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AYSO Region 213 - Serving Irvine for 40 years

Frequently Asked Questions

About AYSO

Q) What is AYSO? Q) What is AYSO?

AYSO stands for American Youth Soccer Organization. It is a national organization, divided into Sections, Areas, and Regions. We are Region 213, North Irvine.

We consider our program more than a soccer program, it is a child development program, using soccer as a tool. Our program focuses on creating positive experiences both in athletic performance as well as character development, friendships, and much more.

Q) What is AYSO's Vision and Mission? Q) What is AYSO's Vision and Mission?

Our vision is to prrovide world class youth soccer programs that enrich children's lives.

The Mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on our Six Philosophies.

The Six Philosophies are: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development.

Q) Why choose AYSO? Q) Why choose AYSO?

AYSO is a program to develop the child, and in fact the whole family, through soccer. The goal is to get the children on the field playing soccer and having a good time while developing, making it a fun, fair, and safe experience.

AYSO is volunteer run, from the coaches and referees up to to Region, Area, and Section staff and board. We train and certify all of our volunteers, and our program is great because the people who run it are doing it for all the right reasons.

Thinking about registering? Planning your season?

Q) Is there still room for my child? Q) Is there still room for my child?

While we often try to update our home page or news and also send out emails, the best option is to attempt to register. If there is room for you, it will let you register. If we are full, it will offer to put you on the wait list. (There is no fee to be put on the wait list.) Most divisions are open at least until 4 weeks before the season starts. Many are filling open spots until just before the season begins.

Q) I am on the wait list. Now what? Q) I am on the wait list. Now what?

Players may be added to a team from the wait list if other players elect to leave, or if the wait list is large enough to create more teams, or in some cases if coaches elect to have more players per team.

If space becomes available, a player on the wait list will have the option to join the program.

The wait list is maintained until the end of the third week of the season.

Q) Can my child play up or down to a different age group? Q) Can my child play up or down to a different age group?

We do not allow players to move up or down to different age groups. The only exception to this is if you are coaching both your children, and the younger child is nearly old enough to play with the older child, we may discuss the exception.

Q) Can I choose my practice days and times? Q) Can I choose my practice days and times?

U5 and U6 don't practice during the week.
U7 teams usually have 1 practice per week,
U8 and older practice twice per week.

Practices last an hour. We encourage coaches to aim at 5:00 or 6:00 for the younger players, while the older players practice at 7:00 or 8:00.

We very much appreciate volunteers, usually parents, stepping up to coach. We are a volunteer-run organization, and without the help of these volunteers, we can't have a program. Because of this, we work with the volunteer coaches to set practice days and times to something convenient for them.

If practice times are critical for you, you might consider helping us coach, which gives you lots of control over where and when you practice. And, all the way through U12, you can coach without any experience. We provide training, resources, equipment, and any help you might need. Email [email protected] if you are interested in coaching at all.

Trouble with registering? We can help.

Q) Did I finish? How can I tell? Q) Did I finish? How can I tell?

There are two things to consider when checking if you are already registered.

  • Is my item in the shopping cart? When logged in, look at the shopping cart icon, top right next to the (Register Now!) button. If it shows a number, you have items in your cart. Just click on the number or the cart icon to finish your order
  • Am I already registered? When logged in, click on My Orders. If you see a recent order with the proper amount paid, you are pre-registered properly.
Q) How can I change my username or email address? Q) How can I change my username or email address?

Log in to our website. Click the Gear button (settings) to change any account information such as email, address, or telephone number. 

Q) Is my order complete? Q) Is my order complete?

You can make sure that your order is complete by logging in to your account on our website and clicking on Order History from the My Orders tab.  You can also check your email to see if you received an order confirmation email - this email is like a receipt.

Already registered? What to do now?

Q) I registered. When is my practice? What's my schedule? Where is my uniform? Q) I registered. When is my practice? What's my schedule? Where is my uniform?

If it's more than 14 days before the season starts, be patient. We are working on finalizing coaches and rosters, and won't know your schedule until then.

If it's 14 days or less until the season starts or if it has started, give us a day or two to get you put onto a team. We usually are pretty quick about it. Your coach should contact you with schedule and uniform info.

If it's Friday, be patient, we may or may not get to you before the weekend. We will do our best, but are often busy on Fridays preparing for game day.

If practice times are critical for you, you might consider helping us coach, which gives you lots of control over where and when you practice. And, all the way through U12, you can coach without any experience. We provide training, resources, equipment, and any help you might need. Email [email protected] if you are interested in coaching at all.

Q) What do I need for practices? Q) What do I need for practices?

Each practice the player should have water, shoes, a soccer ball, and shin guards. You can often buy the shoes, soccer ball, and shin guards all together for $25 to $40 at any of the sporting goods stores, such as Dick's or Big 5.

You should stay at the field during practice. But if you need to leave, you should not leave your child unless the coach is at the field. And the coach is NOT a babysitter. Please make sure to be back in time to pick up your child. The coach cannot leave if the players are still at the field, and it is not fair to make coach wait.

If you plan to let your child walk or bicycle home without you, please provide coach with a signed Release Form.

Q) The uniform doesn't fit. What can I do? Q) The uniform doesn't fit. What can I do?

We understand that you entered your child's uniform size when you registered. That helps us as a league with statistics and future orders. However, we do not order specific sizes for specific players. It just wouldn't work for how our program operates.

Generally speaking, the uniforms are ordered per team with a pre-set group of sizes. For example, each 10U team might be ordered with 1 YS, 4 YM, 3 YL, and 2 AS sizes. The coach usually lines up the kids in order by size, and the uniforms are given based on that. If the coach ends up with 8 kids that are all very small, or all larger, the sizing isn't going to work. Unfortunately, we can't form all teams 4 weeks before the season, and we can't order custom uniforms/sizing for hundreds of kids with just one week to go.

Jerseys are usually not an issue if too big. If you have any black athletic shorts, you can usually use those in place of the shorts provided.

We appreciate your understanding on sizing issues, and can occasionally remedy if there is a significant issue.

Wondering who to talk to? Where to get help?

Q) Who do I contact for questions? Q) Who do I contact for questions??

As a parent, your first contact is often your coach or team parent.

As a coach, or if you don't know your coach, a great option is your Division Coordinator, someone who knows your age group well.

We also have the Regional Coach Administrator at [email protected], our Regional Referee Administrator at [email protected], and our Primary Program Manager, at [email protected]

There are a handful more, and you can see a good list by clicking About Us from the menu.

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AYSO Region 213

14252 Culver Dr, Ste A-206
Irvine, California 92604

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 949-297-6213
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