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AYSO Region 88 Glendale

Volunteering in AYSO

AYSO is a volunteer-run organization. Coaches, referees and administrators are all volunteers. Thousands of parents, neighbors, relatives and friends lend their time and talents for the benefit of every player and AYSO’s volunteer foundation ensures that it’s all about what’s good for kids (and keeps our programs very affordable).

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the Fall core season last?

5U-8U: August - Late November
10U-14U: August - Mid-December
16U-19U: August - Early November

How long does the Second season last?

5U-14U: March through May

What time is practice for each age group?

Under-5 practices are combined with a game on Saturday. In the other divisions, practices are held one time per week at a time and day chosen by the coach (based on field availability).

Division Practice Times (tentative)
5U 1 hour practice and game combined on Saturday
6U/7U/8U 4:30-5:30 pm
10U/12U 5:30-6:45 pm or 6:45-8:00 pm (both divisions may begin practice at either of these times)
14U/16U/19U 8:00-9:30 pm

There will usually be one game each weekend, although on a few weekends throughout the season, there may be a game on Saturday and Sunday, especially during the playoffs.

What field will my child's team play on?

Our volunteer coaches choose the field location and day of the week for practice sessions. Games are played on fields listed under the Fields tab (above).

What if I can't make my practice time?

We know a lot is going on in all of our lives, but with over 3,100 children registered, it is nearly impossible to make changes to teams once players are assigned. We unfortunately cannot make any changes to accommodate other events that conflict with your child's soccer practice. Before signing up, please consider the commitment to bring your child to practice.

When will my child be placed on a team?

(Fall core) In late July, teams for all divisions will be chosen. You should be contacted by the coach before August 1.

(Second season) In early March, teams for all divisions will be chosen. You should receive a call before March 11.

If you do not receive a call by that time, please contact your coach through the email provided on the team list page. If you still do not hear from your coach, contact the Division Coordinator of your child's age group.

Can my child move to another team?

Because teams are already carefully balanced out, except for extra-ordinary and rare circumstances, players cannot move to another team. Although it may seem simple, changing players to accommodate music practice, girl scouts, church or any other extra-curricular activity or sport, is not a reason we can move players. Please remember that we are working with over 2,900 players, and each request has a impact on many families and teams. Please contact the Division Coordinator with any questions or concerns.

Can my child play in a different age division?

The Region/Commissioner may approve a player to play up in a division (with children older) depending on the situation. The Board of Directors has established a strict policy to not allow any player play down. There are no exceptions.

What does a Team Coordinator do?

Go to the Team Coordinator page for everything you'll need to know.

What equipment is needed?

Soccer has limited equipment requirements. Your registration fees covers player uniforms (jersey, shorts & socks). You will need to 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: It is recommended (but check with your coach) to bring a soccer ball to EVERY practice session. Soccer ball sizes vary according to division:

Division Ball Size
5U-8U Size 3
10U-12U Size 4
14U-19U Size 5

Write your child’s name on their soccer ball. Use a water-proof felt pen to put your last name and phone number on it. 

What about team uniforms?

A uniform (jersey, shorts and socks) is provided by the region before the season starts. The family is responsible for these items throughout the year and only needs to wear the uniform to games, not to practices. Do not wash the uniform in HOT water. We recommend that teams turn in their uniforms at the end of the year so they can be donated to other soccer organizations.
Note: Jewelry, watches, necklaces, bracelets, hats or other objects which could hurt another player are not permitted during the games. No exceptions.

Do I need to go to the uniform distribution meeting to get a uniform?

No, this meeting is for the coaches who will give your child a uniform at one of the next practices.

What do the players wear at practice?

Wear some type of loose fitting shorts, preferably soccer shorts, and a white t-shirt to the practice sessions. This helps the coach when organizing the team into small teams. Make sure that your child does not come to practice wearing jeans, long pants or other clothes that your child would not be able to run in. On cold nights, make sure a sweatshirt is brought for your child to wear after practice.

Players should also wear shin guards, soccer cleats and always bring a ball with their name on it.

Can a player wear jewelry?

A playing member must not wear anything dangerous to another participant. This includes all jewelry, watches, plaster casts, etc. We repeat, NO earrings allowed during practice or games. No exceptions!

NOTE: If ears were just pierced, and the earrings are not allowed to be removed so the ear may heal, the child will not be allowed to play. The child will be permitted to play again when the earrings can be removed from the ear.

Are shin guards mandatory?

Yes, shin guards are mandatory at every practice and game. A child will not be allowed to play without proper shinguards. Make sure the sock completely covers the shin guard when playing.

Are soccer cleats mandatory?

Soccer cleats are not required but are recommended for all age levels mainly for good traction on sometimes very wet fields. (No baseball, golf, football or shoes that have a toe cleat are allowed). Ask your local soccer store or sporting goods store for the correct cleats to wear.

What if my child misses practice or games?

