Player Eligibility Policy

To be eligible to participate in the National Games, a player must meet both a registration requirement and a primary program participation requirement. It is the intent of these rules that participants will not join the organization for the express or singular purpose of participating in the National Games and teams will not be formed with any participants thus joining.

Player Registration Requirement:

Eligible players must be registered in AYSO’ registration system of record for Membership Year 2018 on or before April 1, 2019.
The eligible player list in AYSO’S registration system of record WILL BE FROZEN as of April 1, 2019 and only those players on the list as of April 1, 2019, will be permitted to play in the National Games.

Player Participation Requirement:

Players meeting the registration requirement above must also be verified by the Regional Commissioner as having actively participated in a defined AYSO primary program during a Region’s split season (program which beings in fall, closes for a while and continues in spring), or in the fall season (when it is the only program offered) or in the two prior spring “seasons (when it is the only season if offered). For purposes of this determination the following definitions shall apply:

1. “Actively participated in” means playing in at least 50% of the scheduled games of any complete AYSO-approved primary program that begins after January 1, 2018. For this purpose, only, a primary program that ends after Sunday, June 1, 2019 will be deemed “complete” on June 1, 2019.

See AYSO National Policy Statement 2.2, Participation in Secondary Programs, for allowed special circumstances that might prevent a registered player from completing a program – NOT prevent them from registering in a program:

“Special circumstances would include, but are not limited to, an illness; a soccer-related injury; change of address (moved to a new Region); parental custodial rights; conflict with secondary or high school rules of state which prevent the registered player from COMPLETING the primary program; If such special circumstance arises within a Region, the Regional Commissioner must request approval, in writing, from the Area Director and/or Section Director prior to adding the child to a secondary season roster.”

2. “Scheduled games” shall mean games that were scheduled for play at the beginning of the season and available for play (excludes games not available for play due to field closures or similar).

3. “Primary program” shall mean the entire set of scheduled games (including BOTH parts of split seasons) in a Region for which open registration is held, balanced teams are newly formed and all registrants play. It is acknowledged that some Regions may have more than one primary program under this definition. “Primary programs” include both standard primary and approved EXTRA™ programs. However, intact EXTRA teams are not allowed to participate.

Each Regional Commissioner, Area Director and Section Director is responsible for ensuring that the spirit of the eligibility rules is honored. The AYSO National Games Executive Board reserves the right to determine and administer any discipline that they deem appropriate should they find that the participation of any team or player violates this intent. Disciplinary sanctions can include, but are not limited to, removing or rejecting the offending team or player from participation in all or any part of the National Games.