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FAQs on how AYSO forms teams

How is a child’s age determined for soccer placement?
Age groupings are based on calendar birth year.

How are children grouped by age?
Children are grouped by single year from U4 through U8. Then we have 2-year groupings for U9/U10 and U11/U12 and a 3-year grouping for U13/U14/U15. These groupings allow for all children to play in town and not have to travel to other towns to play.

Can I request that my child be placed on a certain team?
No. One of the core values of AYSO is "Balanced Teams" and we use annual player ratings by coaches to place kids on teams, and assure that all teams are as fairly balanced as possible. We do place the children of a head coaches and one assistant coach on that coach’s team. In addition, siblings may play on the same team if age appropriate to do so.

Can siblings play on the same team?
Yes. As long as the children are in the same age division, parents can request that they be placed on the same team.

Can my child “play up” on an older team if his/her ability appears to be appropriate for that?
Yes, but approval from both Division Managers is required. The Division Managers discuss the child’s skills and maturity with his/her coach and then determine if the child is ready to be moved to an older division. The Regional Commissioner then needs to provide final approval the change. A change needs to be requested each year by the parent(s) of the child, and has to follow this process.

Can my child “play down” on a younger team?
No.  AYSO follows USYS Soccer rules, where calendar year is used to determine the age group.   We do NOT follow players' school year or which grade they are in.

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Who coaches the children?
Trumbull AYSO has volunteer parent coaches for each team except in the Trumbull Tykes and U4 divisions, which is an academy style program run by professional coaches with parent helpers. Professional coaches from the Tri-Town Soccer Academy also provides professional coaching services in support of the volunteer coaches for both practices, and games for U5 through U8.

When will I find out which team and coach my child will be on, and what time the games are on Saturday?
Parents will be notified about a week before the start of the season. Game schedules will be posted on our website prior to the start of the season.

What are the team sizes and how many kids play on a field during games?
Children in U4 are placed in groups of approximately 8 to each trainer for professional level academy style play. Other groupings are as follows:

  • U5 and U6 = up to 6 players per team, and 3v3 play in games
  • U7 = up to 8 players per team, and 4v4 play
  • U8 = up to 10 players per team, and 5v5 play
  • U9/U10 and U11/U12 = up to 14 players per team, and 7v7 play (incl. goal keepers)
  • U13/U14/U15 = up to 22 players/team, and 9v9 play (incl. goal keepers) 

AYSO reserves the right to change or modify the FAQ's.

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