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AYSO, a national organization


AYSO, the American Youth Soccer Organization, (www.ayso.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive development of youth through the teaching and promotion of soccer. Founded in 1964 in Torrance California, AYSO operates soccer programs where young people can learn to develop a positive self-image, self-confidence and other positive character traits through their interest and participation in soccer. In 1964, AYSO started with about 125 players. Today that number has grown to nearly 600,000 players nationwide. Our phenomenal growth underscores AYSO's commitment to a healthy competitive atmosphere for young players and concern for the development of responsible individuals.

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

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

List of six AYSO philosophies: Everyone Players, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, Player Development

For more explanation about each of the philosophies, see this link.

Although AYSO is committed to competitive soccer, we are also concerned that the competition be healthy and positive. Most importantly, AYSO believes that soccer should be fun for everyone involved, including players, coaches, referees, and parents. After all, AYSO is a volunteer organization. We should all be having fun and enjoying ourselves!

Davis AYSO, a local organization

Davis AYSO is a region of the AYSO national organization and has been enriching children's lives in Davis through its soccer programs since 1979. Each region of AYSO is assigned a unique region number—the Davis region is Region 218.

Our region is part of Area D within Section 2.
  • Area 2/D consists of the Davis, Antelope, Rio Linda, Winters, Esparto/Capay Valley, and Colusa County regions. See www.aysoarea2d.org.
  • Section 2 consists of Areas in Northern California, most of Nevada, and the states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. See www.section2.org.
To summarize the above designations, we are: Section 2, Area D, Region 218, or in brief 2/D/218.

Each of the above entities has a board, thus there is the Region 218 board, an Area 2D board, and a Section 2 board.

Our important documents

The Region 218 Board meets usually on the second Wednesday of each month. See this page for agendas and minutes. There is a public comment period at the beginning of every meeting; contact the Board secretary at secretary@davisayso.org if you'd like to present a topic.

Why AYSO?

How to get involved

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