In 1968, Karl Bizjak helped found the AYSO program in Northern California. In less than two years, he was Regional Commissioner and in 1972 he became one of AYSO's first Area Directors. He was a National Board member from 1974 to 1984 and served as executive vice president for six years.
Rick Davis was seven years old when he started playing AYSO soccer in Claremont, Calif. in 1967. He eventually played pro soccer, was a member of the United States Olympic team and the World Cup team. He was a part of Soccer Now for years answering players' questions in the "Ask Ricky" column.
Bill Mason began volunteering for AYSO in 1970. In 1977, he wrote Soccer Rules: Simplified, a basic AYSO referee/coach instruction book that is still in use today. He was the founding director of the Ken Aston Referee and Referee Instructor Camps.
Adrian Mercado was AYSO's National Head Coach from 1975-1979 and has held various positions in the organization in the past including regional commissioner, area chief coach, and regional coach. He also developed AYSO's Coach Development, Skills Development and Coach Certification programs.