Chairman's Message

Greetings players, parents and fellow members of the California Youth Soccer Association. The first quarter of 2010 has demonstrated the responsiveness and continued commitment of your CYSA Board of Directors to the needs of youth soccer in Northern California. "Kids First" has never been more evident as new programs and services are being introduced into our soccer community.

The CYSA Cal Soccer League (CCSL) is our new state-wide playing league that offers Division-1 and Division-3 teams throughout all nine Districts the opportunity to compete and challenge themselves against the best competition. It offers a unique ability for team and player development within state, regional and district play. The structure of the CCSL is based on modern concepts of competitive soccer, including a technical advisory committee composed of directors of coaching, a salaried league director dedicated to fulltime administration of the league and year-round competition (Fall, Winter and Spring Leagues). The future of competitive youth soccer in Northern California has arrived, and it is called the CYSA Cal Soccer League.

Speaking of the future, CYSA is hosting the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region IV TOPSoccer Symposium. It is a distinct privilege to host this wonderful event involving these very special soccer players. We are also submitting a proposal to host the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup. In addition, our new CYSA Presidents Cup is scheduled to debut in the 2010-11 season. The CYSA Presidents Cup is an open, state-level cup competition designed to attract Division-1 and Division-3 teams that desire further competition with the opportunity to advance to the USY Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cup competition.

There are many other advancements occurring in CYSA during 2010. Our current State Director of Coaching, Karl Dewazien, will continue his excellent work in the state development of youth soccer coaches with an increased emphasis on recreational soccer. A new "CYSA State Director of Coaching — Competitive" position is being considered. This position will provide support and oversight to the competitive coaching education programs in CYSA, including the USSF National "D" Course and hosting of the US Youth Soccer National Youth License Course. In addition, a new Olympic Development Program (ODP) Technical Director will be selected soon. This individual will maintain the strength and integrity of our ODP Program as we strive to discover the next superstar for U.S. Soccer.

The commitment of the CYSA Board of Directors to youth soccer remains unequalled in Northern California and the United States. As the largest state youth soccer association in the nation, we recognize our responsibility to our membership and we will continue to provide appropriate programs to support both the development and play of our players. In closing, let me once again thank you for the opportunity to serve.

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