The genesis of the National Games is typically AYSO. It started as a “good idea” and took the strength of “Volunteer Power” to pull it off.
The AYSO National Games were the brainchild of Mike Michalski, then an Area 10B Director from West Hills, CA. Mike had been putting on successful tournaments for California players, coaches and referees for years. He had a “Vision” to share the good times and FUN with more players and volunteers and proposed to the AYSO National Board of Directors a diverse and sportsmanship centric competition, which paved the way for the National Games. He assembled a team of diligent, dedicated and daring men and women from AYSO’s volunteer corps and the National Office Staff – many of whom are still active with AYSO today – and made it happen.
Trademark events like Opening Ceremonies, SoccerFest and Sportsmanship Recognition were all there back in 1988. Over the years, each of the venue locations have added a bit of their own “spirit” and “culture” into the legacy of the National Games.
The National Games is everything good about AYSO and reflects the excellence, tradition and spirit of our players, volunteers and spectators.
“Let the Games Continue!”
HISTORY OF THE AYSO NATIONAL GAMES
|1988||Irvine, CA||Mike Michalski|
|1989||Irvine, CA||Mike Michalski|
|1990||Torrance. CA||Mike Michalski|
|1992||Torrance. CA||Mike Michalski / Frank Scotto|
San Jose, CA
|1996||Kalamazoo, MI||Nancy Hinga|
|1998||Ontario, CA||Jodi Gmeiner|
|2000||Albuquerque, NM||Kailyn McCarthy|
|2001||West Point, NY||Irwin Kavy|
|2002||Oahu, HI||Max Sword|
|2004||Lancaster, CA||Charlie Johnson|
|2006||Chicago, IL||David Keller|
|2008||Oahu, HI||Alan Heu/Maynard Pang|
|2010||West Palm Beach, FL||Wendy Smith / Irwin Kavy|
|2012||Knoxville, TN||Dianne Stratton|
|2014||Torrance / Riverside, CA||Larry Caplinger|
|2016||West Palm Beach, FL||Wendy Smith|
|2019||Oahu, HI||Brendan Cravalho|