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6U Division


5U and 6U are a non-competitive divisions.  This is a chance for 5U and 6U children to learn about soccer in a positive environment.

Practice

5U and 6U cannot practice after 7:30 pm.  Players are restricted to three hours of soccer per week, which includes practice, warm-up, and game time.

Score
No Score will be kept and there will be no standings.

Games
Teams consist of 6‐8 players per team and play 5 on the field. Minimum number of players is 3 for an official game. You will pay 2 full 20 minute halves (10 min quarters).

There are NO GOALKEEPERS, players must keep at least 5 feet from the goal.

There are NO INDIRECT KICKS allowed during the games.

Throw Ins are now pass in by the foot on the Touch Line.

Referees
The Coach is the “Referee” and will be the only adult on the field (1 from each team). The Coaches will ref half of the game. The Coach will not interfere with play but will act as an instructor for his/her players.


8U Division


8U is a non-competitive division.  This is a chance for 8U children to improve their soccer development in a positive environment.

Practices

8U cannot practice after 7:30 pm.  Players are restricted to five hours of soccer per week, which includes practice, warm-up, and game time.

Referees
Each team must provide three (3) AYSO certified referees prior to the beginning of the season.  Each team will be responsible for having one their team’s referees sign up on Matchtrak. The teams are to provide the center referee, one team will ref 1/2 the game and the other team will ref the second 1/2.

Score
No Score will be kept and there will be no standings.

Games
Seven (7) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is five (5).  Games are two 20-minute halves.  Coaches are not allowed on the field and must remain in the coaches’ box/area. One (1) Assistant Coach can join the coach. All other assistants need to sit with parents and cheer.  

Awards
All players will receive an award at the end of the fall season.

10U and older

10U & older are Competitive divisions.

Practices
10U and older cannot practice after 9:00 pm.  Players are restricted to six hours of soccer per week, which includes practice, warm-up, and game time.

Referees
10U/12U Divisions only - Each team must provide three (3) AYSO certified referees prior to the beginning of the season.  Each team will be responsible for having one their team’s referees sign up on Matchtrak and complete an AR duty for their game if the position is open within Matchtrak.

Required Number of Players for a game
10U - Seven (7) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is five (5). 
12U – Nine (9) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is seven (7).
14U and older – Eleven (11) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is seven (7).

Game score reporting 
Shall be reported by the winning coach or the home team in the case of a tie, using the Regional website (www.matchtrak.com) within 24 hours of the completion of the game. Follow the online instructions.

Point System
Win 3 points, Tie 1 point, Loss 0 points.

Tie Breakers: head to head play, least goals allowed, team with the most goals (maximum 3 per game), goal differential of all games with 3 goals being counted as the maximum goal differential per game, team with the fewest losses, coin flip.

Player Suspensions 
Sending Off Offenses - The following four offenses are considered to be unacceptable behavior:  guilty of serious foul play, guilty of violent conduct (strikes or attempts to strike), spits or attempts to spit at an opponent or any other person, or uses offensive, insulting, abusive or degrading and/or gestures.

The coach shall note this on the game card and notify the referee team of the suspension.

U14,16,19 will play Area and Section Guidelines. Area www.area11e.org and www.section11.org

Field Setup



Teams playing the first game must set up the field.

Goals
Nets
Flags
Line touch-up

Last game teams take down the field and store all equipment in the storage box.


Goal Assembly

Lineup Cards



All teams are required to complete a lineup card for their team for every game.

Lineup cards are to be completed by the coach. 

The Lineup card are to be given to the center referee prior to the start of each game and should be signed by both coaches after the game.

Lineup cards should be printed on legal sized card-stock for 10U and older divisions.  Younger divisions can print their lineup card on regular paper. 

Lineup Card Click to download

Sample Game Card Filled out properlyLineup Card Sample

Build-Out Line



Build-Out Line Explanation - 
Click HERE


Build-Out Line Video -  
Click HERE

Injury and Incident Reporting



Injuries
Coaches are the primary point of contact with players and parents when it comes to working with AYSO Region 54. When a player is injured to the point where he/she can not continue to participate and the injury is deemed severe enough to see a doctor then the coach needs to complete an Incident Report Form  and send it to our Safety Director and the Regional Commissioner within 24 hours of the incident.  The form must be submitted within one week of the incident.

