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AYSO serving the youth of Oak Park and surrounding communities

AYSO Region 697 is an all-volunteer organization providing spring and fall soccer programs for elementary through high school players from the Oak Park area.

Teams are balanced and organized by age. It's all about the kids.

Participation is open to all. Volunteers welcome.

Spring 2014 AYSO Practice Field Permits

If you use fields that are not permitted to us, you can be asked to move off.

Taylor Park is reserved for U14 and U19 teams only.

U8 does not have any officially sanctioned fields and, if you choose to practice, you can be asked to move off.

Here are the fields we have for spring 2014.

Reserve Your Practice Fields

Signupgenius allows you to sign-up for practice field space for the first two weeks, April 14 - April 27.  We are asking coaches to use this website to identify the days, times, and field that they intend to hold practices on. This change will help both you and AYSO in a couple of ways. First, it will assist you with understanding which fields are more in demand with teams planning on practicing there and fields that have more space available. Secondly, it will allow AYSO to gauge field usage and future needs.  

We will be creating subsequent version for the remainder of the season in the near future.  We know it's a little cumbersome but we opted for a little flexibility  for time slots and days.

Irving:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CAAA92AA46-opayso2
Taylor:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CAAA92AA46-opayso
Rehm:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CAAA92AA46-opayso3
Maple Upper:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CAAA92AA46-opayso4
Longfellow School:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CAAA92AA46-opayso5
Beye:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CAAA92AA46-opayso6
Anderson:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CAAA92AA46-opayso7

Coach Training

AYSO Training

There is official AYSO coaches training provided.   In order to be properly accounted for, you need to sign up for the course on eAYSO.org.  You will first need to be a registered AYSO Volunteer. In order to register for the coach courses on eAYSO.org, go to "MyeAYSO" in the top left of the opening screen after you sign in and click on "Course Signup" (or click on "Enroll to take a class" on the bottom right). You will then need to do a "Search", with IL as the State and Section=6.  You will then see all courses being offered in the Chicago area.

These courses are part classroom and part active soccer drills so, in addition to pen and paper, please bring a water bottle and a soccer ball (extra soccer balls too if you have them) and be prepared to participate in soccer drills.

Make an Impact on a Child. Become an AYSO Coach.

To many observers, coaching young children seems a lot like trying to herd cats. For those lucky coachenough to get to actually do it, the satisfaction in seeing a child grow in confidence, coordination and discipline is incomparable. If you are considering being a coach we will train you, mentor you and provide you all the equipment. Your kids will be impressed and your players (and their parents) will all really appreciate what you do.

- Go to eAYSO.org and create a volunteer record (print out the completed forms)
- Email the Division Coordinator with ANY questions
- Check out the AYSO National Coach FAQ or the Oak Park Coach FAQ for a lot of general info
- Go to the Training Page for info on Training and Certification

Rules & Regulations

In addition to learning training techniques and footwork drills, you also want to know all the soccer rules and regulations (the Laws of the Game) so you can teach them to your players.

The best way to get this info:

- Take the Regional Referee class

Three great reasons to get certified as a Regional Referee:



Coaching Tools

Administrative Tools

Line-up Card Template U8-U12
Line-up Card Template U14
AYSO Training Games
US Soccer Coaches Net
Soccer U Coaching
Positive Coaching Alliance
Field Condition Hotline
Oak Park Coach FAQ
OP Coaches Manual
Coaches Code of Conduct

Player Withdrawal & Refund Request Form



Referee Tools

Parent Information

Laws of the Game
Fouls and Misconduct
Ask a Referee)

A Parent's Guide to AYSO
How AYSO Works
KidZone Parent Pledge Form