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Monday night Open Training

Monday Night Opening Training (MOT) is back and begins on 10/04/21!
MOT brings a combination of professional soccer trainers’ sponsor by Coerver and former UCLA WomenVarsity soccer players helping to train our children in the fundamentals of soccer while they build community with players across teams. This program is OPEN TO REGISTERED REGION 20 BOYS & GIRLS with a 2017 (5U) to 2006 (16U) birth year. The program extends for 8 weeks during the core season and is included in your registration……in other words…it is FREE! Just remember to print and bring a Medical Release form for your player(s).

This year, we are organizing the players into smaller 8-week training pods/communities, so space is limited. You can register to secure your spot HERE. Once you’ve entered your inLeague credentials, the link should direct you to the event that has been setup for registration. Select “Monday Night Opening Training (MOT),” click on the player(s) name and let us know if she/he are attending. ITS THAT EASY! If the link does not direct you to the registration event, simply login to your inLeague registration account, select the “Events” tab and follow the instructions above. Walk-ons are welcome but we encourage everyone to register ahead of time to help us organize the training pods and number of training coaches. (You only need to register once)

JOIN US FOR ANOTHER AWESOME SEASON WITH THE HIGHEST QUALITY TRAINING

WHO? All registered Region 20 players born 2017-2006

WHAT?  Free training by guest professional coaches

WHEN? STARTS THIS MONDAY NIGHT 10/04/21 – See the time schedule below based on age groups

WHERE? JOHN ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELDS (16th Street & Ocean Park Blvd.)

TIME:  PLEASE NOTE: You may come and leave at any time during your assigned time slot.

Registration 5:15-5:45

5:45PM to 6:45PM – 5U (2017), 6U (2016), 7U (2015), 8U (2014), 9U (2013), 10U (2012) girls and boys

Registration 6:30-7:00

7:00PM to 8:30PM – 11U/12U (2011)/(2010) girls and boys (including ISPE students)

7:00PM to 8:30PM – 13U/14U (2009)/(2008) girls and boys (including ISPE students)

7:00PM to 8:30PM – 16U (2007) (2006) girls and boys (including ISPE students)

Here is what you need to bring:

  1. Masks are required at all times.
  2. A Medical Release form for your child. (you only need to bring this the first time your child attends MOT – after that they will be able to check in on their own).
  3. A soccer ball for your child, marked with his or her name on it in permanent ink.
  4. Water for your child. (Water ONLY is enforced at JAMS)
  5. Shin guards for your child

COACHES – We highly recommend that all coaches attend the trainings to observe.  This is your chance to observe another trainer working with your players’ age group.

PARENTS – We kindly request that you wait for your child off the field.  If you will be dropping your child off, please be on time to pick them up. 

If your child is interested in becoming a better player AND would like the opportunity to make new friends, we hope you will consider adjusting your busy schedules to allow them to attend.

 

5U Division Guidelines

TEAM STRUCTURE

  • Each team will have one team manager and at least 2 certified Co-Coaches plus at least one Assistant Coach.
  • Each team will ideally be made up of 8 players.
  • Parents of ALL players are recommended to complete the “Safe Haven” Certification and the CDC Concussion training. This is required of coaches and other volunteers.
  • Each team is required to provide at least one or two referees who are required to attend Opening Day Referee Orientation at the start of the season, which will tell you everything you need to know about refereeing in this division. 

HEADING THE BALL:  

    • Deliberate heading of the ball is banned for all players in this division in both practices and games.  
  • In a match, a free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.

FIELD FORMAT

  • Each team will be given an entire 5U-size field for one hour.  No other team will be assigned to that field during that time.
  • First team of the day on each field is responsible for field set-up (your team should arrive early as your field time cannot be extended).  Each field has 2 goals & nets, plus 6 flags – 4 on each of the corners, and 1 each at mid-field, about a yard away from the edge of the field (touchline).  Additionally, the Kids Zone sign needs to be placed in a visible location.
  • Last team of the day on each field is responsible for field takedown and storage (your team should understand that this is an embedded responsibility).  All field equipment must be returned to the storage room, along with the Kids Zone sign.  Any trash and/or recycling must be picked up and dealt with appropriately.

ONE-HOUR FIELD TIME STRUCTURE

  • 20 minutes of activities/drills with full team (see below)
  • 5 minutes break/dividing kids into 2 teams (see below)
  • 30 minute game (see below)

SKILL BUILDING ACTIVITIES:  First 20 minutes (every week):

  • First 20 minutes: activities/drills with ALL 8 players on FULL FIELD
  • This should involve BOTH Co-Coaches and all Assistant Coaches.
  • It is recommended that your parents (as “Practice Coaches/Helpers”) assist the coaches by keeping the players active and by retrieving stray soccer balls.
  • The region (via the website) intends to suggest several activities/skills challenges each week.

INTRA-TEAM GAMES:  First 3 games of the season (Games 1-3):

  • Minutes 20-25: divide the players into 2 teams of equal number of players (max 4) using pinnies/scrimmage vests.  One coach takes responsibility for one team, the other coach takes responsibility for the other team.
  • These teams must be “mixed up” every week with an attempt to create as much balance as possible.  It is suggested that the first week involves “even numbers” v. “odd numbers”.  In Games 2 & 3, the players should be shuffled around so that each player has the chance to experience all players as teammates, while still trying to achieve balance among the teams.
  • Coaches may change players around at half-time to accommodate situations that arise to keep the games fun, fair, and balanced. 

INTER-TEAM GAMES (Balanced teams):  Last 8 games of the season (Games 4-11):

  • Minutes 20-25: divide the players into 2 teams of equal number of players (max 4).  One coach takes responsibility for one team, the other coach takes responsibility for the other team.  Each of these teams of 4 will be matched up to play against each of the teams of 4 assigned to the other field at the site (there are 2 fields at each site).
  • These teams must be “mixed up” every week with an attempt to create as much balance as possible.  It is suggested that the Game 4 involve “even numbers from one team” v. “even numbers from the other team”.  In Games 4-11, the players should be shuffled around so that each player as the chance to experience all players as teammates, while still trying to achieve balance among the teams.
  • Coaches may change players around at half-time to accommodate situations that arise to keep the games fun, fair, and balanced.
  • EXAMPLE:  Game 4:  “Team 1 Odd Numbers” v. “Team 2 Odd Numbers” on Field 1; “Team 1 Even Numbers” v. “Team 2 Even Numbers” on Field 2
    • Note:  time assignments will VARY in the schedule, therefore, most teams will likely play against different opponents every game. 

GAME:

  • Minutes 25-50: GAME ON FULL FIELD (3v3)
  • The two teams play against each other utilizing the “rules of play” as established by the 5U Guidelines and the game structure below:

GAME STRUCTURE:

  • All games are played as 3 v 3.  Even if 8 players are present, games MUST BE 3 v 3 (There should be a one player per team acting as a substitute (i.e., “sitting out”))
  • Game is two 10-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime.
  • Game is “Open Substitution” which means players can enter and exit as frequently as necessary.
  • If there are enough players to have a substitute, ALL players shall be substitutes equally.
  • No player shall “sit out” (act as substitute) for more than 2 minutes at a time).
  • For the FINAL 2 MINUTES of the game, ALL players should be put into the game (even if this creates a 4v4 or 3v4 situation).  This is ONLY for the final 2 minutes of the game.
  • Games should involve FUN and “healthy competition” not “aggressive competition”.  The “score” of a game is meaningless.
  • Each time provides a Referee, who is the ONLY adult permitted on the field during play.  (Coaches/Parents must NOT be on the field).  (Hint:  Use the 20 minute practice activities to teach the game.)
  • Referee is in charge of keeping the flow of the game moving (no stoppages should exceed 5-15 seconds) while making sure the basic concepts of the game are followed (e.g. “you can’t use your hands”). 

 

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AYSO Region 20 Covid-19 Guidelines

We are making final preparations for the Fall 2021 soccer season. Practices are scheduled to begin the week of September 13, with the first games on Saturday September 18. However, with open competition, comes added responsibility. On August 30, 2021, the County of Los Angeles Dept of Public Health (LADPH) issued “Protocol for Organized Youth Sports: Appendix S.” These are Orders of the Health Officer or protocols relating to Youth Sports and Covid-19. Since the release date of the original Protocols, several public forums have been held that resulted in modification and clarifications to the original Protocols. As the data or conditions change, we can expect the LADPH to re-issue, revise or supplement these Protocols. (A link to the latest Protocols can be found at the bottom of this email).  AYSO Region 20 is committed to following the LADPH Protocols throughout our season.  Here is the process we will follow to launch the season:

NEW ROLE: Each Team must appoint a Covid Compliance Manager (CCM). This can be a coach or team manager, or another responsible parent on the team.  The name of the designee CCM must be emailed to stopcovid@ayso20.org by September 13. Please ensure that you include your Division and Coaches’ name, (examples: G5u Smith or B6u-Jones), on the email. On a weekly basis, the CCM will help ensure the team stays in compliance with the LADPH Protocols. Compliance with the Protocols will allow the Team to participate in their weekly practices and weekend games. How does a Team stay in Compliance?

