Welcome to AYSO Soccer

Mundelein, Illinois

Region 372



Coach’s contact players by April 5th
Picture Day is April 15
Team schedules available April 15
First games April 22
Please see the regional calendar for more information

Everyone Plays-Balanced Teams-Open Registration-Positive Coaching-Good Sportsmanship


802 Players :
Boys, 423 Girls 379

89 Teams

19 Board Members

An army of Referees


2005 Sportsmanship 2nd
2002 - Second Place
2001 - 3rd Place Victors
2001 - Sportsmanship Winners
1999 - Third Place Victors
1998 - CHAMPIONS !

Congraturaltions. You’ve all made it to the end of a great and remarkable fall season. 9 weeks of great soccer and great soccer weather.

Hope you all have a great winter. Which brings up a few activities for the winter: Terri Frice

AYSO Region 372

Winter Program
Starting in January-March, U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14 will have indoor sessions at Carl Sandburg Middle School East gym on Tues, Wed, and Thurs evenings. More information soon to sign up.
EXP will also begin in January 2012 on Sunday afternoons. Coach Adam Rehm and Coach Mark Gillespie will soon be registering players. Carl Sandburg West gym.
U-16 Girls National Games Team will be practicing and playing in January 2012 in a session at the Round Lake Sports Facility. Coach Mark Sheffer is working with the players.
Player Picture Order Form 2011

                                   Spring Season

Remember your son or daughter will be on the same team in the Spring as they have been this Fall. Your registration covers the full Fall 2011/Spring 2012 season. So hang on to your uniform, as you will need the same one in the Spring.

First Week Game- 21/22 April 2012

Jeux tables de multiplication pour apprendre

Last Week of Games- 9/10 June 2012

Section Six Tournament 16 June 2012

National Games July 2012

Detailed schedules will be made available mid August!

                                         Off-season to-do list

Now is a good time to get those ears pierced. There is a long break between fall soccer and spring soccer. A great time to get your ears pierced unless playing winter soccer. A nice amount to not worry about taking the earrings out. At the first Spring game, when our referees remind our players that no earrings are allowed to be worn, by then taking them out for a short period of time would not be a problem.

                                   New Years

If you are at a loss this December 31 for a resolution, consider spending time with our Regional AYSO Board. We are always in need of volunteers with various skill sets to keep this organization running. At the very least share your thoughts and ideas so we can improve Region 372. Your emails are also welcome. If you are a coach or referee, don’t forget to check back now and then for updates on training opportunities. Regional board meetings are the first Thursday of each month at the Century 21 building at 45 and 176.

                                THANK YOU

I would like to thank all parents and players for a great season. We try to talk about the importance of coaches, referees, safety, fields, equipment and many other things. We don’t often get to thank everyone, families and players, for coming out every Saturday and Sunday enjoying an hour or two or more with their friends and neighbors. Seeing that for our players makes it so worthwhile.

Terri Frice

Regional Commissioner

AYSO Region 372 Mundelin

AYSO Alumni Profile
See Who Grew Up Playing AYSO
Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan
Los Angeles Galaxy, U.S. National Team

Age started playing soccer: 2

Favorite AYSO memory: I started playing AYSO when I was 5. Before that, my older brother, Josh, would take me out to the backyard and kick the ball around with me. My favorite AYSO memory is that I got to play on the same team as my best friend when I was 8 years old.

What he loved about AYSO: The beauty of AYSO was that you had kids from all walks of life who just wanted to be active and run around and play soccer. I started playing club soccer at the age of 10 but I wanted to continue playing AYSO because I enjoyed the camaraderie and the ability to just play for the love of playing. The games were still competitive but they never revolved around winning.

Advice for the first-time coach: One of my biggest pet peeves is youth team coaches who take winning too seriously. This has always bothered me, and I always tell coaches to forget about winning with young players. They need to create an environment where the kids enjoy playing and are developing their soccer skills. Winning should never be a priority.


Parents, Coaches and Referees!!!
Use our notification system; this is a broadcast system that tells you about game cancelations and upcoming AYSO events. Parents will find out just as quickly as coaches if games are postponed or reschedule due field conditions.
Terri Frice

AYSO Commissioner

Links for Soccer Drills

AYSO needs volunteers

· Referees

· Field management

· Division Coordinators

Game Cancelation Info
Hotline: 847-949-6320 or


Soccer Camps AYSO 372


CLICK HERE to LEARN MORE! Kids Zone is a dynamic program targeted to eliminate negative sideline behavior. It is aimed toward producing a thoroughly positive impact on everyone involved in youth soccer.

Last updated on 8/25/2012, 5:39:51 AM
AYSO Vision Statement: To provide would class youth soccer programs that enrich childrens lives.
AYSO Mission Statement:

To develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs, which promote a fun, family enviornment based on our philosophies:
Everyone Plays
Balanced Teams
Open Registration
Positive Coaching
Good Sportsmanship
Player Development

Mundelein AYSO Region 372
Contact Us

Everyone Plays
Balanced Teams - Open Registration
Positive Coaching - Good Sportsmanship

Player Development

Divisions (Teams)


No games Labor Day weekend!!!

