I've registered. Now what happens?

What are the division commissioners doing between the last registration and the start of the season?

The list of division commissioners is available here: CLICK HERE

The U-6 through U-14 division commissioners are at their busiest time right now. They begin the process of putting their divisions together (see the discussion below to understand why the U-5 division is different from the U-6 through U-14 divisions). The process looks like this:

  • Recruit Coaches. The first - and most important - step is to identify and/or recruit coaches. See "What if there are not enough coaches for all of the registered players?" below to understand what happens if the division commissioner cannot find enough coaches.
  • Form Teams. The division commissioner will begin forming teams once all coaches have been identified (or as many as the division commissioner can find and/or recruit is known). See Team Formation, Team Balancing and Wait List guidelines for detailed information on creating teams, the handling of players on the wait list and how AYSO Region 213 does its best to create balanced teams in all U-6 through U-14 divisions.
  • Practice Assignements. Also once coaches are identified, the division commissioner will begin working with them to identify their preferred practice day(s) and time(s). The division commissioner receives blocks of time/days and field(s) from the Practice Field Coordinator and assigns coaches to their practice assignments. Please see "" below to find out why this means we cannot place your child on a team with a specific practice day(s)/time(s) or on a specific field.
  • Distribute Teams. If everything goes smooth, then the division commissioner will be able to distribute teams to the coaches as soon as everything above is complete. In some cases, this could be as soon as the week of August 13. However, it is not uncommon for some divisions not to be ready until the coaches' meetings (the last week of August).

I don't know anything about soccer. Should I coach?

ABSOLUTELY! Some of our best coaches are people who started out not knowing anything about soccer. The only pre-requisites to coach a team are:

  1. Register as an AYSO volunteer,
  2. A little bit of time to conduct practices and supervise games,
  3. An ability to work in a positive and constructive manner with kids, and
  4. A willingness to learn.
AYSO Region 213 has some of the best professional and volunteer coach training and mentoring programs available anywhere. We love finding moms and dads who want to spend more time with their kids and enrich their lives using youth soccer as a tool.

When will I know what team my child is on?

You will know what team your child is on when your coach contacts you.

As you can imagine, the division commissioners are doing everything they can to get things started as early as possible. Unfortunately, the most common delay is finding great people who want to coach teams. In AYSO Region 213, we take pride in finding people who like to work with kids and then provide them with the training and guidance needed to deliver the best youth soccer program. Sometimes, however, the process takes longer than expected.

You can email the division commissioner for status updates. You might have to be patient for a reply since they are focused on getting the program in the hands of coaches as quickly as possible.

What if there are not enough coaches for all of the registered players?

A division commissioner without enough coaches who volunteered at the registration events will begin sending out emails to everyone looking for more coaches. If your email address(es) in eAYSO is(are) correct, then you will begin receiving emails (from the division commissioner) asking for coache volunteers.

If it is getting close to the start of the season and the division commissioner does not have enough coaches for the registered players, then the process is different based on the division. It might help you better understand the answers below if you go and read the Team Formation, Team Balancing and Wait List Procedures here: CLICK HERE. Once you understand how teams are formed, then these division specific comments might make more sense:

U-6 through U-8 divisions. These divisions are not "competitive" (meaning there are no standings) and allow for friend and coach requests. The "requests" make it really difficult for the division commissioner to form teams (since it is hard to keep kids together if they don't also come with a coach). If there aren't enough coaches by the coaches' meeting, then the division commissioner will form what teams they can (and get those teams started) followed by continuous recruiting through the first weekend of the season. If, after the season begins, there are players who were registered at an open registration date who have not been placed on a team, then the Region will provide information on how to request a refund.

U-9 through U-14 divisions. These "competitve" divisions follow a different team formation and balancing process. The division commissioner will run the team formation sort and form the teams whether or not they have enough coaches. Once the teams are formed, the division commissioner can begin notifying everyone assigned to a team without a coach they might not get to play until someone gets to play. If, after the season begins, there are players who were registered at an open registration date who have not been placed on a team, then the Region will provide information on how to request a refund.

Wait List Considerations. The players who have applied to play in the Fall by mailing in their registration (late, last chance) are placed on a wait list. Players remain on the wait list until one of two things happen:

  1. If a division needs coaches and a player on the wait list comes with a coach (not an assistant coach), then the player comes off the wait list and on to the registered player list. And,
  2. A player does not come off the wait list until all of the players who attended one of the registration events have been assigned to a team (note: the only exception is if we need coaches and the division is full -- a registered player might be pushed to the top of the wait list to make room for the player who comes with a coach). Players on the wait list are assigned to teams on a "first in, first assigned" order. And, in the older divisions (where balancing is essential), players on the wait list are assigned to teams while keeping an eye on the team's balance.

Where (and how) do I make friend or coach requests?

The key is making sure the division commissioner has received your request. You should email your division commissioner (after the last open registration day) to make sure they have received your request.

IMPORTANT: Keep in mind the division commissioners might not be able to satisfy your request. They will do their best -- yet, they cannot promise your request will be met.

Why have changes been made in the U-5 and U-7 divisions this Fall?

The AYSO National Office shared with the Regional Commissioners (at the 2012 National Annual General Meeting) the value of delivering a consistent program - no matter what AYSO program you join - which has been PROVEN to be focused on delivering what children need from youth soccer.

AYSO has always been an innovator -- others followed. In fact, US Youth Soccer is also looking at the research AYSO has conducted in conjunction with its research and is looking for ways to deploy similar programs nationwide.

AYSO Region 213 has been out of compliance with AYSO National guidelines for the Under-5, Under-6 and Under-8 divisions for many years. Therefore, AYSO Region 213 will take the next two years to gradually bring the Under-5, Under-6 and Under-8 programs into compliance with the AYSO recommendations.

