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AYSO Bergen Southeast - Region 1089



What is AYSO?  Click here for answers:  A Parent's Guide to AYSO.

What are the AYSO Six Philosophies?

  • Everyone Plays®: in AYSO programs, no player shall play less than 50% of a games, and in our region, all player play 75% of the game whenever possible. No child can play the entire game unless the other players have played 75% of the game.
  • Balanced Teams: new teams are formed each year as evenly balanced as possible
  • Open Registration: any child who wants to register and play is welcome -- no cuts!
  • Positive Coaching: encouragement of player effort, leading to great enjoyment for the players, and better-skilled and better-motivated players
  • Good Sportsmanship: we strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect, rather than a win-at-all costs attitude
  • Player Development: each player should be able to develop his/her soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities

I registered my child, what happens next?
The board is putting the teams together for the upcoming season. They are recruiting volunteers -- coaches, referees, team parents. When this process is completed, the teams will be formed, uniforms will be ordered, and the coaches will be notified


Is there late registration?
The last day of regular registration is July 31. We accept registrations after that date only on a player-needed basis, and additional fees do apply. If you miss the July 31 deadline, contact Natasha Aronberg, Regional Registrar, [email protected] to find out if there is space available in your child's age division.

What about refunds?
Please click here for Refund Policy.

Can I be a coach or referee? I never played soccer.
Absolutely! If you want to volunteer, we will train you at no additional cost to you. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED -- REALLY! You will have a great experience with your child, and you might even get in shape! So please volunteer. If we do not have enough trained coaches for a given division, children will be placed on a waiting list. Check this website for training dates.

When do the coaches get their team rosters?
Coaches should receive their team rosters in mid- to late August.

When are the players contacted?
The coaches are asked to contact their players shortly after they have received their rosters. The coaches will give you all of the information you need with respect to your child's team practice times and locations. Each coach sets his/her own practice day and time. We do ask coaches to maintain the same practice schedule from week to week. Practices generally are at Sylvan Park, located on Grand Avenue at the end of Sylvan Avenue.

 My child has not been contacted. What do I do?

Please do not panic if you hear other teams are practicing and your child has not been contacted. Not all teams begin practice at the same time. Some coaches may be away for part or all of the summer. Pre-K (U-05 Schoolyard) and 6U do not have pre-season practice. There will be a pre-season orientation meeting for the parents in late August/early September. If you have not received any communication from your child's coach by August 30th, contact the Regional Coach Administrator or text 201-701-1089  If YOU are going to be away for all or a significant portion of the summer, make sure we have correct contact information for you.

 What equipment does my child need?

The registration fee includes a complete uniform (jersey, shorts, soccer socks), and AYSO supplemental accident insurance. You need to obtain soccer cleats or sneakers (cleats provide traction), shin guards (which are worn under the soccer socks), a soccer ball (size depends on your child's age -- see below), and a water bottle labeled with your child's name. Please write your child's name on his/her soccer ball with a waterproof marker -- we end up with many homeless soccer balls at the end of the season.

We expect as in the past we will be able to provide coupons to area sporting goods stores shortly before the season begins.

What size soccer ball does my child need?
Players in the U-5 Schoolyard (Pre-K), U-06 (Schoolyard), and U-08 Divisions use a Size 3 ball. The U-10 and U-12 Divisions use a size 4 ball. The U-14 Division uses the size 5 (regulation size) soccer ball.

Supplemental Accident Insurance -- what's that?
AYSO purchases Soccer Accident Insurance (SAI), which pays excess medical costs up to $50,000 maximum per accident to an insured person for accidental bodily injuries incurred as a direct result of participation in a covered activity subject to the policy terms and conditions. This is an Excess Accidental Medical Expense Benefit, and all eligible expenses will be reimbursed in excess of a primary policy or on a Usual and Customary basis. Visit AYSO National Insurance Infomation for complete details about this insurance coverage.

My child wants to play with his/her friend on the same team. Is that possible?
You may request your child be placed with a friend on the same team. We cannot guarantee we will be able to honor this request. One of the basic tenets of AYSO Soccer is Balanced Teams. This must ALWAYS take priority over any individual request. We do understand and recognize many children sign up to play with their friends. We will do our best to make this happen, especially for the younger players. Please note for a request to be considered, it must be a mutual request, i.e., from both families. Under no circumstance can we honor a three-way (or greater) request. Requests for specific coaches will not be granted.

 Is there soccer practice during the summer?

 In general, practices are held beginning in late August or early September. We generally conduct two weeks of divisional practices in mid-to late August (all available coaches and players). Check this web site for the location, dates, and times of the group practices.  We also will have three days of clinics in June at Sylvan Park from 6:30-8 pm for all registered players. Your child is welcome to attend any or all clinics that week.

How often are there practices and games?
Practices are held once a week. Games generally are once/weekend. Games will be held on Saturdays & Sundays. The first game will be on September 12th, depending on the division. Most games and practices will be at Sylvan Park. Games for the older divisions may be scheduled on Sunday, and some games may be at the Leonia Middle School. We play approximately nine to ten weeks of soccer (weather AND field conditions permitting), and the season generally ends the weekend before Thanksgiving.

My question isn't answered here. Who do I ask?
Submit a Contact Us request, and one of the regional board members will get in touch with you.

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AYSO Bergen Southeast - Region 1089

Leonia, New Jersey 07605

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 201-701-1089
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