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General Information

Alliance Player Eligibilty

  • Players selected should be registered prior to tryouts through sign up on the Area AYSO website for the ALLIANCE program. Players not registered with an AYSO Region prior to the tryout will register at the tryouts site and a parent or legal guardian for each player will be required to sign an Emergency Authorization, Disclaimer, Assumption of Risk and Waiver, and the Acknowledgement and Consent Agreement form at tryouts or prior (see Appendix A). It is permissible host Areas and/or Region’s may charge a nominal fee to cover tryout expenses.

  • All players must be nine-years-old by December 31st of the upcoming season to be eligible to participate in this program.

  • Once a player is old enough to play in AYSO ALLIANCE a player may play up one year with consent of parents and coaches (i.e., a 12U player may play on a 13U team). A Coach wanting a player to play up multiple years must get the permission of the Area ALLIANCE Director and the

  • parents of the player. This may also be subject to State association limitations that will take precedence.

  • Age classifications for ALLIANCE teams shall be for single age group from 9U thru 19U inclusively.

  • Dual participation with another soccer league other than AYSO ALLIANCE is not permitted.

  • Only players who attended open tryouts may be selected for placement on an ALLIANCE team.

  • Guest players may be used in alignment with state assn., gaming circuits and tournament rules

Alliance Players and Teams


  • Each ALLIANCE program shall have a separate registration platform for their ALLIANCE players. Players can both dual register at the Regional level and the ALLIANCE level.

  • The player will be responsible for paying all associated fees for the ALLIANCE program.

  • AYSO Area ALLIANCE Director or ALLIANCE Registrar (if applicable) is responsible for assigning the players to the correct teams through the registration system.

  • After the player is verified to have an AYSO registration, the player must become dual registered with the appropriate State Association or playing circuit by working with the AYSO ALLIANCE Director or State Association registrar.

    • Player Cards will be produced from the State Association registration.

    • The State Association registration form will be the players Medical Release form.

    • Concussion Awareness and/or any additional forms required by AYSO or State Assn.


In alignment with US Soccer standards and AYSO Philosophies, AYSO ALLIANCE teams are limited to a maximum roster on game day of:

  • 12 players for 10U (Playing 7v7)

  • 16 players for 11U (Playing 9v9)

  • 16 players for 12U (Playing 9v9)

  • 18 players for 12U-14U (Playing 11v11)

  • 18 players for 15U-19U (Playing 11v11)


AYSO ALLIANCE Teams must have one head coach and one assistant coach (a team manager is also highly recommended). Two additional assistant coaches may be added to the coaching staff at the discretion of the head coach. All coaching staff must be AYSO registered volunteers with proper certifications.

Rosters may be further limited by small-sided game rules. Roster size should take into consideration the requirement to achieve the one-half game play per player per game (Everyone Plays).


Notes for high school players:

  • Teams at the 14U division may add additional player(s) if they have a player (s) who will also be playing for their high school.

  • 15U-19U teams may have up to 22 players on the roster if they have a player (s) who will also be playing for their high school. However, they will be only being able to “suit” up 18 players in a game and will have to abide by all playing circuit, tournament restrictions and or any High School association requirements.



Training Sessions:

  • Training fields/times will be coordinated through host Regions’ Field Scheduler. Pending level of play and in conjunction with AYSO ALLIANCE player development guidelines, each team will be allowed 3 to 6 hours of training per week not to exceed 120 minutes in length per session.

  • Scrimmages (especially with other AYSO entities) are recommended and encouraged (however, these should be considered in the team’s allocated training time).

  • Other voluntary soccer related activities – such as additional soccer training, free-play or summer camps – do not count as practice time. However, an adequate off season and recovery period for all age groups is strongly recommended.


  • At the beginning of the soccer year (or each season), the coach should map out which tournaments the team wishes to participate in based on parent input, available funds and team objectives. The number and timing of tournaments should be considered by the coach in overall team planning (periodization) to ensure adequate rest and recovery.

  • The coach or team manager should get the application for the tournament in PRIOR to the due date and consider if needed, block hotels, etc.

  • For consistency, when signing up for a tournament, please use: AYSO ALLIANCE, Gender, Age Group and Coach last name, i.e., AYSO ALLIANCE, 05G, Barrett.

Guest players are permitted to play on the AYSO ALLIANCE team:

  • For “ALLIANCE” players – the AYSO ALLIANCE Coach must get the player ID and applicable paperwork from the coach of the guest player’s team. Then, the coach must fill out and print the Guest form on the state association website.

  • If the guest player is on an AYSO Primary Program team, the AYSO ALLIANCE coach must notify the AYSO ALLIANCE Director, must register the player with the State Association. The AYSO ALLIANCE Registrar along with the registration form and then fill out and print the GUEST form on the state association web-site.

