1960s

The foundation of AYSO

1964

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The first time orange slices are served at an AYSO game

1965

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Ken Aston, eventual AYSO Hall of Famer, invents red and yellow cards

1966

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AYSO starts numbering its Regions

1967

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What happens if the Torrance Region expands … and it’s all part of the same administration? They didn’t know what name to put on the Region, you see? I suggested that we start doing numbers.

- Howard Krollfeifer, AYSO National Treasurer in 1967

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AYSO expands outside of Southern California. New Regions are added in Northern California

1967

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There were stories about how we came about…We got Region 1 because we did move out, we were the first ones outside of Southern California.

- Andrew Moore, current RC of Region 1

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The AYSO California State Championship Finals are held at the LA Coliseum

1969

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1970s

Soccer legend Pele becomes AYSO’s honorary member

1970

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Girls teams are incorporated into AYSO

1971

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It was close, it was inexpensive and all my friends were doing it, so lo and behold I ended up playing in AYSO on The Leprechauns…it was fun, I loved it from the get-go.

- Lesle Gallimore, player on one of AYSO’s first girls teams

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The first AYSO National Office opens with staff

1973

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Aloha! Hawaii welcomes its first AYSO program

1974

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The first AYSO NAGM

1975

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Start of National Coaching Program

1976

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We’ve got to do the right thing, not only for the kids, but for the game. My passion started selfish, I’ll tell you the truth. I wanted my daughter to get a better experience.

- John Ouellette, former AYSO Director of Coaching

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Debut of Soccer Now, AYSO’s first national magazine

1978

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Start of Pepsi Cup – AYSO’s first national tournament

1978

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AYSO’s first Rose Parade® float

1979

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AYSO Founder Hans Stierle becomes the National Office’s first Executive Director

1979

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1980s

AYSO National Office moves to the National Support & Training Center (NSTC)

1980

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SCORE becomes an AYSO National Sponsor

1980

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AYSO starts certifying referees

1981

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AYSO volunteer carries torch in the LA Olympics torch relay tour

1984

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Then-AYSO president Burt Haimes appears on “Kids are People Too”

1986

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AYSO adds Positive Coaching as fourth philosophy

1988

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Every time you walk out on the field, you see the influence of Positive Coaching. If you look at any AYSO field, you’ll see it every day. The difference between club coaches and AYSO coaches, it’s a pronounced difference.

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- Alan Meeder, former member of AYSO’s Coaching Commission

First AYSO National Games and SoccerFest

1988

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AYSO alum Cobi Jones joins UCLA soccer team as walk-on, becomes star

1988

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Rick Davis, AYSO alum and future National Executive Director, named captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team

1988

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Paul Caligiuri, AYSO alum, scores “The goal heard ‘round the world”

1989

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AYSO celebrates its 25th anniversary

1989

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1990s

AYSO officially launches VIP (Very Important Player) Program

1991

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AYSO is featured on an episode of “Full House”

1993

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First-ever AYSO World Games

1994

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Sport Pins becomes an AYSO National Sponsor

1995

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Julie Foudy (AYSO alum) and the U.S. Women’s National team win Olympic Gold in Atlanta

1996

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Interview with Julie Foudy/maybe signed jersey

AYSO starts Hall of Fame

1996

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Eric Wynalda, AYSO alum, scores the first-ever goal in MLS

1996

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AYSO becomes officially affiliated with U.S. Soccer  – 1997-98

1997

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AYSO introduces Safe Haven program

1998

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Sigi Schmid, a founding year player from 1964, becomes a Major League Soccer head coach

1999

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My first coach in AYSO – George Scotty Kay – had a huge influence on me because of his love for the game, which he passed on [to me].

- Sigi Schmid, AYSO alum and MLS Head Coach

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AYSO alum Landon Donovan plays his first professional game with German club Bayer Leverkusen

1999

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2000s

AYSO introduces adult league

2000

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AYSO starts Kids Zone Program

2001

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Start of AYSO’s EXTRA™ Program

2009

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Finding a program that would allow kids to play at the next level…kids that want to devote time to just this one sport…was a huge challenge – to try and open some minds.

- Paula Berriz, AYSO National President

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The Hugo Bustamante tragedy and start of his namesake AYSO Playership Fund

2009

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2010s

Player Development added on as AYSO’s sixth philosophy

2010

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Interview with Mike Wade

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We believed that we needed to augment the concept of a fun and fair soccer experience – as defined in our Mission Statement…[parents] reasonably expect a place where their child’s self confidence will be enhanced, by becoming better soccer players.

- Mike Wade, former AYSO National President

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First AYSO flash mob happens in Hawaii

2010

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AYSO becomes official sponsor of the 4th of July

2010

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National Office moves back to Torrance, birthplace of AYSO

2011

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AYSO elects first female president

2011

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I have never felt that there were gender limitations in any position in AYSO, but to be the first one was pretty overwhelming.

- Paula Berriz, AYSO National President

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Alex Morgan, AYSO alum, is U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year

2012

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Sound Wave, band of MLS’ Seattle Sounders, makes appearance at AYSO NAGM

2012

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Mystery woman donates $10,000 to save AYSO Region after equipment theft

2012

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Comedian Will Ferrell makes Emmy appearance with sons in AYSO jerseys

2013

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AYSO has second float in Rose Parade®

2014

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