STEP ONE: LADPH requires us to know the vaccination status of each player 12 years and older AND of all Participating Volunteers.  “Participating Volunteer” is anyone who will physically be engaged with the team. This includes all coaches, referees, and volunteers who attend team practices (i.e., chaperones, team managers etc.).  All players 12+ and Participating Volunteers 12 years and older are required to complete and submit the “Proof of Vaccination Form.” Forms must be completed by September 13, 2021 for each participating member of the family/household. Individuals that fail to submit proof of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated. The form can be found by clicking on the link: Proof of Vaccination Form

STEP TWO: Weekly Covid-19 Screening Testing Requirements by LADPH

For Players/youth volunteers 12 years of age and older ONLY:

If your player or youth volunteer is fully vaccinated, there is no requirement to test weekly for Covid-19. (Note: fully vaccinated equals 2-weeks after second administered dosage.)

If your player or youth volunteer is NOT vaccinated or NOT fully vaccinated and 12 years or older, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. (Note: fully vaccinated equals 2-weeks after second administered dosage.)

  1. Weekly Covid-19 Screening Testing are Required.  LADPH requires that your player test for Covid-19 *weekly.*  All tests must be administered by a health care provider. Please note, home tests kits do not comply with the LADPH Protocols. Home test kits administered at home by a Health Care Provider will not be allowed as they are considered “self-attestation” and violate the County Order/Protocols. However, weekly school testing fulfills this obligation.
  1. Negative Screening Testing Result Must be Provided.  You must confirm that your child has tested negative PRIOR to participating in the weekly Soccer activities. Parents or Players are required to complete the weekly “Covid-19 Test Result Reporting” form by Thursday 5pm and attach a copy of the negative test result. This must be done on a weekly basis in order to comply with the LADPH Protocol.  Players or youth volunteers NOT providing a negative test result that week will NOT be allowed to participate in that weekend’s game. They will also NOT be allowed to participate in other team activities, including practices, until they have corrected their non-compliance. Plan your testing, so you can provide the test result by Thursday at 5pm. If you are relying on weekly school testing, you may provide the most recent test result, even if it is from the end of the prior week. Test results must not be more than 1 week old. (Note: If your School cannot provide a copy of the actual test result for your child, then a form letter from the school, containing your child’s name and the date of the test will be required. The form letter should state that your child participated in the weekly testing program that week and was not found positive. The form letter obtained from the school will fulfill the LADPH requirement. The form letter or test result must be uploaded by clicking on the link that has been provided: Weekly Covid-19 Test Result Reporting

For players/ youth volunteers who are 11 years and will turn 12 during the soccer season.

  1. It is strongly recommended that all players or youth volunteers get fully vaccinated once eligible.
  1. Once a player or youth volunteer turns 12 years of age, they will be required to comply with the LADPH Protocols of weekly­ Covid-19 Screening Testing and Reporting requirements, exactly as stated above, unless and until they are considered fully vaccinated. (Note: fully vaccinated equals 2-weeks after second administered dose).

For players/youth volunteers 11 years and younger.  There is no weekly Covid-19-testing requirement.

For Participating Volunteers (this includes all coaches, referees, and volunteers who attend team practices).

If you are fully vaccinated, there is no weekly testing requirement. 

If you are NOT vaccinated or NOT fully vaccinated, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. (Note: fully vaccinated equals 2-weeks after second administered dosage or 2-weeks after receiving the J&J dose.)

  1. Weekly Covid-19 Screening Testing Required.  LADPH requires that you test for Covid-19 *weekly* if you are a consistent Participating Volunteer (such as a coach, referee, or a practice chaperone) who is unvaccinated.  
  1. If you are an Occasional Participating Volunteer (for example, a Referee who is refereeing a game that weekend but who doesn’t otherwise physically engage with the team), you must test for Covid-19 during the week of your actual participation and the week prior. (This means unvaccinated Referees must test for two consecutive weeks prior to their volunteer commitment weekend).
  1. All tests must be administered by a health care provider. Home tests kits do not comply with LADPH Protocols, as they are considered “self-attestation.”
  1. Negative Screening Testing Result Must be Provided.  You must confirm that you have tested negative PRIOR to participating in the weekly Soccer related activities. All participating Volunteers, as described above, are required to complete the weekly “Covid-19 Test Result Reporting” form by Thursday 5pm and attach a copy of the negative test result. This must be done on a weekly basis in order to comply with the LADPH Protocol.  Volunteers who do NOT providing a negative test result, during a week when required to do so, will not be allowed to participate in that weekend’s game, or any other team activities, until they have corrected their non-compliance.  Plan your testing, so you can provide the test result by Thursday at 5pm. If you are relying on weekly work/school testing, you may provide the most recent test result, even if it is from the end of the prior week. Test results must not be more than 1 week old. (Note: If you are participating in a weekly testing program through your work/school, and you cannot access the actual test result, then a form letter from the work/school, containing your name and the date of the test will be required. The form letter should state that your you participated in the weekly testing program that week and was not found positive. The form letter obtained from the work/school will fulfill the LADPH requirement. The form letter or test result must be uploaded by clicking on the link that has been provided: Weekly Covid-19 Test Result Reporting

REPORTING PROTOCOLS – FOR EVERYONE.  You must immediately notify AYSO at StopCovid@ayso20.org and your CCM or Coach for further instructions and protocols if your player, youth volunteer or Participating Volunteer):

  1. receives a positive Covid-19 test result,
  2. is in close contact with a Covid-19 positive person (close contact means within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more), or
  3. is required to quarantine from school or work. 

Whenever a confirmed case is identified in any of our Teams, we will be required to follow the instructions in LADPH’s “Exposure Management Plan for Youth Sports” and ensure that all unvaccinated close contacts quarantine along with any symptomatic vaccinated close contacts. You can find a copy of LADPH’s Plan by clicking on the link at the bottom of this email.  

No School = No Soccer. If for any Covid-19-related reason, your player is told to stay home from school, they must NOT attend any AYSO activities.  If you are unsure if your player should attend practice, play it safe and contact us at StopCovid@ayso20.org for more information.

 

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS — FOR EVERYONE  

  1. Self-Screening: All players, youth volunteers and Participating Volunteers must do a self-screening for Covid-symptoms and exposure before every practice and game. Do not attend if you have any symptoms or have been exposed to a Covid-positive person.  Each team can handle the screening as appropriate for its team (Examples: screening apps, questions in practice-reminder emails, or in-person screenings by coach or TM at start of practice).
  1. Masks: Will be required based on the age group and activity:

    Coaches & Spectators will be required to wear masks at all times during practices and games, regardless of vaccination status or field location.

    Referees who are officiating 5u-8u Divisional games are required to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status or field location.

    Referees who are officiating 9u-19u Divisional games are encouraged to wear masks, but masks are not required during the game, due to the increased physical exertion that is considered necessary.

    Players in the 5u-8u Divisions are required to wear masks at all times during practices and games.

    Players in the 9u-19u Divisions that are in the field of play, actively participating in the game, are encouraged to wear masks, but masks are not required. Players must wear masks after leaving the field of play.

    Substitute players on the sidelines, (technical area), during the game must wear masks and maintain 6 feet social distance from others.

    Mask may be temporarily removed to drink or eat. When players, volunteers and participants are actively drinking or eating, they should be encouraged to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.

    Players and Volunteers are encouraged to bring more than one mask to practice or games in case their mask gets wet or soiled during play.

  1. Hand washing/sanitizing.  Please come to practice with clean hands.  We recommend that each player and volunteer carry and use hand sanitizer.
  1. Vaccinations Recommended.  We urge all eligible players, youth volunteers and Participating Volunteers to get vaccinated.  Not only does this protect you and your family, but it will also eliminate the weekly testing requirement for you.  It will also minimize the potential disruption on your team, as vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if exposed to a Covid-19 positive person, as long as the vaccinated person shows no symptoms and tests negative over the next 10 days.
  1. Spectators: All spectators, when outdoors and regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks at all times. All spectators must sit back from the sidelines or touchlines at least 6 feet to provide the Assistant Referee the required social distance from the field of play and spectators. Spectators on the sidelines are encouraged to maintain a 6-foot social distance from other non-household members.
  1. Carpooling: When traveling in family vehicles with other members of the youth sports team not from the same household, wear masks during the entire trip and keep windows open.
  1. After the Game: Socializing with other teams is strongly discouraged. Post-games handshakes are not allowed. Instead, we encourage the teams to face each other from a distance, clap, cheer and thank each other as a show of good sportsmanship.

