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AYSO 114 Long Beach

 

Register for Fall

Registration begins in March!

Registration for our primary soccer season begins in March, and closes in June. Volunteer coaches are recruited in June. Teams are formed in July. Practices start in August. Games start in September. Playoffs/tournaments are held in November and December. Once registration is open, visit our Registration page to sign-up for Fall soccer.

Looking for Spring or Summer Soccer?

If you're looking to play soccer in the Spring or Summer, check out our Spring Academies & Camps page.

About Us

Welcome to Region 114 in Long Beach, California, a Platinum AYSO Region, providing a world class soccer experience for players 3 to 18 years of age using 100% volunteer power. Players and volunteers come from Long Beach, Lakewood and other neighboring communities. For other nearby AYSO programs, please visit the AYSO Region Locator.

Safe, Fair, Fun Soccer, Powered By Families Like You!

Did you know every team parent, coach, referee, and Board Member in Region 114 is an unpaid volunteer? Our program is affordable, yet high quality, thanks to parents and families like you. Every volunteer in Region 114 is committed to providing a safe, fair and fun experience for all players and family members -- whether soccer novices or experts.

Where do I start?

Find the soccer program that's right for you. Below you'll find descriptions of our programs, and instructions to register (if registration is open).

After you've registered, visit the Coach Sign-Up or Referee Sign-Up page to become a volunteer.


The AYSO Philosophy

All programs in AYSO Region 114, regardless of a player's skill level, are based on AYSO’s six core philosophies:

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

These philosophies inform everything we do in Region 114 -- from how we build teams, to the behaviors we ask of coaches, referees, and spectators.

Parent/Guardian Engagement

Why does AYSO cost less than other soccer programs?

We don't pay. Seriously. Board members are not paid. Referees are not paid. Coaches are not paid. Everyone you see lining fields, setting up goals, and working tirelessly to provide a world-class soccer experience for your child is a volunteer.

We are powered by parents/guardians. Not money. When your player participates in AYSO, so do you! Players play. Parents and guardians support the region by volunteering. Every family is expected to volunteer in one way or another, most commonly as a Referee. This is how AYSO Region 114 is able to keep our fees so low.

Parent/Guardian Engagement is Expected of Every Family

Without volunteers there is no region and there are no games. Even parents with little or no soccer experience can learn to be a great coach or referee for the kids. All it takes is enthusiasm, commitment, and a foundation in AYSO philosophies.

Beyond coaching and refereeing, there are many other ways to help. We also need volunteers to help run registration events, schedule fields, plan photo days, administer our website, and more. You can take on a small task of working in a booth for an hour, or join our board meetingsEvery volunteer helps.

AYSO Region 114 Programs

"Soccer Season" (Fall), July through December

The Fall season is the primary soccer season for AYSO Region 114. Registration opens in March. Coaches are recruited in June. Practices begin in August. Games begin in September. The primary season completes by Thanksgiving. Playoffs and post-season tournaments extend into December (and beyond if you keep winning).

In the Fall, our primary recreational soccer program is called "AYSO Core." We also offer VIP for special needs players, pre-soccer Playground for 3-year-olds, and EXTRA™, a pathway to higher-level soccer. All programs, except for EXTRA™, offer open registration -- so as long as we have enough volunteer coaches, every child that wants to play on a team gets to play on a team. (EXTRA™ is a more competitive program that is try-out based and teams are formed through invitation only.)

Spring Season, January through June

In the Spring, we offer Academies and Camps, run by licensed and certified soccer coaches, through our training partners First Touch Soccer. The Academy programs hold practices on weekdays and scrimmages on Saturdays for (roughly) 10 weeks, just like our recreational Fall season.(In some ways, it is better because of the professional training and focus on scrimmage fun, rather than worrying about team standings and scores, and parents who yell obnoxiously.)

AYSO Region 114 does not offer a "Core" season in the Spring.

