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General Soccer - AYSO FAQs


Why soccer?
Soccer is a global sport that Americans have embraced in record numbers. From teaching basic motor skills to the very young, to teamwork and social skills in teens, soccer is a game you can grow with and enjoy for the rest of your life.

Is soccer a safe sport?
Soccer is considered very safe with serious injuries being rare at the youth recreational level. The more common injuries, when these occasionally occur, are bumps, scrapes and bruises. Serious injuries, such as bone fractures or head injuries, are very rare. AYSO seeks to manage recreational play to minimize chance of serious injury. Parents must recognize that any field sport such as soccer carries some degree of risk, even though small, and accepts this risk if they choose to register their child to play.

Why AYSO?
AYSO’s “child first” approach with age-appropriate, small-sided games makes it one of the finest athletic programs in the world. Development over winning is what is fundamental in AYSO

What is AYSO’s Mission & Vision?
AYSO’s Vision is to provide world class youth soccer programs that enrich children’s lives.

AYSO’s Mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO’s Six Philosophies:

  • Everyone Plays® – Every player on every team must play at least 50 percent of every game. Spending the game on the bench is no way to learn soccer!
  • Balanced Teams – Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible. This allows for each player to gain experience from a wide variety of teammates and different skill levels.
  • Open Registration – Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. There are no elimination try-outs and nobody gets cut.
  • Positive Coaching – AYSO requires our coaches to create a positive experience for every player.
  • Good Sportsmanship – We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude.
  • 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

Is AYSO soccer safe?
AYSO puts your child’s safety above all else. AYSO’s Safe Haven program is designed to address the need for child and volunteer protection by:

  • Screening and registering all AYSO volunteers
  • Requiring training and certification
  • Providing specific child and volunteer protection policies and guidelines
  • Promoting safety and injury prevention

Our volunteers are also asked to complete Safe Haven courses and job-specific training in order to become certified. AYSO in-person and online training focuses on the best ways to work with children and important safety protocols.

Kids Zone® is a dynamic program designed to eliminate negative sideline behavior. Kids Zone buttons and signs are distributed via your Region and displayed at games and practices. Parents asked to sign the Kids Zone Pledge promising to behave within the guidelines of the program.

What is ayso’s minimum “everyone plays” rule?
All players are guaranteed a minimum one-half of every game playing time.

Does AYSO provide any extra insurance for accidents/ injuries to players?
Yes, players are insured through AYSO’s Soccer Accident Insurance program, which acts as a supplemental insurance to cover excess medical costs your primary medical insurance doesn’t, up to $50,000. The insurance applies to injuries sustained during sanctioned soccer activities (practices, clinics or games). This insurance is included in the registration fee.


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Trumbull, Connecticut 06611

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