Adult National Champions League Updates

We are now two months away from the USSSA National Champions League Invitational Tournament and Seminar. This year all USSSA teams and leagues are invited to join us for the inaugural event.

January 24-27, 2019
Viera, FL.

Join us this coming January at the new Viera Regional Park Soccer Complex brought to you by AstroTurf. This will be the first adult soccer tournament held at the newly redesigned and turf facility.

The USSSA National Champions League Tournament is actually an event.

Thursday 24th (Media Day with interviews with all coaches, captains and invited players and opening dinner)

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th (Games with select games streamed live on USSSA.com)

Sunday 27th (Final round of games and final, which is streamed live on USSSA.com)

On Friday evening we will host a tournament social where we will present the New USSSA National Champions League format for our teams starting in 2019.

Full tournament details and registration can be found here.

Founding Members being Accepted through February 2019

Our goal is to provide a high level of play, events, media for our national play and competition for all members. Member leagues will receive the following:

1.) Ability to place USSSA NCL logo on website and all material
2.) Placement of your league and top divisions scores and standings on our NCL website.
3.) Feature stories and game reports on the NCL Review Show, which will be streamed on USSSA.com every two weeks.
4.) Host local NCL events and receive financial compensation packages.
5.) Receive NCL sponsorship allotment from all national NCL agreements.
6.) Be part of a national ranking system which will be published twice a month.
7.) Individual player recognition and awards throughout the season.

Our first member leagues will be announced December 4, 2018. If you wish to find out more information – contact us today; adam.lamb@usssa.com.

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

W.I.N. Technical Director Announced

MELBOURNE, FLA. USSSA is excited to name Roger Bongaerts as their W.I.N. Technical Director starting this October. Bongaerts is the current Head of Youth Development and Academy Director with Dutch Eredivisie (top division) club VVV-Venlo.

Bongaerts holds a Pro License from KNVB Academy and his UEFA A License among others and is currently working towards his Master in Coaching status from the Cruyff Institute. As the Technical Director, Bongaerts will oversee all national programs from education and scouting at the National W.I.N. Tournament, to the curriculum development and direction of the National W.I.N. Camps.

The dedication to his profession and continuous education not only towards others but himself, as well identifying talent has always been a strong skill set of Bongaerts. His time spent visiting clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, Borussia Monchen Gladbach, West Ham United, and at Claire Fontain (French National Training Center) shows this. He has also worked with Arsenal F.C. (English Premier League) as an International Scout and match analysist for Champions League games.

“As a leader within his profession, Roger will be an invaluable source to USSSA players, parents and coaches who interact with him” Vice President of Soccer Craig Scriven said. “In the last year, we have been working on creating programming for our members and bringing Roger into the fold will add instant value.”

Bongaerts is no stranger to working in the United States. During his prestigious career he has held positions as Director of Curriculum and Coaching at the Adidas Elite Soccer Program. This role maintained he identified and coached the best 150 high school players both boys and girls within the country. Later, he coached at the collegiate level with NCAA DII side Georgian Court University and NAIA powerhouse Park University.

“I am very excited to begin my time and work with players, parents and coaches from across the USSSA community” stated Roger Bongaerts. “When approached about the role, direction and outline of the program, I wanted to be involved from the beginning as I believe in value and the W.I.N. program provides just that.”

Bongaerts will continue his role with VVV-Venlo during his time with USSSA, which in turn keeps his finger on the pulse at the highest level of youth development. Another source of value to W.I.N. Coaches will be Total Soccer Method, a company Bongaerts founded in 2008. Presentations and workshops for W.I.N. coaches breaking down research, development and presentations on coaching methods will be offered to members.

To learn more about USSSA W.I.N. Program visit our website today at; www.usssawin.com.

2019 Adult National Champions League Tournament Announced

VIERA, FLA. The first USSSA National Champions League Tournament for adult teams will be held January 24-27, 2019 at the new Viera Regional Park and USSSA’s Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.

This event is open to all USSSA teams and other member association under U.S. Soccer. As previously stated, this tournament will be an event. On Thursday 24th, teams will participate in a media day with allotted practices times assigned to teams and games starting that evening.

