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Shop With Amazon Smile This Holiday Season
Everybody shops on Amazon, so why not use Amazon Smile and donate to the Hugo Bustamante AYSO Playership Fund? Amazon Smile lets you enjoy all of Amazon products with a portion of the purchase going back to the charity of your choice.
Donate on #GivingTuesday To Help Kids Play Soccer
#GivingTuesday is Dec. 2 and we need your help! In the days following Thanksgiving, Americans will spend millions of dollars in the shopping frenzies around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a day to remind us all that giving means much more than the exchange of material goods—it means volunteering at a local shelter, helping out a friend in need and, of course, donating to worthy causes…such as helping a child play AYSO soccer.
New Soccer Books: The Perfect Holiday Gift
World Soccer Legends is a fun new book series for young readers from AYSO partner Abbeville Press. It’s the first to carry the “AYSO Selection: stamp of approval on its cover.
Have You Said Thank You Yet?
Have you joined the Thank You Project? There isn’t a better time to say “thanks” as we approach the most thankful time of year.
PLAYSOCCER Coloring Contest Extended!

Collaboration Helps Grow Region 154 VIP Soccer
One of the biggest challenges in growing the AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Program is convincing parents that their child or adult can benefit from playing soccer.
Thank You Project CarouselJoin AYSO's Thank You Project Today
Last week the AYSO Thank You Project launched and we need your help in spreading the message to your community. This landmark initiative gives AYSO players, parents, volunteers, alumni and fans the chance to say “Thanks!” via social media to that special AYSO coach, important referee, dedicated Regional Commissioner or just that unique AYSO mom or dad who made a difference in their life.
2014 National Games logoParent Feedback Needed on AYSO National Games 2014

