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Parent FAQ

Parent FAQ

In which age group or division will my child play?
Players are placed in age divisions 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U based on the birth year.

Birth year Sept 2, 2020 - Sept 2, 2021: Playground 
Birth year 2019 & 2020: 6U
Birth year 2017-18: 8U
Birth year 2015-16: 10U
Birth year 2013-14: 12U
Birth year 2011-12: 14U
Birth year 2009-10: 16U

What makes AYSO different?
Our mission is to provide quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive character through participation in a safe, fun, family-oriented soccer environment. AYSO’s six philosophies separate us from the pack:

  • Everyone Plays
  • Balanced Teams
  • Open Registration
  • Positive Coaching
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Player Development

What other soccer expenses can I anticipate this year?
Not included in the registration fees are the required shin guards, appropriate shoes, and a strongly recommended practice ball.
In addition, the team parents will possibly request a small amount to cover the expenses of a team banner, hair pieces (for the girls), end of season team party and a small gift for the coach.
Also, each family is often requested to bring snacks for the team at one game during the season.
Soccer supplies can be purchased at many locations.   

In school, my child is with classmates who are [younger/older]. May my child “play down” in a younger division or “play up” in an older division to be on teams with kids with whom he/she goes to school?
No. AYSO is a national organization that determines the player divisions based on birth year.  The AYSO “year” runs from January 1st through December 31st.  AYSO’s accident and liability insurance depends on the players placed in their age appropriate divisions. Many children are in “different” divisions than their school classmates. We encourage you to view this as a positive experience – it will allow your child to broaden his/her relationships outside of school and enjoy making new friends.


When do the players get called?
Teams may typically begin practice August 1st. Coaches will contact the players/parents at least 1 week prior to their first scheduled practice. At this time, the coaches will provide all the information you will need in regards to practice times and location. If you have not heard from a coach, please contact the Division Director for your child(s) age group.

What uniform will my child receive?
Each player will receive a team uniform includes a team jersey, soccer shorts, and soccer socks.

How often are practices and games?
Practices are held once or twice a week and games are played Saturday.
Location of games and practices will be determined by the region administration with schedules provided to you by your child's coach. 
6U and 8U cannot practice after 7:30 pm. 
10U and older cannot practice after 9:00 pm. 

When does the Fall season begin?
Practice begins in August.
Games begin in September.


What is the duration of the games?
For the younger divisions, the games take 40 minutes to 1 hour to complete.
For the older divisions, the games take 1 hour to 1.5 hours to complete.

What should I bring to my child’s practices and games?
Shin guards (required), soccer shoes, a soccer ball, uniform (games only) and water.
Also, bringing a well rested, well hydrated, nutritionally balanced child with a positive attitude and willingness to learn is highly recommended!

Do I have to get soccer shoes for my child to play?
Soccer shoes are not mandatory, but are highly recommended (regular athletic shoes with no cleats are the alternative).
When buying soccer shoes, they cannot have a toe cleat (baseball shoes have a toe cleat).
Generally speaking, nearly all players at all age levels use soccer shoes for practices and games.

What size soccer ball should I get for my child?
Divisions U5 through U8 use a Size 3 ball.
Divisions U10 and U12 use a Size 4 ball.
Divisions U14 and above use a Size 5 ball.

Why are the children required to wear their soccer socks over their shin guards?
Safety is the primary reason. Some types of shin guards are hard shell instead of soft, and may have sharp edges that could cut a player. By wearing their socks over the shin guards, players protect each other. Also, wearing the socks over the shin guards prevent the shin guards from shifting during running or when being kicked, which allow the shin guards to protect the areas they are supposed to.

Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practice and game?
No. Jewelry of any kind (necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc.) cannot be worn during practice or games. 
There is an exception for medical and religious bracelets, but they must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band for the safety of your child and all the other players.

The doctor said that my child can play with his arm splint. Will AYSO allow him/her to play?
No. While the doctor may be representing your son’s interest appropriately, the risk to other players mandates that he limit his participation to that of moral support on the sidelines. Players may not wear casts or splints which could possibly cause injury to himself/herself or another player. NO EXCEPTIONS. This applies at the games as well as at practices.

