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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - FALL SOCCER

PROGRAM FAQs

REFUNDS

A portion of the registration fee is non-refundable, and we do not give full refunds in most cases. For our full policy, please read our REFUND POLICY page.

AGE DIVISIONS/ PLAYER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

Player Divisions for our Fall program are grouped by by age (birth year) and gender, except for our youngest divisions which are sometimes coed. Most of the divisions, unless otherwise noted, will include two birthyears (for example, the 10U Girls Division is made up of girls born in 2014 & 2013). This also means that for those players with birthdays late in the year, they may be in a different Division than their "younger" classmates. For a detailed list of Divisions for the Fall Season, see our PROGRAMS page.



As a member organization of U.S. Soccer, AYSO (starting in 2017) switched from a school year registration to a birth year registration in order to align with U.S. Soccer's Player Development Initiatives ("PDI's") which, in turn, aligns with the rest of the world. The objective of the PDI's is to set a standard for U.S. youth soccer that more closely resembles the international standards for youth soccer development. There have been some changes since this was introduced, but the key elements (birth year model, small sided games, focus on skill development, etc) remain and the positive impact is already noticeable. Player Development is one of AYSO's "six philosophies" and continues to be an integral part of our program.

FIELD LOCATIONS

Field locations for practices & games still TBD (all of our field permits come from LAUSD and/or the City of LA Rec & Parks). Our primary fields are at Fairfax High School, but may also use Pan Pacific Park & some other schools/ parks (if more space is needed). If your child's school has field space that you are able to secure, please contact us at [email protected]Note: 14U & Upper Division teams play an "Area" schedule..."Away" games will be played at other fields in our Area.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER? (IS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED?)

AYSO is ALL-VOLUNTEER. We need Coaches, Referees & other volunteers to make it all happen. Without enough volunteers, there are fewer teams/ fewer games. EXPERIENCE IS NOT REQUIRED...we provide the training & support. When you register, there is a place to indicate if you can volunteer. If you aren't sure, you can leave it blank for now as we aren't likely to start any training until sometime in August, but do let us know sooner than later so we can better plan for the season. Just contact us at [email protected]. For more information on volunteer positions & how to get started, go to our VOLUNTEER page.

PRACTICE & GAME DAYS/ "SUNDAY-ONLY" TEAMS

Most teams (7U & up) will have one weekday practice & one weekend game. In terms of practice days, we do our best to match up with the available time of our volunteer coaches as well as available field space. At registration, we do allow parents to request one weekday when their child cannot practice, and we do our best to accommodate. The time of our volunteers & balancing teams is our top priority. With all of the logistics in planning the season, we ask for your patience & flexibility...it may not be possible to make everyone happy here, but will do our best. As for games, most games are played on Saturdays, but may mix in some Sunday games. NOTE: 4U/5U/6U teams will play mostly on SATURDAYS. Other than potential weekday clinics, there will be no weekday practices for those younger Divisions.

"Sunday-Only" Teams - With many Sabbath observant families, our program includes Sunday-Only teams for BOYS starting in Divisions 8U (birthyear 2015 & older) and for GIRLS starting in Division 10U (birthyear 2014 & older). This is sometimes referred to as a "Sunday League", but we do our best to manage the schedule so the competition includes games against teams that also play on Saturdays. Additionally, we are usually able to include those teams in our 10U-14U Regional Playoffs (however, there is no guarantee Sunday-Only teams will be able to participate in the Area playoffs in January since those games are typically scheduled on a Saturday and Sunday). NOTE: There is no Sunday-Only program for 4U/5U/6U/7U... there is a mix of weekend game days for Upper Division teams (16U/19U), but no guarantee on the number of Sunday games that will be played.

TEAM ASSIGNMENTS

Our Team Assignment for Divisions (7U & Up) starts in August & will wrap up by September 1st at the latest. We will notify you once your child has been assigned. Teams may begin practice once teams are finalized.

Group & Team assignments for 4U/5U/6U may not be finalized until a few days before or the day of Opening Day in mid-September. 6U teams, unlike older Division, are formed in coordination with 6U Coach volunteers.