Please visit the AYSO web page for information about the benefits of small-sided games for youth soccer and the specific recommendations AYSO has for each division: CLICK HERE.

Please note that the Under-6 and Under-8 divisions did not change for the 2012 Membership Year (MY2012). They were not changed this year because these divisions have already experienced a year under the old programs. Therefore, we will let them continue "as is" this year. However, the U-6 and U-8 divisions will be changed to be close to the AYSO recommended program guidelines.

Below is a summary of differences between the AYSO guidelines and how AYSO Region 213 used to operate these divisions.

U-5 division changes:

AYSO National U-5 recommended program: CLICK HERE

We made a lot of changes to the Under-5 program for this year when you compare it to Under-5 last year:

  • Introduction of the Master Coach to run a jamboree-style training session rather than coach run practices and Saturday games. Players will still be assigned to teams. Yet, the first two-thirds of each Saturday is an introduction to skills development run by a Master Coach (assisted by the team coach) and ending with a 20-minute game between designated teams.
  • Last year's Under-5 and Under-6 programs were based on the idea that every team would be divided into two "sub-teams" for games. To illustrate, let's call the sub-teams "A" and "B." Team 1-A would play Team 2-A one one field in the first half and Team 1-B would play Team 2-B on the second field in the first half. At half time, the "Away Team" sub-teams would switch fields: Team 1-A would play Team 2-B on the first field and Team 1-B would play Team 2-A on the second field. For MY2012, the Under-6 division will continue to use this same game format while the Under-5 division goes to the jamboree-style program (and will change next year). Therefore, the differences include:
    • One coach for every 5 players rather than one coach for every 12 players.
    • Games are played 3v3 in Under-5 this year (and Under-6 next year) where they were played 5v5 last year (in Under-5 and Under-6; now only Under-6 this year).

U-7 division changes:

AYSO National U-8 (includes U-7) recommended program: CLICK HERE Differences between U-7 this year (and U-8 next year) versus U-7 last year (and U-8 this year):
  • 5 players on the field per team; no goal keepers
  • 7 players MAXIMUM on the roster - no exceptions
  • U-7 will get dedicated fields (different from U8 which will share fields with U9 and U10 which are approximately 40 yards by 80 yards with 7 feet by 21 feet goals). The fields will be 25 yards by 50 yards (laid in blue) with 6 feet by 15 feet goals (most likely, we will have to use portable goals due to their unique size).

What is special about the U-14 divisions this year?

The Regional Commissioners for AYSO Region 144 (south Irvine) and AYSO Region 213 (north Irvine) agreed to combine their U-14 teams into a single division for Fall 2012. Consequently, teams will be playing games in north Irvine (home for AYSO Region 213 teams) and south Irvine (home for AYSO Region 144 teams). Both Regions will have their own Regional Playoff system run in the last weekends of the season. The schedules and season format will be determined and published once both Regions confirm the number of teams and the playoffs format.

What else does my child need?

The registration fee includes: one complete uniform (jersey, shorts, socks), supplemental accident insurance and pictures (team and individual). You need to provide shin guards. You might also want to consider proper soccer shoes, a soccer ball (size depends on age) and a water bottle. Many of our sponsors offer package deals for shin guards, shoes and a ball. Visit our sponsors page for details: CLICK HERE

How often are practices and games?

Practices are held twice a week for Under-7 and older age divisions and once a week for Under-5 and Under-6 age divisions (field and times to be determined by your child's coach). Games will be on Saturdays with the first game on September 12. The game schedules will be posted sometime after September 7. Game fields will be indicated on the schedules.

When will I know when and where practices are held?

Practice assignments are given to the coaches as soon as possible. You will know when the coach contacts you to tell you your child is on their team.

Everyone knows people are busy and want convenience. Please know our process does not allow us to:

  • Assign your child to a team with a specific practice day or time.
  • Assign your child to a team which practices at a specific school or park.

The process seems simple. Yet, it is complicated by a number of factors such as:

  • Any coach coaching more than one team will get preferential practice assignments.
  • We have very few practice slots on fields with lights.
  • All coaches are volunteers and most have daytime jobs which make it very difficult for them to get to practices earlier than 5 or 6 PM.
As a result, practice fields, days of the week and time of day will be assigned for the convenience of the coaches and to the best of the Practice Schedule Coordinator's ability. We appreciate your understanding when it comes to not being able to place your child on a team with a convenient practice assignement.

When will schedules be ready?

Schedules are usually posted one (1) week prior to the start of the season.

Please Remember:

AYSO is a parent-based volunteer organization established to provide a positive experience for our children. The national media has focused on the negative, even violent, behavior of players, coaches and parents involved in youth sports. In a proactive effort to counteract this trend, AYSO created Kids Zone™. Kids Zone is a dynamic program targeted to eliminate negative sideline behavior and producing a thoroughly positive impact on everyone involved in youth soccer. The Kids Zone means:
  • Kids are #1. Kids want to have fun, make new friends, and learn new skills.
  • Fun - not winning - is everything. Winners are people who make the maximum effort, continue to learn, and improve, and do not let mistakes, or fear of making mistakes discourage them.
  • Fans only cheer, and only coaches coach. Set a good example of sportsmanship for the kids and show respect to all involved in the game including coaches, players, opponents, opposing fans, and referees
  • No yelling in anger. Keep AYSO soccer in its proper perspective.
  • Respect the volunteer referees. Please remember officials, coaches, and players make mistakes. Avoid questioning, insulting or making personal attacks against the referee.
  • No swearing
  • No smoking
  • Leave no trash behind
  • Set a proper example for our children