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Costa Mesa Soccer (AYSO Region 120)

Core Program

This is the primary program of AYSO that includes all ages and over 90% of our players.

Fall and Spring Seasons

AYSO maintains the philosophies of EVERYONE PLAYS and OPEN REGISTRATION, this means that we accept all players regardless of ability and will continue to do so as long as we have space available. There are no address boundaries. We accept all players from all cities.

How to Sign-Up to Play:
 To join, sign-up online anytime or come to one of our in-person registration events. Please visit our Registration page for details.

How to Coach a Team:
 During the player registration process, volunteer to coach a team by selecting the appropriate volunteer role. Additionally, contact the division coordinator of the division you'd like to coach. Coaches must complete Safe Haven certification, CDC: Concussion training  and appropriate age-specific training.

*Coaches are solely responsible for setting practice schedules. As a 100% volunteer program, we must work around our volunteers schedules to provide a great soccer experience.  If when and what day your child practices is VERY important to your family, please volunteer to be trained as a head coach! 

CORE Program League Format

Age Stage Competition Level Players Max Roster Duration Field Size (yds) Goal Size (ft) GKs Standings Playoffs
Adv. Section 11 v 11 18 (22) Two 45 min halves 70 x 120 8 x 24 Yes Yes (15 Referee Points Required) Area, Section Tournaments
Adv. Area 11 v 11 18 (22) Two 40 min halves 70 x 120 8 x 24 Yes Yes AYSO 120 Invitational (15 Referee Points Required), Area, Section
Int. Regional 11 v 11 14 Two 35 min halves 66 x 112 8 x 24 Yes Yes AYSO 120 Invitational (15 Referee Points Required), Area, Section, State
Basic Regional 9 v 9 12 Two 30 min halves 54 x 92 7 x 21 Yes Yes AYSO 120 Invitational (15 Referee Points Required), Area, Section, State
Basic Regional 7 v 7 9 Two 25 min halves 44 x 80 6 x 18 Yes Yes AYSO 120 Invitational (15 Referee Points Required), Area, Section, State
8U Initial Clinic 4 v 4 Four 10 min quarters 30 x 48 5 x 10 No No Provide a referee @ Every Game
7U Initial Clinic 4 v 4 5 Four 10 min quarters 26 x 44 5 x 8 No No Provide a referee @ Every Game
6U Initial Clinic 3 v 3 4 Four 8 min quarters 24 x 40 4 x 6 No No Provide a referee @ Every Game

Stages as defined by US Soccer's Age Group Organization.
Field Size is a guide and not exact, the actual field you play on may vary in size.
AYSO 120 Invitational is ONLY for teams that reach the required minimum of team referee points prior to the last game of the regular league season. NO EXCEPTIONS will be granted for teams without the required points!

CORE Program Progression and Format

In the standard primary program offering of AYSO 120, we have leagues for 4 to 19 year-old's split into 16 divisions (6U,7U,8U,10U,12U,14U,16U,19U - all ages have a separate boys and girls division). This 13-year program is designed to allow for the development of the player through four stages as defined by the US Soccer Federation:

Initial stage: 4 years of introductory soccer in 6U- U8, also known as 'clinic play'. In this stage, the players play short sided 3v3 to 5v5 games without the distraction of standings or goalkeepers (The English FA is implementing no season standings up through 11U). An age-specific program is provided and taught to the coaches to teach essential technical skills to the players to best introduce them to soccer without complicating the game.

Basic stage: 4 years from 9U - 12U where we begin using the full Laws of the Game, maintain standings and a playoff structure. This is the age where we also introduce goalkeepers and further expand the skills taught to the players with a beginning of tactics, but training continues to be primarily concentrated on techniques. Techniques and other basic movements like balance and coordination have a much greater lasting effect when learned prior to age 12 and so we teach our coaches to concentrate on these aspects.

Intermediate stage: 2 years of transition playing the full-sided game where tactics are increasingly taught and techniques are reinforced.

Advanced stage: 5 years finishing their youth career playing divisions 16U and 19U.

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AYSO R120 Costa Mesa

AYSO 120, PO Box 12065
Costa Mesa, California 92627

Email Us: [email protected]
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