Our 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 half 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 organize teams as evenly balanced as possible. It's more fun and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play! Balanced teams allow for each player to gain experience from a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels.
Our program is open to all children between ages 4 and 19 years who want to play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. No try-outs. No cuts.
Encouraging a player's effort provides for greater enjoyment 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.
We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude. Our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
We believe that all players should develop their skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities—both individually and as members of a team—to maximize their enjoyment of the game.
Some facts about 5B
What our Alumni Say
[My fondest memory of AYSO is] The friendships I made. I still have friends who were on my first AYSO team back in Hawaii. The pure excitement and joy of running around and playing soccer with my friends is something I’ll never forget.
Brian ChingManaging director of the Houston Dash and the first Hawaiin to ever play for the U.S. Men's National Team
[My fondest memory of AYSO is] Probably really early memories when we went to district and played in a big tournament. That was pretty awesome. Just playing and having fun everyday.
Alex MorganU.S. Women's National Team forward, Olympic Gold Medalist, and World Cup Champion
[I liked AYSO because] I could just play. I wasn’t someone who played soccer year-round; I only played during soccer season. I knew if I kept playing all the time, I’d get sick of it. After high school I stopped playing and didn’t go to college right away because I was sick of playing from being drilled and drilled.
Natasha KaiFormer U.S. Women's National Team forward and Olympic Gold Medalist
My younger brother started playing AYSO and I thought it looked like fun, so I begged my parents to let me play too. It was great . . . to just play with friends and have fun.