Safety Guidelines

Our priority for this season is Safety for our Community, while at the same time providing an active and engaging soccer experience for the kids.  We are a 100% volunteer community organization, and we need every volunteer’s, player’s, and parent’s cooperation in following these Guidelines to minimize the risk of spreading the Novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 (“COVID”).


Special training curriculum with social distancing.  Players are assigned to Training Squads to participate in 10 weeks of player development sessions.  There will be no games, scrimmages, or contact training this season, per government restrictions on “contact sports”.  We have replaced those activities with a custom training curriculum, designed by professional coaches with COVID-safety precautions in mind (including 6 feet of social distance), which will include technical soccer skills, agility, and other fun activities that will keep kids engaged and active.  Our volunteer coaches received special training this year on the custom training curriculum. 

COVID Screenings.  Before each training session, all players and volunteers will check in with the designated Squad volunteers (Coach, TM or Chaperone, as determined by the Coach) to verify that they are not experiencing any COVID symptoms — including fever (defined as a temperature of 100.4 or higher), cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and fever or chills — and to verify that they have not been in contact in the last 14 days with anyone known/suspected to be infected with COVID.  This check-in may be done in person or in advance by electronic means, as determined by your Coach.  There is also signage posted at all practice fields regarding COVID safety, and you must read these signs and ensure you are in compliance before entering the field.  Do not attend training if there is any risk that your player or anyone in your household may have or have been exposed to COVID – please error on the side of caution for the safety of our AYSO soccer family!

Who can and should be on the field?  For younger divisions (5U-8U), each registered player will need to have one registered adult volunteer participating in the training session to ensure their child follows safety guidelines.  No drop offs. 

For older divisions (10U and older), only players, coaches, and TM or Chaperone will be allowed on the field.  Parents are not allowed on the field and must not congregate by or near the fields.

Masks.  Face masks covering nose and mouth must be worn at all times by all players, volunteers, and parents.  Masks should be put on before exiting your car.  

Documented attendance.  Attendance at training sessions will be documented, in the event that any contact tracing is required.  

Other precautions.  No sharing of water bottles.  Only coaches should touch equipment, such as cones or balls, with their hands.  Hand sanitizer should be used before and after practices.  There may be additional entrance or exit protocols at your field, and if so, your Coach or TM will let you know. 

Please note that some of these guidelines may change as we get into the season and/or as health & safety guidelines evolve.  We are counting on each other, as a community, to keep everyone safe.  If you have any concerns about safety that affect you or your player, please tell your Coach, Division Commissioner, or any member of the volunteer executive board right away so the situation can be addressed.  Please also be aware that we can lose our field permits if these safety guidelines are not followed, which would cut short the season.  Let’s all work together to give these kids the joy of soccer, in a safe way, during these challenging times.


Training sessions will be one hour in length, with extra time before and after practices for coaches to set up and break down equipment.  For older divisions, there will be two training sessions, one during the week and one on the weekend.  For younger divisions, there will be at least one training session, with a second, optional session at the discretion of the Coach.  Practice locations for all Training Squads are posted on under the Fall 2020 tab.


All players will receive an Adidas training uniform and should wear it to every training session.  All players should wear shin-guards; although they are less necessary this year because our practice plans are designed to keep players 6 feet apart, we want kids in the habit of wearing shin guards to soccer.


2020/21 AYSO Region 20 Extra Tryouts Postponed

In order to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and to best protect the health and well being of others the remaing EXTRA tryouts scheduled for March will be postponed until after the 31st. The city has suspened all field permits until then. Region 20 will continue to monitor the developing situation and recommendations from appropriate health and city authorities and will communicate to you when we can resume tryouts. Dates and times to be determined


AYSO United Tryouts

Sunday Feb 23 at John Adams Middle School.
AYSO United Los Angeles Open Tryouts (Santa Monica Hub).

