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Core to our AYSO play are the AYSO Six Philosophies - Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development

The Briarcliff Youth Soccer Club (BYSC) has been affiliated with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) since 1978. AYSO is an award winning, NCACE accredited, nationwide non-profit organization that develops youth soccer players in a fun, family environment based on AYSO's six Philosophies:

Everyone Plays
Open Registration
Balanced Teams
Positive Coaching
Good Sportsmanship
Player Development

AYSO Region 202 serves the village of Briarcliff Manor, New York. It is open to all boys and girls aged 5 to 18 and we have a program of play for players of all abilities and disabilities. We play year round with Fall and Spring seasons along with optional Winter and Summer play.


AYSO Mission Statement


To develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on our philosophies:

  • Everyone Plays
  • Balanced Teams
  • Open Registration
  • Positive Coaching
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Player Development

The mission is accomplished by providing these essential services:

  • Quality education programs (coaching, instruction, management, and officiating)
  • Quality administrative and operational systems with a support network
  • Integrated volunteer network, supported by a national staff
  • Program research and development
  • Strong financial position

Brief History of AYSO


The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was established in the Los Angeles area in 1964 with nine teams. It was the dream of a group of devoted soccer enthusiasts who started the organization in a garage. Today, AYSO has more than 50,000 teams and more than 650,000 players. It also employs 50 people at its National Support and Training Center in Hawthorne, California.

Over the years, AYSO has created many valuable programs and concepts. Most notably, AYSO revolutionized youth sports with its "Everyone Plays" and "Balanced Teams" philosophies.  In AYSO, each child who registers is guaranteed to play at least half of every game. In our Standard Primary program, to help create evenly matched games, all Standard Primary AYSO players are placed on new or "balanced" teams each year. These decisions are made based on each player's skill level and the overall ability of the team.

AYSO Structure


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. Each Region is supervised by a Regional Commissioner and a local board of directors. 

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.

Section 99 is an administrative section designation for programs outside the United States.

Regions are assigned numbers chronologically with respect to when they were established. Briarcliff is Region 202, Area T, Section 202. There are currently over 1400 regions chartered.

Who Gets to Play?

If we are short on coaches in our Standard Primary program, we will place entire teams of children on the waiting list. 

Since BYSC is an all volunteer organization, it is imperative that every family volunteers in some capacity. It takes between 30-50 volunteers to run our region each year. We therefore give priority based on those that volunteer.