Teaneck Junior Soccer League (TJSL) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization to promote soccer in Teaneck. Over 1,000 children play every year.

Cold Weather Soccer
posted 10/19/2020

As the temperatures begin to drop, we wanted to share some cold weather guidelines for soccer. As you know, soccer is played even when it gets cold. 

  • Long sleeve shirts (e.g. Under Armour) and sweatshirts can be worn under the jersey. Hoods must be tucked into the jersey.
  • Sweatpants, leggings or tights can be worn but must be tucked into the socks or have an elastic band at the bottom of the pant leg that will keep it tight to the ankle. Remember, shin guards go under the socks and any long pants.
  • Soft hats, head bands, and ear muffs can be worn but cannot contain strings or metal/plastic.
  • Gloves are allowed however they cannot have any plastic or metal.  

Enjoy the rest of the season, stay safe, and stay warm.


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Drop Off & Pick Up
posted 08/31/2020


There are a number of new processes we will be following this season to keep everyone safe. Here are the steps for drop-off and pick-up:

Keep your player home if s/he is not feeling well. Please notify TJSL if you have a COVID case or presumed case in your household at  . The information will be kept confidential by the TJSL safety team.


Complete the online Health Screen Questionnaire prior to arriving at the field. Visit Health Screen Process for directions. The questionnaire must be completed by a parent each day the player is on a field. The daily questionnaire is available beginning at noon for weeknights and 5am for Sundays.

Be ready to play. Bring a ball, the training pinnie and water - and label everything with your player's name. Wear the proper TJSL training shirt, shin guards covered by socks, and soccer cleats or sneakers. Remove all jewelry before leaving home. 


Wear a mask (players & parents) and arrive 10-15 minutes early. Parents must escort U07-U11 players through the Health Check Verification process. Older players can proceed without parents but parents should remain near the field until the player is cleared in case there is an issue. 

Follow the signs. Entry gates are specific to the field that the squad will be using. Know which field your player is on and follow signs to the proper gate.


Complete the Health Screen Verification. An entry gate volunteer will confirm that the Health Check Questionnaire has been completed and then the player's temperature will be taken. Once cleared, they will be directed to use the available hand sanitizer and to place their items at a Gear Station. 

Respect the social distancing guidelines. Please stay six feet apart when queuing for the Health Screen Verification, watching a session or picking up a player.


Pick-up players when the session ends. Parents of U07-U11 players must meet the players at the EXIT gate specific to their field (see above diagram). Older players will leave through the EXIT gate and can meet parents at their car. Please reinforce with your players the need to continue social distancing after they exit the field.



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Meet the Coaches
posted 08/15/2020


Meet the Coaches


Tim Serbe

Tim Serbe is the Director of Coaching for Teaneck Junior Soccer League. One of the original FC TEANECK coaches, he is a graduate of Montclair State University where he was a member of the Men’s Soccer team. Tim is the former varsity head coach of the Park Ridge Boys Soccer team, Saddle River Day School Girls Soccer team, and Vaughn College’s Men’s Soccer team. He is currently the varsity head coach for Cresskill High School’s Boys Soccer team. Tim holds a United Soccer Coach Advanced National Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma, and USSF License.




Paul Almeida

Paul Almeida started coaching FC TEANECK teams in 2015. He was a member of the Kearny High School Boys Soccer State Championship team and is a graduate of Kean University. Paul has led teams for the Thistle FC and Kearny Thistle United clubs as well as being the head coach for the St. Peter’s Prep Freshman Boys Soccer team.




Andres DeCastro

Andres DeCastro has been a FC TEANECK coach since 2016. He is a graduate of Bloomfield College where he played and later was an assistant coach for the Men’s Soccer team. Originally from Bogota, Columbia, Andres has coached for Yeshivat Noam, West Morris Soccer Club, Cheshire Soccer Academy, and Super Soccer Starz. Andres holds a NJ Youth Soccer coaching certificate.




Shaun Holder

Shaun Holder is the head coach of the Teaneck High School Boys Soccer team and former assistant coach at Hackensack High School. A graduate of Seton Hall University, Shaun began his coaching career with the Hackensack recreational soccer program and the Hackensack Royals soccer club. He holds national coaching certifications from US Soccer and United Soccer Coaches.




Joshua Merchan

Joshua Merchan is NJ Youth Soccer certified coach who is currently completing his Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Sports Administration at FDU. He started his coaching career as an Assistant Coach at Bloomfield High School and has previously coached for Bloomfield Soccer Club, Proactive Sport & Soccer, and Teaneck Junior Soccer League.



Alexandra Pardo

Alexandra Pardo is a graduate of Hackensack High School and was a member of the Hackensack Girls Soccer team. Since graduation, she has continued her soccer career with FC Copa Academy and North Jersey Alliance FC in the Garden State Soccer League. Alexandra began her coaching career with the Hackensack Royals soccer club.




Camy Santacruz

Camy Santacruz is a Teaneck High School graduate and was a member of the THS Girls Soccer team. A graduate of St. Peter’s College and a recipient of a TJSL College Scholarship, Camy was a Youth Coach in the TJSL REC Soccer and travel soccer program during her high school years. She holds a National Youth Diploma from United Soccer Coaches. Most recently, Camy has coached for TSF Inter Academy, Dragons Soccer Club, and Wayne Soccer Club.




Mirka Villarreal

Mirka Villarreal is a graduate of Teaneck High School and was a member of the THS Girls Soccer team. A former FC TEANECK player, she started coaching in TJSL's REC Soccer program and was a TJSL College Scholarship recipient. Mirka currently attends John Jay College where she is a midfielder for the Women’s Soccer team. She holds a National Youth Diploma from United Soccer Coaches.


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Soccer Skills at Home
posted 07/10/2020


The TJSL training staff has assembled the Soccer Skills at Home series to offer players backyard activities to help them stay fit and stay active.

Have fun and enjoy trying them!

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