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AYSO REGION 980

Soccer Program Overview

Registration for 2022 - Starts June 9th

Our Fall program is the foundation for all the fun, excitement and learning that happens on the fields. AYSO is best known for our core program – it’s where the large majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make memories that will last a lifetime.

There are six core values – or what we call AYSO’s Six Philosophies – that are the foundation of our core program, and all others: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. These are the essence of AYSO and it all starts with Everyone Plays.

Here in AYSO, Everyone Plays means that no kid spends their soccer experience sitting on the bench. Every kid plays at least half of every game.

Also, teams are put together in a way that makes playing soccer about the experience, not wins or losses. It’s not about blowing out another team with an unbelievable score; it’s about sportsmanship and learning to be the best possible team mate and opponent. Developing players is what we’re about, because soccer skills and life skills go hand in hand. AYSO’s main purpose is to get kids on the field, provide them with good coaches, and teach them to play soccer.

Jamboree Program (5U Division)

Open to 4 Year Old Boys and Girls (must be 4 by Sept 1  2018)

We will be using the Jamboree format for 4 year old boys and girls participating in AYSO this season.

The objective of the program is to provide young players and their parents with a "pressure free" introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age, players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal time commitment.

In AYSO soccer, a jamboree means that teams are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. Each player will be required to have a parent working with them on the field. A Master Coach will lead each session. The Master Coach will introduce the game/activity that will focus on a specific skill. Each player/parent will then practice the activity. Each Jamboree session will have 2 - 3 activities. Games will be introduced towards the end of the season.

The season will consist of 6 - 8 sessions held on Sunday afternoons (exact time has not been determined yet), starting after Labor Day and end in October. Each session will run around 1 hour. The children will receive a uniform consisting of a Jersey, shorts, socks.

The Ball: 
A size 3 ball is used

Player Equipment: 
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES PARENT PARTICIPATION DURING EVERY SESSION.

If you are not available to participate 80% of the time with your child, please do not sign up. Please wait until your child is 6 yrs old, when they will be able to participate in a traditional team format.

We have offered this program for the past few years with utilizing a coach trainer. It is an excellent way to introduce your child to soccer. The kids and parents have a lot of fun. The feedback has been very positive.

6U Division (Jamboree/Small sided games)

The 6U program is specifically developed to introduce soccer to children in a fun and safe environment. The program is setup to have a combined practice and game once a week. There is no post season at this age level; however, each player receives a participation trophy at the end of the season. 

The objective of the program is to provide young players and their parents with a "pressure free" introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age, players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal time commitment.

In AYSO soccer, a jamboree means that teams are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. Each player will be required to have a parent working with them on the field. A Master Coach will lead each session. The Master Coach will introduce the game/activity that will focus on a specific skill. Each player/parent will then practice the activity. Each Jamboree session will have 2 - 3 activities. Games will be introduced towards the end of the season.

The season will consist of 6 - 8 sessions held on Sunday afternoons (exact time has not been determined yet), starting after Labor Day and end in October. Each session will run around 1 hour. The children will receive a uniform consisting of a Jersey, shorts, socks.

The Ball: 
A size 3 ball is used

The Players:
There will be three per team on field; no goalkeepers.

Player Equipment: 
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
Four five-minute periods. Half time break of 5 - 10 minutes.

The Start of Play:
To start the first and second halves, and following each goal in all age group games, play is started or restarted with a kick-off in the center of the field. A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to start the game and the other team kicks off to start the second half. Following a goal, the team scored upon kicks off.

The Kickoff:
The kickoff is taken from the center of the field with each team in their own half and the team not kicking off at least 5 yards from the ball. Do not insist the opponent be a minimum of precisely 5 yards from the ball as this is just a guide to give the kicker room to kick the ball without it immediately hitting an opponent. Remember, let them play and do not interfere for technicalities.

Ball In and Out of Play:
The ball is out of play in all age group games when it completely crosses the touch line (side line) or goal line (end line) either on the ground or in the air. In 6U games, the coaches will determine when the ball is out of play and should guide the restart, interfering as little as possible. It's the player's game, let them play and work on technique later.

Fouls & Misconduct & Official:
The coaches will asses direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents five yards away from the ball.  There is no need for a qualified referee.  Master coach should be able to "officiate"  Games are intended to be an opportunity for the very youngest or our players to experience the fun of playing.  The barest of minimum rules are needed and should be applied with a generous amount of flexibility.  Let the players have the freedom to play.


THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES PARENT PARTICIPATION DURING EVERY SESSION.

If you are not available to participate 80% of the time with your child, please do not sign up. Please wait until your child is 6 yrs old, when they will be able to participate in a traditional team format.

We have offered this program for the past few years with utilizing a coach trainer. It is an excellent way to introduce your child to soccer. The kids and parents have a lot of fun. The feedback has been very positive.

8U Division

The 8U program is specifically developed to introduce soccer to children in a fun and safe environment, while allowing them to continue to expand their skills.  The program is setup to have a 1 practice per week and 1 game per week.  There is no post season tournaments at this age level;

The Ball: 
A size 3 ball is used for 8U games.

The Players:
There will be Five per team on field (min of three); no goalkeepers. Seven maximum on roster.

Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. The players will be Coed unless there's enough registrations to allow for team formations separated by girls and boys teams at all levels of play. Playing time is a minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three. Separate girls and boys teams should be promoted at all levels of play.

Player Equipment: 
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
Four 10-minute periods. Halftime break of 5-10 minutes.

The Start of Play: 
The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field.

The Kick-off: 
A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to start the game and the other team kicks off to start the second half. Opponents must be six yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Fouls & Misconduct:
The coaches will assess direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the ball.

Direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the ball. Free kicks are awarded the attacking team inside the defending team's goal area should be taken from the nearest point on the goal area line in front of the goal. There are no penalty kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs. Do not show yellow or red cards

U-8 Officials*:
AYSO certified U-8 Officials or higher are required for U-8 games. The U-8 Official should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen*:
If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.

*Note:  will be used if enough volunteers sign up to take referee courses and AYSO Safe Haven required courses

10U Division

The 10U program was developed to continue player development in a fun yet competitive environment.  There may be an opportunity to expand this division to play against other area teams or keep play to "in house" play (based upon the number of registrations)

The Ball: 
A size 4 ball is used for 10U games.

The Players:
There will be seven per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper. Ten maximum on roster. Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries.

Player Equipment: 
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
Four 12.5-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 -10 minutes.

The Start of Play: 
The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field. Referees determine which team starts the game with a coin flip and the opposing team starts the second half. Opponents must be eight yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

HEADING THE BALL
1.  Consistent with the US Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players 12U and below in both practices and matches.
2.  An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a match.
a.     The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
b.     An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
3.  Neither cautions nor send-offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infractions.

GOALKEEPER PUNTS
1.  For 10U the goalkeeper shall not punt the ball.
2.  During the regular season the goalkeeper will be allowed a "do over" if goalkeeper deliberately punts the ball during a match.
3.  During post season tournaments an indirect kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the spot of the offense if goalkeeper deliberately punts the ball during a match.
4.  An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area must be taken on the goal area line at the point nearest to where the goalkeeper punted the ball.

BUILD-OUT LINE:
1.    The build-out line shall be placed across the field equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the halfway line.
2.    The opposing team must move behind the build-out line for a goal kick or when the goalkeeper has possession. At any time, the goalkeeper may pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate who is behind the build-out line.
3.     The goalkeeper or the player taking the goal kick does not have to wait for the opposing players to move behind the build-out line. The play from the goalkeeper or from the goal kick must be played to a teammate behind the build-out line. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can then cross the build-out line and play may resume as normal. The first touch is from the goal kick or the pass from the goalkeeper.
4.     The build-out line shall be used as the line to determine offside. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build-out line.

Fouls & Misconduct:
Opponents must be eight yards from the ball on restart kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs.

Referee:
AYSO certified Regional Referees or higher are required for 10U and older games. The referee should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen:
If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.

12U Division

The 12U program was developed to continue player development in a fun yet competitive environment. This division will travel and play against other AYSO area teams.  After the completion of the regular season  there may be an opportunity to play in a post season tournament (this will vary each year).  Known tournament:  Section Tournament . 

The Ball: 
A size 4 ball is used for12u games.

The Players:
There will be nine per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper. 12 maximum on roster. Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries.

Player Equipment: 
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
Four 15-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 - 10 minutes. No other changes from play as specified in FIFA Laws of the Game Printed for the American Youth Soccer Organization.

The Start of Play: 
The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field. Referees determine which team starts the game with a coin flip and the opposing team starts the second half. Opponents must be eight yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

HEADING THE BALL
1.    Consistent with the US Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players 11U (12U and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and matches. 
2.     An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a match.
a.     The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
b.     An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
3.     Neither cautions nor send-offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infractions.

GOALKEEPER PUNTS
1.     For 12U the goalkeeper shall not punt the ball.
2.     During the regular season the goalkeeper will be allowed a "do over" if goalkeeper deliberately punts the ball during a match.
3..    During post season tournaments an indirect kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the spot of the offense if goalkeeper deliberately punts the ball during a match.
4.     An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area must be taken on the goal area line at the point nearest to where the goalkeeper punted the ball.

Fouls & Misconduct:
Opponents must be eight yards from the ball on restart kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs.

Referee:
AYSO certified Regional Referees or higher are required for U-12 and older games.The referee should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen:
If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved

14U Division

The 14U program was developed to continue player development in a fun yet competitive environment. Players are encourage to take the referee course to learn about the laws of the game to help them while playing the game.  We also encourage them to help at our younger divisions to center or assist.  After the completion of the regular season there is opportunity for post season tournaments to be played. Known post season tournaments are: Ron Peterson Challenge Cup, Round Lake Invitational Tournament, Section Tournament (Note:  these can/will vary from year to year)

The Ball
A size 5 ball is used for 14U games.

The Players:
There will be 11 per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper. 15 maximum on roster. Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries.

Player Equipment: 
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
Four 17-1/2-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 - 10 minutes. No other changes from play as specified in FIFA Laws of the Game Printed for the American Youth Soccer Organization.

The Start of Play: 
The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field. Referees determine which team starts the game with a coin flip and the opposing team starts the second half. Opponents must be ten yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Fouls & Misconduct
As per FIFA laws of the game

Referee:
AYSO certified Regional Referees or higher are required for U-12 and older games. The referee should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen:
If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.

19U Division (HS Teams)

The 19U program was developed to continue player development in a fun yet competitive environment. After the completion of the regular season a post season tournament is played.  This division will play against other area teams in AYSO.  Tournament play is based upon the season and if the section is able to secure fields for Section Tournament Play.  
Note:  Girl HS players - Fall only Boy HS players - Spring only

The Ball: 
A size 5 ball is used for 19U games.

The Players:
There will be 11 per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper. 15 maximum on roster. Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries.

Player Equipment: 
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
Four 20-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 - 10 minutes. No other changes from play as specified in FIFA Laws of the Game Printed for the American Youth Soccer Organization.

The Start of Play
The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field. Referees determine which team starts the game with a coin flip and the opposing team starts the second half. Opponents must be ten yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Fouls & Misconduct
As per FIFA laws of the game

Referee:
AYSO certified Regional Referees or higher are required for U-12 and older games. The referee should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen:
If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved

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