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5U Schoolyard

The 5U-Schoolyard program allows players to discover the game for themselves, while also giving the parents a foundation to build and grow into future AYSO coaches, referees, and administrators. The objective of the AYSO 5U-Schoolyard program is to provide young players and their parents with a "pressure free" introduction to the game of soccer. This is not to be considered a coaching program but is designed to expose kids to soccer. The two goals of this program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities and to let the game be the teacher. There is no post season at this age level; however, each player receives a participation trophy at the end of the season. The program is run with the assistance of UK International.

Girls 5U Program Manager - Nicole Vernotico ([email protected])
Boys 5U Program Manager - Mike Vernotico ([email protected])

Item Description
Season Length The season runs from 6-8 weeks
Time Commitment Weekly time commitment is approximately 60 minutes, including 30 minutes of group warm-ups followed by a 30-minute game supervised by a team coach. This is held on Saturdays.
Equipment Each player will be given a uniform, consisting of a jersey, shorts and socks.
* Players must provide soccer cleats, shin guards, and a Size 3 soccer ball.
Volunteer Requirements All volunteers must be registered AYSO Volunteers.
Coaches must also be Safe Haven certified, which includes Safe Sport, Live Scan fingerprinting, Concussion Awareness and Cardiac Arrest Awareness.
* AYSO provides all training.
Coach Certification 6U Coach
Game Format The game is played on a small field in 3 v 3 format with no goalkeeper. The team coach acts as the referee to keep the game safe and fun. Parents are encouraged to cheer and not coach.
Let the game be the coach!
Team Formation The teams are formed with the intent of allowing the children to play with their friends and other children from their school.

Please place special requests on the registration form. We try very hard to meet all requests.

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Mission Viejo, California 92690

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