  • The Team or parent will be responsible for any state league registration fees.

As long as a State association permits, an AYSO ALLIANCE player can play as a Guest player for another team (AYSO ALLIANCE team or another ALLIANCE). The player’s ALLIANCE Coach must supply the coach of the other team with his player’s player card. Nothing else is required. The coach of the team wanting the player should come to the AYSO ALLIANCE Coach. Exception: If the ALLIANCE team is playing in that tournament, most tournaments do not allow a guest (ALLIANCE) player to play for another team in the tournament.

NOTE: AYSO ALLIANCE guest players (of the same age group) are only allowed for regular season and tournament play if playing circuit permits.



Each ALLIANCE team (players, coaches, volunteers, parents) participating in any external gaming circuit should adhere to the highest behavioral standards and accept the responsibility of representing the entire organization.

Coaches should go over his/her expectations of the players and parents/guardians and share their expectations of themselves in the first team meeting after the team has been chosen, including the AYSO Vision, Mission, and Philosophies.

Going over that information PRIOR to the start of the season will help avoid the need of having to invoke any of the following Team Discipline.

Parents will also sign the player parent agreement provided by the local ALLIANCE program. A player may be suspended from playing in a game OR removed from an AYSO ALLIANCE team if:

  • The player’s behavior presents a significant conduct and discipline problem and is disruptive to the team.

  • The player fails to show a good faith effort to attend scheduled team practices, games, or otherwise participate in soccer related activities.

  • The action of any player’s parent who attempts to undermine the discipline of the team and/or the coach’s control of the team.

  • The action of any player’s parent(s) whose sideline behavior disrupts play, is considered abusive or unacceptable to the officials.



The Head Coach must document, in writing, and submit to the AYSO ALLIANCE Director the rationale for taking the disciplinary action. It must be demonstrated how the player’s behavior is presenting a significant conduct and discipline problem. Or, in the case of missing team training sessions, must have documented proof that the player has missed OVER half of the schedule training sessions (minimally – three weeks of normally scheduled training sessions must have passed).

After reviewing the documentation provided, the Head Coach must meet with the AYSO ALLIANCE Director to verify all possible remedies have been exhausted. If, after the meeting, the AYSO ALLIANCE Director and the team’s Head Coach agree, the player may be suspended from the team for a game.


Removal from Team
The Head Coach must document, in writing, and submit to the AYSO ALLIANCE Director the rationale for taking the disciplinary action. All AYSO policies and procedures for Dispute Resolution and Due Process shall apply.

If there is a consensus, the parents (and player) will then be invited in to hear the concerns and be allowed to respond. If the AYSO ALLIANCE Director agrees, the player may be removed from the AYSO ALLIANCE team. If the commitment is simply too much for a player/family and there have been no other disciplinary issues, the player should be offered placement on a regular Primary season team (if available).


Obviously, ALL efforts should be made in order work out the issue involved, and this is and should always be a last resort.

Player Misconduct Reporting and Sanctions

  • It is expected that players in the AYSO ALLIANCE program will hold Good Sportsmanship in high regard.

  • Unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated by AYSO ALLIANCE players.

  •  AYSO ALLIANCE Director retain the right to discipline a player or coach above those sanctions set by the local State Association or gaming circuit.

  • AYSO ALLIANCE Director retain the right to remove any approved coach from any AYSO ALLIANCE Team.



  • The State Association or playing circuit rules on player recruitment or “poaching” will be in effect.

  • There will be no signing players from the primary program until all the games are completed in regular season and the primary season is complete.



  • There must be a coach, assistant coach or team chaperone of the same sex as the players at all team activities.

  • The chaperone ratio should be 8 to 1 on any out of town tournaments or events. Safe Haven/CVPA guidelines apply to AYSO ALLIANCE teams at all times.

  • All AYSO policies and procedures for Dispute Resolution and Due Process shall apply to all coaches and volunteers within the AYSO ALLIANCE program.


STATE ASSOCIATION NOTES (Subject to local authority)

  • AYSO cannot control or direct external gaming circuit decision-making or operational guidelines or standards.

  • Your team schedule (for regular season games) will be on the State Association website or league of play website.

  • Games times and locations sometimes CHANGE… please review the schedule weekly.

  • All teams will be required to abide by all State Association rules and guidelines, i.e., free substitutions.

  • PLEASE direct all questions/comments/etc., related to the State Association or applicable gaming circuit through the Area ALLIANCE Director.

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P.O. Box 806095 
St Clair Shores, Michigan 48080

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Phone: 586-335-2229