What equipment is needed?
Soccer has limited equipment requirements. Your registration fees covers player uniforms (jersey, shorts & socks). You will need put purchase shoes, Shin guards and a soccer ball. Shin guards are mandatory during practice and games. Regions also provide field equipment, such as goals, nets and flags. Shin guards purchase guide: Use the appropriate size for your child. Shin guards should only cover the middle section of the player’s leg. It should be below the knee and above the ankle area. Shin-guards that are too big restrict movement. Soccer ball purchase guide: Size 3 for U4 thru U8. Size 4 for U10 and U12, Size 5 for U14 and older. Write your child’s name on their soccer ball.
What age division will my child play?
In AYSO, players are between the ages of 3 to 18. Children are placed in age appropriate divisions based on their age as of July 31. Please go see our Division Age Guide to find out the division your child will play.
We need volunteers
AYSO is an all-volunteer program. All of our coaches, team administrators, program administrators – everyone is a volunteer. Unlike other youth sports, we do not pay referees – they too are volunteers.
We offer extensive training programs for all our volunteers, especially coaches and referees.
Our policy is to require teams to provide volunteers to train and participate as coaches, referees, field setup, field monitor and team parent.
We expect all parents will volunteer in some role. There is something for everyone to do. No prior experience is required for any of our volunteer positions. We will provide you with all the training and tools for your chosen volunteer position.We need coaches, assistant coaches, referees and team coordinators. All parents need to do their fair share.
What happens at the first team meeting
Once coaches get their rosters, they will contact the parents and setup a team meeting. At that meeting, players will be introduced, team practice schedule will be determined and parents will select a volunteer position for the team. Team volunteer positions are Coach, Assistant Coach, Referee, or Team Manager. Team volunteers will have to complete a volunteer application, complete online Safe Haven and appropriate volunteer training depending on the selected volunteer position.
Coach and Asst. coach will attend an age appropriate training (part online and part field). Referees will take a referee training course. See coach and referee training schedule.
When is practice and how often do teams practice?
Practice day and time is set by the teams. Once coaches are notified of their team, they will contact the parents to setup the first team meeting. Practices are held in the evening. The younger age (U5-U8) group will practice in the early part of the evening.
When do the coaches get their teams?
Coaches should expect to receive their team rosters in August. Coaches will then contact their parents to setup their initial team meeting.
Can my child play on the same team with his sibling or friend?
We consider request for players U5-U8. However, we must also consider a balanced team. We do not accept request for players to be placed with a specific coach. For U10 – U19 divisions, we do not accept requests. For these divisions, only siblings (same household) can be on the same team.
What is Safe Haven?
To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven™. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer. Please see our Safe Haven page for more information.
What is Kids Zone
In AYSO, fans are asked to be cheerleaders, not critics. Kids Zone® is a unique program that includes a parent pledge that moms and dads sign to commit to positive, encouraging behavior when they’re watching the games.
If you register your child and then decide for any reason that the player will not play in our region, please notify us as soon as possible. Note that your team coach cannot issue you a refund. All requests for a refund must be submitted via our online refund request form.