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Thank you for volunteering, Coach! 

“The Coach is first of all a teacher.”- John Wooden 

Your dedication as a mentor to our future leaders is to be commended!  Cypress AYSO 154 welcomes you to the American Youth Soccer Association Program.  A goal of Cypress AYSO 154 is for all youth sports participants, both parents and children, to have an enjoyable soccer experience while following AYSO's Philosophies: Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.

AYSO programs are possible by the dedication of volunteers.  Many volunteers put in several hours of work to make Cypress AYSO 154 program a success.  Thank you to all of YOU who invest time and energy into the lives of young people today.  Families are very important to the AYSO program! 

Thank you for your participation.  We look forward to serving you and your athletes in our Youth Sports Program.  If you have any comments or questions please contact your Division Director, which can be located under Contact Us. 

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” –John Wooden. 

Best of luck to you and your team this season. 

Practice Sites


Click on link to see your practice site.  Remember to stay within you practice grassy area.  We are limited now to only Lexington Jr. HS and Oak Knoll.  Once permits get ok'd for Arnold Elementary and other sites, Jeff will email you to let you know.  Luckily once the time changes, these 2 fields have lights.

lexington practice sites 2021.pdf
oak knoll practice sites 2021.pdf

If you have any questions, contact Jeff Dronkers, [email protected]

Division Specific - 5U and 6U

5U and 6U are a non-competitive divisions.  This is a chance for 5U and 6U children to learn about soccer in a positive environment.

5U and 6U cannot practice after 7:30 pm.  Players are restricted to three hours of soccer per week, which includes practice, warm-up, and game time.

No Score will be kept and there will be no standings.

Teams consist of 6‐8 players per team and play 5 on the field. Minimum number of players is 3 for an official game. You will pay 2 full 20 minute halves (10 min quarters). Each player should play at least 3 quarters of the game.

There are NO GOALKEEPERS, players must keep at least 5 feet from the goal.

There are NO INDIRECT KICKS allowed during the games.

Throw Ins are now pass in by the foot on the Touch Line.

The Coach is the “Referee” and will be the only adult on the field (1 from each team). The Coaches will ref half of the game. The Coach will not interfere with play but will act as an instructor for his/her players.

All players will receive an award at the end of the season.

Division Specific - 8U

8U is a non-competitive division.  This is a chance for 8U children to improve their soccer development in a positive environment.

8U cannot practice after 7:30 pm.  Players are restricted to five hours of soccer per week, which includes practice, warm-up, and game time.

Each team must provide three (3) AYSO certified referees prior to the beginning of the season.  Each team will be responsible for having one their team’s referees sign up on Matchtrak. The teams are to provide the center referee, one team will ref 1/2 the game and the other team will ref the second 1/2.

No Score will be kept and there will be no standings.

There are GOALKEEPERS for 2021 Fall Season!

Seven (7) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is five (5).   Each player must play a minimum of three (3) quarters before any player can play four (4) quarters.  Games are 2 20-minute halves.  Coaches are not allowed on the field and must remain in the coaches’ box/area. One (1) Assistant Coach can join the coach. All other assistants need to sit with parents and cheer.  

All players will receive an award at the end of the season.

Division Specific - 10U and Older

10U & older are Competitive divisions.

10U and older cannot practice after 9:00 pm.  Players are restricted to six hours of soccer per week, which includes practice, warm-up, and game time.

10U/12U Divisions only - Each team must provide three (3) AYSO certified referees prior to the beginning of the season.  Each team will be responsible for having one their team’s referees sign up on Matchtrak and complete an AR duty for their game if the position is open within Matchtrak.

Required Number of Players for a game
10U - Seven (7) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is five (5). 
12U – Nine (9) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is seven (7).
14U and older – Eleven (11) players on the field.  Minimum number of players for an official game is seven (7).

It is highly encouraged that all players play a minimum of three (3) quarters per game.

Where to sit during a game
Playing within the Region, both teams will be on one sideline. Home team shall sit on the north or west side of the field. Away team shall sit on the east or south side of the field. Parents will sit on one side of the field and Coach/Team will sit on the opposite side of the field. One (1) Assistant Coach can join the coach. All other assistants need to sit with parents and cheer.  

