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When is the season/year?

The Membership Year (MY) runs from roughly September to May/June each year and contains a fall season of 8 games and spring season of an additional 6-8 games (weather and school calendar pending) for U14 and below divisions (U19 girls play in the fall only and U19 boys play in the spring only). For Core MY2019 (U12 and below), the fall season starts on September 8, 2019 and continues through October 27, 2019 (8 games), pauses over winter, and then resumes in the spring from April 19, 2020 to May 31, 2020 (no Memorial Day weekend games for a total of 6 games). For Intra-Regional MY2019 (U14+), the dates likely follow the Core program above however that is not confirmed until the Area organization confirms the schedules. Teams stay together over the winter and there is no need to re-register. EXTRA players should coordinate with the EXTRA coordinator on exact dates.

Is my child the right age for AYSO soccer?

Children born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2015 can play AYSO soccer during the 2019-20 membership year (MY2019). No exceptions.

How much does it cost and do you prorate fees if I join late?

For MY2019, our registration fee is $200 for up to 14 games for U14 and below (U19 is approximately half that price as it only plays in the fall or spring as indicated above). Register by May 15, 2019 and save $20 per player and save an additional $10 for every additional child in your family. Financial assistance is available each year on a first come first serve basis. The fee is $200 after regardless of when you join (i.e. no pro-ration if you miss early games). We do not prorate fees as our costs per player are the same regardless of how many games in which a player participates.

When and where do I register?

Registration is at (upper right hand corner). Registration is open during spring for the following Membership Year (MY). Registration for MY2019 (September 2019 through May 2020) will open on May 1, 2019.

What do I do if I'm having trouble registering, remembering my log-in information or having other system troubles?

Contact Blue Sombrero support at [email protected] or 866.264.2048.

Can I join mid-year?

Some divisions may have openings now or openings may come available in the future. If you are interested in joining mid-year, you can register at If a slot is available for your child's division you will be asked for payment (you will receive a follow-up note once the player is assigned to a team at a later date). If a slot is not available, you will be automatically added to the Wait List. In either scenario, be sure to click through all of the "continues" all the way to the end of the process where you electronically sign and complete the application. The cost is $200 regardless of when you register. We do not prorate as our costs are fixed regardless the amount of games played and we do not have the staff to handle calculating and charging individual pro-rations.

What division would my child be in?

AYSO places children in divisions based on birth year (not grade) even though our season follows the school year. Please see below for divisions. Registration for MY 2019 is open May 1 - June 15, 2019.

Evanston AYSO Divisions
Birth YearMY 2019

What do I get for my money?

Up to 16 games, practices, a uniform, permitted fields, insurance and liability coverage, skills clinics, and trained and background checked coaches – and a GREAT experience!

What if my child changes his/her mind about playing? Can I get a refund?

For MY2019, we offer full refunds less the non-refundable national fee of $20.00 if requested by June 15, 2019. After that, we cannot issue refunds (full or partial), as we will have incurred costs for uniforms, permits, etc., and as a non-profit we need to be able to cover our costs. In addition, late drops and adds cause work for an already taxed group of volunteers. While we will accommodate these requests as possible, we do not maintain policies that encourage it.

What makes AYSO stand out?

Our mission is to provide quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive character through participation in a safe, fun, family-oriented soccer environment.

AYSO’s six philosophies separate us from the pack:

  • Everyone Plays
  • Balanced Teams
  • Open Registration
  • Positive Coaching
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Player Development

What other soccer expenses can I anticipate this year?

Not included in the registration fees are the required shin guards and appropriate shoes.

In school, my child is with classmates who are [younger/older]. May my child “play down” in a younger division or “play up” in an older division to be on teams with kids with whom he/she goes to school?

No. AYSO is a national organization that determines the player divisions based on birth year. AYSO’s accident and liability insurance depends on the players placed in their age appropriate divisions. Many children are in “different” divisions than their school classmates. We encourage you to view this as a positive experience – it will allow your child to broaden his/her relationships outside of school and enjoy making new friends.


When and where are games?

All games are played on Sundays, at the same start time each week (start times are between 12:30 and 4:15 pm for U12 and under) at Evanston parks or schools. 

Game times for U14+ vary week-to-week with start times between noon and 4:00 pm as those games are played against other local AYSO chapters as close as Skokie or Chicago North and as far away as Rolling Meadows, Glenview or Zion. Our home field for Evanston AYSO U14+ is ETHS Pitner North and South fields.

