AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive development of youth through the teaching and promotion of soccer. Founded in 1964 in Torrance California, AYSO operates soccer programs where young people can learn to develop a positive self-image, self-confidence and other positive character traits through their interest and participation in soccer. In 1964, AYSO started with about 125 players. Today that number has grown to nearly 600,000 players nationwide. Our phenomenal growth underscores AYSO's commitment to a healthy competitive atmosphere for young players and concern for the development of responsible individuals.
The five guiding principles of AYSO are:
Although AYSO is committed to competitive soccer, we are also concerned that the competition be healthy and positive. Most importantly, AYSO believes that soccer should be fun for everyone involved (including players, coaches, referees, and parents). After all, AYSO is a volunteer organization. We should all be having fun and enjoying ourselves!
Parents, check out the AYSO Parents Code for what we expect from you!
Note that we have a special program for kids with physical or mental challenges, called the VIP program. For more information on the rewarding program, see the AYSO VIP page.
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