The fun doesn’t have to stop when you’re young! Keep playing AYSO until you’re 18.As AYSO players get older, many join leagues or high school soccer teams looking for more soccer experience. AYSO’s U-16/19 Program gives your teenage athletes another choice for competitive play. The program is organized under the rules and bylaws of AYSO philosophies and policies, but with a few adjustments to make it more enjoyable and accessible for teenagers.
The U-16/19 program is different than the standard program in a few ways: coed teams are allowed, there are more flexible guidelines for player substitution and travel teams are also an option. U-16/19 teams can also play against local high schools, participate in select teams and play against other.
In the U-16/19 program, like the rest of AYSO, coaches and referees are involved on a volunteer basis. Fields and equipment are organized whenever possible by Regional leadership. And because the program is less formal and players participate in organizing play, games and practices can be set up to accommodate school and work schedules.
Not every Region has a U-16/U19 program, and if your Region is one of those, there’s always the opportunity to start one under the direction of your Regional Commissioner. For more information on starting a U-16/19 program in your area, contact Zach Stiffel.