Regular season schedules start the weekend of September 10th!
Game Schedules U6-U14 Scroll Down To Your Division
U19 High School Team Schedules

VIP Special Needs Program

U5 Program & Schedule Player and Parent Program

High School Team Handbook
Injury Prevention for the Legs

Required Safe Haven Training

The Safe Haven course is required for all AYSO volunteers (Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Referees and anyone who has contact with the players). It is suggested to repeat this course every three years. NEW course is now available online. Click here for more info


U5 thru U8 play at Mundelein Community Center 1401 N. Midlothian Road Mundelein, Illinois 60060

U10 thru U19 play all home games at LTSC 1900 Winchester Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048


LTSC Field Map (PDF)
LTSC Field Map (HTML)

Season Registration

(Fall 2011 8 games and Spring 2012 7 games)
First week of games 27/28 August

U-5 and VIP Registration Open

All other divisions have limited openings based on available coaches and referees. We will hold a list of all applications for full divisions until we receive additional applications with volunteer commitments to be an official and/or coach arrive. Ensure as much participation as possible by checking the box next to coach or referee on your registration form.

Current waitlisted divisions are U6 boys (coaches needed), , U6 girls (coaches needed), U8 boys (coaches and officials needed) U10 boys (coach and officials needed), U14 Girls.

U8 Girls
U10 Girls
U12 Girls
U12 Boys
U14 Boys

You must call 847-949-7724 to determine availability. No registration forms will be accepted without pre-approval. If we have enough interest WITH COACHES AND OFFICIALS INCLUDED, we will form additional teams to add to the schedule.
click here to download registration forms

Registration information…

$135 fee includes Fall and Spring sessions

Walk in registration has concluded. Mail in registration still open for ALL divisions.

Mail In Registration details

Fill in all applicable forms (link above) and mail in packet.
You must submit:

COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE or PASSPORT (for players new to Mundelein AYSO)
KIDS ZONE PLEDGE (must be signed)
VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT FORM (indicate your 3 preferences)
PAYMENT by check (write phone number on check) for $135/player
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION Form (coaches and referees only (copy of Drivers License or State ID for Verification)

Mail-In Registration

Mail to:
AYSO Region 372
P.O. Box 783
Mundelein, IL 60060

Online Pre-Registration is at www.eayso.org Select Region 372

Pre-Register a Player or Volunteer Online
Use this information to register for AYSO Soccer.

Using eAYSO

Link to eAYSO Website

To help in determining the proper age and division for players, use the link below.

Link http://www.ayso.org/resources/registration/age_guide.aspx

The effective date of age determination shall be the player’s age as of July 31st
Players who have reached the age of four years as of this date are eligible to participate in the program. Players who are nineteen years of age or older as of this date are not eligible to participate.

The official playing season of AYSO is August 1 through the following July 31st each year.

About Our Registration Process
Annual registration occurs in May for the following fall-spring sessions. We play seven to eight games in the fall and seven to eight games in the spring. Children play on the same team for both sessions. Registration covers both the fall and spring sessions and includes a uniform. Shin guards and a soccer ball of appropriate size will need to be purchased for each child who plays. Children are assigned to playing divisions based on birth date.

Answers to frequently asked questions about Registration

I don’t have a computer/can’t figure out eAYSO. Can I submit a paper application to register my child?
Online registration saves us a ton of paperwork. Fremont Public Library offers free computer access. Computer access and assistance is also available at registration, but be prepared - lines can be long. See our detailed instructions on using eAYSO. But yes we have paper player applications available at registration, and online.

My child played in Region 372 last year. Do I need to provide a birth certificate at registration this year?
No. Proof of birth date is required only if the child did not play last year in Region 372.

My child will be four years old soon. Can she play AYSO soccer?
Yes we have a U5 program. Players who have reached the age of four as of July 31 of the year that the season commences are eligible to participate.

What if my child has special needs related to ability or safety and may not be able to play in the regular program?

Mundelein Area AYSO offers a VIP (Very Important Player) program for children whose physical, mental or emotional needs make it difficult for them to participate in the regular program. The VIP staff is also available for consultation to families and coaches/referees to ensure successful participation of players who need adaptations to participate on regular teams.

Can I get my child on the same team as his/her friend or request a specific coach?
No. Random team assignment, coupled with player ratings when available, is the best way to assure balanced teams. Only exception: If you have two children of the same sex and in the same age division, you can request that they be assigned to the same team.

Information about Spring Registration

Spring we have registration for the spring only season, this is for only one season. Children will be taken if players from the Fall session drop or openings on the team exist. New teams will be formed if we have parents that volunteer and attend training to be coaches and referees.
Spring registrants will be placed on teams beginning in March. You may receive a call or email any time from mid-March until mid-April. If you have questions go to contact page.

Waiting list for 2010/2011 Closed

(We have limited spaces available, players will be placed in these spaces according to when we received the wait list confirmation. Boys High School, U5 and VIP division players are open registrations now, otherwise please first send wait list confirmation.)

Player Waiting List For 2010/11 Season

EXP is the AYSO Progressive Player Program
EXP is designed for players who have the interest, skills and abilities and want to enhance their experience with AYSO travel team play.

click here to download program info


U10 Boys Team 1: Coach Fiedler/Pauly
U10 Boys Team 2: Coach Madrigal/Lampel
U12 Boys EXP Schedule
U12 Girls EXP Schedule
U12 EXP Boys and Girls Field Locations
U10 Boys EXP Schedule and Fields

U10 boys (both teams) are FULL
U12 Boys are FULL

U10: Born Between 8/1/01 and 7/31/03
U12 Born between 8/1/99 and 7/31/01
email the program admin to apply for open team slots


AYSO HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION ages 14 to 18 from Antioch, Barrington, Carmel, Grant, Grayslake, Lakes, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Mundelein, Round Lake, Stevenson, Vernon Hills, Warren, Wauconda, Waukegan, Zion


SINGLE SEASON ONLY! - Players will be placed on teams first by High School and then to best balance teams.

