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NATIONAL GAMES FAQ

WHAT ARE THE AYSO NATIONAL GAMES? The AYSO National Games are held every other summer. National Games brings over 220 AYSO soccer teams (U10 – U19) from AYSO regions all over the country (and beyond) to share in the diverse soccer culture of the AYSO family.

It is a week-long soccer celebration that focuses on sportsmanship, team spirit and making new friends through the activities and events that are offered. Ask anyone from our region who has had the privilege to participate in the Games – this is truly a special event, creating memories for parents and players alike that are sure to last a lifetime.

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WHERE AND WHEN WILL THE NATIONAL GAMES BE HELD?

The 2014 National Games will be held June 29 – July 7, 2014, in Torrance, California and, for the EXTRA programs, in Riverside, California.

WHAT TEAMS ARE WE FORMING FOR THE 2014 NATIONAL GAMES?

We will be forming 1 team per division for the following divisions: U10B, U10G, U12B, U12G, U14B, U14G, and U16G.  We will also send the following EXTRA teams: U10G, U10B, U12G and, U12B.  Participants in our VIP program are automatically invited to participate in National Games.

PLAYER REQUIREMENTS?

In order to try out for a National Games team, a player must have been registered in the Region 418 recreational program for the 2013-2014 AYSO year by September 30, 2013. No exceptions.

Players play in their current age divisions for National Games.

Unfortunately, no player with a birthdate after July 31, 2005, is eligible to participate in next summer's National Games.

TRYOUTS

Thank you to everyone who tried out on October 23-25!  Players have been notified of results and we are finalizing rosters.  We will also keep an active wait list of players for each team.   

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TRYOUTS?

If offered a spot on one of our National Games teams, players must pay a $200 fee to AYSO 418 by November 15, 2013 to hold their spot on a team. This fee covers uniform costs and travel expenses for coaches. Please note that a portion of the fee will be considered non-refundable.

Players are required be able to cover their own costs for travel to and from California, as well as their food and lodging costs for the duration of the trip. Fundraising is encouraged to help offset costs.

Players not placed on a team will be waitlisted. Waitlisted players will be contacted as slots open up.

DOES EACH PLAYER HAVE TO BE ESCORTED TO CALFORNIA BY A PARENT?

No, however each player has to have a pre-determined chaperone for the duration of the trip – someone who has agreed to be fully responsible for the player.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF PARTICIPATION IF MY CHILD MAKES THE TEAM?

To retain his/her spot on the National Games team roster, a player must:

Attend a minimum of 50% of all his/her regular (recreational) AYSO team’s games and practices. Agree to fully participate in all fund-raising events agreed upon by the team.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Acceptance of teams into the National Games tournament is handled via lottery, and the goal of the National Games is to have representation from as many different AYSO Sections and Regions as possible. Currently, only our U10G, U10B, U14B, U10G EXTRA, U10B EXTRA, U12G EXTRA, and U12B EXTRA teams have been accepted. We hope to receive invitations for the rest of our teams between now and June 2014 as other teams reject their invitations or drop out - but we cannot guarantee anything, so please plan on being patient. If you don't think you can get comfortable with this uncertainty, then you may not want to accept a position on the team or on the waitlist. Some teams get in just days before the tournament is set to begin.

If your team does not get a slot in the tournament, you will be refunded your initial deposit, less any expenses the team may have incurred (such as uniform costs).