Finally, the safety of our soccer community is, and always will be, our highest priority, and I am confident that, working together, we can run a safe and fun soccer program for the kids this season. It will be a significant communal effort to comply with LADPH’s new weekly testing requirement for all unvaccinated participants 12 years or older.  We will continue to monitor the LADPH Orders/Protocols and continue to refine, supplement, or revise our AYSO Region 20 Covid-19 guidelines as appropriate. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.  Let’s all work together as a soccer community and make it a great season for the kids!

 

6U Division Guidelines

TEAM STRUCTURE

  • Each team will have one team manager and at least 2 certified Co-Coaches plus at least one Assistant Coach.
  • Each team will ideally be made up of 9 players.
  • Parents of ALL players are recommended to complete the “Safe Haven” Certification and the CDC Concussion training. This is required of coaches and other volunteers.
  • Each team is required to provide at least one or two referees who are required to attend Opening Day Referee Orientation at the start of the season, which will tell you everything you need to know about refereeing in this division. 

HEADING THE BALL

  • Deliberate heading of the ball is banned for all players in this division in both practices and games. 
  • In a match, a free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.

FIELD FORMAT

  • Each team will be given an entire 6U-size field for one hour. No other team will be assigned to that field during that time.
  • First team of the day on each field is responsible for field set-up (your team should arrive early as your field time cannot be extended). Each field has 2 goals & nets, plus 6 flags – 4 on each of the corners, and 1 each at mid-field, about a yard away from the edge of the field (touchline). Additionally, the Kids Zone sign needs to be placed in a visible location.
  • Last team of the day on each field is responsible for field takedown and storage (your team should understand that this is an embedded responsibility). All field equipment must be returned to the storage room, along with the Kids Zone sign. Any trash and/or recycling must be picked up and dealt with appropriately.

ONE-HOUR FIELD TIME STRUCTURE

  • 20 minutes of activities/drills with full team (see below)
  • 5 minutes break/dividing kids into 2 teams (see below)
  • 30 minute game (see below)

 

SKILL BUILDING ACTIVITIES: First 20 minutes (every week):

  • First 20 minutes = activities/drills with ALL 9 players on FULL FIELD
  • This should involve BOTH Co-Coaches and all Assistant Coaches.
  • It is recommended that your parents (as “Practice Coaches/Helpers”) assist the coaches by keeping the players active and by retrieving stray soccer balls.
  • The region (via the website) intends to suggest several activities/skills challenges each week.

INTRA-TEAM GAMES: First 3 games of the season (Games 1-3):

  • Minutes 20-25: divide the players into 2 teams of equal number of players (max 5) using pinnies/scrimmage vests. One coach takes responsibility for one team, the other coach takes responsibility for the other team.
  • These teams must be “mixed up” every week with an attempt to create as much balance as possible. It is suggested that the first week involves “even numbers” v. “odd numbers”. In Games 2 & 3, the players should be shuffled around so that each player has the chance to experience all players as teammates, while still trying to achieve balance among the teams.
  • Coaches may change players around at half-time to accommodate situations that arise to keep the games fun, fair, and balanced.

INTER-TEAM GAMES (Balanced teams): Last 8 games of the season (Games 4-11):

  • Minutes 20-25: divide the players into 2 teams of equal number of players (max 5). One coach takes responsibility for one team, the other coach takes responsibility for the other team. Each of these teams of 4 or 5 will be matched up to play against each of the teams of 4 or 5 assigned to the other field at the site (there are 2 fields at each site).
  • These teams must be “mixed up” every week with an attempt to create as much balance as possible. It is suggested that the Game 4 involve “even numbers from one team” v. “even numbers from the other team”. In Games 5-7, the players should be shuffled around so that each player has the chance to experience all players as teammates, while still trying to achieve balance among the teams.
  • Coaches may change players around at half-time to accommodate situations that arise to keep the games fun, fair, and balanced.
  • EXAMPLE: Game 4: “Team 1 Odd Numbers” v. “Team 2 Odd Numbers” on Field 1; “Team 1 Even Numbers” v. “Team 2 Even Numbers” on Field 2
  • Note: time assignments will VARY in the schedule, therefore, most teams will likely play against different opponents every game. 

GAME:

  • Minutes 25-55: GAME ON FULL FIELD (either 3v3 or 4v4)
  • The two teams play against each other utilizing the “rules of play” as established by the 6U Guidelines and the game structure below:

GAME STRUCTURE:

  • Game is two 12-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime.
  • Game is “Open Substitution” which means players can enter and exit as frequently as necessary.
  • If there are enough players to have a substitute, ALL players shall be substitutes equally.
  • No player shall “sit out” (act as substitute) for more than 2 minutes at a time.
  • For the FINAL 2 MINUTES of the game, ALL players should be put into the game (even if this creates a 5v4, 4v4, or 3v4 situation). This is ONLY for the final 2 minutes of the game.
  • If 9 players are present, games MUST BE 4 v 4 (There should be a MAXIMUM of one player acting as a substitute (i.e., “sitting out”))
  • If LESS THAN 9 players are present, games MUST BE 3 v 3 (There should be a MAXIMUM of one player per team as a substitute (i.e., “sitting out”))
  • The meaning behind the above: The ideal is 3v3 (the National AYSO recommendation). This allows every kid to be more involved. However, we also want to reduce the “sitting out” time for kids. Therefore, the above is designed so that no more than 1 player (on each team) is sitting out at a time.
  • Games should involve “healthy competition” not “aggressive competition”.  The “score” of a game is meaningless.
  • Each time provides a Referee, who is the ONLY adult permitted on the field during play.  (Coaches/Parents must NOT be on the field).  (Hint:  Use the 20 minute practice activities to teach the game.)
  • Referee is in charge of keeping the flow of the game moving (no stoppages should exceed 5-15 seconds) while making sure the basic concepts of the game are followed (e.g. “you can’t use your hands”).

7U Division Guidelines

Just a few points for coaches, referees and parents to remember, especially for those who have experience in other divisions, as to how 7U differs from soccer’s standard Laws of the Game

  1. Roster size: The maximum number of players assigned to a particular team is 7.
  2. Game is 5 vs. 5 with NO goalkeepers. If the opposing team has fewer than 5 players then you must play down (play the same number of players). However, there should never be more than 2 substitutes per team. Coaches are encouraged to “lend” players to the opposing team to field the proper number of players. Loaned players must play at least half of the game with their own team. Do not play more than 5v5. (See AYSO’s philosophy on short-sided games and the benefit to the players.) 
  • EXAMPLE 1: Team A has 6 players present, Team B has 4 players present: Team A loans a player to Team B and play proceeds 5v5. EXAMPLE 2: Team A has 5 players, Team B has 4 players: play should switch to 4v4.
  1. Duration of game is 30 minutes and is played in two 15-minute halves. The half-time break is 5 minutes. Due to lack of substitutes or hot weather, the referees may use their discretion to allow for a short break for players to get a drink midway through the half. Switch sides for the second half. 
  2. Heading the ball: Deliberate heading of the ball is not allowed for all players in this division in both practices and games. In a match, a free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game. The free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
  3. Playing time: All players on a given team should have equal playing time. Game is “Open Substitution” which means players can enter and exit as frequently as necessary. If there are enough players to have a substitute(s), ALL players shall be substitutes equally. No player shall “sit out” (act as substitute) for more than 2 minutes at a time. Adherence to the playing time policy is the responsibility of the Coach, not the Referee nor the Assistant Referee. It is recommended to have an Assistant Coach or Team Manager keep track of a substitute rotation schedule during a game.
  4. Goal kicks are taken from the penalty area (the big box) NOT the goal area (the little box). 7U fields likely will not have a goal box.
  5. Kick-ins/Pass-ins: Restarts after the ball crosses the touchline is a pass-in. The player puts the ball down on the touchline and kicks the ball; he may also dribble the ball into the field of play. The opposing players need to be at least 2 yards from the ball before it is kicked. Throw-ins are not allowed (until 8U). 
  6. Fouls and Other Stoppages: The following, if deliberately done, are the fouls most likely to occur in 7U games: kicking, charging, tripping, pushing, holding, handling the ball and dangerous play. No slide tackles are allowed. Referees should not stop play for trifling violations. It’s a player’s game so keep the fun going and let them play. But always stop for safety. Referees should work cooperatively with the coaches to instruct players on fair play.
  7. Misconduct: Misconduct should be rare in 7U games. There is no need for the public cautioning and sending off of young players (Referees should leave their red and yellow cards home). Officials should work cooperatively with the coach when a 7U player may need some “cool down time”.
  8. Free Kicks: All kicks are direct free kicks, meaning no one has to touch it for it to be considered a goal. If a foul occurs inside the penalty area, the ball is to be moved outside the penalty area for the free kick. There are no penalty kicks. In other words, teams defending a free kick may place a “wall” of defenders between the kicker and goal.) 
  9. Distance from Ball: Players should be asked to stand back approximately 6-10 yards from the ball being kicked (for free kicks, goal kicks, kick-offs, etc.) to give the kicker room to kick the ball without it immediately hitting an opponent. 
  10. Offside: The concept of offside is too complicated for 7U players, but aspects of the law may be instructed. The referee may instruct a player to move out of their opponent’s penalty area if the ball is not near.
  11. No score is publicly acknowledged (“we all win”). While we do not have a “no slaughter policy”, good sportsmanship is still paramount (in fact, it’s one of the six core AYSO philosophies).  Coaches must be prepared with innovative ways to keep the score close while still challenging their players and being respectful of the opposing team. To ensure no more than a 5-goal margin, coaches should begin to pull back PRIOR to reaching that margin. Coaches are encouraged to review the document “How to Prevent a Blow-out” on the website and to consult with the Regional Coach Administrator for suggestions on how to achieve a result that is both challenging and respectful.  Egregious blow-outs that show a lack of sportsmanship may result in penalties against the offending teams.

