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Fall Soccer

Dear Amherst Families,
We have been busy at Amherst Youth Soccer Association putting together a special COVID-aware soccer program and are happy to announce that we are ready to accept registrations for the fall.
The registration link is:
Unfortunately, there will be no traveling teams this fall. All soccer will be local.
Note that all of our soccer activity adheres to the rules and procedures provided by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association which can be found here:
This season’s soccer is focused on fun with light player development. We’ve combined the ages and genders into three coed age groups –
Young Learners (Pre-K through 1st grade) – Parent participation requiredSoccer Fun! (2nd grade – 4th grade)Big Kicks (4th grade – 8th grade)
Each group is tailored to the players’ needs. For the two older groups, there will be training and warmup led by a staff coach and then a 50 minute small-sided game with a referee. The young group is 45 minutes of activities and challenges.
Sessions are only on Saturdays and at this time it looks like all groups will be located at Plumbrook Recreation Area.
COVID-19 Considerations
As we worked through the possible ways to configure the season, we settled on two 4-week legs with Columbus Day weekend as a break between them. The intention is to not open registration for the second leg until we get much closer to the start in case the state decides to restrict youth sports again. In which case we may have to adjust the second leg or cancel it altogether.
** We cannot offer credit or refunds on registrations this season. We are already operating on a razor-thin budget due to the cancellation of the spring and refunding all registration fees at that time.
Thank you for being patient with us. 
We want to take this opportunity to invite any parents who are open to helping to administer or implement our soccer programs to contact the board at or Travel Director Keith Payne at
We really need help for the coming spring 2021 season – there are several volunteer and paid positions that will be available. Additionally, we’re always looking for parents that want to get even more involved and join the board of directors. We are a non-profit community based organization and parent participation is vital to our ability to provide our special brand of youth soccer.
Thank you 💙⚽

AYSA Board Meeting

After being on pause for a few months, AYSA will have an impromptu board meeting by Zoom this week to discuss what a fall season could look like. All are welcome to join. 
Wednesday, August 5th 6:30-9pm 

Amherst Soccer Opening Day Sept 7th

Hello Soccer Families,
Opening Day is almost here.  Fall Soccer starts this Saturday Sept. 7th!  We look forward to seeing everyone out on the fields.   

Field Schedule:

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Grade 1 – 2 Boys 8:30 AM 10:00 AM
Grade 3 – 4 Boys 8:30 AM 10:00 AM
Grade 1 – 2 Girls10:30 AM 12:00 PM
Grade 3 – 4 Girls10:30 AM 12:00 PM
Grade 5 – 8 Coed10:30 AM12:00 PM

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Pre-K (1) Coed 1:00 PM 1:45 PM
Kindergarten Coed 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Pre-K (2) Coed 3:15 PM 4:00 PM

Spots still available for our Fall Recreational Program. Pass it on!!

What to expect:
 Please arrive 10-20 mins early to pick up Jerseys.
 Don’t forget to bring:Soccer Cleats (optional for PK and K, but recommended)
Shin Guards (optional for PK and K, but recommended)
Soccer ball of appropriate size (grades PK, K, 1 size 3; grades 2 – 6 size 4; grades 7 – 8 size 5)

Gear Exchange

There will be a gear exchange table where you may be able to find something in your child’s size. And please be generous for the next group of kids with shin guards and cleats that have been outgrown.

Keep up to date and join us on facebook and Instagram

 Instagram: playaysaFacebook:

Volunteers Needed! 
AYSA is a volunteer-run organization and depends on parents. Please be in touch if you are willing and able to volunteer in any capacity. Contact or register for a posted opportunity @ Volunteer .
If you have already registered.  Thank you! We will be in touch with you.
We need help in all areas; Fundraising & Marketing (including raffle, grant writing and corporate gifts)Community outreach/recruitment/communications Operations (including coaches, non-board volunteers, and admin)Board Seats are available 

Thank you for being part of our soccer organization and we look forward to seeing you out on the fields.   

AYSA Board

Board Meeting Tuesday, August 6th 2019

All parents welcome to AYSA Board Meetings:

First Tuesday of each month


Normally, we meet at Howard Johnson’s in Hadley, but please check back day of meeting to confirm location

Hope to see you there!

Please let us know at least a couple days in advance if you have an agenda item to suggest.

No Makeup Soccer Today – Rec Opens Tomorrow 5/4 @ Fort River

It’s finally here! A Saturday without torrential raining and we even have some relatively dry ground to play on. Some of the recent messages have been unclear, so we want to let everyone know:

  1. There is NO makeup soccer this evening Friday 5/3. All of the makeups will be scheduled after our new official Opening Day – tomorrow Saturday 5/4.

On the first day, please arrive 10 minutes early so that you can check in. Look for the white tent and tables where you’ll receive the shirt for your child.


Don’t forget to bring the following –

  • Soccer Cleats
  • Shin Guards
  • Soccer ball of appropriate size (grades PK, K, 1 size 3; grades 2 – 6 size 4; grades 7 – 8 size 5)
  • Water

There will be a gear exchange table where you may be able to find something in your child’s size. And please be generous for the next group of kids with shin guards and cleats that have been outgrown.

What: Opening Day for Recreational Soccer
Where: FORT RIVER Elementary
When: At the scheduled time for your age group –

Grade 1 – 2Boys8:30 AM10:00 AM
Grade 3 – 4Boys8:30 AM10:00 AM
Grade 1 – 2Girls10:30 AM12:00 PM
Grade 3 – 4Girls10:30 AM12:00 PM
Grade 5 – 8Coed10:30 AM12:00 PM
Pre-K (1)Coed1:00 PM1:45 PM
KindergartenCoed2:00 PM3:00 PM
Pre-K (2)Coed3:15 PM4:00 PM

We’ll see you all there (hopefully).

Amherst Youth Soccer Association