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AYSO REGION 33 - ENCINO, CA (Balboa Park)



Division Managers

JACOB RODRIGUEZ is the division manager for the BU10 Division. 
MARK LAMBERT is the acting division manager for the BU10 Division
AMY HINKLEY is the division manager for the GU10 Division. 
All inquiries about the division should begin with Jacob and Amy at [email protected]


Age Range

BU10, GU10:  All players born in the years 2014 or 2015.

(NOTE: National Soccer has established the age range for all divisions.  AYSO is not permitted to deviate from it.)


What Equipment Do I Need

Soccer shoes (not turf shoes) are preferred.  Also, athletic shoes are allowed. NOTE:  metal cleats are not permitted.

Shin Guards (which must be completely covered by soccer socks)

Size 4 soccer ball


When will Teams be Formed

By the end of July


How Teams are Formed

IMPORTANT:  10U teams are NOT formed by request

One of the principal philosophies of AYSO is that all teams must be balanced.  It is a frustrating experience for players (and parents) to lose a game 0-10.  It is also not challenging or fun to win a game 10-0.   So, we do our best at Region 33 to make the teams fair and the games more fun by emphasizing balanced teams over requests.



1.  Rating Session: The 10U Division Managers will schedule two player rating sessions for each division (BU10 & GU10), the first during the week of July 10 and the second during the week of July 17.   Players will RSVP for one of the sessions.  Attendance is mandatory in order to be placed on a team. 

NOTE #1: The sessions are not “tryouts” because every player who is rated will be placed on a team.   

NOTE #2:  If your child cannot attend one of the rating sessions, please notify the Division Manager, who will attempt to find an alternate date.  HOWEVER, this is very inconvenient so please do so only if your child absolutely cannot attend because you are away or for some other similar reason.


2.  Information Request: Next, the division manager will email parents and request the following information:  1.  Is there any day of the week your child absolutely cannot attend practice because of other activities?  And  2.  Is there any player that your child would like to have on the same team?

NOTE:  THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THE FRIEND REQUEST WILL HAPPEN.  The first responsibility of division managers is to create balanced teams.  To the extent they can accommodate requests and keep the teams balanced, division managers will do their best to accommodate a friend request. BUT AGAIN, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE

NOTE #2:  Siblings WILL be placed on the same team.


3.  The Division Manager has the option to either form teams or to hold a draft.  

If the Division Manager chooses to form the teams, he/she will do their best to make them balanced and will provide the rosters to each coach by the end of July.  Coaches will notify parents. 

If the Division Manager chooses to hold a draft, coaches will be provided with the player ratings and then select the teams at a draft meeting.   The emphasis will be on achieving balanced teams and coaches will not be permitted to dissuade other coaches from drafting any particular player. 

NOTE #1:  The Division Manager will NOT honor requests for assistant coaches to be on a team with any particular head coach if it will cause teams to be unbalanced.

NOTE #2:  Siblings WILL be placed on the same team.


Number of Teams

8 teams in BU10

6 teams in GU10


How do I become a certified coach for 10U

AYSO is an all-volunteer organization, and we must have certified coaches to have teams.   All AYSO coaches and assistant coaches, at every level, must: 1)  register as a volunteer through our website ( and 2) complete online classes and an in-person coach training session.  Here is a link to the step-by-step process to become a coach:


Practices – Twice a Week

All U10 teams will practice twice per week for one hour at our Balboa Park soccer fields.  We have practice field permits for Monday through Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm.  The coach will select the practice days and times. 


When do Practices Begin

The week of August 7.  


When Do Games Begin

Opening Day is Saturday, August 19, 2023, at the Balboa Park Soccer Fields (see map on our website).   Weather permitting, play will continue every Saturday through November 4 (no games on Sept 2 and Sept 16 due to holidays).   


Game Schedules

It will vary from week to week.  The schedules will be posted on our website by Labor Day at  (go to the “Team Central” tab)


When Do Playoffs Begin

The U10 Divisions are considered “competitive” divisions.  There are playoffs at the end of the season.  There is also an all-star team (See below).  Assuming the season finishes per the posted schedule, playoffs will take place at our soccer fields as follows:

All teams that get the required number of “Volunteer” points and “Referee” points will qualify for the playoffs.  Playoff seeding depends upon the season record for each team.

November 11:   1st two rounds of Region 33 playoffs (may include multiple games for teams)

November 18:    Finals of Region 33 playoffs


IMPORTANT: Only Teams that Get Volunteer Points and Referee Points will qualify for playoffs.

Teams must do BOTH of the following to qualify for playoffs:

1.  Earn 25 “Volunteer” points combined:  These are earned by volunteering to do any of the following:  Board Member, field set-up, field take-down, working at the red tent, field monitor, assisting with photo day, trophy day, or assisting any of the Board Member functions described on our website.  For more information, contact Wendy Shuster, our volunteer coordinator, at [email protected]


2. Earn 15 “Referee” points combined:  Referees and Assistant Referees must be registered and certified to qualify for “referee” points.  Center referees earn 2 points per game.   Assistant referees earn 1 point per game. “Club” referees (parents who volunteer to help on the sidelines when there are not enough referees) do NOT earn points unless they are registered and certified. 

