Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about AYSO. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to ask. Use the Contacts Page to direct your question to the person that best fits the question.

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is a national organization serving approximately 650,000 players across the nation.  The force that drives the program is a dedicated network of over 200,000 volunteers.  These men and women are the parents of the children in the program.  That’s right—you and people like you.  Your child’s experience in AYSO will depend on your participation.  Keep this in mind as you decide which aspect of the program your talents may serve.

AYSO Region 7 serves Inglewood, Ladera Heights, Lennox, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, and Westchester.  During the fall 2014 season, approximately 1,600 children and young adults participated in our region.

Click here to download the 2011-2012 Parent Handbook (pdf)

Q. What can I do to help AYSO?
A. AYSO Region 7 is operated entirely by volunteers and we can use all the help we can get to run the program. We not only need coaches, assistant coaches, team parents and referees, but also individuals to work at the Regional level. Plus, we’re always looking for people to serve on our Board of Directors. Just let us know and we can find a spot for you to help us.

Q. Why is AYSO different?
A. Our mission is to provide quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive character through participation in a fun, family-oriented soccer environment. AYSO’s philosophies separate us from the pack:

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

Q. When will we know which team my child is on?
A. The teams are created in mid-August and may begin practice in late August. Sometimes coaches take a vacation in late July or early August and therefore may be a bit slow to contact you. If you have not heard anything by the end of August, you may contact the registrar, who can tell you your child’s coach and phone number.

Q. My child decided not to play. Can we get a refund?

For the Fall Season, starting August 1, refunds of the Fall registration fee will be issued only upon written request, minus a $50.00 processing fee.

As of September 1, no refunds will be issued for any reason other than injury, long-term illness, or other physical inability to play for the entire season (12 weeks). This request must be accompanied with a written statement from a physician on official letterhead or prescription form. The refund will be issued minus the $50.00 processing fee.

FOR THE SPRING SEASON:

Starting February 1, refunds will be issued of the Spring registration fee will be issued only upon written request, minus a $50.00 processing fee.

As of March 1, no refunds will be issued for any reason other than injury, long-term illness, or other physical inability to play for the entire season (12 weeks).  This request must be accompanied by a written statement from a physician on official letterhead or prescription form.  The refund will be issued minus a $50.00 processing fee.

Q. What is and is not included in the registration fees?
A. The registration fees for a season cover and include:

  • Approximately 3 months of soccer,
  • Full uniform of jersey, shorts and socks for all players;
  • A subscription to Soccer Now magazine;
  • Access to fields for practice and play; and
  • Training and equipment for coaches and referees.
  • One set of official pictures (only if the child attends “the official Picture Day”, date TBA)

NOTE: Players are expected to provide their own appropriate footwear, shin guards, and water.


-Every team from the U8 Division to the U14 Division needs a referee crew. If the team does not have a referee crew (made up of volunteers who will be trained at no expense) the team will not qualify to playoffs at the end of the season (or SoccerFest in U8) and/or be allowed to play in Area 1D playoffs. 

-Every team needs a coach from the U6 Division to the U19 Division. Please consider volunteering. We will train you. THIS IS AN ALL VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION.


Q. When will practices be?
A. The Coach will set the time and location of all practices for competitive teams ( U10 and older), and can be a maximum of two times a week. Our non-competitive teams typically practice only before their games on Saturday.

Q. Where do our children play their soccer games?
A. All Region 7 games are played at in the Westchester/Playa del Rey and Inglewood areas.
For non-competitive divisions, you may expect to be at the field for one hour – practice and game. Games are typically on Saturday between 8 am and 5 pm. Our competitive teams (U10 to U19) play at a variety of fields. Most games are played on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Click here for a list of our fields and event locations

Q. Can my player wear jewelry?
A. Players may not participate in a match (game) or practice, while wearing jewelry, including earrings. This is considered a safety violation, which the referee shall enforce. Medical bracelets and/or necklaces ARE allowed. The player shall not be asked to remove medical bracelets or necklaces. They should be taped to the skin with clear tape.

Q. What sort of hair clip can my child wear?
A. Players may wear soft hair ties. Scrunchies are great, and flat plastic clips are OK. For another easy-to-use hair tie, check out Hair Tape. The referee shall decide if an article of clothing is unsafe.

Q. Can my child play with a cast, even if padded?
A. Absolutely not, for multiple safety reasons for your child and the other players.

Q. Why are the children required to wear their socks over their shin guards?
A. Safety is the primary reason. Some types of shin guards are hard shell instead of soft, and may have sharp edges that could cut a player. By wearing their socks over the shin guards, players protect each other. The referees can easily check before play is begun to ensure all players are properly dressed.

Q. When will my player’s uniform arrive?
A. Uniforms arrive before the season starts. They will be handed out by the coach at practice before the first game. Uniforms are not returned at the end of the season. The player keeps his/her uniform.

Q. I can’t remember by eAYSO ID, how do I find it?
A. To find your eAYSO ID, just log in to eayso.org and click the “Update volunteer information” link. There, you’ll find your eAYSO ID.

