American Youth Soccer Organization
A LITTLE HISTORY
was founded in 1964 in Torrance, California (near Los Angeles) with about 125
enthusiastic players. Over the past 40+ years, we've become a vibrant national
organization with nearly 630,000 players and 250,000 volunteers! Please visit
WE DO IT
works because of dedicated volunteers committed to the five AYSO Philosophies:
want kids to play soccer - so we mandate that every player
every team must play at least half of every game.
require every region at the start of each season to set up teams as evenly as
possible. It's more fun when teams are of equal ability.
programs are open to all children ages 5-18 who want to play soccer. Interest
and enthusiasm are the only requirements for playing.
train and encourage our coaches to make the extra effort to understand and offer
positive help to our players, rather than use negative criticism. This approach
builds a positive team spirit.
We create a positive environment based upon mutual respect, rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude. All of our programs are designed to instill good sportsmanship in our kids and our volunteers.
We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game
growth underscores AYSO's commitment to a healthy competitive atmosphere for
youth soccer players combined with dedicated volunteers all working towards
developing responsible young people.
THE AYSO MISSION
To develop and deliver quality youth
which promote a fun, family environment
based on our philosophies
To be the nationally recognized
youth soccer organization of choice.
is founded upon community involvement.
basic community program is the
Region and the volunteer staff members are
encouraged to organize their regions to best suit the needs of their community.
Each Region is headed by a Regional Commissioner (RC) who, with the help of a
Regional Board, conducts the region within the framework of AYSO's Five
Philosophies, Rules and Regulations, and By-laws. A Region may have as few as
50 players or as many as 5,000 players grouped into girls and boys divisions
based on age.
bordering regions comprise an Area, ours is
headed by an Area Director (AD) who is responsible for the performance and
growth of the Area. AD's report to Section Directors.
bordering areas comprise a Section, ours is
headed by a Section Director (SD) who is responsible for the general welfare and
administration of a Section. A Section may cover several states, an entire state
or a portion of a state. There are no such things as "state
associations" in AYSO.
AYSO National Support Center & Training Center (NSTC) in Hawthorne,
California (near Los Angeles) works closely with all executive members,
sections, areas and regions providing many vital services:
...And much more