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VIP Coordinator - Shauna Glicker

If you have any questions regarding the VIP program feel free to contact AYSO 1463's VIP Coordinator

Shauna Glicker
[email protected]

VIP Program

VIP Program is specially designed to support players with special needs.  The AYSO Very Important Players (VIP) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate in the core program. 

Registration Cost: $40
Fee includes the $20 AYSO Insurance cost as well as uniform (jersey, shorts and socks) and 8 weeks of games. 

VIP Goals

These players are very important players in AYSO. We recognize that all people 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.

The VIP Program has been structured to integrate our players into the rest of AYSO by providing a soccer season, and in some cases, using "buddies" - able bodied helpers - to assist players who need assistance, both on and off the field. Our goals for every participating player are:

  • 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

VIP Program


Session Frequency: Once a week / Every Friday Evening 

Session Time:  
4:15pm - 5pm
Torrey Pines Park (Warm Springs) Field 1A
Field Map & Information: Click Here

Shauna Glicker - [email protected] 

First Session: Friday, September 9th 
Final Session: Friday, October 28th

Everyone Plays

VIP helps more than just the players. Buddies and other volunteers increase their appreciation and understanding of individuals with special needs. They find their lives greatly enriched by their involvement with their new VIP friends. For parents thinking they would never see their children playing a sport or making new friends, VIP gives them joy and hope. They are able to relax and enjoy watching their children having fun like other kids, perhaps for the first time! Teams can have as few as three players, may be co-ed, and can be put together based on mobility or ability.  Older and younger players can also be separated onto different teams when numbers allow.

The mission of the AYSO VIP Program is to provide a quality soccer experience for individuals whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult for them to successfully participate on mainstream soccer teams. What is successful participation? It should be defined by the player’s enjoyment and the safety of all team members.

History of VIP Soccer

The AYSO VIP Program was officially launched in 1991 for players with physical and/or mental disabilities. At that time, and for some years following its inception, participation in the program was limited to ambulatory children through the age of 18.  Several years later, the ambulatory restriction was removed and the age limit extended to the length of time the player remained in school, which varied from state to state. In 1999, recognizing a VIP player's need for ongoing fitness and leisure activities into adulthood, the AYSO National Board of Directors removed the upper age limit for VIP players entirely. The minimum age corresponds to AYSO's age eligibility – currently 4 years of age by July 31 prior to the start of the playing season or, in some Regions with permission of the Section Director, by the date of the Region's first organized activity – camp, practice or game.

Fast Facts of VIP Soccer

Fields: Play on smaller field (6U for younger players, 8U or 10U for older players; smaller goals or a set of cones fit the smaller field better).

Equipment: Shin guards are required; soccer cleats are optional; size 5 ball; occasionally play with a large ball (3 feet in diameter); have pinnies available.

Schedule "Same" Games: Same day of the week; same time (mornings are typically best); same field (allow for handicap parking); same direction (do not switch direction halfway through the game).

Use buddies; Coaches may be on the field; 1:1 ratio (Parent or parent designee of majority age must be present for each player). 

May play against: other VIP teams; mainstream teams (10U through 14U); a team of "buddies."  
Always play short sided; four 10-minute quarters, to be adjusted as needed.

Be flexible! FUN, FAIR AND SAFE are the words for VIP!

What Are Buddies? The Role of the Buddy

Buddies are non-disabled persons who assist VIP players on the field, and often have a life-changing experience! For perhaps the first time, they are interacting with a special needs individual. They witness the effort and determination as many players struggle with physical limitations but never give up. They learn to see and appreciate them as people and form friendships with them. They will most likely never view people with disabilities in the same way again. What an education… and it’s free! It is essential to have a number of buddies on hand for beginning VIP players who will need them. The best buddies are peers of the players -older elementary, middle school, high school, and even college students - not parents. Some nervous parents will find it hard to “let go.” This is why it is essential for buddies to introduce themselves at the pre-season parent meeting, and to let parents know that their preferred role is a supportive – not active  – one. There are several reasons why peers make good buddies: the players may respond better to peers; peer buddies begin to form friendships with the players; peer buddies learn and grow from performing a positive, affirming service.

Annual Registration

As with all AYSO volunteers, Buddies must be registered before they participate with the VIP players at practices or games. Each year, volunteers must complete the Volunteer Application Form, register with, and be accepted by the Region where they plan to participate. Buddies under the age of 18 years old must register using the AYSO Youth Volunteer Application.


Training and certification is required by AYSO for all volunteers for their own protection and for the protection of the players. VIP buddies have two choices: they can attend a one-hour special VIP Buddy Training & Certification workshop or, if possible, attend the 2.5 hour VIP Volunteer Training.

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37084 Ascella Lane 
Murrieta, California 92563

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 951-290-2721
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