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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

Rec Soccer Update

Free Friday Clinics Start June 26

Clinic This Friday, June 26
4:00-5:30 pm
Encinitas Community Park, Field 4 (nearest to the skate park)

Focus: Agility and Fitness

This clinic is provided for FREE for all registered competitive and Rec players. Competitive players will be grouped separately from the recreational players; this is a great time to get extra work on soccer skills with the Cardiff coaching staff.

Next Clinic: Friday, July 17

Women’s World Cup Ticket Auction

Women's World Cup
Thanks to one of our phenomenal Cardiff Soccer families, Cardiff Soccer League has a group of 10 tickets for the Women’s World Cup – Group D Match 31 Tickets (Nigeria vs USA) that we are auctioning off in a 24-hour auction to benefit the players of Cardiff Soccer League. The auction is live now until 9 am PST, Wednesday, April 22, so hurry and place your bid or share the news with someone who may be interested!

Show Your Cardiff Spirit on January 10

Cardiff Soccer will be taking part in the Encinitas Community Park Grand Opening on Saturday, January 10, and we’d like to have a show of support by having our players come to the event in uniform. It’s also a great place to meet some of the coaches for our competitive division and for our recreational and club families to get together. Next year, four of our coaches will be players with the San Diego Sockers, including our Director of Coaching Kraig Chiles.

Here is the schedule of events:

* 12pm: Ribbon cutting for the sports fields.

* 12:30pm: Kraig Chiles and a few of his teammates from the Sockers will do a meet-and-greet kickaround.

* 1pm-2pm: Cardiff Mustangs Boys Under 13 team will play a scrimmage game against an Encinitas Express BU13 team.

* 2:15-3pm: Cardiff Soccer will hold a multi-age scrimmage.

In the evening, the Sockers are playing the Harrisburg Heat. It’s Youth Night, as the image below explains, and tickets are two for one. Kickoff is at 7:05pm and the game is at the Valley View Casino Sports Arena. Come out and cheer for the Sockers with other Cardiff Soccer families!