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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

2018-2019 Season

 Click Here to view SENIOR SEASON and JUNIOR SEASON DRAFT SCHEDULES

Feel free to contact Sheri Doback or Greg Zak , Co-Admin Coordinator, should you have any questions. We look forward to another successful season!

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In Loving Memory of Mark Butcher

It is with broken hearts and great sadness that we mourn the loss of Mark Butcher.

Mark died suddenly on September 5th, 2018, doing what he loved – playing soccer. He was 59 years old.  Mark has been an active member of the USA Board the last few years and will be sadly missed.  


Mark loved soccer, he loved coaching, and most of all, he loved the kids. He was a mentor and father figure for many young children and he supported many children financially who otherwise would not have the opportunity to play the game.

In remembrance of Mark and his passion for supporting youth soccer, the Mark Butcher Braden River Scholarship Fund has been created to raise funds for youth soccer.

All funds will go to create youth soccer scholarships for the Braden River Soccer Club.
https://www.gofundme.com/mark-butcher-soccer-scholarship

There will be a celebration of life for Mark
on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 beginning at 10am
at Bayside Community Church in the youth auditorium
Bayside Community Church
15800 SR 64 East, Bradenton, Florida 34212
(please use east entrance)

Erica, Travis, and Ty Butcher thank you for your support in remembrance of their beloved husband and father. 

On behalf of the USA Board, please consider a contribution in Mark’s memory.   We have lost a friend, but with your donation, his spirit will live on in our youth. 

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  United Soccer Association 2018 Grant Winners!

Every year, USA Soccer selects deserving high school seniors to receive a grant to further their college education, awarding over $400,000 over the years.  This year, it was decided to increase the amount of the award, but to limit the number selected, to add more value to the award.  Congratulations to all our recipients, who will be honored at an award reception on 5/20/18, 12:15 pm at Maggiano’s Westshore, Tampa.

Daniella Castrogiovanni – $2500

Alexis Campagna – $2500

Hannah Cardozo – $1000

Nathan Kotlyn – $1000

Congratulations to all on your outstanding achievements! 

 

 

 

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.