AYSO Soccer: Everything You Need To Know | 2024

The American Youth Soccer Organization, also known as AYSO Soccer is a non-profit soccer organization dedicated to offering youth soccer programs for kids aged 4 through 19.

Established in 1964 in Torrance, California, AYSO has grown into one of the world’s largest youth sports organizations.

With over 60,000 teams and roughly 600,000 players spread across nearly 1,000 Regions in the United States, AYSO has become a trusted name in youth soccer.

AYSO operates with six guiding philosophies that serve as a North Star, ensuring a safe, enjoyable, and fair environment for all players, regardless of their skill level or experience.

It’s not about being the most competitive soccer program, and that’s precisely what makes AYSO stand out.

Instead, it focuses on providing a supportive setting where children can learn and play soccer while having fun.

The organization’s commitment to encouraging a positive and inclusive soccer experience has made it a preferred choice for families seeking a wholesome environment for their young athletes.

The History of AYSO Soccer

AYSO Soccer: Everything You Need To Know | 2024

The American Youth Soccer Organization started in 1964 with nine teams and a few volunteers.

Their main aim was to introduce American kids to soccer, giving them a safe and enjoyable place to play. Over the years, they’ve not only achieved this goal but much more!

The founders believed soccer could boost fitness, teamwork, and sportsmanship in children. They wanted a program that all kids, no matter their skills or background, could join.

Since then, they have become a national organization with 60,000+ teams and 600,000+ participants of various ages, from 4-year-olds to adults.

Their programs focus on developing soccer skills and teaching important life skills like leadership and communication.

They believe every child should have the chance to play soccer in a positive and supportive environment.

The organization has made a big impact on youth soccer in the United States.

By providing a safe and fun place for kids to play soccer, they’ve helped promote the sport and develop the skills of many young players.

Structure of AYSO Soccer

AYSO Soccer operates within a well-organized structure designed to create a secure, equitable, and enjoyable environment for children engaging in youth soccer.

The organization is categorized into Sections, Areas, and Regions, each playing a key role in maintaining the integrity and quality of the programs.

Areas: At the next tier, multiple AYSO Regions combine to form an Area.

With close to 100 Areas across the nation, each Area has an Area Director responsible for providing support and guidance to the constituent Regions.

Area Directors are trained to mentor and oversee various activities within their assigned Regions, contributing to the overall success and consistency of AYSO programs.

Sections: AYSO divides the entire country into 14 Sections, taking into account the player population in each geographic area.

Section Directors play a pivotal role in overseeing the activities within their designated Sections.

They ensure that the smaller entities within their purview, such as Areas and Regions, adhere to AYSO’s rules and philosophies while maintaining the quality of the soccer programs.

Regions: The heart of AYSO’s grassroots soccer initiatives lies within the community-based league known as a Region.

Regions are where young soccer enthusiasts first step onto the field, encouraging their passion for the game.

A Region serves as the foundation for the organization’s commitment to inclusivity, ensuring that soccer is accessible to all children aged 4 through 19.

AYSO’s approach to soccer goes beyond just playing the game; it’s about creating an environment that promotes growth, teamwork, and fun.

By establishing a hierarchical structure from Sections down to Regions, they ensure that its principles and high standards are consistently upheld across the nation.

This structure also facilitates communication, mentorship, and support, fostering a sense of community within each level.

AYSO Soccer Tournaments

Its regular season is from September to November and March to May.

Teams play a bunch of games against others in their area. This time is all about getting better at soccer, working as a team, and, most importantly, having fun on the field.

But if you’re really into the game and want more, AYSO also has tournaments.

These happen all year round and let players step up their game. In tournaments, you get to play against teams not just from your area but from other regions and even other countries.

Tournaments are like a big stage for players.

It’s a chance to show off your skills and play against other great players your age. Plus, it’s a cool way to travel and see soccer in a whole new way.

So, whether you’re all about the regular season or looking for that extra challenge, AYSO’s got something for everyone who loves playing soccer.

