Our core program is the foundation for all the fun, excitement, and learning that happens on the fields.
There are six core values—or what we call AYSO’s Six Philosophies—that are the foundation of our core program, and all others: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development. These are the essence of AYSO and it all starts with Everyone Plays.
Here in AYSO, Everyone Plays means that no kid spends their soccer experience sitting on the bench. Every kid plays at least half of every game. Also, teams are put together in a way that makes playing soccer about the experience, not wins or losses. It’s not about blowing out another team with an unbelievable score. It’s about sportsmanship and learning to be the best possible team mate and opponent. Developing players is what we’re about, because soccer skills and life skills go hand in hand. AYSO’s main purpose is to get kids on the field, provide them with good coaches, and teach them to play soccer.
For more information about the Core program in your area, contact your local Regional Commissioner.
U16 & U19
As AYSO players get older, many join leagues or high school soccer teams looking for more soccer experience. AYSO’s U16/19 Program gives your teenage athletes another choice for competitive play. The program is organized under the rules and bylaws of AYSO philosophies and policies but with a few adjustments to make it more enjoyable and accessible for teenagers.
The U16/19 program is different than the standard program in a few ways: coed teams are allowed, there are more flexible guidelines for player substitution, and travel teams are also an option. U-16/19 teams can also play against local high schools, participate in select teams, and play against other.
The U16/19 program, like the rest of AYSO, involves coaches and referees as volunteers. Regional leadership organizes the fields and equipment whenever possible. And because the program is less formal and players participate in organizing play, games and practices can be set up to accommodate school and work schedules.
Not every Region has a U16/U19 program. If your Region doesn't have a program, there’s always the opportunity to start one under the direction of your Regional Commissioner. For more information on starting a U-16/19 program in your area, contact your local Regional Commissioner.