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Pacifica AYSO 157


Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section. If you have any additional question, feel free to contact us.


AYSO is a California nonprofit corporation, exempt from Federal income tax as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The AYSO Federal identification number is 95-6205398.

Pre-registration Questions

When does registration take place?

The main season is in the fall with registration taking place in the spring. Typically, registration announcements are made early January, and registration events are held in May and June. Please continue to visit our website for registration dates.

Is my child the right age for AYSO soccer?

Children between the ages of 4 and 18 as of December 31 of the year in which the fall season begins can play AYSO soccer.

In which age group or division will my child play?

Players are placed in age divisions. Schoolyard, 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 19U (U stands for Under that age. For example: U12 means children that are under 12 years of age as of December 31 of the year in which the fall season begins.)

Use our Age Guide if you need help determining your child’s division.

What makes AYSO different?

Our mission is to provide quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive character through participation in a safe, fun, family-oriented soccer environment. AYSO’s six philosophies separate us from the pack:

  • Everyone Plays
  • Balanced Teams
  • Open Registration
  • Positive Coaching
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Player Development

Click here to view AYSO’s Philosophies.

Does my child need to tryout in order to play?

NO. AYSO has open registration, therefore, your child does not need to tryout in order to play in a team. 12U and older divisions will have a player rating event in July. This helps us keep the teams balanced. 

What other soccer expenses can I anticipate this year?

Not included in the registration fees are the required shin guards, appropriate shoes, and a strongly recommended practice ball. In addition, the team parents will possibly request a small amount to cover the expenses of a team banner, hair pieces (for the girls), end of season team party and a small gift for the coach. Also, each family is often requested to bring snacks for the team at one game during the season.

My child does not meet the minimum age range for the AYSO Fall season, but he/she is very [big/strong/athletic/coordinated] for his/her age. Can we still sign up for the upcoming Fall season?

No. AYSO is a national organization with very strict guidelines regarding age requirements. AYSO’s accident and liability insurance depends on the players being the proper age to play and being placed in their age appropriate divisions. Children who do not meet the age requirement are not permitted to play. Be patient – they’ll grow up before you know it!

In school, my child is with classmates who are [younger/older]. May my child “play down” in a younger division or “play up” in an older division to be on teams with kids with whom he/she goes to school?

NO. AYSO is a national organization that determines the player divisions based on birth dates. The AYSO “year” runs from Jan 1st through Dec 31st. AYSO’s accident and liability insurance depends on the players placed in their age appropriate divisions. Many children are in “different” divisions than their school classmates. We encourage you to view this as a positive experience – it will allow your child to broaden his/her relationships outside of school and enjoy making new friends.

Fall Season related Questions

When do the players get called?

Teams may begin practice 2-3 weeks before the official season starts. Coaches will contact the players/parents at least 1 week prior to their first scheduled practice. At this time, the coaches will provide all the information you will need in regards to practice times and location. After attempting to accommodate each coaches schedule, region administrators will assign each coach practice days and times at a specific location.

What uniform will my child receive?

Each player will receive a team uniform which should be worn at all games:

  • Team Jersey
  • Team Soccer Shorts
  • Team Soccer Socks

How often are practices and games?

Practices are held once or twice a week and games are played Saturday. Location of games and practices will be determined by the region administration with schedules provided to you by your child's coach.

When is Opening Day / Picture day?

Opening Day/Picture Day will be Saturday August 25th 2018 at Ortega.There will also be a parade for the younger divisions. Food trucks will be onsite too! 

When does the Season Begin?

The season begins the Saturday after labor day weekend. However, it may change from time to time and always best to confirm by visiting our calendar of events.

Refund Policy 

Please let us know as soon as possible, since there may be a player on a waiting list that can be accommodated. 

Our Refund Policy is as follows:
Written notice must be received on/before June 15th to receive full refund less a $20.00 processing fee.
Written notice must be received on/before July 15th to receive 50% refund.


Unfortunately late cancellations have a large negative impact on team balancing and also keep other kids from playing.  This isn’t intended to be punitive but rather encourage cancellation as early as possible. 

Please note that this refund policy applies for any withdrawal from the program.  Including, but not limited to other commitments, practice schedule conflicts, game conflicts, etc.

All refund requests must be made in writing to:

AYSO Region 157
PO Box 615
Pacifica, CA 94044
Email to:  [email protected]

All requests must include player’s name, division and reason for the refund request.

Please allow 2-4 weeks for the processing of refund request.  

Game & Player related Questions

What is the duration of the games?

For the younger divisions, the games take about 1 hour to complete. For the older divisions, the games take about 1.5 hours to complete.

What should I bring to my child’s practices and games?

Shin guards (required), soccer shoes, a soccer ball, uniform (games only) and water. Also, bringing a well rested, well hydrated, nutritionally balanced child with a positive attitude and willingness to learn is highly recommended!

Do I have to get soccer shoes for my child to play?

Soccer shoes are not mandatory but are highly recommended (regular athletic shoes with no cleats are the alternative). When buying soccer shoes, they cannot have a toe cleat (baseball shoes have a toe cleat). Generally speaking, nearly all players at all age levels use soccer shoes for practices and games.

What size soccer ball should I get for my child?

Divisions Schoolyard through 8U use a Size 3 ball.

Divisions 10U and 12U use a Size 4 ball.

Divisions 14U and above use a Size 5 ball.

Why are the children required to wear their soccer socks over their shin guards?

Safety is the primary reason. Some types of shin guards are hard shell instead of soft, and may have sharp edges that could cut a player. By wearing their socks over the shin guards, players protect each other. Also, wearing the socks over the shin guards prevent the shin guards from shifting during running or when being kicked, which allow the shin guards to protect the areas they are supposed to.

Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practice and game?

No. Jewelry of any kind (necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc.) cannot be worn during practice or games.

There is an exception for Med-Alert bracelets, but they must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band for the safety of your child and all the other players.

The doctor said that my child can play with his arm splint. Will AYSO allow him/her to play?

No. While the doctor may be representing your son’s interest appropriately, the risk to other players mandates that he limit his participation to that of moral support on the sidelines. Players may not wear casts or splints which could possibly cause injury to himself/herself or another player. NO EXCEPTIONS. This applies at the games as well as at practices.

What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?

Glasses, hearing aids, and med-alerts may be worn to practices and games. The use of an eyeglass holder/strap or sports-glasses is recommended. As stated above, Med-Alerts must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band as a safety measure.

It can be cold during the early morning Fall season games. Can my child wear a sweatshirt during the games?

Any extra articles of clothing must be worn under the uniform (so you can still determine which team a player is associated with). It is recommended that any extra articles of clothing be limited to undershirts or turtle necks (under the uniform). Try to coordinate with your team’s colors if possible. Any extra articles cannot have any zippers or any plastic/metal components of any kind.

What kinds of hair accessories are acceptable?

Any hair accessories should not be made of metal or plastic, and should not be rigid. Soft hair accessories such as “scrunchies” and soft rubber bands are recommended and acceptable.

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Contact Us

Pacifica AYSO 157

PO Box 615 
PACIFICA, California 94044

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 650-738-8727
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