The event will have the following divisions; USSSA Premier (USSSA teams only), Men’s Open, Men’s DII/III, Women’s Open and Coed (7v7).

On Friday evening there will be a tournament social for all teams, coaches, players and league directors. During the social, USSSA will present the new USSSA National Champions League platform for the 2019/20 year. This will be the official release of our new adult tournament series for all existing USSSA teams, and teams interested in joining USSSA.

For full tournament information, visit here.

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.

Omaha and Council Bluffs to Create a Win-Win Competition Schedule

OMAHA, NEB. Omaha and Council Bluffs Soccer Clubs create an alliance to focus on the development of their youth soccer programs starting this fall. Council Bluffs Soccer Club (CBSC), Infinite Sports World (ISW), Magellan Soccer Club (MSC), Impact Futbol Academy (IFA) and Evolution Soccer Club (ESC) will begin competition play this fall in a member operated league platform.

The member operated league will be sanctioned under United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), a member of U.S. Soccer since 2001.

Each member club will be involved in creating the vision and direction of the league, in turn continuing to focus on the needs regarding development of their youth players. Competition play will begin at 8U age group and conclude at 12U for both boys and girls. Game schedules between club teams will focus on creating like-on-like match ups and roster flexibility. Club rostering will allow clubs the ability to prepare rosters for competition games which will challenge their team, as well as the competing club.

“I’m excited to have visited with all these clubs and even more excited to see how the vision of this league has come to fruition” said Craig Scriven, Vice President of USSSA. “They are like minded individuals, clubs and now pioneers in establishing a true league which will focus on development and allow each member club the flexibility to compete and work with their young soccer players.”

More information will be released in the coming weeks on each member clubs site and www.usssasoccer.com. Please contact soccerinfo@usssa.com for additional information about the league.

About Council Bluffs Soccer Club
Council Bluffs Soccer Club is the largest soccer club in the State of Iowa with over 2,000 players registered in programs from recreational, to academy and competitive soccer. Council Bluffs Soccer Club is dedicated to the development and growth of each individual player within their programs. Under the leadership of Executive Director and Coaching – Eric Hayes, Council Bluffs Soccer Club won its first State Cup Championship in 2017. Visit; http://www.cbsoccerclub.org for more information.

About Evolution Soccer Club
Since 2013, Evolution Soccer Club has tripled in size and is one of Omaha’s fastest growing soccer programs. Club Director, Chris Brunt has designed a program from the ground up which focuses on technical development from a young age. The clubs vision and determination have made the club a top contender in Nebraska and surrounding areas. Visit; https://www.evolutionsoccerclub.com for more information.

About Impact Futbol Academy
Impact provides a well-structured program with a great practice in strict discipline, grade check, homework, player recognition, and great sportsmanship all through the learning of soccer. Impact believes in the importance of players throughout their development to understand the consequences and responsibilities which come with joining a sport. Developing leaders and creative minds is a huge part of our vision. Visit; http://impactfutbolacademy.teamsnapsites.com for more information.

About Infinite Sports World
Infinite Sports World Soccer Academy is a competitive soccer club based in Omaha, Nebraska. ISW’s qualified training staff focuses on developing soccer player technically, tactically, physically and psychologically while encouraging creativity, decision making, leadership, teamwork and confidence in a fun and fast paced environment. Visit; https://infinitesportsworld.com for more information.

About Magellan Soccer Club
Using an exclusive training curriculum mastered by our Director of Coaching, Magellan Soccer Club provides high-level soccer development for youth of all ages in a unique academy environment designed to maximize the growth of every player. Serving players, Magellan Soccer is the perfect organization for learning the love of soccer in a fun and family-friendly environment. Visit; http://www.magellansoccer.com for more information.

Two USSSA teams from Colorado qualify for the US Open Cup

Two USSSA teams have advanced to the 2018 US Open Cup this weekend. Colorado teams: FC Denver, and Azteca FC 5280 took on local UPSL clubs and beat them to qualify for the national tournament.