from ages 10-14 on the same teams.
One thing that has remained constant is that referees were licensed and used from central pools of referees, never volunteers. PYSL joined California Youth Soccer Association-South, now known as CALSOUTH, in 1976 along with other leagues in the San Diego area. PYSL also joined Presidio Soccer League when it was formed and which serves over 50 leagues in the San Diego area to schedule and manage competitive soccer in our area.
Pacific Youth Soccer League incorporated as PYSL, Inc. in 2000. Over the years the areas drawn on have expanded to include Clairemont, Bay Park, La Jolla, Mission Valley, University City, Downtown and Mission Hills as well as Pacific Beach. The league started off with a few teams and now has sixty-nine teams and over 800 players.