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AYSO Region 88 Glendale

Fall Season Information

Fall | Primary Season

The Fall Season of AYSO Region 88 Glendale is our main focus known as the Primary Season or Core Season. It runs from August to late November or early December, depending on calendar dates and scheduling for field conflicts, holidays and other community events.

Participation in the Fall Season is required for all secondary season programs with the exception of the Spring (Second) Season.

Season Highlights

Registration Period Opens: April 26 / Closes: July 31 (dates may changed based on availability)
Play Period (2021) (Practice) Begins on or after August 1; Games to begin on September 11 
Ages 3 to 18  /  VIP (Special needs): Open to all ages
Age Groups U4 Playground: 3-year-olds  /  5U Schoolyard: 4-year-olds
Core: 6U to 14U; 16U/19U   /   VIP: All ages
Schedule 5U-14U/ VIP: 10 games (Saturdays)
16U/19U: 10 games (Sundays)
U4 Playground: 6 Saturday sessions
Game and practice schedules will be made available in late July after teams are formed.
Games may be canceled due to bad weather and/or unsafe field conditions. 
Practice timesU4/5U: 1 hour practice and game combined on Saturday
6U/7U/8U: 4:30-5:30 pm (day and location selected by the team's coach)
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
Game Locations See Fields (under Resources)
Registration includes Full uniform (shirt, shorts and socks), trophy and yearbook. 

Click here for the Fall Registration page or Program Updates

Spring Season Information

Spring | Second Season

The Spring Season known as the Second Season runs from March to May. Participation in the Fall Season is not required.

Season Highlights

Registration Period January 14 - February 21, 2020
Play Period March 7 - May 9, 2020 (weather permitting)
Ages 3 to 18  /  VIP: Open to all ages
Age Groups Core program 6U to 14U
Playground (U4): must be at least 3 years old on/after the date of first event
Schoolyard (5U): must be at least 4 years old on/after the date of first event
Schedule 5U-14U/VIP: 8-10 games (Saturdays)
16U/19U: 8-10 games (Sundays)
U4: 6 Saturday sessions
Game and practice schedules will be made available in February or after teams are formed.
Games may be canceled due to bad weather and/or unsafe field conditions. 
Game Locations See Fields (under Resources)
Registration includes Full uniform (shirt, shorts and socks) and participation medal. 

Click here for the Spring Registration page 

Program Information

AYSO Region 88 Glendale typically registers close to 2,800 players each Fall season and 1,300 players each Spring. Players are placed in age divisions 4U, 5U, 6U, 7U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 19U (U stands for under that age. For example: 12U means children that are 12 years of age or under as of December 31 in the year after the Fall season begins.)

Children between the ages of 3 and 18 can join on gender specific teams based on the AYSO Age Guide for the current membership year. Each team has a registered VOLUNTEER coach who is or must become age-appropriate certified. Coach certifications are provided free of charge by AYSO. Some levels of coaching certification may involve travel and multiple day classes.

Core teams participate where fun and player development are the primary focus. In competitive divisions (defined as 10U to 19U) team wins and losses are recorded. All teams in these divisions have the opportunity to participate in regional playoffs at the end of the season. All matches will be played in fields located within AYSO Region 88 Glendale (see Fields under Resources tab). In the Spring, 16U and 19U will play in a tournament-style program outside the region against teams within Area 1C.

Registration for the Fall Season begins in April prior to the season and in January in the Spring. No early registration discount is available. Based on the amount of registrations and the availability and interest of certified and/or trainable volunteer coaches divisions may be closed at any time to maintain AYSO team size guidelines. In accordance with AYSO Philosophy, AYSO Region 88 Glendale maintains an Open Registration policy and accepts players from all locations.

Games & Practice

Game and practices for all players in the U4, 5U to 19U are on permitted fields within Glendale and La Crescenta (see Fields under the Resource tab).

Practices may start on or after August 1 and are conducted during weeknights at a permitted location, once a week and up to 1.5 hours total, based on age divisions. In the Spring, most teams will practice every other week, depending on field availability. Once teams are formed, the day and location of practice are determined by the volunteer head coach and based on his/her availability. Read below for information on requests under Player Placement Policy.

Coaches Selection

If you are interested in coaching a Fall Season team, please complete a Volunteer Registration Form choosing either "Head Coach" or "Assistant Coach", complete AYSO Safe Haven training and have age-appropriate coaching certifications. Unfortunately, a desire to coach a Fall Season team does not guarantee placement as a coach. All coaching applicants, whether new or returning, are reviewed by the appropriate Division Coordinator, the Regional Coach Administrator, Regional Referee Administrator, Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate and Regional Commissioner.

Approval of a coaching applicant is based on many criteria including but not limited to AYSO Safe Haven background check, coaching and referee certification level, field reputation, sportsmanship and disciplinary history, compliance with AYSO Region 88 Glendale, Area 1C, Section 1, and AYSO National Guidelines, Policy Statements and adherence and support of AYSO Philosophies. Generally, AYSO Region 88 Glendale is willing to give coaches an opportunity to become more educated and develop a coaching style; however, all coaches should be aware that the prime objective of AYSO Region 88 Glendale is for players to have fun and develop their skills as an individual and a teammate. Coaches that lose sight of the primary goals of fun and development as a result of an excessive desire to win will be mentored and in extreme cases can be asked not to return to the coaching ranks.

