About Region 256

AYSO Region 256 @

Manzanita Youth Sports Complex

Manzanita Park

17100 Castroville Blvd

Prunedale, CA 93907

AYSO Region 256 is the southern-most region in AYSO Area 2J, Section 2. We play at the Manzanita Youth Sports Complex located in Monterey County's beautiful Manzanita Park in Prunedale. Our complex is roughly 10 miles from Salinas, 20 miles from Monterey and 60 miles from San Jose. It takes approximately 15 minutes, 25 minutes and an hour travel time, respectively, with no traffic. Due to our proximity to the Monterey Penninsula, for matches that start in the middle of the day (noon to 2PM), allow at least an additional 30 minutes travel time from San Jose as the traffic can get quite heavy during that part of the day – checking Google Maps, or some other service, is recommended. Directions to our facility can be found on our Park Directions page. Local restaurants include The Giant Artichoke, The Country Kitchen, McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, three Chinese, two Japanese and several small mom-and-pop Mexican food restaurants in Castroville and Prunedale.

We support teams for the U06, U08, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 divisions and offer both boys and girls teams. The U06 division is for players that are 4 and 5, The U08 division is for players that are 6 and 7, and so on. Starting with the U12 age division, we interlock with teams from the other Area 2J regions from San Jose, Saratoga and Cupertino. About half of those matches are away and half are at home, so travel is required. Except for the U16 and U19 divisions, games are played on Saturdays - U16 and U19 play on Sundays. The matches are played over 8 - 10 weeks, starting the weekend after Labor Day and ending two weekends before Thanksgiving. For the U10, U12 and U14 divisions, we also participate in the Area 2J post-season tournament. In that tournament, select teams compete for the Area 2J championships which are held in the West San Jose/Saratoga/Curpertino area. The winners are given the first opportunity to advance to the Section 2 tournament, normally held the second weekend in December in Foster City. And the winners of the Section 2 tournament are given the first opportunity to advance to the AYSO Western States Championships in the Spring (usually in March) of the following year - the location changes each year.

We also have a Very Important Player (VIP) program for individuals with disabilities. As part of expanding our offerings, we are looking at adding an AYSO Playground division, which is for 3-year olds.

Our facility includes a Snack Shack and restrooms. We have dedicated fields for our U10, U12 and U14+ divisions. Our U08 and VIP divisions play on fields shared with the complex's youth softball league and our U06 division utilizes the U10 field prior to the start of the U10 matches. All of our fields are natural grass and we play rain-or-shine – so extra clothes and plastic bags for muddy soccer clothes (and for use as seat protectors) are recommended for wet weather.