The Pascack Valley Indoor Soccer
League was founded late in 1985 and played its first season in the winter of
1986. The league started with four towns (Hillsdale, Montvale, River Vale and
Woodcliff Lake) who entered three teams each for a total of 12 teams and
approximately 120 players. The League completed its seventeenth season in 2003
with 27 towns involved, 152 teams
and some 1700 players participating in 918 games.
The league was founded on several fundamental principles which the League has
strongly defended. First, the purpose of the activity is to provide children
with a healthy, safe and exciting sport under the most favorable conditions. As
a result, sportsmanship, proper deportment by players, coaches and spectators
and a friendly atmosphere are keynotes of the program. (For example: A
successful "protest" has not been filed against an opponent in the last sixteen
Further, our policy is designed to maintain the competition on a relatively low
pressure level. Therefore, players must be residents of the town they represent.
Also, the league is divided into two skill "levels" to even out the competition.
Towns move up and down between these skill levels depending on their
performance. However, at the end of the season, ALL teams participate in
playoffs...not just the top teams.
The league's constitution calls for a bicameral system of administration with a
Board of Directors and a Trustees Committee. The Trustees are elected by the
Board and have executive power to operate the league. The Board, consisting of
one representative from each town, is regularly informed of the Trustees actions
and meets at least three times during the season. The meetings are brief and
well organized and are, therefore, very well attended (averaging one or two
absences) without the need for any fines or enforcement. The participation in
the deliberations of the Board and the Trustees is enthusiastic and supportive
of the program.
In the design of its constitution, its by-laws and its playing rules the League
has studiously avoided the problems, frictions and potential conflicts which
seem to be the nature in other similar youth sports activities. As part of this
effort the League has instituted and maintained an extensive referee
recruitment, training and testing program as well as a coaches training and test
program. The League has developed a computer based results and ranking system
which is up-dated each Wednesday during the season. This information is also
supplied to nine local and regional newspapers.
The League is incorporated as a non-profit organization. It carries liability
and accident insurance for each team, the players, coaches, officials and
administrators. Most injuries consist of bumps and bruises and, to date, no
claim has been filed against our insurance policy. The League has been without
debt since its inception and currently has a reserve to cover possible accident
claims. The books and checking accounts are reviewed each year by a certified
The fee to enter the league is $100.00 per town with additional fees if
enters more than four teams. Because
of our fine record, our accident policy premiums are the lowest available. The
League charges a fee of $6.00 per player for liability and accident insurance.
Towns that already have an equivalent accident policy, can further reduce the
cost of insurance.
Originally the League offered competition for coed teams only in the U-10, 12 and
14 year old brackets. Later a U-16 bracket was added. Fifteen seasons
ago, a girls-only program was started. It has gone from 5 to 67 teams in those
seasons and is the fastest growing segment of our program. Recently we have
added U-8 play for the little ones. The season consists of eight league
games plus the playoffs. Every team, regardless of the standings, gets into the
playoffs. Most games are played over the weekend and are played in the gymnasium
provided by each town.
Most of the towns use the high school facilities for their home games. New towns
often use a grammar school gymnasium for their initial season. Once the program
is established, they have little difficulties arranging for the use of the high
For more information, please contact Alan Jones