Vision Statement American Youth Soccer Organization: The nationally
recognized premier youth development organization providing quality youth soccer
AYSO Mission Statement American Youth Soccer Organization's mission is
to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive
character through participation in a fun, family environment based on the AYSO
||Our goal is for 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 balanced
as possible - because it's more fun when teams of equal ability play.
||The way to make winning kids is by building them up, not down. We train and encourage
our coaches to make the extra effort to understand and offer positive help to our players,
rather than negative criticism.
||Our programs are open to all children between the ages of 4 1/2 and 18 who want to
register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing.
||We desire to create a positive environment based on mutual respect, rather than a
win-at-all-costs attitude. All our programs must be designed to instill good sportsmanship
in every facet of AYSO.
The core values which guide the American Youth Soccer Organization
Fun for all
Education for all
Ethics for all
Accessible to all
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 is a coalition member of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, and is committed to
supporting the Character Counts program.
Its Six Pillars of Character are: