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Fall Season | Primary Season

The Fall Season of Pass Area AYSO Region 641 is the main focus of the organization.

The Fall Season is also known as the Primary Season or Core Season. The Fall Season runs each year from mid-August to late October or early November, depending on yearly calendar dates and scheduling for field conflicts, holidays and other community events.

Participation in the Fall Season is a prerequisite for all Secondary Season programs with the exception of the Coed Spring League.

Season Highlights

Registration Period March to June
Play Period Mid-August to late October or early November
Ages 4 to 18
Age Groups U5 to U19 View Our Age Group Calculator
Games Played U5 – 8
U6 to U19 – 10 Games

General Program Information

Pass Area AYSO Region 641 typically registers over 1,200 players for the Fall Season and places them on over 100 teams. Players are placed in age divisions U5, U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 (U stands for Under that age. For example: U12 means children that are under 12 years of age as of July 31 of the year in which the fall season begins.)

Children between the ages of 4 and 18 can join AYSO on gender specific teams based on the AYSO Age Guide for the current Membership Year. Each team has a registered VOLUNTEER coach that is or must become age-appropriate certified. Coach Certification is provided free of charge by AYSO. Some levels of Coaching Certification may involve travel and multiple day classes.

Teams participate in a ten game season where fun and player development are the primary focus. In competitive divisions (defined as U10-U19) team wins and losses are recorded. Teams in the U10-U14 Divisions have the opportunity to participate in a Winter Tournament provided the team has met the volunteer/referee point requirement. Teams in the U14 – U19 Divisions may experience significant travel during the Fall Season; all players in divisions U5-U12 shall play all their matches in the Pass Area Community.

Registration for the Fall Season generally begins in March prior to the season. Early registration discounts are available. Based on the amount and pace of registrations and the availability and interest of certified and/or trainable VOLUNTEER coaches divisions may be closed at any time to maintain adherence to AYSO team size guidelines. In accordance with AYSO Philosophy Pass Area AYSO Region 641 maintains an Open Registration policy and accepts players from all locations.

Coaches Selection

Persons interested in coaching a Fall Season team must complete a Volunteer Registration Form indicating the desire to coach, complete AYSO Safe Haven training and have age-appropriate coaching certifications or attend trainings to obtain said certifications. Unfortunately, desire to coach a Fall Season team does not guarantee placement as a coach. All coaching applicants, whether new or returning, are reviewed by the appropriate Division Coordinator, the Regional Coach Administrator, Regional Referee Administrator, Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate and Regional Commissioner.

Approval of a coaching applicant is based on many criteria including but not limited to AYSO Safe Haven background check, coaching and referee certification level, field reputation, sportsmanship and disciplinary history, compliance with Pass Area AYSO Region 641, Area 1N, Section 1, and AYSO National Guidelines, Policy Statements and adherence and support of AYSO Philosophies. Generally Pass Area AYSO Region 641 is willing to give coaches an opportunity to become more educated and develop a coaching style; however, all coaches should be aware that the prime objective of Pass Area AYSO Region 641 is for players to have fun and develop their skills as an individual and a teammate. Coaches that lose sight of the primary goals of fun and development as a result of an excessive desire to win will be mentored and in extreme cases can be asked not to return to the coaching ranks.

Assistant Coaches, Requests and Retention

Many an AYSO coach began his/her coaching career as an Assistant. Being an Assistant Coach provides a perfect avenue for learning the game of soccer and developing a coaching style. Coaches should select an Assistant Coach that is dependable, willing to learn and above all interested in providing the players with an enjoyable sporting experience. It is the desire of Pass Area AYSO Region 641 that Assistant Coaches be developed in hopes that they eventually become Head Coaches.

AYSO National Guidelines strictly forbid player retention and/or team building by strategic placement or year-over-year retention of Assistant Coaches (and by extension his/her son/daughter). Pass Area AYSO Region 641 does sometimes place parent coaches together; however, this is generally avoided unless there is a significant underlying reason. The bar for what constitutes necessity has been raised considerably over recent years because, regrettably, claims of necessity historically have been and continue to be the most abused.

Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Parents and Players should be aware that attempts to circumvent this policy is a direct violation of the AYSO Philosophy of Balanced Teams and can be grounds for Volunteer disciplinary action.

Player Placement

Players are placed on Fall Season rosters based on the AYSO Philosophy of Balanced Teams. Each year coaches are asked to provide detailed evaluations of players in order to accurately balance teams the next season. Coach-generated evaluations are the cornerstone of team balancing. Inaccurate and/or careless evaluations can have far-reaching effects and often lead to player, parent and volunteer frustration and disappointment. Additionally, all evaluations are confidential and coaches should not share or discuss their evaluations with players or parents. Other variables that can affect player placement are factors such as Spring Select experience, positional expertise (goalkeepers) and historic volunteer support by parents.

Parents and volunteers should understand that no system for player placement is perfect and despite best efforts of volunteer regional staff there are always teams that experience more match day success than others. All AYSO regions strive to improve balancing each year and indeed no other board responsibility demands as many volunteer man-hours as team formation and balancing.

Additional Notes on Requests

Except as noted below requests in competitive divisions (U10-U19) shall not be considered.

In non-competitive divisions (U6-U8) Pass Area AYSO Region 641 will consider requests but there is no guarantee that a request will be granted. All requests will be reviewed for validity. Parents, players and coaches should be aware that the following requests are not granted:

  • Transportation related requests
  • Played another sport together
  • Coach specific requests (“I want to play for…”)
  • Practice field location
  • Practice time or day

*Pass Area AYSO Region 641 is sensitive to requests to not being placed on a particular volunteer coach’s team when there has been a negative experience in the past. Requests of this nature are typically granted unless a parent has requested that his/her player not be placed on teams with the majority of coaches in the division. Additionally, parents should exercise caution when making such a request and be prepared to share their reasoning in detail. In all cases a request based on historical wins and losses shall be denied.

*Siblings and children living in the same household and whose age and gender dictate said players would play in the same division shall always have the option to play on the same team if so desired.

Refund Policy

The National AYSO Membership Fee of $17.50 is not refundable and non-transferable.

Pass Area AYSO – Region 641 allows for refunds under special circumstances. All special circumstance refund requests must be submitted in writing by mailing in this form (PDF) and must include the reasons and/or circumstances involved. All refund requests will be read and considered by the Regional Board and refunds will only be granted at the discretion of the Regional Board.


  1. Any player who withdraws prior to participating in the first game or practice of the season may be considered for a full refund of their registration fee.
  2. Any player who withdraws after participating in the first practice, but prior to the first game of the season, may be considered for a refund of the registration fee, minus any nonrefundable AYSO National Registration Fees for insurance already paid by Pass Area AYSO – Region 641.
  3. Any player who withdraws after participating in the first game of the season or beyond will not be entitled to a refund of the registration fee.
  4. A fee of $35 dollars will be assessed for a uniform that is not returned in clean and unused condition.


  1. The parent/guardian requesting the refund must fill out the “Parent/Guardian” section, sign and mail this form (PDF) to the address stated in the refund request form.
  2. This request must be submitted by November 1 for the Fall Season or May 1 for the Coed Development Spring League season in which the refund is being requested. Refunds will not be carried over from season to season and will not be applied toward the registration fees of a following season.
  3. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for a refund (if approved) to be processed.