frequently-asked-questions

Everything You Need To Know About AYSO

What's a Region?
Your AYSO Region is one of nearly 900 local programs in communities nationwide. Each AYSO Region is the same, yet different. The Bylaws and Rules and Regulations are the same but because community needs and characteristics may be different, Regions have flexibility to accommodate their unique needs.

Your Region is identified by its own number. We are Region 1031 - South Los Angeles. Your Regional Commissioner and Regional Board of Directors meet once a month. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings. You can find our meeting information at our calendar page.

Who runs my AYSO Region?
Volunteers - AYSO is a volunteer organization with more than 220,000 parents and friends working as coaches, referees and administrators. It's not unusual to find two, three or more children in the same family playing AYSO soccer - while Dad serves as referee and Mom as coach. Coaches, referees, a registrar, a fundraiser, a field marker, a publicist, a treasurer - many people, all contributing their time and efforts to make AYSO a great program for our soccer-playing kids. Visit our Region'sBoard Member page for a list of parent volunteers.

AYSO works because the volunteers work.

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What equipment is needed?

Soccer has limited equipment requirements. Your registration fees covers player uniforms (jersey, shorts & socks). You will need put purchase shoes, Shin guards and a soccer ball. Shin guards are mandatory during practice and games. Regions also provide field equipment, such as goals, nets and flags.
  • Shin guards purchase guide: Use the appropriate size for your child. Shin guards should only cover the middle section of the player's leg. It should be below the knee and above the ankle area. Shin-guards that are too big restrict movement.
  • Soccer ball purchase guide: Size 3 for U4 thru U8. Size 4 for U10 and U12, Size 5 for U14 and older. Write your child's name on their soccer ball.
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What age division will my child play?
In AYSO, players are between the ages of 3 to 18. Children are placed in age appropriate divisions based on their age as of July 31, 2014. All children are welcome regardless of experience or skill level. To view the age division you child will be placed, click here

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Do I have to come to the field to complete my registration?
If you are a returning player from last fall, you do not have to come to the on-site registration. You can renew your application and pay online. For new players, we are required to verify their age. Parents have the following options: come to one of our on-site registration, email us a copy to verifications@ayso1031.org, or mail it to our mailing address:

AYSO Region 1031
4859 W. Slauson ave #375
Los Angeles, CA 90056

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Do I have to volunteer?
We expect that all parents will volunteer in some role. We are an all volunteer organization. There is something for everyone to do. Our work is performed by parents. If parents do not volunteer, we cannot have soccer. If we don’t have coaches, we cannot form a team. Without referees, we cannot play. Goals have to be setup and the field needs to be lined. Every aspect of our soccer program is done by parent volunteers. Our region commissioner, coaches, referees, team parent, field crew, and webmaster are all volunteers. No prior experience is required for any of our volunteer positions. We will provide you with all the training and tools for your chosen volunteer position.

Read the Become A Volunteer page for volunteer positions and descriptions. We need coaches, referees, field setup, assistant coaches, snackbar workers, webmaster, division commissioners. All parents need to do their fair share.
Contact us at info@ayso1031.org

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When do the players get called?
Fall Season: Beginning August 1, parents will be contacted. U10 –U12 players will be called to participate in player evaluation for team balancing. The coaches will call the players beginning August 22. They will give you all the information you will need in regards to practice times.

Spring Season: We expect to have rosters completed and notify coaches by February 15

Teams may begin practice 2-3 weeks before the official season start. The coaches will call the players/parents. They will give you all the information you will need in regards to practice times and location.

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It's after August 1 and my child has not been called. What do I do?
Please do not panic if you see teams practicing and your child has not been called. Not all teams begin practice at the same time. The very young teams do not always begin practice on the same date as other teams. Also some coaches may be out of town. If your child has not been called contact your child's Division Coordinator. Their contact information can be found on the Board Member page

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What happens at the first team meeting?
Once coaches get their rosters, they will contact the parents and setup a team meeting. At that meeting, players will be introduced, team practice schedule will be determined and parents will select a volunteer position for the team. Team volunteer positions are Coach, Assistant Coach, Referee, Field Setup, Team Manager, snackbar worker and Regional Volunteer. Team volunteers will have to complete a volunteer application, complete online Safe Haven and appropriate volunteer training depending on the selected volunteer position.

Coach and  Asst. coach will attend an age appropriate training (part online and part field).
Referees will take a referee training course.
See coach and referee training schedule.

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Where are the games?
Our home field is Kenneth Hahn Soccer Fields (5401 S. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, 90056). U4 through U12 divisions play their games at Kenneth Hahn. In some season, U12 or U10 teams may occasionally play away games.

U14 - U19 play home and away games with teams from other regions in our AYSO Area (Santa Monica, Culver City, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West LA, Watts, Los Feliz, Pacific Palisades)

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When are the games?

Schedules will be posted on the website at starting September 1. Below are the general game times.

  • U4 - U12 games are Saturdays. Younger age groups play in the morning and older age groups play in the afternoon.
  • U4 & U5 play between 8:45a - 9:45a.
  • U6 & U8 play between 8:45a - 11:00a. 1 hour game. Schedule varies weekly
  • U10 play between 10:00a -2:00p. 1  hour game. Schedule varies weekly
  • U12 play between 8:30a - 2:30p. 75min game slot. Schedule varies weekly
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When is practice and how often do teams practice?

Practice day and time is set by the teams. Once coaches are notified of their team, they will contact the parents to setup the first team meeting. Teams agree on a practice day/time and request field space. All practices are at Kenneth Hahn. Practices are held in the evening. The younger age (U5-U10) group will practice in the early part of the evening; 5:00pm - 7:00pm (1 hour duration).

  • Once day a week practice for U5 - U8. Optional twice a week for U8 depending on available space.
  • Twice a week practice for U10 – U19.
  • U10/U12 practice slots are 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
  • U12/U14/U16/U19 practice slots are 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

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When do the coaches get their teams?
Coaches should expect to receive their team rosters by 8/19/13. Coaches will then contact their parents to setup their initial team meeting.

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Can my child play on the same team with his school friend?
It depends. We consider request for players U5-U8. However, we must also consider a balanced team.
We do not accept request for players to be placed with a specific coach.

For U10 – U19 divisions, we do not accept requests. For these divisions, only siblings (same household) can be on the same team.

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What is Safe Haven?
To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven™. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer.

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What is Kids Zone?
In AYSO, fans are asked to be cheerleaders, not critics. Kids Zone® is a unique program that includes a parent pledge that moms and dads sign to commit to positive, encouraging behavior when they’re watching the games. It also includes signs, buttons and other game-day reminders. Read more

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Refund?
Players withdrawing prior to July 31 will be issued a full refund. Refund requests between August 1 and September 10, 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after September 10. All requests for a refund must be submitted via our online refund request form


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