Here is a link to our “Referee Policy”:


REMEMBER, AYSO is an all-volunteer organization, and we cannot have games without certified referees and volunteers.  SO, WE WILL NOT BE MAKING EXCEPTIONS



AREA:  The BU10 and GU10 team that wins our regional playoff tournament will qualify to compete against the winners of other AYSO Area 10V Regions in our Area playoff tournament at the North Hills fields in Granada Hills on December 9 and 10, 2023 (first-round) and on December 16 and 17, 2023 (semi-finals).  So, keep your calendars free if you are able.


SECTION:  If our teams win at Area, they will compete in the Section 10 Tournament in Bakersfield on February 17 and 18, 2024.



At the end of the season, we will form a BU10 All-Star team and a GU10 All-Star team which will compete in Area 10V’s All-Star tournament at the North Hills fields in Granada Hills on January 13 and 14, 2024 (first round) and on January 20 and 21, 2024 (semi-finals and finals.  If our teams advance, they will compete in the Section 10 tournament at Bakersfield on March 2 and 3, 2024.


How All-Star Teams are Formed:

Coaches and Division Managers will nominate players to try out for the teams.  Players need to play in at least ½ of their team’s game to be eligible.   All-Star tryouts will likely begin on November 18, 2023.  The All-Star coach and Division Manager will select the team by December 2, 2023.


Spring Tournament Team

Following the All-Star tournament, it is hoped that the All-Star team will stay together and play in various AYSO tournaments throughout the spring. 



Duration of Game

50 minutes, plus a half-time break of 5-10 minutes.

The game is broken into two twenty-five (25) minute periods.  During each period, there is a stoppage after approximately twelve and a half (12.5) minutes, where there will be a short water break and substitutions allowed.  Players who are not substituted must stay on the field at the sideline.  This stoppage is NOT a time for coaching players.  The game clock keeps on running. 

NOTE:  There is NO stoppage time added at the end of each half


Playing Time Info


Seven players per team on the field, one of which is a goalkeeper (Ten players maximum on the roster.)        


Between periods, at halftime, and for injuries.

Limits on Goalkeepers

In 10U goalkeepers may play a maximum of 2 quarters in goal, provided they play at least 1 quarter on the field.

Playing Time:

Minimum of two quarters per player per game.   No player may play four quarters until everyone has played three.    No player may play two quarters in a game for more than one game until every other player on the team has played two quarters in a game.

NOTE: While the Referee records players and substitutes on the game card, adherence to the playing time policy is the responsibility of the Coach, not the Referee nor the Assistant Referee. Any violation of the playing time policy may result in a (post-game) forfeit against the offending team.


The Field

The field size for 10U games is 200 ft long by 100 ft wide.

In addition to the sidelines (“touchline’), goal lines, halfway line, and  center circle with 8 yd radius, the markings also include, among others:

1. Goal area in front of each goal measuring 4 x 8 yards.

2. Penalty area in front of each goal measuring 12 x 24 yards.

3. Penalty mark 10 yards from the goal line

4. “Build-out” lines running across each half of the field, equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the halfway line.


Goal Dimensions 

Goals are a maximum of 6.5 ft high by 18.5 ft wide.


The Ball

A size 4 soccer ball is used for all 10U games and practices.


Scores and Standings are kept

Scores, standings, team volunteer points, and team referee points will all be updated and posted on our website at  (go to the “Team Central” tab)


“No Slaughter Rule” - Good Sportsmanship is a MUST

Although we do our best to balance teams, sometimes a game can be too one-sided and can cause bad feelings.  In that situation, coaches must take positive steps to hold down the score. 

Games may be forfeited for multiple violations of this rule.  Our Coach Mentor is a terrific resource for the many ways this can be accomplished:  [email protected]



One certified center referee and 2 certified assistant referees (1 on each touchline). 

NOTE:  We use volunteer referees.  If we do not have enough volunteers, we will use ask spectators to step in as an assistant referee (called a “club” referee) for the game.  Club referees do not earn referee points unless they have been previously registered and certified. 



AYSO Region 33 has adopted a Code of Conduct, which prohibits conversation with referees during games about the calls made or not made, plus other behavior that interferes with the enjoyable, positive atmosphere for kids and everyone else.  Here is the link:


The Start of Play

A coin toss is used to determine which team chooses to kicks off to start the game or instead to kick off to start the second half.

The game starts with a kick-off in the center of the field.  The team not kicking off must be at least eight yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.


Ball In and Out of Play

The ball is out of play when it completely crosses the touchline (sideline) or goal line, either on the ground or in the air.  Play is restarted by a throw-in (for balls out of play crossing the touchline,) by a goal kick (for balls crossing the goal line and last touched by the attacking team), or by a corner kick (for balls crossing the goal line and last touched by the defending team.)

