Celebrating 50 Years of AYSO and 100 Years Of US Soccer
AYSO is supported by more than 250,000 volunteers. Parents are coaches, referees, team managers, administrators and sponsors. AYSO provides a safe and healthy atmosphere for children. AYSO is continually working to improve its programs in the fields of child development, community, and sports psychology. A strong emphasis is placed on sportsmanship and the development of the whole child.
AYSO maintains relations with organizations such as the National Council of Youth Sports, Girls Scouts USA, the National Association for Sports and Physical Education, People to People, Optimists International, Police Athletic Leagues, the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Positive Coaching Alliance, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA, the United States Soccer Federation, and the Character Counts program.
Palo Alto AYSO is Region 26 of the national American Youth Soccer Organization. The AYSO is the oldest, largest and most successful youth soccer organization, founded in 1964. You can read about the AYSO on Wikipedia.
All children may play, and are guaranteed to play at least 3/4 of every game in Palo Alto AYSO. Children in each age group and gender form a Division spanning 2 years. For example, U10 (under 10) includes 8 and 9 year olds. Within a division, parents volunteer as coaches and referees, and teams are formed by assigning a parent coach and players to the team. The Division Commissioner, another volunteer, operates the software that assigns coaches and players and forms the teams. The Division Commissioner takes into account player skill level to balance the teams, and for the younger U8 divisions, keeps the kids in their neighborhood.
Children from 3 to 18 are placed onto Instructional teams in Kicker (offered by our partners, US Soccer - u3 & u4), Kinder (u5 & u6), Olympic (u8), and older players into u10, u12, u14, u16 and u19. For the U10 to U19 divisions, Palo Alto AYSO operates an additional competitive program with higher level instruction and competition, including tournament play. The competitive programs are called Elite and Select, and players must tryout to be placed onto those teams. The soccer season is fall and spring. Programs operate year-round.
History of AYSO