Welcome to Palo Alto AYSO

One of the oldest AYSO organizations, Palo Alto Region 26 has been providing opportunities for children's soccer on the Peninsula since 1972.   Consistent with National AYSO, we emphasize the 6 core philosophies and are driven by all-volunteer power to provide a educational, competitive, and challenging experience that is fun for the entire family.  

Palo Alto AYSO offers a number of programs to suit children at different areas of soccer development and experience from pre-school years through high school with foundational, recreational, competitive, and VIP programs. 

Spring Registration is now open - Recreational & Select

If you have previously registered with us through Blue Sombrero, your accounts have been transferred to the rebranded "Sports Connect."  Your existing account credentials should be used to login and register your child for Spring Soccer. 


If you are new to our registration system- i.e. never used Blue Sombrero, you can create a new Sports Connect account and start the registration process. 

AYSO needs volunteers!  
Coaches, referees, and in many other areas at all age divisions needed!  Please consider what you can help with in filling out the volunteer portion of the application. We provide training, equipment, exercise, and a great supportive community not to mention kids who love learning from parents under the AYSO philosophy where everyone plays.   Coaching volunteers will be contacted over the summer and be given preference on days and times for practices.  If you have questions about volunteer roles, please contact us

Spring 2020 Select Tryouts

Tryouts for the Spring Select program have concluded as of mid-November and coaches are working out rosters for the spring.  They will be in contact with tryout participants shortly once rosters have been determined. 

Key Dates for Spring 2020 Season: 

  • February 1, 2020 - Early Registration Ends, team formations begin
  • February 26, 2020 - All Coaches meeting (required) [proposed]
  • March 2, 2020 - Proposed start for Spring Recreational Practices
  • March 14, 2020 - First games form Recreational program [proposed]
  • March 14, 2020 - First practices for Playground programs [proposed]
  • May 16, 2020 - Last games for Recreational programs [proposed]
  • May 16, 2020 - Last sessions for Playground programs [proposed]

AYSO Calendar

Need Sports Connect/Blue Sombrero help?  

Help line for parents: 866.264.2048

AYSO News:

El Palo Alto Invitational Tournament
April 25-26, 2020
Registration is now open for our Spring Tournament.  Please visit our Tournament page for more details and links to registration. 

AYSO Soccer Programs:

Core or Recreational is our regular recreational & instructional program and has open registration - there are no tryouts to place on a team.

Select allows experienced players and coaches to participate in a more challenging and competitive format.  Invitation to Select teams is chosen based on scheduled tryouts. 

provides children with physical or learning challenges, the opportunity to experience soccer in a safe, supportive environment.

What Age Division am I? 

AYSO Age division descriptions - described as U6, U8, U14, for "Under 8" etc.,- can sound confusing.  What they mean is the "age at the end of the current calendar year" so a child born Dec 31, 2009 is considered a U12, but Jan 1, 2010 is a U10. What makes this even more confusing, is that we carry the fall dates into the spring so if your child was a U10 this fall, they stay a U10 in the spring, even if they have a January 2010 birthdate.  

Confusing? Yes, we know. Use our handy chart below for reference:  

AYSO Age Guide for 2019 Fall & 2020 Spring


U4 (Kinder)
U5 (Kicker)
2012 & 2013
2010 & 2011
2008 & 2009
2006 & 2007
2004 & 2005
2001, 2002,& 2003

The AYSO Philosophy

  • Everyone Plays

  • Balanced Teams

  • Open Registration

  • Positive Coaching

  • Good Sportsmanship

  • Player Development

See the national website for more details on how AYSO works and develops young soccer players.

Air Quality Information
In response to recent years'  problems with California wildfires leading to health related Air Quality concerns,  Region 26 has adopted a safety policy this year to notify teams on practice and game days if the Air Quality is deemed unsafe for high exertion activities (AQI over 100).  

The City of Palo Alto Rain Policy

The city makes the call whether the fields are open early in the morning, usually before 7AM. They leave a recording on this rain hotline:  650 329 2697


If you are a coach seeking equipment for your team, please contact equipment@ayso26.org to arrange a set. 

Uniform Swap Requests: 

If you are in need of a Uniform swap/exchange after having picked up your uniform, please fill in the following form and we will contact you asap.