For Divisions 10U & up, every team in each Division goes through a balancing process. During the month of August, we may schedule a formal player evaluation or a set of soccer clinics, scrimmages, in part to give players an opportunity to practice, but assist with our goal of "Balanced Teams" (one of the key principles of the AYSO philosophy)
. Once team assignments are made, they are FINAL & cannot be changed. Furthermore, a coach may NOT change a players team assignment OR add any new player. All player assignments are run through the Division Director.  

PLAYER "TEAM REQUESTS"

AYSO policy is that we do NOT consider team requests (for example, a request to be assigned to the same team as another player or to be assigned to a specific coach's team). This includes requests for carpool reasons. The only guaranteed team assignment is the child of the coach. Note - There are EXCEPTIONS to this rule...listed here:

*4U/5U - All team/ group requests are generally accepted.

*6U - Almost all team requests are accepted...however, in cases where there are too many players on a team, we may need to split up that group under two teams.

*7U/8U - Team requests are always considered, but NOT guaranteed. We require that the requesting family also have a volunteer referee in the family (they must also take the certification class).
NOTE: There is a limit on this...we do not allow an entire team to be made of such players. Consider also that there will be a better overall experience for the players as a whole if we have volunteers spread out more evenly across all teams in a Division.

GAMES/ REFEREES - IMPORTANT

Referees (trained and certified) are REQUIRED for all 7U & up games. In the event there is no referee, the game may be cancelled. This is especially important to keep in mind since we are an all-volunteer organization (most of our trained referees are Moms/ Dads). As long as we have enough volunteers to share the load over the course of a season, this should be an unlikely scenario.

VOLUNTEER POINTS/ REFEREE POINTS

All teams (7U & Up) MUST earn a minimum number of Volunteer Points in order to participate in the Postseason/ Playoffs, which is really the culmination of the entire season. The number of points is still TBD, but, important to keep in mind, the key way to earn points is by having at least one (ideally 3) referee volunteer on your child's team. That is why it's more often referred to as Referee Points...keep in mind that the referee must take our referee class if they aren't already certified. There are other ways to earn points during the season, but not enough...bottom line, teams need a referee to get into the Postseason/ Playoffs.

POSTSEASON/ PLAYOFFS

Teams (10U & Up) that have earned the required minimum # of Volunteer Points/ Referee Points will participate in their respective Divisional Playoffs to determine League Champion. Playoffs may start as early as the weekend before Thanksgiving (11/19-20) & will conclude on the weekend of December 3/4 or 10/11. Division Champions advance to the Area 1P League Champion Playoffs on January. Note: Area Champs advance to Section 1 Area Champions Playoffs...winners of Section advance to Western States Championship in the following months. NOTE: In the event a team is unable to play scheduled playoff dates, that playoff opportunity will be given to the regional 2nd place team(s) (important to note for "SUNDAY ONLY" teams since the Area playoffs, and subsequent Section & Western states playoffs, usually include SATURDAY games).

For teams 6U-8U, the regular season ends the weekend before Thanksgiving (November 19/20). There are no playoffs, but, for teams that have earned their minimum # of volunteer points, we have the "World Cup" on the weekend of December 3/4 (and possibly 10/11). This is not intended to determine the "best team'....teams may even be mixed up (perhaps even coed)...these will be a round of matches/ games just for fun. Details & format still TBD.

ALL-STAR/ SELECT - "TOURNAMENT TEAMS"

In addition to our Fall Season ("Core"), we have a more competitive tournament team program for divisions 10U & Up. Only players that participate in our Fall Season, are eligible. For more info, see our ALL-STAR/ SELECT page.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We do offer a limited amount of financial aid for our families for whom our registration fee will be a financial burden. Please send an email to our Registrar at [email protected] for more information or to request financial assistance.


 

More questions? Contact our Regional Registrar - [email protected]

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AYSO REGION 78 - HOLLYWOOD-WILSHIRE

PO Box 48258 
Los Angeles, California 90048

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