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Region 114 Core Soccer (Recreational)

About AYSO Core Soccer

AYSO is best known for its Core Program. It's the most popular, recreation soccer program in the country.

Region 114's Core Program adheres to AYSO’s six core philosophies:

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

Core Divisions

Core soccer is for children ages 4 to 18. Children are placed in Divisions based on their year of birth. A child born January 1, 2016 plays in the same division as a child born December 31, 2016. See the below Age Matrix to determine in which division your child will play.

Also see the Region 114 Division Formats below.


Core Teams

The U5 - U10 teams are randomly assigned teams based on coach ratings. Every year teams are re-balanced and players receive new teammates and coaches. This ensures talent is evenly distributed and makes the games more fair and fun for everyone.


Core Sign-Up

Region 114 Core uses "Open Registration." This means any player who wants to play, regardless of skill level, is allowed to register during the registration season.

Visit our Registration page for more information.


Practice Schedule

Practices for Core teams begin in August whenever the Coach decides. There are usually one to two practices per week -- but the practice schedule is entirely up to whichever coach volunteers to coach your child's team. A big reason to volunteer as a Coach is you get to set your own practice schedule on any days or times you want. Teams practice at Heartwell West (between Woodruff and Palo Verde).


Game Schedule

The regular season starts after Labor Day and consists of 9 or 10 games (depending on age division). Teams play one game each week. Most games are Saturdays, with the occasional Friday night games in U7, U8, and U12+ age groups.

After the regular season, teams that have accrued the requisite Volunteer points are invited to play in the end-of-season Tournaments and Playoffs.


Core Location

Core teams at U5 - U14 play all games in Region 114's Fields, against other Region 114 teams in their division. There is no travel.

Core teams at U16-U19 play 50% of their games against other regions in our Area, with minimum travel.

All Core teams must practice at Heartwell West (between Woodruff and Palo Verde).


Core Volunteer Points

All Core teams must complete their Volunteer Points in order to participate in season-end-tournaments and playoffs.


U5 Jamboree

The U5 Division kicks off with our U5 Jamboree. This is a party atmosphere (free pizza and snacks!), and fun drills and scrimmages ran by licensed coaches from the premier soccer training organization in Southern California, First Touch Soccer. Since U5 is the first year for "traditional" soccer for many of our players -- with coaches, practices, and teams -- the Jamboree's purpose is to introduce them in a fun atmosphere that makes them want to play. For more information visit our U5 Jamboree Events page.


Playoffs / Season-End Tournaments

All Core teams have the opportunity to participate in a Season-End Tournament / Playoffs only IF their team has enough volunteer points.

Friendship Cup (U5 - U8)

At the U5 - U8 level, the season-ending Tournament is called the Friendship Cup, and we treat it as a large party with music, pizza, photos, and more. Some teams use this opportunity to host their team party as a big picnic/potluck between tournament games, and to hand out trophies and yearbooks. The kids love the feeling of playing in a "real tournament" and we encourage teams to plan their volunteer points early so they don't miss out.

Commissioner's Cup (U10 - U14)

At the U10 - U14 level, the season-ending Tournament is called the Commissioner's Cup, and it is essentially the Region 114 playoffs to determine which team will represent Region 114 in the Area Z tournament (in January) against other regions in our Area. If you win the Area Z tournament, you advance to the Section 11 Tournament in February, to play against other Area winners in Section 11. If you win Section 11, you advance to the Western States Championships in March.

Note: this opportunity is only afforded to teams that have sufficient volunteer referees (you need to supply a referee crew at each tournament), and have not had disciplinary issues and will be a good representative of Region 114 by promoting the AYSO philosophies. Reminder you are only allowed to play in the Commissioner's Cup if your team has achieved the requisite number of volunteer points.

Region 114 Core Age Divisions

 

Region 114 Age Matrix

Our Core program offers divisions for children from 4 to 18. Divisions are divided by age and gender. Divisions are based on birth year. See age matrix below.

AYSO Region 114 Age Matrix

Can my child play down?

We apologize, but AYSO National Guidelines DO NOT permit players to "Play Down" into a younger division. Players are assigned to divisions based on their year of birth.

As parents, we absolutely understand the challenge this presents to players born late in the year or those without much soccer exposure, especially when playing in older divisions for the first time. 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.

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Region 114 Division Formats

IMPORTANT! In all divisions, players must have shin guards under socks, appropriate footwear (soccer cleats recommendd), and water/beverage. Balls are encouraged. Don't forget the sunscreen.

 


5U/6U

These age divisions introduce weekly practices in addition to Saturday games. Games are played on a small field with small nets and no goalkeepers. Play is still purely for fun; we don’t keep score and we don’t have standings. Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

  • Quarter duration: 5 minutes
  • Ball size: 3
  • Game format: 5v5
  • No goalkeepers or standing in front of goals.
  • If ball goes sligtly out of play, let the play continue
  • No scores are kept; no wins-losses are tracked

7U/8U

In these divisions, we introduce goalkeeping. We don’t keep score and we don’t have standings. Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

  • Quarter duration: 10 minutes
  • Ball size: 3
  • Game format: 7v7 (minimum 5 players per side) Some 7U teams may agree to play 8v8.
  • No scores are kept; no wins-losses are tracked
  • Corner kicks, goal kicks, and throw-ins. (No kick-ins/pass-ins)

10U

This is the first division in which we maintain scores and keep standings, but the focus is still on development -- referees are lenient of minor transgressions. Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

  • Quarter duration: 12.5 minutes
  • Ball size: 4
  • Game format: 7v7 (minimum 5 players per side)
  • 10U is First Core division that uses the Build-Out-Line

12U

Halves are 30 minutes, teams play 9v9 with positions that approximate to full soccer. Even though play can be more intense, we still expect coaches and parents to keep the focus on safe, fair, and fun. No amount of yelling at the referees is tolerated (at any level!). Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

  • Quarter duration: 15 minutes
  • Ball size: 4
  • Game format: 9v9 (minimum 6 players per side)

14U

Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

  • Quarter duration: 17.5 minutes
  • Ball size: 5
  • Game format: 11v11 (minimum 7 players per side)

16U/19U

Halves are 40 minutes (16U) / 45 minutes (19U), teams play full sided 11v11. (minimum 7 players per side) Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability. Teams participate in inter-region play.

We Need You To Volunteer

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.

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Long Beach, California 90808

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