Four USSSA Men’s teams advance into The Cup second qualifying game

Four USSSA teams have advanced to the 2018 US Open Cup 2nd qualifying game this weekend. Three Colorado teams: Harpos FC, FC Denver, and Azteca Denver FC take on local UPSL clubs. And in Texas, Austin Men’s League: Celtic Cowboys Premier take on a North Texas club.

USSSA Soccer Announces New Partnership with SoccerSpecific

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. In continuing to provide excellent opportunities for its members, USSSA Soccer is pleased to announce a new partnership with SoccerSpecific.

SoccerSpecific is a coaching platform dedicated to education with the mission of creating and sharing coaching information of the highest level.

For more than 11 years their goal has been to provide coaches with the tools they need to create and share this information in an effective way. With the launch of a new website, SoccerSpecific is renewing their commitment to the continual learning process, to creating the highest quality of coaching education information, to sharing this invaluable knowledge with anyone who wants to learn and, in turn, helping our players develop and reach their greatest potential.

“We want USSSA coaches to feel confident on the field during training. Whether you’re a parent-coach or a paid professional, SoccerSpecific has hundreds of innovative activities and sessions you can take to the field,” explains Anthony Latronica, Technical Director for SoccerSpecific and former Assistant Coach of the United States U-17 Men’s National Team. “It is our top priority to strengthen player development at the grass roots level. We’ve been committed to this goal for over a decade. We believe this partnership with USSSA will help us to do that even better: Boost grass roots player development by supporting everyone involved — coaches, players, and parents alike.”

The site also allows for club directors, technical directors and directors of coaching to create and share sessions to their club coaches within the system.

“After speaking with Anthony and looking through the information, this was a no brainer for me. My goal is to provide our members with valuable information in a format that is readily available to them, and this is what SoccerSpecific achieves,” said USSSA Vice President, Craig Scriven. “Whether you’re the 9-5 parent who volunteers your time to coach, or the professional coach at an elite level, SoccerSpecific is a tool that you will use over and over again.”

In creating this partnership, we are pleased to offer USSSA members the opportunity to join SoccerSpecific through a special offer. All members will receive a 75% discount on SoccerSpecific Premium Memberships starting today. Regularly priced at $99.99 per year, USSSA coaches can sign up today for just $24.99 by following the directions they will receive in a welcome e-mail.

USSSA is a member of U.S. Soccer and dedicated to developing the game of soccer across the country. To learn more about the benefits of USSSA Soccer visit: www.usssasoccer.com or contacting: soccerinfo@usssa.com. Join the largest multi-sport governing body of sports in the world today.

To contact SoccerSpecific directly with any questions e-mail: info@soccerspecific.com and reference USSSA Membership.

2016/17 League and Team Registration Begins

League and team registration has now begun for the new 2016/17 season with new and improved features to help with the management of your league and teams. Our registration includes; affiliation with U.S. Soccer, team roster and player cards, insurance benefits including facility coverage, league and team administration through our ISTS website.

Other benefits include member rate for tournament sanctioning and team approval for all unrestricted events across the country.

Here at USSSA, we want to provide our leagues, teams, coaches and players with the most efficient and cost productive avenue for soccer registration under USSSA and U.S. Soccer.

We offer the ability for youth teams to register for both competitive play (January 1) registration period, or staying within the old format of (August 1), for in house recreational leagues and teams.

To start your registration process please contact us at either soccerinfo@usssa.com or our National Administrator Laurie Paule at laurie.paule@usssa.com.

We look forward to working with our returning leagues and teams and also welcoming new ones to USSSA.

NextGen & USSSA Partner to Create National Talent Identification & Leadership Development Platform

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. Two leading youth development organizations announce collaboration to provide exciting new developmental pathways for promising young players across U.S.

NextGen & USSSA have announced they will join forces to identify and develop promising young players through a long term youth development partnership that will provide world class educational opportunities for both players and coaches across the country.

USSSA is the largest Multi-Sport Association in the world with over 4.1 million participants playing on 265,000 teams in 16 Nationally Sanctioned Sports Programs. NextGen is a values based youth development platform providing club neutral talent identification and development opportunities that help accelerate the growth of promising players who aspire to play College, Professional or International Soccer.

As the Official Youth Development Program of USSSA Soccer NextGen will appoint a national network of District Development Directors who will be responsible for implementing local talent identification and development models across the country. The most promising players from these local development districts will then participate in The NextGen USA Elite Select Program with District, State, Regional & National Development Squads being created to provide a progressive “Best with Best” domestic and International competitive platform.

Tony Williams, NextGen’s Director of Youth Development, said, “We are very excited about our partnership with USSSA which will be aimed at inspiring, educating and empowering promising young players to strive for excellence both on and off the field. The United States has the potential to be a global leader in the development of exciting, educated young soccer players. We will only reach that potential if like-minded organizations work together in a more coordinated long term, player centered approach.”

Off the field the two organizations will collaborate to develop sports based educational initiatives that develop character and leadership through inspirational in person and innovative technology based programming. These initiatives will be initially focused on Soccer with potential to be expanded to other USSSA Sports.

