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Team Information

Teams in AYSO are formed solely on the basis of the player's age.

Jamboree/U5 Division (4 years old on July 31)

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. More information on Jamboree is available here.

Division U6 (5 years old on July 31)

Under-6 soccer is a game designed especially for our youngest players.  The game is played with only four players from each team on the field at any one time.  There are no league standings, no goalkeepers, simplified field markings, and short playing periods.  The intent is to provide a team-based environment where players develop basic ball handling skills and have Fun!

  • A non-competitive division for players aged 4½ through 5.  
  • Team size is 8 or fewer, with 4 players on the field during games.
  • No goalkeepers
  • Every team member plays at least 1/2 of every game.
  • Every team provides team parent referees.
  • Team formation:  By age, prior year's ratings.
  • Season:  10 weeks.  No post-season playoffs.
  • Coordinators are listed in the Regional Guidelines.

Division U8 (age under 8 on July 31)

Under-8 soccer is a game designed especially for our younger players.  The game is played with six players from each team on the field at any one time.  There are no league standings, no goalkeepers, simplified field markings, and short playing periods.  The intent is to provide a team-based environment where players develop basic ball handling skills and have Fun!

  • A non-competitive division for players aged 6 through 7.  
  • Team size is 12 or fewer, with 6 players on the field during games.
  • No goalkeepers
  • Every team member plays at least 1/2 of every game.
  • Every team provides team parent referees.
  • Team formation:  By age, prior year's ratings.
  • Season:  10 weeks.  No post-season playoffs.
  • Coordinators are listed in the Regional Guidelines.

Division U10 (age under 10 on July 31)

Under-10 soccer brings an element of competitive league play into the game of soccer.  This division plays on medium-sized fields with reduced-size goals where available.  The league standings are based on games played in the second half of the season with a post-season weekend tournament (weather permitting).

  • For players aged 8 through 9.  
  • Team size is 9 or fewer, with 7 players on the field during games.
  • Every team member plays at least 3/4 of every game.
  • Practices:  Typically 1 or 2 per week.
  • Team formation:  By age, prior year's ratings.
  • Season:  10 week regular season with a 2 day post-season tournament.  Tournament qualification occurs during last few regular season games.
  • Coordinators are listed in the Regional Guidelines.

Division U12 (age under 12 on July 31)

Under-12 soccer is played under FIFA Laws modified as appropriate for youth soccer (notably: a smaller ball, reduced field size and game length).  League standings are based on the entire season with a post-season weekend tournament (weather permitting).

  • A competitive division for players aged 10 through 11.  
  • Team size is 12 or fewer players, with 9 players on the field during games.
  • Every team member plays at least 3/4 of every game.
  • Regional & Area Referees.
  • Practices:  Typically 1-2 per week.
  • Team formation:  By age, prior year's ratings.
  • Season:  10 week regular season with a post-season tournament.
  • Coordinators are listed in the Regional Guidelines.

Division U14 (age under 14 on July 31)

  • A competitive division for players aged 12 through 13.  
  • Team size is 14 or fewer players, with 11 players on the field during games.
  • Every team member plays at least 3/4 of every game.
  • Practices:  Typically 2 per week.
  • Team formation:  By age, prior year's ratings.
  • Season:  10 game regular season with a post-season tournament.
  • Coordinators are listed in the Regional Guidelines.

Division U16, U19 (age under 16 and under 19 on July 31)

  • Competitive divisions for players aged 14 through 18.  
  • Game location:  various locations in San Mateo County.
  • Practices:  Typically 2 per week.
  • Team formation:  By age, prior year's ratings.  Player "buddy" requests are not honored.
  • Season:  10 game regular season with a post-season tournament.
  • Coordinators are listed in the Regional Guidelines.
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