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PLAYSOCCER Magazine Winter 2017Winter 2017 PLAYSOCCER Has Launched
Read the digital winter 2017 PLAYSOCCER magazine today!
We are very excited to announce that our digital version of PLAYSOCCER Magazine has officially launched!
AlexisWhy Do You Support AYSO?
Why do you choose to volunteer every year? Why do you support the AYSO Mission and Vision? Share it with us in the "unselfie" campaign!
Wear Your AYSO 2017Join Us for #WearYourAYSO 2017!
Each year, we encourage our AYSO membership to wear their favorite AYSO gear and join us for #WearYourAYSO to celebrate the AYSO community.
AYSOAYSO's Summer Writing Contest Winner's Announced!
There were so many exciting entries for AYSO's 2017 summer writing contest and we were thrilled to know that our AYSO players were making good use of their summer!
AYSOBe Sure to Check Out Healthy Soccer Kids!
Recipes for healthy meals, tips for a nutritious diet and guides for getting the entire family active await on!
Lancaster Soccer CenterThe Lancaster National Soccer Center Welcomes AYSO’s National Open Cup 2017
The City of Lancaster will soon host the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) National Open Cup 2017.
Show Your Team Spirit at the National Open Cup with Chipotle
Help support AYSO by dining at Chipotle with this flyer during the National Open Cup!
kid photo4 Safety Tips for the 4th of July
The fourth of July is one of the most exciting holidays of the summer. However, as one of the busiest weekends in the year, there are several factors that can lead to accidents.
happy kid3 Tips to Staying Safe this Memorial Day
As one of the busiest weekends in the year, there are several factors that can lead to accidents.
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...
Spring 2017 PLAYSOCCERSpring 2017 PLAYSOCCER Magazine Out Now!
We’re very excited to announce that our spring issue of PLAYSOCCER Magazine has officially launched!
With 16 locations nationwide and over 2,500 players in its first year, AYSO United is quickly establishing itself as an authentic, premiere club program.
aysoParents Are Advised Not to Post Identifiable Information of Players on Social Media
In accordance to AYSO's Safe Haven Electronic Communication and Social Media Policy, inappropriate postings that divulge the identity of minors are not permitted
Residential Camps 2016 3Save $100 When You Register For the National Open Cup Before the May 15!
If you register your youth soccer team for the AYSO National Open Cup tournament this summer in Lancaster, Calif. by May 15*, you'll receive $100 off your registration fee!
Nat. Volunteer Month_pic_peterAYSO Celebrates National Volunteer Month
As an organization built upon the dedication and hard work of volunteers across the country, AYSO is very proud of our volunteer-based roots.
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.
aysoHugo Bustamante Playership Recipients 2017
Congratulations to the following AYSO Regions for being selected as recipients for this year's Playership Grant.
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.
aysoAttention all Southern California Regions
Due to the extreme amount of rain and flooding in Southern California, we are advising Regions to cancel games, tournaments or practices until the flooding goes down.
player and coachDrop Off vs. Hand Off
AYSO encourages a “hand off” to occur between the parent and the coach so that the child is always under the supervision of an adult.
spring soccer3 Spring Registration Tips to Keep in Mind
Three tips to keep in mind when registering your AYSO player for spring (or fall) soccer.
spring soccer3 Spring Registration Tips to Keep in Mind
Three tips to keep in mind when registering your AYSO player for spring (or fall) soccer.
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!
Paola Kuri visits AYSO#FutsinGenero Founder Paola Kuri Visits AYSO National Office
AYSO welcomed Paola Kuri, founder of #FutsinGenero and member of the Global Sports Mentorship Program, to the National Office to discuss empowering women through soccer.
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.
Blue Sombrero Updates and Further Integration Information
Starting this month, AYSO Regions, Areas and Sections are now able to begin registering players and volunteers for the 2017 Membership Year (MY2017) using the free Blue Sombrero website.
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!
Collage of AYSO alumAYSO Alums Already Making their Marks at the Olympics
It's not even been a full week and AYSO alums are already achieving great things at the Olympics.