OTHER NOTES/COMMENTS: 

Referees should briefly explain any infringements to ALL the players and help players with instructions. They are the teachers on the field – and should encourage proper play and sporting behavior. Every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy. 

Referees must be registered AYSO volunteers (meaning completion of Safe Haven and  volunteer background check, CDC Concussion Awareness), and attend Region 20’s Opening Day Referee Orientation. Assistant Referees may work each sideline and assist the Referee with calling the ball in and out of play. The home team should provide 2 referees (Center Referee and Assistant Referee); the visitor team should provide 1 referee (Assistant Referee). If someone is absent, they can recruit a Referee from the visiting team. In a pinch, uncertified parents may serve as Assistant Referees. This is a great opportunity for parents to get involved. 

Coaches shall use positive coaching skills (avoid constant coaching, no yelling at players), stay within the designated technical area (coach’s box—no more than 8 yards on either side of the midfield line), show respectful attitude toward the referees and HAVE FUN!

Spectators from each team shall be on opposite sides of the field. The home team is the first team listed on the game schedule and sits on the West or North side of the field. The visiting team is the second team listed on the game schedule and is assigned the East or South side of the field. Spectators must stay between the “18-yard lines” (between the penalty areas). Spectators must also be 2 yards back from the touchline, maintaining an unobstructed and safe area for the Assistant Referee and players to run and perform pass-ins. A spectator must never sit or stand behind the goal or goal line. Coaches and assistant referees should encourage adherence to this policy. Spectators shall not coach players (coaches coach, players play, parents cheer), avoid foul or abusive language or gestures toward any player, coach, referee or other spectators, abide by the Kids Zone guidelines (no smoking, no consumption of alcohol, no dogs, etc.), acknowledge and congratulate BOTH teams on a game well played, and HAVE FUN! Spectators should NEVER argue with the referee or assistant referees (even when the spectator is right! – remember, scores are not recorded in 7U). Team Managers should help ensure proper sideline etiquette.

You must kick-off at the designated time on the schedule. If you start late, or take a long half-time break, please make-up that time somehow so you still end on time as a courtesy to all the teams who have games after you. As the official timekeepers, this is the Referee’s responsibility. If the Referee feels s/he has too much going on to keep track of time, select someone to be the timekeeper.

Coin toss: Due to COVID for Fall 2021 we will not conduct a coin toss. HOME team chooses which direction they want to go. AWAY team gets to Kick-off for the start of the first half. For the second half, teams switch directions and the Home team takes the Kick-off.

NORMALLY: The team that wins the toss of the coin decides which goal to attack in the first half or to take the kick-off. Depending on their choice, their opponents take the kick-off or decide which goal to attack. If time is short, have the home team choose which goal to attack and have the visitors kick-off to start the first half. 

Ball Size is size 3.

Game Cards are not required in 7U. Scores are not reported and referees do not keep track of substitutions. 

Field Set-Up. It is the responsibility of all the teams with the first game. Parents must help set up the field. Please arrive early to complete this task in time for the players to practice with the goals. Each field has 2 goals and nets, plus 6 flags – 4 on each of the corners, and 1 each at mid-field, about a yard away from the edge of the field (touchline). Stakes are used to secure the goals in the ground and net hooks keep the net taut. Additionally, Kids Zone sign needs to be placed in a visible location. 

Field Take-Down is the responsibility of the teams with the last game on that field. Parents must help break down the field. Sometimes, one field may end earlier than another, so be sure to check if yours is the last game for that field. All field equipment needs to be returned to the storage room, along with the Kids Zone sign. Please ensure all stakes and net hooks are accounted for, so children do not find them afterwards. The correct number of stakes and hooks are noted on the toolbox in which they are stored. Any trash and/or recycling must be picked up and dealt with appropriately.

Weekly Practice: 7U teams will be assigned a weekly one-hour practice space in the late afternoon or early evening during the week. Coaches should attempt to develop the skill level and game knowledge of their players during that time. Additionally, coaches are strongly encouraged to scrimmage against one of the other 7U teams assigned to the same field and same time for the last 20 minutes. 

Thanks for your help and cooperation in making this an enjoyable experience for all the children!

10U Division Guidelines

Just a few points for coaches, referees and parents to remember, especially for those who have experience in other divisions, as to how 10U differs from the standard Laws of the Game. When not mentioned here, the standard Laws of the Game apply.

  1. Roster size: The maximum number of players assigned to a particular team is 10.
  2. Game is 7 vs. 7 with goalkeepers. If the opposing team has fewer than 7 players then you may, at your option, choose to play down (play the same number of players). There should never be more than 2 substitutes. If a team does not have a minimum of 5 players at the start of the game (allowing a 5 minute grace period) or does not maintain a minimum of 5 players, then it will forfeit the game. A 0-1 forfeit loss will be assigned to the forfeiting team. Once the decision is made regarding the official outcome, a “friendly” game is played, where the outcome has no bearing on standings, but is played simply for the enjoyment of playing. Coaches are encouraged to “lend” players to the opposing team to field the proper number of players in a friendly match. Never play more than 7v7. (See AYSO’s philosophy on short-sided games and the benefit to the players.)
  3. Duration of game is fifty minutes and is played in 2 twenty-five-minute halves with a 5 minute half time. Substitutions are allowed approximately 12 ½ minutes into each half. This substitution time is informally called the “quarter break” or “substitution break.” Referees should signal for substitutions during a normal stoppage in play at approximately 12.5 minutes into the half. In order to avoid interrupting play at inappropriate times, substitutions should occur at a normal stoppage such as a throw-in, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, etc. These stoppages seldom occur at exactly the midpoint of the half, so the referee will begin looking for a suitable stoppage during the period one minute before to one minute after the midpoint of the half. Be aware that the game clock does not stop during substitution breaks. Coaches should keep their players on the pitch and be prepared in advance to make substitutions quickly and efficiently.  While players may get a drink during substitution breaks, this is not half-time: snacks should not be handed out at this time. Due to lack of substitutes or hot weather, the referees may use their discretion to allow for a short break at any time during the game for players to get a drink.
  4. Heading the ball: Deliberate heading of the ball is not allowed for all players in this division in both practices and games. In a match, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head. The free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head. Before the restart, check the player for signs of concussion. If the player did not intentionally head the ball, the referee may allow play to continue unless he/she is concerned about the safety of the player. In that case, the referee should stop play, check the player, and restart with a dropped ball. 
  5. Playing time: 3/4 rule applies to all players on the team (no one plays the entire game unless everyone else has played 3 quarters). No one shall play goalkeeper for more than half the game. Any player that does play two quarters as goalkeeper must also play the other two quarters on the field. While the Referee records players and substitutes on the game card, adherence to the playing time policy is the responsibility of the Coach, not the Referee nor the Assistant Referee. Any violation of the playing time policy will result in a (post-game) forfeit against the offending team.
  6. Goal kicks are taken from the goal area. The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves. It cannot be touched by the defending team until it goes beyond the penalty area (the big box). OR:
    Goal kicks are taken from the goal area. The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves. Both the attacking team and the defending team may play the ball inside the penalty area (the big box). IN  BOTH:
    Opponents must retreat/move back behind the build out line on goal kicks. See number 13, below. 
  7. Punts. Goalkeepers shall not punt the ball nor drop kick the ball in 10U. 
  8. Throw-Ins: Second chances are not given for improper throw-ins for 10U and older players. An improper throw-in results in a throw-in for the opposing team. The referee must judge if indeed the throw-in violated the spirit of the Throw-in Law or if the violation was trifling and not worthy of stopping play. Keep the game moving and minimize unnecessary interruptions.
  9. Fouls: No slide tackles are allowed. A free kick is awarded to the opposing team in the case of a slide tackle. If contact with the opponent is made, the restart is a direct free kick. If no contact is made, it remains dangerous play, and the restart is an indirect free kick.  Referees should not stop play for trifling violations. It’s a player’s game, so keep the fun going and let them play. But always stop for safety. Referees should work cooperatively with the coaches to instruct players on fair play. It is the sole discretion of the referee to determine whether a foul has occurred.
  10. Misconduct: Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs. (Referees should leave their red and yellow cards home. While referees should not use cards, they may still caution or send off player in extreme circumstances if the situation requires it. Referees will provide a written report to the Division Commissioner describing any misconduct.) It is the sole discretion of the referee to determine whether misconduct has occurred.
  11. Distance from Ball: Players need to stand back 8 yards from the ball being kicked (for free kicks, goal kicks, kick-offs, etc.) to give the kicker room to kick the ball. 
  12. Offside – standard rules apply, as modified by the buildout line rules. (See number 13, below).
  13. Score is publicly acknowledged in 10U. While there is no automatic penalty for teams that beat an opponent by more than five goals, good sportsmanship is still paramount (in fact, it’s one of the six core AYSO philosophies).  Coaches must be prepared with innovative ways to keep the score close while still challenging their players and being respectful of the opposing team. To ensure no more than a 5-goal margin, coaches should begin to pull back PRIOR to reaching that margin. Coaches are encouraged to review the document “How to Prevent a Blow-out” on the website and to consult with the Regional Coach Administrator for suggestions on how to achieve a result that is both challenging and respectful.  Egregious blow-outs that show a lack of sportsmanship may result in penalties against the offending teams.
  14. The build out line shall be placed across the field equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the halfway line. The opposing team must retreat/move back behind the build out line for a goal kick or when the goalkeeper has possession of the ball. The build out line shall be used as the line to determine offside (not the halfway line). See the Referees tab on the Region 20 website for additional information about this rule. 

