Question: I have a preschool age or kindergarten child, is there a program for her?

Answer: Yes! Mighty Mites is for 4 and 5 year olds. Mighty Mites is run by the Grant High School boys and girls varsity soccer teams, under the supervision of the Grant Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Coaches. All profits of your registration fee help support the Grant High School boys and girls soccer teams and NEU. Your child will be taught basic soccer skills in a small group. There are no games, although the kids have a chance to practice small-sided scrimmages with each other. See Mighty Mites under the Programs Tab for details.

Question: What is Recreational soccer?

Answer: NEU registers players between the ages of 6- 14, or first-eighth grade for recreational soccer. Recreational soccer players can be new to the sport, or have prior experience. Teams are created based on interest and availability of volunteer coaches. See Recreational under Program Tabs.
For more information on the format of games for the different age divisions, please visit PYSA.

Question: What is PYSA?

Answer: PYSA refers to the Portland Youth Soccer Association. It is a non-profit organization of affiliated member soccer clubs that serve the recreational player. The purpose of PYSA is to teach the skills, rules, and regulations of soccer, to foster the atmosphere of sporting conduct and team play at all times, to promote the game of soccer, and to organize and facilitate inter-club play for youth players in the area of the City of Portland served by the Portland Public School District #1.

Question: What is Classic or Competitive Soccer?

Answer: Competitive is the highest level of competition provided in the State of Oregon for this age group. Players must tryout and be accepted onto a competitive team. Fees for competitive play are higher than recreational play because competitive coaches are paid positions. (Recreational coaches are volunteers.) For more information click here