Fall Soccer

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AYSO Region 13 is an all-volunteer soccer organization, providing fun, fair, and safe soccer programs for kids in Pasadena, La Canada, Altadena, and nearby areas.

In the core program, the Fall Season, about 2500 kids play soccer, mostly on Saturdays, from Labor Day through early December. Most teams practice one evening a week, and play a game every Saturday (except Thanksgiving weekend). For most age groups, or “divisions”, there are 11 games, followed by a single-elimination playoff tournament for the 10U and older divisions. By volunteering to coach, manage, or referee your child’s team, you make it happen.

Registration

It all starts when you register your child to play in the Fall Season. Registration is now open. Register before July 15 to be guaranteed a place on a team. After that, it depends on how many parents volunteer to coach. Sign up for the waiting list, and teams will be created as volunteers become available. Players whose parents coach or referee have priority over others on the waiting lists.

Click here to register now

Time  Cost per player  Notes
April  $160 $20 early-bird discount for volunteers – ends April 30.

$20 discount for siblings.

May 1 thru July 15  $170 $20 discount for siblings ends July 15.

Register by July 15 to guarantee a place on a team.

July 16 – September  $180 You can still sign up.

Most divisions will have no-cost wait lists.

Players are accepted if coaches and referees are available.

No child will be turned away because of ability to pay. If cost is a concern for your family, please email registrar@ayso13.org to request a scholarship.

Please register early, to give the coaching staff time to create balanced teams.

Please note that AYSO National charges a mandatory, nonrefundable $20 AYSO Membership fee on all registrations. This $20 fee is included in all prices listed above.

If you have to cancel before the start of the season, most, but not all, of the fee is refundable per the refund policy.

Volunteering

Region 13 works because over 500 dedicated volunteers make it happen. Every fall, over 230 teams play more than 1500 games. This requires the coordinated efforts of hundreds of volunteers including coaches, referees, team managers, parents and administrative staff.

From now thru summer, parents will submit volunteer applications and get trained to coach or referee. Players are assigned to teams, and you can expect to hear from your child’s coach by mid-August. In Region 13, every child on a 10-14U will play for at least 3/4 of a game, which demands that teams be smaller than in some other AYSO regions. Each team needs a coach, an assistant coach, two referees, and a manager. That’s a lot of volunteers per team.

What’s the commitment? Coaches and referees take a class. The easiest way to start is with the 4-hour 8U Official class when your kids are young, and the next year take the 4-hour Regional Referee Upgrade class, which is valid through 12U. Coaches generally take one class every other year. Coaches run one practice per week, and at least one coach attends each game. Referees in 6U-10U officiate their own child’s games. If you were going to watch the game anyway, you might as well be a referee and get a better view. For U12 and older, you would referee the game before your child’s, or swap with another team. Region 13 asks teams to have two coaches and two referees so that each one can miss a few practices or games. Within age groups, all the volunteers work collectively as a team, and can cover for each others’ absences so that it’s fun, fair, and safe for the kids.

Even if you don’t know anything about soccer, please consider coaching or refereeing. Just be ready to help kids have fun, and we’ll teach you everything else you need to know. Coach and referee training classes are offered from June through September. And everyone who volunteers also takes a Safe Haven course, which reminds us how to keep kids safe at all times, plus an online Concussion Awareness course.

Please click here to submit your AYSO Volunteer Application for any role — coach, referee, team manager, etc.

Teams

Each division (e.g. “Girl’s 10U” or “VIP“) is organized by a Division Coach Administrator, or DCA, who assigns players and volunteers to teams. For the 4U and 5U divisions, everyone plays at the same time in the same place, so you don’t have to worry about scheduling.

Please note that division titles are a bit misleading – the term “10U” sounds like it means “10 and Under,” which is why it may seem like your child is too young for the age group. But it actually means “Under 10 by next summer” – everybody in the age group is either 8 or 9 years old through 2019 – so your child will be playing in the two-year division he/she belongs.

