WORLD FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO HOST FIRST REGIONAL QUALIFIER SERIES

United Futsal Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the game of futsal (a sport similar to soccer played mainly indoors with five players per side) around the world, today announced that the first-ever World Futsal Championships Regional Qualifier Series will be held in conjunction with Global Premier Soccer and the United States Specialty Sports Association.

The series of tournaments will serve as a pathway to define the field each year in the World Futsal Championships
located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla., each July.

The partnership with GPS ensures quality
competition and tournament organization at each of our International Qualifiers while sanctioning through USSSA will
ensure each domestic qualifier is sanctioned officially to the US Soccer Federation, run according to FIFA standards and each
athlete and coach are insured for the duration of the competition.

The 2014 World Futsal Championships featured 50 youth teams and 12 adult teams. Five years later, the tournament has
doubled with over 100 teams from around the world. The 6th Edition will feature a United Futsal Association International
Futsal Coaching Symposium and a Referee Certification Course, all against the backdrop of the Disney World theme park.

GPS National Tournament Director, James Hamblin, says “We are thrilled to be partners with both U5A and USSSA to
provide a national platform of competitive futsal qualifiers that leads into the World Futsal Championships. We feel these
qualifiers will bring the best futsal teams together in the US who will eventually compete with international teams as they
qualify for the main event at Disney.”

The World Futsal Championships will again be held in front of famous coaches, international scouts and professional
futsal players from around the world, eager to see the top futsal teams in the world compete. In previous editions, FC
Barcelona, CR Flamengo, and world famous futsal players Falcão and Ricardinho have featured at the event.

“This partnership is the perfect storm between leaders in their respective industries,” said Rob Andrews, President of the
United Futsal Association. “It will lead to more opportunities for more players in more locations around the world than ever
before, and that is great news for futsal.”

Futsal is a variation of the game of soccer with five players per side. The game is played primarily indoors on a surface
without walls or boards that is slightly larger than a basketball court. Unlimited substitutions are allowed during a match and
there is no penalty for offsides. In futsal, a goal is scored every six minutes and a shot is taken an average of every 43
seconds.

Futsal was created in Uruguay in the 1930’s. It is the only indoor soccer game recognized by FIFA, and is played by more
than 180 of the federation’s 209 member associations. The sport has a large and passionate following worldwide, with many
top professional soccer players such as Pele, Ronaldo and Messi crediting their experience playing futsal with helping to
develop their footwork, ball control and decision making.

“Over the past 15 years we have facilitated growth for the game of Futsal throughout the country” stated Craig Scriven, Vice
President of USSSA. “We’re excited to now work with U5A and GPS in continuing to grow the game and provide a quality
product both on and off the court.”

For more information on the Road to the World Futsal Championships, please visit here.

About United Futsal Association
United Futsal Association is an organization dedicated to connecting Americans to the world’s fastest-growing sport through
education, events and experiences that foster awareness, understanding and a passion for the game of futsal. Learn more at
www.unitedfutsal.com

About Global Premier Soccer
Global Premier Soccer (GPS) are one of the largest and most successful soccer organizations in North America, providing
player development programming in twenty-six States across the USA as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, England and
Spain. Learn more at www.globalpremiersoccer.com

About United States Specialty Sports Association
USSSA is the largest multi-sport sanctioning body of sports in the country, with over 4.5 million members, and a member of
United States Soccer Federation. The organization mission is to develop and expand the game of soccer and Futsal in the
United States. Learn more at www.usssa.com

W.I.N. Technical Director Announced

MELBOURNE, FLA. USSSA is excited to name Roger Bongaerts as their W.I.N. Technical Director starting this October. Bongaerts is the current Head of Youth Development and Academy Director with Dutch Eredivisie (top division) club VVV-Venlo.

Bongaerts holds a Pro License from KNVB Academy and his UEFA A License among others and is currently working towards his Master in Coaching status from the Cruyff Institute. As the Technical Director, Bongaerts will oversee all national programs from education and scouting at the National W.I.N. Tournament, to the curriculum development and direction of the National W.I.N. Camps.

