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Woodland Hills Youth Soccer Association (PA West)

Woodland Hills Youth Soccer Association (PA West)

League game vs friendly game vs scrimmage in PA West

The PA West Youth Playing Rules (current season) will be helpful here. PA West  Age Group Commissioners can be found on league district pages. For WHYSA, that is District 1 (East).

There are three types of games according to PA West rules: scrimmagefriendly, and league.

Scrimmage: A scrimmage is a “practice game played between two PA West Soccer registered teams with no referees.” Age Group Commissioners (AGC) don’t need to be notified. There are no Game Day Rosters (GDR) because the two teams are getting together informally and playing.

Friendly: friendly game is "arranged by the coach and does not affect the outcome of any league." See 4.4 FRIENDLY game in the PA West rules.

Friendly games can be arranged between coaches or Clubs. All required procedures must be followed before these games can be played, with single exception of requiring team rosters. Teams can be composed of players possessing currently valid player pass from same club. Any red cards issued in these games will carry over to the next scheduled league game. These games cannot be used to wipe out a red card so the player/coach can play in the next scheduled game.

AGC’s need to be notified of friendlies. A friendly does not have to be entered in the system, but both teams need player passes.  With digital GDRs with player passes, the game can be scheduled in the system but not scored.

League Game: A league game is a “game scheduled by the Playing Division/District/League Director. These are required games.” League games count in the standings.

Drills, lesson plans, and more!

All of our coaches are volunteers and we take every opportunity to assist them as much as we can. Below are a few resources that coaches can utilize to help their teams learn and master the game of soccer.

  • PA West Soccer: As the National State Association of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United State Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer), and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), PA West Soccer provides a number of training opportunities and materials to support you on your coaching journey.  Coaching handbooks, curriculum, and other materials can be found here
  • SoccerExpert: With 160+ soccer drills, SoccerXpert is an invaluable resource for both novice and advanced coaches. New games and drills continue to be added to allow for variety in your training sessions. Planning a youth soccer practice is now easier than ever with the help of SoccerXpert's free drills.
  •  FreeYouthSoccerDrills.comSeparated by age group, check out these free soccer drills and activities (
  • US Youth Soccer: Our "mother ship," US Youth Soccer provides an array of free coaching resources. Whether you are an experienced coach or coaching for the first time in your life, US Youth Soccer has the resources to help you before, during and after the game.
  • Soccer Drive: The goal of is to provide soccer coaches with the best online resources and coaching tools. While some enhanced features have a cost, all drills and instructional videos are free.

Entering uniform numbers into Affinity

Follow the steps below to enter player uniform numbers into your roster. Do this so uniform numbers show up on Game Day Rosters (GDR) and signed PA West rosters. There are two places you where you need to complete this in Affinity.

First, log into your Affinity account at:

Place #1

  1. On the Teams tab, select the Teams subtab.
  2. Select Team Info.  
  3. Click the Edit Player Team Info button.
  4. In the Edit Player Jersey Numbers screen, enter player jersey numbers in both columns: Home Jrs# and Away Jrs#.  The jersey number should be the same for both Home and Away.  
  5. Click Save Changes when you're finished.

Place #2

  1. Click My Account (top, right corner).
  2. On the Teams tab, select Tournament & Schedule Apps.
  3. Click View Tourn. App.
  4. Scroll to the bottom to Team Roster. Click Edit, then click the Edit Player Team Info button. 
  5. Enter player jersey numbers in both columns: Home Jrs# and Away Jrs#.
  6. Click Save Changes when you're finished.

Now, when you print your GDRs and signed rosters the jersey numbers should be there.

Player Health and Safety

PA West Risk Management - A coach's nine legal duties (PDF).

Head and Brain Conditions - A link to U.S. Soccer's Head and Brain Conditions; focusing on educating, researching, and proposing rule changes to improve player safety. PA West Soccer (where WHYSA competes) places the utmost importance on player safety during participation. PA West adopts U.S. Soccer's Recognize to Recover program.

A Nurse's Guide to Sports Concussions - A link to how nurses evaluate and treat head injuries that occur on the playing field. Thanks for the good find, Tyler!


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