Here is a list.

December 2023


Covina Christmas Classic Tournament

Covina, CA

Royal Oak Middle School

December 1-3, 2023 (Local teams only on Friday PM)

AYSO Invitational 10U – 14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $400; 12U $450; 14U $500

Referee Deposit: $250

ContactTanisha Lewis-Torres (626) 373-3623

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AYSO Santa Clarita Gold Rush

Newhall, CA

Santa Clarita Central Park

December 9-10, 2023 (Rain Out Dates: Dec 16-17)

AYSO Invitational 9U – 14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $500; 12U $525; 14U $550

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactJessica Schultz (661) 755-8986

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Christmas Classic

Torrance, CA

LA Galaxy Soccer Fields & Columbia Park

December 16-17, 2023

AYSO Open Invitational 8U – 14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 8U $375; 10U $425; 12U $450; 14U $475

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactClint Paulson (424) 392-1595

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25th Annual AYSO Beverly Hills Sportsmanship Cup

Beverly Hills & Los Angeles, CA

Beverly Hills High School, El Rodeo School, Hawthorne School, Beverly Vista School, La Cienega Park, Roxbury Park, Fenton Field, Community Magnet Elementary School, Kenneth Hahn Rec Center, Fairfax High School, Rancho Park, VA

December 16-17, 2023 AYSO Invitational 10U – 14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $500; 12U $550; 14U $600

Referee Deposit: $400

ContactMark & Cindy Dubin (310) 770-3894

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January 2024


AYSO Lompoc Spaceport Classic

Lompoc, CA

Riverbend Park

January 6-7, 2024

AYSO Open Invitational 10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $600; 12U $650; 14U $650

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactLesa Keasler (805) 464-7944

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2024 HI 5 Tournament

Fountain Valley, CA

Fountain Valley Sports Park

January 6-7, 2024

Fundraiser Tournament 9U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 9U/10U $455; 11U/12U $480; 14U $505

Referee Deposit: $270

ContactMichael Ramirez (714) 875-7612

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Central Coast Classic

Nipomo, CA

Nipomo High School

January 13-14, 2024

AYSO AYSO All-Star Tournament

10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $575; 12U/14U $625

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactLisa Gutierrez (760) 505-2257

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Pony Express

Corona, CA

Santana Park

January 13-15, 2024

AYSO Invitational 9U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $525; 12U $550; 14U $600

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactRobert Haefner (714) 310-1272

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Region 180 Winter Classic

Santa Ynez, CA

Santa Ynez Elementary Fields, Oak Valley Fields, Dunn School

January 20-21, 2024

AYSO Invitational 10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: $550-$650

Referee Deposit: $250

ContactMichelle Murcia

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Old Pueblo Invitational Tournament

Tucson, AZ

Rillito Regional Park, Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, & Dan Felix Memorial Park

January 26-28, 2024

AYSO Open Invitational 8U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $550; 12U $600; 14U+ $650

Referee Deposit: $0

ContactEdward Smith (520) 240-9554

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Adobe Cup

Nipomo, CA

Nipomo High School

January 27-28, 2024

AYSO Open Invitational 10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: $500-$550

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactJosue Mendoza (805) 431-0728

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February 2024


Surf ‘n Turf

San Luis Obispo, CA

Damon Garcia Sports Complex & Laguna Middle School

February 2-4, 2024

AYSO Open Invitational 10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $600; 12U $650; 14U $650

Referee Deposit: $250

ContactJesse Pereira (805) 748-2124

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North Valley Classic Tournament

Granada Hills, CA

North Valley Fields

February 3-4, 2024

AYSO Invitational 10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $550; 12U $575; 14U $600

Referee Deposit: $450

ContactRobert Arshagouni (818) 363-9101

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Hauptman & Freeman Classic

Los Angeles & Inglewood, CA

Kenneth Hahn Soccer & Baseball Fields, Edward Vincent Jr. Park, Dorsey High School, Crenshaw High School

