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AYSO VIP Program

The AYSO Very Important Player Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams may include, but are not limited to, those who are:
  • Blind or visually impaired
  • Amputees or conditions that impair mobility
  • Mentally or emotionally challenged
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy

We recognize that all individuals need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP program offers that acceptance and carries our philosophy of Everyone Plays to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play.

Program Goals

Kids with special needs are estimated to make up approximately 10% of the school-age population. Special schools and classrooms can isolate these children so the VIP Program has been structured to integrate our special kids into the rest of AYSO by using "buddies" from non-VIP teams to help these players both on and off the field.

Our goals for every participating player are to: 

  • have fun playing soccer
  • understand the fundamentals of the game
  • learn teamwork and fair play
  • increase positive self-esteem
  • become more physically fit
  • meet and be comfortable with new people

Spring 2021 Details

We will host a skill-development program for Spring 2021 for VIP players.

When: Sunday afternoons (April 11-May 16) 
Where: Montgomery Park, on Comanche (1 block east of San Mateo)
Cost: $20
Registration: Upon registering, you will be wait-listed. Once registration closes, each player will be assigned a session with a designated time slot. Players will be separated into distinct sessions based on skill level. Registration will close 4/7. 

Player/Parent Agreement (by signing up, you agree to the following):

-An appropriate mask (covering face and mouth) must be worn at all times
-Maintain 6 feet of distance as much as possible with those not in your household
-Only one individual will be allowed to attend the session with the player
--No additional spectators (i.e. family members, friends) allowed to attend
--No buddy will be assigned to your player… if your player needs support on the field, you must be there to assist
--Other attendees will be asked to remove themselves from the area if necessary due to current COVID capacity restrictions
-- Players must stay in their assigned session 
- You must bring your own equipment (ball, water, cleats/running shoes, shin guards)
--Please let me know if you do not own your own equipment and would like to request support
--Sharing equipment (i.e. passing drills) will be minimized
-If you are on the field, assisting your player, you must register as a volunteer. If your player does not need additional support, you do not need to register.
-Jerseys, pinnies, pictures, trophies, team celebrations will not occur for this skills development program
-You will notify the coach ASAP if a confirmed COVID case was in attendance of the session
-Follow all other rules and regulations as outlined in the most recent health order

Please contact the VIP Coordinator with any questions or concerns: [email protected].

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Albuquerque - Region 104

PO Box 3561 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87190

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 505-342-2976
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