Style of play Division Player born in Players on a team Players on the field Referees
Jamboree 4U 2016 n/a everyone none
5U 2015 n/a everyone
Noncompetitive 6U 2014 6 – 10 everyone referee your
own kid’s
games
7U 2013 8 – 10 everyone
8U 2012 8 – 10 everyone
Competitive,
with playoffs
10U 2010, 2011 9 7
12U 2008, 2009 12 9 referee the
game before
14U 2006, 2007 14 11 assigned
from pool
Competitive,
with travel
16U 2004, 2005 18 11
19U 2001, 2002, 2003 18 11

In the younger divisions, 6U, 7U, and 8U, the DCAs try to put kids from the same school together on a team. They are also do their best to accommodate special requests, for instance if you want to be on a team with a best friend, or if a family in Sierra Madre wants to avoid practice in La Canada at 5pm on a weekday. Requests like these are never promised – we’ll do our best.

In the competitive divisions, 10U and up, players are assigned to teams to balance the skill levels so that the games are fun, fair, and safe. Some teams may finish undefeated, and someone might end up winless, but we do our best to start the season as balanced as possible. Siblings in the same division will be placed together, of course.

The youngest players, in 4U (playground) and 5U (schoolyard), are jamborees on weekend afternoons. If your child takes long naps during the afternoon, consider waiting a year.

Games

Fall season games start the Saturday after Labor Day and run through mid-December, including a weekend or two of play-offs. Please refer to the maps and schedules. The first game is always a learning experience. Don’t worry too much, it often won’t count toward the season standings.

Almost all games for the players in Divisions 6U through 14U are played on Saturdays, Sep 7 through Nov 16 (11 weeks). The only exception would be to make up for weather reasons or to resolve a tie in the standings. Such games could be played on Sundays toward the end of the season. Divisions 10U through 14U have a single-elimination playoff tournament on Nov 30 and Dec 7-8. Winners of that play in another tournament on Dec 14-15. Winners of that play in the SoCal tournament in Riverside in February.

The upper divisions (16U and 19U) play against teams from other AYSO Regions in the San Gabriel Valley, on Sundays and a few weekday evenings. The AYSO season for these divisions runs from early September through mid-November, including playoffs, to avoid conflicting with the high school season.

Special requests

If you have a question about playing up a division, write to coach@ayso13.org before you register. Players are never allowed to play down. Whether a team has a strong older player, a young player born in late December, or every age and size in between, AYSO coaches are trained to support all kids to develop their skills and have fun.

Players requesting to play up a division must attend a player evaluation (schedule TBD). The coaching staff will allow only very strong players to play up, and reserve the right to reverse the decision if it isn’t fun, fair, and safe for everyone.

If you have a player with special needs, please describe them on the registration form. Region 13 is a supportive and positive community, and many children with disabilities play successfully in the main program. Region 13 is also proud to offer a VIP program for players of any age. Write to vip@ayso13.org for more info.

Safety

Shinguards are required at all games and practices.

Please, please, please, do not get your ears pierced until after the season ends. Your child must remove earrings, hair beads, bracelets, and necklaces in order to practice or play.

Casts, rigid braces, and hard hair beads are also not allowed. It’s nearly impossible to avoid unintentional contact, and it’s painful and dangerous to hit or be hit by another player.

Schedule

The game and practice schedules are created in late August or early September (after all field permits are secure). Parents are often concerned about the scheduling of practices and games, especially with multiple children in the program. Games are scheduled so that coaches and referees don’t have to be in two places at once, so it’s important to identify these volunteers early.

Practices begin on September 3, 2019, the day after Labor Day. If your team would normally practice on Monday, there may be a special practice session, time TBD, for that week only. Once the season starts, there are always a few players who need to change teams because of a scheduling conflict with practice times. We can’t promise the ability to switch, but we’ll try.

For all programs 6U through 14U, the “regular season” lasts 11 weeks. After that, the competitive divisions (10U, 12U, 14U) play in a single-elimination tournament for 1-2 weekends, ending in early to mid-December. You might also be interested in the Myles Standish Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend — coaches will tell you about that in October.

If, for any reason, you need to withdraw from the program, see the instructions for requesting a refund.

If you have any questions about volunteering or about registration, you can write to registrar@ayso13.org. You can also reach out to your Division Coach Administrator.

Thank you for being a part of our Region 13 soccer community!

AYSO Philosophies

Everyone Plays
Balanced Teams
Open Registration
Positive Coaching
Good Sportsmanship
Player Development