The AYSO Organization
The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is a nationwide non-profit organization that develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs in a fun, family environment. The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was first established in the Los Angeles area in 1964 with nine teams. Today, AYSO has more than 50,000 teams and more than 650,000 players. It also employs 50 people at its National Support and Training Center in Hawthorne, California.
Over the years, AYSO has created many valuable programs and concepts. Most notably, AYSO revolutionized youth sports with its “Everyone Plays” and “Balanced Teams” philosophies. In AYSO, each child who registers is guaranteed to play at least half of every game. To help create evenly matched games, all AYSO players are placed on new or “balanced” teams each year. These decisions are made based on each player’s skill level and the overall ability of the team. You can access more information about our National organization at www.soccer.org.
AYSO Region 43
AYSO Region 43 is part of Area 2A which encompasses an area ranging from Portola Valley and Woodside to the north and Sunnyvale to the south. Area 2A is part of AYSO Section 2 which covers Northern California, most of Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. AYSO has been active in Los Altos since 1968 and Region 43 has served Northern Los Altos and the Town of Los Altos Hills since 1973. At that time, a local soccer organization split into three geographic groups to become AYSO members and formed Region 43 covering North Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, Region 44 covering Sunnyvale and Region 45 covering Mountain View and South Los Altos. Today, Region 43 is an all-volunteer organization providing soccer for close to 1,000 kids of all ages, run by some 400 volunteers.
The AYSO Team
AYSO is an organization devoted to child development in a soccer environment that is safe, fair, and fun. The kids are the focus of our program, and the program depends on the efforts of all involved adults for its success. Three groups of people, working together, form the AYSO Team, which creates the environment in which our children develop. Here’s a way to look at it:
The coaches are the foundation of the AYSO Team. They spend hours with the players every week, at practices and at the game, teaching them how to win, how to lose, how to work for an objective, how to cooperate, how to be a team, all through the vehicle of the game of soccer. In this way, they become role models for the players, and so influence the players’ values and behaviors.
The referees watch over the game, helping younger children with the rules and making sure that the game is safe and fair for all. The referees set the tone of the competition, protect the players throughout the match, and provide the necessary authority on game day.
The spectators support the players’ activities in a positive and encouraging way. They create the environment in which the players, coaches, and referees work. They also help to interpret the lessons of the game for the players after the match. When these three groups work together, they create the necessary environment for our children to develop through soccer. The triangle above represents that environment. It protects the players only as long as its three sides are firmly linked. If it comes apart at any corner, the triangle collapses, and it is the players inside who get hurt. Whatever role you play, keep the AYSO Team in mind. Remember, it’s for the kids!
- Everyone Plays: 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. In Region 43 we strive to exceed this standard by setting team roster sizes such that every player plays at least three quarters of every game.
- Balanced Teams: We set up teams as evenly balanced as possible – because it’s more fun when teams of equal ability play.
- Positive Coaching: 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.
- Open Registration: Our programs are open to all children between the ages of 5 and 18 who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing.
- Good Sportsmanship: 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.
- Player Development: We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.
Code of Conduct
You can download the AYSO Region 43 Parents and Fans Code of Conduct here.
Region 43 supports the principles of our National organization by providing a safe, fair and fun environment for children aged 5-18 in the northern part of the city of Los Altos and the town of Los Altos Hills.
Our soccer season is in the fall, from late August into mid November. The top teams in U12 and above have an opportunity to play in a regional tournament held in December.
Our registration is online so please check out our registration page if you are interested. If you are new to the area and you have questions that you could not find answered in our Web site, please email our Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration questions, our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com for questions about volunteering and positions available and our Regional Commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org for other questions. You can also phone our region at (650) 204-9738, but please note that voice mail is not checked regularly except during registration so it may take some time before someone contacts you.
Our mailing address is:
AYSO Region 43
P.O. Box 1303
Los Altos, CA 94022
Various email addresses can be found on our Contact Info page.
For a list of our current board members, please visit our Board Members page.
- 25 Woodside/Portola Valley/La Honda
- 26 Palo Alto
- 44 Sunnyvale
- 45 Mountain View (south Los Altos and Mountain View)
- 109 Menlo Park
To the south of us is Area 2J, covering