Throw-In: The ball is thrown from behind the head and at least one foot must be in contact with the ground.  Second chances are not given for improper throw-ins for U10 (except for the first few “friendly” games at the beginning of the season). An improper throw-in results in a throw-in for the opposing team.   There is no offsides violation on a throw-in.

Goal Kick: The goal kick may be taken from any point inside the goal area. The opposing team must remain behind the build-out line until the ball is kicked and crosses the penalty area.  The goal kick is retaken if the ball is touched or played by either team before leaving the penalty area.

Corner Kick:
The opposing team must be at least eight yards from the ball when the corner kick is taken in 10U games.


Build-Out Line: For 10U only

PLEASE WATCH THIS:  Here is a link to a very useful video explaining the build-out line:


US National Soccer has mandated the 10U field include a “build-out” line on both sides of the field.   The purpose is to promote playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. 


1.  The build-out line is placed across the field equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the halfway line.

2.  The build-out line is used as the line to determine offside. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build-out line.                                                                                                   

3.  When a goalkeeper has possession of the ball, the attacking team must move behind the build-out line and cannot move forward until the goalkeeper puts the ball in play by either passing, throwing, or rolling the ball.  
NOTE #1: The goalkeeper does not have to wait for the opposing players to move behind the build-out line. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can cross the build-out line and play may resume as normal. 

3.  When a goalkeeper has possession of the ball, the attacking team must move behind the build-out line and cannot move forward until the goalkeeper puts the ball in play by either passing, throwing, or rolling the ball.  
NOTE #1: The goalkeeper does not have to wait for the opposing players to move behind the build-out line. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can cross the build-out line and play may resume as normal. 

4.  The attacking team must also move behind the build-out line for goal kicks (see “Goal Kick” section, above)



What counts as a “Goal”

A goal is awarded when the ball completely crosses the goal line into the goal.  


No Goalkeeper Punts in 10U

The goalkeeper is not allowed to punt the ball in 10U.  An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the point nearest to where the goalkeeper punted the ball.



The offside law applies in 10U games.   An offsides offense can occur anywhere between the “build-out” line and the goal line.


Handball Rule

A “handball” offense occurs when a player makes a deliberate movement of the hand or arm to the ball. For example, even if an arm is in a natural position, if the player moves his/her body to use the arm to direct or play the ball, it is an offense. In younger players, if there is a reaction to a ball moving directly toward them, but it is to protect themselves from getting potentially hurt by the ball (e.g., they raise their hands and protect their face or chest), then it is not considered a handball unless, again, they move their arms or body to direct or play the ball. 

It is an offense when a player touches the ball with the hand/arm positioned to make a player's body "unnaturally larger" and it is not in a position that can be considered natural for the body movement for that specific situation; distance from last point of contact does not matter. So, for example, a ball touching a player's arm that is in a natural running position is not an offense. If the ball touches an arm that extends out or up, then it is an offense.


No Heading

Heading the ball is not allowed (US Soccer prohibits heading the ball for all divisions below age 14U).  An indirect free kick at the spot of the offense will be awarded to the opposing team if a player deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a match.


What happens when there is a foul

Free Kicks:

For fouls not committed by the defending team in its own penalty area, fouls may be either direct (may score directly), or indirect (must be touched or played by another player before a goal can be scored). Opponents must be at least eight yards from the ball or on the goal line between the goal posts during free kicks.


Penalty Kicks

For direct free-kick fouls committed by the defending team in its own penalty area, a penalty kick will be awarded to the attacking team.   The penalty kick is taken from the penalty mark with all other players outside the penalty area except the opposing team’s goalkeeper.



Although misconduct should still be relatively rare in 10U games, the center referee has discretion to issue yellow cards and even red cards to players and coaches.   Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their sidelines.  Here is the link to Region 33’s Coach Code of Conduct:




AYSO is completely run by volunteers.  Nobody gets paid.  We expect that a minimum of 1 hour of volunteerism is done on behalf of every player in the 10U Divisions.  To find out what you can do, please email Wendy Shuster, our Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected]



To create an enjoyable atmosphere for kids, coaches, parents and referees, AYSO Region 33 has adopted a “Code of Conduct” for parents and coaches.  Here is the link:



Uniforms (socks, shorts, and jersey) will be provided to coaches to hand out prior to the first game, which is August 19, 2023.



Photo Day is September 9, 2023.   There will be a makeup photo day on September 30, 2023 (However, those who attend the makeup session will likely NOT be included in the team photo).



Will be provided to coaches to pass out on the last day of the season.



We are hosting the Cynthia Petrillo Thanksgiving Turkey tournament on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24 at our Balboa Park soccer fields.   It will be a fundraiser for our Region.

NOTE: U10, U12 and U14 Players who have parents/guardians/family members who are Board Members, Coaches, Referees or donated significant volunteer hours will be invited to play.

It will be a lot of fun and an incentive for you to volunteer at Region 33 this season.



**The details above are subject to change.  Everything depends on the number of players that register and volunteers that come forward to help.



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