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Inhouse Soccer

Our Philosophy

The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop skills including love of the game. Inhouse/Recreational soccer is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the same emphasis on travel or high-level competition The in-house soccer season is broken up into two separate seasons, Fall and Spring.  RAYSA offers programs from Little Rams ages 3/4 up to U10/ U12 Inhouse.


Your registration covers Fall or Spring. In-house soccer season usually begins in August for the Fall and March/April for the Spring.  Games are played on Saturday's usually in the morning from 9 am to 1pm.  Games are played at Main St. in New Eagle, Palmer Park in Donora and Brownsville Rd. in Finleyville. 


-              Fall registration is usually occur on June 1st and end June 30th and late registration July 1st to 15th for the Fall. Exact open and close dates may vary one season to the next.

-              Spring Registration is usually January 1st to January 30th and late registration is Feb 1st to Feb 15th for the Spring. Exact open and close dates may vary one season to the next.



Practices for in-house soccer are held twice a week by a volunteer coach. These practices are held at each coach's discretion.   All practices will occur at one of these fields, Main St, Palmer or Brownsville Rd. 


Uniform kits are provided by Sparkle by Shell and need to be worn for all games.  The uniform kit includes two jerseys (one navy and one gold jersey), navy short and navy socks.  These can be purchased together or separately by calling Sparkle by Shell or when registering your child on RAYSA’s website or by clicking on the link below.   Please remember that shin guards are required and must be covered by socks for all games and practices.  Spikes are required however, football or baseball spikes (those having a spike at the toe) are not allowed.


*NO FUNDRAISER again for the regular season
*traditionally RAYSA coordinates 1-2 mandatory fundraisers each regular season. Currently, the league is able to operate and improve without this effort at the moment. Mandatory fundraisers may resume in the near future. 


Ghost Check

Each season we have a required $100 ghost check (2 check max per family) to be turned in to your child's coach BEFORE the first game. Check should be made out to RAYSA with each child's name in the memo line, postdated to the end of the season (Fall 10/31/20XX or Spring 4/30/20xx). If I do not turn in this ghost check, my child(ren) will not be allowed to play in any games until check is turned in. Once concession stand duty is completed, the $100 check will be returned. If duty is not completed, check will be cashed by RAYSA. If check bounces or there is a stop payment on the check, you will need to send the bounced check fee ($35) along with another $100 check for RAYSA to cash. If you do not send the return check fee and your ghost check is not able to be cashed, you will have a balance due next registration. Head coaches, assistants and are excluded from this.

RAYSA Age Groups:
Lil Rams, TOPSoccer, In-House U6 and U8, In-House U10 WCYSA (Washington County Youth Soccer Association), Travel U10 and older

RAYSA has Little Rams which is ages 3/4 years old which DOES NOT REQUIRE A UNIFORM. TOPSoccer also does not require a uniform.

All age groups and programs are differentiated by birth year each regular season as determined by PA West,

PA West has limits for the number of players at the various age groups.  RAYSA’s in-house program attempts to follow these guidelines. The guidelines are as follows:

-              U6 | 4 v 4, no goalkeepers with a max roster of 6

-              U8 | 5 v 5 with a goalkeeper with a max roster of 8

-              U10 | 7 v 7 with a goalkeeper with a max roster of 12

TOPSoccer program - see our informative webpage on the website to learn more
 is a modified version of the game of soccer designed to provide opportunities for special needs children.  It provides a very affordable opportunity for fitness, fun and building self-esteem.

Lil' Rams Soccer

A positive experience with sports at the youngest ages can have a lasting impact on a child's life.

The Lil Rams program offered by RAYSA is a developmentally appropriate program introducing preschool age children to fundamental soccer principles with and without a ball, such as using their feet, dribbling, and the basic rules of the game. Through fun games, positive reinforcement, and qualified coaching, children will experience the joy of playing soccer and being active from an early age.  Based on best practices from other successful similar national programs, RAYSA is proud to offer this Lil Rams opportunity to our local families.

The traditional RAYSA recreational soccer program begins at the U-6 (Under 6) age group for our 4 and 5 year olds within the Ringgold school district communities. In 2019 RAYSA kick-started this Lil Rams program based on parent feedback, recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 4 in the Mon-Valley, and a need to introduce the game to children before they begin playing on a traditional RAYSA U-6 age group team.  Older children also new to soccer are always welcome to begin playing at any age on one of our traditional (U-6 to U-14) youth soccer age group teams.

Eligibility for the Lil Rams program is based only on birth year one soccer season to the next, so please check RAYSA registration information each season for that update. Generally children around age 3 are eligible to participate. Children outside the Ringgold school district communities are welcome and encouraged to also play in this Lil Rams program. There is no commitment to stay on a RAYSA team after the child is no longer eligible for Lil Rams.

The Lil Rams program usually practices once a week each regular Spring and Fall season. There are no formal games between opposing teams in this program. Every child will receive a free t-shirt.


U6 Inhouse

U6 usually practice 2 time a week for 45 minutes to an hour per session.  Coaches decide when to practice and how long.  Parents can pick what community they would like to practice at. Except if they register late then they get put on a team that have opening on them.  Also, community picks depend on if we get a coach from that community to coach if not the coach we get decides where to practice.  Games are Saturday morning. 


U8 Academy In-House:

We are excited to announce the beginning of the Ringgold Area Youth Soccer Association Academy Training (RAYSAAT) for the Fall 2021 Season. It is our goal to provide each youth a platform to focus on their individual play.

We will run an academy-style training for U8 on Vine Street, in New Eagle. This practice will run from 6pm to 7:30pm. It will be run by Matt Snyder (RAYSA Director of Player Development)

On another night there will be a second practice. That will be led by their own coach on day, time and field location.

The RAYSAAT program is designed to focus on the development and growth of RAYSA players through integrated involvement of RAYSA coaches and alumni. This program has been built to provide a consistent environment to focus on the individual player. Training sessions will challenge the individual skills of players and provide structure to their education of the larger game.

Concentrated training systems, such as this, are used by many of the top programs worldwide. Players will be motivated to engage in both physical and mental training. In session, players will be led through a series of topic-based trainings with a game-like application to test their understanding.

Players new to the game will be coached through the fundamentals and supported to ensure proper technique is adopted quickly.

Players with a solid foundation of skill will be provided with training to prepare them for the next level of the game. (Travel, Club, High School…)

What to expect:

-       10 Weeks of Training

-       Speed and Agility Activities

-       Individual Drills

-       Small Sided Games for Game Situations

-       Upbeat, Fun Activities


For Saturday morning games, the players will be coached by their team coaches.


U10 In-House WCYSA
Currently U10 age group players not interested in the Travel level immediately, participate instead in the Washington County Youth Soccer Association U10 In-House program.  They practice twice a week together as a RAYSA team, and then play weekly on Saturdays each regular season against other WCYSA teams from communities like Bentworth, Beth Center, Brownsville, California, Charleroi, and Monessen.

WCYSA has an 8-game regular season, but only 1 of which will be a home game here at Ringgold. The other 7 Saturday game days each season are played at one of the other communities, including a tournament.


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