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Playership Fee Increase and New Volunteer Membership Program Information


Thank you for visiting this page. Below you will find information regarding the proposed Playership Fee Increase you will be voting on this year’s NAGM in June as well as information on the new Volunteer Membership Program.

Also below you will find FAQ’s, the webinar schedule, the webinar PowerPoint presentation and a live recorded webinar presentation by Michael Karon (see below).

We understand that there has been some confusion in regards to the two topics presented and we hope this site helps provide clarity in addition to our scheduled webinar presentations.

If you have any questions, please email and you will receive an answer in 24 hours.



Proposed Playership Fee Increase

AYSO has not had a player fee increase since 2013 and unfortunately, player counts have been on the decrease for the better part of five years. Even though we are confident that they will stabilize and start to grow, we have to be realistic in this present moment that loss is still very much a reality that we have to plan for and make other arrangements in order to keep the organization successful.

The proposed fee increase will be from from $17.50 to $20.00, with the $1.25 being allocated to volunteer background checks being removed from the Player Membership Fee, effectively making the cost increase to $3.75.

If this cost increase is approved by the membership, it will become effective in MY2019, NOT this fiscal year starting in July 2018.


New Volunteer Membership Program

The new volunteer membership program was voted on by the National Board of Directors last fall and will go into effect in MY2019 as well, NOT in this upcoming fiscal year. In order to keep the safety of our children as the highest priority, we are raising our background checks to Level 2, which will raise the fee of the background check to $15, we have also added in the volunteer training courses as part of this fee and it also covers the build out, transposition and the varying state fees that we have to pay as well for background checks.

Regions will have the power to decide how you would like to manage this in your own program. You can pass this cost directly on to your volunteers or you can subsidize them by including it in your Player Fees.

A full breakdown of how you can do this is demonstrated in the attached PowerPoint and will be covered in the webinars.

We hope the information contained here has given you a better understanding of the reasoning behind the proposed Player Fee Increase and the NEW Volunteer Membership Program.

After much research, we know this is the best option for the organization but we want to make sure that we can have constructive conversations, so your feedback and questions are welcomed.

We all share the same vision and passion for AYSO and want to continue to offer a world class youth soccer program for all children and we believe this is the best way for us to make it a reality for years to come.


Thank you,

Matt Winegar, Michael Karon, Randy Pittman and Rick Buiteweg


Webinar Schedule
Tue – May 22 – 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET (Rick Buiteweg)
Tue – May 22 – 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET (Michael Karon)
Sat – June 2 – 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET (Rick Buiteweg)

Tue – June 5 – 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET (Randy Pittman)
Tue – June 5 – 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET (Michael Karon)
Thr – June 7 – 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET (Randy Pittman)
Thr – June 7 – 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET (Michael Karon)

We will also host an informal, in-person meeting on Friday morning, June 15 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa before NAGM officially begins from 8-11 a.m. for anyone that is onsite at that time and has last minute questions.

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Get the FAQs

Player Fee Increase

If the fee increase passes, it will go into effect in MY2019.

We have not had a player fee increase since 2013 and with player counts decreasing for the better part of five years, we needed to plan to make other arrangements in order to keep the organization successful as we look towards the future to grow the program.

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Volunteer Membership Program

Yes, the fee is only assessed once.

Yes, this is a yearly fee.

Yes, we are working with our vendor to see if this is possible.

No, it will be the same information.

We have negotiated a reduced fee for the organization.

We explored that idea, however, corporate sponsors are not a reliable source of revenue because of contract terms and sustainability.

We don’t run background checks on youth under age 18.

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