2009 GIRLS
2010 BOYS
(12:30pm check-in)

2004 GIRLS
2005 BOYS
(2pm check-in)

2008 GIRLS
2008 BOYS
(3:15pm check-in)




Sunday, November 3rd, at JAMS

Spring and Turkey programs are just around the corner and we will be holding evaluations again this Sunday, November 3rd, at JAMS.

Sign up here

  1. Evaluations are held for U10 and U12 only.  The U14 coaches will be conducting their evaluations entirely during Core games.
  2. These are evaluations, NOT tryouts.  They are not the only mode of selection for our Spring program, as our coaches evaluate all players in their Core games.  Further, they are NOT mandatory.  They are, however, very helpful for our coaches.  Evaluations give our coaches an additional chance to see your child’s skills, attitude, and commitment.  As such, they are recommended for all players in U10 and U12.  While our smaller numbers last weekend were incredibly helpful for both the coaches, who got to see players in a different way than the usual evaluations, and for the players who got an additional chance to shine, we’d love to see everyone out this weekend.
  3. Your child will be evaluated in his or her Core games by our All Star and Spring coaches.  While our coaches will have the names and numbers of ALL players in the division and are welcome to talk to and select any player based on performance in the Core program, you can ensure that coaches pay attention by registering your interest for Spring.

Even if you have attended or plan to attend an evaluation session, click here to register your interest in our tournament program. You can also indicate which program, Spring, Turkey, or Both, your child is interested in.

We will be holding evaluations according to the following schedule this Sunday:

  • B10 – 2 PM (check in at 1:30 PM)

  • G10 – 3 PM (check in at 2:30 PM)

  • B12 and G12 – 4 PM (check in at 3:15 PM)

We will open check ins a bit earlier for B12 and G12 as we expect larger numbers given the dual time slot.  Please ensure your child has water, shin guards, and a ball.



2019 Soccer Fun Day


Sunday October 13th, 2019

Location: Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Parking is available at the Watt Parking Lot off of 28th and Ocean Park.

Soccer Fun Day is a wonderful community event and fundraiser for Santa Monica AYSO. Net proceeds from the event support our Financial Aid and diversity programs.



Click here to volunteer!

Soccer Fun Day Times

Key Locations

  • Pictures will be taken in “the Pit” at the far SW end of the park.
  • 5v5 Tournament check-in is near the tennis courts at SW side of park.
  • The carnival is located in the SW part of the park.

Join us for a day full of Fun, Food, Games, Team Photos & 5v5 Soccer Tournament at Clover Park!

Everyone is invited to bring food to donate to the bake sale. Please bring it to Clover park first thing in the morning.

5 vs 5 Tournament

Join us for an exciting 5-A-Side Tournament for U10, U12, & U14 regular season teams that begins at 9am.  We expect all of the teams to participate in the tournament. It is a fun tournament and a great experience for players at any level.

Tournament rules

Carnival Booths

The Lower Clover Park area, “the Pit” is where you’ll find lots of fun carnival style games, like “Soccer Shoot Out”, “Sack Races” and of course the “Prize Booth!”

Every team is responsible for helping staff the booths.


Tickets are $1.00 each for snacks & games.  Accepted Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover.  All Sales are Final.

All Day, Game Booth Wrist Band is $30.00 or Two Wrist Bands for $55.  This includes a game card, and AYSO lanyard. You can recycle your lanyards at the Ticket Booth

Team Photos

Photo schedule

All teams will be having their group and individual photos taken at the event.  We will be posting the photo schedule early to help you prepare for your day at the park.

The order form will be posted on this website.  If you would like to order calendars, magnets, trading cards & more – all starring your player, then please print and bring the bonus item order form with you.


Helping out at this event is really fun! There are lots of ways you can help, including Set-Up, Take-Down and special jobs like, Truck Driver, Ice Runner, Food Manager, Bake Sale Manager and helping out in the Volunteer Booth.  All teams are required to provide 4-6 parents to cover a 2-hour shift in one of the Game or Food Booths. EXTRA teams are encouraged to volunteer in the AYSO info booth.  Students can earn Community Service Credit.  Contact your division’s Soccer Fun Day (Formerly the PIP Lead), or your Team Manager or Division Commissioner for more info.

