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PIE stands for Positive, Instructional, and Encouraging. It is a philosophy that we want all to abide by when dealing with players. This means no negative comments towards a player when they make a mistake or fail to perform to
your standards. Referees have the authority to eject parents, coaches, or spectators who
verbally abuse a player. Please keep all comments PIE.
AYSO is a national soccer league that promotes a positive, instructional and
encouraging soccer experience for players at every skill level. CYSA, not
affiliated with AYSO, is a completely separate soccer league with teams
throughout Northern California (including several in San Mateo). CYSA
provides a soccer experience with teams in a highly competitive league
Information on player registration locations is found on this website (see
Registration). Families must pre-register and
print their own registration forms through the national eAYSO website.
These forms are brought to one of the Walk-In Registrations listed on the
Registration can only be done in person.
Volunteers (coaches, referees, etc.) have an online early registration option
and can register their children at a discounted rate. Please check the
website if you are interested in volunteering.
Missed Walk-In Registration? Following
the Walk-In Registrations, registration is done through the mail.
Registration is first-come, first-served. The use of the
process is encouraged.
San Mateo AYSO endeavors to provide a quality soccer experience for all eligible
players. Families who are unable to afford the registration expenses
may be elegible for a fee reduction during the open registration times.
Requests for brothers or sisters in the same division to be on the same team
are honored whenever possible.
Often, however, a parent may decide that it is not a good idea for their
children to play together, which will also be honored whenever possible.
These requests must be noted on each player's registration form.
Requests to play on the same team as another player for younger players are
honored whenever possible.
You must coordinate with the other player's parents as each registration form
must list the other player's name in the registration form comment section.
Player age and team balancing are factors in pairing players.
If the problem is transportation, just speak to the coach or team parents. There is always someone who
will be available and willing to give your child a ride. If there are other activities (such as lessons
of some kind), maybe it would be possible to adjust the schedule. Please try to make it to practice. Your child is involved in a team sport. The team cannot learn to work together if there are players
who consistently miss practices.
Attach a note to your registration form describing your needs and circumstances.
The regional coordinators, when developing the teams, may be able to accommodate
your request. Please note that the coordinator considers many factors in
the development of a team, and may not be able to honor your request. (If
the player is in the Under 12 or Under 14 division, balancing of the teams is
important and special requests are difficult to honor.)
Since you got your Player Registration Form mailed in as directed, then you
are on the wait list the appropriate division. Late registrants for
divisions which have not reached their capacity are placed on teams soon after
receipt of the form. If you did not promptly hear back, the division is
probably full and are on the wait list.
Every attempt is made to allow all players to play. The total number of
players in each division is determined based on the number of trained coaches
available and the number of players registering during the open registration
Parents tend not to un-register their kids when they move from the area or
decide not to play, so the region generally does not know who is not going to
play until the initial telephone calls are made. If your wait-listed child can
be placed on a team, you are most likely to receive a call starting in the
second week of August.
The age division designations in AYSO are: U19, U14, U12, U10, U8, U6, and Jamboree (U5).
The division designation U10 literally means that the player was "Under
10" on the July 31st proceeding the start of the season. If a child turns 8 on July 31st, then he/she would play in the
U10 division. If a child turns 8 on August 1, then he/she would play in the U8 division
as they are still under
8 on July 31st.
The U5/Jamboree program is specifically designed for four year olds. Jamboree is a combination of two different formats that, put together, provides the best possible introduction to soccer for our youngest players. Jamboree is a One-with-One program where each player works with a parent (or other adult) on the field.
Safety on the field is the first responsibility of every coach, referee, and
all other AYSO officials. Players may not wear any earrings, bracelets, watches, barrettes, or any object that could possibly cause injury to him/herself or
another player to practice or to a soccer game. Pierced earrings are not allowed
during practice or at games. Covering earrings with tape is not allowed.
NO EXCEPTIONS. Please encourage your daughter to defer piercing her ears
until after the season has concluded.
