Kinder League is for Under-5 & Under-6 Players

4 and 5 Year Old Children

Don't just give your child to someone else to have all the fun!

Be with your child on the field and participate!

Kinder league meets on Saturdays for 1 hour of fun and games. 

 You may choose from a morning or afternoon session when there are sufficient teams
to divide the group.  Otherwise, players will meet in the afternoon.

If you have another child playing in an older division, 
choose the afternoon session to avoid morning schedule conflicts.

There are two tournament days, at the middle and at the end of the season.

The Kinder League is a gentle and fun introduction to organized group athletic activity and the game of soccer, with individual drills for training, and small-sided, informal games.  AYSO's small-sided informal games are designed to provide the most fun, more touches on the ball, higher level of participation by each player, and a more understandable game by the young minds.  Teams are generally 10 players, which split in half for games and play 3v3 or 4v4 each session.
The sessions are divided into three, 20 minute parts, including 3 minute water breaks in-between.  The first part is a skill teaching drill.  The second is a series of child's games, such as Simon Sez or Red Light-Green Light, modified to include the soccer skill they have just trained on.  The third part is a soccer game.
Teams are co-ed in U5, and divided by gender in U6.  You may apply for your child to "play up" if your child is kinder age but you feel your child is more advanced, or is in 1st grade, and can enjoy the faster pace of the U8 teams.  If your child has been playing soccer in another program, has played in our Kinder Program before, is athletic for their age, and you feel they could take on the demands of twice a week training plus a game on the weekend, you may request that they play up, by sending an email to

Parent Participation
At the Kinder level, a parent is required to remain at the field with their child, must register as a volunteer, and may be called upon by the coach to help with field tasks such as watching for the ball going out of bounds. The parents will join in the fun and be shown how to call direction, like an Assistant Referee.  You and your family may participate together in AYSO at all ages of player.  In Kinder, it is required.  In later years, it is optional, but always available to you to participate, as coach, referee, or Team Manager, or other team support function.  At least one parent of each kinder must register as a volunteer and take our online, 30 minute Safe Haven, webinar.  Joining your child on the field creates a liability for Palo Alto AYSO and you.  We provide insurance, included with your registration fees, for all registered volunteers.  Sorry, but we can't let you or your child on the field until this is completed.  While registering your child, on the Volunteer page, check the box titled, +Kinder Parent and choose the morning, afternoon, or either session. 

AYSO Trains Parent Coaches and Referees
AYSO will train you for your volunteered coach or referee assignments.  AYSO training is USSF certified.  

Signing Up
Be sure to choose your morning or afternoon session during registration, or choose don't care if we can schedule you in either.  The morning session is at 9:45am, and the afternoon session is at 3:30pm.  If you have older players in AYSO, it is better to choose the afternoon session for your Kinder, to avoid game schedule conflicts. The morning session is not always offered in the Spring Program, depending on the number of signups.

Specific dates for registration and play 
are in the Regional Calendar and on our Home Page.

Spring Kinder League usually begins in mid-March and continues through to the weekend prior to Memorial Day.

Fall Kinder League begins after Labor Day and continues until the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Each player will be issued a two-color, reversible jersey.  The jersey is to be returned at the end of the season.  See the subject, Parents - On Game Day, to the right.

If you have any questions please email


  • Know your TEAM # before going to the field.  To find your team number, login HERE, and click the Parent tab, then under your Child's name, click the Team information.
  • Bring two signed copies of the player release form for your coach on the first day.  You can print it after logging in, and click FORMS PACKAGE.  Your child cannot participate without this release.
  • Your team's location on the field is marked with a pennant that looks like this picture to the right.  Girls is pink, and Boys is Blue.
  • Look up your game schedule to see your field number.  There are two entries for your team each day because your team splits in half and sends half your team to the opponents field, and half of their team comes to your field. Look for the listing as the HOME team to see your field number.
  • Show up 20 minutes early the first day, 10 minutes early other days.
  • Your coach will be wearing a Coach Jersey, either Dark Green, Maroon, or Navy Blue, with the label, "Coach", on it.
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • Child must be wearing shin guards and socks that completely cover the shin guards, and shoes.  Sneakers are preferred.
  • You must stay at the field with your child.
  • Remember, the reversible jersey is to be returned at the end of the season to your coach.
Tournament Days
On tournament days, in the middle of the season and at the end of the season, your team will play 3 games, one in each of the 3 activity sections.  This is a special day for the kids, as they get a little bit of the higher activity level of the tournament.  It can be fun to bring balloons on tournament day and tie them to your corner flags.  Dress it up a little, like carnival.  

You may notice that the tournament day has many more games showing than the usual two game entries.  There should be six, two in each of 3 periods.

Coach's Corner

  • Review Game Day
  • Know your TEAM # and home field ahead of time.
  • Arrive 30 minutes early.
  • Brief clinic at the field with the instructions for that day.
  • Be sure to wear your coach jersey.
  • Set up your goals.
  • Receive parents/players.
  • If kids arrive early, start them doing a fun drill.  Don't bore them waiting for everyone to arrive.

360 Degree View of Opening Day