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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



You are registering your child(ren) for the Core Program of AYSO Region 459 Soccer for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 seasons. 

Our season started on September 8 with age-specific skills training. We are reopening registration to fill remaining spots on teams that have been formed. 

If the age division is showing as "WAIT LIST ONLY", this is because we are in need of volunteer coaches and enough players to form a team. If you are interested in volunteering to coach, please contact our Coach Administrators. There is no fee or obligation when being wait listed. Players are activated on a first-come first-serve basis.


Executive Order 2020-180 issued by Governor Whitmer’s office on September 9, 2020 mandates the player to wear facial coverings during practices, trainings, and competing. Effective immediately, all players will be required to correctly wear a facial covering during trainings, practices, and competing. During trainings, coaches will be asked to take breaks more frequently. All families are required to wear facial coverings to and from the fields. Spectators are required to observe all physical distancing requirements (at least 6 feet apart), and always remain 8 feet away from the personal prep stations and field. We are reviewing match play guidelines and protocols, and updates will be communicated to registered families the week of September 14.

We are also looking for volunteer Referees and Team Parents. Please contact our Referee Administrators or Team Parent Coordinator for more details. 

Registration closes September 20, 2020 for the Core Program 6U-18U. We may extend or re-open registration if we have open slots on teams. 

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.

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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