Chairman's Message

Greetings players, parents and fellow members of the California Youth Soccer Association. The Fall of 2011 is approaching and the new playing season is about to begin. New players and returning veterans are being fit for new "boots" as they prepare for the upcoming season. New friendships and new rivalries will be formed. The sweet smell of grass and the warmth of the all-weather fields are signaling that the "competition will soon begin again" for youth soccer in Northern California.

Plans are being finalized and preparation has begun for hosting the US Youth Soccer Region IV TOPSoccer Symposium in Walnut Creek, April 13-15, 2012. This is being organized under the leadership of Stuart and Carolynn Rafferty. The US Youth Soccer Region IV TOPSoccer Symposium will provide our "very special" youth soccer players, their families and their coaches an opportunity to enhance their experience and continue their development in the world of youth soccer. This will be a special event for the California Youth Soccer Association and will be held in conjuction with our CYSA Presidents Workshop to allow our league leaders an opportunity to participate in this wonderful program.

Plans are also being finalized and preparation has begun to host the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup National Championships in Sacramento at Cherry Island Soccer Complex on July 5-8, 2012. This is being organized under the leadership of Debra Carlton from Elk Grove Youth Soccer League. The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup National Championships will involve top-level competitive teams from around the United States in the determination of national champions for boys and girls ages U-14 to U-17. Further details are available on the CYSA web site and in Soccer California.

The CYSA Cal Soccer League (CCSL) is starting its second season and team registration numbers for the Fall have increased from last year's successful inaugural season. Bruce Sillars has assumed the role of CCSL League Director and has continued the excellent work started by former CCSL League Director Brian Leonard. Many new teams are signing up with levels of competition being offered for all levels of competitive teams throughout all nine CYSA Districts.

In closing, let me once again thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the youth soccer players of the California Youth Soccer Association.