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5U Schedule 2023 - Corrected Sep 11

5U Schoolyard Group Selection OPEN for 2023

Click here to view the group list.Version 4 of the Group List - July 28, 2023

Select Your Group: We are set up to have 3 session times on Saturdays and one on Monday afternoons. Parents select either a Saturday Group A, B, or C (start times rotate each week) OR the Monday session (limited space). This Google doc is now open for you to modify your Group choice for the season.
1) Find your child's name (alphabetical by last name)
2) Review the group they are in based on birthdate (A is older players, C youngest)
3) Decide if you want to be in a different group using the drop down to change the entry to move to Monday or align with friends
4) Initial the last column to indicate you have reviewed this
5) You will have another time to change your group before the season starts

What Is 5U Schoolyard?

For Fall 2023
5U Schoolyard is an AYSO soccer program designed for children 5 and under (for 3 and 4 year olds - all must be at least 3 years old by August 1, 2020 for 2023). It is organized for groups of children rather than specific teams and consists of three primary components:

  • “One with One” – involvement of one child with a minimum of one parent (one parent must be present the entire session)
  • Professional Coaches – Activities are led and organized by Professional coaches from UK International with guidance from Region 4 Division Directors
  • Activity Mix – skill development/activities with parents and small-sided games

Children are placed in groups for the season, rather than a “team” (no head coaches, no practices, no team banners, etc.). Groups are assigned a session time that rotates each week. Once the fields the groups break out with one of the professional or parent coaches and then are split into “teams” for the small-sided games.

Weekly emails: Families receive a weekly email detailing that week’s skills that will be introduced. This information will also be posted on this 5U Schoolyard page on

Questions? Email [email protected]

Saturday 5U Schoolyard Field Map 2023

Saturday 5U Goal Set Up


Why 5U Schoolyard Program?

Why this program?

  • Young Players need special consideration
  • They are playing a child’s game
  • Fun activities must be central to child-centered program
  • Cannot sustain prolonged activity
  • They must discover the game, not be taught the game by adults.

Why this design?

  • Provides young players and their parents with a ‘pressure free’ introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer
  • Players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice
  • Allows players to discover the game for themselves, while parents are given a soccer foundation

A Typical 5U Schoolyard Session

Skill Development (40 min)

  • 10 minutes – group warm-up and activities
  • 5 minutes – water break
  • 20 minutes – training activities and games
  • 5 minutes – team organizing and water break, assigning players to teams, assigning field locations

Small-sided game (25 min)

  • 20 minutes – 4 v 4 game (played in two halves of 10 minutes each with a short break at the quarter to make substitutions and get a quick drink)
  • 5 minutes – half time
  • No coaches, but some parents may be asked to “referee” or help with games

Picture Day Schedule

Below are the times to show up for the AYSO Picture Day!
Sunday, Sep 10, 2023
Valley View Park
100 Los Arcos Drive, Oak Park

There is not a large group/team photo, all images will be individual photos, however the picture company will create a virtual group shot using all individual photos for those getting pictures on Sep 11. More details and forms for families: Here's a link to AYSO's Picture Day page for complete details and here's a link to the Picture Day form (TBA for 2023)

2022 Picture Day 5U Schoolyard Schedule

5U Schoolyard – Group A scheduled at 8:00am
5U Schoolyard – Group B schedule at 8:15am
5U Schoolyard – Group Monday scheduled at 8:15am
5U Schoolyard – Group C scheduled at 8:30am

Please note that in reality it does not matter that much which time you show up at. The "group/team" picture you may receive in a picture package will be a virtual picture - created using all the individual pictures for kids in each group. You tell them the group you are in when you walk up to the table.

Please arrived dressed in full uniform - jersey, socks, shorts, sneakers or cleat (shin guards not needed but can be worn if desired).
Please do not bring a ball.

Cannot make this time? If you cannot make it at this time - you can show up later (until about 2 pm, but it will be first come, first serve so there may be a line)
Cannot make this date? If you cannot make the original picture day a Make-up day will be scheduled  [Valley View Park
100 Los Arcos Drive, Oak Park]. 
It will likely be first come, first serve so there may be a line.

5U Schoolyard Photos

5U Schoolyard Fun Activities - Costume Day

5U Schoolyard Playing with Friends

5U Schoolyard Professional Coaches from UK International

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AYSO Region 4 Partners

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5739 Kanan Rd. #340 
Agoura Hills, California 91301

Email Us: [email protected]
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