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.

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 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.

USSSA Adult Nationals – 2012

USSSA is pleased to release the information on this year’s Adult National Tournament

2012 National Championships
September 28-30, 2012

Registration closes September 3, 2012

Location:

Dicks Sporting Goods Park

Denver, CO

Registration:

$550 per team with a three game minimum

Divisions will be provided in the following categories:

Men’s Elite (USSSA Teams Only) These teams must have competed in a USSSA qualifying league or tournament and finished in the top four placements in previous event.

Men’s DI Open (All US Soccer Members) This bracket is open to all members of US Soccer and is designed for competitive teams.

Men’s DII/Over 30’s (All US Soccer Members) This bracket is designed for teams that compete in lower level divisions or tournaments in their respective areas.

2012 Tournament Registration

Awards:

Awards will be presented to first and second place teams in each bracket. There will be a travel reimbursement of the following for each division:

Men’s Elite: Champions $1500  Runner-up $500

Men’s DI Open: Champions $750 Runner-up $250

Men’s DII/Over 30’s: Champions $750  Runner-up $250

Contact:

For all questions on the tournament outside of travel please contact the
Tournament Director.

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).

The USSSA Nationals is a stay-and-play event. All Traveling teams must stay at one of
the approved host hotels. Reservations must be made through CSTT Sports.

 

About USSSA:
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!