Chairman's Message

Greetings players, parents and fellow members of the California Youth Soccer Association. The 2010 year is moving at light speed as many new developments are occurring throughout CYSA. The advancement of youth soccer continues in a productive manner in many areas.

Our recreational youth soccer leagues will be starting play in the near future. Local schools, neighborhoods and cities will be electric with excitement as the oranges are cut, the fields are lined and the balls are kicked on to the “pitch.” Good luck to all of our “kids” as they enjoy another season of the “beautiful game.”

The CYSA Cal Soccer League (CCSL) is preparing to begin play, involving all nine Districts of CYSA. CCSL has become the third-largest youth soccer playing league in the United States, with more than 1,600 teams registered for the Fall season. Dan McCann (CCSL Director), the CCSL Committee and hundreds of District volunteers have done a tremendous job organizing the league and are ready for the future challenges of this statewide playing league.

Welcome to Philippe Blin, who has been selected as the new CYSA Olympic Development Program (ODP) Technical Director. Philippe is a fantastic coach and administrator with decades of experience at the highest levels. His enthusiasm and expertise will allow continued improvement in the CYSA Olympic Development Program as we strive to provide our most talented players the opportunity to compete for the United States’ national teams.

Interviews have been conducted for the new CYSA State Director of Coaching – Competitive position. An announcement of the selection for this position should be made in the near future.

Last, but definitely not least, the CYSA Board of Directors held a joint board meeting with Cal South on July 10 in Costa Mesa. The objectives of this meeting were to discuss the various important issues involving youth soccer in the United States and to develop a relationship between the two state youth soccer associations that could benefit the memberships of both “states.” The results were amazing, as multiple topics were discussed and significant proposals for joint ventures developed. A follow-up joint meeting between CYSA and Cal South is planned for November in Fairfield.

In closing, let me once again thank you for the opportunity to serve.

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