What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?
Glasses, hearing aids, and med-alerts may be worn to practices and games. The use of an eyeglass holder/strap or sports-glasses is recommended. As stated above, medical and religious bracelots must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band as a safety measure.

It can be cold during the early morning Fall season games. Can my child wear a sweatshirt during the games?
Any extra articles of clothing must be worn under the uniform (so you can still determine which team a player is associated with).
It is recommended that any extra articles of clothing be limited to undershirts or turtle necks (under the uniform).
Try to coordinate with your team’s colors if possible.
Any extra articles cannot have any zippers or any plastic/metal components of any kind.

What kinds of hair accessories are acceptable?
Any hair accessories should not be made of metal or plastic, and should not be rigid.
Soft hair accessories such as “scrunchies” and soft rubber bands are recommended and acceptable.

Where do the parents sit during the game?
Parents need to stay on their team’s side line between the top of each penalty box. 
Parents 'coaching' all the way down the lines, behind the goals, and/or on the other team's side of the field is not allowed. 
There is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards the youth referees. 
No yelling at the referees. 

What to expect after you volunteered

Important information from AYSO


Background Check - You should have already received an invitation from [email protected].  Please follow the link to complete your Background Check ASAP.  Due to County, State and Federal reporting, Background Check Processing can take up to 10 business days.  Self disclosures can add an additional 5 business days.

Access to Training - You will access the training system from this page by clicking the "AYSOU" button next to your volunteer record.  You will be automatically logged in to the training system.

Safesport - to access your FREE training, that will update your AYSO status, please use this link to enroll: .  You do not need to upload your Safesport results unless you are supplying a completed certificate from July 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021.  Safesport will automatically update your profile, generally within 2 hours of completion.

Note: Youth Volunteers (anyone under the age of majority in your state) are not required to take this training.

Additional Users - If you invited an Additional or Secondary User to your account, or you are the Additional User you must accept the invitation sent via email from Sports Connect and create your own username and password.  To access training, the Additional User will need to login to their own Sports Connect account and follow the steps above.

Team Parent Responsibilities and Safety Requirements

Team Parent Responsibilities

Attend all team parent meetings. 
Check AYSO 54 Calendar for more information.
Purchase or make a team banner or flag (optional)
Make a goal can to help raise funds for the end of the year team party.
Create an after game snack schedule.
Help complete the team volunteer form

Safety Requirements

Complete the AYSO Volunteer form
Safe Haven
CDC concussion training
Sudden Cardiac Arrest training
Safe Sports
Sterling Background Check
Live Scan Fingerprinting


At AYSO, we want all players, coaches, families and volunteers to have fun! That’s where AYSO Kids Zone comes in. Kids Zone is a special program that encourages all in attendance, from the sidelines to the field, to use positive language, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and create a great experience and positive environment for every player.

Kids Zone is a reminder that the AYSO soccer fields are a safe, friendly, happy, place for children to play and experience the joy of soccer without fear of judgement. No matter how intense the game can be, kids need encouraging support from the sidelines by agreeing to the following guidelines:

  1. Kids are #1!
  2. Fun – not winning – is everything
  3. Practice proper physical distancing
  4. Set a proper example of sportsmanship
  5. Players Play, Fans cheer and Coaches coach
  6. Respect the volunteer referees…we couldn’t do it without them!
  7. No yelling, swearing or abusive behavior
  8. No weapons, alcohol, tobacco or drugs
  9. Leave no trash behind
  10. Celebrate the player – win or lose

Team Banner

Team banners will be used at the games, Picture Day and Banner Day.   Banners can be professionally designed or handmade. You will need to order your team banner as soon as possible for the Fall season. 

Provide the company making your banner with the following information:
     - AYSO  (all capital letters)
     - Region 54
     - Team Name
     - Division (BU# or GU#) 
     - Coach name
     - Asst. coach name
     - Team Parent Name
     - Players first name only 

NEVER list both the player’s first and last name and/or jersey number on the banner. This is for the player’s safety

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Cerritos, California 90703

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