Parents should contact the coach if their child cannot make a practice or game. It is unfair to the other players for one teammate to consistently miss practice. A player may be dropped from the program if three (3) successive practices or games are missed without a valid excuse. This is necessary because each year we have children on the waiting list who want to play.

Should we bring water?

Soccer players end up running many miles during games and practices, so make sure to bring water to the games and EVERY practice session.

What if my child gets hurt in a game or practice?

Although there are very few serious injuries in soccer, AYSO does have an Accident Reimbursement Program. This program will cover expenses not covered by your own individual insurance plans, after the deductible has been satisfied and only after a proper claim has been filed by your insurance carrier. To file a claim, contact the Insurance/Safety Commissioner.

What if it rains?

Soccer is played in all types of conditions. Do not assume that games or practices are cancelled because of a slight drizzle. Unless notified, all teams must appear at the field at their scheduled time, regardless of weather conditions.

What other special events are there during the season?

Picture Day (Fall season only)
Photographs of the team and individual players will be taken on Saturday or Sunday, usually on one of the first few weeks of the season. Check with your coach for the team's picture schedule, which will also be on this website as the season begins.

How can I volunteer?

There are many opportunities for you, as a parent, to get involved in the AYSO program. If interested in any of these opportunities, see our Volunteer Page, talk to your coach, Division Coordinator or the Volunteer Coordinator. We encourage all parents to volunteer sometime during the year.

  • Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Referee, Team Coordinator, Sponsor, Board Member
  • Assist with Picture Day, Year Book and Fundraising
  • Field Set-up, telephoning, mailings, Year Book Ad Sales, Booster Club, etc.

How can I sponsor a team? (Fall season only)

To help keep the registration fees low, Region 88 requires that each team have a sponsor. If interested, please see the Sponsorship page.

Registration questions?

For questions about registration, please email our Registrar.

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 December 31. Please go see our Age Guide to find out the division your child will play.

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 or Team Coordinator. Team volunteers will have to complete a volunteer application, complete in-house Safe Haven and appropriate volunteer training depending on the selected volunteer position. Coach and Assistant coach will attend an age appropriate training (part classroom/part field). Referees will take a referee training course. See coach and referee training schedule.

When do the coaches get their teams?

Coaches should expect to receive their team rosters a few weeks before the first weekend of games. Coaches will then contact their parents to setup their initial team meeting.

Can my child play on the same team with his sibling or friend?

We will consider requests for players in the U4 and 5U and 6U divisions. However, we must also consider a balanced team and we do not accept requests for players to be placed with a specific coach. For all other divisions, we do not accept requests. For these divisions, only siblings (same household) can be on the same team.
Note: For Under-10 and above, to maintain balanced teams, NO accommodations or requests for coaches or teammates are honored.

What is Safe Haven?

To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person 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.

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.

I did not consent to my child’s photos (or video of them) being taken during games and at practices. Can the Region stop this from happening?

Region 88 takes all of our players safety seriously and we have looked into this matter extensively. A parent is fully entitled to record the games and take photos of their child during the games and practices. This may result in other players having their photos or video of them being taken as a result without their or their parent’s consent.

Region 88 uses public locations for games/practices and have numerous times discussed the issue of people taking photos and videos of the players, without the player or parents consent, with both Glendale Parks and Recreation and Glendale Police Department. This issue has also been raised with AYSO National. We have been advised that since everything is occurring in a public location, we cannot prevent anyone (including third persons not associated with AYSO) from taking photos or videos of our players. We have, in the past, had third parties undertake this and then try to sell action photos of players to parents. Again, nothing can be done to stop this. This is one of the main reasons that we do not place either first or last names on jerseys. Further, the Region cannot ask parents or third parties to delete items on their phones or cameras.

As always, if you feel that your player is not in a safe situation or environment, then you are free to remove your player at anytime. We will always respect a parents decision to act in their players safety.

How do I request a refund?

If you register your child and then decide for any reason that the player will not play in our region before the posted refund deadline, please notify us as soon as possible. Head coaches can not issue you a refund. All requests for a refund must be submitted via our Request to Cancel Form. Note: Refunds will not be given after the posted deadline (no exceptions).

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Most questions can be answered on our website. We are here to help, but please remember we are all volunteers and we do our best to answer in a timely manner.

Specific division and program questions, inquiries about coaches or volunteering
Please contact the age/gender specific Division Coordinator or please use [email protected] and we will forward your email to the proper Board or Staff member.

Regional Commissioner
Armen Cazian at [email protected]

Registration & refund requests
(Registrar) at [email protected]

Volunteer forms & general volunteer questions
Scott Nord (CVPA) at [email protected]

Referee classes & general referee questions
Frank Bagheri (Referee Administrator) at [email protected]

Coaching classes & general coaching questions
Iain Blackwood (Coach Administrator) at [email protected]


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Glendale, California 91208

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