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Fall Rec Soccer Update

Hello Cardiff Soccer Families,

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many unforeseen challenges and impacted so many aspects of our lives from work, school, sports and everything in between. In much the same way as school looks different this fall, our recreational soccer season will look different as well. Our recreational soccer gaming season typically runs from September to November, with practices beginning toward mid-late August. Due to city, county and state restrictions, we are currently unable to return to play in full games/competitions. Furthermore, our governing bodies, Cal South and Presidio Soccer, have moved back the fall season start date to October 3. Unfortunately, these changes drastically impact our fall recreational season, and it is with a very heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the Recreational Gaming Season this fall.

In an effort to provide an alternative soccer training opportunity to our recreational players, Cardiff Soccer is happy to announce that we will offer Recreational Training Sessions with professional coaches in a safe COVID-19 approved format. Recreational players and families will be offered a series of Recreational Training Sessions to help fill the void of our 2020 gaming season and get the kids back on the field. The Recreational Training sessions will consist of four 1.5 hour sessions, each aimed to introduce and develop the key fundamentals of soccer through fun-filled activities, competitions and games. Every participant will take home a Cardiff Soccer T-Shirt and will have the opportunity to win giveaways throughout the duration of the program. The training sessions will be open to Recreational players only and are a great way to get back on the field to improve your soccer skills, socialize, meet new friends and be active!

Ray Reza, Senior Cardiff Mustangs Competitive Coach, along with the help of Competitive coach Juan Suarez, a long time fixture in the Cardiff community and additional Cardiff Mustang Coaches, will be conducting the Recreational Training Sessions during the month of September. Participation will be limited due to staffing, COVID restrictions and field space. However, since you have already registered for the Fall Recreational Season, we are giving you the first opportunity to register and have priority to participate in this great program.

Registration will automatically close once sessions hit the maximum number of players allowed. Thank you for your understanding. Please contact with any questions.

Finally, for your equipment needs, Dicks Sporting Goods has been gracious enough to sponsor a 20% off Cardiff Soccer shopping weekend this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29th and 30th.

We hope to see you out on the fields in September, and back with us next fall season.

Thank You,

Cardiff Soccer

A Message from our President and Executive Director

Hello Cardiff Mustangs Families,

We hope this letter finds you all safe and healthy. With Governor Newsom’s recent stay-at-home orders, it likely finds most of you at home with your families all day as well. In addition, the City of Encinitas has now closed schools, fields, beaches, and even access to the ocean. Due to these extraordinary circumstances, we are also postponing traditional practices and other regular activities until further notice, including our Spring Break camp. We are also prepared to postpone our futsal program to later dates, with more details to come.

The COVID-19 virus is definitely testing the resolve of society and forcing everyone to reexamine and readjust our everyday life. As this virus has brought pain and suffering, it has also uncovered new perspectives and different ways to overcome the obstacles that we are all facing together. A recent NY Times article stated that research on children post-WWII and other historical events that forced children into quarantine has shown that the most important thing for children’s well being is routine, simple affection, and a feeling of family support and community. As schools have launched their virtual education programs, they have started to provide some of that structure, and it has brought a little more routine back into our children’s everyday lives.  We feel this moment in time is an opportunity to share the love of the beautiful game with our players in a creative and innovative way, while also providing some semblance of normalcy into their lives. We want to show them that they are still part of a team and a strong community that cares for them, not only as soccer players, but as individuals. We have always aimed to have the players take the skills they learn and traits they build and implement them in everyday life, on as well as off the field. These are just some of the many reasons why we have moved forward with our Virtual Training Program.

Our Virtual Training Program has been designed to give players an opportunity to stay fit and sharp, while maintaining their health and distance from others. The training program was created by our directors and is launching this week and next with all our teams. Every session is built around an individual player and a ball. Every touch of the ball will strengthen player confidence and comfort. This type of technical work will go a long way in building player fundamentals, as well as helping maintain fitness and good health. Just as with most things in life, the more they put into it, the more they will get out of it. The club will continue to put out videos with ball rhythms and challenge drills for kids to do on their own at home, and each team will also also have a weekly virtual Zoom session with their coach. During these sessions, coaches will be tracking and documenting each player’s touches, which will give coaches and players hard numbers to improve on each week.  Our coaches are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with players in a different way, and we remain committed to give you the best soccer experience possible while we are all navigating the current situation.

We have included a link below that shows some of the world’s most influential soccer/footballers such as Lionel Messi and Carli Lloyd promoting the 5 key steps to follow to protect our health, in line with the World Health Organization’s guidance. Players can see it’s not just Mom and/or Dad asking them to wash their hands!