Click Here For - High School Registration Packet
Link For High School Registration Packet


High School Early Bird Registration – Fee $90-Post Marked before 11-30-11
High School Regular Registration – Fee $100- Post Marked after 11-30-11
Fee enrolls player for fall season and includes uniform with socks.

Download High School Registration Packet http://www.ayso372.org/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/aysohsregpacket.pdf

 KIDS ZONE PLEDGE (must be signed)
 PAYMENT by check (write phone number on check)

Mail-In Registration.……
Mail to: AYSO High School Team , P.O. Box 783, Mundelein, IL 60060

 KIDS ZONE PLEDGE (must be signed)
 PAYMENT by check (write phone number on check)

Mail-In Registration.……
Mail to: AYSO High School Team , P.O. Box 783, Mundelein, IL 60060

(Late players cannot be guaranteed team placement. Late registrants are placed on teams with openings on a 1st- come, 1st-serve basis, until rosters are filled.)

Coach Will’s U19G Team
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Coach Rudy’s U19G Team
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Fall 2011 U19 Girls Schedule

Team Div Uniform Coach Rev 9/19
MD1 U19G Blue Mark Sheffer
MD2 U19G Red Mark Will
GL1 U19G Silver Rudy Steinhoff
U19G Home Visitors Home Visitors Home Visitors Home Visitors Home Visitors
START 12:00
Glenview Attea 1 4:00
ETHS Stadium 3:30
Lawler 3:30
Libertyville LTSC 3:00
Grayslake Mid Sch
11-Sep EV1 SK1 MD1 MG1 GL1 MD2
18-Sep GV1 SK1 MD2 MD1 GL1 EV1
25-Sep GV1 MG1 EV1 MD1 SK1 GL1 MD2 RP1
2-Oct GV1 MD2 SK1 HP1 MD1 GL1
9-Oct EV1 RP1 MD1 SK1
16-Oct EV1 MG1 MD2 SK1 GL1 GV1
23-Oct GV1 MD1 SK1 RM1 MD2 EV1
30-Oct EV1 MD2 SK1 RP1 MD1 GV1 GL1 MG1
6-Nov GV1 EV1 MD2 RM1 GL1 HP1
U19G Home Visitors Home Visitors Home Visitors Home Visitors
START 3:00 Morton Grove
Hren Park 4:00
Rolling Meadows
Community Center 3:30
Rogers Park East 3:45
Highland Park Kennedy
11-Sep RM1 GV1 HP1 RP1
18-Sep MG1 RM1 RP1 HP1
25-Sep HP1 RM1
2-Oct RM1 EV1 RP1 MG1
9-Oct MG1 MD2 RM1 GL1 HP1 GV1
16-Oct RM1 RP1 HP1 MD1
23-Oct MG1 HP1 RP1 GL1
30-Oct HP1 RM1
6-Nov MG1 SK1 RP1 MD1
High School IR Handbook (rules) Fall 2011 - Click on to download


GRAYSLAKE: Grayslake Middle School - Exit 94 North to 120West to 83 North -2nd stop light is Grayslake Middle School. Park in the front lot. Do NOT drive or park on the side or behind the building. Walk on the north side of the school. The school’s address is 440 Barron Blvd. NO PETS ALLOWED

MUNDELEIN: Libertyville Soccer Complex (LTSC) – From Interstate 94 (Tri-State Toll way): Exit Hwy 137. Go West on 137 to Butterfield Road. Go South (Left) on Butterfield to Winchester. Go Right (West) on Winchester to Technology Way. Turn Right and follow Technology Way into Complex. Go to field 10 (double check field number at site) . For more information, go to web site: http://www.ltscnet.org/Directions.html



The Field is at Attea Middle School, 2500 Chestnut Ave. It is just off Patriot Drive between Willow and Lake.

EVANSTON: Evanston Township High School

Exit Edens at Skokie Blvd. (near Edens Plaza). Go South on Skokie Blvd. (US 41) approximately 2 miles to Golf Road (Old Orchard Shopping Center is on the Northwest corner). turn left (East) on to Golf Road for about 2-1/2 miles to McCormick Blvd. (the 4th stoplight). Turn right (South) on to McCormick Blvd. approximately 1 mile to Church Street (the first stoplight). Turn left (East) on to Church Street. and travel approximately 1/2 mile to ETHS. If the gate on Church is locked, circle the complex and enter the parking lot off of Lake Street, which is the street South of the ETHS grounds. Drive to the parking areas at the North end of the lot.

SKOKIE: Lawler

Located immediately East of the Edens Expressway on Old Orchard Road at Lawler. Exit the Edens from either direction and turn East (as though going to the Old Orchard Shopping Center) and then turn North at the first stop light East of Eden

MORTON GROVE: Frank Hren Discovery Park (Golf Middle School)

From The North:

Hren Park is located at 9401 Waukegan in Morton Grove, behind Golf Middle School. You may park in the school lot or in the AVON lot. It is just South of Golf Rd.

