History of the AYSO National Games
Let the Games Begin! That’s the traditional phrase that has proclaimed the start of the AYSO National Games since its first venue in Irvine, in 1988. Those words will start off a week-long celebration that brings together AYSO players, volunteers and parents from across our country. The genesis of the National Games is typically AYSO. It started with a good idea and volunteer power pulled it off!
The Games were the brainchild of Mike Michalski, then Area 1B Director from West Hills, California. Michalski had been putting on successful tournaments for California players, coaches, and referees for years. He wanted to share the good times and fun with more players and volunteers. And so he made a proposal that paved the way for the National Games. He gathered together some diligent, dedicated and daring men and women from the volunteer corps and the National Office – a few of them are still involved in AYSO– who would, in the AYSO spirit and tradition, make it happen.
The opening ceremony, the soccerfest, the sportsmanship medals – they were all there in 1988. Over the years traditions have been added as each venue wove a bit of its own spirit into the fabric. The National Games is everything AYSO: they reflect the excellence, tradition and spirit of our players, volunteers, spectators and philosophies. Let the Games continue!
2012 National Games July 1-July 8 Knoxville, TN
U10 - U19 & VIP
Final games will be at the University of Tennessee fields
3300 players, 220 teams, 6500 family & friends,
1000 local volunteers, including 300 referees
Palo Alto at the 2010 National Games
The 2010 National Games were held July 4-11 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Palo Alto
sent a U19 Boys team led by Dejan Milojicic and a U14 Girls team (Apocalypse), led by Craig Williams.
Everyone reports having had a great time, and loved the competition. The U19 Boys team won the coveted Sportsmanship Award.
See the Final Results of the tournament.
A Chronology of the AYSO National Games