Please continue to stay safe, healthy, and informed. Let’s flatten the curve, practice good hygiene, and take care of each other.  We look forward to when it’s safe to get the players back out onto the field where they belong, and we greatly appreciate all of the commitment and dedication to the sport and the community during these challenging times. 

Chris Perry, President

Kraig Chiles, Executive Director of Coaching


Competitive Tryout Registration is Open

Register online for tryouts and for information and updates.

Our tryout schedule will be released soon:

Tryouts for players born in 2010-2013 will take place in December.
Tryouts for players born in 2006-2009 will take place in January.
Tryouts for players born in 2005 and earlier will take place in the spring following the high school season.

Information for tryouts can also be found on our website as schedules are announced. 

Questions?  Please contact us at or contact our Executive Director, Kraig Chiles at

High School Tryouts

From our Executive Director, Kraig Chiles:

To our Mustang high school players,

I was born and raised in San Diego playing at every level, from rec soccer to the pros and everything in between. I’m going into my 12th professional season, and when I look back on it all there was no better time for me then high school soccer. 

The bond you make with local kids in your community is unforgettable. I remember and miss it all. From the pasta parties to the bus rides back and forth to away games. These are memories that will last a lifetime. 

Nothing comes without hard work and sacrifice. Players should be prepared to give every once of their energy and fight for what they want. For players in 8th grade or who are not playing high school soccer, we will make arrangements to have players practice with other teams if possible.

Please contact your coach if you have not already spoken with him.  We look forward to seeing our players back on the field with the Mustangs for their post-season State Cup preparation and play once the high school season is over. 

I wish all Mustangs players good luck in upcoming tryouts and will be watching games throughout the winter.  For those who opt out of high school soccer or who don’t make their desired team, contact us. We will provide training opportunities and support in preparation for when the club season resumes.

Recreational Soccer Starts Soon

Cardiff Soccer League welcomes families to our 2016 fall season! We have 25 recreational teams this year, from Micro-Under 18. We’re looking forward to lots of soccer and another great season. We have some exciting new changes to our rec program this year! In addition to our all league Friday clinics that are offered every three weeks, we will also be offering six every other week training sessions for each age group coached by our professional coaching staff.

All teams have been formed, and all coaches have been given their rosters.  If you have not been notified by your coach please contact to verify your contact information. Please let your coach know if you would like to volunteer as a team parent. Our coaches dedicate a great deal of time and energy to each team, so any extra help is appreciated. Practices will start towards the very end of August or beginning of September. Your coaches will be receiving their practice schedules shortly.

Please mark your calendars! Opening weekend will be Saturday, September 10-Sunday, September 11. All games will start on Saturday, September 10. Our league will post game schedules by the beginning of September. All rec games will be played on Saturdays only. Opening Day (Picture Day) will be on Sunday, September 11 from 9:00-3:00 at Cardiff Elementary. All of our 49 recreational and competitive teams will be there for photos, soccer, fun activities, Cardiff Soccer gear, food, bake sale and more.  Photo times will be assigned to each team two weeks prior. If you would like to volunteer to help at Opening Day, or throughout the season, please email

Finally, thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and coaches this year! We greatly appreciate everything you do for the players and our league. Without you, our recreational league would not be possible.

Kraig Chiles selected as 2016 Sports Man of the Year



“According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “Sports Participation Enhances The Psychological Well Being Of Children With Disabilities By Forming Friendships, Developing Confidence, Compassion And Self-Identity”.

San Diego, CA — Indoor Soccer League Superstar and San Diego Sockers MVP, Kraig Chiles (3-time pro indoor soccer league MVP) will be honored as “SPORTS Man of the Year” by SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes, (S4EA) at the 9th annual “A Taste 4 SPORTS” on June 2, 2016 from 6-9pm at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park (2131 Pan American Plaza).   This gala brings together America’s favorite pastimes including: Sports, Eating, Shopping, and Helping Others.

