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AYSO Region 572 Haywood County, NC

Frequently Asked Questions

How old does my child have to be to register with AYSO?

Children between the ages of 4 and 19 as of August 1 of the current AYSO year may register with AYSO. The AYSO soccer year is August 1 to July 31.

How do I register with AYSO?

AYSO region 572 will hold in-person registrations as well as on-line registration. Check the registration page on the website for details.

Why do we register 2 to 3 months before the season?

All player information must be entered into the AYSO database before teams can be formed.  Entering players into the database is very time consuming.  Once player information is entered, teams are formed and rosters are sorted for the coaches.  Coach Recruiting must be done for all teams that have not had a parent volunteer to coach.  Materials for coach and referee training must be ordered at least two months prior to the training.  Coach meetings, trainings, and a parents meeting must be planned and take place before the start of practice.  Uniform orders also must be placed to ensure players receive the uniforms before the start of games.  Field arrangements must be made with Parks and Rec and fees paid depending on the number of players in the region.  Volunteer forms need to be collected from coaches prior to practice so that the information can be entered into the AYSO database and background checks conducted.  Preparing for the soccer season takes at least three months and since everyone is a volunteer with jobs and families outside of soccer we need to start registration as early as possible.

What equipment does my child need?

Shin guards and socks covering the shin guards are mandatory during all practices and games. 
Sneakers or Soccer Cleats 
Soccer ball
Waterbottle (optional)

What size soccerball does my child need?

6U & 8U - Size 3 ball
10U & 12U - Size 4 ball
14U & above - Size 5 ball

Who will coach my child?

AYSO teams are coached by volunteers from your community, many of them parents with children in the program. All coaches will receive age appropriate training by the region for division they are coaching in.

Who will call me about my child's team and how do I know when we will practice?

If you have not volunteered to coach you will be contacted by your child's coach. Coaches receive their rosters at the coach meeting and will contact the players on the team.
Usually the meeting is held 4 to 5 weeks before the first game. Dates for the coach meeting and start of the season will be posted on the website.

I see other teams practicing and I haven't been called.  What do I do?

Please do not panic if you see other teams practicing and your child has not been called. If your child's coach was unable to attend the first coach meeting or is out of town then they may not have received their roster yet. Also, not all teams begin practice at the same time. The very young teams do not always begin practice on the same date as other teams. If you have not been contacted, email [email protected] or [email protected]

How often are practices and games?

Practices are held once or twice a week depending on age, field space, and coach availability. 5U and 6U teams will have a short practice session before the start of their game on game day. Regular season games for all age groups are held on Saturdays.

When is the AYSO soccer season?

The Fall season begins in August and ends in November.  The Spring season begins in March and ends in late May or early June.

How much does it cost to register?

AYSO is very affordable. Check the registration page for the current season fee.

What is the registration fee used for?

Registration fees are used for players national fees, insurance, uniforms, field rental, equipment (corner flags, referee flags, game balls, etc.), end of season medals, kid appreciation day gifts for players, program development, and other needs of the region and players.  None of the region board members, coaches, referees, or other volunteers receive payment for their time.

Who runs my AYSO Region?

The AYSO region is run by volunteers who are parents just like you.  These volunteers attend trainings and conferences to provide the best possible soccer experience for families in the community.  Volunteers within AYSO are here because it's their passion...not their paycheck.

How do I become a volunteer?

It's easy. Talk to your child's coach or one of the regional board members at the fields.  You can also contact the Regional Commissioner or any other board member using the emails on the "Contact Us" tab on the website.

Who are the officials during the game?

Game officials (referees) are volunteers.  They may be parents, older players, brother or sisters of players, grandparents, etc.  These volunteers attend referee training in order to provide the best possible officiating to the region players.

Are scholarships available for my child?

Limited scholarships are available for children who wish to play with region 572. Scholarship applications are available at registration. Applications are reviewed by the scholarship committee and are kept confidential. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the committee.

Why do we need sponsors?

All teams are asked to provide at least one sponsor per season.  Sponsors enable the region to provide scholarships for players in financial need and keep the registration fees reasonable for parents.

Game Conduct

PLAYERS:  Abide by the Laws of the Game, no foul or abusive language or gestures, have a positive attitude, commend opponents during play, participate in the traditional handshake at the end of the game, and most importantly HAVE FUN.

  Demonstrate knowledge of the Laws of the Game, respect all players, no foul or abusive language or gestures, utilize positive coaching skills (avoid constant coaching, no yelling at players), stay within designated coach area, show respectful attitude toward the referees, participate in the traditional handshake after the game, thank the referees at the end of the game and HAVE FUN.

  Avoid coaching players, no foul or abusive language or gestures toward any player, coach or referee, abide by the Kids Zone guidelines (no tobacco use, no alcoholic beverages, no illegal drugs), remain at least 3 yards from the touchline, acknowledge and congratualte both teams, HAVE FUN.

  Remember that the game is for the players, call a fair and unbiased game in accordance with the Laws of the Game, refrain from making triffling calls that interefere with the flow of the game, congratulate both teams and coaches, HAVE FUN.

Cooperation between coaches, spectators and referees will make playing soccer a positive learning experience for the players.  Any player, coach or spectator exhibiting unsporting behavior will be asked to leave the fields.  We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all costs attitude and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.

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AYSO 572

PO Box 1586 
Waynesville, North Carolina 28786

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 828-476-8182
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