To Be The Nationally Recognized Youth Soccer Program Of Choice
AYSO’s Vision is to provide world class youth soccer programs that enrich children’s lives.
AYSO’s Mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO’s Six Philosophies:
- Everyone Plays®
- Balanced Teams
- Open Registration
- Positive Coaching
- Good Sportsmanship
- Player Development
The mission is accomplished by providing these essential services:
- Coaching and referee programs including quality delivery systems
- Quality administrative and operating systems with a support network
- Strong financial position
- Special network for volunteers, supported by a national staff
- Program research and development
AYSO’s Six Philosophies
Our program’s goal is for kids to play soccer so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least 50% of every game. It’s no fun to spend the game on the bench…and that’s no way to learn soccer!
Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible because it’s more fun and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play. It allows for each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels.
BALANCE: Teams will be balanced within an age division on the basis of the skill level of the players. Our objective is to make it possible for any team to win the first game of the season, assuming that all players are present for the game. After that, we expect that team success will vary during the season, depending on the individual development of specific players and the effectiveness of the coach.
CRITERIA: The most important information used in balancing is an estimate of the skill level of the players. We depend on coaches to accurately evaluate their players at the end of one season to help us in balancing teams in the next season.
RETENTION OF PLAYERS: In general the coach’s child is the only player who will be automatically placed on that coach’s team from one season to the next. If other players happen to have the same coach in two successive seasons, it will have resulted from the random process of balancing teams within a geographic distribution.
PLAYERS WHO SIGN UP LATE: Teams are formed after arena registration. For those teams which do not have a full roster, late players may be picked to fill out the roster. These players will be assigned to teams from a waiting list and from late registration in the order in which they ask to register, while maintaining team balance. In other words, late players will not be automatically assigned to teams in the order they register if that assignment would upset team balance.
Our program is open to all children between 4 and 19 years of age who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. There are no elimination try-outs and nobody gets cut.
Encouragement of player effort provides for greater enjoyment for the players and leads to better-skilled and better-motivated players. A coach can be one of the most influential people in a child’s life, so AYSO requires they create a positive experience for every boy and girl.
ENCOURAGE: Coaches encourage their players to excel.
EXAMPLE: Coaches set an example for their players and parents. Coaches model the behavior that others will follow.
LEARNING: Coaches take courses, provided free by AYSO, to learn how to be effective teachers, to develop players’ skills, and to teach tactics. Most of all, coaches show kids how to have fun in soccer.
TEACHING: Coaches have the opportunity to teach players to play soccer, build character in competition, and focus on the positive aspects of winning and losing.
WINNING: Coaches show their players how to be gracious in victory and praise their opponents. Teams always shake hands after the game.
LOSING: Coaches learn from losses what to practice with their players. Players realize that there is still much to learn.
We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
Good sportsmanship is more important than winning, especially for young children. Soccer should be fun for them, and they should feel that the game is fair. Children play hard to move the ball down field and score goals.
We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.