Soccer Safety and Injuries

When you bring your children to practices or games, make sure they are not wearing watches or jewelry including earrings, bracelets, necklaces or hard hairpieces. No splints are allowed, and
taping earrings does not make them safe for soccer. If you have any questions about whether an item is appropriate, ask the coaches prior to practices/games. 

If your child is injured during a game…
  • Do not run onto the field
  • Referee will stop play and ask the coach to come onto the field
  • Coach will assess and determine if player can leave the field
  • Do provide support to your player once she or he is off the field
  • We have become more aware of the dangers of concussions. 
  • A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body.
  • Players may remain conscious after sustaining a concussion. That's why we carefully assess all head injuries.
  • Coaches are trained to manage concussions and SHOULD take your child off the field if there is any suspicion of a concussion! Coaches carry a concussion protocol in their medi-kits and will use that protocol to check your child.
  • "When in doubt, sit them out"

What next?
  • Coach will designate assistant coach or parent (i.e., you) to provide first aid
  • Coaches carry a First Aid Kit and ice in his or her coaching bag
  • Do ask other parents to assist (some may be experts in first aid)
  • Do stay with your child

If the injury does not get better quickly
  • Most injuries are minor: scrapes, abrasions and minor contusions
  • Sometimes sprains can be quite painful
  • If pain, swelling or other signs do not improve, please have your child be seen by a health care professional
  • If she or he is seen by a health care professional, ask when she or he can return to practice or game

What parents can do
  • Ask your coach for the AYSO Incident Report Form, complete the form with the help of the coach and any witnesses
  • Please send the completed Incident Report Form to either your coach or to the Safety Director (
  • If your child is seen by a health care professional, please complete the Participation Release Form and bring to the next practice
    or game that he or she will participate
  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the  Safety Director (

What about soccer insurance?
  • AYSO provides supplemental insurance (Soccer Accident Insurance – SAI) for injuries to registered AYSO players sustained during AYSO activities.
  • More information may be found here on the AYSO website
  • Please submit the Soccer Accident Insurance Claim Form within 90 days of the injury
  • Please contact your coach or the Safety Director if you have any questions

Will practice be canceled due to air quality?

In response to the most recent set of fires in Northern California, AYSO Division 109 has decided to lay out an air quality policy to help guide coaches and parents. We will follow the guidelines found below or on the EPA’s AirNow website. Parents can check this site before a practice or game if the air quality starts to deteriorate. We will send practice or game cancellations in as timely a fashion as possible. Conditions often change quickly, so there may not always be advanced warning
  • If the index is orange (101-150), outdoor activities should be restricted. 
  • If red (151-200), all practices and games are cancelled.