Q. Who is eligible to play AYSO Region 7 soccer?
A. All boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 19 who were born on or between August 1, 1997 and July 31, 2012 are eligible to register for the 2016 fall season (and any tournaments until the summer of 2017).
Kids who turn 4 by September 1, 2013 are eligible for our U5-Jamboree Program

The following chart applies for the next official membership year, which starts Aug. 1, 2016 and concludes July 31, 2017, and is based on the age groupings in AYSO’s Rules and Regulations Article III. Any player whose birth date falls on or between these dates should be placed in the designated division.

Age Guide for 2016-2017 Membership Year
Division Age Born Between
U-19 16-17-18 8/1/98 and 7/31/00
U-16 14-15 8/1/00 and 7/31/02
U-14 12-13 8/1/02 and 7/31/04
U-12 10-11 8/1/04 and 7/31/06
U-10 8-9 8/1/06 and 7/31/08
U-8 6-7 8/1/08 and 7/31/10
U-6 5 8/1/10 and 7/31/11
U-5 4 8/1/11 and 7/31/12*
 * kids aged 4 by September 15, 2016 are eligible for U5 in AYSO Region 7
This age guide is for games and competitions that begin on or after Aug. 1, 2016.

Q. Why doesn’t AYSO allow me to specify a team for my child?
A. Two of the mission statements of AYSO are “Balanced Teams” and “Everyone Plays”. These two philosophies become very important when you consider the goal of operating a soccer program where young people can learn to develop a positive self-image, self-confidence and other positive character traits through their interest and participation in soccer. We want to achieve this goal with all kids. If kids were able to choose a specific team, then some teams would get stacked with experienced players. This would really diminish the image of soccer for the less experienced teams. It is much more fun for everyone to play (and watch) close, evenly matched games, rather than “blow-outs”. Therefore, we strive to balance the skill level of the teams during team assignment. We continue to strive to support parents who may have transportation difficulties and strive to honor those requests that help avoid undo hardship. Requests based on “established” friendships are not considered vital, since every child is “a friend I haven’t met yet” and contributes to an overall desirable goal to meet new children and play against friends from time to time.

Q. What is “offside” in soccer?
A. Yes, that’s right, it is “offside”, not “offsides”. Offside is Law 11 and is one of the most misunderstood of the 17 laws of soccer. It is one of the biggest reasons that folks yell at referees! I hope the following helps explain what a player in an offside position and an offside violation is really all about.

While Ken Aston was responsible for many important developments in soccer refereeing, he is probably most famous for introducing yellow and red cards in the 1966 World Cup.

In this video, he discusses the history of offside. Watch this video for a peek into the history of one of the most misunderstood Laws Of The Game… Ken Aston discusses the origin of “offside” (video)

OFFSIDE POSITION and OFFSIDE are not the same. It is not against the rules to be merely in offside position. It is against the rules to be offside to get an unfair advantage.

OFFSIDE POSITION – A player is in an offside position if:

  • the player is in the opponents’ half of the field, and
  • the player is closer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent.

A player is not in an offside position if the player is:

  • in his/her own half of the field of play, or
  • even with or behind the ball, or
  • even with the second-to-last opponent, or the last two opponents.

OFFSIDE – With certain exceptions, a player in an offside position becomes offside if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by a teammate, the player, in the opinion of the referee, is involved in active play by:

  • interfering with play, or
  • interfering with an opponent, or
  • gaining an advantage by being in that offside position.

EXCEPTIONS – Although in an offside position, a player is not offside if the player receives the ball directly from a:

  • goal kick, or
  • throw-in, or
  • corner kick.

The position of a player at the moment the ball is played by a teammate determines whether the player may be called offside. For example, a player positioned onside at the moment the ball is played by a teammate does not become offside by running to an offside position while the ball is in flight.

If a player is called offside, an indirect free kick is taken by the opposing team from the position of the offside player.

A player who leaves the field, attempting to cause an opponent to be in an offside position, must be cautioned for unsporting behavior.

A player in an offside position is allowed to leave the field to indicate to the referee that he or she is not participating in play and should not be called offside.

Reprinted from “The Rules of Soccer: Simplified”, 1997-1998 Edition, by Bill Mason and Larry Maisner

Q. What footwear is allowable in AYSO soccer?
A. Footwear must consist of regulation soccer shoes, gym shoes, tennis shoes or sneakers. Shoes with toe cleats (usually baseball or football shoes) are NOT ALLOWED for safety reasons.

Q. Are shin guards required?
A. Yes, shin guards are required for every game and practice. Coaches will not allow a player to practice or play in a game without shin guards.

Q. What size soccer ball does my child need?
A. Size 3: U5 – U8
Size 4: U10 – U12
Size 5: U14 +

Q. What is SAI?
A. SAI, or Soccer Accident Insurance, assists with medical costs above a member’s own insurance for injuries sustained during AYSO soccer games and practices. SAI applies to players, coaches, referees and all registered volunteers in the program at no extra cost. In addition to SAI, AYSO provides general liability insurance for all approved activities as well as fidelity bond insurance.

Q. Can we still play in tournaments?
A. Most definitely! AYSO has tournaments all year-round. The scope of AYSO tournaments is determined by the tournament host, however, we encourange all AYSO tournaments be open to any team who wants to play.


If you have any questions about AYSO 7 or would like more information about becoming a volunteer, please contact the Regional Commissioner.