OTHER NOTES/COMMENTS: 

Referees should briefly explain any infringements to ALL the players and help players with instructions. They are the teachers on the field – and should encourage proper play and sporting behavior. Every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy. 

Referees must be registered AYSO volunteers (meaning completion of Safe Haven, eAYSO volunteer background check, and CDC Concussion Awareness) and certified with Basic Referee Training or higher. (See How to Become an SM AYSO Referee on the Referee section of our website.) 

Referees in 10U do not referee their own children’s game. Instead, referees schedule themselves for other games in this division. The recommended procedure is as follows:

  • The home team is responsible for providing a three-person referee team for the 10U game immediately preceding their team’s on the same field. The home team for the first match of the day is responsible for providing a three-person referee team for the LAST 10U game played on the same field that day. If a referee from the home team is unavailable, they are responsible for providing a substitute referee. 

All teams must earn at least 15 referee points during the season to qualify for the playoffs. Referee points may be earned by refereeing games for which they are qualified in the 10U, 12U, 14U divisions, by performing referee administration work, or by attending referee courses. More details are available on the Region 20 website, under the Referees Points tab. 

Coaches shall use positive coaching skills (avoid constant coaching, no yelling at players), stay within the designated technical area (coach’s box—no more than 8 yards on either side of the half-way line), show respectful attitude toward the referees. The coaches are ultimately responsible for their sidelines’ behavior (the coaching staff, the team players, and spectators). And HAVE FUN!

Spectators from each team shall be on opposite sides of the field. The home team is the first team listed on the game schedule and sits on the West or North side of the field. The visiting team is the second team listed on the game schedule and is assigned the East or South side of the field. Spectators must stay between the “18-yard lines” (between the penalty areas). Spectators must also be 2 yards back from the touchline, maintaining an unobstructed and safe area for the Assistant Referee and players to run and perform throw-ins. A spectator must never sit or stand behind the goal or goal line. Coaches and assistant referees should encourage adherence to this policy. Spectators shall not coach players (coaches coach, players play, parents cheer), avoid foul or abusive language or gestures toward any player, coach, referee or other spectators, abide by the Kids Zone guidelines (no smoking, no consumption of alcohol, no dogs, etc.), acknowledge and congratulate BOTH teams on a game well played, and HAVE FUN! Team Managers should help ensure proper sideline etiquette.

You have your field for your specified slot only. If you start late, or take a long half-time break, please make-up that time somehow so you still end on time as a courtesy to all the parents who have games after you. As the official timekeepers, this is the Referee’s responsibility. However, if the Referee feels s/he has too much going on to keep track of time, select someone to be the timekeeper.

Coin toss: The team that wins the toss of the coin decides which goal to attack in the first half or to take the kick-off. Depending on their choice, their opponents take the kick-off or decide which goal to attack. If time is short, have the home team choose which goal to attack and have the visitors kick-off to start the first half. 

Ball Size is size 4.

Game Cards: Game cards are to be completed by each Coach or Team Manager prior to the start of game warm-ups. To complete the game card, coaches must write the full name and number of each player on the team in order of uniform number and give the game card to the Center Referee before the start of the game. The Referee notes all absences, substitutions, goalkeeper playing time and goals during the game. The Referee should delegate this role to the Assistant Referees. The Referee signs the completed Game Cards and deposits them in the game card box, or if there is no game card box, takes a photo and submits to the Division Commissioner, or as per the Division Commissioner’s instructions.

Field Set-Up is the responsibility of all the teams with the first game. Parents must help set up the field. Please arrive early to complete this task in time for the players to practice with the goals. Each field has 2 goals and nets, plus 6 flags – 4 on each of the corners, and 1 each at the halfway line, about a yard away from the edge of the field (touchline). Stakes are used to secure the goals in the ground and net hooks keep the net taut. Additionally, the Game Card box and Kids Zone sign needs to placed in a visible location.

Field Take-Down is the responsibility of the teams with the last game on that field. Parents must help break down the field. Sometimes, one field may end earlier than another, so be sure to check if yours is the last game for that field. All field equipment needs to be returned to the storage room, along with the Game Card box and Kids Zone sign. Please ensure all stakes and net hooks are accounted for, so children do not find them afterwards. The correct number of stakes and hooks are noted on the toolbox in which they are stored. Any trash and/or recycling must be picked up and dealt with appropriately.

No other changes from play as specified in IFAB Laws of the Game.

Referees are given a copy of the AYSO Edition of the Laws of the Game at the Basic Referee Training Course.

Everyone is welcome to download a full copy of the AYSO Edition of the Laws of the Game from the Coaches section or the Referee section of our website.

Thanks for your help and cooperation in making this an enjoyable experience for all the children!

12U Division Guidelines

Just a few points for coaches, referees and parents to remember, especially for those who have experience in other divisions, as to how 12U sometimes differs from the standard Laws of the Game. When not mentioned here, the standard Laws of the Game applies.

    1. Roster size: The maximum number of players assigned to a particular team is 12.
  • Play 9 vs. 9 with goalkeepers. If the opposing team has fewer than 9 players then a coach may, at his or her option, choose to play down (play the same number of players). However, there should never be more than 3 substitutes (assuming a 12-player roster). If a team does not have a minimum of 6 players at the start of the game (allowing a 5-minute grace period) or does not maintain a minimum of 6 players, then it will forfeit the game. A 0-1 forfeit loss will be assigned to the forfeiting team. Once the decision is made regarding the official outcome, a “friendly” game is played, where the outcome has no bearing on standings, but is played simply for the enjoyment of playing. Coaches are encouraged to “lend” players to the opposing team to field the proper number of players in a friendly match. Never play more than 9v9. (See AYSO’s philosophy on short-sided games and the benefit to the players.) 
  1. Duration of game is sixty minutes and is played in 2 thirty-minute halves with a 5 minute half time. Substitutions allowed approximately 15 minutes into each half. This substitution time is informally called the “quarter break” or “substitution break.” Referees should signal for substitutions during a normal stoppage in play at approximately 15 minutes into the half. In order to avoid interrupting play at inappropriate times, substitutions should occur at a normal stoppage such as a throw-in, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, etc. These stoppages seldom occur at exactly the midpoint of the half, so the referee will begin looking for a suitable stoppage during the period one minute before to one minute after the midpoint of the half. Be aware that the game clock does not stop during substitution breaks. Coaches should keep their players on the pitch and be prepared in advance to make substitutions quickly and efficiently. While players may get a drink during substitution breaks, this is not half-time: snacks should not be handed out at this time. Due to lack of substitutes or hot weather, the referees may use their discretion to allow for a short break at any time during the game for players to get a drink.
  2. Heading the ball: Deliberate heading of the ball is not allowed for all players in this division in both practices and games. In a match, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head. The free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head. Before the restart, check the player for signs of concussion. If the player did not intentionally head the ball, the referee may allow play to continue unless he/she is concerned about the safety of the player. In that case, the referee should stop play, check the player, and restart with a dropped ball.
  3. Playing time: 3/4 rule applies to all players on the team (no one plays the entire game unless everyone else has played 3 quarters). No player shall play goalkeeper for more than two quarters.

In the event that a team has less than 12 players at a particular game AND a player plays as goalkeeper for two quarters, that player must play the other two quarters on the field. While the Referee records players and substitutes on the game card, adherence to the playing time policy is the responsibility of the Coach, not the Referee nor the Assistant Referee. Any violation of the playing time policy will result in a (post-game) forfeit against the offending team.

