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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 MY2018 the division the child will be placed in will be determined based on their age on December 31, 2019. 

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.
 Age Guild for 2018-2019 Membership Year (MY2018)
 DivisionBirth YearBorn Between PlayersBall SizeGoal Size Heading AllowedOffside  Game Time
 19U 2000-2003 1/1/2000 and 12/31/2003 11v11 with GK 58' x 24'YesYes90 Min
 16U 2003-2005 1/1/2003 and 12/31/2005 11v11 with GK 58' x 24'YesYes80 Min
 14U 2005-2007 1/1/2005 and 12/31/2007 11v11 with GK 58' x 24'YesYes70 Min
 12U 2007-2009 1/1/2007 and 12/31/2009 9v9 with GK 47' x 21'YesYes60 Min
 10U 2009-2010 1/1/2009 and 6/31/2011 7v7 with GK 46.5' 18.5'NoYes50 Min
 8U 2011 1/1/20011 and 6/31/2012 4v4 no GK 34' x 6'NoNo40 Min
 7U 2012 1/1/20012 and 6/31/2013 4v4 no GK 34' x 6'NoNo40 Min
 6U 2013  1/1/20013 and 6/31/2014 4v4 no GK 34' x 6'NoNo30 Min
 5U 2014 1/1/20014 and 6/31/2015 4v4 no GK 34' x 6'NoNo30 Min
 4U Playground 2015 1/1/20015 and 12/31/2015 Individual Play 3No Goals NoNo60 Min
This age guide is for games and competitions that begin on or after August 1, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Many others questions can be answered by selecting the appropriate topic in the menu bar or going to

1.    When are the soccer seasons?

  • Fall season starts August and runs through October (5U - 8U) and early 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 prior.  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. 

      "AYSO Playground" (4U) practice once a week.  Trainings may be offered several times during the week.  
      5U/6U practice 45 minutes to an hour once per week with start time between 5:00pm and 7:00pm
7U/8U practice 1 hour and 15 minutes once or twice per week with start time between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
      10U-14U practice 1.5 hours twice a week with start time between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.
16U/19U practice 1.5 hours twice a week with start time between 5:00pm and 8:00pm

      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" locally (i.e. - Huntsville, Harvest, Monrovia, etc.) 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 there is no referee signed up for a scheduled game?

Games hosted by AYSO Region 498 for which no certified and approved referee is present, a friendly coach-led scrimmage can be played in lieu of a game. The role of the coach is to guide the scrimmage--NOT to referee--and to maintain a safe environment for the players allowing them have fun while learning in a game-like environment. Note: scrimmages do NOT count towards referee points, sportsmanship points, or tournament results if applicable. Parents, family members, and players themselves are encouraged to become certified referees so there are adequate referees to cover all soccer matches. Visit Coach-Led Scrimmages for more information.

5.   How do I become a Referee?

Being an AYSO Referee can be a rewarding experience for both the kids and the volunteer with no long term commitment and provides flexibility for those with uncertain schedules. Referees can select which game or games they are able to officiate each week, or none if their schedule does not allow. To become a referee, a volunteer must complete a few short online courses, and then attend the Regional Referee Training which takes around 3 hours to complete. For more information, visit How to Become a Referee for information on how to become a certified referee. 

6.   What happens if we have to miss a game or the game is rained out?

Due to the size of the region and limited field space, 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

At 14U and below, games are broken into quarters with a short break between quarters, and 5 minute break at the half. Substitutions are only allowed at quarter breaks. 16U and 19U typically play halves with monitored substitutions throuhout instead of quarter breaks.

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 are there per team?

4U playground does not form teams or have games.
5U - 8U play 3v3 and typically have 4-5 players per team.
10U plays 7v7 typically with 9-10 players per team.
12U plays 9v9 typically with 11-12 players per team. 
14U-19U play 11v11 typically with 15 -18 players per team

9.   When and where is registration?

Check the registration link in the grey bar at the top of the page 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?

Each player receives a home jersey and away jersey, a pair of shorts and  soccer socks as part of the registration fee. The same uniform is typically used for multiple years so players can deduct the uniform cost at registration if they are re-using their uniform.

Players must provide their own shin guards and their own shoes or soccer cleats--baseball and football cleats are not allowed due to the toe cleats.

11.   What size ball do they need?

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 circumference, 12 - 14 ounces)
14U - 19U uses a Size 5 ball (26.5 - 28.0 inch circumference, 14 - 16 ounces)

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