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Core for Younger Players - Ages 5-7

AYSO Core for Younger Players
Ages 5 (6U) through 7 (8U)

This is youth soccer at its Core and is open to all players under age 8 in the spring and fall (separate registration required for each season). At this age, we focus on proper techniques to kick, receive and move the ball around the field through dribbling, passing and shooting.

Games for our younger players are designed to maximize ball touches and scoring opportunities (studies have shown that kids who touch the ball more, who score more and who are more engaged, play soccer longer). There are no goalies and we do not keep score.

Each team consists of 5 or 6 players with 4 kids on the field while the others take a break (substitutes). Coaches are required to play each player three quarters if possible, and no less than half the game (so your kid won’t sit the whole game on the bench - Everyone Plays!®)

Games and Practices

In the spring, teams are formed in April with games after the last weekend in April through the last week of school in June. In the fall, teams are formed in August with games on the weekend before Labor Day through the end of October. Expect a call, text or email from your coach in April for spring soccer or August for fall soccer (be sure your contact information is up to date when you register your child).

We try to schedule ten games per team on Saturdays and weekday evenings. All games are played on fields 9A-9H on the south side of Pete Livermore Sports Complex (Edmonds Field). The schedule is usually released in mid-April and mid-August, about a week or two before the first game.

Practice times and locations are up to the coach’s discretion - so if you have a busy schedule and you’re not sure if you can get your player to practice at certain times, consider being a coach so you can decide. Coaches typically have one or two practices per week in April and August. Once games begin, most coaches at this level do not continue to hold separate practice sessions, but instead work with the players during warm-ups immediately prior to the games.

Core Program Parent Expectations

Expectations on the Field

We want AYSO soccer fields to be a safe, friendly, happy, place for children to play. Therefore, we expect all parents, spectators and volunteers to abide by the AYSO Code of Conduct and the Kid Zone Guidelines. We encourage fans on the sidelines, and anyone else nearby, to use positive language, show good sportsmanship in their attitude and behavior, and to create a great experience for every player. Whether you are an official AYSO volunteer, or simply your child’s biggest fan, we want you to feel empowered to remind others who are not exhibiting positive behavior to do so.

Expectations off the field

Parents, guardians, grandparents and other family members are integral to your child’s success. Players that kick the ball with their parents a few times per week outside of practice progress much more quickly than players that don’t.

After games, briefly emphasize the positive. If your player wants to talk more about the game, do so. However, try to avoid lengthy discussions about poor performance - generally, your child knows what went wrong and what can be improved - and if the player doesn’t know, then the player isn‘t ready to hear the criticism.

Volunteer for your Child!

AYSO is an all-volunteer organization. We can’t do this without you! We need coaches, referees and team parents to help out with each team. A team full of engaged parents makes a positive experience for the coach, which in turn, makes a better experience for your child. Here are ways you can help out!

Coach. Each team must have a coach. For this age, to be a coach you must be good with kids, pass a background check and take the on-line Safe Haven, CDC Concussion Awareness and AYSO 8U Training. Remember, if there’s no coach, your child can’t play. Here are five more reasons why you should coach:
  • The coach is the head cheerleader and it’s a lot of fun. In fact, for 6U, the coach gets to be on the field with the players during the game.
  • The coach gets to determine when and where practices are - plus, we do our best to schedule games around your busy schedule - it’s the perfect volunteer position for the busiest parents.
  • We provide easy, simple to understand training.
  • At this age, coaching is super easy! The kids have no idea that you don’t think you know what you are doing and you really only need to remind them to score in the right goal and remind them not to touch the ball with their hands.
  • Finally, coaching is a great way to create lasting memories for your child!
Referee. Every 8U team should have a referee. If there’s no referee, the coach will need to referee - which means he/she can’t coach. Support your coach and be a referee. For this age, to be a referee you must pass a background check and take the on-line Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness and the in-person AYSO 8U Referee Training. As with coaching, being a referee for this age is super easy and since we don’t keep score, there’s no pressure - just keep the kids safe!

Team Parent. The Team Parent organizes who brings snacks for the kids after each game. You’d be amazed at how important the snacks are to the little kids! The Team Parent may also be asked to organize the end of season party or collect money from other parents to purchase trophies (AYSO does not provide participation trophies). Purchase of trophies or medals is at the discretion of each team.

Core Program Required Player Equipment

As a part of the registration fee, AYSO provides each player:
  • An AYSO uniform, which includes a jersey, shorts and socks; and
  • A size 3 soccer ball.
Coaches will distribute uniforms and balls. Players should bring their soccer ball to every practice and game.

You must provide for every practice and game:
  • Shin guards;
  • Closed-toed running shoes, sneakers or cleats; and
  • Water or other hydration.
Cleats are optional, but players must wear closed-toed shoes. EACH PLAYER MUST WEAR SHIN GUARDS AND CLOSED-TOED SHOES TO EACH PRACTICE AND GAME. PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY IF THEY ARE NOT WEARING SHIN GUARDS AND CLOSED-TOED SHOES. Shin guards are worn UNDER the player’s soccer socks next to the skin. The socks must completely cover the shin guard.

The following are not allowed at any practice or game:
  • Splints or casts (hard or soft) of any kind; and
  • Earrings or other jewelry while playing - with or without tape or band-aids.
We recommend you refrain from piercing ears until the end of the season.

Player Development Initiatives

AYSO follows the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDIs). The PDIs aim to create an environment for youth players to grow and develop their soccer abilities. The most notable PDI includes small-sided game standards. Small-sided standards are regulations for youth games played with less than eleven players on each team that include field and ball size, game length and special rules. Fewer players on the field will allow players to be more involved and provide more opportunity for development.

The PDIs are designed to shift the focus of youth soccer from results based to individual player development. Tasked with advancing the sport at all levels, these initiatives have been implemented to create uniform standards with the primary consideration extended to the individual player at each age level based on their developmental needs.

The following rules apply to 6U:
  • Coaches on the field; no referee
  • 10 minute halves
  • Size 3 ball
  • 5 or 6 players per team; 4 on the field (4v4)
  • Heading the ball is not allowed
  • No throw-ins; pass or kick in
The following rules apply to 8U:
  • Coaches must stay off the field; a referee will manage the game
  • 20 minute halves
  • Size 3 ball
  • 5 or 6 players per team; 4 on the field (4v4)
  • Heading the ball is not allowed
  • Players throw-in to restart play after it crosses the touchline; referee may instruct the player or have the player re-throw-in the ball; a perfect throw-in is not required
All AYSO matches shall be conducted in accordance the AYSO National Rules & Regulations and with the current FIFA Laws of the Game.

Registration

This program is open to any player that meets the applicable age requirements. Generally, registration is open beginning in November for spring season and beginning in May for fall season. Registration closes as divisions fill up, but no later than the first game.

Please go to our registration webpage for more details.

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Carson City, Nevada 89702

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