Juggle Dribble Shoot Starts This Weekend

Juggle, dribble and shoot. Throw the three words together and it sounds like your typical soccer practice, right? Not anymore! Juggle Dribble Shoot (JDS) is a new and exciting soccer-based skills competition that is shedding new light on the sport. The competition, unique to the world of soccer, is the sport-specific competition athletes have been waiting for. USSSA has partnered with creator Erin Mahan to develop and expand the program.

JDS will challenge the skill of participants across a range of sport-related trials. Juggle Dribble Shoot, true to its name, includes maximum count juggling, timed dribbling through a series of cones and shooting with precision through targeted area. Each individual competition has a point scale, and a player’s final JDS score is a culmination of points earned across all three trials. JDS also includes Goalie Wars, a competition tailored to measure skills specific to the goalkeeper position.

Qualifying JDS events will be held around the country, and the top five finalists from each gender’s age group will advance to the final at Swope Soccer Village, Sporting KC’s official training facility in Kansas City, Mo.

This weekend New York City Soccer League will kick off the JDS National Competition and we will have updates at both @NYCSoccerLeague and @SoccerUSSSA.

If you would like more information on hosting a Juggle Dribble Shoot event contact USSSA Soccer @ soccerinfo@usssa.com.

2014 Youth Tournament Series

USSSA Soccer is pleased to announce the 2014 Youth Tournament Series events that will run in Kansas City, MO and Wisconsin Dells, WI. Lee Summit Soccer Association (LSSA) and Woodside Sports Complex have been chosen to host the youth events for the fall.

Woodside Sports Complex will host two events with the Fall Classic in September and then both Woodside and LSSA will host an Octoberfest tournament. Below is the fall schedule for USSSA Youth Tournament Series:

Woodside Sports Fall Classic – Wisconsin Dells – September 27-28, 2014

Playing Formats and Cost
U8 – U10 6v6 $350
U11 – U12 8v8 $400
U13 – U14 11v11 $450
U15 – U19 11v11 $475 Girls Only

Register Here
Registration Deadline: September 10, 2014

Tournament website

Octoberfest Tournament hosted by Lee Summit Soccer Association – Lee Summit, MO – October 3-5, 2014

Playing Formats and Cost
U8 – U10 6v6 $350
U11 – U12 8v8 $400
U13 – U14 11v11 $450
U15 – U19 11v11 $475 Girls Only

Register Here
Registration Deadline: September 15, 2014

Tournament Website

Woodside Sports Octoberfest – Wisconsin Dells – October 11-12, 2014

Playing Formats and Cost
U8 – U10 6v6 $350
U11 – U12 8v8 $400
U13 – U14 11v11 $450
U15 – U19 11v11 $475 Girls Only

Register Here
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014

Tournament Website

USSSA Soccer joins Sporting Club Network

The Sporting Club Network continues to grow as Sporting KC’s athletic partnership program welcomes its newest member: the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). USSSA Soccer is a non-profit, sports-governing body that aims to develop and expand the game of soccer in the United States.

The USSSA first began as a slow-pitch softball organization in 1968 before expanding to other sports in 1997, making it the first multi-sports governing body. USSSA Soccer was added in 2001 by becoming a member of US Soccer.

Since then, the organization has continued to grow and, in 2006, USSSA appointed a new soccer committee to lead the National program. Increased interest and growth continued among both the youth and adult populations and, in 2007, the USSSA held its first State Championship in Kansas City, Mo. By 2008, ten other states had hosted their own State Championships and the first National Championship took place in Las Vegas, Nev. in December 2008.

The Sporting Club Network is a free affiliation program aiming to create a closer tie between Sporting Club, the parent company of Sporting Kansas City, and sports communities locally as well as nationally. Together, the Sporting Club Network and USSSA are working to provide athletes — youth and adult, soccer and non-soccer — with exclusive access to opportunities and events unique to Sporting Club and Sporting Kansas City.

“I am very excited in announcing our partnership with Sporting KC through the Sporting Club Network,” said Craig Scriven, USSSA’s National Director as well as the Kansas and Missouri State Director. “Sporting KC is a leader both on and off the field and I am delighted to allow our members a unique and positive way to network with the MLS Champions.”

As part of USSSA’s inclusion into the Sporting Club Network, the two groups will work to host the finals of a new Juggle, Dribble, Shoot (JDS) competition in Kansas City. JDS is a competition unique to the sport of soccer. Participants challenge their skills across a range of soccer-related trials: maximum count juggling, timed dribbling through a series of cones and shooting with precision through targeted areas.

