Soccer! Soccer Soccer!


A big THANK YOU to all of our soccer players, parents, coaches, volunteers, board members, and referees for a fantastic 2016 season.  We look forward to our 2017 spring and fall programs!

It has been a pleasure serving as President of the Portland Area Youth Soccer Association. Taking part in spreading the joy of athletics was a wonderful experience with a great crew! My daughter’s experience with PAYSA was so much fun to watch and take part of along with the hundreds of others that have participated in youth soccer here in Portland!  I started back as a REC coach and have truly enjoyed every second, ending the last 2 years as President.  I will hang on as Past President with the Board but am excited to hand over the reigns to another REC coach and fellow parent, Nick Davala.  He has had lots of experience both playing soccer and running an adult soccer league in Boston.  He is very passionate about the sport and continuing with PAYSA’s values.  You are all in good hands.  Our Travel program will continue with Julie Littell at the helm and our REC program is looking for a Director currently as well as other REC borad members and volunteers.  PAYSA is always in need of volunteers so please let us know if you’d like to help, we are run solely on the help of parents and community members like yourself!

Thank you all! GO PAYSA!! Best, Cara Ragucci

August 2015

SA_Icon_logoWe are getting very close to our Fall 2015 PAYSA soccer season!!  We don't want to wish the best days of our Maine summer away, but PAYSA is very excited for the upcoming season.  Please save your soccer shopping for our upcoming PAYSA discount days at Sports Authority, August 29th & 30th!! 20% off at both stores. Download the Flyers: 20% Off Sports Authority.

Congrats to U13 Aponte-Clarke Team!

IMG_2938Congratulations to all PAYSA teams that competed in state semi-finals and finals this weekend.  PAYSA saw a lot of great soccer happening all season and into the state finals! We are very proud of our Portland teams! The PAYSA U13-Aponte-Clarke girls won their state final game against Falmouth, 2-0, a tough team to beat!  They will move on to play in the New England Soccer Invitational, playing against Rhode Island, Vermont, & New Hampshire. Good luck!!

May 2015

IMG_8053 copy PAYSA is excited to open up registration for our Fall REC program! Read more about Recreational soccer here. For more information please contact the PAYSA REC Director at

Soccer season 2015

FullSizeRenderIt's officially here.  Soccer season.  PAYSA is excited for the season and the number of kids we have on the Portland fields this year! We have stretched the fields as far as they go with both our Travel program and REC program. Thank you to all of our volunteers, coaches, administrators, board members, city members, high school players and more!  PAYSA wouldn't be here without you!  Have fun, learn lots, play hard!! If you are interested in helping PAYSA as a volunteer or board member, feel free to contact us, we would love to have you!

May 13, 14, 27 & 28 | Evaluations

This year we are offering two dates and times for each group, outlined below.  You may choose either.  You do not need to attend both. Evaluations for boys’ teams will be held:
  • MAY 13 | 5-6:30PM U10, U11, U12
  • MAY 13 | 6:30-8PM U13 & U14
or choose
  • MAY 28 | 5-6:30PM U10, U11, U12
  • MAY 28 | 6:30-8PM U13 & U14
Evaluations for girls’ teams will be held:
  • MAY 14 | 5-6:30PM U10, U11, U12
  • MAY 14 | 6:30-8PM U13 & U14
or choose
  • MAY 27 | 5-6:30PM U10, U11, U12
  • MAY 27 | 6:30-8PM U13 & U14
Seacoast United will conduct the evaluation sessions for 2015.  Player evaluations will be based on the 4 pillars of the game: Technical ability, Tactical understanding, Physical and Mental qualities. The evaluations will include a short warm-up, followed by small sided games, eventually leading to full size games where possible.  This is a change from previous years. The location is Presumpscot Field behind the Presumpscot School. Wear cleats, shin guards, and bring water. PAYSA attempts to place all players who wish to play travel soccer on a team, but depending on numbers and results of the evaluation process some players may not be placed on a travel team.  Please do not hesitate to come out and try out if you seek an intensive town travel soccer experience.  We encourage all who do not make a team to play REC soccer where competition is great and just as fun.  

May 7, 2015 | Travel Tryouts Informational

The Portland Area Youth Soccer Association (PAYSA) fall travel program is holding a sign-up and information night on:
  • Thursday May 7th between 6 and 8pm at the Riverton School Community Room.
  • Choose a 6:30 meeting or a 7:30 – 20 minute meeting
  • Arrive with time to sign-up prior to the meeting
  • Players who have not previously played in the PAYSA Travel League need to bring a copy of their Birth Certificate.
Parents of new and returning players for boys’ and girls’ U10 through U14 teams should sign up for evaluations. Parents attend a 20-minute meeting for an overview of the revised evaluation process. Meetings will begin at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Sign-up night is important as it allows us to plan for the number of interested players trying out. The 2015 fall season runs mid-August through November 1.

PAYSA Travel 2014

PAYSA Travel Team 2014 Announcement!

PAYSA is pleased to announce the 2014 Travel Team evaluation process. Parents of interested soccer players should attend sign-up night for evaluations at Riverton School Community Center (Use Pool Entrance) on Wednesday April 16th and bring their soccer player to the formal try-out on Sunday, May 4th at the Deering Practice Fields behind Deering High School. Step One: Evaluation (Try-Out) Sign-Up Night

When: Wednesday April 16th 6:00-8:00pm      Where: Riverton Community Center

Step Two: Evaluations For PAYSA Travel Soccer

When: Sunday May 4th                                    Where: Deering Practice Field

Download Details and Full Schedule: PAYSA Travel Team Announcement 2014 Please email for additional information.

Fall 2014

IMG_8053 copyFall 2014

Another great season of Portland soccer has passed!  Thank you to all the parents, volunteers, referees, coaches, field liners and players for a fantastic season!  We look forward to 2015 soccer!

Enjoy Summer + Check Out our Summer Camp!

A big thank you to all of the volunteers at our annual PAYSA Travel tryouts! Through rain, wind, sun, and more rain, the players all put their best foot forward.  We anticipate a fun-filled 2014 Travel and Rec season!  In the meantime, get in some good touches and get ready for your season at our Summer Camp. We would love to see you!