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.

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 Opens Ventura ID Tournament Registration

Ventura, CA – April 19-21, 2013

The USSSA College ID Championship Series is designed to give players the opportunity to compete in an event where they can showcase their skills not only on the field but through the latest technology. Our tournaments run in conjunction with training camps where players work with college coaches and receive an evaluation of the time spent in camp. This evaluation is then paired with their playing profile to give attending college coaches a great snap shot of each player.

Each tournament has a limited number of teams that will be accepted due to field space. To avoid disappointment register early.

Registration Deadline is April 8, 2013. For more information and to register visit our Championship Series site.

ABOUT USSSA:
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, 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, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Karate 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!

 

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!

USSSA Soccer moves to www.USSSASoccer.com

USSSA Soccer is excited to reveal their new website and domain www.usssasoccer.com that will replace www.usssasoccer.net.

The new user friendly website will continue to be easy for visitors to navigate and also more attractive to individuals visiting the site.
Its cleaner and fresher appearance will enable usssasoccer.com to continue in being a very user active and informational site for all members.
In conjunction with the release of usssasoccer.com we will be having a week dedicated to new USSSA Soccer stories and press releases. Watch this space and make sure to join and like us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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!

USSSA Youth Nationals – 2012

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

2012 National Championships
Olathe, KS
June 22-24, 2012

Lone Elm Soccer Complex

2012 Tournament Registration – Click Here

 

For all questions on the tournament outside of travel please contact Tournament Director
brian.winners@usssa.com

The USSSA National, Regional & State Championship is an alternative national tournament series for youth 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, SAY, AYSO and USYSA teams).

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 GCI Travel.

 

Click Here for GCI Travel Information

Chree Smith
913-660-7764
csmith@gcitravel.net

Katy Gray
913.660.7767
kgray@gcitravel.net

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!