About AYSO Section 6

AYSO Section 6 is made up of 9 distinct Areas that are further divided into separate Regions. Each Region is comprised of a local group of volunteers that Coach, Referee, and serve communities in the Upper Midwest. Please go to the AYSO Region Locator to find the region closest to you. We are part of AYSO, the largest youth soccer program in the country.

Vision

AYSO's Vision is to provide world class youth soccer programs that enrich children’s lives.

Mission

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

AYSO Philosophies

  1. 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.
  2. Balanced Teams - We require every region at the start of each season to set up teams as evenly balanced as possible - because it's more fun when teams of equal ability play.
  3. 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.
  4. Open Registration - Our programs are open to all children between the ages of 4½ through 18 who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing.
  5. 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 instil good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
  6. 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.

Core Values

The core values which guide the American Youth Soccer Organization are:

  • Fun for all
  • Education for all
  • Ethics for all
  • Accessible to all
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