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Coach Guidelines - 12U and below

The National AYSO website has guidelines for the divisions where short-sided games are utilized. However, we have used those guidelines as a starting point, and made adjustments for our region. Those adjustments and the current AYSO National Bylaws changes can be found here.

NOTE: Heading is not allowed for players that are under the age of 11 and is considered dangerous play. Thus, AYSO does not allow heading in the 12U and below divisions. Heading is defined as intentionally striking the ball with one's head. If a player heads the ball, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team at the spot of the heading foul.

The subpages for this page provide further descriptions of the 12U and below divisions.