Attendees at the 9th Annual “A Taste 4 SPORTS” will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with 2016 SPORTS Man of the Year, Kraig Chiles and team mates from The San Diego Sockers, Basketball Hall of Famer, Bill Walton, Mad Mike from the MTV classic, “Pimp My Ride” and other celebrities.   Over 25 of San Diego’s best restaurants, chefs, caterers, breweries and wineries come together at the Hall of Champions to help exceptional athletes by sampling tastes of their signature dishes and libations everything from Sushi to Stuffed Grape Leaves. The “Sensational Silent Auction” features fabulous vacation getaways, gift baskets, autographed sports memorabilia and more. Critically acclaimed and local favorite the Steph Johnson Trio ( will be providing Latin jazz tunes for tasting, shopping and dancing. “A Taste 4 SPORTS” takes place on June 2, 2016 from 6-9pm at the Hall of Champions. Tickets are $60.00 per person inclusive of food and drink. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 858-565-7432. Proceeds from “A Taste 4 SPORTS” benefit SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes providing over 24 sports programs for 1400 athletes with and without developmental disabilities.

“Last year we honored 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi as “SPORTS Man of the Year”. This year we are proud to honor local favorite and San Diego Sockers star, Kraig Chiles. He is an amazing athlete who personifies “SPORTS Man of the Year” on and off the field”, states Walter Jackson, Executive Director, S4EA. “This is such an honor because SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is dedicated to sharing the message that sports bring people together helping each other be the best they can be while creating bonds of friendship that shape and build our lives”, explains Kraig Chiles. He continues, “I love playing soccer; it has given me amazing opportunities to learn and grow. But most importantly I am able to share my love for the game with exceptional athletes everywhere!”

There will be every type of cuisine and libations imaginable featuring some of San Diego’s favorite chef’s from: Bread & Cie, El Comal Mexican Cuisine, Koji Morisaki, Pick Up Stix, Mimi’s Kitchen, Montesquieu Winery, Belching Beaver Brewery, PRP Wine International, Troy’s Authentic Greek Cuisine, Coffee Ambassador, Creative Ideas, Tam’s Thailand Food, Screaming Pete’s BBQ, Sushi on the Rock, Café Cabaret, Fat Molly’s Brownie, Brother’s Giant Pizza, Slaters 50-50, Twiggs Bakery & Coffee House, Vitalyte, Guillermo’s-Pepe’s Street Tacos, OH! Juice, On Girard, marketplace, Park House Eatery and more.

The purpose of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is to create enhanced opportunities for people with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship through shared sports and recreational activities in their community. S4EA programs help athletes relate to each other without stereotypes. Children and adults participating in sports programs promote social adjustment, life satisfaction, family support, and community involvement.

For more information on S4EA Programs and “A Taste 4 SPORTS”, to purchase tickets and ways the community can support S4EA by donating time; money or resources visit, or call 858-565-7432


Mustang Champions League Announced

The Cardiff Mustangs Champions League is a soccer program designed for special needs athletes AGES 5-18, of all ability levels, to participate in the joy of playing soccer. Cardiff Soccer League is pleased to offer this program in conjunction with US Youth Soccer’s TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer). Our Mustang Champions athletes will be coached soccer skills according to their ability and needs, and players will have volunteer partners available to assist and encourage them.

Players will be coached the basic skills of soccer according to their ability, not age, and all activities will be catered specific to the abilities of the players. The idea is to create situations where every player will have the opportunity to shine. The TOPSoccer and Mustangs Champions League operate based on the mission to “bring soccer to players who refuse to let their challenges stop them from playing the sport they love. The emphasis of this program is on development, training, and providing meaningful participation rather than on competition.

For more information, please see our Mustang Champions Information Page.

Get Ready for Recreational Soccer

Fall recreational teams have been formed and coaches will be notified of their teams within the next few days. Coaches will contact all players on their team within the next week. Practices will start towards the end of August. Your coach will notify you of your practice day, time and location. All game schedules will posted the last week of August.

Our league will be hosting a Sports Authority Day on Sunday, August 16th at the Encinitas Sports Authority at 1050 N El Camino Real Encinitas 92024. Players will have the opportunity to meet their coaches, get their uniforms and receive 20% off of all purchases!
Boys & Girls in our under 9-under 18 divisions please arrive between 11:00-11:45.
Boys & Girls in our micro-under 8 divisions please arrive between 12:00-1:00.

All recreational games will start on Saturday, September 12th. Cardiff Soccer Opening Day/Picture Day will be on Sunday, September 13th at Cardiff Elementary. Each team will be assigned a specific picture time for team and individual photos.

Finally, please don’t forgot to attend our FREE Friday Skills Clinic this Friday, August 7th from 4:00-5:30 at Encinitas Community Park Field 4 (by the skatepark).  Thank you for supporting Cardiff Soccer and we look forward to seeing everyone on the fields this fall!

Micro Division-closed
BU8 spots still available
BU10-very limited spots available
BU14-limited spots available
GU8-limited spots available

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