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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 includes players born in 2013 & 2012). 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.

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 email us at [email protected]. For more information on volunteer positions & how to get started, go to our VOLUNTEER page.

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). As we have in years past, we are planning on Fairfax High School for most of our field space as well as whatever space is available at Pan Pacific Park. We will add more field options as needed (we do like using Ferraro & Griffith Park, but may limit to smaller number of event dates). 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.

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 in Divisions 7U-14U (birthyear 2014 & older) as long as we have enough players & volunteers. 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... there is a mix of weekend game days for Upper Division teams, but no guarantee on the number of Sunday games that will be played.

TEAM ASSIGNMENTS

Our Team Assignment process will start in August for Divisions (7U & Up) & will wrap up by September 2nd at the latest. We will notify you once your child has been assigned. During that time, we may schedule some soccer clinics/ scrimmages for players 10U & above, 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. NOTE: Group & Team assignments for 4U/5U/6U may not be finalized until a few days before (or possibly the day of) Opening Day. 

PLAYER "TEAM REQUESTS"

We do NOT allow for 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.

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 (11/20-21) & will conclude on the weekend of December 4/5 or 11/12. Division Champions advance to the Area 1P League Champion Playoffs on January 8-9. Note: Area Champs advance to Section 1 Area Champions Playoffs...winners of Section advance to Western States Championship in the following months.

For teams 6U-8U, the regular season ends the weekend before Thanksgiving (11/20-21). 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 4/5. 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

Email Us: [email protected]
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