fran fit sidelinesAYSO Mom Is a Fitness Role Model for Her Kids
Between her job at a local school and the busyness of soccer practices and games, Fran McKinsey of Region 168 in El Cajon, Calif., was “having a hard time finding the time and energy to exercise.”
wearyourayso#WearYourAYSO Was A Success
AYSO celebrated its official 50th birthday on Sept. 15 with #WearYourAYSO. Thousands of parents, players, fans and volunteers showed their AYSO colors by posting photos of themselves as they wore their favorite AYSO gear to school, work and play. There were hourly prizes from 7 a.m. Eastern Time to 7 p.m. Hawaii Time (AYSO spans the nation, so we wanted to make sure everyone got the chance to be a winner!) as photos were posted by the dozens.
7 Tips for Coaches to Ensure Safety in Hot Weather
With high heat warnings taking place in many parts of the country, or whenever temperature and humidity levels rise above normal, it is important to follow guidelines to ensure that everyone is safe when playing outdoors.
#WearYourAYSO on Sept. 15
The 50th Anniversary year has been amazing! We’ve kept ourselves busy with a float in the Rose Parade®, #SoccerFEST14, a new partnership with FOX Sports 1, a huge National Games and the list goes on. But as we looked at our accomplishments for the year, we noticed a missing piece. An Official Birthday Celebration!
palm beachPalm Beach County Will Host National Games in 2016
With the excitement of AYSO National Games 2014 just ending last month, AYSO is pleased to announce that Palm Beach County, Fla. will be the destination for the next biennial National Games in 2016.
How to Secure Certificates of Insurance
It's time to secure certificates of insurance and field permits for the upcoming season!
Meet the President
AYSO National President Paula Berriz talks about this year's 50th Anniversary and her experience as AYSO's first female president.
eSign for Players Coming August 1
eAYSO's eSign for player registration will be automatically activated for all Regions on Aug. 1, 2014.
Squish'ems in Action
To celebrate AYSO's 50th Anniversary, DOLE Fruit Squish'ems and their delicious, squeezable fruit pouches was the Presenting Sponsor of #SoccerFEST14, where AYSO set a World Record for the Biggest Pick-Up Soccer Game on Earth.
Region 1174 Makes a Difference Internationally
AYSO Region 1174 in Hazel Green, Ala., is not only busy keeping up with their spring season, they’re also making a difference internationally to help girls play soccer.
What Decade Do Your AYSO Skills Belong In?
Ever wonder if you fit in this decade? Take this quiz and find out what decade you truly belong in!
Following up with Sunny Slice, AYSO’s Favorite Mascot
Sunny is back after playing a season of AYSO and he is excited to share all of the details about his past season, his new soccer gear and how is mom plans to embarrass him this summer. Enjoy!
Share Your Photos With AYSO!
Want to see photos of you and/or your adorable kids on AYSO's social media? Send your photos to socialmedia@ayso.org!
6 Words You Should Say Today
Via HuffingtonPost.com: "... college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response:'I love to watch you play.'"
Shannon Boxx's Message to AYSO Parents
Shannon recently spoke with AYSO about her favorite memories from her AYSO days and the advice she would give to AYSO parents who've just signed their young kids up for soccer.
Cheering On Your Child - On and Off the Field
While winning the game is the end-goal of playing sports, parents can easily lose sight of the important steps to success that make that finish possible. Have you noticed that your kids perform better when they receive positive reinforcement and praise? The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) highlights this method of encouragement as filling up your child's "Emotional Tank" (E-Tank).
Special Time With Your Child
"Every kid should have their parent as their first soccer coach," is the important advice offered by soccer dad Tim Vom Steeg, who also happens to be the Head Men's Soccer Coach of UC Santa Barbara (two-time NCAA Division I Soccer Coach of the Year and 2006 National Champion.) But it's his role as a dad who coached his own children in AYSO, not his experience as a college coach, that he points to as his qualifications.
5 Easy Tips for All AYSO Parents
As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters.Through your encouragement and good example, you can help all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In AYSO, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat - all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun.
5 Reasons AYSO Parents are Awesome
AYSO is famous not only for our great volunteer coaches and referees, but also our supportive and positive parents. As the fall season approaches, we wanted to remind you all of why you're special!
Important Information about Online Safety
The safety of our children is a priority for all of us. AYSO takes online security and data privacy very seriously - both in terms of physical data and digital information.
The Value of People to People
Each summer, People to People Ambassador Programs sends an invitation to all AYSO players between the ages of 10-17 years old. People to People Ambassador Programs provides our players the opportunity to explore different cultures around the world.
Tip From Jim Lison
How to deal with parents yelling from the sidelines.
3 Tips for Dealing with Concussions
A concussion is caused by bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity.
Very Grown-Up Benefits From Youth Soccer
There are so many benefits to signing up for AYSO. Like teamwork. Bonding. Community-building. Improved communication. Oh, and the kids enjoy it as well.

A new study out of Purdue University illustrates how parents involved in youth sports end up experiencing many of the same social benefits that they are seeking for their children.

How To Add More Play To Playing Soccer
Soccer doesn't need to stop when the AYSO season ends. In fact, it's one of the best times for parents and kids to play together!

Former AYSO player Paul Caligiuri is best known for his long-range left-footed goal in 1989 against Trinidad & Tobago that was dubbed, "The Shot Heard Round the World," because it sent the U.S. to the World Cup for the first time in four decades. What is not so well known is that Caligiuri isn't naturally left-footed.

How To Watch Soccer With Your Children
Soccer broadcaster Allen Hopkins has been announcing games since 2006 and has managed to bring his children Sydney, 6, and Santiago, 5, along for the wonderful ride. First, they saw him on Fox Soccer Channel as he did the play-by- play for Major League Soccer (MLS) and German Bundesliga (top division) games. Then they watched him cover the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and report on the sidelines at MLS games on ESPN.
Scott Gimple on Hallmark TVScott Gimple Featured on Hallmark's "Home & Family"
Scott discussed positive sideline behavior in youth sports and AYSO's innovative "Silent Saturday" idea.
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