A comprehensive Coaching Support Program will also be created to provide USSSA members with relevant coaching resources and continuing professional development opportunities that will be easily accessible and conveniently delivered locally.

Craig Scriven, USSSA’s Vice President of Soccer, said “This is an excellent opportunity for our members and we are excited about launching the program with NextGen. Soccer is going through some major transitions at this time with development being the reason behind these moves. Our goal here at USSSA has always been to provide our members with services and programs which benefit each organization, league, club, team and individual player. In creating this program, we are continuing to make sure development and chances of opportunities for our players are available.”

To nominate your players or learn how you can benefit from about NextGen USSSA opportunities contact

Tony Williams tony@nextgenusa.org or visit www.nextgenusa.org

To learn more about the benefit of your organization registering with USSSA visit www.usssasoccer.com or contact soccerinfo@usssa.com

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Harpo’s FC into Second Round of U.S. Open Cup

Harpo’s FC earned and maintained an early 2-0 lead against Albuquerque Sol FC in the First Round of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup. Christopher Salvaggione cleaned up a loose rebound in the 14th minute followed by a Shane Wheeler left-footed tally in the 33rd minute for Harpo’s. The Boulder, Colo.-based club will travel downstate to take on the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the Second Round on Wednesday, May 18th.

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Want to join the hunt for glory across the country? U.S. Soccer Federation is now taking applications for the 2016/17 U.S. Open Cup, which is open to all USSSA teams that meet the guidelines for registering. To find out more information visit here.

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.

Teams Set For National Championship

The road to USSSA Nationals is a step closer for many teams as we release the tournament details below. The event is the culmination of the adult tournament and league series for USSSA teams. It is also where our Elite Champion will receive USSSA’s U.S. Open Cup bid into the 2015 tournament.

For all bracket, schedule and latest information please visit here.

2015 USSSA ADULT NATIONALS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

The road to USSSA Nationals is a step closer for many teams as we release the tournament details below. All teams must register by the March 1, 2015 deadline in order to be eligible for acceptance into the tournament. The event is the culmination of the adult tournament and league series for USSSA teams. It is also where our Elite Champion will receive USSSA’s U.S. Open Cup bid into the 2015 tournament.

2015 Tournament Details:

Venue: Overland Park Soccer Complex, KS.
Date: March 13-15, 2015 (games will be played on Friday)

Brackets: Men’s Elite (USSSA registered teams only), Men’s Open (Unrestricted and open to all members of U.S. Soccer), Men’s DII (Unrestricted and open to all members of U.S. Soccer), Women’s Open (Unrestricted and open to all members of U.S. Soccer).

Registration Fees:
Men’s Elite – $700 (Higher fee due to qualification for U.S. Open Cup)
Other brackets – $600

Register Today Here.

Tournament Housing – visit here for the best pricing in the area.

Information will follow here shortly on playing rules, tournament housing, weekend event calendar, other tournament information. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact; soccerinfo@usssa.com.

Get Ready for International Play

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USSSA Soccer is pleased to announce partnership with United Sports Academies, a sports travel organization founded in 1998, run for sports people, by sports people.

“With United Sports Academies, the world is USSSA’s playing grounds,” Bill Fisher, Executive Director of United Sports Academies explained as he regarded the new cooperative between the two associations.

Members of USSSA will now have the opportunity to travel and compete on an international platform with United Sports Academies. The United Sports Academies tailors specific programs and tours based upon each specific sport and team. “International programs are based on the ages of the players, the competitive level of teams, and the goal of traveling abroad from a sporting and cultural standpoint,” said Fisher.

As described by Fisher, every tour provided by United Sports Academy varies both on and off the playing field. The concentration of the global travel is on the individual sporting program (75%) and a positive cultural experience (25%). Oversea tours range from 7 to 21 days, and may include tournament competition, friendly games/exhibitions, clinics and camps and attending professional games. “The cultural component is also very important from quality sightseeing excursions to being able to interact and socialize with the foreign teams and players on the field,” said Fisher.

For individual player development, competing on an international level presents multiple benefits. “Players learn to deal with adversity, whether it be from officiating to a challenging atmosphere in an arena or on the field to dealing with off field distractions. Players learn the importance of being able to adapt on and off the field and the importance of staying focused on the task, competing with American pride,” Fisher contends. He continues, “Through sport the world is made smaller, different cultures are brought together, we gain a much better understanding and compassion for one another. Sport is the language of the world.”

“This opportunity and program has been a goal of mine for some time and I am excited to see it start to develop,” said Vice President, Craig Scriven. “Our member teams, clubs, and leagues now have an excellent organization which can organize an experience of a lifetime.”

United Sports Academies management staff has over 28 years of experience and has traveled to over 26 countries to uphold their mission to ‘dedicate and provide teams and organizations with the best possible, highest quality international travel and competition experience, both on and off the field.’ Through their quality, excellence and dedication, United Sports Academies has developed a first-class reputation.

For more information contact Jairon Moreno. Reference USSSA Soccer in order to receive special offers. You can visit United Sports Academies website here.

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.