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player and coachHow to Register as a Volunteer if You Already Have an Account
For all parents that would like to volunteer for multiple positions, AYSO National Office is aware of the problems within the current registration process. Directions on how to alleviate this problem can be found...
AYSOAYSO is Still in San Pedro, CA.
Many of you may have seen or heard about an article run by local papers and news sites this past Sunday. We take this opportunity to clarify and to correct the articles and the circumstances.
aysoAmerican Youth Soccer Organization's Coach Education Program Achieves Second Re-Accreditation through NCACE
The American Youth Soccer Organization’s (AYSO) Coach Education Program was recently re-accredited by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE).
player and coachCelebrate National Volunteer Month with AYSO!
Join us in celebrating National Volunteer Month this April by nominating outstanding volunteers in your AYSO Region.
AYSO Food Drive5 Ways to Give Back to Your Community on #GivingTuesday
Here are five easy ways you can give back to your community on the nation-wide day of giving, #GivingTuesday!
AYSO #GivingTuesday Campaign Save the Date#GiveAYSO on #GivingTuesday 2016
Save the date for #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29, 2016!
AYSO National OfficeSafety is Our First Priority
Torrance, Calif. (October 14, 2016)—The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), in light of a recent article by and other news outlets, would like to address the recent discrimination claims made against the organization.
For Player Safety, AYSO Invokes Law Four
As stated in Law Four of FIFA Laws of the Game and in section VI of AYSO Laws and Regulations, players are not allowed in wear any type of jewelry on his or her body, including in the hair.
heading-buttonNational Soccer Coaches Association Takes Concussion Safety Head On
New Instructional Online Course, Featuring an Introduction by Abby Wambach, Educates Soccer Coaches on Safer Heading Techniques.
wear your ayso 2Wear Your AYSO Fall 2016
Get your engines started, #WearYourAYSO is coming back on our birthday, Sept.15 and this year is going to the biggest year yet!
Gyasi Zardes CommercialGyasi Zardes Stars in Latest AYSO Commercial!
In case you missed it, FOX Sports 1 debuted a new commercial featuring ‪‎AYSO‬ alum and U.S. Men's National team star Gyasi Zardes during the ‪U.S. Men's National team‬ pregame show against Ecuador!
snow gloveAYSO National Office's Holiday Hours
National Office Hours AYSO will close on Dec. 24 at 12:00 p.m., PT and will resume normal business hours on Monday, Jan. 4. Thank you and happy holidays!
Referees May Wear Caps!
The U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) has modified its recommendations related to the use of referee caps in order to enhance its support for the health and safety of referees.
Volunteer to Referee at the National Games in Palm Beach!
Calling all AYSO referees—we need your help! Referees are a vital part of the National Games as they help us ensure a safe and fun environment for everyone involved. The National Games will be held in West Palm Beach from July 5-10, 2016.
mark stewart, national presidentMark Stewart Reelected as National President
AYSO Executive Members have reelected Mark Stewart as AYSO's National President during the National Annual General Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.
New Flexibility Offered in AYSO Uniform Specifications
The AYSO National Board of Directors (NBOD) is offering Regions some new flexibility in the AYSO Uniform Specifications. It still means the AYSO Traditional Logo is on every AYSO uniform, but it also gives some allowances for adjustments that are often requested by Regions. There will now be much more flexibility on number placements, opportunities for local community markings on socks and an online system that offers a quick and easy review for other variance requests.
Giving TuesdayAYSO Raises $36,335 on #GivingTuesday
Seven articles, 46 social media posts and 24 hours of #GivingTuesday resulted in $36,335 raised to ensure every child gets the chance to play AYSO soccer. The donations received this #GivingTuesday will help ensure that any child can play AYSO soccer.
jeffAYSO's Found the Next Great Grilled Cheese
It's official! The Grand Prize Winner of AYSO's Kerrygold Grilled Cheese Recipe contest is Jeff from Region 85 in Silverado, Calif.