ROLLING MEADOWS: Community Center

Located at the corner of Grouse and Pheasant. There is one field behind the center and another field between the center and the church.

From The North

Take Lake-Cook Road west to Rt. 53 South and exit at Northwest Highway turn left (east). Take Northwest Highway to Wilke Road turn right (south). Take Wilke Road to Kircoff Road turn right (west). Take Kirchoff Road to Meadow Drive turn left (south). Take Meadow Drive to Grouse turn right (west) to center.

U19 girls at AYSO 2010 National Tournament in Florida!!!

Florida 2010 National Games
Mundelein U19 Team - Coach Will

Want to thank all that donated time, supplies and money to send Coach Will’s team to the 2010 National Games in Florida. All had a great time and played like champions.

History of AYSO

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was established in the Los Angeles area in 1964 with nine teams. It was the dream of a group of devoted soccer enthusiasts who started the organization in a garage. Today, AYSO has more than 50,000 teams and more than 650,000 players. It also employs 50 people at its National Support and Training Center in Hawthorne, California.

Over the years, AYSO has created many valuable programs and concepts. Most notably, AYSO revolutionized youth sports with its “Everyone Plays” and “Balanced Teams” philosophies. In AYSO, each child who registers is guaranteed to play at least half of every game. To help create evenly matched games, all AYSO players are placed on new or “balanced” teams each year. These decisions are made based on each player’s skill level and the overall ability of the team.

Since its establishment, AYSO has continued to grow and offer its membership relevant programs.

In 1971, two San Fernando Valley residents developed AYSO’s first girls program. Today, a corporate sponsor has joined with AYSO as the organization’s first official sponsor of its national girl’s initiative. Currently, 40 percent of AYSO’s players are girls.

In the mid 70s, an AYSO coach chartered new territory as he welcomed the organization’s first player with Down Syndrome. As a result of this landmark union, soccer was introduced into the Special Olympics. Today, AYSO offers its membership the Very Important Player (VIP) program for kids with special needs. VIP boasts 75 programs and 1,500 players.

In 1995, two AYSO parents established the first AYSO program in Moscow. Today, the Moscow program has almost 500 registered players. In addition, an AYSO program was started in Puerto Rico in the spring of 1998 and another in American Samoa in 1999.

AYSO is supported by more than 250,000 volunteers. Parents donate their time as coaches, referees, team parents, administrators or sponsors. In 1998, AYSO unveiled its new Coach Certification and Safe Haven programs. Each was designed to strengthen the organization’s role in child protection. Although AYSO is primarily a youth sports organization, it realizes the importance of providing a safe and healthy atmosphere for children. AYSO is continually working to improve the education of its volunteers in the fields of child development, human behavior, and sports psychology. A strong emphasis is placed on ethics and sportsmanship and the development of the whole child.

AYSO is a National Association of the United States Soccer Federation. Through the years, the organization has also maintained relations with organizations such as the National Council of Youth Sports, Girls Scouts USA, the National Association for Sports and Physical Education, People to People, Optimists International, Police Athletic Leagues, the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA, the United States Soccer Federation, and the Character Counts program. In addition, AYSO works closely with 20 corporations that are part of the organization’s National Team of Sponsors.

AYSO has been the leader in establishing groundbreaking youth soccer programs in the United States. The organization is proud to have paved the road for youth soccer and looks forward to meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

AYSO Mission Statement

PURPOSE - To operate soccer programs where young people can learn to develop a positive self-image, self-confidence, and other positive character traits through their interest and participation in soccer based on our philosophy of:

Everyone Plays - Our goal is for kids to play soccer - so we mandate that every player on every team play at least 3/4 of that players availability before anyone plays the whole game.

Balanced Teams - We require the Region at the start of each season to set up teams as evenly balanced as possible - because it is more fun where teams of equal ability play.

Positive Coaching - What makes winning kids is being built up, not down! We train and encourage our coaches to make the extra effort to understand and offer positive help to our players, rather than negative criticism. Winning Kids, not winning games!

Open Registration - Our programs are open to all children between 4 and 18 years who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only requirements for playing.

Good Sportsmanship - We desire to create a positive environment based on mutual respect, rather than a win at all costs attitude. All our programs must be designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.

Player Development - We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.

To have the capacity to develop, provide and administer quality youth soccer programs throughout the United States, offering a fun, fair, positive and safe environment.

Players’ Code

Play for the “fun of it”, not just to please your parents or coach.

Play by the rules.

Never argue with or complain about the referee’s calls or decisions.

Control your temper, and most of all, resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel you have been wronged.

Concentrate on playing soccer and on affecting the outcome of the game with your best effort.

Work equally hard for your team as for yourself.

Be a good sport. Cheer all good plays, whether it is your team’s or your opponent’s. Thank the referees.

Treat all players as you yourself would like to be treated.

Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills, and feel good. Don’t be a show-off or a “ball hog”.

Cooperate with your coaches, teammates, opponents, and the referees - there cannot be any soccer games without them.

Parents’ Code

Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.

Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.

Encourage your child to always play by the rules.

Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Your child will then be a winner even in defeat.

Do not ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or for losing a game.

Set a good example. Children learn best by example.

