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Arizona Youth Soccer Association

E-Newsletter

February 2014
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  AYSA would like to remind all clubs, coaches and players of a few important upcoming dates:

 

 

INJURY REPORTING (2013-14 SEASON):

All injury reports MUST be completed in full and submitted within 30 days of the date of any injury. There will be NO exceptions to this policy. This is a requirement in order for any subsequent medical claim form to be approved. NOTE:  Injury Report Foms are NOT the "Medical Claim Form".  Medial Claim forms can be found here  (Select Arizona Youth Soccer Association) and should be submitted seperately if needed.  Please contact the AYSA office with any questions.

 

ARIZONA PRESIDENTS CUP, PRESENTED BY SPORTS AUTHORITY:

This year, 199 teams have registered to compete in Presidents Cup!  AYSA is working through the flighting/bracketing & scheduling process at this time.  Schedules should be released very soon.  Good luck to all teams who have entered the competition!

 

ARIZONA STATE CUP REGISTRATION:

Registration is now open for the 2014 Arizona State Cup competion.  The deadline to enter is Satuday, March 1st.   

 

MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION 

 

 

 

  
Recently, Arizona Youth Soccer Association named the 2013 Coaches & Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2013. This year, the recipients were announced at our Annual General Meeting. Congratulations to all of these fine coaches and volunteers and to everyone who works hard to promote the game of youth soccer througout Arizona...
 
 
  
 
 

US Soccer is pleased to offer you a special ticket presale ahead of the general public for the U.S. Men's National Team match against regional rival Mexico presented by AT&T on Wednesday, April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET).

 

Your internet-only presale starts Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. MT and ends Monday, Feb. 17 at 2 a.m. MT.

 

MORE INFORMATION & PRESALE ORDER LINK >

 

 
 
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY - CLASS OF 2014
 
Arizona Youth Soccer Association is pleased to congratulate the many youth players who have played soccer througout our state as they sign Letter's of Intent today to move on and play intercollegiate soccer! Pictured is Nicholas Harguindeguy of the Scottsdale Blackhawks who has officially signed with Utah Valley University! Congratulations to all from the Class of 2014 who are moving-on!...
 
 
  
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AYSA WANTS YOU TO SHAVE YOUR HEAD & RAISE MONEY
FOR A GOOD CAUSE...
  
SIMPLE QUESTION: Who hates Cancer?
 
FURTHER: Who hates Cancers that effect Children?
 
Wanna do something about it? - AYSA would like for everyone to step-up to the line, or "Barbers Chair" in this case and have your head shaved to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation at our 2nd Annual "Coaches United Against Cancer Fundraiser! 
 
AYSA is planning a "Club Competition as well as a "North vs. South" competition within out state.  The event is awesome, the cause is real.  AYSA would love to have you involved!... 
 
  

  

  

TOPSOCCER WANTS YOU!:

 

AYSA is looking to expand our TOPSoccer Program.  If you know of anyone who is looking for an opportunity to participate, based on the criteria of the program, please have them contact Laila Modi (Scottsdale area), or Gary Fallon (North Phoenix). 

 

What is TOPSoccer?

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based program that is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults that have physical and/or intellectual disabilities.The program is geared towards player development rather than to competition .The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to anyone aged 5 and older, who has a mental or physical disability.
The basis of TOPSoccer is a modified version of the game of soccer, specifically altered to allow full participation and enjoyment for each athlete.
 
What are the program's benefits?
1. Development of motor skills and improved physical fitness.
2. Promotes social skills by teaching teamwork and cooperation
3. Provides safe participation and fair play.
4. Develops positive self-concepts through experiences in discipline, initiative and achievement, which encourage children to fully realize their potential.
5. To have FUN!
 
Who is eligible for TOPSoccer?
Any player aged 5 and older having a physical or mental disability that limits their ability to perform at the level of play they have chosen to participate. Emphasis of this program is on development, training, and providing meaningful participation rather than on competition.
 