Assistant Coaches, Requests and Retention

Many AYSO coaches begin as an Assistant Coach. This provides a perfect avenue for learning the game of soccer and developing a coaching style. Coaches should select an Assistant Coach that is dependable, willing to learn and above all interested in providing the players with an enjoyable sporting experience. It is the desire of AYSO Region 88 Glendale that Assistant Coaches be developed in hopes that they eventually become Head Coaches.

AYSO National Guidelines strictly forbid player retention and/or team building by strategic placement or year-over-year retention of Assistant Coaches (and by extension his/her son/daughter). AYSO Region 88 Glendale does sometimes place parent coaches together; however, this is generally avoided unless there is a significant underlying reason. Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Parents and Players should be aware that attempts to circumvent this policy is a direct violation of the AYSO Philosophy of Balanced Teams and can be grounds for Volunteer disciplinary action.

Player Evaluations

Players are placed on team rosters based on the AYSO Philosophy of Balanced Teams. Each year coaches are asked to provide detailed evaluations of players in order to accurately balance teams the next season. Coach-generated evaluations are the cornerstone of team balancing. Inaccurate and/or careless evaluations can have far-reaching effects and often lead to player, parent and volunteer frustration and disappointment. Additionally, all evaluations are confidential and coaches should not share or discuss their evaluations with players or parents. Other variables that can affect player placement are factors such as positional expertise (goalkeepers) and historic volunteer support by parents.

Per Region 88 rules, every new player in the 10 and Under and older divisions must have a New Player Evaluation before being placed on a team. “New player” constitutes anyone who did not play in the Region the previous fall season. Placement on a team may be denied if a player is not able to attend one (1) evaluation if requested by the Division Coordinator or other qualified Region 88 volunteer. 

Player Request Policy

Parents and volunteers should understand that no system for player placement is perfect and despite best efforts of volunteer regional staff there are always teams that experience more match day success than others. All AYSO regions strive to improve balancing each year and indeed no other board responsibility demands as many volunteer man-hours as team formation and balancing.

Except as noted below, requests in divisions 7U to 19U shall not be considered.

In divisions 5U & 6U AYSO Region 88 Glendale will consider requests, but there is no guarantee that a request will be granted. All requests will be reviewed for validity. Parents, players and coaches in the 5U & 6U divisions should be aware that the following requests are not granted in any division:

  • Practice and/or game field location
  • Practice time or day
  • Any player requests after teams have already been created

AYSO Region 88 Glendale is sensitive to requests to not being placed on a particular volunteer coach’s team when there has been a negative experience in the past. Requests of this nature are typically granted unless a parent has requested that his/her player not be placed on teams with the majority of coaches in the division. Additionally, parents should exercise caution when making such a request and be prepared to share their reasoning in detail. In all cases a request based on historical wins and losses shall be denied.

Siblings and children living in the same household and whose age and gender shall always have the option to play on the same team.

A SIBLING is defined as follows: Each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister. Additionally, SIBLINGS shall reside in the same household.

Request to play in an older/younger 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 (in a division with younger players). There are no exceptions.

Our Programs

Playground U4 (Ages 3) This special program features Activity Leaders, certified through the AYSO National Coaching Program, who understand the needs and capabilities of 3-year-olds and are sensitive to the needs and the bonding experience of the parents. Click here to learn more.

Schoolyard 5U (Ages 4) Children get to play soccer in an age-specific program, and you, the parents, can choose to participate with them.

Core Program (Ages 5-18) AYSO’s oldest and best known program where a majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make lifetime memories. Click here for more information.

VIP (Very Important Players) [Special Needs]The AYSO Very Important Players (VIP) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to participate on mainstream teams. The program is offered during both the Fall and Spring seasons. Click here to learn more

Refund Policy

AYSO Region 88 Glendale allows for refunds under special circumstances. All special circumstance refund requests must be submitted through an online form and must include the reasons and or circumstances involved.

  • Any player who withdraws prior to the posted deadline for each season will be refunded their registration fee.
  • The annual AYSO National Membership Fee of $20.00 is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • A $5 administrative fee may be charged for all refunds.The parent/guardian requesting the refund must complete and submit an online Request Cancellation form.
  • The request must be submitted on or before the posted deadline for each program.
  • Please allow 12-14 working days for the approved refund to be processed and returned.
Visit Our FAQ section for additional information.

Sponsorship Requirement (per team)

Each team in the 5U-19U divisions are required to provide a team sponsor. Sponsorship for 5U is $150 minimum per team, $350 minimum per team for all other divisions. If a team is unable to secure a sponsor, the fee will need to be provided by the team’s parents. Please see our Sponsor page for more information.

Transaction Fee

The Regional Management System under Sports Connect will include a fee. Following the conclusion of successful negotiations between AYSO and Sport Connect, we have negotiated a $2.75 per transaction fee*. This fee does not apply to volunteer registrations, only players.

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