Our Soccer Programs

Want to play on a team? Check out the Core (recreation), VIP (special needs), or EXTRA (advanced) programs below. Want to work on development and skills? Check out the Playground (3-year-olds), and Academies & Camps (everyone!) below.

Fall Core (Recreational, U5 - U19)

Our Core program is the foundation for all the fun, excitement and learning that happens on the fields. AYSO is best known for its Core Program – it’s where the large majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make memories that will last a lifetime. This is the first step in the AYSO Player Pathway.

Birth Year Divisions

Players in Core are placed on teams according to gender and year of birth. Girls who turn 4 this calendar year start in "Girls Under 5" (or U5). Boys who turn 5 play in Boys U6... and so on up through U19. The important thing to know is that we use the Calendar Year to determine division placement -- so a player born January 1st, 2016 is in the same division as a player born December 31, 2016.

Balanced Teams

Registration for Region 114 Core program follows the AYSO philosophies of Open Registration and Balanced Teams -- meaning everyone who registers gets placed on a team (as long as we have enough parents/guardians stepping up to coach), and new teams are selected each year. Every year your coach and teammates will change, to keep games fair and fun.

Core Schedule

Games begin after Labor Day. Teams play one game each week, for 9 or 10 games. Most games occur Saturdays, with one or two Friday night games for players in U7, U8, and U12+.

The practice schedule for core teams is entirely up to the volunteer Coach. Most coaches begin their practices in August, and hold one or two practices per week depending on the age group. A big reason to volunteer as a Coach is you get to set practices on any day/time that works for your family!

Core Playoffs / Tournaments

Teams that have acquired enough Volunteer points are invited to participate in the end-of-season Tournaments/Playoffs, which take place before Thanksgiving (lower divisions) and after Thanksgiving (upper divisions).


VIP (Special Needs)

In the Fall, we are proud to offer a very special program for children and adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Our VIP (Very Important Player) program provides a safe, fun environment with trained coaches and volunteers who facilitate an enriching experience for players and their families.


Fall EXTRA™ (Single year divisions U9-U14, and U16)

AYSO EXTRA™ is a completely separate program from AYSO Core. EXTRA™ is also separate from All-Stars and Spring Select. Region 114 EXTRA™ teams, called "Long Beach United" form for both Fall and Spring EXTRA™ seasons. (Don't confuse the "United" team name with AYSO's United program which is the Official Club Program of AYSO soccer. Region 114 does not have a "United Club" Program.)

EXTRA™ is AYSO's program offering a higher level of play and requires try-outs. To qualify for Fall and Spring EXTRA™ programs the players must attend one of the tryouts that are usually held December - February. More info can be found on our EXTRA™ page.


Playground

Playground (kids who turn 3 this calendar year) uses group activities, soccer themes, and parent participation to develop the fundamental motor skills that prepare kids for all sports. Players participate each Saturday with their parent (or other adult) working with them on the field. This is NOT a mini World Cup experience. Don’t expect 60 minutes of soccer games. The program uses soccer as the "teaching thread" to develop fundamental motor skills such as balance, running, jumping and throwing for three year olds. This is the foundation of sports success and an active lifestyle. Let your little one learn the beautiful game the right way! Parent Participation is REQUIRED! AYSO coaches lead sessions that create a fun, parent participatory atmosphere utilizing age appropriate activities.

Visit our Playground page for more information.


Soccer Academy (Winter, Spring, Summer)

Keep your soccer development going year round with our Region 114 Soccer Academy, which is open to any player. The academy sessions are weekly with weekend "coach free scrimmages." We host multiple academies throughout the year in partnership with the premiere soccer development organization in Southern California, First Touch Soccer.

Camps (Holidays, School Breaks)

We offer full-day and half-day camps during holiday and school breaks. These camps are multiday and focused on one thing: development and fun. Okay, that was two things. Our Camps are hosted in partnership with First Touch Soccer.

Registration FAQ

Region 114 Fall Registration Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common Registration questions.

