PLAYERS  120                                                                                                    TEAMS 8


To many readers of the PIONEER of AYSO STORY, it must become a realistic evaluation that the first three years of AYSO, the seasons of 1964-65, 1965-66, and 1966-67, established the growth foundation to locate the path of Americanization and with the freedom of implementing “rules and regulations,” not only of organization with an eye to fair competitive play but also a wide-open eye to growth.
In the 1966-67 AYSO season, the lessons learned from the challenging times of the previous two seasons, the players were divided into two age groups, (12 to 15, and 9 to 11) and the addition of two more teams (Cougars and Mustangs) resulted in the City of Torrance leading the way for growth in the South Bay area. Not only did competition become more fair with a closer age grouping, but youth from all over the South Bay Area (from Inglewood/Westchester north to San Pedro/Miraleste south, and Manhattan Beach west to Carson east, news of AYSO, especially in the South Bay Daily Breeze newspaper located in West Torrance, became fully aware of the weekend youth soccer games in Torrance. Interest by the parents of this “EVERYONE PLAYS” athletic youth sports contest was buzzing and the two fields of play in Torrance (Jefferson Elementary School and Alpine Village) became the site for many fans.

AYSO growth in the City of Torrance was now truly on solid ground and it was a matter of persistence for the AYSO Torrance leadership to continue the course of innovation that would continue the fair play with the upcoming growth. Two age groups was definitely a prime move and the number of younger children watching at the sidelines was heartening but most importantly, the parental desires by the father and mother of their sons playing must be extended to their younger brothers and parents volunteered in greater numbers. Volunteers, in large numbers, with a minimum player registration fee for families elevated the interest in AYSO soccer.

The philosophies of AYSO were being formulated while the foundation of solidarity amongst the Cities of the South Bay created an all-encapsulating adventure into quantum leaps of growth that required a temporary change of region names from Torrance to the South Bay region. The upcoming fourth year in the South Bay region was to be altered forever by the introduction of Division III, ages 7 to 9, and AYSO growth would flourish beyond the dreams of the founding pioneers.          

AYSO in Torrance recognized the departure of Steve Erdos from the Culver City region and the self-termination of Culver City (for one year) and the lesson learned was to grow by the addition of other regions. In the Pioneer of AYSO story, the rules and regulations of AYSO were followed carefully and the experience of the five founders in their journeys before AYSO was to serve. The growth of AYSO was not only founded in the efforts of the  parents of the players but also in the joy of the players who treasured their individual and team play on the field of play. 
Despite the complications that challenged the management of AYSO in this challenging third year of AYSO, the leadership of Bill Hughes and Hans Stierle was complimented by the rise of many leaders outside of the City of Torrance who brought their uniqueness of their regional operations. The STORY of these Pioneers of AYSO will be told in this web site and like all good things, time is required to continue this never-ending task. Many of the early Pioneers are no longer with us but their introduction of Division III, 7-9 year olds,in the upcoming fourth year of AYSO is the result of their ability to provide the leadership that would bring joy to millions of American Youth.