This is AYSO’s oldest and best known program where a majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make lifetime memories.
What is AYSO Core?
Our Grassroots program is the foundation for all the fun, excitement, and learning that happens on the fields! We have developed our soccer program to be age-appropriate and developmentally challenging based on our Six Philosophies, which are the essence of AYSO’s Mission and Vision and guide all that we do.
- Everyone Plays(R)
- Balanced Teams
- Open Registration
- Positive Coaching
- Good Sportsmanship
- Player Development
What does “Everyone Plays®” mean?
In AYSO, Everyone Plays means that no child spends their soccer experience sitting on the bench. Every child plays at least half of every game.
What are “Balanced Teams”?
In AYSO, teams are balanced to make playing soccer about the experience, not wins or losses. This way, we teach children about good sportsmanship and learning to be the best possible teammate and opponent. By focusing on player development over winning, AYSO is truly child-first and child-focused. This approach makes AYSO one of the finest player development programs dedicated to youth athletics and creating happy, healthy kids.
Can older kids still enjoy AYSO?
The fun doesn’t have to stop when you’re young! As players get older, AYSO’s 16U-19U Program gives your teenage athletes another choice for more advanced play. The program is organized under the rules and bylaws of AYSO philosophies and policies, with a few adjustments to make it more enjoyable and accessible for teenagers. Coed teams are allowed and more flexible guidelines for player substitution as well as travel team options. 16U-19U teams can also play against local high schools, participate in select teams, and enjoy more competition.