Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my child?

Complete instructions are available here.  Thank you for inquiring!  We hope to see your child on the soccer field!!


When is the AYSO soccer season?

The main season is the Fall with registration taking place in late April through July 31.

The Fall Season begins with practices for U7 through U19 Divisons in early September.  Regular season games for all players begin shortly after Labor Day and end before Thanksgiving.  Then the U10 and older divisions begin post-season play-offs and conclude before Christmas, with Regional champions moving on to Area, Section, and even State playoffs in the Spring of the following year.

Spring season is played as an additional smaller season for players who played with us in the prior Fall.  The Spring season runs from March through May and does not have playoffs.


Can I Request a Specific Coach or Teammates?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate specific requests. AYSO mandates Balanced Teams. For U8 and above, teams are formed through a draft. For U5 and U6, the Division Commissioners consider each player’s school when forming teams so that your player is likely to be placed on a team with schoolmates. Volunteering yourself as a coach will give you influence on team formation.


When are practices and games?

U5 and U6 division teams practice before their games each weekend during the season.  Teams in U7 and above will have a separate practice on a weekday evening before weekend games.

Once your child is registered and placed on a team, your child's coach will contact you with practice day(s) and time(s), and a schedule of games.  You can also look up your coach's name and contact information once it is published.


How much time per week will my child commit to AYSO soccer?

Remember that for all scheduled games, your child should arrive at the field 15-30 minutes before kickoff.  As we approach Labor Day, your child’s coach will discuss the schedule more specifically, but it will likely be similar to the framework below.

U5 & U6:   1 hour per week.  Usually on Saturdays but can be on Sundays.  Typically first 30 minutes will be devoted to skills and training, while the second half of the hour is dedicated to playing a match. 

U7 & U8:  2.5 hours per week.  In addition to an hour-long match each weekend, teams will additionally practice for one hour per week – training will almost always be on a weeknight.  One- hour matches are usually on Saturdays but can be on Sundays depending on field availability.  

U10 & above:  3.5 - 5 hours per week.  Teams typically train during the week, two times per week, for an hour each.  Matches take place at least once each weekend. In some Divisions, teams may occasionally play matches on both Saturday and Sunday.  


May my child play in a different Division than his or her age requires?

Region and National policies do not allow playing up or down except in very specific and defined circumstance, such as:

1. Mental or physical handicap. VIP players may play down one division only, unless there is a chance of injury to other players due to size differential.

2. In U7/U8 only we will allow siblings in U7 to play up in U8 to be with a sibling. This is because Region 18 splits U8 into U7 and U8, while the National age group covers both. This is not allowed across any other divisions and applies only to siblings.

3. Second-year U14 or U16 players may be allowed to play up in U16 or U19 respectively if they are going into High School and their birthday falls in August through December 15, so they may be with their peers.


How do I confirm my Online Registration?

If you pay the fees on eAYSO by credit card, you will receive an email from the credit card company confirming the transaction. If your registration was done properly, you will receive a confirmation email within a day or so of registering online.


What if there are any issues with my registration?

The Registrar will contact you by e-mail to resolve any problems with your registration. You may always contact the Registrar if you have questions.


What's next?

We will try to get enough volunteers so that every child who applies has a chance to play.

Teams will be formed in August. You will hear from your player’s coach in late August. Practices will begin after Labor Day. The Fall 2013 season will begin on the weekend of September 7, 2013.


How does the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) work?

AYSO Region 18 is one of nearly 1,000 local programs in communities nationwide. Our Region is the local program for Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and surrounding communities.  We accept players regardless of their city of residence.  An introduction to AYSO is here.


What equipment is needed?

Soccer has limited equipment requirements. Shin guards are mandatory during practice and games. Full-coverage shoes are required, and it is advisable to use shoes designed specifically for soccer.  AYSO teams play in uniforms (jersey, shorts and socks) supplied by the Region and included in the registration fee. Regions also provide field equipment, such as goals, nets and flags. A limited number of soccer balls will be supplied to coaches for practices and games.  However, it is ideal for every child to have their own soccer ball for practicing and playing on their own.

