The Portland Timbers, Thorns FC and Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) have a new integrated and innovative youth development program, which has become the foundation of the state’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) and the Portland Timbers of MLS' youth academy. The program provides elite youth players advanced training and competitive opportunities throughout Oregon.

The Timbers and Thorns have established a 10-year partnership with Oregon Youth Soccer to help align and grow the game of soccer in Oregon and SW Washington. Two years into our relationship, Oregon Youth Soccer has the largest membership numbers in history as we work together to promote the growth of the game for players, coaches, referees and parents. For more information on OYSA and its programs, please click here.

The collaborative program between the Timbers, Thorns and OYSA provides the state with a nationally recognized boy’s and girl's ODP program as well as a top-flight academy system to develop home-grown talent. The new program is designed to coexist with youth clubs and share in player development, allowing players to stay connected to their local clubs.

The Portland Timbers and Thorns FC are also excited to begin running competitive leagues and tournaments in conjunction with Oregon Youth Soccer.  For more information or to sign your team up, please click hereFuerzas Básicas.

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Timbers and Thorns Youth Soccer Leagues

The Timbers and Thorns run competitive youth leagues across the state of Oregon and SW Washington, in conjunction with Oregon Youth Soccer.  The leagues provided range from U11 through U19 for both boys and girls.  All clubs playing in the same development system, allows us to create very balanced and competitive divisions which we are very proud of.

Tryout regulations for 2016-17

As has been talked about and agreed upon in multiple meetings, for the 2016-17 seasonal soccer year, to participate in the Timbers and Thorns Leagues, all clubs will abide by the same tryout dates.

The State Cup Finals will be played on May 7, 2016.  May 8 is Mother’s Day.  No club will hold a competitive tryout for Girls of any age group prior to Monday, May 9, 2016.  No club will hold a competitive tryout for Boys of any age group prior to Thursday May 12.  This will allow the Portland Timbers Academy staff to hold tryouts for their U18 (1998 & 1999 birthyears), U16 (2000 & 2001 birthyears) and U14 (2002, 2003 & 2004 birthyears) age groups uninterrupted on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of that week.

Any club or team that does not abide by these tryout date restrictions, will be denied entry into the Timbers and Thorns Leagues.  This information will also be posted on the Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) website.

Thanks for your adherence to these agreed upon rules, as well as your continued support of the Timbers.