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AYSO And Its Mission

The American Youth Soccer Organization develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on our six philosophies:

  • Everyone Plays® - Our goal is for kids to play soccer - so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least half of every game.
  • Balanced Teams - We require every region at the start of each season to set up teams as evenly balanced as possible.  It's more fun when teams are of equal ability.
  • Positive Coaching - This builds a positive team spirit.  We train and encourage our coaches to make the extra effort to understand and offer positive help to our players, rather than negative criticism.
  • Open Registration - Our programs are open to all children ages 4 - 18 who want to register and play soccer.  Interest and enthusiasm are the only requirements for playing.
  • Good Sportsmanship - We create a positive environment based on mutual respect, rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude.  All of our programs are designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
  • Player Development - 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.

Everyone Helps Out

AYSO is a volunteer organization with more than 250,000 parents and friends, many of them working as coaches, referees and administrators.  It's not unusual to find two, three or more children in the same family playing AYSO soccer - while Dad serves as referee and Mom as coach.  It can be a total family experience!

Why AYSO Works

AYSO works because our volunteers work.  The volunteers work because they believe in the AYSO philosophies.  Our phenomenal growth underscores AYSO's commitment to a healthy competitive atmosphere for youth soccer players, combined with dedication toward the development of responsible individuals.

What Makes AYSO Tick.  AYSO was founded on community involvement.  Volunteer staff members are encouraged to organize in ways best suited to their needs.  The foundation of AYSO is the "Region", or basic community program.  Each Region is headed by a Regional Commissioner who, with the help of a regional board, conducts business within the framework of AYSO's philosophies, Rules and Regulations and Bylaws. Depending on its stage of development, a Region may have as few as 200 players or as many as 5,000, grouped into boys and girls divisions based on age. 

Several bordering regions compose an "Area".  Each Area is headed by an Area Director who is responsible for performance and growth of the Area. 

Area Directors report to Section Directors, who are responsible for the general welfare and administration of a "Section."  A Section may cover a portion of a state, an entire state, or several states. 

A National Board of Directors governs the overall AYSO organization.  Regional Commissioners, Area and Section Directors, along with the National Board Members, serve as executive members with voting rights. 

The staff at AYSO's national headquarters in Hawthorne, CA works closely with these volunteer executive members and interfaces directly with each Region.  The headquarters, called the National Support and Training Center or NSTC, provides many services: computerized registration; publications; liability and accident insurance; training for coaches, referees and administrators, and more. 

Safe Haven™

Safe Haven™ is a program designed to address a growing need for child and volunteer protection.

Child Protection

There are four elements in the Safe Haven™ intervention cycle. These are intended to stop child abuse and its agents before they get into the program

  • Create Policies
  • Screen Volunteers
  • Train Volunteers
  • Promote Education and Awareness

Volunteer Protection Act of 1997

This law grants immunity form certain types of prosecution for volunteers who meet its requirements.  In order to receive full protection under the law, AYSO volunteers need three things.

  • They must be properly trained and certified
  • They must be performing duties as laid out in a position description
  • They must act within the scope of AYSO's Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

AYSO Certification

AYSO's goal is to provide certification training for all its volunteers.  Certification offers the hope that every AYSO child will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.


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Contact Us

AYSO Region 820 - Menifee

P.O. Box 179 
Sun City, California 92586

Email Us: [email protected]
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