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Volunteer Protection

How does AYSO protect its Volunteers?

Safe Haven™

Safe Haven is a program designed to address a growing need for child and volunteer protection.

The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997
This law grants immunity from certain types of prosecution for volunteers who meet its requirements. In order to receive full protection under the law, AYSO volunteers need four things.

  1. They must be currently registered in the database.
  2. They must be properly trained and certified.
  3. They must be performing duties as laid out in a position description.
  4. They must act within the scope of AYSO's Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact the Child/Volunteer Protection Advocate for our region at or the Regional Commissioner at .

History Of AYSO

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was established in the Los Angeles area in 1964 with nine teams. It was the dream of a group of devoted soccer enthusiasts who started the organization in a garage. Today, AYSO has more than 50,000 teams and more than 650,000 players.