Game score reporting 
Shall be reported by the winning coach or the home team in the case of a tie, using the Regional website ( within 24 hours of the completion of the game. Follow the online instructions.

Point System
Win 3 points, Tie 1 point, Loss 0 points.

Awards will be given to the first, second, and third place teams.

Tie Breakers: head to head play, least goals allowed, team with the most goals (maximum 3 per game), goal differential of all games with 3 goals being counted as the maximum goal differential per game, team with the fewest losses, coin flip.

Player Suspensions 
Cautionable Offenses - If a player receives three (3) cautions over a three (3) game period, the player will receive an automatic one (1) game suspension.

Sending Off Offenses - The following four offenses are considered to be unacceptable behavior:  guilty of serious foul play, guilty of violent conduct (strikes or attempts to strike), spits or attempts to spit at an opponent or any other person, or uses offensive, insulting, abusive or degrading and/or gestures.

If a player is sent off for any of the above offenses, the player will receive a minimum of a two (2) game suspension. The Review Board, consisting of Board members, after reviewing all of the facts, shall have the right to increase or decrease the suspension – including the suspension of the player for the balance of the season.

A suspended player may be present for the suspended games, but is not required to be present. They will not be allowed to be present in the technical area. They will be required to sit on the parent side of the field.

The coach shall note this on the game card and notify the referee team of the suspension.

U14,16,19 will play Area and Section Guidelines. Area and

Inputting Score

The coach will be provided a password from their Division Director.  The winning team enters the game score for the game.  The home teams inputs the game score if the game ended in a tie.  Only 10U and above inputs game scores into Matchtrak.  Go to your MatchTrak team page and on your schedule click on the "Submit" icon.  Then you can enter the password, scores, etc. to record your game score.

Scores need to be submitted by Monday evening following the Saturday game (3 day maximum).

Fall 2019 password for in region core teams:  Cypress154

Goal Differential

AYSO's mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive character through participation in a fun, family environment based on these six fundamental principals:  Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development.

Teams are put together by gender and age and are balanced in a way that makes playing soccer about the experience, not wins or losses. It’s not about blowing out another team with an unbelievable score; it’s about sportsmanship and learning to be the best possible teammate and opponent. Developing players is what we’re about because soccer skills and life skills go hand in hand. We want to get players on the field, provide them with good positive coaches, and teach them to play soccer.

Coaches - Please remember that these memories are not just yours.  You are here to help make great memories for the kids and young adults.  Running up the score is not beneficial to any child's self-esteem and should be prevented at all costs.

All attempts should be made to keep the Goal Differential no more than 6 goals, preferably less than that.

How to accomplish this? 
 - Put in your players that could use more game time to better develop their skills that may not be as strong as some of the other players. 
 - Have your goalies play on the field to increase their touches.
 - Switch your defense with your offense.
 - Play a player down.

DO NOT do the following:
 - Yell "Only pass, no shooting", "Only use your left foot", "You must pass 5 times before shooting"
 - These type of comments are demoralizing to the kids.  Feel free to say those things directly to your players during the rest period.

Lineup Cards

Lineup cards are to be completed by the coach or the team parent.  Card-stock will be provided for 10U and older coaches prior to games. 

All teams are required to complete a lineup card for their team for every game.  Lineup cards should be printed on legal sized card-stock for 10U and older divisions.  Younger divisions can print their lineup card on regular paper. 

Letter Size Options:

Lineup Card back side only -  For when you have already printed your front side of the lineup card from your team roster page, but need to add the back info.
Lineup Card front and back PDF fillable  - You will have to input the player names and numbers.

Legal Size Options:
Lineup Card  - use this version if legal sized card stock is blank
Lineup Card - use this version if legal card stock is provided (with printed information already on it, but missing player info).  Make sure not to move text boxes - they are preset.  Just highlight box information and type in the correct information.  Coach Name , Asst. Coach Name (optional), Player # and Player Name should be completed.

Make sure to include the following information on the lineup card: all players list by numerical order if possible (currently not available from Blue Sombrero), the region, age group, team number and game date, your team name and opponent name, your entire roster (ordered by jersey number).

The Lineup card are to be given to the center referee prior to the start of each game and should be signed by both coaches after the game.