Courses will also be available soon in Southern Arizona!  For additional information on TOPSoccer...

 

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AYSA & SERENO ALUM SYDNEY LEROUX DISCUSSES HER

YOUTH CAREER

 

This year, the United States Youth Soccer Association is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Last week, they had a chance to sit down with several US Women's National Team players, including Sereno Soccer Club alum Sydney Leroux.

 

"The Game for All Kids!" exploded from 100,000 players in 1974 to more than 1 million in the early nineties. Today, US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19 through its 55 member state associations...

 

WATCH INTERVIEW WITH LEROUX >

 

  

   

MLS SPRING TRAINING IN TUCSON:

  

For the third consecutive year, Major League Soccer is coming to Tucson to enjoy our great weather, world-class fields and excellent hospitality to get ready for the 2014 regular season. As a show of appreciation to this new tradition, MLS will once again be playing matches to impress and dazzle Arizona soccer fans with their skills, strength and speed...

 

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DOC TALK WITH THE BANNER CONCUSSION CENTER:  

 

We are very excited to have a guest for this month's article! Danielle LaFata, MA, RD, CSSD is the Director of Performance Nutrition for EXOS' pro/elite team division. She currently works extensively with the US Men's National Soccer Team, helping them with their daily nutrition plans and delivering education to the players and staff. A big thank you to Danielle for sharing her expertise...

 

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COACHING EDUCATION COURSES: 

 

At the direction of AYSA Technical Director, Austin Daniels, AYSA offers coaching education for soccer coaches on all levels.  From introductory to advanced, courses are available year-round throughout Arizona. 

 

Courses book quickly, so please select a course and reserve your spot!

 

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TO CHEAT, OR NOT TO CHEAT...
  
"What is cheating, and is it different from gamesmanship and using the rules to your advantage?"In other words, where do we draw the line between what is outside of the rules, and what is within the rules, but outside of the spirit of the game? Can we teach short cuts to success in sport and then expect our athletes to not find shortcuts to success outside of sport? Can we call one OK, and the other unacceptable...
  
  

  

 
KOHL'S US YOUTH SOCCER - AMERICAN CUP:
 
Arizona Soccer Club out of Gilbert, Arizona will host the Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup, the largest recreational youth soccer tournament in the United States, at Discovery & Crossroads Park on March 29-30th. The Under-7 through Under-14 boys and girls participating will bring together teams for the first annual Kohl's American Cup held in Arizona.
 
 

 

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TALES FROM THE TRYOUTS:
  
The kids wear bibs with numbers and the coaches walk around with clipboards jotting notes.

They play 1v1s, 2v2s, flying-changes, 4v4s ...

One young boy sprints down the sidelines, brilliantly avoiding a tackle by flicking the ball over the defender's leg. As he continues dribbling, he looks back at us with the clipboards -- no doubt checking if we saw that...
  
  
 

AYSA HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE...

 

For all of the latest information regarding soccer in our state and for occasional sponsor promotions, please click the Facebook logo ABOVE, then "LIKE" our page! 

 

  

  

  

 

QUALIFICATION FOR 2014-15 NATIONAL LEAGUE INFO:
  
FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 11, 2014) - The US Youth Soccer National League has updated its qualification parameters to reflect changes in the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. In 2014-2015, teams will once again qualify for the league through success in the previous year's US Youth Soccer National League, US Youth Soccer Regional Premier Leagues and US Youth Soccer Regional Championships - integrating the most competitive US Youth Soccer club team programs.
  
  
 

 

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AYSA is open to submission of suggestions, ideas and content for our monthly e-newsletter. Please forward them for consideration.
 
 
Sincerely,
  

Arizona Youth Soccer Association 

IN THIS ISSUE
Annual Awards
USMNT vs. Mexico
National Signing Day
St. Baldricks Foundation
TOPSoccer Wants You!
AYSA Alumni
MLS Spring Training Tucson
Banner Concussion Center
Coaching Education
News Article
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