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For over 20 years the American Youth Soccer Organization’s VIP Program has provided a quality soccer experience for children and adults 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®
Supported by trained, volunteer VIP coaches and buddies, our VIP Program provides a team experience where players learn soccer while having fun, increasing their self-esteem and meeting new people. Our buddies are non-disabled persons who assist our VIP players on the field to learn soccer and have fun while being safe!  

All our volunteers are trained and certified with AYSO’s Safe Haven and VIP Training while our coaches and referees have additional job specific training.  Our volunteers have found their lives greatly enriched by their involvement with their new VIP friends.

Players, plus their families and volunteers, will be enriched by a true  AYSO soccer experience – team uniforms, cheering from the sidelines, scoring goals, making friends. Our parents  are able to relax and enjoy watching their children having fun and playing a sport perhaps for the first time.   

VIP gives joy and hope. 


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.

VIP Vision Statement 
The vision of the AYSO VIP Program is to create VIP teams in every AYSO Region wherever possible and to maximize opportunities for VIP player participation where VIP teams are not available.


Goal: Players will have fun playing soccer

  • To introduce all skills by using games 
  • To allow players to set the pace 
  • To relax and be flexible 
  • To keep everything positive 

Goal: Players will understand the fundamentals of the game

  • To give each player plenty of opportunities to play the ball 
  • To build skills on the success of previously learned skills 
  • To involve family members in learning soccer fundamentals 

Goals: Players will learn teamwork and fair play

  • To build teamwork and fair play into practice sessions 
  • To encourage team identity by wearing uniforms and participating in team get-togethers 
  • To reward positive effort when teamwork and fair play are observed 

Goal: Players will increase their self-esteem

  • To establish individual, realistic goals with players 
  • To encourage effort toward goals, no matter how small 
  • To recognize player effort and achievement 

Goal: Players will become more physically fit

  • To encourage maximum participation in physical movement for each player at his or her level 
  • To facilitate player participation in off-season physical activities or sports 

Goal: Players will meet and be comfortable with new people

  • To encourage parents to play a supportive, not active, role during games 
  • To facilitate the development of positive player relationships with buddies and other volunteers 
  • To utilize community helpers

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AYSO Region 190

c/o Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation, 40555 Utica Rd. P.O. Box 8009
Sterling Heights, Michigan 48311

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