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Age Guide

Age Guide

Registration Age Breakdown

AYSO has changed from a school year registration to a birth year registration in order to align with other  American youth soccer program providers interpretation of the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.

The effective date of age determination for registration is the player's age as of December 31 looking ahead of the Membership Year.  Example: For MY2017 the division the child will be placed in will be determined based on their age on December 31, 2018. 

Participants who turn four years of age between January 1 and December 31 are eligible for AYSO Playground Soccer.

To help in determining the proper age and division for players, the following chart is provided and guidelines and rules are as follows from U.S. Soccer. CLICK HERE

How does it really work? Registration for MY2017 for a player that is presently 11 and turns 12 at any time in 2018 will be in the 12U division.  If a player is presently 12, but turns 13 during the fall of 2017 or in 2018, s/he will be in 14U, unless a program has a 13U division.

 For more information about this change click here to be redirected to the U.S. Soccer website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Many others questions can be answered by choosing anything in the grey bar at the top of the webpage or going to 

1.    When are the soccer seasons?

  • Fall season starts August and runs into October (5U - 8U) and November (10U - 19U)
  • Winter/Indoor start in December and runs into the beginning of March
  • Spring starts in March and runs into the end of May.
  • Registration for each season starts 2-3 months before.  Click Here for the latest registration information. 

2.    Where and when are the practices?

  • Practices are held Monday through Friday.  
  •  Coaches pick the practice days and times when they receive their teams, based on field availability. 
  •  Practice locations are at Dublin or Palmer Park.  Click Here for field locations. 
  •  Field Locations: 

      "AYSO Playground" (4U) practice once a week.  Trainings may be offered several times during the week.  
      5U/6U Practice 45 minutes to hour once per week with start times between 5 PM and 7 PM
7U/8U Practice 1 hour and 15 minutes once or twice per week where practice start time can vary between 5 PM and 7 PM.
      10U-14U Practice 1.5 hours twice a week. Practice times start between 5 PM and 8 PM.
16U/19U Practice 1.5 hours twice a week.  Practice times start between 5 PM and 8 PM

      There are no practices during Winter/Indoor session.

3.       Where and when are the games?

      Most games are played on Saturday at Palmer and Dublin Parks. 
      10U - 19U will "travel" locallly, i.e. - Huntsville, Harvets, Monrovia, at least once throughout the season
      Games start at 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 PM. 

      10U – 19U Tournaments:
        Tournament Games are played on all days of the week, including Sunday.
Region Tournament - Dublin & Palmer
Area Tournament - Can be Huntsville, Harvest, Madison, or any location within our Area.
Check out the link for more info - AYSO Area 5C

Games are played at James Clemens High School and Liberty Middle School Gymnasiums. 
Game times and locations vary year to year due to gym availability.

4.       What happens if we have to miss a game or the game is rained out?
Games are not rescheduled due to rain-out or lack of players. 

5.       How long are the games?
5U - 6U games are 20 minutes - two 10 minute halves
8U games are 40 minutes - two 20 minute halves
10U games are 50 minutes - two 25 minute halves
12U games are 60 minutes - two 30 minute halves
14U games are 70 minutes - two 35 minute halves
16U games are 80 minutes - two 40 minute halves
19U games are 90 minutes - two 45 minute halves

Half time is usually 5 - 10 minutes.
Referees may choose to break the game into quarters to give water breaks during very warm weather.

6.       How old does a player have to be?
Players can start AYSO soccer at age 4 up to age 18 for any of our soccer programs except Adult Soccer. For Adult Soccer, players need to be 18 or older. 

7.       What are the age brackets?
Click Here for Age Chart.

8.       How many players per team?
5U - 8U have 4 players per side
10U has 7 players per side
12U has 9 players per side
14U - 19U have 11 players per side

9.       When and where is registration?
Check the registration link on the left navigation bar for the latest registration information. 
Fall registration usually starts in May and runs into July.
Indoor registration usually starts in late October and runs too early January.
Spring registration start is in October and runs through February.

10.   Do the players get uniforms?
Uniforms are provided for each membership year for the Fall, Indoor and Spring Seasons. Cost of the uniforms are included in the registration fee.  Players get to keep their uniforms from Fall - Spring seasons.
EXTRA uniforms have to be purchased separately at the player's expense and for the player to keep.
All players must wear shin guards in order to play.  Socks must cover the shin guards completely. 
Shin guards must be worn under the socks.  Only tennis shoes or soccer cleats can be worn. 
Baseball or football cleats cannot be worn due to the toe cleat.

11.   What size ball do they use?
5U - 8U uses a Size 3 ball (23.0 - 25.0 inch circumference, 10 - 12 ounces)
10U/12U uses a Size 4 ball (25.0 - 26.5 inch curcumference, 12 - 14 ounces)
14U - 19U uses a Size 5 ball (26.5 - 28.0 inch curcumference, 14 - 16 ounces)

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