Standard roster size is 12 players. However, in unique circumstances, with Executive Board approval, the roster may be increased to 13. In the event that a team has 13 players at a game, three players will play only half of that game. At subsequent games in which all 13 players are present, those players who previously only played half of a game, must play ¾ of the game. (i.e., no player shall play only half a game twice in the regular season until all other players on the team have played only half a game.) During playoffs, this guideline “restarts” such that in the event that a team has 13 players at a playoff game, three players will play only half of that game. At any and all remaining playoff games, a player who previously played only half of a playoff game must play at least ¾ of any remaining games (i.e., any given player may play only half of a playoff game, ONLY ONCE during the playoffs). 

    1. Goal kicks are taken from the goal area. Standard laws of the game apply. 
    2. Throw-Ins: Second chances are not given for improper throw-ins for 12U players. An improper throw-in results in a throw-in for the opposing team. The referee must judge if indeed the throw-in violated the spirit of the throw-in law or if the violation was trifling and not worthy of stopping play. Keep the game moving and minimize unnecessary interruptions.
    3. Fouls: Law 12 applies and will be enforced. Referees should not stop play for trifling violations. It’s a player’s game so keep the fun going and let them play. But always stop for safety. It is the sole discretion of the referee to determine whether a foul has occurred.  
  • Misconduct: Law 12 applies and will be enforced. Misconduct Thi is a term used in the Laws of the Game to cover behavior that is in serious conflict with the spirit of the game and good sportsmanship. Acts that are considered misconduct are specified in Law 12 and will be enforced. It is the sole discretion of the referee to determine whether misconduct has occurred.

We do issue cautions and send-offs in 12U. That being said, in Region 20, we are in accord with this statement by AYSO in “Guidance to Coaches and Referees”: Children who are under 12 years of age should not be formally cautioned or sent off unless there are exceptional circumstances. Referees should consider whether children in this age group are fully aware of their actions and should consult and work with the coach to get the desired behavior. Young players can usually be controlled by a verbal admonishment, thus avoiding the need to display the cards. 

Although the Laws of the Game require that “a player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area,” youth players who are sent off must be allowed to remain on the sideline, under the control of their coach. 

  1. Distance from Ball: Players need to stand back 10 yards from the ball being kicked (for free kicks, goal kicks, kick-offs, etc.) to give the kicker room to kick the ball. 
  2. Offside – standard laws of the game apply.
  3. Score is publicly acknowledged in 12U. While there is no any automatic penalty for teams that beat an opponent by more than five goals, good sportsmanship is still paramount (in fact, it’s one of the six core AYSO philosophies). Coaches must be prepared with innovative ways to keep the score close while still challenging their players and being respectful of the opposing team. To ensure no more than a 5-goal margin, coaches should begin to pull back PRIOR to reaching that margin. Coaches are encouraged to review the document “How to Prevent a Blow-out” on the website and to consult with the Regional Coach Administrator for suggestions on how to achieve a result that is both challenging and respectful. Egregious blow-outs that show a lack of sportsmanship may result in penalties against the offending teams. 

OTHER NOTES/COMMENTS: 

Referees should briefly explain any infringements to ALL the players and help players with instructions. They are the teachers on the field – and should encourage proper play and sporting behavior. Every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy. 

Referees must be registered AYSO volunteers (meaning completion of Safe Haven, eAYSO volunteer background check, and CDC Concussion Awareness) and certified with Basic Referee Training or higher (see How to Become an SM AYSO Referee on the Referee section of our website.) 12U Referees should be certified Intermediate Referees, or be working toward earning an Intermediate Badge after already completing the Intermediate Referee Course. Assistant Referees may be Regional or higher. 

Referees in 12U do not referee their own children’s game but are scheduled for other games in the division. Referees schedule themselves for games in this division. The recommended procedure is as follows:

  • The home team is responsible for providing 2 Referees during the weekend of play. The home team should provide 2 referees (both AR’s is ok) for the game immediately preceding theirs on the same field. The home team for the first game of the day should provide two refs for the last match of the day on that same field. 

All teams must earn at least 15 referee points during the season to qualify for the playoffs. Referee points may be earned by refereeing games for which they are qualified in the 10U, 12U, and 14U by performing referee administration work, or by attending referee courses. More details are available on the Region 20 website, under the Referees Points tab. 

Coaches shall use positive coaching skills (avoid constant coaching, no yelling at players), stay within the designated technical area (coach’s box—no more than 10 yards on either side of the half-way line), show respectful attitude toward the referees. The coaches are ultimately responsible for their sidelines’ behavior (the coaching staff, the team players, and spectators). And HAVE FUN!

Spectators from each team shall be on opposite sides of the field. The home team is the first team listed on the game schedule and sits on the West or North side of the field. The visiting team is the second team listed on the game schedule and is assigned the East or South side of the field. Spectators must stay between the “18-yard lines” (between the penalty areas). Spectators must also be 2 yards back from the touchline, maintaining an unobstructed and safe area for the Assistant Referee and players to run and perform throw-ins. A spectator must never sit or stand behind the goal or goal line. Coaches and assistant referees should encourage adherence to this policy. Spectators shall not coach players (coaches coach, players play, parents cheer), avoid foul or abusive language or gestures toward any player, coach, referee or other spectators, abide by the Kids Zone guidelines (no smoking, no consumption of alcohol, no dogs, etc.), acknowledge and congratulate BOTH teams on a game well played, and HAVE FUN! Team Managers should help ensure proper sideline etiquette. If playing on an artificial turf field, please see the City’s policies regarding use of those fields (i.e., water being the only liquid or food allowed on the field).

You have your field for your specified slot only. Referees must make sure the game starts on time as a courtesy to all the teams that have games afterward. Coaches and players should be ready to start the game on time. If a game must start late, the referee may shorten the halftime interval or may choose to play shorter halves, but both halves must be equal in length. 

Coin toss: The team that wins the toss of the coin decides which goal to attack in the first half or to take the kick-off. Depending on their choice, their opponents take the kick-off or decide which goal to attack. If time is short, have the home team choose which goal to attack and have the visitors kick-off to start the first half. 

Ball Size is size 4.

Game Cards: Game cards are to be completed by each Coach or Team Manager prior to the start of game warm-ups. To complete the game card, coaches must write the full name and number of each player on the team in order of uniform number and give the game card to the Center Referee before the start of the game. The Referee notes all absences, substitutions, goalkeeper playing time and goals during the game. The Referee should delegate this role to the Assistant Referees. The Referee signs the completed Game Cards and deposits them in the game card box, or if there is no game card box, takes a photo and submits to the Division Commissioner, or as per the Division Commissioner’s instructions.

Field Set-Up is the responsibility of all the teams with the first game. Parents must help set up the field. Please arrive early to complete this task in time for the players to practice with the goals. Each field has 2 goals and nets, plus 6 flags – 4 on each of the corners, and 1 each at the halfway line, about a yard away from the edge of the field (touchline). Stakes are used to secure the goals in the ground and net hooks keep the net taut. Additionally, the Game Card box and Kids Zone sign needs to placed in a visible location.

Field Take-Down is the responsibility of the teams with the last game on that field. Parents must help break down the field. Sometimes, one field may end earlier than another, so be sure to check if yours is the last game for that field. All field equipment needs to be returned to the storage room, along with the Game Card box and Kids Zone sign. Please ensure all stakes and net hooks are accounted for, so children do not find them afterwards. The correct number of stakes and hooks are noted on the toolbox in which they are stored. Any trash and/or recycling must be picked up and dealt with appropriately.

No other changes from play as specified in IFAB Laws of the Game.

Coaches have an abbreviated copy of the Laws in their 12U Coaching Manual. Referees are given a copy in Referee Training.

Everyone is welcome to download a full copy of the AYSO Edition of the Laws of the Game from the Coaches section or the Referee section of our website.

Thanks for your help and cooperation in making this an enjoyable experience for all the children!

 

14U Division Guidelines

Just a few points for coaches, referees and parents to remember, especially for those who have experience in other divisions, as to how 14U sometimes differs from the standard Laws of the Game. When not mentioned here, the standard Laws of the Game applies.

