Area Fest is only for U10, U12 and U14 Age Divisions.
Region 183 is invited to participate in the AYSO Section 6D "Area
Fest" which is not at Peterson Park and not "Soccer Fest".
I will need your response by Wed May 9th.
Your response will need to state if you would like to take your team to participate in a Area Fest hosted by multiple AYSO regions in our area.
Fun at Area FestWe have a great
opportunity for your team to play other AYSO teams in the area on Sunday
June 3rd 2012. Your players will have fun time playing the game of
soccer with other teams for an entire day! This is as great
Many Region 183 teams over the years participated
in Area Fest. All of the players, coaches and families had a good time
playing the game of soccer.
Our Area comprised of other AYSO
regions, are combining to put together a region wide "Soccer Fest".
The Area Fest will be comprised of teams from Chicago, Skokie, Morton
Grove, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glenview, etc.
Region 183 is holding a "Soccer Fest' on Saturday June 9th 2012 for
our own region at Peterson Park for only Region 183 teams.For clarification there is a difference between "Soccer Fest" at Peterson Park and "Area Fest" played outside of Peterson Park.
We will need responses
soon, since our Region is coordinating with the Area Fest organizers
so that we can provide a final list of teams representing our Region.
The following divisions are invited to Area Fest
are participating in Area Fest. U08 B and U08 G and lower divisions are not participating of Area Fest.
Call your team
Ask your team to see if there is interest with regards to participating in Area Fest.
What is Area Fest?
Area Fest is a day
soccer festival where our youth players play soccer with other teams
in the AYSO Area. This is where your team gets to play multiple
games against teams from other AYSO Regions. Historically, each
team has played 3 games Area Fest. So for example, your team
might play 1 game vs. Skokie AYSO, 1 game vs. Highland Park AYSO, and 1
game vs. Deerfield AYSO.
Wait isn't this Soccer Fest?
No. Our region hosts
Soccer Fest for our own youth teams on Saturday. This year we are
planning for June 9th 2012. Area Fest is another event.
When is Area Fest?
Area Fest is on June 3rd 2012 Sunday.
Where will Area Fest be held?
Each Region takes on a
division. For example, Skokie AYSO might host U14 Boys and U12
Girls. While Highland Park AYSO hosts U12 Girls, and so on.
Therefore your team will
be driving to another location to play Area Fest. Its important
that your team knows how to get to the soccer fields location. You
as the coach, assistant coach and / or team parent must coordinate
with your team the location, game times and volunteer assistance with
What times are the games? What's the schedule?
Games are scheduled
thru the day. Games are usually spaced in 30-60 min increments. So
if you team plays at 9:30am, your next 2 games might be 10:30am and
12:00 noon. This all depends on the number of teams that are
participating. I recommend that your team plan on spending most of
the day participating which is usually about 4-6 hours. Some teams
might start at 12pm noon, and finish by 4pm.
Does Peterson Park host a division for Area Fest?
We'd like host an Area
Fest division, however we have challenges regarding our field space
and we also need more volunteer support our organization. In order
for us to participate in any Area Fest, the other Regions ask Peterson
Park to participate in terms of volunteering at a field location for
other support such as field setup, take down and field monitoring.
Your team is required to bring parents to help out with setup, clean
up or helping out at the fields.
Our Region will be
designated to one or more locations to help setup, monitor and take
down goal. Other Regions will be doing the same. All AYSO
Regions are sharing the efforts to ensure that AYSO Section 6D Area
Fest is a success.
We will play a full - hour game and be a total of 2-3 hours?
No. Your team will
not be playing 3 hours of games. That is a lot of soccer for our
youth in one day. Games are played 20-25 minutes and in addition,
the games are smaller in size. For example a U10 Area Fest game may
be 5 v 5 instead of 7 v 7. If you recall our Soccer Fest, the
format is very similar in terms of size of the game, number of players
on the field, and the length of game. These type of games are
called "short-sided games".
My team doesn't know if they can play based on their families' schedules?
Yes. This is a tough
decision. I would recommend that if you have half to three-quarters
of your team to commit, then your team should participate. If your
team wants participate, we need to know so that our Area Fest
organizers plan out the the game schedule. Please let me know if
you have at least 50% representation.
Yes. Since you are
the coach of your team, you must attend the Area Fest representing
your team. All coaches must be Safe Haven Certified and Age Division
Certified at this level. If you have an assistant coach or team
parent, please bring them as well.
Why do we participate?
This is a great
opportunity for you as a coach and player families to experience AYSO
outside of our region. You'll see a greater community of youth
soccer participating with many volunteers. Also, its fun playing
We have an AYSO Region
183 Area Fest Representation Team including myself as your coach
administrator. We'll keep you updated with regards to rules,
locations, and schedules.
Tad Lin AYSO Region 183 Regional Coach Administrator / Advanced Coach/ Instructor firstname.lastname@example.org