Sample Game Card Filled out properly: game card.pdf

1st Practice Contingency

All Head and Assistant Coaches must complete the following items prior to the first practice: 

  • Complete Volunteer Registration
  • Coach Certification for the division you are coaching in or above (online training for 5U-12U, field sessions required to complete the training).
  • Safe Haven (online training)  
  • CDC Concussion Training (online training)  
  • Basic Referee Certification (first part is online, second part is in class) - complete before games begin.

Team Volunteer Form

Each team should complete a Team Volunteer Form prior to or during the team's first practice. There are multiple methods for accomplishing this task.  

Option # 1 - Print out the hard copy Word Doc.
Option #2 - Bring a laptop and fill out the Google Spreadsheet.
Option #3 - Fill out the Google Form on your phone or other device.

How to sign up for a volunteer role in Blue Sombrero (Assistant Coach, Team Parent, Referee) - Instructions (PDF)

Coach and Parent Orientation Meeting - MANDATORY

The beginning of your team’s season is the perfect time to get everyone together and set expectations. Whether it's discussing sideline behavior, recruiting your team volunteers, developing a snack schedule, or scheduling those pool parties your pre-season team meeting is an important time to kick start a great season.

In addition, your Division Director (see Contact Us page) will be meeting with you briefly for a few minutes  to answer questions, drop off your Team folder, and collect your Team Volunteer forms (see below).

Due to the amount of changes this season, there's a lot to cover so feel free to use our sample agenda as a guide to keep your meeting as efficient and effective as possible:

Before the meeting 

  • 10U and older will attend a team formation meetings.
  • Division Director will provide you with the contact information for your team's parents.
  • Send email to your team's parents, introducing yourself and inviting them to the Parent Meeting held by the region.

During the meeting

  • Region will provide you with the roster, discuss AYSO philosophies, updated rules, black out dates, schedules, field setup, and region information.
  • Introduce yourself and your assistant coach (if you already have one)
  • Explain your expectations of players and parents (send by email to team, for absentees).
  • Introduce your Team Parent - mention they will organize the uniforms, snack schedule, team website, etc.  (see Team Parent page).
  • Team Volunteer form should be completed prior to leaving the meeting ( Word Doc.,Google Spreadsheet, or Google Form)

Remind parents to always check the game schedule online (Matchtrak) before game day.  Last minute changes may occur due to factors such as field conditions, city maintenance, school functions, etc.  Do not send a game schedule, but rather send the matchtrak link for the team's schedule.  Last minute schedule updates often occur without notice, and you will not have time to update your team.

Build-out Line Rule (8U through 10U ONLY), Goal Keeper Punt/Drop Kick Rule

The purpose of the buildout line (U8/U10) is to teach players how to advance the ball out of the back by keeping the ball in possession now becoming the attacking team.  This will facilitate player development by allowing the attacking team the opportunity to receive and play the ball in a controlled method rather than the chaotic more common method of punting the ball up the field and the ensuing scramble for possession (which is usually lost to the opposing team 80% of the time).  In addition, players learn to control the ball, have less opportunity to head the ball, and reduces the dangerous play of high kicking because the ball remains on the ground.

8U/10U/12U Build Out Line Rules and Goal Keeper Punting/Drop Kicking Rules/Information (PDF)

Buildout Line Video:

Injury and Incident Reporting

Coaches are the primary point of contact with players and parents when it comes to working with AYSO Region 154. When a player is injured to the point where he/she can not continue to participate and the injury is deemed severe enough to see a doctor then the coach needs to complete an AYSO Incident Report Form and send it to our Safety Director and the Regional Commissioner within 24 hours of the incident. The form must be submitted within one week of the incident.
If a player misses practices and/or games due to major injury he/she will need to provide a doctor's note showing that the player is fit to play. For concussion injuries, a signed participation release form  is required. This is for the player's overall safety as well as to protect the coach's and AYSO's liability.

Soccer Insurance
AYSO offers Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI) that can be used in addition to a player's existing insurance coverage. The claim must be submitted within 90 days of the injury. More information on this program can be obtained at the website -AYSO Insurance Information.

Incidents includes those events that are outside of normal behavior. Although very rare in Cypress, an incident might include threatening or violent behavior, fighting, damage to property, calls to the police, and similar situations. Such events must be reported using an incident report form.

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AYSO 154 Cypress, CA

PO Box 999 
Cypress, California 90630

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 714-722-1048
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