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Region 85 (Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, Portola Hills)

Play Up Guidelines

Region 85 assigns players to divisions based on their date of birth. In extraordinary circumstances, the Region may allow a player to Play Up a division. Requests for a player to Play Up to the next division will be considered on an individual basis. Play Up requests will NOT be considered after June 30th.

General Guidelines:
  • Requests to Play Up must be approved in writing by the Regional Commissioner.
  • Region 85 will not automatically recognize Play Ups granted by other AYSO Regions.
  • Play Up requests will only be considered if space is available in the higher division.
  • A Player must demonstrate the skills necessary and the ability to safely play in the higher division. (a skills test may be required – e.g. evaluated at the Region 85 EXTRA Tryouts)
  • A Player may not switch age divisions between the Fall and Spring Seasons.
  • Play Up requests will not be granted for 5U or 6U players. (e.g. play up to 6U or 7U)
  • Play Down requests will NOT be considered at any age level.
7U-14U Play Up Requests must meet the following criteria:
  • Player’s parent MUST Coach the team. (Parent must complete the necessary coaching requirements prior to July 31st. – e.g. Volunteer Application Form, Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness training and age appropriate AYSO Coach Certification/Training)
  • Player misses the cutoff date for the next age division by no more than 2 months.
16U-19U Play Up Requests must meet the following criteria:
  • Player’s parent must Coach the team or the player’s Upper Division Coach must approve Play Up request. (Parent and Coach must sign request form)
  • Player misses the cutoff date for the next age division by no more than 2 months or 14U player will be enrolled in High School during the Fall Season.

Play Down Requests

We apologize, but AYSO National Guidelines DO NOT permit players to 'Play Down' into a younger division. Players are assigned to divisions based on their date of birth.

Player Age Chart (2017/2018)

Birth YearDate of Birth
MY2017
2017/2018
20141/1/201412/31/2014 
20131/1/201312/31/20135U
20121/1/201212/31/20126U
20111/1/201112/31/20117U
20101/1/201012/31/20108U
20091/1/200912/31/200910U
20081/1/200812/31/200810U
20071/1/200712/31/200712U
20061/1/200612/31/200612U
20051/1/200512/31/200514U
20041/1/200412/31/200414U
20031/1/200312/31/200316U
20021/1/200212/31/200216U
20011/1/200112/31/200119U
20001/1/200012/31/200019U
19991/1/199912/31/199919U

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AYSO Region 85 - Lake Forest

PO Box 1059 
Lake Forest, California 92609

Email Us: info@ayso85.org
Phone : 949-445-0850
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