American Youth Soccer Organization
Section 3, Area T, Region 220
AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) was founded
in 1964 in Torrance, California (near Los Angeles) with
about 125 enthusiastic players. Over the past 37 years,
we've become a vibrant national organization with more than
700,000 players, ages 4½-18, and 250,000 volunteer coaches,
referees and administrators and a staff of 60.
To provide world class youth soccer programs that enrich
Mission Statement: EVERYONE PLAYS
To develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which
promote a fun, family environment based on the five AYSO
We want kids to play soccer - so we mandate that every player
on every team must play at least half of every game.
We require every region at the start of each season to set
up teams as evenly as possible. It's more fun when teams
are of equal ability.
Our programs are open to all children ages 4½-18 who want
to play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only requirements
We train and encourage our coaches to make the extra effort
to understand and offer positive, instructional, encouraging
help to our players, rather than use negative criticism.
This approach builds a positive team spirit.
We want to create a positive environment based upon
mutual respect, rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude.
All of our programs are designed to instill good sportsmanship
in our kids and our volunteers (win and lose with grace).
grow the AYSO culture
provide achievable, progressive goals
be a proper role model
impart knowledge and skill
The basic community program is the Region and the volunteer
staff members are encouraged to organize their regions
to best suit the needs of their community. Each of the
over 1,000 Regions are headed by a Regional Commissioner
(RC) who, with the help of a Regional Board (a minimum
of a RC, Safety Director, Treasurer, Coach Administrator
(CA), Referee Administrator (RA) and a (CVPA) Child &
Volunteer Protection Advocate), conducts the region within
the framework of AYSO's Five Philosophies, Rules and Regulations,
and By-laws. A Region may have as few as 200 players or
as many as 5,000 players grouped into girls and boys divisions
based on age.
Several bordering regions comprise an Area headed by
an Area Director (AD) who is responsible for the performance
and growth of the Area. Area 3T is Westchester, NY, with
19 regions and over 10,000 players. AD's report to Section
Several bordering areas comprise a Section headed by
a Section Director (SD) who is responsible for the general
welfare and administration of a Section. A Section may
cover several states, an entire state or a portion of
a state. There are no such things as "state associations"
in AYSO. Section 3 is CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT,
with 42,000 players.
Governing the overall organization is the National Board
of Directors (NBOD). RC's, AD's, SD's and National Board
Members serve as executive members with voting rights.
The AYSO National Support Center & Training Center (NSTC)
in Hawthorne, California (near Los Angeles) works closely
with all executive members, sections, areas and regions
providing many vital services: computerized registration,
training of field and administrative staff, liability
and accident insurance, organization-wide communications,
annual section meeting support, and much more.
What to expect from your Region:
- A fun soccer experience for your child during games
- Coaches and referees who understand and support the
- Technical training for coaches and referees.
- Caring volunteers who manage the "business" of the
- A national organization for support and guidance.
- Fiscal responsibility via a financial statement published
Tell Us What You Think
As proud as we are of our program, we know that it is
not perfect. Whether you are a player, or a parent, new
to the game, or with a lifetime of experience, we want
your input. What is good about our program? What could
be improved, and how? Feel free to contact any Board
member, or stop us at games or on the street or on
the train and let us know how you feel. We are committed
to making this the best youth sports program in the area,
and can only improve with your help. Don’t be shy.