February 3-4, & 10-11, 2024 (Rain Out Dates: April 13-14 & 20-21)

AYSO Invitational 10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U/12U $500; 14U $600

Referee Deposit: $400

ContactDarrius Simmons (213) 446-1849

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2024 Presidents Cup

Chatsworth, CA

Mason Park February 10-11, 2024 AYSO Invitational 10U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $450

Referee Deposit: $200

ContactFrank Gallucci (818) 652-4654

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AYSO Riverside Locomotion Tournament

Jurupa Valley, CA

Rancho Jurupa Sports Complex

February 16-19, 2024

AYSO Invitational 10U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $500; 12U $525; 14U $550; 16U/19U $625

Referee Deposit: $350 (refundable)

ContactGabriel Gutierrez (951) 201-2478

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March 2024


25th Annual Kickoff Classic Tournament

Downey, CA

Griffiths Middle School, Maude Price Elementary School, Doty Middle School, Rio San Gabriel Elementary School, Rancho Los Amigos Sports Complex, Apollo Park and Discovery Sports Complex

March 2-3, 2024 (Rainout Dates: March 9-10, 2024)

8U – 19U Boys & Girls

AYSO Invitational

Fee: 8U $375; 10U $525; 12U $550; 14U $550 16U/19U $600

Referee Deposit: 8U $200; 10U and above $300

Contact: Registrars: Jackie Nguyen (Boys) & Alicia Ramirez (Girls)
Tournament Director: Michael Rios (562) 760-9462

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Patriot Cup

Moorpark, CA

Arroyo Vista Soccer Park

March 9-10, 2024

AYSO Invitational

16U-19U Boys, Girls & Coed

Fee: 16U/19U $600

Referee Deposit: $0

ContactDebby Tapia (805) 404-1544

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2024 Pot O’Gold

Thousand Oaks, CA

Conejo Creek South Park

Boys 10U, 12U & 14U: March 16 & 17, 2024
Girls 10U, 12U & 14U: March 23 & 24, 2024

Rain Date: April 13 & 14, 2024

AYSO Open Invitational

Fee: 10U $500; 12U $500; 14U $600

Referee Deposit: $250

ContactDave Hobert (805) 807-4327

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April 2024


Dirk Keck Cottontail Classic

Diamond Bar, CA

Cal Poly Pomona, Pantera Park, Peterson Park, Lorbeer MS

April 19, 20 & 21, 2024

AYSO Open Invitational 10U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $550; 12U $600; 14U $625; 16/19U $725

Referee Deposit: $300 for 14U and below, $200 for 16U & 19U

ContactLyle Evans (626) 264-3554

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Apricot Jam

Moorpark, CA

Arroyo Vista Center

April 20 & 21, 2024

AYSO Invitational

10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $550; 12U $600; 14U $650

Referee Deposit: $350

ContactGerman Valdivia (805) 744-5006

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Eagle Classic

Hacienda Heights, CA Newton Middle School, Peter F Schabarum Park

April 26-28, 2024 AYSO Invitational 10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $500; 12U $525; 14U $550

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactVanessa Camacho (626) 482-7079

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Walnut Spring Fling (16U/19U)

Walnut, CA Walnut Ranch Park & Westhoff Elementary

April 26-28, 2024 (16U – 19U)

May 3-5, 2024 (10U – 14U)

AYSO Invitational 16U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: $550 – $650

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactTrish Ramos (909) 551-1238

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44th Annual AYSO Oxnard Sports Festival Soccer Tournament

Oxnard, CA Fremont Middle School

April 27-28, 2024

AYSO Invitational 10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $500; 12U $525; 14U $550

Referee Deposit: $200

ContactJuan Garcia (805) 816-4048

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2024 AYSO Rancho Cucamonga Grape Stomp Invitational

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Redhill Park, Beryl Park, Los Osos High, Etiwanda Creek Park, Vineyard Jr High

