The Graduation Series program is designed for U8 players that will be transitioning from U8 to the U10 Division next Fall season. Teams will play 7v7 on a larger field with goals and goalkeepers. All Laws of the Game, such as the offside law, will apply. Only current Fall season AYSO U8 players are eligible. The season will take place over the months of January and February with games being played on Saturdays and Sundays. Each team will also play one Wednesday night game under the lights.
This program is a great opportunity for players, parents, coaches and referees to become familiar with the new elements of U10 play that they'll encounter next Fall, such as playing with a larger ball, playing on a larger field, having more teammates on the field, and learning the new U10 rules. And while concepts of competition are introduced, the main focus of this environment is about learning and having fun!
The Graduation Series includes teams from neighboring participating regions which includes San Gabriel, Temple City, Alhambra, and South El Monte. Games are scheduled onto fields at Alhambra, Temple City and El Monte.
The season is comprised of mostly friendly matches. The season will conclude with a Mini Tournament consisting of group play, semi-finals, consolation and finals matches.