The dedication to his profession and continuous education not only towards others but himself, as well identifying talent has always been a strong skill set of Bongaerts. His time spent visiting clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, Borussia Monchen Gladbach, West Ham United, and at Claire Fontain (French National Training Center) shows this. He has also worked with Arsenal F.C. (English Premier League) as an International Scout and match analysist for Champions League games.

“As a leader within his profession, Roger will be an invaluable source to USSSA players, parents and coaches who interact with him” Vice President of Soccer Craig Scriven said. “In the last year, we have been working on creating programming for our members and bringing Roger into the fold will add instant value.”

Bongaerts is no stranger to working in the United States. During his prestigious career he has held positions as Director of Curriculum and Coaching at the Adidas Elite Soccer Program. This role maintained he identified and coached the best 150 high school players both boys and girls within the country. Later, he coached at the collegiate level with NCAA DII side Georgian Court University and NAIA powerhouse Park University.

“I am very excited to begin my time and work with players, parents and coaches from across the USSSA community” stated Roger Bongaerts. “When approached about the role, direction and outline of the program, I wanted to be involved from the beginning as I believe in value and the W.I.N. program provides just that.”

Bongaerts will continue his role with VVV-Venlo during his time with USSSA, which in turn keeps his finger on the pulse at the highest level of youth development. Another source of value to W.I.N. Coaches will be Total Soccer Method, a company Bongaerts founded in 2008. Presentations and workshops for W.I.N. coaches breaking down research, development and presentations on coaching methods will be offered to members.

To learn more about USSSA W.I.N. Program visit our website today at; www.usssawin.com.

2019 Adult National Champions League Tournament Announced

VIERA, FLA. The first USSSA National Champions League Tournament for adult teams will be held January 24-27, 2019 at the new Viera Regional Park and USSSA’s Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.

This event is open to all USSSA teams and other member association under U.S. Soccer. As previously stated, this tournament will be an event. On Thursday 24th, teams will participate in a media day with allotted practices times assigned to teams and games starting that evening.

The event will have the following divisions; USSSA Premier (USSSA teams only), Men’s Open, Men’s DII/III, Women’s Open and Coed (7v7).

On Friday evening there will be a tournament social for all teams, coaches, players and league directors. During the social, USSSA will present the new USSSA National Champions League platform for the 2019/20 year. This will be the official release of our new adult tournament series for all existing USSSA teams, and teams interested in joining USSSA.

For full tournament information, visit here.

Omaha and Council Bluffs to Create a Win-Win Competition Schedule

OMAHA, NEB. Omaha and Council Bluffs Soccer Clubs create an alliance to focus on the development of their youth soccer programs starting this fall. Council Bluffs Soccer Club (CBSC), Infinite Sports World (ISW), Magellan Soccer Club (MSC), Impact Futbol Academy (IFA) and Evolution Soccer Club (ESC) will begin competition play this fall in a member operated league platform.

The member operated league will be sanctioned under United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), a member of U.S. Soccer since 2001.

Each member club will be involved in creating the vision and direction of the league, in turn continuing to focus on the needs regarding development of their youth players. Competition play will begin at 8U age group and conclude at 12U for both boys and girls. Game schedules between club teams will focus on creating like-on-like match ups and roster flexibility. Club rostering will allow clubs the ability to prepare rosters for competition games which will challenge their team, as well as the competing club.

“I’m excited to have visited with all these clubs and even more excited to see how the vision of this league has come to fruition” said Craig Scriven, Vice President of USSSA. “They are like minded individuals, clubs and now pioneers in establishing a true league which will focus on development and allow each member club the flexibility to compete and work with their young soccer players.”

More information will be released in the coming weeks on each member clubs site and www.usssasoccer.com. Please contact soccerinfo@usssa.com for additional information about the league.

About Council Bluffs Soccer Club
Council Bluffs Soccer Club is the largest soccer club in the State of Iowa with over 2,000 players registered in programs from recreational, to academy and competitive soccer. Council Bluffs Soccer Club is dedicated to the development and growth of each individual player within their programs. Under the leadership of Executive Director and Coaching – Eric Hayes, Council Bluffs Soccer Club won its first State Cup Championship in 2017. Visit; http://www.cbsoccerclub.org for more information.

