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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.

Here in AYSO, Everyone Plays means that no kid spends their soccer experience sitting on the bench. Every kid plays at least half of every game.

Also, 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’s main purpose is to get kids on the field, provide them with good coaches, and teach them to play soccer.


EXTRA is a program that offers organized soccer for players who want to play at a more competitive level. Club soccer teams are in place in many parts of the country, but for those who want to play harder and still be a part of AYSO, EXTRA is perfect.

EXTRA is for athletes whose interests and abilities lead them to a more progressive soccer experience. You can feel secure knowing your child is part of a trusted organization and will be given fair playing time. EXTRA doesn’t take away from the regular program, but adds to the strength of the organization by keeping players and their families in AYSO.

AYSO Region 97 determines the organization of EXTRA play to suit the needs and numbers of our players, but AYSO’s core philosophies are still in place: everyone on the team plays at least 50 percent of each game; selection to teams is based on open and fair evaluations; and the teams are chosen to create a competitive balance.

AYSO Very Important Player (VIP)

The AYSO Very Important Players (VIP) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. The program has special rule allowances so more kids can enjoy the benefits of AYSO soccer. VIP teams may include players who are blind, amputees, mentally challenged, autistic, and players with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or other conditions that impair mobility, strength, and/or comprehension. 

VIP programs operate within the existing structure of a Region, just like a Division. VIP integrates its players with the rest of AYSO by using "buddies" from other teams to help the players both on and off the field. Teams are made up of as few as five players, and may be coed. VIP teams are balanced like other AYSO teams, with players rated by size and physical ability. 

All Stars


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The AYSO ALL-STARS program is an additional opportunity for the higher performing, recreational player (CORE Program) to participate in a short Winter season of soccer. The season will run during the month of January. Practices begin in December once team registration is complete. There may be two practices a week. There is a small fee for the Winter program (usually around $75). An All-Star uniform is provided. (A sweatshirt and ball bag may be optional.)

Player Eligibility: Any player that played in the AYSO Fall season is eligible to be nominated by their coach to attend the tryout for their division. EXTRA program players CANNOT play in the All-Star program.

Coaches: The All-Star team coaches for each division are coaches from teams that played during the regular season in those respective divisions and are required to submit an application to be considered for the All-Star coaching position for their age division. The coaches are vetted by the board and selected by a Committee of Board Members to fill the coach positions for each division.

Age Groups: This year the age groups for Boys and Girls All-Stars will be: U8, U10, U12 and U14.

Selection: Each current recreational head coach is asked to nominate a set number of players as All-Star nominees who are invited to attend the tryout sessions in mid-November or early December. A committee of advanced or higher certified coaches, selected by the Regional Commissioner, conducts the tryouts and forms the teams. Players selected for the All-Star team for their division will play two games each weekend (usually on Saturday) for the duration of the All-Star season.

Format: All-Star teams will play teams throughout Area Q (Tustin, Yorba Linda, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, North Irvine and South Irvine) so some travel will be required. There will be an away game and a home game in the same day, usually about 3 hours between games. Makeup games due to field problems or rain will be made up on Sunday.

Parents and players should consider the commitment required prior to attending the All-Star tryout.

If you have All-Star program questions, please contact Jeff Braun, Region 97 All Star Director at [email protected] 

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