VIP Program

AYSO Soccer Very Important Player Program

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The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) VIP (Very Important Player) program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities prevent them from successful participation on mainstream teams.

VIP teams may include individuals with Down syndrome, mentally or emotionally challenged, autistic, Cerebral Palsy, visually impaired or other conditions that limit mobility.

EVERYONE PLAYS!
All individuals with disabilities are welcome, starting at age four.

The focus is on participation and fun! VIP coaches are flexible and positive, finding a way for all players to participate as fully as they are able.

If you thought your son or daughter could not play soccer, think again! With VIP soccer, dreams become realities. EVERYONE BENEFITS!

Through participation in VIP soccer, individuals with disabilities experience the thrill of belonging to a team, wearing uniforms, and making new friends.They learn new skills and develop physical fitness while enjoying the game of soccer.

VIP benefits all participants, not just the players! Non-disabled players assist VIP players on the field as “buddies”.They learn to understand and appreciate players who have disabilities.

For parents who thought they would never see their children having fun playing a sport,VIP gives them joy and hope.

For more information, please contact vip@ayso676.com

VIP Mission Statement

The mission of the AYSO VIP Program is to provide a quality soccer experience for individuals whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult for them to successfully participate on mainstream soccer teams. What is successful participation? It should be defined by the player’s enjoyment and the safety of all team members.

What Is VIP?

AYSO VIP Program Ensures Everyone Plays®

The AYSO VIP (Very Important Players) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams may include:
  • Blind or visually impaired
  • Amputees or with conditions that impair mobility
  • Mentally or emotionally challenged
  • Autistic
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
Everyone Plays®

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 kids, 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.

For more information, please contact vip@ayso676.com

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