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History


Riverside Area Youth Soccer League was established in 1981 following on the heels of soccer's increased popularity throughout the United States, giving Riverside students direct access to recreational soccer for the first time. RAYSL was started in September when Chuck and Carol Kotuby along with Quinton Parker, Dave Scopolite, and Donnie and Linda Tindall formed the initial organization. During the inaugural season, more than 105 players ages 6 to 13 registered to play soccer. In the spring of 1982 they joined PA West and had the first U12 and U14 co-ed traveling teams.

The organization continued to grow and at one point had approximately 180 athletes playing soccer. Chuck and Carol Kotuby ran the organization for nine years and during that time Carol earned her U.S. Youth Soccer Coaching Certification and became the Varsity Girls Coach at Quaker Valley High School. The success of the RAYSL organization lead to the start of the Riverside High School Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Teams in the early 1990s.  RAYSL grew in the 1990's under the direction of the late Terry Pettner and his wife Tonya and the organization continued to thrive with the help of many volunteers over the years.

RAYSL partnered with the Beaver County Recreation and Tourism Department to create our current home at Brush Creek Park, in Marion Township.


Today


The Club now serves over 220 families representing over 280 players in the Riverside Area with 120 players in our recreational program and 13 teams comprised of 160 players in our travel program.


The Club offers young children a chance to learn in a recreational, but stimulating environment.  Learning to love the game while having fun is the core of our recreational program.  As those players grow, the Club seeks to develop academically motivated, hard-working young adults who excel in the technical aspects of the game.  The lessons and habits, but more importantly the camaraderie and friendship developed by our teams and Club can last players a lifetime.


Programs Offered


YES Play: 
(3-4 yrs old) Our youngest players participate in weekly 45 minute-long sessions that offer a high energy, fun introduction to soccer. A parent or guardian is required to remain with their player throughout the entire session as the Cubs learn, grow and fall in love with soccer.
   
In-House: 
The primary objective of the our In-House program is to enable players to learn the game of soccer in a fun and stimulating environment. The focus is on developing their skills to help them be the best soccer players they can be, while maintaining a healthy approach to competitive soccer. Our In-House program is now directed by YES Soccer, who trainers both our players and our coaches.
   
Summer Soccer: 
Our Summer Soccer Program offers our players once-a-week training in a small group environment, intended to combine learned technical skills with tactical play and bolster players for the fall season. This 8-week program runs from June through July.
   
Winter Academy: 
The RAYSL Winter Academy intends to build the technical skill of our players in order for them to make better, quicker decisions with and without possession. This 12-week program runs from December through March.
   
Travel: 
RAYSL competes in PAWest's District 3, against programs from Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. Our Club focuses on developing technical soccer players and exceptional teams capable of competing with programs of any level.
RAYSL Travel Soccer Lineup


If you have questions or special requests, please email us at [email protected].


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