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AYSO Region 153 Tucson Arizona


AYSO 2020 Season Update

The AYSO 153 board met on 08/22/20, and we happy to announce we are not canceling the soccer season.  Tucson city fields were just opened for inital practice last Monday.  The requirements for players and families are very strict, however, in order to minimize the risk of COVID infections.  Parents are not allowed on the field and have to wait in their cars, all players have to be at least six feet apart, and only 10 people per field.  No game-like situations are allowed yet. 

For this reason, we will start the season the week of October 1 (which is actually only two weeks later than when our season usually starts), hoping that the city will loosen the restrictions along the way and that the infection rates will trend downward.  We also plan to extend the season, as we did last year, to the end of February so that our families are receiving a good, long season if that is something they would like.  The season will start with a mixed age 3v3 tournament on Saturday's.

For the 3v3 U8-U10 and U12-U14 teams will be combined and we will work our way up to full size games against other regions and hopefully tournaments as soon as it's safe and we have approval at all levels. 

Safety is our top priority, and we believe this delay was the best way to keep our players, coaches, and families safe and still have soccer in our lives. 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  We appreciate your patience as we navigate this challenge and thank you for being a valued AYSO family. 

Your AYSO 153 Board


Welcome to AYSO Region 153!

AYSO Region 153 was established in East Tucson in 1977. We've been providing a quality soccer program to Tucson's kids for 40 years. We are one of many regions, part of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) - The Worlds Biggest Soccer Club™

How are we different? We believe that in order for a player to be a soccer player - they must play soccer. Our National Philosophies support this goal.

Region 153 services East Tucson with the boundaries of:
    West - Craycroft Road
    East - Rincon Mountains
    South - 22nd Street
    North - Catalina Mountains.

Any player from outside our boundaries may play in our Region with AYSO's Open Registration Philosophy.  We are part of Section 12A (1 of 7 areas in Tucson).

10U and Older Travel Potential
As the number of children registering for soccer programs across the country are decreasing, all soccer leagues have had to come up with ideas to make the game more competitive and fun for the children involved in the 10U and up age groups. Our area came together and decided that since the number of teams drops off drastically at the 10U age group, we would start inter-regional play at this level rather having the same teams in each region play each other week after week which can become very boring for everyone involved. Our goal is to keep players excited about the game and want to continue playing for years to come. What this means is teams starting at this age group will start traveling to other regions to play about half of their games with the rest played within our region. This MAY even include a trip to Nogales as they will travel to Tucson for half of their games as well. These teams will then compete in a tournament at the end of the year. We as an area found that this was the best way to keep players and families interested in the game as well as the games competitive as the teams aren't playing the same teams every week.  If our region registers enough 10U players, travel requirements may be removed.

The $17.50 National Fee is non-refundable. Even if the player decides not to play prior to the start of the season, the $17.50 is not refundable. The rest of the registration fee will be refunded to you, as long as the uniforms haven't been distributed. Once the player receives a uniform, there is no refund.

Cleat Recycling Program

Cleats too small?  Bring your gently used cleats to Registration and donate them to our Cleat Recycle Program.  For $5, anyone may purchase from the Cleat Recycle Bin.

You save money on cleats while raising money for our region!

Contact if you have questions.



Our core program is the foundation for all the fun, excitement and learning that happens on the fields. AYSO is best known for our core program – it’s where the large majority of kids fall in love with soccer and make memories that will last a lifetime.

There are six core values – or what we call AYSO’s Six Philosophies – that are the foundation of our core program, and all others: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. These are the essence of AYSO and it all starts with Everyone Plays.

Here in AYSO, Everyone Plays means that no kid spends their soccer experience sitting on the bench. Every kid plays at least half of every game. Learn more about AYSO’s Six Philosophies here.

Also, teams are put together in a way that makes playing soccer about the experience, not wins or losses. It’s not about blowing out another team with an unbelievable score; it’s about sportsmanship and learning to be the best possible team mate and opponent. Developing players is what we’re about, because soccer skills and life skills go hand in hand. AYSO’s main purpose is to get kids on the field, provide them with good coaches, and teach them to play soccer.

SCHOOLYARD/PLAYGROUND (Formerly Jamboree, now for three and four year-olds)
Soccer is for people of all ages – even the little ones!  Several years ago, we created Schoolyard, or the U-5 program, and Playground or the U-4 program. In Schoolyard & Playground, children get to play soccer in an age-specific program, and you, the parents, get to participate with them. 
In Schoolyard & Playground, each team is made up of three players and each player will have a parent (or other adult) with them on the field. The children learn soccer skills like kicking, dribbling, and throwing in the ball, but in a low-pressure setting. Schoolyard & Playground is about exposing children to soccer, not grooming them for college scholarships. 
Parents help take turns organizing the teams, setting up fields and supervising the program. While their children are playing, parent volunteers keep time, but interfere with play as little as possible. There are only a few reasons to stop play in Schoolyard or Playground games. If a child is not playing well with others, or if play must pause for injury, substitution, confusion, or to watch a flock or birds fly by, parents can quickly direct attention back to the game. 
In Schoolyard & Jamboree, goals are not counted to determine who wins - every player is a winner. Young players need to get a feel for the ball and the field, so even though there are adults all around and many opportunities to offer instruction, the emphasis is on fun and play. It’s a different kind of game in U-4 & U-5, but the children still wear jerseys or pinnies, cleats and shin guards. Best of all, they find out that soccer is something they can do. 

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120 S Houghton #138 
Tucson, Arizona 85748

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