Team Zone Tips

Printing the schedule
Once you go to any team page, just above team’s schedule is the link: “Click here to download this schedule” this will allow you to view / print team schedule. [Go Green and just check the site each week ]

But when do I bring Snacks?
Your coach can put the entire snack list on the schedule for each game. Check with your coach if this has not been completed yet.

Make sure to see the new “Healthy Snacks” Guidelines.

News Items and Game Summaries
Under the Breaking News Section, your coach can add important news or game summaries.

Field Location
By clicking on a field link, a map and directions will pop-up.

Game Notes
A Game may have a note such as below. Please take note of them:

  • F = 1st game of day: each coach needs help from parents to set up the goals
  • L = Last game of day: each coach needs help from parents to take down goals and clean up any trash.
  • S = Sunday Game
  • W = Wednesday Game

HOME (H) or AWAY (A) ?
On the first column of the schedule (Week#), a letter (H or A) will show whether you are the Home or the Away team. This affects where your team camps out.

HOME teams set up on the north or west side of the field.
AWAY teams set up on the south or east side of the field.

Searching for other games
Just above your team schedule you can see links to search all the games:
a) for a division
b) at a specific field, or
c) on a specific day

Scores and Standings
Once games begin, scores and standings will be kept for the Under-10 through Under-19 divisions. There are no scores or standings for Under-5, Under-6 or Under-8 divisions.

The Standings Explained
Questions always arise about how the teams standing are kept, as well as questions about scores. Here are some answers. [3 points for a Win, 1 point for a Tie, and 0 points for Loss]

How teams ranked if they have the same amount of points?
On the web site standings, the tie-breaking criteria for ranking teams with equal points are as follows:

1) Most Wins
2) Least Goals Against
3) Least Losses
4) Coin Toss

* Playoff Tie-breakers
1) Most Wins
2) Head-to-Head
3) Least Goals Against
4) Least Losses
5) Coin Toss

Why the difference between the online standings and the playoff seedings?

Due to the fact that sometimes all teams do not play each other, it is difficult to computer program head-to-head competition as a tie-breaker in the standings. However at the end of the season, when the playoff rankings are made, if two teams are tied and HAVE played each other, head-to-head competition will be the 2nd tie-breaker.
If team have NOT played each other, it will fall under the original web criteria above.

Why isn’t Goals Scored used as a tie-breaker?

Because some teams are much stronger than others, if goals scored was an incentive in the rankings, these strong teams could possibly run up the scores to improve their rank in the standings. As much as we want to promote offensive soccer, we do not want some teams humiliating other teams. So we are not going to use goals scored as a tie-breaker and we urge coaches to do what they can to make the games fun for the kids playing on BOTH teams.
If you have any questions about the rankings, don’t bother asking. Each team will have at least one post-season game, and isn’t worth arguing over if you were 4th or 5th place. AYSO makes an extra-super-human effort notto favor any one team over another. What is important is that the kids get to play and have fun.

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