Registration is typically open starting May 1st for Fall, and December 1st for Spring. It is strongly recommended that you register before team formation begins (mid-July for Fall, Feb 1st for Spring), as team placement cannot be guaranteed after those dates, but registration stays open until the season begins. Please see the Registration page for instructions for the current season.
The last day for guaranteed team placement is July 18th for Fall, February 1st for Spring. For older players we recommend registering early, because if there are not enough coaches priority is given by registration date (after volunteering families.) However if there is room, we do accept registrations up until the beginning of the season.
Everyone who makes the season happen is doing it on their own time, including the coaches, referees, and regional board. There are many levels at which you can help, from the Regional Commissioner to your team's Snack Coordinator, and every job is needed! That being said, we understand that some years are busier than others and some people have committed their time elsewhere, so volunteering is not mandatory.
The regular season is ten games, although normally team practices will begin two to three weeks prior to the first game (except for U5 and U6).
The Fall season begins the first weekend after the Labor Day Weekend (September 6th this year) and ends two weekends prior to Thanksgiving Weekend (November 8th). For U12/U14, a regional tournament is played the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, and if a team does well, Area tournaments can extend the season into December.
The Spring season begins the middle of March (March 7th for 2015) and ends eleven weeks later (May 17th) - there are only ten games, but an extra week is included in case of rainouts.
U5 does not have practices. U6 practices immediately before their games on Saturdays. Typically U7 and U8 will have one weekday practice of about an hour. Starting in the U10 or U12 divisions this will go up to two, and the practices get longer as the players get older as well.
Each coach sets their own practice schedule, usually with some input from the parents. Most coaches work full time (just like the rest of us!) so weekday practices tend to be as late as daylight allows, although that is not guaranteed.
Games schedules are not set until teams are formed. For most divisions, the games times will vary week to week. Generally speaking:
Games locations vary season by season, depending on fields permits and registration numbers for the various divisions. For Fall, generally speaking:
Please see the fields page for all locations used. Again, locations vary season to season, and this list is only intended as an example.
AYSO does not allow players to choose their teammates. Teams are formed as evenly balanced as possible because it is more fun and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play. This also allows each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels.
That said, the region does allow one buddy request per player. For details please see the buddy request policy.
We do not allow coach requests. If you have an issue with a particular coach, please contact the Coach Administrator or Regional Commissioner.
Necessary equipment is discussed on the Parent Info page.
Some needs, such as allergies or hearing impairments, can easily be accommodated in our regular leagues. For conditions such as visual or mobility impairments, autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy, AYSO has a Very Important Player (VIP) program. For more information please contact the VIP Director
Generally you will not hear anything until team formation is in progress, unless there is a problem with your registration. If you would like to confirm your child is registered and will be put on a team, your can check you child's status at anytime on WebYouthSoccer. Your login with the same username and password you used to register, if you have any trouble please contact the registrar
Please see the Registration page for the current policy.
In most cases, the answer is no. However, if you feel you have a special case, or for any player issues, please contact your division coordinator.
Once they have been assigned to a team and schedules have been determined, your child's information, (including coach and teammate contact information and game times and locations) will be available to you on WebYouthSoccer. You can login with the same username and password you used to register, if you have any trouble please contact the registrar.
To find a particular field see the Field Information page.
Weather and field conditions are discussed on the Field Information page.
Please do not let problems go unreported! It is important to us that players have a good experience with soccer, and if you have a problem with someone that cannot be resolved informally, other people probably do too and it is something that needs to be addressed. Please read the dispute resolution and board contacts page to find the most appropriate person to bring the issue to.
Yes! If a parent is coaching, their child(ren) in that division are automatically assigned to the parent's team.
If one of the teams in an U6 team, you can coach two teams. You may need a little help from your assistant coaches, but you should be able to survive the season.
No. You should be at most of them, of course. But your assistant coach can run practices and games if you are not able to make all of them, and parents can always help out too.
Yes. However, if you haven't signed up, we won't turn you away. By signing up for the clinic, we have a better idea on the number of instructors, teaching materials, and other materials required for the course.
The coaching clinics consist of lecture, demonstration, and participation. You will be both indoor and outdoors. To be safe, please bring sun care, water and exercise shoes. You should be prepared for some exercise (i.e. simulating drills).
No. We are no longer requiring fingerprinting.
Yes, you may attend any local AYSO Region which is providing training for coaches. You can check under Links » Neighbor Regions to view the web sites of local regions.
If you would like to coach with a particular person, note that on your child's registration.
Yes. As an assistant coach, you will need to fill in for the head coach if he misses a practice or game. Also, in the higher age groups, the head coach relies more on the assistant to help with the drills during practice.
If you do not already have access to the WebYouthSoccer site (same information you would have used to register your players), you'll need to select the “Need a Username/Password?” link and follow the instructions. If you have any issues with access, please contact your Division Coordinator or the Regional Coach Administrator.
Team rosters will be available online to coaches the first or second week of August and to parents a week before the first game.
Normally, coaches start practice two to three weeks prior to the first game. Since many people are on vacation, you may have to be flexible on starting your practices. Also, if you are comfortable with your assistant coach, he or she could run the practices in your absence.
For the U6 division, you will hold a practice for a half hour before your Saturday game. U8 practice once during the week for an hour, and U10 practices once or twice per week for an hour. U12 and above will typically practice twice during the week. The practices are a little longer, probably closer to 1.5 hours.
During the fall, AYSO has permits for most fields in Sunnyvale. At the coaches meeting, you can verify the fields available for practice. As a coach, you decide the field to practice on.
You do not need a lined field to practice. For U10 and below, the focus should be on teaching proper technique vs. tactics. Therefore, a lined field is not required for practice. If there is more than one team using a lines-field, please use only half of the field for practice.
The City of Sunnyvale sponsors AYSO and issues permits for our practices fields. Here's the list of the fields we are permitted to practice on: AYSO Practice Fields, Mon-Fri, 4pm-8pm
Maps of these locations can be found on the Field Information page. You can practice on other fields. However, if you practice at other locations, the organization that has permits to practice there may ask you to leave.
Roster size is usually dependent on the number of coaches and players available. If both coaches wish to play with more or fewer players for a particular game, it is up to the referee to decide if that is acceptable.
For the Fall 2012 season:
|Division||Players on the field||Roster size (max)|
|U6||3 (2 fields)||10|
|U7(B)||5 (2 fields)||12|
The season starts the first Saturday after Labor Day.
Yes! As soon as you are aware a game will not be held as scheduled, please contact the referee scheduler, in addition to the other coach.
Please contact the Equipment Manager if you need the combination lock code for this year.
In most cases, this should not be an issue because no two teams should have similar colors. For the older age groups that may play in tournaments or against teams from other regions, the home team should change their uniforms. As a good practice, you should bring your pennies to the game at all times.
Yes, U8 players take corner kicks from the corner.
With the end of summer, some people have been on vacation. If you don't hear from your head coach by the 22nd of August, please notify your division coordinator.