Unique Program Promotes Sideline  Cheerleaders

In AYSO, fans are asked to be  cheerleaders, not critics. Kids Zone® is a unique program that includes a  parent pledge that moms and dads sign to commit to positive, encouraging behavior  when they’re watching the games. It also includes signs, buttons and other  game-day reminders.
Soccer is a player’s game. Players  learn the game by trying new things, making mistakes and trying again. Sideline critics who scream instructions at players or criticize referees or coaches just slow down the learning process and make it less fun for everyone.
Negative, even violent, behavior of  players, coaches and parents involved in youth sports has become almost  epidemic in the U.S. Kids Zone® is a proactive effort to counteract this trend.
As part of AYSO’s education agenda,  Kids Zone® is a dynamic program aimed toward producing a thoroughly positive  experience for everyone involved in youth soccer. To execute this program, four  basic elements are involved:


  • The Button. This is a  pin-on button with the Kids Zone® logo. This is worn by program supporters at  games and serves as a reminder of the importance of positive sideline behavior.
  • The Sign. A large  sideline poster, which lists positive behavior standards, designed to be posted  at the entrance of participating fields. Parents and spectators who will abide  by these standards are welcome — all others are not.
  • The Pledge. AYSO requests  all parents to sign a pledge that holds them to the Kids Zone® standards.

Kids Zone


For more information on AYSO Kids Zone or to report abuse, please contact our Child & Volunteer Protection Advocate, Kristi Davis, at