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Sideline Etiquette

     AYSO Soccer encourages positive self-esteem, discipline, personal responsibility, teamwork, acceptance of and learning from disappointment and success, as well as perseverance. It is also an enjoyable game to watch as well as to play. We believe that quality soccer can and should be developed and that it can and should be fun. Therefore, the emphasis of our program is not on who wins but that the players and teams developed and most importantly, did they have fun in doing so? We want all participants to reach their full, age appropriate potential and to enjoy themselves in the process.

      As spectators, we must realize that the players are trying their very best and deserve our very best in the way of support and encouragement. Negative comments have no place on the field or on the sidelines. We need to recognize that the effort of each player is l00% well intended and encourage each player to maintain that effort. It is also important to recognize all good play being demonstrated, regardless of what team the player is on.

      The area off the field that the spectators occupy is on the opposite side of the field from the teams, no closer than two yards from the touch line, and between the penalty areas (18 yard line).
      Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed behind the goal lines. Familiarize yourself with these field markings and remain within the area defined.  Allow the coach to be the sole source of coaching during the match, communicating tactical or technical adjustments to the players.

      The area of the field that the coaches occupy is called the “Technical Area” and is on your own team’s side, no closer than one yard from the touchline, and up to ten yards on either side of the halfway line. The “Technical Area” is limited to the head coach and one assistant coach for that team. Not only are these to be the only persons occupying the “technical area”, they are the only persons who may coach (give tactical or technical information) during the course of the match.

      Team parent may sit on the team side to help coaches with the team, but may not coach in any way and may not be inside the “Technical Area”.

      One of the ways in which our children can learn and continue to have these experiences is by our demonstration of good sideline behavior. Our children learn by watching and imitating our conduct. Keep a positive outlook and demonstrate it by supporting the coaches, players and referee’s, in spite if any mistakes they may make during the course of a match

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