In which program should I register my child -- VIP, Core, EXTRA, Playground?

The Intro to Region 114 page describes all our programs in detail.

If you're not sure, it's probably Core you want. AYSO Core is the most common, recreation-level soccer program AYSO offers for children ages 4 - 18. Core is our primary program in the Fall season.

AYSO VIP is a Fall program for children and adults ages 4 and up with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

EXTRA™ is AYSO's advanced program that offers a higher level of competition and requires try-outs. Teams are formed through invitation only.

Playground is a soccer-themed group adventure program for 3-year-olds where parents/guardians and their players explore fundamental motor skills together. 


How do you determine in which age group a child will play?

AYSO divisions are based on gender and birth year (January - December). See Age Matrix below.


Can my child register for / "play down" in a younger age group?

No, per AYSO National Guidelines, players MAY NOT "play down" into a younger division. Players are assigned to divisions based on their year of birth. Review the above Age Matrix.

As parents, we understand the challenge this presents to players born late in the year or those without much soccer exposure. That's why AYSO is the best fit for your young player! AYSO is structured to be recreational and low-pressure. Having your child interact with his/her peers in a fun environment will allow your child to gain self-confidence and grow their skills regardless of experience level. One of AYSO's core philosophies is Everyone Plays... regardless of skill level or month of birth every child gets to play on the field and be encouraged to go their hardest.


Can my child "play up" in an older division?

Yes, if you or someone you trust is willing to step up as Head Coach to coach the team. If you or someone you know is willing to volunteer as Head Coach, please reach out to the AYSO 114 Coach Administrator ([email protected]) about your plans for playing up.


Can I request one or more teammates for my player?

At the U5-U8 level, where scores and standings don't matter, we allow parents to submit ONE teammate request when registering their player. This is not guaranteed, but we do our best to honor one teammate request.

At the older levels, U10 and above, we do not accept any teammate requests, in order to create balanced and fair teams.

HOWEVER Head Coaches may "lock" one volunteer (such as a referee, assistant coach, or team parent) and thus the player associated with the requested volunteer. This is permitted for all divisions levels (U5 - U19). If you would like to be a Head Coach in order to request a volunteer + teammate, please email the Coach Administrator at [email protected].


Will siblings/twins be placed on the same team?

Yes, if your players are in the same age group and are both registered under the same account, our Registrars will put the players on the same team. (Although adding the name to the teammate request field at the time of registering will act as a safety net.)

If the siblings are NOT in the same age group, they can still play together, but one will have to "play up," and in addition we will need a parent/guardian to act as a Head Coach. If you would like your younger child to play on the same team as your older child, please email the Coach Administrator at [email protected].


What are the costs?

Below is cost information for our primary soccer season, which runs (roughly) August through November(ish). The costs below are subject to change each year, and this webpage may not always get updated, so consider the below fees a ballpark amount. The exact amount will be shown to you during your sign-up / registration.

Program Fees
Core
Ages 4-18

Early Bird Discount (before April 18th): $130 + $20 City Park Usage Fee/player + $20 AYSO Annual Membership = $170

After April 18th: $170 + $20 City Park Usage Fee/player + $20 AYSO Annual Membership = $190

Above fees are for first and second child. Third child (and thereafter) each receive $75 discount.

VIP$55 + $20 City Park Usage Fee/player + $20 AYSO Annual Membership
Playground$70 + $20 City Park Usage Fee/player + $20 AYSO Annual Membership
EXTRA™Above Core cost plus amount determined later, based on number of EXTRA™ teams and players. Typically around $270 for additional training kits, multiple uniforms, and First Touch coach training. Plus additional expenses chosen by the team (banners, canopies, tournaments, backpacks, etc.) See EXTRA™ page for more info.

What's included in my fees?

Your fee includes: AYSO membership, uniform (jersey, shorts, socks for Core/VIP/EXTRA™), photo package, yearbook, trophy / medal, and supplemental accident insurance.

