An Open Letter to the Youth Soccer Community in America

As you may know, U.S. Soccer formed a special task force to specifically address youth soccer matters. The belief is that our sport is much stronger when its stakeholders are working together.

We took our first step last Friday, Oct. 12, holding the first Youth Task Force Leadership Council meeting in Tampa, Fla. With a council comprised of the leadership from AYSO, SAY Soccer, US Club Soccer, USSSA, US Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation, we discussed a number of critical issues facing youth soccer in America.

We believe that with an eight-year runway toward the 2026 FIFA World Cup, we have an opportunity to transform soccer in America, and it starts by tackling the challenges in front of us at the grassroots level.

This Task Force, which will grow to include experts and thought leaders supporting a number of working groups, will focus on areas where we believe we can work together to create significant and lasting change, while supporting the strategic vision for U.S. Soccer.

As we work together, the following statement guides our approach:

Soccer is the most beloved sport in the world, and we believe it’s future in the U.S. will be positively impacted by our efforts to work cooperatively under a shared sense of purpose and a common belief in supporting the development of players, coaches and referees.

In that way, we believe…

… that players should be kept at the center of every decision, and should be provided with an environment that is fun, inclusive and safe.

… that coaches should participate in courses and educational opportunities that match their ambition.

… that referees should be treated with respect, and provided with the resources that allow them to develop and enjoy the experience.

There are many faces of youth soccer – across all ages and levels of competition – and we are unified in our desire to grow the sport together.

In closing, we wish to express our deepest gratitude to the many thousands of volunteers and professionals who have dedicated their lives to this beautiful game. You inspire us, and together we will work to improve the game for all those who participate in it.

AYSO – Mike Hoyer

SAY Soccer – Doug Wood

US Club Soccer – Mike Cullina

USSSA – Craig Scriven

US Youth Soccer – Dr. Pete Zopfi

U.S. Soccer – Carlos Cordeiro, Dan Flynn, John Collins and Tim Turney

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

2018/19 National Youth Programs Announced

VIERA, FLA. USSSA announced today the first portion of the National Youth Programs for all USSSA members, and members of U.S. Soccer.

November will see the second W.I.N. (What’s Important Now) Camp held in Kansas City, KS at U.S. Soccer National Development Center. In the following months, National Headquarters will be home to the soccer program hosting both the W.I.N. National Tournament (December 27-30), and W.I.N. National Training Camp (January 2-4).

The full release of programs, descriptions and registration details can be found here.

USSSA Announces Partnership with GPS and United Futsal Association

SPACE COAST, FLA. United States Specialty Sports Association and Global Premier Soccer are delighted to announce an extensive partnership with United Futsal Association to deliver a pathway to the World Futsal National Championships at the ESPN facility, Disney Florida.

The partnership will provide high level Regional Futsal qualifiers throughout North America with qualifying teams earning their berth to compete for a World Title.

The Worlds Futsal Championship take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Facility located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This 220-acre facility is considered to be one of the most prestigious sporting venues in the world and sees teams from across the globe come together to compete in the world’s largest youth Futsal tournament.

Through this partnership all players will be registered with USSSA and in turn U.S. Soccer. Benefits associated with this include; insurance, as well as rosters and carding, and playing in sanctioned event circuit under USSSA membership with the Federation. The UFA Regional Qualifiers will also feature official certified Futsal Referees who have extensive knowledge of the game and its intricacies.

Most importantly however, is that the UFA Regional Qualifiers will provide a defined pathway to a World Futsal Championships event while also opening the door for both league and tournament play.

The United Futsal Association, which launched in 2010, aims to bring the highest level of Futsal to every coach, player and organization through the facilitation of camps, clinics and seminars in addition to hosting professional and amateur tournaments. UFA also provides consulting support for leagues, facilities and state/regional associations.

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided soccer game that originates from South America in the 1930s. It is widely played across the world, and is the small sided football format that is officially recognized by both the U.S. Soccer Federation and F.I.F.A.

The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for soccer competencies that can be translated into the soccer format of the game. Many of the top world class soccer players played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their development. Players of the caliber of Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few all played and enjoyed Futsal in their youth.

“Global Premier Soccer have been the trendsetters for years in bringing the highest level of soccer from around the world to cities in the North America and abroad,” said Rob Andrews, President of United Futsal Association. “Alongside USSSA and GPS, we are honored to be among the many global partnerships they hold with some of the world’s most prestigious sports brands and look forward to supporting them and USSSA as they enter this new chapter of Futsal in the organization’s already storied history. “

“The partnership with USSSA and United Futsal Association will provide players a unique opportunity to experience futsal in the US and Canada with a focus on both development and elite competition. We are excited to start hosting regional events in North America with qualifying teams getting a bid to the World Futsal Championships” stated James Hamblin, National GPS Tournament Director.

“This agreement brings together three organizations who are focused on being game changers and providing their membership with the best opportunities,” said Craig Scriven, Vice President of USSSA. “We will create a competition circuit and structure which will lead players, teams and their families to a top destination and an even greater event.”

Come participate in one of the fastest growing sports in the world by visiting our website for all information on UFA qualifiers www.gpstournaments.com/futsal.

If you have any further questions or interested in hosting a qualifying event, please contact Tournament Director James Hamblin via email jhambin@globalpremiersoccer.com.

For more information on registering your league, contact USSSA via email soccerinfo@usssa.com.

Viera Regional Park Opens Giving USSSA Soccer a Home

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Vice President of Soccer, Craig Scriven addressing the local community and speaking about the dedication of USSSA to bring top quality events to the facility.

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.

2018/19 League and Team Registration Begins

League and team registration has now begun for the new 2018/19 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.

USSSA handles registration for the following; recreational youth teams, competitive youth teams, Futsal teams, and adult teams. 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.

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.

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.