  1. Roster size: The maximum number of players assigned to a particular team is 14.
  2. Play 11 vs. 11 with goalkeepers. If the opposing team has fewer than 11 players then a coach may, at his or her option, choose to play down (play the same number of players). But there is no requirement for a coach with a full side to play down to match the opposing side. If a team does not have a minimum of 7 players at the start of the game (allowing a 5 minute grace period) or does not maintain a minimum of 7 players, then the referee must suspend the match, and the short-sided team will then forfeit the game. A 0-1 forfeit loss will be assigned to the forfeiting team. Once the decision is made regarding the official outcome, a “friendly” game is played, where the outcome has no bearing on standings, but is played simply for the enjoyment of playing. Coaches are encouraged to “lend” players to the opposing team to field the proper number of players in a friendly match. 
  3. Duration of game is seventy minutes and is played in 2 thirty-five-minute halves with a 5 minute halftime break. Substitutions allowed approximately 17:30 into each half. This substitution time is informally called the “quarter break” or “substitution break.” Referees should signal for substitutions during a normal stoppage in play at approximately 17.5 minutes into the half. In order to avoid interrupting play at inappropriate times, substitutions should occur at a normal stoppage such as a throw-in, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, etc. These stoppages seldom occur at exactly the midpoint of the half, so the referee will begin looking for a suitable stoppage during the period one minute before to one minute after the midpoint of the half. Be aware that the game clock does not stop during substitution breaks. Coaches should keep their players on the pitch and be prepared in advance to make substitutions quickly and efficiently. While players may get a drink during substitution breaks, this is not half-time: snacks should not be handed out at this time. Due to lack of substitutes or hot weather, the referees may use their discretion to allow for a short break at any time during the game for players to get a drink.
  4. Heading the ball: Heading for players in 14U is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player per week. There is no restriction on heading in matches.
  5. Playing time: 3/4 rule applies to all players on the team (no one plays the entire game unless everyone else has played 3 quarters). While the Referee records players and substitutes on the game card, adherence to the playing time policy is the responsibility of the Coach, not the Referee nor the Assistant Referee. Any violation of the playing time policy will result in a (post-game) forfeit against the offending team. 

Any player may play as goalkeeper any number of “quarters”. However, it is highly recommended that if a player plays ¾ of the game as goalkeeper, that player should also play on the field for ¼ of the game. 

Standard roster size is 14 players. However, in unique circumstances, with Executive Board approval, the roster may be increased to 15. In the event that a team has 15 players at a game, one (and only one) player will play only ½ of that game. At ALL other games in the regular season, a player who previously played only half of a game must play at least ¾ of the game (i.e., any given player may play only half of a game, ONLY ONCE during the regular season). During playoffs, this guideline “restarts” such that in the event that a team has 15 players at a playoff game, one (and only one) player will play only half of that game. At all other playoff games, a player who previously played only half of a playoff game must play at least ¾ of the game (i.e., any given player may play only half of a playoff game, ONLY ONCE during the playoffs).    

    1. Goal kicks are taken from the goal area. Laws of the game apply. 
    2. Throw-Ins: Laws of the game apply.
    3. Fouls: Law 12 applies and will be enforced. Referees should not stop play for trifling violations. It’s a player’s game so keep the fun going and let them play. But always stop for safety. It is the sole discretion of the referee to determine whether a foul has occurred.  
  • Misconduct: Law 12 applies and will be enforced. Misconduct is a term used in the Laws of the Game to cover behavior that is in serious conflict with the spirit of the game and good sportsmanship. Acts that are considered misconduct are specified in Law 12 and will be enforced. It is the sole discretion of the referee to determine whether misconduct has occurred.
  1. Distance from Ball: Players need to stand back 10 yards from the ball being kicked (for free kicks, goal kicks, kick-offs, etc.) to give the kicker room to kick the ball. 
  2. Offside – laws of the game apply.
  3. Score is publicly acknowledged in 14U. While there is no longer any automatic penalty for teams that beat an opponent by more than five goals, good sportsmanship is still paramount (in fact, it’s one of the six core AYSO philosophies). Coaches must be prepared with innovative ways to keep the score close while still challenging their players and being respectful of the opposing team. To ensure no more than a 5-goal margin, coaches should begin to pull back PRIOR to reaching that margin. Coaches are encouraged to review the document “How to Prevent a Blow-out” on the website and to consult with the Regional Coach Administrator for suggestions on how to achieve a result that is both challenging and respectful. Egregious blow-outs that show a lack of sportsmanship may result in penalties against the offending teams.

OTHER NOTES/COMMENTS: 

Referees should briefly explain any infringements to ALL the players and help players with instructions. They are the teachers on the field – and should encourage proper play and sporting behavior. Every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy. 

Referees must be registered AYSO volunteers (meaning completion of Safe Haven, eAYSO volunteer background check, and CDC Concussion Awareness) and certified with Regional Referee Training or higher. (See How to Become an SM AYSO Referee on the Referee section of our website.) 14U Referees should be certified with Intermediate Referee Training or higher. While Intermediate Referees it is strongly recommended that they take the Advanced Referee course. Regional Referees may serve as Assistant Referees. 

Referees in 14U do not referee their own children’s game, but are scheduled for other games in the division. Referees schedule themselves for games in this division. 

All teams must earn at least 15 referee points during the season to qualify for the playoffs. Referee points may be earned by refereeing games for which they are qualified in the 10U, 12U, 14U, by performing referee administration work, or by attending referee courses. More details are available on the Region 20 website, under the Referees Points tab. 

Coaches shall use positive coaching skills (avoid constant coaching, no yelling at players), stay within the designated technical area (coach’s box—no more than 10 yards on either side of the half-way line), show respectful attitude toward the referees. The coaches are ultimately responsible for their sidelines’ behavior (the coaching staff, the team players, and spectators). And HAVE FUN!

Spectators from each team shall be on opposite sides of the field. The home team is the first team listed on the game schedule and sits on the West or North side of the field. The visiting team is the second team listed on the game schedule and is assigned the East or South side of the field. Spectators must stay between the “18-yard lines” (between the penalty areas). Spectators must also be 2 yards back from the touchline, maintaining an unobstructed and safe area for the Assistant Referee and players to run and perform throw-ins. A spectator must never sit or stand behind the goal or goal line. Coaches and assistant referees should encourage adherence to this policy. Spectators shall not coach players (coaches coach, players play, parents cheer), avoid foul or abusive language or gestures toward any player, coach, referee or other spectators, abide by the Kids Zone guidelines (no smoking, no consumption of alcohol, no dogs, etc.), acknowledge and congratulate BOTH teams on a game well played, and HAVE FUN! Team Managers should help ensure proper sideline etiquette. If playing on an artificial turf field, please see the City’s policies regarding use of those fields (i.e., water being the only liquid or food allowed on the field).

You have your field for your specified slot only. Referees must make sure the game starts on time as a courtesy to all the teams that have games afterward. Coaches and players should be ready to start the game on time. If a game must start late, the referee may shorten the halftime interval or may choose to play shorter halves, but both halves must be equal in length. 

Coin toss: The team that wins the toss of the coin decides which goal to attack in the first half or to take the kick-off. Depending on their choice, their opponents take the kick-off or decide which goal to attack. If time is short, have the home team choose which goal to attack and have the visitors kick-off to start the first half. 

Ball Size is size 5.

Game Cards: Game cards are to be completed by each Coach or Team Manager prior to the start of game warm-ups. To complete the game card, coaches must write the full name and number of each player on the team in order of uniform number and give the game card to the Center Referee before the start of the game. The Referee notes all absences, substitutions, goalkeeper playing time and goals during the game. The Referee should delegate this role to the Assistant Referees. The Referee signs the completed Game Cards and deposits them in the game card box, or if there is no game card box, takes a photo and submits to the Division Commissioner, or as per the Division Commissioner’s instructions.

Field Set-Up is the responsibility of all the teams with the first game. Parents must help set up the field. Please arrive early to complete this task in time for the players to practice with the goals. Each field has 2 goals and nets, plus 6 flags – 4 on each of the corners, and 1 each at the halfway line, about a yard away from the edge of the field (touchline). Stakes are used to secure the goals in the ground and net hooks keep the net taut. Additionally, the Game Card box and Kids Zone sign needs to placed in a visible location.

Field Take-Down is the responsibility of the teams with the last game on that field. Parents must help break down the field. Sometimes, one field may end earlier than another, so be sure to check if yours is the last game for that field. All field equipment needs to be returned to the storage room, along with the Game Card box and Kids Zone sign. Please ensure all stakes and net hooks are accounted for, so children do not find them afterwards. The correct number of stakes and hooks are noted on the toolbox in which they are stored. Any trash and/or recycling must be picked up and dealt with appropriately.

No other changes from play as specified in IFAB Laws of the Game.

Coaches have an abbreviated copy of the Laws in their 14U Coaching Manual. Referees are given a copy in Referee Training.

Everyone is welcome to download a full copy of the AYSO Edition of the FIFA Laws of the Game from the Coaches section or the Referee section of our website.

Thanks for your help and cooperation in making this an enjoyable experience for all the children!