What's not in my fees?

You will need appropriate athletic wear for practices. Cleats are recommended. (We run a CLEAT BANK where you can donate and pick-up gently used cleats.) Balls are helpful to your coach, but not required. (Size 3 for U5 - U8; Size 4 for U10 - U12; Size 15 for U14+) Always bring a water bottle. Your coach or team manager may ask parents to pay money to cover costs of a Team Sign, as well as team-items for the Opening Day Festival.


I've registered my player. Now what?

Now you wait. After registration closes, we fill Head Coach vacancies and try to make sure every player can be placed on a team with a Head Coach. Coaches receive rosters in late July or early August. Coaches are asked to reach out to their players by the second week of August. Practices typically begin in mid-August. If you have not heard from any team by August 10th, please reach out to the Region 114 Coach Administrator ([email protected]).


I'm ready to be a volunteer Coach!

Great. Visit our Coach Sign-up page!


When does the Fall season start?

Practices start around mid-August. The practice schedule is up to the coach -- typically younger divisions practice once per week, and older divisions practice at least twice per week. Games begin after Labor Day. The season lasts through November, with games played weekly -- usually Saturdays but occasionally Fridays.


What days are practices?

The practice schedule is entirely up to the Head Coach. We can't tell you when your team will practice. This is the best reason to volunteer as a head coach -- you guarantee a schedule that works for your family. Practices start in mid-August. Coaches set their practice schedule to be once or twice per week, depending on the age group.


The practice schedule my coach picked conflicts with my schedule. Can I switch teams?

Regrettably, Region 114 cannot make accommodations for your player due to scheduling conflicts. We still believe your players can enjoy the soccer experience even if they are only able to participate on game days. While this is not ideal, we give our volunteer coaches complete control over their practice schedule -- this is a benefit of stepping up to coach. If you have conflicts on your calendar, perhaps next year you will consider becoming a head coach to set your own schedule.


What equipment does my player need?

Shin guards under socks are mandatory during practice and games. Socks must cover all parts of the shin guard. Full-coverage shoes are required, and it is advisable to use shoes designed specifically for soccer (e.g., soccer cleats). Baseball / football cleats are not permitted (those are typically ones with a single cleat at the very front of the shoe).

Balls are not required, but are recommended, especially so your player can practice on their own. (U6-U8 Size 3 ball; U10-U12 Size 4; U14+ Size 5)

Region 114 provides game-day jerseys, shorts, and socks to each player on a team, but players should have their own weather-appropriate clothes for practices. Players must wear their team-issued jersey and socks for games or the referee may not permit them to play.

Players should always have plenty of water available for both games and practices. Don't forget the sunscreen!

The following items are NOT PERMITTED: bracelets (metal or plastic), wristwatches, barrettes, necklaces, earrings, hard-hair accessories, or any other such object, including casts or splints, which could possibly cause injury to him/her or another player. NO EXCEPTIONS.


How do I register for Spring?

In the Spring, we offer Winter / Spring Academies and Camps -- which are weekly practices plus Saturday scrimmages!


What is the Cancellation / Refund policy?

Please see the Cancellation / Refund Policy description above.

Return Check Policy

All returned checks will be charged a service fee of $25.00. Families with returned checks will not be permitted to participate in the program until the service fee plus the amount of the returned check are paid in full. The fee must be paid to the Treasurer with a Money Order or Cashier's Check. Players will be placed on a wait list until the fees are paid.


What is the AYSO membership fee? Do I have to pay it?

The AYSO National Membership Fee is a yearly non-refundable fee to play in AYSO. It goes directly to AYSO National and covers soccer accident insurance, annual subscription to PLAYSOCCER magazine, newsletters and special offers & discounts.


Registration Questions?

We're here to help. You may find answers to most common registration questions below in our Registration FAQ. We also invite you to send your registration questions to AYSO Region 114 Registrar at [email protected].

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