The “Y” in CRYSA will stay but the Crossville Recreational Youth Soccer Association (CRYSA) is expanding in its 11th season to include an adult division for 16-and-older soccer players as well as  adding a four-year-old division.

“We have adults who played CRYSA soccer when they were kids and have developed a love for the world’s most popular sport,” said CRYSA Public Relations Director Bill Thompson. “They have passed that passion on to their children but many of them still want to play themselves. Some are traveling as far as Knoxville to play in adult leagues and with the beautiful new Carl T. Duer Soccer Complex opening for play soon there is no need.”

There will be a formational meeting with those interested in the older CRYSA division sometime this month or in early June. Tentatively the new division will be played anywhere from six-versus-six all the way up to full-sided 11- versus-11. The adult teams will have a coach/player who will be the team representative. Teams will also likely have an international flavor.

“We also have numerous Hispanic players who wish to play more organized soccer and we want to help. Every weekend you can find pick-up soccer matches with 30 or 40 adults playing.”

Due to demand CRYSA is expanding to again include four-year-olds.

The four-year-olds (U5 division) will play three-versus-three on a 30 by 20 yard field with barriers surrounding the touchlines and goallines to keep the ball in play.

“We want the youngest players to get as many touches on the ball as possible and just introduce the sport to them.”

The other traditional CRYSA divisions are U7, five- and six-year-olds; U9, seven- and eight-year-olds; U11, nine- and 10-year-olds; U13, 11- and 12-year-olds; and U16, 13-14 and-15-year-olds.

Registration continues through the month of May. Cost is still only $40 per player. This fee includes complete kit (jersey, shorts and socks), insurance and helps pay for referee salaries and all other CRYSA expenses.

The 2009 CRYSA Soccer Camp will be held at Crossville Centennial Park. The cost is $60 for half-day campers and $100 for full-day campers. Campers registering  before May 15 will receive a soccer ball and T-shirt. Campers registering after that date are not guaranteed a ball or shirt.

Players may register for the fall season or camp online at, at the Century 21 office on North Main Street across from Flowers Bakery or at the Centennial Park office on Industrial Boulevard.

Sponsorships enable CRYSA to keep fees low. Businesses or individuals wishing to sponsor also get a great deal at only $225. This includes team name on the back of jerseys, a Web site banner linking to your site if you have one for the entire year and your name mentioned with the team when it is publicized.

CRYSA also needs coaches and referees. There are usually around 40 teams and with the addition of two new divisions there could be near 60 teams.

The need for officials, especially adults, is extremely great. All CRYSA referees take the grade 8 course offered by the United States Soccer Federation. Referees are provided with a complete uniform and are paid for each match they center ($10 first year and $20 thereafter) or serve as an assistant ($5 first year and $10 thereafter).

For more information please call 788-6166 or check out the CRYSA Web site at

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