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AYSO 114 Long Beach

Fall Programs

AYSO Philosophies

Our programs are based on AYSO’s six core philosophies:

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

Fall Programs (August - November)

In the Fall, AYSO Region 114 offers Core, VIP, Playground, and Extra. See below for a description of each program we offer. 


Fall Registration

Registration for the 2020 Season begins March 1st, 2020

Region 114's soccer season begins in late Summer and finishes in Spring of the following year. Registration for each season runs March - May. We form teams in July and practices typically start in August.

Our current season is already under way, but there are still ways for your child to play! Check our our Winter and Spring Academies & Camps, that offer your child fun and development (and scrimmages!) until our next season begins.

Don't forget to sign up to Volunteer at the same time you are registering your player!

Need help registering? These Blue Sombrero Instructions may help.

Questions? Contact our Registrar at: [email protected]

Fall Core

Fall Core

Our Fall 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.

Practices for Core teams begin in August. Games begin after Labor Day. Teams play one game each week. Most games occur Saturdays, with Friday night games for some divisions. The regular season lasts through November, with tournaments typically in late November / early December. Some Core players will be invited to form a Core All-Stars team, which play against other regions.

Core Divisions

Our Core program offers divisions for children from 3 to 19. Divisions are divided by age and gender (except at the youngest divisions). Divisions are based on birth year. Note: Prior to 2019-20 Fall season, 5U players played in 6U, and 7U players played in 8U. Starting in 2019-20 Fall, we have separated 5U and 7U into their own divisions.

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.

AYSO Region 114 Age Matrix

AYSO Region 114 Age Matrix

5U/6U

[5U is a new division for 2019.] These age divisions introduce weekly practices in addition to the 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. Teams with enough volunteer points may participate in the Friendship Cup in December. Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

7U/8U

[7U is a new division for 2019.] Halves are 20 minutes. In these divisions, we introduce goalkeeping. We don’t keep score and we don’t have standings. Teams with enough volunteer points may participate in the Friendship Cup in December. Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

10U

Halves are 25 minutes, teams play 7v7. This is the first division in which we maintain scores and keep standings. Teams with enough volunteer points may participate in the December playoffs to determine the division champion. Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

12U

Halves are 30 minutes, teams play 9v9 with positions that approximate to full soccer. Teams with enough volunteer points may participate in the December playoffs to determine the division champion. Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

14U

Halves are 35 minutes, teams play full sided 11v11. Teams with enough volunteer points may participate in the December playoffs to determine the division champion. Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability.

16U/19U

Halves are 40 minutes (16U) / 45 minutes (19U), teams play full sided 11v11. Teams with enough volunteer points may participate in the December playoffs to determine the division champion. Practices are scheduled by the volunteer coaches for a time and location that works with their availability. Teams participate in inter-region play.

Fall Extra

Fall EXTRA™

For more information about our EXTRA™ program and teams, Long Beach United, please click here.

Fall VIP

Fall VIP

For more information about our Fall VIP program, please click here.

We Need You To Volunteer

Why is AYSO so inexpensive compared to 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 parent is expected to participate 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.

Registration FAQ

Registration Frequently Asked Questions

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

AYSO Rules and Regulations state, "The effective date of age determination shall be calendar year or the registrant’s age as of December 31 in the same year as the end of AYSO competition and end of Membership Year in accordance with US Soccer Player Development Initiatives mandates." Whew, that's a mouhtful.

It's a long way of saying, your child's age is based on how old they will become the year the Membership year ends. Keep in mind AYSO's membership year runs August through July of the next year. That's why you'll often see the season written as "2019/20" because the membership year doesn't end until 2020. In this example, your child's age on December 31, 2020 is what determines their division.

The United States Soccer Federation has found a much more simple way to describe it:

Year Season Ends – Birth Year = Age Group. Remember the 2019 Fall season ends in 2020, and 2020 Fall season ends in 2021, and so on.

Can my child register for / "play down" in a lower division?

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.

What is the Cancellation / Refund policy

It is our goal to balance the needs of families that request a refund with those of the Region. Late requests can result in unbalanced teams and/or additional costs associated with unused uniforms.

Refund Policy

  • Refunds will be granted for requests received before June 30th with the exception of the Membership fee ($20).
  • Partial refunds will be granted for requests received before August 1st
  • No refunds will be given for requests received after August 1st as teams have already been formed.
  • All refund requests must be emailed to the Registrar and Treasurer, and received by the above cut-off dates.

Email subject: Refund request for (Player Name and AYSO ID)

Email for refund must include:

  1. To whom refund check should be made payable
  2. Refund address if we are not able to refund credit card or if you paid by check
  3. Registration Date
  4. Method of payment when originally registered
  5. Reason for Refund
  6. Refund return address
  7. Player birthdate
  8. Player gender

Refund checks will be issued within four weeks of the email request. If you don’t receive an email confirmation within five days, please resend the email to both the Registrar and Treasurer.

AYSO Region 114 Refund policy (PDF)

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.

What is the difference between Core, EXTRA™, All Stars, and Spring Select?

Core (Fall)

The most common AYSO program is the Core program (Fall only). This is the program that the vast majority of our players play. It consists of nine or ten weeks of games, with practices beginning in August, and games usually concluding before Thanksgiving.

EXTRA™ (Fall and Spring)

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 Program.)

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

All-Stars (Fall)

All-Stars teams are fielded through invitation, from a pool of the Core U10 and above players, and play in the Area Z All-Stars Tournament in January. There may also be play in some optional tournaments immediately after the Core season, from late November up through January. Winners of the Area Z tournament advance to the Section 11 Tournament, and winners of Section 11 advance to Western States Championships.

All-Stars teams are formed by using the player ratings cards that Core coaches are asked to fill-out during the Fall season, so it is very important that all coaches complete them as requested. Note: Not every gender-division may form an All-Star team... it depends on coach and player eligibility.

Spring Select

Spring Select teams are formed by the Spring Select coach. Usually the first opportunity to fill the team is given to Fall All-Star players, and then other slots may be filled by the coach. Often the opportunity is given to children of dedicated volunteers that want to continue playing in the Spring. (Another reason to volunteer!) Spring Select has a 10-week schedule that runs from March - May, with the Spring Select Tournament wrapping up in early June. Spring Select Teams play against other Spring Select teams within Area Z, so some travel is involved. (Downey, Lynwood, South Gate, Wilmington, Lakewood, etc.)

Region 114 attempts to have a Spring Select team for every division, and in fact sometimes we have two from the same division, but ultimately it is subject to how many Select Coach volunteer applications we receive.

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