Our core program is the foundation for all the fun, excitement and learning that happens on the fields. AYSO is best known for our core program – it’s where the large majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make memories that will last a lifetime. 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 – no kid spends their soccer experience sitting on the bench. Every kid plays at least half of every game. 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 Region 20 will once again be offering AYSO EXTRA, a program for advanced players ages 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 looking for more competitive play and increased training. AYSO Extra will do this while retaining core AYSO values, including minimum playing time (Everyone Plays!) and a strong focus on player development. Our first year (2011) of the Extra Program in Region 20 saw tremendous growth in ability and success headlined by our U12 Girls team, which won the State Championship!
In addition, anyone can try out and trying out is free. Details regarding tryouts for the 2017/18 Extra season will be posted here when they’re finalized. Tryouts will take place in late April – details regarding tryouts are posted on the Tryout Schedule page under the Fall tab. Participation on an EXTRA team will be by invitation that will be sent following the completion of tryouts, and will be subject to which teams are formed. While there is no guarantee, it is anticipated that one boys and one girls team will be formed in each of the following divisions: U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14.
SPRING SELECT & ALL STARS
Spring Select and All Star coaches will select the strongest players from the region who really want to play soccer and will make a commitment to the team for the duration of the spring season. Spring Select and All Star teams will work together and play tournaments from January or February until May or June. Selected players from divisions U10 and above, who have met our attendance standards for the Fall Season and intend to continue with us for the following Fall, are eligible to participate.
(Upper Division Spring teams must wait until the end of the high school season to begin their spring tournaments). We encourage as many teams as there are qualified coaches and committed players.
AYSO UNITED LOS ANGELES
AYSO United is AYSO’s official club program. Our club allows players to enjoy more advanced play, participate in intense competition and receive cutting-edge training while still enjoying the benefits of AYSO and its Six Philosophies. Players are selected through a tryout, but once on the team each player will be guarantee 50 percent playing time. All AYSO United players, will play at least half of every game, have coaches that follow AYSO’s coaching philosophies, will practice exemplary good sportsmanship and will have advanced player development opportunities to grow in a challenging environment. Players will train at the Kenneth Hahn Soccer Complex in Los Angeles. Learn more
VERY IMPORTANT PLAYERS (VIPs)
AYSO is proud to offer a very special program for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities. Our players enjoy the beautiful game in a safe, fun environment with trained coaches and volunteers who facilitate an enriching experience that VIPs and their families will cherish forever.
Buddies (U12 and above players from other teams) assist during the games in which VIPs learn soccer while meeting new friends, having fun and increasing skills and self-esteem. Everyone enjoys the complete AYSO experience – team uniforms, scoring goals, cheering from the sidelines, and more! VIP games take place at Clover Park every Saturday at 10:30am from mid-September through Thanksgiving.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
In our cultural exchange program, select 12U-14U players travel as a team to a foreign country to learn about different cultures and geographic areas, and make friends through the universal language of soccer. In past years, teams have traveled to Sweden, Japan, and China.
Open to ALL continuing SM AYSO players who played in U7, U8, U10, U12, & U14 in the Fall and are NOT on a Spring Select Team. This program is designed to give interested kids a chance to play more soccer and to grow their skills. The program will take place in a fun and pressure-free environment.Held on Saturdays or Sundays in March, April, & May.
THE BLAIR RENSHAW MEMORIAL 5v5 TOURNAMENT
Soccer Fun Day (formerly Picnic in the Park) includes an exciting, all-day five-a-side tournament for U10, U12, and U14 teams. Teams must apply to participate and are encouraged to come with all interested players.
The Turkey Tournament take place over Thanksgiving weekend. 10U players and above are eligible to participate. All teams have games on Friday and Saturday; some also have games on Sunday.
Turkey Tournament players will be selected at the end of October and the teams will be announced in the first week of November. Turkey team coaches will select players from the Fall Skills/Scrimmage (APO) program. The children of our most active volunteers will be given special consideration. Participation in the APO Program is not a free pass to a Turkey, All Star or Spring team. Likewise, players who have not participated in APO Program are still eligible to play in the tournaments. Selection Criteria.
Turkey Team Practices:
Practices will run through the month of November until Thanksgiving weekend. There will usually be one practice on a weeknight and a scrimmage or practice on Sunday. But this will depend on the coach’s availability. Regular season team practices and games take precedence. Players are not allowed to skip regular season games or practices in favor of their Turkey team.
- Requirements For Turkey Team Participation:
Only U10 & above players who are registered and paid up for the current Fall season are eligible.
- Players (and Parents) must be available Friday-Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.
- Players must be in good standing for Fall Season attendance
- Players/Parents must complete the Turkey/Spring Interest form by the deadline below.
- Extra practices will be necessary for all Turkey teams (up to 2 per week)
- Turkey Registration Fees must be paid in advance of first practice.
Signed Player Registration Form/Medical Release must be brought to team manager/coach at first practice.
If your child would like to play on a Turkey and/or Spring Select team, please complete the Interest Form on the Turkey Tournament Program page under the Fall 2012 tab. (coming soon)
For additional information on the Spring Select Tournament and All-Star Teams, please refer to the Spring Select Program page.
Note: Participation on a Turkey Tournament Team does not guarantee selection for either All Star or Spring Select Tournament Teams