The AYSO (VIP) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose
physical or mental disabilities make it
difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams.
VIP Program Goals
These children are Very Important Players in AYSO. We recognize that all people
need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.
The VIP Program offers that acceptance and carries our philosophy of Everyone
PlaysŪ to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play.
with Special Needs are estimated to comprise approximately 10% of the
school-aged population and approximately 20% of the
United States population is identified as having some type of disability. The
VIP Program has been structured to integrate our players into
the rest of AYSO by providing a soccer season, and using "buddies" - able bodied
helpers - to assist players who need assistance, both
on and off the field. Our goals for every participating player are:
Have fun playing soccer
Increase positive self-esteem
Become more physically fit
Meet and be comfortable with new people
Understand the fundamentals of the game
Learn teamwork and fair play
VIP helps more than just the players. Buddies and other volunteers increase
their appreciation and understanding of individuals with special
needs. They find their lives greatly enriched by their involvement with their
new VIP friends. For parents thinking they would never see their
children playing a sport or making new friends, VIP gives them joy and hope.
They are able to relax and enjoy watching their children having
fun like other children, perhaps for the first time.
Teams can have as few as three players and may be co-ed. VIP teams can be put
together with players who register based on mobility or
ability. Older and younger players can also be separated onto different teams
when numbers allow.
If you know of any children who are 14 years old or older who would like to earn
community service credits for participating in the buddy
system please contact our
Please also contact our
if you know any adults that would like to volunteer
their time assisting with on-the-field coaching.