Each individual competition has a point scale, and a player’s final JDS score is a culmination of points earned across all three trials. JDS also offers Goalie Wars, a competition tailored to measure skills specific to the goalkeeper position. Qualifying events will be held around the country, and the top five finalists from each gender’s age group will advance to the final at Swope Soccer Village, Sporting KC’s official training facility in Kansas City, Mo.

“Over the past few months, both Sporting KC and myself have been speaking about how we can create a great relationship between our organizations and support each other’s programs,” Scriven said. “I am excited to be a part of the Sporting Club Network and seeing the relationship develop to give our members another positive benefit.”

The relationship between the Sporting Club Network and USSSA will aim to play a large part in the overall growth of soccer across the country by elevating the level of youth soccer in several different regions, while also offering extensive new benefits to directly impact the improvement of local players.

Additional details on USSSA’s JDS Qualifying events, as well as information on the finals, will be posted in the near future. For all the latest information regarding these events and other events through the Sporting Club Network, follow the SCN on Facebook and Twitter.

USSSA Soccer information and details on the up and coming events can be found by following USSSA Soccer Facebook and Twitter.

They’re Rover the Moon

Colorado Rovers defeated hometown KC Athletics to win their second consecutive USSSA Elite National Championship in Overland Park, Kan. this past weekend.

In frigid conditions Colorado Rovers became the first side in USSSA history to win back to back championships when a Marc Herschberger goal gave them a lead in the first half of extra time. KC Athletics rebounded strongly and controlled the majority of the second period of extra time with Rovers looking to catch them on the counter attack.

However much possession and chances they created in the second period they were unable to find a way to beat the game MVP – goal keeper Mark Saxby. This was apparent in the post game interview, “Mark Saxby was unbelievable,” said Rovers head coach Erick French. “Some of the best goalkeeping we’ve had in years.”

Colorado Rovers will now represent USSSA in the oldest soccer tournament in the country when they compete in the U.S. Open Cup. More information and first round pairings can be found at; TheCup.us

For a full round up of the tournament results and standing click here.

USSSA Road to U.S. Open Cup in Sight for Elite 8

The qualification process for USSSA teams into the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ends next Sunday in Overland Park, Kan, where eight teams from across the Midwest will compete over a three-day trial.

Last year was the first time a USSSA team received a bid into the oldest soccer tournament in the country. It is on this stage that successful, amateur teams can be matched against MLS teams in later tournament rounds.

Colorado Rovers will be in Overland Park next weekend, attempting to navigate their way into the tournament and repeat on last year’s success. The Rovers earned the bid in 2013 by winning the 2012 USSSA National Tournament, and were unlucky not to advance into the next round after losing a highly fought opening game in penalties to Georgia Revolution.

Group pairing, schedules, live updates, final scores and standings throughout this years USSSA National Tournament can be found here.

For more information on the U.S. Lamar Open Cup visit here.

USSSA Launches “Team of the Week”

Each week, amazing things happen on the soccer field- champion efforts, game-winning goals, slide tackles, shining displays of sportsmanship and more. But often times, these achievements go unnoticed. That is all about to change.

 

In an effort to highlight the remarkable action of top players, USSSA Soccer is excited to introduce “Team of the Week”.  Representatives are encouraged to nominate two exceptional players, one male and one female, from their organization. USSSA will review the applicants and carefully compile a virtual all-star team of the week.

 

USSSA Soccer Team of the Week will start September 1, and the first nominations will be due by Thursday 12, September with the first team being released Monday 16, September.

 

Players who have made the USSSA Soccer Team of the Week will be recognized across all USSSA Soccer channels including the monthly newsletter, USSSAsoccer.com, Facebook and Twitter. Players will also receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment.

 

A completed nomination form will include the player’s name, jersey number, position, club, Facebook or Twitter accounts, club and league Facebook or Twitter accounts and a brief explanation describing why the player is being nominated. A photograph is optional.

 

Coaches, team managers, leagues, and tournament directors are all encouraged to nominate players. Each nominee is not guaranteed a spot on the all-star team of the week. Players who do not earn a position will receive honorable mentions. All nominations will be sent through the nomination form found at www.usssasoccer.com, under the forms section of the website or by clicking here.

 

At the end of the 2013/14 season, USSSA Soccer will announce both a player and team of the year.

 

USSSA Soccer is also thrilled to announce a new, monthly photography competition. Do you have any prize-winning photographs of that muddy slide tackle or 2 v 1 header? Send them in! League members and players are encouraged to submit all photographs to Maggie MacDonald with information including the name, number, team and league of the player or players featured. USSSA will select the top three photos and post them on the USSSA Soccer Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

For more information contact Media Director Maggie MacDonald at Maggie.MacDonald@usssa.com.

Rescheduled Adult National Championships Open’s Registration

 

After rescheduling the fall event due to weather in Denver, CO we are pleased to announce the new date and venue for our Adult National Championships.

Registration is now open for the 3rd annual USSSA National Championship to be held at Overland Park Soccer Complex, Kansas. The event will take place March 14-16, 2014 and will feature brackets in the following categories; Men’s Elite, Men’s Open and Men’s DII/Over 30’s. For the second time in USSSA history, the winner of the Men’s Elite bracket will represent USSSA in the U.S. Open Cup. Last year Colorado Rovers made history by being USSSA’s representative in the tournament, they lost in the last play in round to Georgia Revolution on penalty kicks.

2014 Tournament Information

 

Tournament Date:  March 14-16, 2014                                           Tournament Venue: Overland Park Soccer Complex, KS.

 

Playing Formats:   11v11 with a maximum roster of 22 players  
Registration Fee: Elite $650* – Men’s Open and Men’s DII/Over 30’s $550

*$100 extra fee is paid to U.S. Soccer for regulations with U.S. Open Cup bid.

 

Brackets:

Men’s Elite – USSSA qualifying teams only. Teams in this bracket must have qualified through a USSSA member league or tournament.

Men’s Open – Open to all members of U.S. Soccer and geared towards competitive teams who compete in the upper levels of league and tournament play.

Men’s DII/Over 30’s – Open to all members of U.S. Soccer and geared towards lower competitive/recreational teams and teams with age requirements.

 

Registration Deadline: Saturday 1, March 2014 – Register Here

Tournament Director: Maggie MacDonald – maggie.macdonald@usssa.com

Tournament Rules: Coming soon

Referee Assignor: Gordon Crape – Info@jocoadultsoccer.com

Tournament Sponsors: Coming soon

Tournament Facility: Overland Park Soccer Complex

Tournament Airport: Kansas City International

Tournament Housing: CSTT Housing

About USSSA National Championship Series

The USSSA National, Regional & State Championship is an alternative national tournament series for adult soccer teams. It offers various levels of play not offered by other soccer associations.

These events are open to all US Soccer affiliated teams (USSSA, US Club and USASA). Only USSSA teams may compete in the elite bracket, these teams must have qualified through a recognized USSSA sanctioned league or tournament. The winner of the elite bracket will receive USSSA’s bid into the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.

This tournament has a limited number of open spaces for individuals. To avoid disappointment register early.

 

Colorado Rovers Get Ready for U.S. Open Cup

 

When US Soccer announced the format for the 2013 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, a new name caught the eye of many a soccer fan—the United States Specialty Sports Association. The organization was awarded a spot in the tournament, beginning play in the Qualifying Round, and TheCup.us has confirmed that the Colorado Rovers will be their representative.

 

While Specialty Sports may not be a household name, it is actually quite a large organization. Specialty Sports is a national organization, featuring 13 different sports and about 3.5 million members. Baseball and softball account for most of that number, but soccer has made large strides since its inclusion into Specialty Sports in 2001.

 

By 2008, 11 states were holding championships, and the first Specialty Sports National Championship took place in Las Vegas. This year, 18 teams got together in Denver to determine who would become the first ever Specialty Sports club to participate in the US Open Cup.

For the full story visit http://thecup.us/colorado-rovers-to-represent-united-states-specialty-sports-association-in-100th-us-open-cup/

USSSA 2013 Youth Championship Series

The USSSA Championship Series is excited to be heading into Kansas City, Lake Tahoe, Wisconsin Dells and Des Moines this year to celebrate the U.S. Soccer Centennial. USSSA is a member of U.S. Soccer and will be holding tournaments around the country to celebrate 100 years of U.S. Soccer.

Outside of playing in the tournament, teams will participate in an opening ceremony, centennial festivities and receive a centennial gift and souvenir program.

Below is the schedule of events and event websites

USSSA Des Moines Cup – June 14-16 – Ankeny, IA

USSSA Tahoe Cup – June 29-30 – Lake Tahoe, CA

USSSA Kansas City Cup – August 2-4 – Lee’s Summit, MO

USSSA Wisconsin Cup – TBA – Mauston, WI

Join USSSA this year and be part of our celebration of U.S. Soccer Centennial.

USSSA Enter US Open Cup For The First Time

100th EDITION OF LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP INCLUDES
INCREASED PRIZE MONEY, RECORD NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING TEAMS

 

A Total of 68 Teams Will Compete for Quarter-Million Dollar Winner’s Share;

Location of Semifinals and Final to be Determined by Coin Flip

US Soccer Press Release  

CHICAGO (March 5, 2013) – The largest field of teams and a significant increase in prize money highlight the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which kicks off May 7.