Applaud good play by your team and by members of opposing team.

Do not publicly question the referee’s judgment and never their honesty.

Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches, referees, and officials and give them their due respect. Without them there would be no AYSO soccer. Let the coach do the coaching!

Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.

Alcohol is not permitted at any city park or school facility.

Training is available for AYSO Volunteers

U-6 U-8 U-10 COACH AND Regional Referee and U-8 Referee TRAINING

Coming in August
Carl Sandburg Middle School



The Mundelein AYSO Board is extremely grateful for all of our volunteer coaches. We have the best coaches in the area. We want to help you enjoy coaching and give you the tools, resources and training to make the job easier for you.

Please bring pen and paper for notes and a smile. We will be inside the Century 21 basement office in the morning and outdoor training in the afternoon at nearby Lincoln School field.

For training please bring separately water, cleats/tennis shoes and expect to learn and participate during field training.

All AYSO Mundelein coaches are welcome. No prior coach training is required. Please RSVP by phone or text or leave a voice mail to Mark Sheffer at 847-863-4987 if you did not already sign up at our recent Coaches meeting.

The outdoor training will be geared towards U10-U12 players but the training skills and design concepts can be used for all players and age levels. You may come and stay as little or as long as you like.

In order to receive U10 training certification you will need to attend the entire training or present your online u10 certification and attend our outdoor training.

To receive U12 certification you will need to attend the entire U12 training.

AYSO will soon begin to require age level certification for all coaches so we encourage all of our coaches to think ahead and get certified early. Coaches that attend the entire event will receive certification for both u10 and u12. This will ensure their ability to make such a positive impact on their children and their teammates. In addition, U12 certification is required prior to taking intermediate coach training which will be required to coach u14.

Thank You Coaches!

Mark Sheffer

Mundelein AYSO Coach &

Coach Trainer

Coach and Referee Training is provided at no charge to our volunteers, or the AYSO 372 will reimbursed for approved courses reimbursed for approved courses

Online AYSO classes available
Courses are available online for coaches referees and management.

The following have taken advantage of this training.

Dave Z - Management

Andrew G - Coach

Jay W - Coach

Jay W - Management

Mark G - Coach

Juan M - Coach

Mark Gi - Coach

Mark Ga - Coach

Vikram B - Coach

Julie F - Coach

Claire K - Coach

Julie F - Coach

Kelda H - Coach

Online AYSO classes now available

The following AYSO training courses are available online for coaches and referees:

Course C001 - Safe Haven for Coaches (approx 35-45 min. course)
Course C002 - U-8 Coach (approx 20-30 min. course)
Course C003 - U-10 Coach (approx 30-40 min. course)
To take any of these online courses, go to www.aysotraining.org. To access the online courses and receive certification or credit, you must be a registered AYSO volunteer with an AYSO ID number and be using a computer with Internet access. If you do not know your AYSO ID number, contact us from the contact us page.
Upon completion (and, in some cases, passing a test), you will be able to print a certificate of successful completion, and your volunteer record will be updated in eAYSO.

To help Study here is links to get course information

· Coach Lesson Plans (including safe haven) http://www.aysohelp.org/coach_lesson_plans.htm

· Coach Manuals U5 Thru National http://www.aysohelp.org/COACH_MANUALS.htm

We have in-person courses that are available

To get up to date class availability go to http://www.eayso.org/ log in and go to LookUp and choose Course, signup online on completion send info to our coach or referee trainers below.

Summer Camp Info Coming Soon

July Camp Info coming soon.

Looking for a Summer Camp Coordinator

Contact Commissioner commissioner@ayso372.org

Volunteer Pages:
Coach Information

Referee Information

Board Information

AYSO Training


Parents, Please Volunteer!
Parent involvement is essential for program success and player enjoyment. Each team needs two coaches (one head and one assistant) and a team parent. Each game (U8 and above) needs a referee. Each week over 200 individuals volunteer their time to make game day possible for our children.

AYSO volunteering is about many people doing something and not a few people doing everything. Help to make our program the best it can be for all OUR players.

Use the links below

Kids Zone Parent Pledge
Kids Zone Parent Pledge (Spanish)

Click on the links below to learn more.


To learn more about the philosophy of short sided games for U5, U6 U7, and U8 in Mundelein please click here.
To learn about AYSO divisional guidelines please click here.

Volunteering with Region 372


Thank you immensely for taking the time to volunteer your time to provide an opportunity for hundreds of children to participate in REGION 372 soccer.

AYSO NATIONAL requires EVERY VOLUNTEER, on an annual basis (that’s every year), to complete a Volunteer Application Form. All “new” Volunteers (those not yet assigned an AYSO ID# and listed as a prior volunteer in EAYSO) must also have the Regional CVPA (Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate) verify, in person, a valid Photo Identification.

Volunteer Application Forms can be completed two ways: 1) At WWW.EAYSO.ORG and completing and printing TWO COPIES of the form; or 2) by completing the carbon-copy triplicate form provided by the Region. Any “New” Volunteers then meet in person with the CVPA, and have a photo ID verified. (Various dates published at region web page, including player registration days.) Returning Volunteers may sign and date their completed form and mail it to: AYSO Region 372, Amy Will, CVPA, PO Box 783, Mundelein, IL 60060. (Do Not Mail if you are a New Volunteer.) If you have questions please email from our contact page.



