When Karre Jo Santana's kids wanted to play soccer and Williams didn't have a league, she decided to start one.
Now the Williams American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) league is in its thirteenth year and is gearing up for the summer season.
"And now I'm coaching my grandchildren," she said. "I'm proud I started it, I'm elated it's still here, and I'm fortunate that there's still kids around that want to play."
Kids ages 4-18 can register online through June 15 at www.eAYSO.org or www.flagsoccer.org. Online player registration is $60 now and $75 starting May 16.
Santana, the Williams league coordinator, has also organized walk in registration dates on April 27, May 4 and May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Williams Public Library. The walk in registration fee is $65, and a parent must be present.
With the registration fee, players receive a soccer jersey, a pair of shorts and a pair of socks. Players must supply cleats and shin guards.
Players must be at least 4 years old by June 31 to play.
Practice starts the week of June 17. Games start July 6 and continue through August 24. Games take place on Saturdays. All players play at least one quarter of the game.
Volunteers are needed to serve as coaches, assistant coaches, facilitators (similar to referees for younger teams) and team parents.
"There's no special training, you don't have to have any experience," she said. "It's all done out of the goodness of people's heart wanting to create something special for our kids here in Williams."
AYSO offers classes to train coaches and referees.
More information is available from Santana at (928) 699-1574 or at email@example.com.