If a player misses practices and/or games due to major injury he/she will need to provide a doctor's note showing that the player is fit to play.

For concussion injuries, a signed Participation release form  is required. This is for the player's overall safety as well as to protect the coach's and AYSO's liability.


Soccer Insurance
AYSO offers Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) that can be used in addition to a player's existing insurance coverage. The claim must be submitted within 90 days of the injury.

More information on this program can be obtained at the website - AYSO Insurance Information.


"Incidents"
Incidents includes those events that are outside of normal behavior. Although very rare in Cerritos, an incident might include threatening or violent behavior, fighting, damage to property, calls to the police, and similar situations. Such events must be reported using an Incident report form.

Goal Differential


AYSO's mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive character through participation in a fun, family environment based on these six fundamental principals:  Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development.

Teams are put together by gender and age and are balanced in a way that makes playing soccer about the experience, not wins or losses. It’s not about blowing out another team with an unbelievable score; it’s about sportsmanship and learning to be the best possible teammate and opponent. Developing players is what we’re about because soccer skills and life skills go hand in hand. We want to get players on the field, provide them with good positive coaches, and teach them to play soccer.

Coaches - Please remember that these memories are not just yours.  You are here to help make great memories for the kids and young adults.  Running up the score is not beneficial to any child's self-esteem and should be prevented at all costs.

All attempts should be made to keep the Goal Differential no more than 6 goals, preferably less than that.

How to accomplish this? 
 - Put in your players that could use more game time to better develop their skills that may not be as strong as some of the other players. 
 - Have your goalies play on the field to increase their touches.
 - Switch your defense with your offense.
 - Play a player down.

DO NOT do the following:
 - Yell "Only pass, no shooting", "Only use your left foot", "You must pass 5 times before shooting"
 - These type of comments are demoralizing to the kids.  Feel free to say those things directly to your players during the rest period.

Inputting Scores



Only 10U and above inputs game scores into Matchtrak. 

The coach will be provided a password from their Coach Admin.  

The winning team enters the game score for the game. 

The home teams inputs the game score if the game ended in a tie. 

Scores need to be submitted by Monday evening following the Saturday game (3 day maximum).


Go to your MatchTrak team page and on your schedule click on the "Submit" icon. 

Then you can enter the password, scores, etc. to record your game score.

How to Become a Coach

How to Become a Volunteer Coach?

1. Login to www.ayso54.org and click MY ACCOUNT.




2. Click VOLUNTEER > Click FIND VOLUNTEER ROLES > Select HEAD COACH or ASSISTANT COACH > then complete a volunteer referee application (online).







3. Complete the required volunteer safety courses: Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest. 

Online training is available through AYSOU (EtrainU) site.  Click Here


      


4. Complete an online coach training and/or attend in-person coach training.


 
 


5. Complete the Sterling background check (online) and LiveScan fingerprinting (in-person). 



Coaching Tips!

          Whether you are a first-time coach trying to learning the best coaching techniques for your team, or a veteran coach looking to spice up your practices with different and challenging drills, there are numerous resources available for you to reach your goals and ensure success: 

  • AYSO's Hey Coach! newsletter contains articles on coaching techniques, drills and other important news.
  • Coaching Tips
  • Videos of drills for your next practice
George Kuntz, AYSO’s National Player Development Technical Advisor, shares his eight keys to a successful practice. 
P for Have a Plan - Have a topic prepared for every practice 
R for Repetition - Use similar exercises throughout the year that will allow kids to see their improvement 
for Action – Activities should be dynamic and lively and versus static; inclusive instead of exclusive 
C for Communication - Make sure the exercise and the rules are clearly communicated to your players 
T for Timing – Know when to teach a topic and choose the best moment to make corrections during practice
I for Improvisation – Utilize and encourage creativity. Be flexible throughout practice and be open to making any new changes, if necessary 
C for Concentration - Focus on technical or tactical issues with a clear constructive message 
E for Execution – Expect that the players can execute at a higher level and they will

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