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Mt. Pleasant/Valhalla, NY AYSO (Region 221)

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VIP (Special Needs) Fall '22/Spring'23

Our VIP program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental challenges make it difficult for them to successfully participate on regular AYSO teams.

VIP players sign up at the same registrations, play on the same fields, wear the same uniforms, and enjoy all the other benefits afforded every AYSO player. While all special needs children (if possible) should be placed on existing regional teams, VIP teams are created for the children whose challenges would prevent them from experiencing success in the regular program. Kids with special needs are estimated to make up approximately 10% of the school-age population. Special schools and classrooms can isolate these children so the VIP Program has been structured to integrate our special kids into the region through the assistance and encouragement of "buddies" from non-VIP teams, to help these players both on and off the field. 

Player needs are monitored closely by coaches, referees, parents (present at every practice and game) and the VIP Coordinator who oversees the program, thereby ensuring safety and fun for all.  Our goals for every participating player are: - have fun playing soccer - understand the fundamentals of the game - learn teamwork and fair play - increase positive self-esteem - become more physically fit - meet and be comfortable with new people.


Registration closes on 06/10/2023 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 09/17/2022 to 06/10/2023
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The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Very Important Players (VIP) program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities prevent them from successful participation on mainstream teams.

VIP teams may include individuals with down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances, visual impairments, or other conditions that limit mobility, strength, and/or comprehension.


All individuals with disabilities are welcome, starting at age four. Although the typical AYSO program ends at age 18, for VIP players playing on VIP teams there are no upper age limits. 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 fields as "buddies". They learn to understand and appreciate people with disabilities and form friendships. For parents who thought they would never see their children having fun playing a sport, VIP gives them joy.

For more information, email: [email protected]

Who Plays?

Any individual with a mental or physical disability or neurological condition who wants to play soccer and whose disability make it difficult to enjoy playing on a mainstream team. Teams may be comprise of players who are:

  • Visually impaired
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intellectually disabled
  • Emotionally challenged
or who may have conditions such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Have conditions that impair mobility (May use walker or wheelchair)

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Mt. Pleasant/Valhalla NY AYSO (Region 221)

Mt Pleasant, New York 10595

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 914-419-4716
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