Not Just Another Sports Organization
AYSO is a nationwide non-profit organization that develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs in a fun, family-oriented environment. AYSO's grassroots program starts with a community-based league, called a region. A region can range in size from a few hundred players to several thousand. Albuquerque's Region 104 has nearly 2500 players. Each Region is supervised by a Regional Commissioner and a local board of directors. These people, and all of the staff members, coaches, referees and countless others who make soccer happen in Albuquerque are volunteers. You will find contact information for these volunteers on the contacts page.
A group of regions in close proximity make up an Area. Area Directors are responsible for activities of the Regions in their Area, as well as for Area-wide activities. For administrative purposes, AYSO divides the country into 14 geographic Sections based on player population. Section Directors oversee activities in their respective Sections. Region 104 is part of Section 12, Area C. Section 12 serves Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Southern Colorado; Area C is New Mexico.
To find out what AYSO Region 104 is all about and how you can get started playing soccer in AYSO, see the Getting Started page.
AYSO was founded in 1964 to provide a soccer program based on the following six philosophies. Those philosophies guide everything we do in AYSO today.
Our program's goal is for kids to play soccer - so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least half of every game.
Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible - because it is more fun when teams of equal ability play.
Our program is open to all children between 4 and 19 years of age who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing.
Encouragement of player effort provides for greater enjoyment by the players and ultimately leads to better-skilled and better-motivated players.
We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.
Some youth sports have seen a rise in negative sideline behavior by parents, spectators, coaches, and others. To combat this trend AYSO has developed the Kids Zone program, and educational initiative and set of behavioral standards for the sidelines. To read about the program, see the Kids Zone page.