VIP Home Page - 2014
The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) VIP (Very Important Player) program provides a quality soccer experience for individuals whose physical or mental disabilities prevent them from successful participation on mainstream teams.
VIP teams may include individuals with Down syndrome, mentally or emotionally challenged, autistic, Cerebral Palsy, visually impaired or other conditions that limit mobility.
All individuals with disabilities are welcome, starting at age four. The focus is on participation and fun! VIP coaches are flexible and positive, finding a way for all players to participate as fully as they are able.
If you thought your son or daughter could not play soccer, think again! With VIP soccer, dreams become realities.
Through participation in VIP soccer, individuals with disabilities experience the thrill of belonging to a team, wearing uniforms, and making new friends. They learn new skills and develop physical fitness while enjoying the game of soccer.
VIP benefits all participants, not just the players! Non-disabled players assist VIP players on the field as "buddies". They learn to understand and appreciate players who have disabilities.
For parents who thought they would never see their children having fun playing a sport, VIP gives them joy and hope.
Participation requires that players be born after August 1, .
Games are played on Saturdays or Sundays at Redwood City parks. Locations and schedules will be provided close to the start of the season.
AYSO is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization. Volunteers are needed as VIP coaches, referees, and "buddies". Time commitment is around 2 hours on Saturdays or Sundays only, starting in September, and training is provided.
Each player needs a "buddy" to assist them. If you are age 12 or older and would like to be a "buddy", training is provided and soccer experience is not necessary. Please consider participating in this very rewarding program.