Best in the West: Compton Soccer Team Wins State Championship

On Saturday, March 11, 2023, The Compton American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 1527 team took first place in the Western State Championship Tournament (WSCT) in the Boys Under 14 Division in Moorpark, CA; a first for the city. 

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was first introduced to the City of Compton in 2005 by former Mayor Eric Perrodin and placed under the umbrella of the City of Compton’s Recreation Department.  

The oldest national youth soccer program in the United States, the nonprofit organization’s mission is to develop and deliver quality soccer programs throughout the country to promote fun, family environments. 

For the past two months, Compton’s soccer team has played various AYSO soccer tournaments to reach the one and only Western States Championship Tournament, a competition that includes San Diego County all the way to the Northern state line of California

The BU14 soccer team is also the team that represents the city of Compton in many cricket clinics, cricket games, and cricket tours. Prior to reaching the WSCT, the Compton BU14 took first in League, first in Regionals, first in All-Stars, and first in Area. They took second in their bracket for All-Stars Area and second in their bracket in the Invitational Tournament.  

The Compton AYSO is led by Regional Commissioner, Lorenzo Casares, Assistant Commissioner and Head Coach, Chris Olivares, and Assistant Coach, George Salas.

The AYSO program is built on its Six Philosophies the differ from other sports programs

1-Everyone Plays- Every player on every team must play at least 50% of the game

2- Balance Teams

3- Open Registration

4- Positive Coaching

5- Good Sportsmanship

6- Player Development