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

Utd Sports Aca

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.

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.

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.