About LYS

About LYS

About Lincoln Youth Soccer

At LYS we believe in the power of soccer to change lives, strengthen communities, and improve our world. We are a youth-centric program that values long-term player development over short-term wins. Player joy, freedom, kindness, creativity, confidence, innovation, and problem-solving are nurtured and celebrated. We strive to have our kids play with their classmates, in their neighborhoods, in an unconditionally positive environment.

We are a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit and our club philosophy is informed by the belief that the parent-coach model is preferable to a pay-to-play approach with hired coaches. Our parent-coaches combine their personal love of the game with a strong motivation to continuously improve as coaches and as mentors, and they have an intrinsic desire to put the well-being of players first. They bring years of experience, knowledge and expertise from diverse professional, athletic and personal backgrounds. Our goal is to architect positive, creative learning environments in which our players can experiment, take risks, make mistakes, and further develop their love of the game.

We work to serve the needs of every individual player and family, regardless of their soccer goals. Because of our unique, community-based model, we are able to reduce the barriers to play by offering fees that are often 50-70% less than the clubs we compete against. In addition we provide generous need-based financial aid that supports players in participating at no cost. A by-product of our commitment to player/child development is that we have teams playing at all levels including the most challenging competitions in the state.

We support and inspire our players in developing a life-long passion for the beautiful game whether they end up playing at the highest levels, coaching the next generation of players, playing in adult leagues or just enjoying a pickup game with friends in the park.

Mission Statement: Provide positive soccer experiences that change lives for the better.

Vision Statement: A world-class, youth-centric soccer club that positively impacts every player, child and family involved. We believe in the power of soccer to change lives, strengthen communities, and improve our world.

Philosophy: A community-based, youth-centric soccer program valuing long term development over short term wins. Joy, freedom, kindness, creativity, confidence, innovation and problem-solving are nurtured and celebrated. A positive and holistic soccer experience for players, coaches, parents and families.

Mantra: Be Kind – Have Fun – Play Hard


The LYS Program consists of the following Recreational and Select programs:

Kindergarten – 5th Grade Recreational Soccer Clubs

  • Forest Heights Soccer Club (FHSC) based at Forest Park Elementary School
  • Hillside Soccer Club (HSC) based at Chapman Elementary School
  • Skyline Soccer Club (SSC) based at Skyline Elementary School
  • Vista Soccer Club (VSC) based at Ainsworth Elementary School

Middle School Recreational Soccer Club

  • Lincoln Youth Soccer (LYS Rec) based at West Sylvan Middle School

Select Team Programs

  • U8 – U10 LYS Development Soccer
  • U11 – U17 LYS Competitive Soccer

The Recreational Programs participate in the Portland Youth Soccer Association (PYSA) and the Select Programs participate in the Oregon Youth Soccer Association Timbers/Thorns league.

LYS Non-Profit Tax ID number: 93-0893514

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed!

LYS exists because of the volunteers supporting the LYS community. Critical roles we are always looking to fill include:

  • Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches
  • Team Managers
  • LYS Board Members
  • Recreational Club Board Members

Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.