Friday, May 22, 2015

Schedules & Reschedules


A rescheduled game shall be defined as a game whose site, time and/or date are changed in advance of playing.  All reschedules for U12 and above must be completed and the reschedule form submitted to the SSSL by 3/20/2015.  The Reschedule Form is available on the SSSL website on the Schedule page.   

To review your schedule from the SSSL website, (

  1. Click on the Game Schedules tab in the middle of the home page. 
  2. Click on Boys and Girls Spring Soccer 2015 to get to the schedules. 

Please review your schedule and confirm the dates with your team, as soon as possible.  You have until March 20th to reschedule games. You will NOT be allowed to reschedule games after March 20th, so please check with your teams and make sure you will have enough players each week that you play. Also, remember that the 4/18-19 and 4/25-26 weekends are during the school April vacation.

U12 and above rules to reschedule

To reschedule a game, please see the instructions on the attached SSSL reschedule form.

You must contact the opposing coach and arrange some times for your reschedule. If it is a home game, please contact Wendy Cross for field availability. Please email her at:  Once all of the details are worked out, submit the reschedule form and fee to the SSSL at the address on the form NO LATER THAN MARCH 20th.


U10 reschedule

Coaches can reschedule any game as long as the coaches agree. You must contact the opposing coach and arrange some times for your reschedule. If it is a home game, please contact Wendy Cross for field availability. Please email her at:  Once the details are worked out, notify the Town referee assignor, Jodi Meade at Also notify Paul Golder (SSSL scheduler) at once the change has been made.


Coach contact information is available on the SSSL website on the Coaches Corner page.

We strongly recommend that you check the SSSL schedule on a regular basis in the event changes are made.  While SSSL does not require or ask coaches to contact each other prior to games, EYSL does recommend that you contact the opposing coach to confirm details.

CLICK HERE - for the 2015 South Shore Soccer League Reschedule Form

Laws of the Game (soccer rules)


There has been numerous questions in regards to the Laws of the Game.  In this section we will highlight, and link, some of the most often questioned laws. Coaches, and parents, who have questions about these laws should take some time to read the attached links.

Direct vs Indirect Kicks

Tournament Options for Easton Soccer Teams

A comprehensive list of tournaments in Massachusetts can be found here:

Below you will find a list of tournaments that have been sanctioned by Massachusetts Youth Soccer. In order to be considered a sanctioned tournament, the hosting organization must submit an Application to Host Tournament and supporting documentation to the Massachusetts Youth Soccer State Office and the application must be approved. Tournaments scheduled for the same dates are listed in the order in which the Tournament Hosts submitted their Application to Host a Tournament.

CLICK HERE  - For the Easton Soccer List of Tournaments

2015 Spring Coaches Meeting

For coaches who missed the meeting and for those in attendance to review - you will find the presentation at the link below. Please email John Barata ( with questions or comments.

   2015 Spring Coaches Meeting Presentation  
 2015 Spring DOC Presentation

CORI Instructions

CORI checks need to be done on ALL new coaches of 18 years or older.  Once complete they are good for three years and then need to be rechecked.  

2014 CORI Requirements:

Here is the CORI registration information:

  1. Go to the MYSA site at Massachusetts Youth Soccer CORI/ KIDSAFE Form and fill out the CORI/KIDSAFE Form. Make sure you do the following:
    1. Enter Easton Youth Soccer as the organization. DO NOT use abbreviations.
    2. Enter the last 6 numbers of your SSN.
  2. Send me a copy of your picture ID (driver license or Passport) by either email or postal mail. NOTE: Travel coach pictures are a separate from this process.
    1. Email, filename should be in the following format “LnameFname.jpg or pdf”, enter CORI as the e-mail Subject.
    2. Postal Mail – Please contact me if you need my address (any hard copies received will be scanned and then destroyed).
    3. We are required to keep an electronic copy of your ID on a secured USB drive which will then be locked up.
CORI Status - You can view your CORI expiration status on at the MYSA website.
Click on the “Approved Adults in Organizations A – E”. Scroll down to Easton Youth Soccer and then look for your name/expiration date.

How to Become a Coach

Register online to become a coach!


Director of Coaching Corner



As we prepare for our spring season I wanted to share with you WHY Easton Soccer is so committed to small-sided games to enhance our individual player development. Below is information primarily from US Youth Soccer and my own personal philosophy. 


Why Small Sided Games?

US Youth Soccer has thought long and hard about the answer to the question, "Why Small Sided Games?"

What does "Small-Sided Games" mean? These are soccer games with fewer players competing on a smaller sized field. These are fun games that involve the players more because fewer players are sharing one ball.

All ages can play "Small Sided Games", but it has a definite developmental impact on our younger soccer players. US Youth Soccer recommendations for "number of players" at the various age groups are as follows:


 U6   3 against 3 no goal keepers 
 U8   4 against 4 no goal keepers
 U10   6 against 6 with goal keepers
 U12   8 against 8 with goal keepers
 U14   11 against 11 with goal keepers

Here are some of the reasons why we believe that our young soccer players must play small-sided games:

  1. Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it! (Individual technical development)
  2. Because we want our young soccer players to make more, less - complicated decisions during the game! (Tactical development)
  3. Because we want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space they are playing in! (Reduced field size)
  4. Because we want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time with the coach! Fewer players on the field and fewer players on the team will guarantee this! (Need to feel worthy and need to feel important)
  5. Because we want our young soccer players to have more, involved playing time the game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)
  6. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunity to play on both sides of the ball! (More exposure to attacking and defending situations)
  7. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals! (Pure excitement)
  8. Because we want to include children of all temperaments, assertive to shy, to have more opportunities to interact with others and the game! (Socialization)

These are the reasons why we adults must foster "Small - Sided Games" in our youth soccer programs. The "Small - Sided" environment is a developmentally appropriate environment for our young soccer players. It’s a FUN environment that focuses on the young soccer player. It just makes sense doesn’t it? (*US Youth Soccer)

In addition to the information above – I have included a  great video produced by the English FA that reinforces the benefits of small sided games for young players -


I look forward to seeing you all out on the fields this spring! Please let me know if you need any help with registering for a spring program. 


Play hard and have FUN!


  John Barata -  Easton Soccer Director of Coaching

Our DOC (Director of Coaching)

Who is this John Barata?


Approximately ten years ago Easton Soccer hired John Barata as our Director of Coaching.  He provides an invaluable amount of professionalism to a town soccer program, which many towns do not have. As director of coaching, he provides training to players and coaching, professional assistance with the Easton Soccer board, and organizes all or our training programs.  He is an invaluable resource, which allows us to provide comprehensive and professional programs.


John graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA where he was the Captain of the Men's Soccer Team from 1997-1999. He was an All-New England All-Star selection in 1999 and was a three time member of the NE-10 All-Conference Team. John received the highest athletic accolade from the college -- The Premier Male Senior Student-Athlete Award -- as well as defensive, offensive, and most valuable player of the year awards. In 2009 he was inducted into the Immaculate High School “Hall of Fame” Class of 2009 and the Assumption College 2011.

John currently holds the USSF "A" License, the NSCAA Premier Diploma, the USYS National License.


Coaches, John is here for you!  If you are struggling with a lesson plan, have questions about games, positions....he is here for you!