The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is the oldest national, non-profit youth soccer program in the United States which provides soccer development and instruction for children between ages 3 and 19.
AYSO was established with only nine teams by a handful of soccer enthusiasts in 1964 out of a garage in Torrance, California. Five decades later, AYSO has thriving programs in 900 communities, 220,000 volunteers, 56,000 teams, 560,000 players, over 6,000,000 AYSO alumni, and a logo that’s recognized nationwide.
Over the years, AYSO created many valuable programs and concepts. Most notably, AYSO revolutionized youth sports with its Six Philosophies, living tenets that separate it from other sports organizations.
In the late 1960s, a youth soccer program associated with AYSO was established in Knox County, Tennessee. It was, for the most part, a do-it-yourself operation with minimal organization. Many parents—despite knowing little about soccer—volunteered to help and become the foundation for the AYSO Area 5B you see today.
Every Saturday, 10 communities of 900 volunteers and 5,000 players come together and have fun through the game of soccer. And we want you to join us. So what are you waiting for? Find your nearest region! Great soccer starts here.
We take the safety of our athletes seriously. Precautions are taken on the field to prevent physical injuries and precautions are taken off the field to ensure children and volunteers are safe in their interactions with each other.
AYSO’s Safe Haven program has been put in place to protect AYSO players and the volunteers who serve them. It requires that each AYSO volunteer complete and sign a volunteer application each and every year, agreeing to background checks and to abide by the philosophies and policies of AYSO.
Every AYSO volunteer must apply and be accepted as a volunteer. Volunteers are also asked to complete Safe Haven and job specific training in order to become trained and certified. AYSO in-person or online training focuses on the best ways to work with children and important safety protocols. Becoming Safe Haven certified takes some time, but AYSO volunteers know it’s worth it.
AYSO is so proud of our Safe Haven program—it was the first of its kind in youth sports, most notably in soccer. It creates a safe environment for players and volunteers to have a happy and healthy soccer experience.