2016/2017 Registration Information---NEW CHANGES TO AGE GROUPS
NEW THIS YEAR…..REQUIRED CHANGE TO AGE FOR REGISTRATION
Yuma Youth Soccer Association is an affiliate of Arizona Youth Soccer Association, whom is member of the US Youth Soccer Association.Youth player/participant guidelines have changed; effective season of play January 2017 player registration eligibility is determined by child’s birth year ONLY (meaning we no longer will be going by month, date and year of birth).For registration, a child must have born between 2013 to 1998 (if 1998, must be in high school 2016/2017 school year).
All registration to take place at the City of Yuma, Parks and Recreation Department (please be mindful of “Dark Fridays” when City hall business is not in operation).
Early Registration:August 15-September 15, 2016 $70.00 per participant
Late Registration:September 19-October 06, 2016 $90.00 per participant
YYSA FACTS, 2015/2016 Season
Here are a few facts about 2015/2016 season…
-2015-2016 was the 40th anniversary of formal, recreational soccer in Yuma!
-More than 1,300 recreational players from 3-18 years of age
-Total teams, 166
-Just over 1,220 games were played this season
-357 Background checked, cleared Coach’s and Assistant Coach’s
-39 Team Sponsors
-Kept business as local as possible
-Honored to be a co-sponsor organization of the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department; we appreciate the
immaculately kept fields year-round (some of the best in the State of Arizona)!
As always, an ALL VOLUNTEER Board of Directors!
Header Policy--Took Effect 2015/2016 Season
Per the announcement from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) on November
9th, AYSA announced that our Board of Directors decided to adopt the USSF changes
immediately with regards to heading the ball.
On December 2nd, USSF announced a clarification/update to this rule change - Heading
is now banned for the Under-11 age group and younger. This change will take
immediate effect for all AYSA games and organized team events. They have also
updated the rule which limits heading in the Under-12 & Under-13 age groups. These
changes can be found below:
UNDER-11 AGE-GROUP & YOUNGER:
- No player in any age group from Under-11 and younger is allowed to head a ball in
any activity sanctioned by Arizona Youth Soccer Association. This includes any and all
practices, matches, and training activities. Affected persons shall include all players in
the above-mentioned age groups who are members of Arizona Youth Soccer
Association, its member leagues, clubs, affiliates, and tournaments.
- This heading rule will pertain to the use of any and all types of balls, regardless of
construction, size, material, or hardness.
- AYSA hereby instructs all sanctioned events to add the following into its event rules:
"No heading in age groups Under-11 and younger is allowed. If, during the course of a
match, a header is performed, play will be stopped and will resume with an indirect kick
for the opposing team."
- AYSA hereby instructs all sanctioned entities (clubs, leagues, etc.), to place into effect
a similar rule banning heading during practices, training, etc.
UNDER-12 & UNDER-13 AGE GROUPS:
- Heading training is to be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more
that 15-20 headers per player, per week.
- All coaches should be instructed to teach and emphasize the importance of proper
techniques for heading the ball.
- Headers during AYSA sanctioned games are permissible for age-groups Under 12 and
In addition, the United States Soccer Federation has introduced a comprehensive player
health and safety program called Recognize to Recover. The first-of-its-kind program
aims to reduce injuries in soccer players of all ages and promote safe play by those on
and around the field. To visit this webpage, please click here > http://bit.ly/21NfYxk
Arizona Youth Soccer Association
Respect The Game
Be Kind.....on the Sidelines
•The spectator's job is to enjoy the game! Keep comments positive and
general, rather than directed at individual players. Be supportive of both
•The coach's job is to coach the players! Additional coaching from the
sidelines distracts players and may affect their performances.
•The referee's job is to officiate the game. Respect the difficulty of this
position by allowing the refs to work without interruption.
•The soccer field is a learning environment for players. Spectators serve