Frequently Asked Questions - Player Registration

Online registration begins around March 1 for the next Fall Season.  All players are encouraged to register online (select the REGISTRATION tab above).  

If your player is new to the Region, you will also need to submit Proof of Age (a copy of your child's birth certificate, passport, immunization card, or other government document).

June 30.  Anyone paying their registration fees July 1 or later, is automatically assigned to the waiting list.

Players between the ages of 4 and 18 are eligible to play regardless of where they live.  December 31 of the following year is the determining date.  See SMAYSO age chart.

For children under age 4 we recommend the City of Santa Monica sponsored program "Socceropolis".   Click on the link for the Recscape program guide.

Register online and bring a copy of your completed AYSO Player Registration Form to your team manager at the beginning of the season.  

You must pay by VISA or Mastercard when you register online.  If you have questions about other payment methods, please contact the Registrar at

Fees vary based on how early you register:

  • Early Bird Registration:  From when registration opens through April 15: $100  50% DISCOUNT!!!!
  • Pre-Season Registration:  April 15 – June 30: $150  25% DISCOUNT!!
  • Regular Registration:  July 1 and after: $200 (7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 12U, 14U),  $150 (5U, 6U, 16U, 19U only)
    (Signing up after July 1 automatically puts you on the WAITLIST.  Your chances of being placed on a team are GREATLY IMPROVED by registering EARLY)

Is there Financial Assistance for families in need?

The AYSO Player Registration Form is an official document that contains your emergency contact information and serves as a medical release form.

Please provide your Team Manager with an original signed copy at the beginning of the season.  Some divisions request multiple copies, originally signed, to ensure that someone in attendance at your team events always has a copy in case of emergency.  Check with your Team Manager to find out how many copies they would like.

If you participate in additional play programs, such as Scrimmage Programs or Turkey Tournament teams, you will need to provide a Registration form then as well.

Detailed instructions to print your Player Registration/Medical Release form

Anyone who has either registered late (after June 30th) or registered in a division that has already exceeded our anticipated number of players will be placed on the waiting list.  Please know that we do our best to place all interested players onto teams. 

There are only 3 reasons why a player does not get placed:  not enough players on the waitlist to form additional teams, not enough coaches to coach additional teams, or not enough referees to officiate the games.  Therefore, to increase the likelihood of being placed on a team, parents are strongly encouraged to volunteer to coach or to referee.  If you are willing to do either of those, please contact your division commissioner (see “Board and Staff Contacts”) and identify yourself as a waitlist player willing to coach and/or referee.

If there are not enough players on the waiting list to add an additional team, waiting list players are assigned to teams after all registered players are confirmed.  Openings for waiting list players should be known by early September.  If we are unable to place your player on a team, we will refund your payment in full.




All refund requests must be submitted in writing using our Refund Request Form.  
A $15 processing fee will be deducted for each player refunded.
Before July 1:  100% refund (less processing fee) 
July 1 - September 15:   50% refund (less processing fee), providing the complete unused soccer uniform is returned intact.  
No fees will be refunded after September 15th.

Fees paid by credit card, will be credited to the credit card account originally charged.
If you paid by check, a refund check will be mailed to your address on file.
CLICK HERE to submit a refund request or e-mail

Proof of Age would be a birth certificate, passport, immunization card, or other government issued document. 

Proof of Age must be submitted to complete registration for any player who is under 8 years old. 

Email a copy to: with your child’s name in the subject line.  If you have multiple players, please send each player’s Proof of Age as a separate email.


(Note: Beginning in 2012, all NEW players to our region, regardless of age, will be asked to submit Proof of Age.)

Santa Monica AYSO is proud to offer a Registration Fee Financial Assistance Program.

We are an all-volunteer organization and receive no public funds.  All of our expenses are paid from the registration fees of the children who play.  As a result, our ability to provide financial assistance is limited, and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

All other factors being equal, priority will be based on the level of volunteer participation in Santa Monica AYSO  (i.e., active volunteers such as coaches & referees, receive priority.)

If you have qualified for Financial Assistance from:

  • City of Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services Department
    (CREST, Youth Sports, Camps, Swim Lessons, other City Programs)
  • Free/Reduced School Lunch Program
  • Section 8 Housing

   ...then you qualify for partial Santa Monica AYSO Financial Assistance.

Financial Assistance Program Details

Yes, but you cannot be playing for AYSO or a club team at the same time that you are playing for a high school team.  Therefore, the AYSO season is carefully set up so that the Upper Divisions (U16 & U19) are finished in mid-November before the winter high school soccer season starts.  Due to the shorter season, Upper Division teams play two games a weekend.

If you are a young freshman who is playing in U14 and intend to try out for your high school team, you will be asked to play up in the U16 Division to avoid any overlap of seasons.