Programs of VYSA
These new courses specifically target the age-appropriate needs of players at the 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 levels. Beginning early 2018, there will be a total of 8 new courses (4 online and 4 in-person/on-field) that will address the new game formats (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11).
These align with the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDI) announced last year.
These courses include both field and classroom sessions.
Good of the Game clinics can be arranged with the Technical Department for many different coaching topics.
VYSA requires all members to be insured. Members of VYSA may have their own insurance (which meets or exceeds the liability minimums established by VYSA) or, as part of their registration fees, they may use accident, medical and liability insurance from VYSA. In addition, VYSA provides Directors and Officers liability insurance at no cost for all of its members.
Referee Training and Development
VYSA, through the State Referee Program, provides for referee training, a soccer referee academy to develop referees, USSF certification, USSF recertification, upgrading and performance assessment
US Youth Soccer has adopted the KidSafe Program in order to exclude from participation in its activities any person who has been convicted of felonies, crimes of violence, or crimes against children. US Youth Soccer requires that all coaches and administrators be registered in the KidSafe program and VYSA requires that background checks be done on all those registered.
Virginia Youth Soccer Awards Gala
VYSA annually selects and honors the recipients of the Adele Dolansky Exemplary Service Award, the Girls and Boys Competitive and Recreational Coaches of the Year, the Volunteer and Administrator of the Year, the Dave Williams TOPSoccer Exemplary Service Award, the TOPSpccer Buddy of the Year, and the Young male and Female Referees of the Year, and inducts members into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame.
VYSA, along with the Metro DC-VA Soccer Association and DC United, recognizes those from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia who have made notable contributions to our sport.
Olympic Development Program
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) is a national identification and development program for high-level players. The program identifies and develops youth players throughout the country.
ODP teams are made up of the best boys and girls players in various age groups. Pools of players are identified within each district of VYSA (North, Central, Southeast, West Central, and West) in each age group. The district teams are brought together to develop their skills through training and competition. State player pools for each age group are selected from the district player pools. Players in these state player pools are identified for regional and national pools and teams.
Soccer Across America
Soccer Across America, a US Youth Soccer program, is designed to reach out to children in under-served and socio-economically disadvantaged areas in order to offer them an on-going program of positive sports activities through soccer.
The US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities.
Many VYSA member organizations, both recreational and travel, host tournaments where teams from other states and countries come to Virginia and the District of Columbia to participate in a variety of competitions.
One of the many benefits of membership in US Youth Soccer is the ability to travel to neighboring states, or foreign countries to participate in tournaments or other competitions against teams from other organizations that are also members of US Youth Soccer, USSF, or FIFA.
National Championship Series
Entry into the National Championship Series of US Youth Soccer begins with State Cup Competition. Winners each year in every age group from Under-12 to Under-19/20, both boys and girls, are eligible for competition at the regional and national levels.
Region I Premier League
Region I offers a Premier League. The Champions of the Premier League compete in their age group in the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The league offers competition in the spring for both boys and girls in the Under 14 through Under 18 age groups.
Other Benefits Enjoyed by VYSA Members
Being a member of VYSA provides increased local credibility as a member of a nationally and internationally recognized organization.
Above all, membership in the Virginia Youth Soccer Association brings with it the opportunity to support the growth of soccer throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia.