Margie Close Biography
Director Of Special Programs & Member Services
Margie Close is AYSO’s Director of Special Programs and Member Services and has administrative responsibility for the AYSO Management and Referee programs, AYSO’s VIP program for players with disabilities and AYSO’s affiliated Adult Leagues. Member Services is the customer service arm of the National Office, handling all nature of inquiries from members, parents, players and volunteers about AYSO and how it works.
She also serves as the AYSO representative to the Disability Committee of US Soccer, the national governing body of soccer in the U.S.
Margie Close has been passionate about AYSO for 28 years – shortly after her oldest child joined as a player. In 1984 she volunteered in Region 78 – in the heart of Los Angeles – serving as a division commissioner until assuming the role of Regional Commissioner in 1989. Margie relished the challenges and joys of running a quality community soccer program in the Hollywood-Wilshire area for 1000 players and their families during the next 10 years. She served on the AYSO+ Commission and played an active role in many NAGMs, proposing Rule & Reg changes and serving as an RC Caucus facilitator. Besides administration, her other love became refereeing, where she could be close to the game and to the kids. In 1999, an opening at the National Office offered Margie her ideal job – working with AYSO events and programs – then taking on various other responsibilities over the past 12 years. The history and politics of AYSO are Margie’s special passions.
Margie is a native of Berkeley, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California in her home town. She attended UCB on a San Francisco Press Club journalism scholarship and continues to enjoy writing in her AYSO job. Her volunteerism is deeply rooted in her college days during which she ran the Model United Nations and the Cal Summer Orientation Program and as a mother, when she participated as a volunteer in many of her children’s activities. All four played through U-19 in AYSO and have volunteered as coaches, referees and at the NAGM. Prior to being a mom, she worked at UCLA helping engineers and scientists in job placement. Working with people who give their time to benefit others is where her roots are, and AYSO has the most special place of all in her heart.