What does my child need?

* Shin guards (mandatory for practicing or playing games)
* Shoes with traction (e.g. - soccer shoes)
* Appropriately-sized ball (See table on Registration Page)
* Plenty of water

What does my registration fee cover?

  • Team uniform (shirt, shorts, socks)
  • Player insurance
  • Field equipment for games (nets, field paint, Port-a-Potty rental, team balls, field use fees, etc.)
  • Other league incidental expenses (volunteer training, mailing & office supply expenses, etc.)

When are players covered by AYSO Insurance?

All players and volunteers are covered for a specific season, as soon as they complete the player registration and/or volunteer application form and deliver that signed form to the appropriate registration staff volunteer. This typically happens during registration day events, but it can also take place via US mail. Please note that registration forms sent via mail are only effective upon receipt, and that no player may play or practice until the region has received a signed registration form.

If your child suffers an injury while practicing or playing in an AYSO-sanctioned event, contact the Safety Director as soon as possible.

For more information, see the national website: http://www.ayso.org/resources/insurance

What are acceptable forms of proof-of-age for players new to the region?

Birth certificates, medical immunization records, passports, and other government issued documents are accepted.

What's the difference between Fall and Spring seasons?

Teams are completely reformed for each season. Spring teams are typically co-ed due to smaller numbers of registered players. Fall teams may be coed for the younger (U5/U6) and older (U14) age divisions if numbers do not permit for male/female teams. Each season consists of 8 games over 8 weeks. Our Fall season usually starts the weekend after Labor Day; the spring season usually starts in late March.

When and where are practices?

Practices typically start 3 weeks before the first game (11 weeks of practice). Practices are held once a week on a weekday for all divisions except U5/U6. The coach of each team decides when and where the practices will be held. U5/U6 players practice together on Saturday mornings before their games. Typical practice locations are:

  • Mountain View Elementary (between Edgewood & Moriarty, on Route 66)
  • Edgewood Elementary (north of I40, on Dinkle Rd)
  • Edgewood Community Soccer Fields (north of I40, .3 mi north of Dinkle Rd, just past Edgewood Elementary)
  • Los Vecinos Community Center (just west of Tijeras stoplight on Route 66)
  • Roosevelt Middle School (South of Los Vecinos CC)
  • Vista Grande Community Center (off La Madera Rd, just off of N.14, north of Frost)
  • San Antonito Elementary (off La Madera Rd, just off of N.14, north of Frost)

When and where are games?

Games are on Saturdays. Game locations vary from season to season, but are usually at one or more of the following locations (depending on conditions):

  • Mountain View Elementary (between Edgewood & Moriarty, on Route 66)
  • Edgewood Elementary (north of I40, on Dinkle Rd)
  • Los Vecinos Community Center (just west of Tijeras stoplight on Route 66)
  • Vista Grande Community Center (off La Madera Rd, just off of N.14, north of Frost 
    Road)

In addition to the Fall & Spring recreational seasons, East Mountain AYSO also supports EXTRA and AYSO United competition teams. See the 
Programs page for details.

At-a-Glance Guidelines for AYSO Soccer

For a table of birthdates and divisions, see the registration page.
Division
U-5
U-6
U-8
U-10
U-12
U-14
Game Length
(See Note 1)
20 min.
30 min.
40 min.
50 min.
60 min.
70 min.
Players on Field
3
3
5
7
9
11
Minimum Number of 
Players
(See Note 2)
2
2
3
5
6
7
Roster Limit
(See Note 3)
5
5
7
10
12
15
Ball Size
3
3
3
4
4
5
Referee Certification
(See Note 4)
U5/U6
U5/U6
U8
Regional
Inter (N)
Adv (N)
Practices Allowed for 
Core Teams
(See Note 5)
35 min. before each 
game
(See Note 6)
1x per Week
1.5 hr.
1x per Week
2 hr.
Practices Allowed for 
Extra, ACT and 
Challenge Teams
n/a
2x per Week
1.5 hr.
2x per Week
2 hr.
Goalkeepers
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Indirect Kicks
Penalty Kicks
Offside
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes

Note 1)
All fields for U5 – U12 are sized age-appropriately. For U5 and U6, see also Note 6 below.

Note 2)
Sometimes, the older kids will have smaller teams due to a lack of registration.  We are a small league and prefer to offer the kids short-sided games than none at all.

Note 3)
Coaches may request more players than the Roster Limit under special circumstances; however, every player must get a minimum of 1/2 game.

Note 4)
(N) = neutral. For U-11 and higher, certification levels (Intermediate, Advanced, etc.) are desired, but by no means mandatory. Any referee certified at the Regional level or higher may do matches at any division that they are comfortable with, including U-14 and U-19.

Note 5)
Core teams may only practice Monday through Friday; no weekend practices are allowed.  Older core teams may practice twice a week as space allows.

Note 6)
35 minutes before each game is a regular practice time. Coaches have prepared activities in skill development. Do not skip this practice time.