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Paula Berriz Elected New AYSO National President

For Immediate Release:
Sahar Milani

Torrance, Calif. (May 31, 2011) -  Paula Berriz has been elected the new National President of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), making her the first woman president in AYSO's 47 year history. The vote took place on Sunday by the organization's Executive Members during its National Annual General Meeting(NAGM) in Traverse City, Mich. Berriz succeeds Mike Wade, who stepped down at the conclusion of his term after serving four years as National President.

"I'm very honored, I'm very touched and I thank you. I will not disappoint you," said Berriz after her victory was announced.

The presidential candidates included Berriz and William Hummell, also a current member of the National Board of Directors (NBOD) who serves as chair of the AYSO Legal Commission and is a long-standing volunteer. Hummell will continue to serve on the NBOD.

Berriz, who lives in Santa Clarita, Calif., has served as a volunteer with AYSO for 27 years as a coach, referee, Regional Commissioner, Area Director and Section Director. She was elected to the NBOD six years ago and most recently served as its Vice President. Her three children, Jason, Brittany and Erica played AYSO soccer from the ages of 5 to 18. She is married to Frank Berriz.

About American Youth Soccer Organization
AYSO is the largest single-entity youth soccer association in the U.S. with nearly 600,000 players and 225,000 volunteers. AYSO develops and delivers quality youth soccer development programs in a fun, safe environment based on the Six Philosophies of Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. 2011 is the 40th anniversary of girls soccer in AYSO. For more information contact Sahar Milani at 424-221-7921, or visit
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