Please contact if you have a contact for donations or another area of interest to you that would be helpful to the event). You can also sign up for individual booths, setup, take down, etc.


We can always use donations or discounts to help reduce the cost of the event.  Bob’s Market, Niki’s Sports and Treats Frozen Yogurt are always very generous. If you have a contact that may be interested in helping us out please email us at

This year we are looking for a Gatorade or Powerade type donor, Items for the Prize Booth, Baked Goods for the Bake Sale booth, Fruit, Water and items that we typically rent, like walkie talkies, tables, chairs, and pop-ups.

Pass It On

The Pass It On program is a gear swap for AYSO players. If you have gently used gear bring it to the picnic and drop it off at the Pass It On booth. Players are encouraged to come by and shop for gear.
All remaining items are donated.


Monday night Open Training

Did you know that every time your child touches a soccer ball they improve their skills as soccer players?  In AYSO Region 20 we want our children/players to have every opportunity to really develop in the short time we have them in the Fall, so we are providing an additional evening of soccer instruction EVERY MONDAY!



U5-U10 Check in 5:15-5:45pm  Training 5:45 – 6:45 pm

U12 – U19 Check in 6:45-7:00pm  Training 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Here is what you need to bring:

1.     A wet signed (not copied) 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).

2.     A soccer ball for your child, marked with his or her name on it in permanent ink.

3.     Water for your child. (Water ONLY is enforced at JAMS)

4.     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. 25

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.


Los Angeles AYSO United

AYSO United is the Club Program of American Youth Soccer Organization. United is designed to complete the AYSO Player Development Pathway, allowing players to play competitive soccer under AYSO’s Six Philosophies. AYSO United players will experience a positive, developmentally-appropriate environment, where they will not only develop in practice but during the game, where they are guaranteed 50% play. United is a year round program designed to help players reach their full potential while playing meaningful games in competitive leagues and selected tournaments. 

The Los Angeles AYSO United Club currently has 11 teams and has produced two Cal South State Cup Champions in both the Girls 2007 & 2008 Divisions. Santa Monica AYSO is hosting a Westside hub of the LA Club, currently hosting a boys 2005 and girls 2004 club. The teams practice at JAMS and uses Samohi as its home field. We have a strong player pathway with our Core, Extra and United team continually producing some of the top talent in Southern California.

Ted Quong and Gerhard Benthin coach the two teams. Ted, a long-time Santa Monica volunteer and a member of our board, played in AYSO throughout his teenage years and was on the U14 Super Team that won the Pepsi Cola State Championship representing Region 10. Gerhard Benthin has spent 25 years throughout the United States instructing in major Soccer camps, clinics, clubs, high schools, group and individual lessons. His knowledge and experience of coaching in both positions certainly sets him apart from other soccer coaches and has built a reputation of making soccer training simple, yet highly effective with intense practice. Coach Benthin’s passion and love for the game is truly infectious. Through his career, Gerhard Benthin has been coaching at the highest level professional teams, such as L.A. Galaxy MLS, Brazil and the National Team U17. 

We hope to add two new teams in the spring and will hold tryouts in January. If you have any questions, contact the LA Director of Coaching or our United Coordinator.

Team Manager Orientation

Welcome to the 2019 Fall Season!  We will be having an orientation for Team Managers on:

Monday 8/26/19 7-9pm
Santa Monica Main Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd. SM CA 90401

This is a MANDATORY meeting for all NEW Team Managers and is open to all veteran and experienced TMs that would like a refresher.  

We will be discussing:

  • How to collect needed player, family, and volunteer forms
  • How to use inleague (rosters, assign volunteers, print game cards)
  • How to organize your season and get parents to engage and volunteer 
  • How to work collaboratively with your coach
  • How to set a positive tone and clear expectations about Sideline Behavior

By this date you should know if you are assigned to be a Team Manager for a team.  Bring your laptop if you have been assigned to a team.

I look forward to seeing you!

Jimena Del Pozo, Dir. of Team Managers/Sec.