April 27-28, 2024 AYSO Invitational 10U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $450; 12U $475; 14U/16U/19U $525

Referee Deposit: $450

ContactLisa Smith (909) 240-5341

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May 2024


Walnut Spring Fling (10U-14U)

Walnut, CA

Walnut Ranch Park & Westhoff Elementary

April 26-28, 2024 (16U – 19U)

May 3-5, 2024 (10U – 14U)

AYSO Invitational 10U – 14U Boys & Girls

Fee: $550 – $650

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactTrish Ramos (909) 551-1238

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Summer Blast-Off Tournament

Ontario, CA

Ontario Soccer Park May 3-5, 2024

AYSO Invitational 10U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $475; 12U $500; 14U/16U/19U $525

Referee Deposit: $450

ContactChristopher Hisel (909) 215-3753

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Mike Marks Mission Classic

Granada Hills, CA

North Valley Fields

May 4-5, 2024 (10U – 14U)

May 18-19, 2024 (16U – 19U)

AYSO Invitational 10U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $450; 12U $500; 14U $550; 16U/19U $600

Referee Deposit: $350

ContactFrank Gallucci (818) 652-4654

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29th Annual California Strawberry Cup

Camarillo, CA

Pleasant Valley Fields Sports Complex

May 4-5, 2024 (Boys 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 19U & Girls 16U, 19U)

May 18-19, 2024 (Girls 10U, 12U, 14U)

AYSO Invitational 10U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $625; 12U $650; 14U/16U/19U $675

Referee Deposit: $300 ContactTim Azbell (805) 657-3942

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Upland AYSO Highlander Classic 2024

Upland, CA

AYSO Cabrillo Park

May 17-19, 2024 (Boys)

May 31-June 2, 2024 (Girls)

AYSO Invitational 10U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $550; 12U $575; 14U/16U/19U $650

Referee Deposit: $350

ContactJack Osborn (909) 260-7313

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Soaring Over Jurupa Open Invitational Tournament

Jurupa Valley, CA

Rancho Jurupa Sports Complex & Centennial Park

May 24-27, 2024

AYSO Open Invitational 10U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $500; 12U $525; 14U $550; 16U/19U $625

Referee Deposit: $350

ContactGabriel Gutierrez (951) 201-2478

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June 2024


AYSO Region 12 South Bay Aviation Cup

Torrance, CA

Columbia Park

June 1-2, 2024

AYSO Invitational 8U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 8U $450; 10U $500; 12U $550; 14U $600

Referee Deposit: 8U $200; 10U + $250

ContactDelaiah Barth (424) 327-5277

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Patriot Cup

Moorpark, CA

Arroyo Vista Soccer Park

June 1-2, 2024

AYSO Invitational

10U-14U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $500; 12U $550; 14U $600

Referee Deposit: $0

ContactDebby Tapia (805) 404-1544

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July 2024


AYSO Rainbow Tournament

Waipahu, HI

Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex

July 4-7, 2024

AYSO Section Invitational 10U-19U Boys & Girls

Fee: 10U $300; 12U $350; 14U/16U/19U $375

Referee Deposit: $300

ContactMaurice Miranda (808) 987-7757

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How to Enroll Your Kids in AYSO Soccer

Getting your child involved in AYSO soccer is easy, and here’s a simple guide to follow:

  1. Find a Local AYSO Region:
    • Use the AYSO website to locate a nearby AYSO region.
    • Contact the region to learn more about their programs and registration process.
  2. Register Your Child:
    • AYSO soccer is open to children aged 4 to 18.
    • Provide basic information like your child’s name, date of birth, and contact details during registration.
    • Be prepared to pay a registration fee, which varies by region.
  3. Volunteer:
    • AYSO soccer relies on parent volunteers to keep the program running smoothly.
    • Parents are encouraged to volunteer in roles such as coaching, refereeing, or assisting with team communication.
    • Volunteering is a fantastic way to actively participate in your child’s soccer journey and contribute to the community.
  4. Get Your Child Equipped: