AYSO’s Vision is to provide world class youth soccer programs that enrich children’s lives.
AYSO’s Mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO’s Six Philosophies.
AYSO offers a wide variety of programs that have been designed to develop players using age appropriate techniques and training. Team sizes, game formats, and the skills introduced at each level are optimal for the player’s age and physical abilities.
AYSO’s Six Philosophies
AYSO’s Six Philosophies are living tenets that separate it from other sports organizations.
Our program’s goal is for kids to play soccer so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least three-quarters of every match (only half if mathematically impossible). It’s no fun to spend the match on the bench…and that’s no way to learn soccer!
Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible because it’s more fun and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play. It allows for each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels.
Our program is open to all children who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. There are no elimination try-outs and nobody gets cut.
Encouragement of player effort provides for greater enjoyment for the players and leads to better-skilled and better-motivated players. A coach can be one of the most influential people in a child’s life, so AYSO requires they create a positive experience for every boy and girl.
We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
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 match.
In AYSO, we want all players, coaches, families and volunteers to have fun. That’s where Kids Zone comes in. Kids Zone is a program that encourages fans on the sidelines, and anyone else near the play, to use positive language, show sportsmanship in their attitude and behavior, and create a great experience for every player. It’s a reminder that the soccer fields are a kid’s zone – a friendly, happy, wholesome place for children to play.
Regions that participate in the Kids Zone program typically place buttons and posters near the fields as helpful reminders that no matter how intense the match can be, kids need cheerful support from the sidelines. Then there’s the Kids Zone Pledge – parents and spectators are asked to sign the pledge and agree to the following guidelines:
▪ Kids are No. 1.
▪ Fun, not winning is everything.
▪ Fans only cheer, and only coaches coach.
▪ No yelling in anger.
▪ Respect the volunteer referees.
▪ No swearing or abusive behavior.
▪ No alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
▪ No weapons.
▪ Leave no trash behind.
▪ Set a proper example of sportsmanship.
When it comes down to it, Kids Zone is about supporting every child on the field – even those on the opposing team. It means supporting the players whether they win or lose. It means honoring the match – not the outcome of the match. Remember, respect starts with you!
Kids Zone Parent Pledge
Safe Haven: Child & Volunteer Protection
We take the safety of our athletes seriously. Precautions are taken on the field to prevent physical injuries, and precautions are taken off the field to ensure children and volunteers are safe in their interactions with each other.
AYSO’s Safe Haven program has been put in place to protect AYSO players and the volunteers who serve them. It requires that each AYSO volunteer complete and eSign a volunteer application each and every year, agreeing to background checks and to abide by the philosophies and policies of AYSO.
Every AYSO volunteer must apply and be accepted as a volunteer. Volunteers are also asked to complete Safe Haven and job specific training in order to become trained and certified. AYSO in-person or online training focuses on the best ways to work with children and important safety protocols. Becoming Safe Haven certified takes some time, but AYSO volunteers know it’s worth it.
Also, did you know that every AYSO Region is required to designate a volunteer to act as the Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA)? A CVPA helps implement Safe Haven policies at the local level.
AYSO is so proud of our Safe Haven program – it was the first of its kind in youth sports, most notably in soccer. It creates a safe environment for players and volunteers to have a happy and healthy soccer experience.
It takes a lot of dedicated people to make AYSO possible, and volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in participating, send us an email and apply in person online.
Due to child safety, animals are NOT allowed at any AYSO function. Anyone who brings an animal to any AYSO function will be asked to remove the animal from the area. If the animal is not removed, the event will be stopped. Let’s keep the fields safe for all of us and keep our furry friends at home.
Service animals are permitted only as required by laws and regulations. Per ADA: “In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person’s disability.
“The ADA does not require covered entities to modify policies, practices, or procedures if it would ‘fundamentally alter’ the nature of the goods, services, programs, or activities provided to the public. Nor does it overrule legitimate safety requirements. If admitting service animals would fundamentally alter the nature of a service or program, service animals may be prohibited. In addition, if a particular service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, or if it is not housebroken, that animal may be excluded.”
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.