Supporting Our Teams the Right Way

A message from the Cardiff Mustangs Soccer Board

We hope you’ve enjoyed the first two weekends of soccer and that your kids are learning, having fun, clicking as a team–and maybe even scoring more goals than their opponents. Winning games is fun, but it certainly isn’t everything—and it means nothing at all if we don’t have proper behavior from fans, players, and coaches alike.

Now that we have started the season, we want to remind everyone—coaches, parents, relatives and friends—that your sideline behavior reflects on the entire Cardiff Mustangs community. And it’s noticed by your kids. We have to set the right example.

Please cheer your teams, but do not under any circumstances criticize the opponents, challenge referee calls, swear, or encourage people who are acting badly. Soccer can be an emotional and intense game, but it is a game, nothing more. If you lose sight of that, you lose the game even if you win.

Let’s be good winners and good losers. Refs may make calls that you see differently. Fans and coaches on opposing teams may behave badly. Opposing players may gloat over a goal, illegally slide tackle your kid and not get caught, or say inappropriate things. That’s when you have to be at your best. We are defined by how we behave under pressure, and let’s keep our reputation for having a high standard that can’t be compromised by the inappropriate actions of others.

If someone on our side does something at a game that you think is inappropriate—be it a relative of a player or even a coach–say something to the person or notify those of us on the soccer board. Let’s address problems early before they escalate, and when people on our side get hot and bothered, help them cool down.

We aim to have all our players take the skills they learn playing  soccer off the pitch, including grace under intense pressure, respect for authority, leadership, humility whether winning or losing, and putting the needs of the group over the glory of the individual.



·       Listen to the coaches, learn from them, and follow their rules.

·       Attend all practices and games and arrive on time.

·       Strive to maintain a positive attitude, poise, and a cool head.

·       Exhibit good sportsmanship and show respect toward teammates.

·       Do not argue or act disrespectful to any referee at any time.

·       Do not use foul language during practice or games. No trash-talk, back talk, or put-downs are permitted at any time, on or off the field.

·       Positively represent Cardiff Mustangs both on and off the field. Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.

·       Bring proper equipment to all games and practices and help coaches set up and clean up.

·       Communicate any problems you’re having with coaches and ask your parents to contact coaches if you are sick or injured.


·       Read and understand the Cardiff Soccer League rules and commitments.

·       Make sure players attend all scheduled practices and games on time with the proper equipment.

·       Encourage your children to develop healthy habits that will help them on the field.

·       Positively support your children, as well as other players on their teams.

·       Do cheer on the team, but let the coaches coach. This means do not give directions or instructions to players during practices, clinics, camps, or games.

·       Do not question coach decisions in the presence of any player, parent, referee, or other spectator. Address concerns privately to the coach only after a 24-hour cooling-off period has passed.

·       Sit more than ten yards from the field’s centerline, and back from the sideline so that you do not interfere with referees or coaches.

·       Do not engage referees, coaches or parents of the opposing team before, during, or after a game. This is strictly the responsibility of coaches and referees.  Any issues should be directed to the manager of your team.

·       Abide by the rules and laws of the field you are on, including regulations regarding dogs on fields.

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.

Summer Soccer Camp Starts Next Week

Summer Soccer Camp starts next week! The camp is open to any player from any club, rec or competitive level, age 7 and above. Join the best staff of coaches in San Diego for a fun week of soccer skills, games, and activities!

June 20-24, 2016
9am – 2pm

George Berkich Park (North)
1888 Montgomery Avenue
Cardiff, CA  92007

$175 or $40/day

Register online

Players should wear soccer cleats, appropriate soccer clothing and shin guards.  Players should bring water, snack, and lunch.

*Note: For single day registration, please be sure to register online for the specific day your child will be attending.  For check payment, bring check on day of attendance or mail check to:

Cardiff Soccer League
2033 San Elijo Ave. P.M.B. #411
Cardiff, California 92007

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


Spotlight Profile: Kraig Chiles and Garry Martin of Cardiff Soccer

Mustangs Director of Coaching Kraig Chiles and Director of Education Garry Martin are featured in this month:

Most coaches never get the opportunity to show the club soccer kids in their charge how they played in their prime.

More often than not, the best they can do is tell their youth players about their careers and pass on their wealth of experience on the training ground.

But the boys and girls at Cardiff Soccer get to watch their Director of Coaching Kraig Chiles play with the San Diego Sockers in the Professional Arena Soccer League, where he is a three-time MVP.

Kraig, who also used to play in the MLS with Chivas USA, regularly arranges for his club teams to travel to home games in their team strips to watch him play.

Although Cardiff is a comparatively small “boutique” club, it has 7 coaches who are current pro players. One of them, Nick Perera, captains the U.S. Beach Soccer team.

“We are relatable,” said Kraig. “We’re still young and fit. The kids understand. They come to watch us play on a Saturday night and they see that we track back and defend just as we ask them to do. It’s a great opportunity to show them what we talk about in training.”

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Support Cardiff Soccer with Great Food and Drink

You can help Cardiff Soccer League help our kids by eating great food and drinking great wine, beer and spirits at  the Encinitas Wine & Food Festival, Saturday, June 4th. The fantastic fundraising event, sponsored by Rotary to benefit local nonprofits like Cardiff Soccer, is being held at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Club this year. Select Cardiff Soccer League as your beneficiary when you buy tickets and 80% of the money comes back to the club. Or buy higher priced tickets and 100% benefits Cardiff Soccer. The event sells out each year, so buy your tickets now!


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Spring Soccer Camp, April 4 – 8

Spring Break Soccer Camp

Join Cardiff Mustangs Director of Coaching Kraig Chiles and his staff of professional soccer players and coaches for a field camp during Spring Break. The camp is open to any player from any club, rec or competitive level, age 7 and above. Our soccer camps always include an engaging mix of skill, game, and fitness activities that keep kids coming back again and again!

April 4-8, 2016
9am – 2pm

George Berkich Park (North)
1888 Montgomery Avenue
Cardiff, CA  92007

$175 or $40/day

Register online

Players should wear soccer cleats, appropriate soccer clothing and shin guards.  Players should bring water, snack, and lunch.

*Note: For single day registration, please be sure to register online for the specific day your child will be attending.  For check payment, bring check on day of attendance or mail check to:

Cardiff Soccer League
2033 San Elijo Ave. P.M.B. #411
Cardiff, California 92007

Mustangs Champions League Brings Players Together

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Cardiff Soccer League celebrates our Mustangs Champions League players and volunteers, who are coming together each Saturday to play soccer.  Organized by Canyon Crest student, Quincy Erturk, the program is co-sponsored by the Cardiff Mustangs soccer league and TOPSoccer, a La Jolla-based outreach program for young athletes with disabilities. Quincy also worked with Cal South, the California State Soccer Association, which donated the goal nets, balls and training equipment.

Champions3The program provides special needs children with the opportunity to experience and learn soccer skills by being paired with Cardiff Mustangs players. There is still room in in the program. For more information, see the Champions League page on our website.

The Union-Tribune featured the program in a recent article.


SD Sockers Offer

SD Sockers Ticket Offer

Support our San Diego Sockers team and Mustangs coaches Kraig Chiles, Ray Reza, Eddie Velez, Nick Perera, and Chris Toth at their game on Tuesday, January 5.  Use the coupon code below for a Buy One, Get One ticket offer.

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