The AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Program was designed to provide a quality soccer experience for kids (ages 6 and up) whose physical/mental challenges prevent them from successfully participating on a “typical” team.VIP Objectives:
- To give ALL players the opportunity to play ball
- To teach teamwork and fair play
- To learn the basic skills of the game at the pace of each individual player
- To encourage maximum participation for each player
- And, most importantly, to have fun!
Our VIP teams participate in all regional activities such as Opening Day festivities, Picture Day and our End of the Season Tournament. Our end of season tournament hosts about 150 kids from Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Irvine. After our soccer games, the kids have a barbecue lunch (much of which is donated by local businesses) and all players are presented with a trophy by their coach.
The program runs in parallel with the Fall Play program. The registration date is held in early spring; please check the website for the exact date and time.
Another very important opportunity offered is mainstream players that participate in the VIP Program as “buddies”. The lower division VIP players are paired with a mainstream player who can assist and give direction to our players if needed. This program gives the “buddies” a chance to get to know our players as individuals and friends. It’s a positive experience for all involved.
Our VIP Program also has an upper division for older kids who have had more experience and there is no age limit for these players.
AYSO recognizes that EVERYONE needs to feel like they belong and that they are accepted. The soccer program allows our VIP players the chance to experience all of this and more.