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Why Play for AYSO Region 517? Why Play for AYSO Region 517?

We Are Santa Ana

Why Play for AYSO Region 517 in Santa Ana?


Here in Santa Ana, we think we are awfully special when it comes to the sport of soccer or 'futbal,' as it's called in many other countries. We have a diversity of players and coaches that come from many other places to live, work and play in our community. Here are a few good reasons we like to feel how special we are in the soccer community.

It costs less:

We, in Region 517, strive to do many fundraising events to help keep our costs down and player registration fees to a minimum. We are one of the lowest costing sports programs in the nation and we aim to keep it that way.

Everyone Plays:

While everyone loves a superstar that scores many goals for their team, the AYSO philosophy is to make sure that players are diversified on the field. Your son or daughter may not be the fastest, the most skilled, the trimmest, the most athletic or the most vocal on their team but we want EVERYONE to learn to love the soccer experience they have with their teammates. AYSO core requires that every player plays at least 1/2 of the game and rotates into different positions as well.

It's FUN!

Unlike many club teams, your son or daughter will be playing alongside and against the kids, they most likely go to school with. These are long-lasting friendships that are bonded and formed forever. Many parents have come together and also have created close bonds within their own neighborhoods. AYSO teaches it's coaches that soccer needs to be Fun, Fair and Safe always.

We are All Volunteers

We have NO paid personnel in AYSO and this means that all of our coaches, referees, field crews, board members and even the people that take care of us at an area level are all volunteer parents or even people that don't even have kids in the program any longer. Some people just do this for all of us because they love their volunteerism. We strive to have inexcusable yelling and screaming of obscenities at our games because no kid needs to have those experiences while they are trying to just play and have fun.

YES! - We have Playoffs and All-Stars too

Some people don't even know that the best of our best players move on to our all-star teams and that our core teams have playoff games as well. After we have played the teams in just our region, we play other teams in other regions as well where our best soccer players go up against other best soccer players from other regions such as Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Garden Grove, Orange, and Costa Mesa.

YES! - We have Tournaments

After our regular fall season is over, our all-star teams or select teams play in several of the many tournaments around the country. AYSO hosts a National Tournament every two years too. Many of our teams have played in Long Beach, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Laguna Nigel, Lancaster, Fountain Valley, Downey, and Santa Barbara for their tournaments. Unlike club soccer, the coaches only collect the fees from players for those tournaments they participate in and not thousands of dollars per a year to attend many tournaments. Your player will get to be in plenty of touches on the balls.


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AYSO Region 517

P.O. Box 26701 
Santa Ana, California 92799

Email Us: [email protected]
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