5 Apps to Make Your Life Easier
With the fall AYSO soccer season, school and many other activities just starting up, your schedule is sure to be filling up. Check out these five mobile apps that are sure to make your life a bit easier
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!
AYSO UnitedAYSO United Unveiled!
AYSO unveiled AYSO United this week, our official approved club program that allows AYSO players to develop and excel in a challenging environment, while remaining in the AYSO family under our Six Philosophies.
advantageAYSO Teams Up with Advantage Rent-A-Car for National Games 2016 Torrance, Calif. - AYSO is proud to announce Advantage Rent A Car as its “Official Rent-A-Car” of the AYSO National Games 2016. Advantage will provide a 10% discount off its already low internet rates. National Games attendees will get to choose from a wide variety of vehicles from a new fleet of vehicles – compact to luxury cars and SUVs. Go to and enter promo code CD050DB260 in the promo box.
cute kidsWhy Kids Hate Soccer!
Well not hate, necessarily, but according to a survey reported in the Wall Street Journal, what kids dislike the most about soccer is the car ride home. Too often, the first thing a parent may say after a game is a critical remark, an accusatory question or offer “you should haves!” to their kids. This can cause any player to lose interest in playing and start to dread anything to do with participating in sports.
coach manualsBest Coaching Experience for Your Child!
With help from a wide variety of experts in soccer coaching, the AYSO National Coaching Program manuals are powerful guides that make practices fun, safe and foster soccer skills development. They also help coaches be well prepared for the task of teaching your child.
National Games 2016Volunteer Referee Contest at the National Games
Are you already attending the National Games with your family or team? You can still volunteer to be a referee and we’ll make sure that you are not scheduled during your child’s or team's games.
NSCAA picAYSO Has Successful Time at NSCAA!
AYSO joined 5,000 soccer coaches and 10,500 attendees at the annual National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention last week in Baltimore, Md. The convention is the largest annual gathering of soccer coaches in the world and featured live field demonstrations, lecture sessions, networking opportunities and much more.
happy kidGet the Spring Registration Info You Need
Families all around the country are signing up (or are getting ready to!) for another great season of AYSO Soccer. For some, it may be for the spring soccer season that still has sign-ups available and for others, it may for the fall season. If you haven’t already heard from your local AYSO community soccer program or are unsure how to reach them, visit the Find an AYSO Program Near You page.
Stay in Shape this Winter5 Tips To Help Your Kid (and you!) Stay Active This Winter!
Inactivity in kids is a global problem. This is just one reason why AYSO became an Advocate for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. This partnership is to help encourage kids everywhere to get regular physical activity, participate in sports and adopt healthy eating habits.
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!
#GivingTuesday#GivingTuesday Was A Success!
Due to all of your help in spreading the message about #GiveAYSO on #GivingTuesday, AYSO was able to raise $23,723 from over 200 donors! The funds raised will help ensure that every child gets the chance to play AYSO soccer, regardless of financial limitations.
#GivingTuesdayWin Prizes this #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is about a week away and we've got several ways for you to get involved in very special ways.
Ivan LinAYSO Presents the Postgame Celebration Contest!
From the parent tunnel to the high-five line, the AYSO postgame celebration is one of the most memorable experiences for a young soccer player. We know that parents love snapping photos of their little all-star celebrating, so we wanted to give them prizes for their passion.
social mediaSocial Media: Don't Lose A $140k Scholarship for a 140-Character Tweet
Casey Miller (@4caseymiller) is Positive Coaching Alliance's Program Manager, Movement Builder. She previously played two years of professional basketball in Oviedo, Spain, coaching youth girls basketball during her time there. Casey attended Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. where she was a four-year starter for the NCAA Division II women's basketball team.
Mayor of TorranceAYSO Player and Life Scout Builds Shed for Region
Christian Song is a U-19 AYSO player, Life Scout and volunteer with a heart of gold. When he knew that he had to complete a service project to benefit a non-profit, AYSO was the obvious choice for him.
WearYourAYSO collage#WearYourAYSO Was a Success on AYSO’s Birthday!