 

The 2013 tournament features 68 teams, an increase from the 64 that competed last year, marking the largest field in the modern era (1995-present). This year also marks the second-consecutive year in which all U.S. based Division I, II and III teams will participate in the tournament proper: 16 from Major League Soccer, six from the North American Soccer League and 12 from USL PRO.

 

The amount of prize money distributed will also see a substantial increase, with the overall champion earning a total of $250,000 (up from $100,000 in recent years). The tournament runner-up will receive $60,000 (up from $50,000) and the winner of each lower division will win $15,000 (up from $10,000).

 

Another significant change for 2013 is the process for determining the site for the Open Cup tournament semifinals and final. In past years, the sites for the final three matches of the tournament had been determined through a sealed-bid process, but this year the hosts of those games will be determined by a coin flip. Home teams throughout the entire tournament will be determined by random selection.

 

Beyond the Division I, II, and III teams, the remaining 34 spots in the tournament field will be filled by amateur teams from the Adult Council category. There will be 16 from the Premier Development League, eight from U.S. Adult Soccer Association regional qualifying, eight from the National Premier Soccer League, one from US Club Soccer and one from the United States Specialty Sports Association. Entry deadline for all amateur teams is March 15.

 

The tournament will begin with the Play-In Round to be completed by May 7 and will culminate with the tournament final, which will take place on Oct. 1 or 2.

 

2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Facts:

  • Largest field of      teams (68) in tournament proper in competition’s modern era (1995-present),      eclipsing previous record of 64 (2012)
  • Second      consecutive year in modern era where all U.S.-based Division I, II and III      professional clubs will participate in tournament proper
  • Home teams      through entire tournament to be determined by random selection (change      from sealed bid process for semifinals and final)
  • Largest field of      professional teams (34) in tournament proper in competition’s modern era,      eclipsing previous record of 32 (2012)
  • Largest field of      amateur teams (34) in tournament proper in competition’s modern era, surpassing      previous record of 32 (2012).

 

Tournament Format and Match Dates:

 

Qualifying Deadline

Date: April 28

 

Play-In Round

Number of Games: 2

Date: May 7

One NPSL team will take on the US Club Soccer representative, while the other NPSL team faces the USSSA representative.

 

First Round
Number of Games: 18

Date: May 14

Two winners from Play-In Round join remaining 30 Adult Council category teams and four USL PRO teams (Dayton Dutch Lions, Pittsburgh Riverhounds and expansion sides Phoenix FC Wolves and VSI Tampa Bay FC).

 

Second Round

Number of Games: 16
Date: May 21

Eighteen (18) winners from First Round join remaining eight USL PRO clubs and six NASL teams.

 

Third Round

Number of Games: 16

Date: May 28

Sixteen (16) winners from Second Round are paired against 16 MLS sides.

 

Fourth Round

Number of Games: 8
Date: June 12
Sixteen (16) winners from Third Round face each other.

 

Quarterfinals

Date: June 26
Fourth Round winners face each other.

 

Semifinals

Date: Aug. 7 or 21

Quarterfinal winners face each other.

 

Final

Date: Oct. 1 or 2

 

 

 

Participating Professional Teams (34 total)

Major League Soccer (Division I – 16 teams): Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City.

North American Soccer League (Division II – 6 teams): Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota Stars FC, San Antonio Scorpions, Tampa Bay Rowdies.

USL PRO (Division III – 12 teams): Charleston Battery, Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions, Harrisburg City Islanders, Los Angeles Blues, Orlando City, Phoenix FC Wolves, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos, VSI Tampa Bay FC, Wilmington Hammerheads.

Distribution of Amateur-Level Places (34 total):

U.S. Adult Soccer Association Regional Qualifiers – 8 places: Four USASA regional qualifiers advanced to the second round in 2012, including Cinderella story Cal FC, who reached the fourth round.

United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League – 16 places: The PDL will have the largest representation among amateur leagues. In 2012 the Michigan Bucks were the lone PDL team to reach the fourth round.

National Premier Soccer League – 8 places: The NPSL is a national amateur league affiliated with the USASA. Prior to last year, its teams participated via USASA regional qualifying.

US Club Soccer – 1 place: US Club Soccer is an organization member of U.S. Soccer. It was first represented in last year’s tournament.

U.S. Specialty Sports Association – 1 place: The USSSA is an organization member of U.S. Soccer. Its clubs will be participating for the first time in this year’s tournament.