 

8U Division Guidelines

Just a few points for coaches, referees and parents to remember, especially for those who have experience in other divisions, as to how 8U differs from soccer’s standard Laws of the Game

  1. Roster size: The maximum number of players assigned to a particular team is 9.
  2. Game is 7 vs. 7 with goalkeepers. If the opposing team has fewer than 7 players, then you must play down (play the same number of players). However, there should never be more than 2 substitutes. Coaches are encouraged to “lend” players to the opposing team to field the proper number of players. Loaned players must play at least half of the game with their own team. Do not play more than 7v7. (See AYSO’s philosophy on short-sided games and the benefit to the players.)
  3. Duration of game is forty minutes and is played in 2 twenty-minute halves with substitutions allowed 10 minutes into each half. The half-time break is 5 minutes. Play should be stopped at a normal stoppage in play. Due to lack of substitutes or hot weather, the referees may use their discretion to allow for a short break for players to get a drink. Be aware that the game clock does not stop during substitution breaks. Coaches should keep their players on the pitch and be prepared in advance to make substitutions quickly and efficiently. While players may get a drink during substitution breaks, this is not half-time: snacks should not be handed out at this time.
  4. Heading the ball: Deliberate heading of the ball is not allowed for all players in this division in both practices and games. In a match, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game. The free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head. Before the restart, check the player for signs of concussion. If the player did not intentionally head the ball, the referee may allow play to continue unless he/she is concerned about the safety of the player. In that case, the referee should stop play, check the player, and restart with a dropped ball. 
  5. Playing time:3/4 rule applies” to all players on the team (no one plays the entire game unless everyone else has played 3 quarters). No one shall play goalkeeper for more than half the game. Any player that does play two quarters as goalkeeper must also play the other two quarters on the field. Adherence to the playing time policy is the responsibility of the Coach, not the Referee nor the Assistant Referee.
  6. Goal kicks are taken from the penalty area (the big box) NOT the goal area (the little box). 
  7. Throw-ins: Restarts after the ball crosses the touchline is a throw-in. The opposing players need to be at least 2 yards from the touchline before it is thrown. Throw-ins have been reintroduced for this age division. 
  8. Punts. Goalkeepers shall not punt the ball nor drop kick the ball in 8U. 
  9. Fouls and Other Stoppages: The following, if deliberately done, are the fouls most likely to occur in 8U games: kicking, tripping, pushing, holding, handling the ball and dangerous play. No slide tackles are allowed. A free kick is awarded to the opposing team in the case of a slide tackle. [If contact with the opponent is made, the restart is a direct free kick. If no contact is made, it remains dangerous play, and the restart is an indirect free kick] Referees should not stop play for trifling violations. It’s a player’s game so keep the fun going and let them play. But always stop for safety. Referees should work cooperatively with the coaches to instruct players on fair play.
  10. Misconduct: Misconduct should be rare in 8U games. There is no need for the public cautioning and sending off of young players (Referees should leave their red and yellow cards home). Officials should work cooperatively with the coach when a 8U player may need some “cool down time”.
  11. Free Kicks: This division has direct and indirect free kicks. If a foul occurs inside the penalty area, the ball is to be moved outside the penalty area for the free kick. There are no penalty kicks (8U goalkeepers always have defenders in front of them). In other words, teams defending a free kick may place a “wall” of defenders between the kicker and goal.)
  12. Distance from Ball: Players should be asked to stand back approximately 6-10 yards from the ball being kicked (for free kicks, goal kicks, kick-offs, etc.) to give the kicker room to kick the ball without it immediately hitting an opponent. 
  13. Offside The concept of offside is too complicated for 8U players, but aspects of the law may be instructed. The referee may instruct a player to move out of their opponent’s penalty area if the ball is not near. Offside should only be called in cases of flagrant/intentional cherry picking that result in a goal. The goal is disallowed, and a goal kick is awarded to the defending team.  
  14. No score is publicly acknowledged (“we all win”), but line-up cards should be completed in their entirety and turned in to the game card box on the field. While we do not have a “no slaughter policy”, good sportsmanship is still paramount (in fact, it’s one of the six core AYSO philosophies). Coaches must be prepared with innovative ways to keep the score close while still challenging their players and being respectful of the opposing team. To ensure no more than a 5-goal margin, coaches should begin to pull back PRIOR to reaching that margin. Coaches are encouraged to review the document “How to Prevent a Blow-out” on the website and to consult with the Regional Coach Administrator for suggestions on how to achieve a result that is both challenging and respectful. Egregious blow-outs that show a lack of sportsmanship may result in penalties against the offending teams.

OTHER NOTES/COMMENTS: 

Referees should briefly explain any infringements to ALL the players and help players with instructions. They are the teachers on the field – and should encourage proper play and sporting behavior. Every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy. 

Referees must be registered AYSO volunteers (meaning completion of Safe Haven, AYSO volunteer background check, CDC Concussion Awareness, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest course) and Certified with Regional Referee Training. (See How to Become an SM AYSO Referee on the Referee section of our website.) Assistant Referees work each sideline and assist the Referee with calling the ball in and out of play. The home team should provide the 3 referees. If someone is absent, they can recruit an Assistant Referee from the visiting team. In a pinch, uncertified parents may serve as a club linesman. (Club linesmen only signal when the ball goes out of play.) This is a great opportunity for parents to get involved.

Coaches shall utilize positive coaching skills (avoid constant coaching, no yelling at players), stay within the designated technical area (coach’s box—no more than 8 yards on either side of the midfield line), show respectful attitude toward the referees and HAVE FUN!

Spectators from each team shall be on opposite sides of the field. The home team is the first team listed on the game schedule and sits on the West or North side of the field. The visiting team is the second team listed on the game schedule and is assigned the East or South side of the field. Spectators must stay between the “18-yard lines” (between the penalty areas). Spectators must also be 2 yards back from the touchline, maintaining an unobstructed and safe area for the Assistant Referee and players to run and perform throw-ins. A spectator must never sit or stand behind the goal or goal line. Coaches and assistant referees should encourage adherence to this policy. Spectators shall avoid coaching players (coaches coach, players play, parents cheer), avoid foul or abusive language or gestures toward any player, coach, referee or other spectators, abide by the Kids Zone guidelines (no smoking, no consumption of alcohol, no dogs, etc.), acknowledge and congratulate BOTH teams on a game well played, and HAVE FUN! Spectators should NEVER argue with the referee or assistant referees (even when the spectator is right! – remember, scores are not recorded in 8U). Team Managers should help ensure proper sideline etiquette.

You have your field for your specified slot only. If you start late, or take a long half-time break, please make-up that time somehow so you still end on time as a courtesy to all the parents who have games after you. As the official timekeepers, this is the Referee’s responsibility. However, if the Referee feels s/he has too much going on to keep track of time, select someone to be the timekeeper.

Coin toss: The team that wins the toss of the coin decides which goal to attack in the first half or to take the kick-off. Depending on their choice, their opponents take the kick-off or decide which goal to attack. If time is short, have the home team choose which goal to attack and have the visitors kick-off to start the first half. 

Ball Size is size 3.

Game Cards: Game Cards are to be completed by each Coach and given to the Referee before the game. Absences, substitutions, goalkeeper playing time and goals are all noted by the Referee during the game. Again, the Referee can delegate this role to an Assistant if s/he needs assistance. The Referee signs the completed Game Cards and deposits them in the game card box, or if there is no game card box, takes a photo and submits to the Division Commissioner, or as per the Division Commissioner’s instructions.

Field Set-Up is the responsibility of all the teams with the first game. Parents must help set up the field. Please arrive early to complete this task in time for the players to practice with the goals. Each field has 2 goals and nets, plus 6 flags – 4 on each of the corners, and 1 each at mid-field, about a yard away from the edge of the field (touchline). Stakes are used to secure the goals in the ground and net hooks keep the net taut. Additionally, the Game Card box (if used) and Kids Zone sign needs to placed in a visible location.

Field Take-Down is the responsibility of the teams with the last game on that field. Parents must help break down the field. Sometimes, one field may end earlier than another, so be sure to check if yours is the last game for that field. All field equipment needs to be returned to the storage room, along with the Game Card box (if used) and Kids Zone sign. Please ensure all stakes and net hooks are accounted for, so children do not find them afterwards. The correct number of stakes and hooks are noted on the toolbox in which they are stored. Any trash and/or recycling must be picked up and dealt with appropriately.

Thanks for your help and cooperation in making this an enjoyable experience for all the children!

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Fall 2021

Regular Registration

August 1, 2021 – September 1, 2021: $365 (U5 and U6 $150)

Late Registration
September 2, 2021 – October 31, 2021: $395 (U5 and U6 $150)

VIP Program: $150.00

• 20% discount for second sibling, 10% discount for any additional siblings!
Information about financial aid

Fall 2021 Refund dates:
Before September 1: 80% of registration fee will be refunded if player withdraws and completes Refund Request Form by Sept 1.

September 2nd – 25th: 50% of registration fee will be refunded if player withdraws and completes Refund Request Form between Sept 2-25.

No refunds after September 25.

Fees paid by credit card, will be credited to the credit card account originally charged.

If the Fall 2021 season must be canceled before it starts due to new government health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19, full refunds will be provided. If the season must be canceled or severely curtailed after the season starts, AYSO Region 20 will update this refund policy to take into account those circumstances.