Each year many recreational-based soccer families are faced with a dilemma: continue playing recreational soccer or make the big jump to competitive or "club" soccer. For years, there has been a definite expressed need to provide an opportunity for young players to play soccer at an intermediate level, between the strict recreational play and the highly committed competitive play. Hence the creation of the Cal South Signature Leagues in 2002.
Cal South created the Signature League Program for recreational league based organizations wishing to offer a new playing opportunity of higher level of soccer skill. This program being a natural progression or transition to competitive soccer in the near future. However, this jump requires a family making a sizable commitment in terms of both time and financial resources.
Signature Leagues are "localized" playing circuits formed by eligible recreational leagues that are comprised of "all-star rec" teams selected by the individual leagues through a selection process published by the individual recreational leagues. Recreation Leagues must registered these players with Cal South under the Signature League level of play. Each Signature League playing circuit is coordinated by a Signature League Director or Coordinators responsible for ensuring the scheduling of games and rule enforcement through the participating recreational leagues.
There are a number of rules that are unique to the Signature League such as a 50% play rule for all players, a limit on the annual financial responsibility of the players, and a limitation on distance of travel.