2015 AYSO EXPOS are 'The Start of Something Special'
It's time to mark your calendars and save the date for the AYSO EXPO in your Section. This year there will be 11 AYSO EXPOs (formerly called Section Meetings) across the nation.
Join in the AYSO Thank You Project Today
Today marks the first day of the AYSO Thank You Project. This landmark campaign gives AYSO families, volunteers, alumni and fans everywhere the chance to say “thanks!” via social media to that special AYSO coach, important referee, committed RC or just that unique AYSO mom or dad who helped them be who they are today.
Referee Administrators Should Welcome Feedback
Your referee program may get better with a little bit of luck and chance. But if you want to ensure progress, you must be willing to solicit, welcome and embrace feedback. Feedback from different people, who point out a consistent message, will provide you with a snapshot of what is happening in your referee program. You can use feedback to make changes that will improve your referee program. And yes, often feedback related to referees’ performance is given out of frustration on the part of coaches, parents and even other referees. It is important to differentiate between the delivery and the content of the feedback message. Even more importantly, focus on the content and not so much on the delivery. Here are some tips on how to effectively use feedback from your members.
AYSO Enriches Families' Lives
Families bring their children to AYSO to play soccer and in return, AYSO provides them with wonderful opportunities to enrich their lives. The Needham family, volunteering in Region 56, referees games together. Brad, the dad, has volunteered for six years and will continue to do so because he believes “that it is important for parents to be involved in activities with their kids.”
Our Referee Team Is Doing Great!
A World Cup provides wonderful stories and intense controversy depending on which team colors reside in your heart.
Brazil 2014 World Cup – A Maior Festa Do Mundo!
Today, people stop working, hearts accelerate to maximum capacity, passion burst in all homes and joy takes over the world because the World Cup starts!
National Games VIP Referee Training Now Available
AYSO's VIP (Very Important Player) division will have its own pool-play during this year's National Games.
Refereeing in a World Cup!
This summer, the world will watch the best soccer being played in Brazil as part of the 2014 World Cup (WC)! The referee team in charge of managing the WC games will be the best in the world thanks to a long preparation process.
Workouts for Soccer Referees
Maintain a good training program that keeps you healthy and close to play. Here is a list of fitness training options to help you develop your program.
10 Tips to Help Deal with Dissent
The referee must understand the complex emotions of players in relation to the match.
10 Ways to be a Better Assessor
Evaluating and mentoring referees is a valuable process in the improvement of our referees, and our assessors have been trained to deliver valuable data.
10 Tips to Help Deal with Coach Dissent
Emotional outbursts from the coach can be vivid and typically brief, undirected, and often quickly regretted. The referee must understand the complex emotions coaches experience in relation to the match.
2012 Referee Spirit Award Winner
Ramdas Lamb was honored as AYSO's Referee Spirit Award Winner at the National Annual General Meeting (NAGM) in Seattle, Wash.
10 Referee Traits That Help Control Games
A referee that uses positivity and uses it to influence players and spectators will earn their respect during the game.
Ten Things Referees Can Do To Prepare For The Season
Good referees develop a routine for preparing themselves before the season and before every game.
Tournament Refereeing Tips
Refereeing at a tournament can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be very different from your time officiating regular Region games.
The Spirit of the Law - the AYSO Way!
The Spirit of the Game directs and expects that a game will be played in a safe and fair manner so that it can be enjoyed (fun) by all participants and spectators.
10 Ways to be a Better Mentor
Mentoring is an effective process that helps volunteers improve their knowledge and skills, and also influences their motivation. Great mentors understand how to develop strong relationships and provide valuable support and advice.
10 Ways to Influence Referees to Upgrade
We believe in training and mentoring our referees to help them achieve the highest level of skill and certification. AYSO generates a lot of value by upgrading our referees and our volunteers receive personal benefits when they become more skilled and experienced.
Help Us Kick Violence Out of Soccer!
Ricardo Portillo, a referee from Salt Lake City, Utah tragically passed away after being sent into a coma by a punch from a teenage player during a game.
heading-buttonNational Soccer Coaches Association Takes Concussion Safety Head On

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