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AYSA Members,

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:


- 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.


- 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

Thank you,

Arizona Youth Soccer Association

2015/2016 Registration Information


Unfortunately, our registration has officially closed for the season.

We understand know that it seems easy to add "just one more" child, but every season , at this time, we literally get hundreds of requests just like yours. With that said, we have to honor a deadline to get teams established we have just under 1,500 children and is takes us, as volunteers, a few weeks to get them set up. Each and every child we would add would throw that off.

Please though, consider adding your child to the wait list should we have a need to fill a spot for their age division. Kindly email us back the following information as soon as possible:

-Date of Birth


-Return Phone Number

-Email Address

-Childs Name

Thank you for your understanding and earmark your August 2016 calendar for next seasons registration so not missed.

YYSA FACTS, 2014/2015 Season

What a year 2014/2015 was....Here are a few facts about Yuma Youth Soccer Association that you may not have known about this season…

-2014-2015 was the 39th year of formal, recreational soccer in Yuma!

-We had an increase in player registration this year of 17% (over 2013/2014 season)

-Total of 1,494 recreational players from 3-18 years of age

-Total teams, 162

-Just over 1,220 games were played this season

-303 Background checked, cleared Coach’s and Assistant Coach’s

-38 Team Sponsors

-Kept business as local as possible (for uniforms and awards)

-Self-Acclaimed, “Best Snack-Bar” in town

-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!