Thanks to our AYSO families, volunteers and fans throughout the country, AYSO’s #WearYourAYSO campaign was an enormous success!
news imageHaven't Heard from Your AYSO Coach? Here's What to Do
This is a busy time of year for everyone in AYSO. Regions are balancing and assigning teams, coaches are receiving their rosters and everyone is preparing for another great season of AYSO soccer.
Fit From The SidelinesBe a Role Model for Your Kids with Fit From The Sidelines
The Fit from the Sidelines Six Week Fitness Program is a fun, simple way to fit exercise into your daily routine, while getting your whole family involved.
National Games 2016Don’t Miss Out on the AYSO National Games 2016
The National Games is a week-long festival of soccer competition, making new friends and fun in the sun that will be taking place in beautiful Palm Beach County, Fla., from July 5-10, 2016.
Watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup June 6!
Watching professional soccer with your children is great for their soccer development and can also help bring your family closer together.
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.
AYSO NAGMAYSO Leaders Chart Future of World’s Biggest Soccer Club
Hundreds of AYSO Executive Members from across the nation gathered over Memorial Weekend in Phoenix, Ariz., for the 2015 AYSO National Annual General Meeting (NAGM).
New NBOD 2015Executive Members Elect New National Board of Directors
During the final day of NAGM, AYSO Executive Members elected Bob Daniel, Janet Braun and Aaron Luce to serve on the National Board of Directors.
USA star and AYSO Alum Christen Press went from Daisy-Picking to Goal-Scoring
When you see World Cup-bound Christen Press play -- like her golazo against France -- you'd imagine she was a child who embraced soccer and fell in love with the ball the first time she stepped on the field.
Haven't Heard from Your AYSO Coach? Here's What to Do
This is a busy time of year for everyone in AYSO. Many local AYSO programs are still in their spring season.
Women's World Cup Viewer's Guide: USA AGAINST THE WORLD
The U.S. has had a rollercoaster lead up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup. After a shaky couple years following the last World Cup in 2011, they started 2014 with a disappointing seventh place finish at the Algarve Cup, the worst ever for the U.S. in the tournament they’ve won nine times.
AYSO Alum Alex Morgan’s Advice to Parents
AYSO alum Alex Morgan is an unstoppable force on the U.S. Women’s National team and will be a hit this upcoming World Cup. Her coaches past and present describe Alex as fast, strong, good in the air, the list goes on.
parent5 Insider Tips Every Soccer Parent Should Know
It may be a simple “I love seeing you play!” but a parent has the power to create lasting memories in a child’s soccer experience. In addition to bringing your kids to practice and cheering them on at games, you can be the difference between a great experience and a not-so-good one.
AYSO and FOX Sports 1 Unveil New Jerseys
With the 50th Anniversary now in the history books, AYSO wanted to do something special that would kick start our next 50 years in an exciting new way. We have done just that in announcing a groundbreaking jersey partnership with FOX Sports, the U.S. English-language television home for all FIFA World Cup soccer events through 2026.
AYSO Cares badgeTwo Regions Added to AYSO Cares
AYSO Cares™ honors AYSO Regions who make a positive impact in their communities.
AYSO Educates Coaches at Annual NSCAA Convention
AYSO joined 4,000 soccer coaches and 10,000 attendees at the annual National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention Jan. 14-18 in Philadelphia, Pa. The convention is the largest annual gathering of soccer coaches in the world and featured live field demonstrations, lecture sessions and networking opportunities with soccer’s most prominent figures. The NSCAA convention also hosts both the Major League Soccer and National Women’s Soccer League’s college drafts.
Exciting Soccer Coming Your Way
Last weekend was an exciting time to be an American soccer fan. AYSO alum Landon Donovan ended his career as a six-time MLS Cup Champion and led the LA Galaxy to a 2-1 victory against the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup. AYSO alum Gyasi Zardes also made a huge impact giving the Galaxy the lead in the 52nd minute. Just these two alumni confirm that great soccer really does start in AYSO.
PLAYSOCCER Coloring Contest Voting Now
Voting for the PLAYSOCCER Coloring Contest is taking place now on Facebook!
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 this holiday season? Amazon Smile lets you enjoy all of Amazon products with a portion of the purchase going back to the charity of your choice.
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.
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!
6 Words You Should Say Today
Via "... 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 spring 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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