About Evolution Soccer Club
Since 2013, Evolution Soccer Club has tripled in size and is one of Omaha’s fastest growing soccer programs. Club Director, Chris Brunt has designed a program from the ground up which focuses on technical development from a young age. The clubs vision and determination have made the club a top contender in Nebraska and surrounding areas. Visit; https://www.evolutionsoccerclub.com for more information.

About Impact Futbol Academy
Impact provides a well-structured program with a great practice in strict discipline, grade check, homework, player recognition, and great sportsmanship all through the learning of soccer. Impact believes in the importance of players throughout their development to understand the consequences and responsibilities which come with joining a sport. Developing leaders and creative minds is a huge part of our vision. Visit; http://impactfutbolacademy.teamsnapsites.com for more information.

About Infinite Sports World
Infinite Sports World Soccer Academy is a competitive soccer club based in Omaha, Nebraska. ISW’s qualified training staff focuses on developing soccer player technically, tactically, physically and psychologically while encouraging creativity, decision making, leadership, teamwork and confidence in a fun and fast paced environment. Visit; https://infinitesportsworld.com for more information.

About Magellan Soccer Club
Using an exclusive training curriculum mastered by our Director of Coaching, Magellan Soccer Club provides high-level soccer development for youth of all ages in a unique academy environment designed to maximize the growth of every player. Serving players, Magellan Soccer is the perfect organization for learning the love of soccer in a fun and family-friendly environment. Visit; http://www.magellansoccer.com for more information.

Two USSSA teams from Colorado qualify for the US Open Cup

Two USSSA teams have advanced to the 2018 US Open Cup this weekend. Colorado teams: FC Denver, and Azteca FC 5280 took on local UPSL clubs and beat them to qualify for the national tournament.

Onward and Upward for Harpo’s FC

The cinderella story for Harpo’s FC continues on, as the Colorado team edged past the BYU Cougar’s in Round One of the 2015 Lamar Hunt Open Cup. Players took the field at 7:30 p.m., MT, before a mountainous backdrop at the BYU Men’s Soccer Complex in Provo, Utah. After ninety minuets of back-and-forth regulation play, the score was locked 0-0. The gridlock continued through 30 minutes of overtime, though both teams created dangerous opportunities throughout. Harpo’s, now lovingly described by Open Cup aficionados as “ The Pub Team,” was outshot 24-12, but through team-wide defensive vigor, they pushed on the PK shootout. Harpo’s keeper Zac Gibbens showed up with a second-slot save against BYU that would swing the momentum in the Pub Team’s favor. Harpo’s put away four PKs, and the shootout concluded 4-2.

In Round Two, Harpo’s will take on USL’s Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Wednesday, May 20th. The interstate matchup, hosted by the Switchbacks’, will kick off at 9:00 p.m., ET. Stay posted for more information.

For a recap of all U.S. Open Cup First Round play, visit U.S Soccer:

http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2015/05/14/01/58/150513-usoc-first-round-round-up-rel

Cover photography via Facebook; Avery Brewing FC.

Harpo’s FC Advance in U.S Open Cup

USSSA’s Harpo’s FC clench the US Open Cup Preliminary Round win over KC Athletics.Harpo’s FC, established in Boulder, Colo., has been one of the most dominant teams in the state for years. Now, the 2015 squad will be the first to represent Colorado in the US Open Cup since 2004.

The April 25th matchup marked the third time Harpo’s FC and KC Athletic met on the road to the Cup this year; their first two contests arose in the USSA National Tournament. During number three, Harpo’s edged KC Athletics 2-0, with second-half goals from midfielder Dan Campbell and forward Shane Wheeler. 

Preceding the USSA National Tournament, a USSSA representative had the opportunity to speak with Harpo’s manager John Freeston. Harpo’s have created massive success this year, but according to Freeston, the team’s work is not done. Freeston holds a strong vision. It’s not a dream come true yet. The dream come true is to become the Cinderella Story this year… to beat the PSL teams, the USL teams, and the MLS team.” 

The dream continues, as Harpo’s prepare to take on the BYU Cougars (PDL) in the First Round of the Cup, on Wednesday, May 13th. Details to follow. 

For more official tournament information, please visit thecup.us 

* Cover photograph courtesy of Richard Laemming Wheeler©, pocketsofpeace.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

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.