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USA Soccer is one of the longest standing leagues in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.  We are primarily a scheduling body, but our ultimate goal is to provide a rich, organized playing experience for players, coaches and parents alike. We hold true to our ideals of fair, equitable play for all and thank you for being part of a soccer experience that shapes our youth.

Important Announcements

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of a dear friend and USA Board member, Merritt Guthrie. With broken hearts, we will will fondly remember all his contributions to the league and the sport of soccer. Merritt, you will be missed.... Click below for memorial service and donation information.
James "Merritt" Guthrie 1/2/1954-9/6/2021

Senior Coaches Meeting –

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Junior Coaches Meeting –

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Senior Divisions

2021-2022  Senior Schedules

3-part USA Soccer GAME REPORT (print 3 copies)

LIST OF JUNIOR TEAMS 9-18-21

Junior Coaches Meeting (Online)

Sep 19

Note: If this is your first time joining a Zoom meeting, you will need to download the Zoom software, when prompted.
You will be able to participate on a PC, Laptop, Tablet, iPad or Smart Phone. It is NOT required that you have a webcam, although preferred, so we can see and interact with you. You DO need to have a microphone and speaker, in order to be able to participate.
Personal Meeting ID
250-824-3270

https://zoom.us/j/2508243270

Junior Boys:

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm   U11 Boys

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm   U12 Boys

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm   U13 Boys

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm   U14 Boys

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm   U8, U9 and U10 Boys

Junior Girls:

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm  U11 and U12 Girls

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm  U13 and U14 Girls

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm  U8, U9 and U10 Girls

PLEASE ENSURE A REPRESENTATIVE IS PRESENT DURING YOUR AGE GROUP TIME.

 

As life and events start to slowly return to normal, USA Soccer League looks toward the upcoming season.

HERE IS SOME INFORMATION TO NOTE :

USA Soccer is still the only league operating in Region C, that is run entirely by its members –for its members.

USA Soccer intends to go back to segregating divisions by strength of teams to form the divisions –promotion -relegation just the same as the last 30 years.

While last year was a very difficult season indeed, USA Soccer’s unplayed matches were under 1 % of total matches played in the league.

We are aware that there are a plethora of ” leagues” to pick from –all of these leagues are operated by its owners; all can include or exclude any team from any Club —unlike our league model.

What our member managed league promises, is that if you play in the USA Soccer League, you will be part of a league that is well managed and professionally run. This includes scheduling to making sure that your teams will have an opponent with all players and coaches properly registered and all players age verified, with a certified center referee who is assigned by USA.

THINGS TO DO :

Ensure your club and teams are set up in the new Got Sport soccer system. (This replaces Got Soccer and will be the platform used for Team Registrations and Scheduling for the upcoming season.)

Review the USA Soccer Calendar and make note of important deadlines.

Junior Team Applications will be accepted until the Junior Coaches Meeting on 9/19/21.

For planning purposes, Team Registration fees and Referee fees will remain the same as last season.  U8-U10  $200/team; U11-U19  $275/team     

On behalf of USA Soccer, we welcome and appreciate your participation in our league and look forward to another successful season.  Please feel free to reach out to me at sheridoback@verizon.net or usagamereports@gmail.com should you have any questions or require assistance in completing the above requirements.

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS 2020-2021 SCHEDULES

      The United Soccer Association will be awarding the USA Soccer Grant (formerly known as the Joan Judd Grant) for the thirty first consecutive year, in the Spring of 2021. In the past 31 years, 667 grants totaling $404,750 have been awarded to high school Seniors. The purpose of these grants are to recognize outstanding young women and men of the community, who are USA league soccer players and who have plans to continue their education beyond high school.

AND THE 2021 WINNERS ARE:

 $2500    Karsyn Dozark              Florida Spirit

 $2000    Sydney Soto                 Seminole FC

$1000     Noah Baker                   Winter Haven Youth  Soccer Assoc.

$1000     Hudson Goddard          St. Pete Raiders

$1000     Eric Kunzinger              Florida Coast

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE WELL DESERVING SENIORS! 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO JACKIE MONTES! FORMER WINTER HAVEN YOUTH SOCCER PLAYER

 

             

************************************************************************************************************                     TESTIMONIAL

            We have never met.  But, I am writing to you and the members of the Board about the upcoming Senior Season. I first want to say that I discovered recently that I am approaching my 10th year coaching competitive soccer for the Manatee Magic. In each of those years,  I have coached a team in the USA league.  So, upon recognizing this anniversary of sorts, it caused me to reflect on my experiences. The overriding, relevant reflection for our discussion is that I wanted to let you know just how much I appreciate the USA league and the consistent manner that it has run over the years I have been involved.  As clubs and people naturally are always looking for the greener grass and the next great thing to pitch to parents, the USA league in my opinion consistently puts the kids/players and the clubs at the forefront of it’s mission.  Frankly, you provide a quality product and you provide a welcoming place for even  very small clubs such as ours, to develop players and teams. So, again thank you because although I  am sure there are many chaotic moments behind the curtains, for the most part, folks should have little to complain about. And it is likely that there are some hard working people around there who don’t hear this enough.
      With that background, I wanted to share my appreciation and that of our players and parents for your efforts at trying to get this season going. The fact that you  have stepped up and perhaps stepped out of the crowd to set a stated goal of playing the season has provided much needed positivity to the lives of the teenagers and group that I coach. I can see the excitement in their play during our limited training sessions. I am aware of the recent delay.  I think , most reasonable minds realize the challenges that will come from doing anything in 2020.  It is tough business and I know that the Board has to wrestle with all kinds of issues related to the pandemic. The positive side is that at least we play outside, it is usually warm,  the players are young and the parents have choices on whether they feel safe about their kids playing soccer. Accordingly and hopefully, that helps us ultimately get on the field. I do not write any of this with any political leaning or bent. it seems impossible to hold an opinion without an implication of some position other than the one stated.   I simply wanted you and the Board to know that we appreciate your efforts to have a season. We hope the other Clubs are able to get their fields open and we hope they are also supportive.  So far, our parents are universally supportive of getting on the field while at the same time doing our best to follow recommended procedures. I know we have discussed having two volunteer field Marshall’s per game to ask parents to respect distancing and to support the ever more difficult jobs of referees as  an example.   If there is anything that I  can do to help other than providing this offer of support, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Sincerely,

Brett Mcintosh,

Manatee Magic U17 B

Coach/ Manager

Responding to the Referee Problem

In response to the growing issue of training and retaining quality referees, the USA Executive Board has taken a hard look at the reason for the referee shortage.  Referees have cited concern for personal safety; inappropriate player, parent and spectator conduct and lack of respect as some of reasons for the referee shortage.  The following measures will be implemented for the upcoming season:

  1. Require member clubs to host referee training courses (new or refresher) once every three years,  to increase the referee pool.
  2. USA will offer several online MANDATORY training sessions, to educate referees on USA Bylaws, Rules and Regulations and appropriate game day procedures.   
  3. Require coaches to be responsible for parent and spectator behavior. (FYSA rule)
  4. Continue the Referee Mentoring program; Senior Referees will provide hands on observation and training to younger referees.
  5. Continue the use of the Referee Assessment Report; tool to provide feedback and follow up.
  6. Continue to utilize central Referee Assignors, to ensure fair and objective officiating at all USA league games.