Fall 2020 Registration is now open

We are now taking in registration for the Fall 2020 season. Please note that due to uncertainties and changes regarding the Covid-19 Shelter in place directives and Safety guidelines issues by SC County and State, we are conducting registration by wait-list, and players will be assigned to practice teams to complete registration.  Registration fees this year are lowered to reflect the modified program. 

9/6 update:  Team formations are happening now!  We still need coaches and Team Manger volunteers so please click on the "Volunteer" section of Sports Connect when registering your player.  Please note, practice times/locations are at the discretion of the volunteer coach/parent.  We will try our best to accommodate times that you request but can not guarantee availability.  Practices will start as soon as a coach contacts you about their starting date.  

Regarding U6, U5, U4 - it is unlikely that we will be holding soccer for these divisions for the fall due to lack of experienced, trained coaches and the need for modified safety precautions at these age levels.  

Safety guidelines for the fall prevent us from conducting games and active scrimmages this fall.  Practices will typically be 2x per week and will be non-contact and effectively distanced.  
  • As per County and State health orders, the fall season involves only  practices consisting of training and conditioning.  We are not allowed to schedule games nor hold scrimmages.  All club and AYSO programs are following these same guidelines.  
  • Safe distancing protocols and Health Safety check procedures will be part of the expected measures that will be taken, including player check-in and check-out.  
  • Masks, sanitization, equipment cleaning, non-contact and team/cohort maximums of 12 players per team.  
  • Teams will be required to have a safety trained Team Manger present in addition to coach(es) through practice to manage check-in/check-out.
  • Parents will be asked to sign additional waivers  to acknowledge awareness of participation risks and responsibilities. 
n.b. the County of Santa Clara has issued a directive limiting participation in in-Person activities to no more than 1, every 3 weeks with a maximum density of 12 participants + leaders.  

For your appropriate age division, please see the chart at the bottom of the page. 

Register for Soccer

If this is your first time registering for Palo Alto AYSO soccer, please read the information below on our programs.

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

Core or Recreational is our regular recreational & instructional program and has open registration - there are no tryouts to place on a team.
  • For U8 and up, recreation practices begin in late August.  Practices days and times TBD depending on team formation but are generally 2 times per week. 
  • Recreational games for all programs from U4 on up will begin the 2nd weekend in September. 
  • U4/U5/U6 programs are Saturday only. Times TBD.
  • Recreational games are generally on Saturdays and will conclude the weekend before Thanksgiving for U10 and under. 
  • U12 and up may have additional games scheduled into early December.  

Select is our competitive program - team formation is base on existing teams and further additions/tryouts are TBD. 
  • Games will take place both on Saturdays and Sundays. Certain leagues may have Sunday only play. Ask the coach for details. 
  • Game start dates TBD but the season will run into December. 
  • Select programs are offered for age divisions U9 and above.  

VIP  is for those whose disabilities make it difficult for them to participate on mainstream teams.

AYSO Calendar

Need Sports Connect/Blue Sombrero help?  

Help line for parents: 866.264.2048

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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 202- Fall & 2021 Spring


U4 (Kinder)
U5 (Kicker)
2013 & 2014
2011 & 2012
2000 & 2010
2007 & 2008
2005 & 2006
2002, 2003,& 2005

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.