  1.   GO TO http://WWW.EAYSO.ORG at a computer with a printer.
  2.   Follow the simple instructions after the “AYSO Volunteer” button.
  3.   Print two copies of the application form when prompted. (See #9 below.) Finish.
  4.   Bring or mail both signed and dated forms to the region CVPA for photo ID verification. “New” volunteers must submit forms in person to CVPA.

Youth volunteers may register on-line at WWW.EAYSO.Org, or complete the triplicate Youth Volunteer application Form available from the CVPA, VIP Director or the Referee Administrator. Forms must then be submitted to the CVPA, including PARENT’S SIGNATURE.

NOTE: ALL Youth Volunteers must at all times carry in their possession their copy of the Youth Volunteer Application Form while serving as a volunteer.

Be an AYSO volunteer!

Why? Because we can’t survive without you. AYSO Region 372 is an all-volunteer organization - the fees we charge pay strictly for uniforms, equipment, and other expenses. Organizing a soccer program for 750 kids is an enormous undertaking made possible only through the dedicated efforts of people like you. All households with a child in the program are asked to provide one volunteer. Volunteers without a child in the program are also welcome.

How much time is required? We have jobs to suit all schedules and talents - see list below. Time commitment can be as little as a few hours on one day; some jobs can be done at home.

How do I sign up? All individuals who volunteer in any capacity must submit a volunteer application. Parents are asked to submit this application at annual registration in May. To do so:

Complete the volunteer application using eAYSO, our online registration service. The application requires you to give three references, including a personal reference, a professional reference and a reference from any prior volunteer experience with youth.
Print two copies of the application. You may wish to print a third copy for your records.
Bring both copies of the application plus your driver’s license or state photo ID to registration in person. ALTERNATIVE: Another adult in your household can bring in your forms if they have your driver’s license or state photo ID to confirm your signature (photocopy OK).
How much time is required? We have jobs to suit all schedules and talents - see list below. Time commitment can be as little as a few hours on one day; some jobs can be done at home.

How do I sign up? All individuals who volunteer in any capacity must submit a volunteer application. Parents are asked to submit this application at annual registration in May. To do so:

Complete the volunteer application using eAYSO, our online registration service. The application requires you to give three references, including a personal reference, a professional reference and a reference from any prior volunteer experience with youth.
Print two copies of the application. You may wish to print a third copy for your records.
Bring both copies of the application plus your driver’s license or state photo ID to registration in person. ALTERNATIVE: Another adult in your household can bring in your forms if they have your driver’s license or state photo ID to confirm your signature (photocopy OK).

Descriptions of Positions:

Coach. Time commitment: 3-4 hrs/wk during season. A coach participates on game days, holds team practices, teaches game fundamentals to the players, and helps players develop good sportsmanship. Attends fall division meeting, spring coach meeting, coach training, and weekly practices and games. You don’t need to have played soccer or know much about it in order to coach. Particularly at the lower levels, many coaches learn the game along with their kids.

Assistant coach. Time commitment: 2-3 hrs/wk during season. The assistant coach assists the coach at practices and games and stands in for the coach when necessary. Attends coach training, fall division meeting, spring coach meeting, and weekly practices and games.

Referee. Time commitment: 1-3 hours on game day. The referee arbitrates games, helping players understand why an infraction or penalty is called. At younger levels, referees may show the proper way to do throw-ins, corner kicks, and goal kicks, etc. Attends referee training and one annual referee meeting.

Youth referee. Same duties as referee. Youth referees are players or youth age 10 and up. Can use this experience to meet school community service requirements.

Team parent. Time commitment: 2-3 hours in August and April. The team parent coordinates the snack schedule and otherwise assists the coach and assistant coach, e.g., distributing uniforms, picking up trophies or picture orders, etc.

Division Coordinator. Time commitment: 2-3 hours in August and April. The division administrator is the board liaison to the coaches. Organizes the fall and spring coach meetings, and other division tasks as necessary.

Field management. Time commitment: 3+ hours in August and April, 1+ hour in November and June. Help plan field layout in late summer; stripe fields before season begins; refresh lines in early AM on game days.

Registration Assistant. Time commitment: 3-4 hours in April, May and June. Tasks include:

Planning/preparation. Help prepare for annual registration, including making signs; preparing handouts; distributing publicity; and recruiting or coordinating volunteers.
Registration Day. Assist at annual registration, late registration or wait list registration, e.g., greet parents, distribute forms, check information, sort and organize forms.
Post-registration work. Assist with follow ups as needed; prepare forms for database entry; manage records.
Data management. Time commitment: 3-4 hours in May or June. Assist with entering, checking and reconciling data in office database. Allied with post-registration day work.

Special events. Volunteers assist with:

Photo Day. Time commitment: Two Saturday mornings at the field, Photo Day plus prior week. Make sure information about Photo Day procedures is disseminated to coaches and parents.
Trophy Day. Time commitment: 2-4 hours in early June. Help sort and organize team trophies, distribute to teams.
Registration Worker: Time commitment: 2-3 hours in April, May or June Help with different tasks on the days of registration.
Uniform Worker: Time commitment: 3-5 hours in August. Sort and organize uniforms; assist with distribution.
Equipment management. Time commitment: 3-4 hours in August, November, April, and June. Retrieve goals and other equipment from storage at the beginning of each season; return to storage at end of season; take inventory of equipment as needed.

