Become a referee and make a huge impact.

2014R2_USRefereeConnectionPicSince the success of the referee programs is so vital to our own organization’s success we need to do our part in changing the general perception that becoming (and being) a referee is very challenging and often a thankless job.  Here’s a great article explaining some of the benefits that come with being a referee.  [more...]

2014 USASA Region II National Cups update!

Check out the player housing options and a link to the beautiful host sports complex, Grand Park!  More info about the USASA National Cups tournament is here.

Exciting USASA Cups news!

From Region II Director Bill Davey

 

We have some exciting Regional/National Cup News to pass along.  In order to increase the level of participation for this and future years, we have increased the number of qualifying teams, and added a Division to the event.
Earlier today Dyann sent out the forms and other information regarding the Cup entries.  Hotel and Motel information will be passed along very soon and all will be placed on the Regional Website for your convenience.

This year we have increased the State participants from 1 to 2 per State and/or direct affiliate, National or Regional League.  Keep in mind that it is the responsibility to arrive at your qualifying teams in any manner they choose, but if there is a State play down competition, all teams must submit their entry, entry fees, and other appropriate forms to the Region.  Checks and entries go to Wayne Wilson and a copy of the entry goes to Dyann.

Here is the breakdown for State Associations

2 teams can enter from  each State
The host State (Indiana) may be requested to provide additional entries to round out the team numbers.  If Indiana chooses not to supply additional teams, then the State with the most overall entries will be asked if they can send an additional team, and so on down the line.

Additional Teams that qualify to enter.  This is based on Regional, National, and direct affiliates that have a vote in our Regional Council meetings.

Regional Leagues        2 Teams
National Leagues         2 Teams
Direct Affiliates             2 teams

New Division entries – For this year we will be adding the U20 Men to their own division, again the breakdown is the same as listed above for the regular qualification entries.
It is suggested for the Adult State Presidents, get with their Youth counterparts to let them know what is going on for the U20 Division.  We have reduced the entry fee for the U20′s to $100, and there will be limited travel subsidies available for those traveling teams.
One idea for this division is to take the runner up from the State Youth Tournaments to our U20 regional division, while the champion goes to the Youth Regionals.  Again each State retains the right to determine their entries in any manner they choose.
Those Youth Teams that enter can participate on their Youth passes, while others that are 20 need valid Adult Player passes, issued by their home State.
Players in this Division cannot turn 21 prior to September 1, 2014, any players that are 20 and below prior to that date are eligible to participate.

Again we are asking for your support in getting the 20′s going.  USASA and USYS are jointly working on a National Championship for 2015 and beyond, so for this year, there is no Nationals, so the Regional Competition is the finals for that age group.  Once again Region 2 is in the forefront of establishing a competition for this age Division.

As always, Dyann or I am available to answer questions about the event and the qualification policy.

Bill Davey

2014 US Soccer National Amateur Championships set for Memorial Day weekend

BRIDGEVIEW – The second annual US Soccer National Amateur Championships will take place near Baltimore, Maryland May 22-25 at Arundel High School, the home of the WPSL’s Chesapeake Charge. Joining the men’s competition this year will be a women’s bracket, which will honor former prominent amateur and USWNT player, Michelle Akers.

“I am extremely honored and excited about having the USASA Women’s Championship trophy being named after me, and can’t wait to meet the team who wins it first,” Akers said.

Tournament will feature the champions of the USL-PDL, NPSL, WPSL, W-League and the open and amateur divisions of USASA’s National Cups. Men’s teams competing this year are the Austin Aztex, RVA FC, RWB Adria and NTX Rayados. And on the women’s side it’ll be Pali Blues, San Diego Sea Lions, ASA Chesapeake Charge and Houston Aces.

“The success of last year’s event has everyone on edge to see the teams back on the pitch,” US Adult Soccer Executive Director Duncan Riddle said. “We’re excited to bring the US Soccer National Amateur Championships to Baltimore, and I look forward to seeing some great competition Memorial Day weekend.”

The men’s draw will take place April 21 and the women’s will take place April 26. Results will be posted online immediately following each draw.

Elite training for the other side of the game

Major League Soccer (MLS) has an elite training academy unlike any other and it’s right in our backyard.  A Minnesota native and VP of MLS Club Services, Bryant Pfeiffer directs this elite training program in Blaine, MN, for the next generation of professional sports sales all-stars.  (Yes, you read that right… sales all-stars.)  While MLS aggressively pursues a goal of becoming one of the top leagues in the world they know it’s not only the elite talent on the field that counts.  [...read full article]

MN Soccer Association teams up with Superfly Soccer radio show

A Minneapolis streaming station, Sizzlin 99.9 has teamed up with the MN Soccer Association to further promote soccer in the Midwest and beyond.  Whether it’s local amateur leagues, NASL and MN United FC, MLS, US National Teams, or the international scene, the Superfly Soccer show (Facebook, Twitter, iTunes) simply talks all things soccer.  Subscribe to their podcast today or check out their livestream on Mondays, 6pm-7:30pm (Central).

2014 Tournament of Champions hotel info announced!

Check out the hotel and traveler info posted for the Midwest Soccer Tournament of Champions, happening the last weekend of July 2014 in Dayton, Ohio.  [more...]

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