We are one of the eight Areas under AYSO Section 10, serving our four local AYSO Regions: 46 Saugus, 677 Canyon Country, 678 Newhall-Valencia-Stevenson Ranch and 1441 Castaic. Our purpose is to provide League and All-Stars Inter-Regional play for U10, U12 and U14 Divisions in Post-Season play and to also provide quality soccer for U16 and U19 Divisions in Inter-Regional play during regular Fall Season.

AYSO National link map
Section 10 link map
Saugus Region 46 link
Canyon Country Region 677 link
Valencia-Newhall-Stevenson Ranch Region 678 link
Castaic Region 1441 link
Santa Clarita Showdown Tournament link
Forms and Documents link


  • Becoming a Coach
    Coaching children is a very rewarding experience. And coaching your own child's team can be one of the most rewarding experiences of all! Coaches are pivotal to having children get the AYSO experience. If Regions don't have enough coaches, registration is scaled back, and kids who want to play in AYSO are turned away.

    Do you have little or no experience with soccer? No problem! AYSO will teach you based on the age level you are coaching. Unique age-appropriate coach training is one of AYSO's specialties. If you plan to be at your child's soccer practices and games, you'll also have time to be your child's coach.

    To become an AYSO coach, you must be certified in the age level you are coaching. Certification takes three easy steps. First, fill out a volunteer form. Then either attend a short Safe Haven™ course in person or online. Lastly, you must attend a brief age-specific coaching course. It's only a few hours.

    Coaches are essential to the game. They teach children soccer skills and help develop a healthy, positive attitude, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Coaching is a rewarding experience because you have the opportunity to build a child's self-esteem, help them learn new skills and just have a lot of fun.

    Contact your Region's Coach Administrator or Regional Commissioner if you are ready to become a coach.

    I don't know anything about soccer. Can I still help coach?

    Yes! AYSO provides training and materials. Being a coach involves skills you probably already have in addition to specific soccer knowledge. If you are uncertain, try being an assistant coach. Your Region's Coach Administrator will be happy to try to match you up with somebody with a little more experience.
  • Certification
    Coaches, both head and assistant, are one of the main ambassadors of our program. They have the most direct contact and influence over the players throughout the course of a season. It is for that very reason we make sure that ALL coaches are age-appropriately trained to meet the challenges of working with children of various ages. As an organization we need to ensure that coaches are continually enriching the lives of those children they interact with during the course of a season.

    Below is a matrix for divisions and coaching course requirements.
    U6 – U6 Coaching Course
    U8 – U8 Coaching Course
    U10 – U10 Coaching Course
    U12 – U12 Coaching Course
    U14 – Intermediate Coaching Course
    U16 – Advanced Coaching Course
    U19 – Advanced Coaching Course

    AYSO offers coach training for every age group. The various levels are as follows and each one has its own course: U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12, Intermediate, Advanced and National.

    What are the requirements and time involved with the various coach certifications?

    AYSO's U-6, U-8, U-10, and U-12 courses are all considered “stand-alone” courses, meaning that you may take any one of them without having taken any prior courses. The U-12 course then becomes the prerequisite for taking the Intermediate course, which is the prerequisite for taking the Advanced course, which is the prerequisite for taking the National course. Course times are as follows

    U-6 Coach - 2 hours
    U-8 Coach - 2 hours
    U-10 Coach - 3 hours
    U-12 Coach - 5 hours
    Intermediate Coach - 15 hours
    Advanced Coach - 18 hours
    National Coach - 56+ hours
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  • Becoming a Referee
    Why should you become an AYSO Referee? We need you. We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!

    Referees are critical to soccer - the game can't be played without them. The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game. He is the independent arbiter and manager of the game. Her authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.

    The referee's No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.

    The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. He interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.

    We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.
  • Certification
    There are the six certification levels for AYSO referees. Here is a brief description of the requirements for each. Contact your Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) for more details:

    U-8 Official
    (minimum age 10)
    Complete the U-8 Official Course and pass the U-8 Official Exam.

    Assistant Referee
    (minimum age 12)
    Complete the Assistant Referee Course and pass the Assistant Referee Exam.

    Regional Referee
    (minimum age 12)
    Complete the Basic Referee Course and pass the Regional Referee Exam.

    Intermediate Referee
    (minimum age 14)
    Complete 25 games as referee with at least five in U-12 games, complete the Intermediate Referee Course, pass the Intermediate Referee Exam and be (observed) mentored in a U-12 game.

    Advanced Referee
    (minimum age 16)
    Complete 50 games as referee with at least 10 in U-14 and five as an assistant referee (in U-14), complete the Advanced Referee Course, pass the Advanced Referee Exam, pass one assessment as referee and one as assistant referee in a U-14 match, pass the AYSO Physical Fitness Test and do a minimum of five service units (contact your RRA for details).

    National Referee
    (minimum age 18)
    Complete 100 games as referee with at least 30 in U-16 and U-19 games and 25 as Assistant Referee with at least 10 in U-19, complete the National Referee Course, pass the National Referee Exam, pass two assessments as referee in U-16 or U-19 matches and one as assistant referee in a U-19 match, complete the AYSO Physical Fitness Test and do an additional five service units (contact your RRA for details).
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Club Program

  • General Information
    Affordable club soccer is now well within reach with AYSO United-Santa Clarita. This ground-breaking program allows AYSO teams to participate against the best clubs in Southern California and seek progressively higher levels of competition. Because our head coaches are volunteers, the cost is much lower than typical club prices and there are no hidden monthly training fees. And because we are AYSO we can guarantee that each player will be on the field at least 50% of each game and be coached by trainers who embrace the AYSO tenants of Positive Coaching, Player Development and Good Sportsmanship.

    What makes United truly a success is that its teams are still part of the AYSO family and they show their support by “Giving Back” to their home region through volunteer and referee efforts to ensure our programs are the best in Southern California!

    AYSO United-Santa Clarita (Formerly AYSO Challenge) is open to all AYSO, club or recreational soccer players. Teams are chosen by open tryouts hosted by participating regions in the Santa Clarita Valley. Our Club Program has had the highest winning percentage of any club team in the SCV the past three years in a row, in large part because we develop our players from age 4 on up. AYSO United-Santa Clarita is a division of AYSO United, the national club program of AYSO, the American Youth Soccer Organization, the biggest soccer club in the world.

  • AYSO United - Santa Clarita
    To learn more about AYSO United Santa Clarita, click on the logo below.
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Board of Directors

  • Board Members
    Robert Benadivez
    Area Director
    Larry Smith
    Louis Chevalier
    Assist. Area Director
    Kris Benavidez
    Robert Benavidez
    Coach Admin.
    Joe Lloyd
    Referee Assessment
    Craig Kessler
    Manag. Admin.
    Laine Hedwall
    Referee Admin.
    Ben Hope
    Joe Franco
    Challenge Program
    Kurt Kampe
    Referee Instruction
    Rick Darbourne
    Challenge Program
    Greg Barbula
    EXTRA Program
    Robert Benavidez
    Tournament Dir.
    William Cheriegate
    Website Contact
    Laurie Wagner
    UD Coordinator
    Coach Trainer
    Chris Stockwell
    Canyon Commissioner
    Steve Grover
    Saugus Commissioner
    Gordon Schaffner
    Valencia Commissioner
    Bryan Cunningham
    Castaic Commissioner

U16-19 Divisions

  • 2018 Season
    Plays September - November.