Statistician. Time commitment: 1 hrs/wk during season. Collect weekly games cards and input game data used by division administrators for team balancing and game scheduling. Work with data management volunteers.

AYSO 372 Parents Code


Philosophy of Positive Soccer

Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment not yours.
Teach your child always to play by the rules.
Teach your child that hard work and honest effort are often more important than a victory.
Help your child toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Your child will then be a winner even in defeat.
Do not ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or for losing a game.
Set a good example. Children learn best by example.
Applaud good plays by your team and members of the opposing team.
Do not publicly question the referee’s judgment and never their honesty.
Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities. Foul language does not belong on the soccer field.
Volunteer your help and services to the best of your capability. Every bit counts and the success of AYSO in Mundelein is counting on you.
Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches, referees, and officials and give them their due respect. Without them, there would be no AYSO soccer.


Ballistic: stretching with movement.

Center: to pass the ball from the side of the field into the middle of the field.

Charge: legally upsetting an opponent’s balance by shoulder-to-shoulder contact.

Clear: a throw or kick by the goalkeeper or a kick by the defender in an attempt to get the ball away (clear) from the goal area.

Combination play: passing combinations executed by two or more players. The most common example is the wall pass.

Cross: center the ball from the wing to in front of the net.

Defender: primarily a defensive player who assists the goalkeeper in protecting the goal area.

Dribble: a way of advancing the ball by a series of short taps with one or both feet.

Dynamic: moving.

Far post: side of the goal or goal post farthest from the ball.

Forward: primarily an attacking player.

Goalkeeper: the last line of defense. The goalkeeper is the only player who can use his/her hands within the field of play, although only within the penalty area.

Half-volley: kicking the ball just as it is rebounding off the ground.

Halfback: another name for a midfielder.

Hands (Handling): illegal act of intentionally touching the ball with the hands or arms.

Heading: a method of scoring, passing, or controlling the ball by making contact with the head.

Linkman: another name for a midfielder.

Lob: a high, soft kick which lifts the ball over the heads of the opponents.

Marking: guarding an opponent. To “mark up,” for example, is to guard opponents for throw-ins.

Midfielder: a player who is primarily responsible for moving the ball from the defenders to the forwards.

Near post: side of the goal or goal post closest to the ball.

Obstructing: preventing the opponent from going around a player by standing in the path of movement.

One-touch pass: a pass made without trapping the ball first.

Overlap: the attacking play of a defender or midfielder going down the touchline past his or her own winger.

Pitch: another name for the field of play.

Pressure: action of a defender to restrict the time and space available to an offensive player.

Save: the goalkeeper stops an attempted goal by catching or deflecting the ball away from the goal.

Screen: retaining possession and protecting the ball by keeping your body between the ball and opponent.

Set play: a planned offensive movement to be executed at a free kick.

Shielding: another name for screen.

Sliding tackle: attempting to take the ball away from the opponent by sliding on the ground and using the feet or legs to block and hold the ball.

Static: stretching against muscle and holding as opposed to bouncing.

Striker: a central forward position with responsibility for scoring goals.

Sweeper: a defender who roams either in front of or behind the defensive line to pick up stray passes.

Tackling: attempting to or taking the ball away from an opponent when both players are playing the ball with their feet.

Takeover: a 2 vs. 1 combination play in which the two offensive players move toward each other and the ball is transferred from one player to the other.

Touchline: The line that defines the side of the playing field. Note - the touchline is part of the field.

Through pass: a pass that goes between two players and behind the defense.

Trap: controlling the ball by means of the feet, thighs, or chest.

Two-touch pass: a passing technique in which one touch is used to control the ball and the second touch is used to pass it.

Volley: kicking the ball while it is in flight. A half-volley is kicking the ball after only one bounce.

Wall pass: a pass to a teammate, followed by a return on the other side of the opponent. Also called “give-and-go.”

Wing: an area of the field near the touch line.

Winger: player, usually a forward, who plays outside on either the right or left wing.


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Thanks again,

AYSO Region 372

AYSO and Soccer Links

eAYSO Website

AYSO Area A Section Six

AYSO Section Six

AYSO National Website

Mundelein Park and Recreation District

Mundelein High School Sports

Vernon Hills High School Sports

Libertyville High School Athletics

Stevenson Athletics Home Page




Contact Information

Announcement Line: 847-949-6320
(use hotline to check on field closure due to weather)

Mailing Address:

AYSO Region 372
P.O. Box 783
Mundelein, IL 60060


Coach Administrator


Referee Administrator




AYSO Alumni Profile
See Who Grew Up Playing AYSO
Rachel Buehler

Rachel Buehler
Defender - U.S. National Team, FC Gold Pride

Age started playing soccer: 7

Favorite AYSO memory: The first day I ever played soccer, the coach told us to keep our eye on the ball and I took him literally. I spent the entire practice with my head down, never losing sight of the ball I was dribbling.

Favorite coach and why: Platini Soaf. He was my first coach in AYSO. He is the most positive, encouraging person I know. He has confidence in his players and believes in them. That’s worth a lot.

