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VIP Program

AYSO VIP Program Ensures Everyone Plays®

The AYSO Very Important Players (VIP) Program provides 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

VIP Goals

These players are Very Important Players in AYSO. We recognize that all people need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP Program offers that acceptance and carries our philosophy of Everyone Plays® to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play.

Kids with Special Needs are estimated to make up approximately 10% of the school-aged population and approximately 20% of the United States population is identified as having some type of disability. Special schools and programs can be isolating, so the VIP Program has been structured to integrate our players into the rest of AYSO by providing a soccer season, and in some cases, using "buddies" - able bodied helpers - to assist players who need assistance, both on and off the field. Our goals for every participating player are:

  • Have fun playing soccer
  • Understand the fundamentals of the game
  • Learn teamwork and fair play
  • Increase positive self-esteem
  • Become more physically fit
  • Meet and be comfortable with new people

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.

Click Here for a VIP Brochure that you can print and distribute.

Click Here for a 2019/2020 VIP Program Flyer that you can distribute.

Fore more information about the VIP program or to become a VIP buddy, please email Randy Wolyniec, Region 459 VIP Administrator at [email protected]

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VIP Buddy - Youth
VIP Buddy - Adult 

Registration Listing



AYSO Region 459 soccer registration includes Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Prior to the spring season, we find a few players have to drop due to various reasons, and we open registration to Fill In The Spots (FITS) that become vacant.   

We are opening Spring FITS registration as “WAIT LIST ONLY” due to the uncertainty of COVID. There is no fee or obligation when being wait listed. Once we are clear on how our spring season will look, and we have verified open spots on teams, we will begin activating players from the wait list. There is no guarantee a spot will open up. Spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

FITS registration closes March 12, 2021 for the Core Program 6U-18U. We may extend or re-open FITS registration if we have open spots on teams.   

If enough players, and coaches, sign up for an age division, we may create new teams. If you are interested in coaching, please contact our Coach Administrators.  

Also available to you is AYSO Region 459 VIP Soccer which is for players with special needs, as well as AYSO Playground for your 3, 4, and 5 year old.  

We are always looking for volunteer referees. Please contact our RefereeAdministrators for more details. 


During our fall season, players were required to wear facial coverings during practices, trainings, and competing. At this time, we do not know what requirements we may need to adhere to for our spring season.

The price below does NOT include the AYSO Membership Fee ($20.00) or the Sports Connect transaction fee ($2.75)*. These fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. AYSO Membership is required for each Membership Year (8/1 - 7/31) before a member may participate in any AYSO program or event. This fee entitles the member to all benefits for that membership year. 

AYSO Annual Membership benefits include:
- Membership Card
- Annual subscription to the Play Soccer magazine
- Newsletters
- Soccer Accident Insurance
- Special offers and discounts
- Access to the AYSO Player website channel

* The $2.75 transaction fee is per transaction, not necessarily per registration; meaning, multiple children in one household can be registered by their parent/guardian and checked out in one transaction.

VIP Division - For Players with Special Needs

Registration closes on 04/30/2021 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 09/08/2020 to 06/04/2021
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