Soccer balls come in the following official sizes:

Size 5:  Ages 12 and up (U14 to U19)
Size 4:  Ages 8 to 11 years (U10 to U12)
Size 3:  Under 8 years (U8 & below)
Sizes 2 and 1:  Promotional soccer balls


How much does it cost to sign up?

As an all-volunteer program, AYSO is very affordable. The fee covers insurance, equipment, uniforms, program development, field rental and other needs. Coaches, Referees, and Region leadership do not receive payment for their time.  Click here for more information on AYSO Region 18's registration fees.


Who will coach my child's team?

AYSO teams are coached by volunteers from your community. Many of them are parents with children in the program.  All coaches in AYSO Region 18 are trained and certified for the age of the players and have completed the Safe Haven child protection program.


Who runs my AYSO Region?

Volunteers just like you! AYSO is a volunteer organization with more than 220,000 parents and friends working as coaches, referees and administrators. It's common to find two, three or more children in the same family playing AYSO soccer - while Dad serves as referee and Mom as coach. Coaches, referees, registrars, fundraisers, field markers, publicists, treasurers all donate  their time and efforts to make AYSO a great program for our soccer-playing kids.

Click here   for more information on how you can help too.


What am I expected to do as an AYSO parent?

While your participation is not required for your child to play, we ask that you volunteer as a coach, referee, team parent, or a Regional volunteer who helps with administrative tasks.  AYSO has a comprehensive training program to certify you for the position you choose.

AYSO Region 18 expects all parents to adhere to our Code of Conduct


How do I become an AYSO volunteer?

It's easy. Talk to your child's coach; email your Regional Commissioner or any of the Region board members. They will be most helpful - and happy - to find the right job for you.

AYSO works only because of people like you.  Apply now as a volunteer here.


How do you play soccer?

A brief introduction to the game of soccer is here.


What are the soccer positions?

The Goalkeeper is responsible for guarding his or her team's goal and preventing the other team from scoring. Goalkeepers are not used in U5 or U6 soccer.

The Defender's primary duty is to prevent the opponent from having a good shot at the goal. This player also works to gain possession of the ball and pass it to a teammate for an attack.

The Midfielder (or halfback) plays a "transitional" game from defense to offense and vice versa. Usually the midfielder is the most active player on the field and key to maintaining team continuity.

The Forward's primary responsibility is to score and to assist the midfielder in shifting play from defense to offense.


Who are the officials?

Parent volunteers just like you.

In U10 and up, AYSO uses three game officials:  one referee (Center Referee or "CR") and two assistant referees (ARs).

The referee is the ultimate authority during the game. The referee's chief responsibility is to ensure the game is Fun, Fair and Safe for the players. The referee enforces the rules - in soccer, called "Laws" - by calling offenses and determining if goals have been scored.

Assistant referees provide vital assistance to the referee by signaling when the ball has gone out of play (entirely crossed a goal line or touchline) and which team has possession when restarting play. Assistant referees also assist with substitutions and the general control of the game.


How is the field set up?

Our fields are marked and set up by parent volunteers just like you.

The field is divided in two halves. The center circle in the middle of the field is used to start the game, to start the second half and to restart play after a goal has been scored.

There is a large rectangular area and a smaller rectangular area found at each end of the field. These are vital areas for both teams, and are where penalty kicks are taken.

The four corners of the field are inscribed with three-foot arcs where corner kicks are taken.


Does AYSO have programs for children with special needs?

The Very Important Player (VIP) Program is for players with mental or physical disabilities.


What is Good Sportsmanship?

AYSO encourages good sportsmanship in all of its programs. In fact, "Good Sportsmanship" is one of the six core philosophies listed in the AYSO National Bylaws. AYSO strongly recommends that its individual Regions promote good sportsmanship through dynamic programs. Elements of these programs may vary from Region to Region, but all define the conduct of players, coaches, referees and parents alike. The fundamentals of good behavior emphasize showing courtesy and respect for all involved in the game.

AYSO is proud to highlight good sportsmanship a founding principle, but we also recognize that sportsmanship does not just happen. It must be taught, encouraged and consistently demonstrated.  With your help, our children will learn to strive for fair play, to win with humility, and to lose with grace.

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