What advice would you give a first-time AYSO coach? Be positive. What little kids need most is encouragement; they’ll do better. And play with them during practice. There’s no better teacher than the game itself. If you play, you’ll be a better coach.
Dillon Powers
Dillon Powers
Notre Dame Men’s Soccer
Member of U.S. U-20 World Cup Team

Age started playing soccer: My dad, Mike Powers, played professionally, so pretty much as soon as I could walk, I was playing soccer.

Years in AYSO: 4

Favorite AYSO memory: There was one game where our team’s goal was to have every player score and we did! Our coach was really focused on scoring rather than defense, so he wanted us to go for the goal.

Favorite AYSO coach: My favorite AYSO coach was Coach Oscar. He really got me to love soccer and started me on the track to thinking I could play professionally.

What advice would you give a first-time coach? At the younger ages, I think it’s really important for a coach to give every player a chance to play equally - no matter how talented the player is. Players have to have fun or they won’t keep playing. Second, it’s important to build team chemistry so the kids want to come to practice and play.

Jonathan Bornstein

Jonathan Bornstein
Chivas USA, U.S. National Team Defender
Age started playing soccer: 3 years old. My father was coaching my 5-year-old brother’s team and convinced the league to let me join the team.

Number of years in AYSO: 8 years. I didn’t start playing club soccer until I was 11 or 12 and even then, it was a team formed of AYSO All-Stars.

Favorite coach and why: My dad. He was my coach in AYSO for a long time. He was always very encouraging and pushed me to be the best player I could be.

How it felt to score the game-tying goal for the U.S. vs. Costa Rica: I couldn’t believe it! I just got my head in there and the ball went in. Just as the goal I scored to win the Turkey Tournament in AYSO was the defining moment of my childhood soccer career, this goal is - so far - the defining moment of my professional career.

Advice for parents who coach: Don’t scream at your kids. I don’t want to be one of those parents who is always screaming at games. I remember having to tell my dad to stop screaming at me during a game when I was playing at UCLA. It was so embarrassing!

Shannon Boxx
Shannon Boxx

Midfielder - Los Angeles Sol
2008 & 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
NCAA Division I champion (Notre Dame 1995)

Age started playing soccer: 4

Favorite AYSO memory: Oranges at halftime, parents lined up on the sidelines to make a tunnel after the game, and Prince’s “Purple Rain” blasting on the boombox.

Favorite AYSO coach and why: I don’t remember his name, but I do remember he taught us that real ball skills were more important than tricks to win the ball. I also learned that it was ok to get knocked around and fall down while playing soccer. You just get back up again!

What advice would you give a first-time AYSO coach? Make soccer fun for the kids and get them to enjoy it first, then teach them skills. The most important thing is to have fun on the soccer field; winning is not so important. If you teach the value of teamwork and you instill that early, that’s what’s important.

Kristin Graczyk

Kristin Graczyk
Midfielder/Forward - FC Gold Pride

Age started playing soccer: 9

Favorite AYSO memory: My younger brother started playing AYSO and I thought it looked like fun, so I begged my parents to let me play too. It was great…to just play with friends and have fun.

Favorite coach and why: Scott Stapp. He was my first AYSO coach. He played everybody on the team and made soccer really fun. He made me love the game.

What makes a great coach? Coaches today are too into winning. I go to youth games and all I hear are coaches yelling, “You’re not dribbling right!” and “I told you to dribble around the cones and you’re not doing that!” That kind of negativity isn’t going to help and just makes little kids want to cry. A good coach shouldn’t make her players feel like they’re wrong. Kids need positive reinforcement to enjoy the game and grow into themselves as players.

Positive Coaching is one of the fundamental philosophies of AYSO!
Natasha Kai

Natasha Kai
SkyBlue FC - Forward

Age started playing soccer: 7

Favorite coach and why: My dad. My parents had no idea about soccer but they let me play. My dad took the time to teach himself and then put his time into passing it on to me.

What did you love about AYSO? I could just play. I wasn’t someone who played soccer year-round; I only played during soccer season. I knew if I kept playing all the time, I’d get sick of it. After high school I stopped playing and didn’t go to college right away because I was sick of playing from being drilled and drilled.

Advice for the first-time coaches? Call my dad…just kidding. Seriously, I would tell them to just learn the game. If you truly love it and want to learn, do everything in your power to know the ropes in and out. My dad did it and I’m pretty sure anyone else can do it. He was determined to learn it because he knew I loved it. He did what he did to teach me the ins and outs of soccer and it paid off. I went to the Olympics, won a gold medal, achieved my dreams and I owe it all to my parents and the other coaches I’ve had along the way.

Brian Ching

Brian Ching
Houston Dynamo, U.S. National Team
Member of 2006 World Cup squad, three-time MLS champion

Age started playing soccer: 7
Number of years in AYSO: 5 years

Favorite coach and why: My mom. She told my brothers and I that we had to play a sport and suggested soccer. I told her I would play if she coached me. So she did! I remember her reading the AYSO manuals on the way to work as well as practices. She fell in love with the game and started to play soccer herself in a women’s league.

Memories of AYSO: The friendships I made. I still have friends who were on my first AYSO team back in Hawaii. The pure excitement and joy of running around and playing soccer with my friends is something I’ll never forget. I was always a competitive kid and I remember crying after every loss. When my mom was coaching me, I remember her having to console me after every game we lost.

On playing for the U.S. National Team: Every kid dreams about becoming a professional soccer player and playing for your country. It’s the ultimate goal and the World Cup is the ultimate tournament.