AYSO, Turning 50, Seeks Memorable Moments

Former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid was a kid growing up in Torrance when he played in the first season of the American Youth Soccer Organization, famously founded in a local garage.

With the now international organization celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, the nonprofit has roped Schmid into coaxing past and present players and volunteers to share their most vivid AYSO memory:

“To celebrate, AYSO’s putting together a “Happy Anniversary” digital, interactive timeline of AYSO’s 50 most memorable moments, milestones and events to share with AYSO parents, players, volunteers and alumni.

Tons of amazing things have happened in AYSO (and by AYSO alumni) since its founded in 1964, and collecting the top 50 moments is no easy task. So, we’re asking for your help.

Submit a moment or milestone you think should be included on the timeline here. We hope to receive lots of submissions, and while we won’t be able to include all of them on the timeline, we have big plans for your ideas throughout our year-long celebration in 2014.


Sigi Schmid
Head Coach of the Seattle Sounders
Honorary Editor of AYSO Alumni Connection

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  • Kimo Sabe

    Wow, 50 already? My family and I have been blessed throughout the years to have had AYSO in all of our lives. We’ve met some great parents and players and it’s definitely one of our fondest memories on the soccer field.