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Youth soccer is a great opportunity to instill positive habits that last into adulthood. Publix proudly supports your state’s youth soccer association, as well as others throughout the Southeast. Visit publix.com/soccer for more information.


1st Annual D-ODP Friendlies 7v7 Tournament! February 25-26, 2017 Warhill Sports Complex, Williamsburg, VA If your player participated in the 2016 Fall Developmental ODP, VYSA would like to invite your D-ODP (U12 & U11) player to the 1st Annual D-ODP Friendlies Tournament! VYSA has hosted teams from CT, DE, E-PA, ENY, MD, NC, NJ, PA-W, SC & WV for the ODP age groups. The VA Friendlies is one of the most respected tournaments on the East Coast with over 150 top-caliber teams from Regions I and II participating. This year, the tournament expands to U12 & U11 age groups! Many thanks to Inaria for making this event possible!

The 2016 VYSA Awards Gala will be held February 11, 2017 at the Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket, VA Please join us as we celebrate all of our VYSA Award winners and Hall of Fame inductees! Cocktails begin at 6:00 PM with dinner to follow Please support VYSA, those that work so hard throughout the year, and those that have dedicated their lives to The Beautiful Game! A limited number of tickets are available for purchase, so don't wait! Email Eileen@vysa.com for more info or to purchase your tickets!


AROUND OUR LEAGUES is a new series for Touchline that allows our member leagues to highlight their programs and how they are helping move the game forward in Virginia and DC. Content for “Around Our Leagues” is supplied by the highlighted member league.

Since 1973, the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL) has served member clubs and players in northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia by administering and supporting inter-club competition. Although over 40 years old, NCSL remains vibrant and continues to actively promote the enjoyment of soccer and player development for the youth players of its 75 member clubs. The upcoming 2017 Spring and Fall seasons promise to bring even more excitement for players in the national capital area. With the 2016 merger of the teams from the Washington Area Girls Soccer League into NCSL, the league now administers and manages game competition for approximately 1200 girls and boys teams from its member clubs. Managing the two annual NCSL seasons requires detailed planning, organizing volunteers and referees, scheduling, and providing overall administrative support for over 10,000 matches involving an estimated 21,000 players. While the NCSL has grown from 33 teams in the Fall of 1973 and was initially located in Fairfax County, VA, the founding principle of remaining a club and player centric organization has been retained and continuously guides the League leadership and management. NCSL leadership is always looking to innovate and implement new ideas to make league

operations and competition more responsive and user-friendly to the member clubs, coaches, and the players and their families. A great example of this is the implementation of flex-scheduling, which permits clubs to have input into the scheduling process. League officials have also taken a leadership role in implementing the mandatory age-group change at the national and local levels to ensure a seamless and transparent transition. Over the years, NCSL has benefited from resourceful, dedicated and visionary leaders willing to share their personal and professional talents and skills to enhance the playing experience. NCSL’s current President, Richard W. Smith, was recently recognized as Virginia Youth Soccer Association’s Volunteer of the Year. President Smith exemplifies the caliber of leadership that is dedicated to maintaining NCSL as a progressive force in the soccer community. To keep NCSL at the forefront of communications, leadership has actively developed and expanded the league’s digital and social media properties to inform, provide a higher level of transparency and promote soccer within the national capital area. Frequent Tweets on league operations, local and national matches and other soccer related activities engage and inform the larger soccer community. In addition, the NCSL’s website has been enhanced and expanded to provide a value-added experience for members and others who visit the site at www.ncsl.com NCSL’s mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of its players through the sport of soccer and to make it fun, and instill a lifelong passion for the sport.


PIEDMONT TOPSOCCER By John Schlenker TOPSoccer Coach: FCSC and VSA Regional TOPSoccer Director

On the last day of 2016, while most folks were getting some extra rest in preparation for a late New Year’s Eve, some early risers were scratching the sleep out of their eyes, donning Santa hats and heading over to the old Vint Hill army base near Warrenton, Virginia for the Annual “A Just Cause Jingle Jog” 5K Race / 1 Mile Fun Run. After all, soccer players seem to possess a special DNA that allows them to function at maximum strength even in the early morning and in less than perfect weather conditions. However, instead of waking up for a chance to play soccer, these dedicated souls were driven by the common purpose of supporting TOPSoccer. TOPSoccer is US Youth Soccer’s National program for athletes with development disabilities. Virginia has over 20 active TOPSoccer programs and is recognized as a national leader in providing soccer for athletes with various abilities. Although coaching soccer is certainly an important aspect of this program, TOPS is really

about promoting the benefits of physical fitness, helping to improve the communication skills of our athletes, developing friendships and, above all, having

fun! Just as important, TOPSoccer is an excellent gateway to volunteerism. The amazing student volunteers learn compassion, a sense of responsibility and the importance of helping others. The annual “Jingle Jog” raises funds for various nonprofits as diverse as PAWS for Seniors, the Boys and Girls Club, the Fauquier Family Services, church groups and, of course, TOPSoccer. Thanks to the Fauquier Parks and Recreation Department, 100% of proceeds go directly to the beneficiary of choice identified on the registration forms. The non-profit beneficiaries can also raise additional funds by earning special cash prizes for registering the most runners and winning the 5K race. Piedmont TOPSoccer outpaced the other organizations and earned $2,255 by registering the most runners and finishing first overall (male) in the 5K. Funds raised will


PIEDMONT TOPSOCCER go towards uniforms and equipment, special certification training for coaches, scholarships for student volunteers and the Annual Piedmont TOPSoccer Awards Banquet for athletes, volunteers and sponsors. A special thanks to the student volunteers that helped to make this event so successful. Nicky Costa and Caleb Halbrook used their graphic arts skills to design a special Jingle Jog shirt given to all participants. Equally impressive, Thomas Updyke recruited 20 runners with the goal of being able to use funds raised to purchase TOPSoccer car magnets. Finally, although rivals on the pitch, recognition must go to the FCSC and VSA soccer clubs for their joint sponsorship of Piedmont TOPSoccer; one of Virginia’s oldest and largest TOPSoccer programs. Their shared commitment to TOPSoccer certainly echoes US Youth Soccer’s tag line:

“The game for all kids!” and helps make Fauquier and Prince William Counties such great places for youth soccer – regardless of ability. Anyone interested in learning more about TOPSoccer should contact VYSA TOPSoccer Director Sid Wesseldine at coachwes51@gmail.com or John Schlenker at piedmontTOPSoccer@gmail.com

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VYSA TOUCHLINE: ISSUE 20 JAN 2017  

The E- newsletter of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association, the Publix Virginia Soccer Training Center and Virginia Futsal.

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