Metal and plastic hair clips are not allowed on the field for practice or
during a game. Players with long hair may wish to wear soft hair ties such
as "Scrunchies". The referee will decide if an article of clothing is unsafe.
The referee shall decide when to stop play to take care of an injury. At the younger ages (Jamboree, U6, and U8) the referees are encouraged to stop play
immediately. Older players may attempt to feign an injury as a tactical move, or may "bounce back" from a minor fall. As a courtesy, a team is
encouraged to kick the ball out of play, as the referee can most easily deal with the injury at that time. In the event of a serious injury occurs, the referee will
stop play as soon as he / she is aware of the injury.
A player that is bleeding shall not participate in the match until the bleeding has stopped, and any blood on his / her clothing is covered or
removed. (New parents: this seldom occurs.)
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 him/herself or another player.
The policy from the National AYSO allows for NO EXCEPTIONS.
This applies at the games as well as at practices.
Soccer shoes are often referred to as
"Cleats". Soccer cleats are different from
many other field sport shoes in that they fit snugly to facilitate kicking the
Players do not have to have cleats to play -- athletic shoes are fine,
especially for younger players.
Board members gets the lowest pay, $0. Coaches and referees are more important so they get paid double, $00. We are an
all volunteer organization. We do not receive any money for being a board member,
a coach, or a referee. Working with children and seeing them develop is our reward.
The referee administrators are your point of contact regarding referee
issues, and are available to discuss any of your concerns. The
administrators are listed on the Contact Us page. Please
remember that the referees, like all other officials in AYSO, are volunteers who
have dedicated a large amount of time and energy in training and refereeing
Soccer referees in every league come to the game with differing degrees of
training and experience. The badges represent the level of training the
referee has accomplished. Ask a referee what his badge represents to him!
As upsetting as it may be, the best course is to try to forget about the mistake and get back into the game.
The referees are
human, so they will make mistakes just like everyone else. Put yourself in their shoes and think how you would like people to respond if you
made a mistake. Also, please keep in mind that the referee is on the field
and is seeing the game from a completely different location than you, and that
his interpretation and application of the laws may differ from
Remember that, above all, the coaches, referees, and all other AYSO staff are volunteers.
Specific comments should be sent from the
Kids Zone Feedback form. Referees are always in demand - contact the Regional Referee Administrator and find out when the next referee class is. Then, come to class and become a
certified referee. We need people that know the game and can make the calls as they see them.
The administrators are listed on the Contact Us page.
Harassing the referee is not permitted - no matter how poorly you think he is performing.
You sure can. AYSO will provide you with all the training for free. The only
thing we as for are your time and commitment. Contact the Regional Coach Administrator or the
Regional Referee Administrator to learn more. If coaching or refereeing is not for you, there are
others way you can help. Talk to the Commissioner or a board member and ask how you can take
part in bringing this quality soccer program to our community. You'll be glad you did.
The administrators are listed on the Contact Us page.
Just because it is wet outside, don't assume that the games will be canceled. Kids are waterproof and have been known to play soccer
in the rain. On rainy days, the fields will be checked for playability.
Notices are placed on the AYSO San Mateo home page when fields
are closed due to weather and are available to parents through the free RainedOut service (subscribe at <RainedOut>. Weather conditions often change during the
day, Board Members and the Referee scheduled may call off the game as conditions worsen. If
there is nothing on the web site and you don't hear from your Coach
or Team Parent, assume the game is on and go to the field at game time.
The Laws Of The Game are the same
for professional soccer as in youth leagues. These Laws can be viewed
online at FIFA Laws of the Game.
Referees in youth leagues understand that AYSO is a
recreational league with younger and less skilled players than
found in many adult leagues. Consequently, there are
different thresholds for awarding of fouls for "playing in a dangerous manner" and
"gaining an unfair advantage".
AYSO has made a small number of modifications to the laws (as permitted by
the laws) to meet the needs of a youth sports program. The modifications
are in the areas of field size and ball size, restrictions on heading the ball, play time, and
substitutions. Players in younger divisions play a special
short-sided game with very simplified laws.