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.

Four USSSA Men’s teams advance into The Cup second qualifying game

Four USSSA teams have advanced to the 2018 US Open Cup 2nd qualifying game this weekend. Three Colorado teams: Harpos FC, FC Denver, and Azteca Denver FC take on local UPSL clubs. And in Texas, Austin Men’s League: Celtic Cowboys Premier take on a North Texas club.

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.

Harpo’s FC into Second Round of U.S. Open Cup

Harpo’s FC earned and maintained an early 2-0 lead against Albuquerque Sol FC in the First Round of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup. Christopher Salvaggione cleaned up a loose rebound in the 14th minute followed by a Shane Wheeler left-footed tally in the 33rd minute for Harpo’s. The Boulder, Colo.-based club will travel downstate to take on the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the Second Round on Wednesday, May 18th.

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Want to join the hunt for glory across the country? U.S. Soccer Federation is now taking applications for the 2016/17 U.S. Open Cup, which is open to all USSSA teams that meet the guidelines for registering. To find out more information visit here.

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:

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Cover photography via Facebook; Avery Brewing FC.

Harpo’s FC Advance in U.S Open Cup

USSSA’s Harpo’s FC clench the US Open Cup Preliminary Round win over KC Athletics.Harpo’s FC, established in Boulder, Colo., has been one of the most dominant teams in the state for years. Now, the 2015 squad will be the first to represent Colorado in the US Open Cup since 2004.

The April 25th matchup marked the third time Harpo’s FC and KC Athletic met on the road to the Cup this year; their first two contests arose in the USSA National Tournament. During number three, Harpo’s edged KC Athletics 2-0, with second-half goals from midfielder Dan Campbell and forward Shane Wheeler. 

Preceding the USSA National Tournament, a USSSA representative had the opportunity to speak with Harpo’s manager John Freeston. Harpo’s have created massive success this year, but according to Freeston, the team’s work is not done. Freeston holds a strong vision. It’s not a dream come true yet. The dream come true is to become the Cinderella Story this year… to beat the PSL teams, the USL teams, and the MLS team.” 

The dream continues, as Harpo’s prepare to take on the BYU Cougars (PDL) in the First Round of the Cup, on Wednesday, May 13th. Details to follow. 

For more official tournament information, please visit thecup.us 

* Cover photograph courtesy of Richard Laemming Wheeler©, pocketsofpeace.com