  • U5 and U6 practice for 30 minutes and play a split squad game for 30 minutes. There is no other practice during the week for U5 and U6.
  • U8 and above play one hour games and typically practice once during the week on a day other than Sunday. Coaches determine the day, time and location of his/her team’s practices (a perk of volunteering to coach!).

We are not able to take schedule requests, so we ask that you block out your Sunday afternoons during the season from 12:30 to 5:30 until you know your exact time slot. We also do not transfer kids to different teams due to practice times. Rather, your coach will assist you in finding a different team with whom you can practice.

I'm registered, so now what? When do I know our specific time slot or when will I hear from a coach?

Registration runs from May 1 - June 15. Late additions are accepted throughout the year pending availability. Coaches are assigned and teams are formed during the summer. You will receive a communication in the August time frame with your roster and time slot. You can then expect to hear from your coach by the end of August with specifics about where to pick up uniforms, practice times and locations, etc.

What should I bring to my child's practices and games?

Shin guards (required), soccer shoes, a soccer ball, uniform (games only) and water. Also, bringing a well rested, well hydrated, nutritionally balanced child with a positive attitude and willingness to learn is highly recommended!

What equipment is included with my registration fee and what do I need to purchase?

Registration fees cover uniform (shorts, shirt, socks), drawstring bag, soccer ball and practice shirt (practice shirt at U10 and below only). Parents will need to purchase shin guards (required) and soccer shoes (preferred but not required).

Do I have to get soccer shoes for my child to play?

Soccer shoes are not mandatory but are highly recommended (regular athletic shoes with no cleats are the alternative). When buying soccer shoes, they cannot have a toe cleat (baseball shoes have a toe cleat). Generally speaking, nearly all players at all age levels use soccer shoes for practices and games.

Game Cancellation Policy

AYSO games proceed in rain or shine or cold or heat (so always bring hydration and dress in layers as appropriate). Our experience is that kids generally have fun regardless of the weather (including rain and cold). We only cancel the full day’s games in the event of expected thunderstorms throughout the day or hazardous field conditions prompting either concern for player safety or damage to the fields. Therefore, all AYSO games are on unless cancelled by the Commissioner or with the notable game specific exceptions: Individual games may be cancelled by the Commissioner or by coaches/referees in isolated circumstances due to current weather or field conditions.


Why are players required to wear their soccer socks over their shin guards?

Safety is the primary reason. Some types of shin guards are hard shell instead of soft, and may have sharp edges that could cut a player. By wearing their socks over the shin guards, players protect each other. Also, wearing the socks over the shin guards prevent the shin guards from shifting during running or when being kicked, which allow the shin guards to protect the areas they are supposed to.

Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practices and games?

No. Jewelry of any kind (necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, friendship bracelets, Live Strong wrist bands, etc.) cannot be worn during practice or games.

There is an exception for Med-Alert bracelets, but they must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band for the safety of your child and all the other players.

The doctor said that my child can play with his arm splint. Will AYSO allow him/her to play?

No. While the doctor may be representing your son’s interest appropriately, the risk to other players mandates that he limit his participation to that of moral support on the sidelines. Players may not wear casts or splints which could possibly cause injury to himself/herself or another player. NO EXCEPTIONS. This applies at the games as well as at practices.

What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?

Glasses, hearing aids, and med-alerts may be worn to practices and games. The use of an eyeglass holder/strap or sports-glasses is recommended. As stated above, Med-Alerts must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band as a safety measure.

It can be cold during the early Fall season games. Can my child wear a sweatshirt during the game?

Any extra articles of clothing must be worn under the uniform (so you can still determine which team a player is associated with). HOODIES ARE NOT ALLOWED, even when tucked inside the jersey. It is recommended that any extra articles of clothing be limited to undershirts or turtle necks (under the uniform). Try to coordinate with your team’s colors if possible. Zippers are also not allowed.

What kinds of hair accessories are acceptable?

Any hair accessories should not be made of metal or plastic, and should not be rigid. Soft hair accessories such as “scrunchies” and soft rubber bands are recommended and acceptable.


How are teams formed? Can I request my child be placed with a friend?

Our Registrar manages all aspects of team formation. This is different than some other youth sports programs where parents do the legwork of pulling together a group of kids to form their own team.

We will accommodate 2 Volunteers who wish to coach together and place their kids on the same team. Beyond that, we do not form teams based on location, school attendance or friendships.

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848 Dodge Ave PMB 392 
Evanston, Illinois 60202

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