In 1956, Bill Hughes, one of the AYSO founders initiated a youth soccer league within the affiliated adult soccer organization, the Greater Los Angeles Soccer League. Like too many other youth soccer organizations, teams were ethnic oriented with old country formats and destined to minimal success with no limitations on number of players per team, playing time of each youth, selection of players, facility limitations therein, and most imprtantly, and the inability to gather support in the general community without open registration. 
Upon collapse of the 1956 attempt, Bill astutely noted the steps necessary to succeed in Americanizing the organization of youth soccer. Eight years later, Bill invited others to join him in the 1964 attempt. Each of the five had similar experiences to Bill's 1956 experience. The foundation of Bill Hughes 1964 re-start was that EVERYONE PLAYS in every game. Each of the five founders started to organize youth soccer programs in their individual sections of Los Angeles. Two of the five founders, Steve Erdos in Culver City with five teams, and Hans Stierle in West Torrance at Jefferson School Field, survived the first year. The success of these two Cities will be detaled in their regional stories in this web site. 
With primarily foreign born coaches in both Torrancve and Culver Cirty, the requirement of playing each player for 1/4 of each game was met with concerns of how to substitute the lesser experienced players into the game. the problem was not too serious because the teams, at the beginning, had but a ferw substitutes. 
The first three years of AYSO were filled with challenges that previously would have terminated programs. The five founders working together in five different locations met frequently and remminded each other of why youith soccer had but pockets of success nationally. Adherence to EVERYONE PLAYS was known by the founders, through past experiences, to be at the foundation of growth. Although Culver City missed the third year due to the job relocation of Steve Erdos, other regions were added and Culver City returned with an expansion into three regions in the fourth year of AYSO.           
EVERYONE PLAYS  provided the process where young players gathered playing time in every game and accomplished the success of individual skills growth. Each player with playing time had the opportunity to develop new found treasures. Without playing time, resignation would have been the norm. Furthermore, some youth have different years of coming into athletic prowess. The EVERYONE PLAYS  philosophy of AYSO was/is at the heart of success in AYSO. In order to accelerate the players learning curve, the EVERYONE PLAYS procedure weas increased from 1/4 of each game to 1/2 of each game in 1969. Coupled with the addition of Division III, ages 7 to 9 in 1967, the growth of AYSO leaped forward after the early years of existence. 
EVERYONE PLAYS, although not readily acceptable by coaches in the first three years, became "the" most important philosophy of AYSO that differentiated AYSO from most other youth soccer organizations worldwide. It was fully understood that youth have different years of maturation and,as a result, some youth have different learning years. By encouraging every youth through playing time in their first year of AYSO not only resulted in the individual players attitude of satisfaction but also the joy of parents who knew that their offspring simply needed the opportunity within an organization of patience. 
Those of us who coached in the early years of AYSO were to evidence the "late developers" as key players not only in their later AYSO years but also in high school and college. Our patience was tested as yours is today but rest assured that AYSO was founded on the basIs of EVERYONE PLAYS and the millions of AYSO graduates attest to the success of this foundational philosophy that was insisted upon by the first five founders who were challenged in its implementation. 
As a result of organizational independence, AYSO  has successfully invited the "building stones" of growth through innovation of sound philosophies. EVERYONE IS INVITED, BALANCED TEAMS, EVERYONE PARTICIPATES, etc., and others ae now at the "total success" of AYSO and with a strong adherence of working togerther as ONE nationally, AYSO is destined to fulfill the dreams of unlimited numbers, players and parents.