ARLINGTON, VA, October 7, 2020 – Thanks to the dedication of our coaches, players, volunteers, staff and community partners like SAIC, Arlington Soccer Association kicked off the Club’s 50th fall season providing local youth players a safe outlet to train and compete in the sport they love.
By embracing new restrictions and safety protocols to mitigate risk and protect our players, families, volunteers and coaches, Arlington Soccer is returning to the sport that brings our community together.
“SAIC values the importance of youth sports in the families of their employees, customers, and communities,” said Lee Rizzo, SAIC’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “As a company deeply involved in Arlington County and the greater DC-Metro area, supporting Arlington Soccer Association was a logical fit.”
SAIC’s partnership helps Arlington Soccer continue to provide financial assistance to families and access to the game so that kids can learn about teamwork and sportsmanship while staying active. A major component of the Arlington Soccer Recreational Program are the more than 500 volunteer coaches. Through SAIC’s support, Arlington Soccer is able to provide recognition to those volunteers with a special coaching shirt.
“SAIC’s support of Arlington Soccer through a year filled with unforeseen challenges has made a major impact on our club’s ability to provide inclusive soccer programs this fall and maintain our financial aid program,” says Adam Brick, Arlington Soccer Association’s executive director.
About Arlington Soccer Association
Founded in 1970, Arlington Soccer is a non-profit association that provides soccer programs for youth of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means in Arlington and surrounding communities. The Club develops players, coaches, volunteers and staff, with an enduring commitment to teamwork and community. We offer a broad curriculum to more than 9,000 children per year in a wide variety of programs, including recreational, developmental, travel, camps and clinics. In Arlington Soccer, we do our best, care for and inspire others, and enjoy the journey.
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Arlington Soccer Association Expands its US Soccer Boys Development Academy Program to Include the U-16/U17 Age Group
Arlington, VA, March 10, 2020: US Soccer continues its recognition of Arlington Soccer Association and has awarded the Club an expansion of its Boys DA Program to include the U-16/U17 age group.
“We are delighted to build our relationship with US Soccer,” said German Peri, Director of Coaching. “We are among the select clubs in the country to have both Boys and Girls Development Academy programs. This expansion for our Boys program is a validation of the hard work and success of our players and coaches. We are proud that US Soccer has recognized the breadth and depth of our Club.”
The Boys program has participated in the Development Academy since 2016. For the fall of 2020, Arlington Soccer will field teams in U-13, U-14, U-15, and U-16/U17 in the Atlantic Division. In addition, the Arlington Soccer Boys program will field the U-12 and U-16 Pre-Academy teams to compete in EDP against other DA Clubs. Arlington Soccer Academy teams (DA and Pre-DA) are integrated into the same training methodology and structure.
“We are excited to officially expand into the U-16/U17 age group of the Boys Development Academy,” commented Oscar Feliu, Arlington Soccer’s Boys DA Director. “It is evidence of the quality of Arlington Soccer and the confidence that the US Soccer has in our Club. Our goal is to provide players with the best developmental experience in the region and this is a big step towards that objective.”
For more information about the Arlington Soccer Boys DA Program, please visit http://arlingtonsoccer.com/programs/development-academy/arlington-soccer-da-boys-program.
About Arlington Soccer Association: Founded in 1970, the Arlington Soccer Association provides quality soccer programs and experiences for people of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means to encourage personal growth, promote a love for the game, and advance soccer in Arlington and surrounding communities. Arlington Soccer offers recreational, developmental and travel soccer, as well as a number of camps and clinics to more than 9,000 children per year. Arlington Soccer is dedicated to providing participants with the opportunity to learn, have fun, and reach their full potential.
About US Soccer Development Academy: Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.
The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.
On Saturday, February 1st the 2020 VYSA Awards Gala took place in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This annual gala is an opportunity for Virginia-DC Soccer to recognize the hard-working individuals on and off the field. Arlington was well-represented with John Mingus acknowledged as Volunteer of the Year and Leslie Hickman recognized as the VA/DC Teammate of the Year. These two individuals have demonstrated the ideals and values of Arlington Soccer and we are beyond proud that these individuals are a part of our family.
- Leslie Hickman - VA/DC Teammate of the Year
This award seeks to honor individuals who have made extraordinary accomplishments. These individuals demonstrate leadership qualities, immense team/club spirit and a willingness to learn and grow both on and off the field. Read more about Leslie.
- John Mingus - Volunteer of the Year
This honors individuals who are excellent role models in their community. Read more about John.
Congratulations to these two incredible individuals for their accomplishments, we are excited to see your continued impact in our community and beyond. Thank you to VYSA for putting together a wonderful gala and recognizing these two in their respective awards.
The Virginia & District of Columbia Youth Soccer Association each year awards a “Teammate of the Year” award. This award seeks to honor individuals who have made extraordinary accomplishments. These individuals demonstrate leadership qualities, immense team/club spirit and a willingness to learn and grow both on and off the field. In addition, this award honors the players who consistently show a positive attitude and utilize their enthusiasm to make contributions and demonstrate a commitment to the community and association.
One of Arlington Soccer’s very own was nominated and awarded this tremendous honor. Leslie Hickman has been playing soccer since he was 8 years old and has utilized his passion for the game to build tremendous relationships with his teammates and the surrounding community. As a player, Leslie spends several hours each day training in a variety of fields challenging himself to improve and supporting the growth of others. As a teammate, Leslie’s ability to form relationships and connect with those around him has demonstrated his commitment to the team paired with his enthusiasm to lead. As an individual, Leslie has not only used his involvement with soccer to connect with the surrounding community through TOPSoccer buddies (an organization for kids with disabilities) but also utilizes his skills in teamwork and attitude within Boy Scouts of America where he is currently a life scout working towards the Eagle Scout rank. His accomplishments on and off the field stand on their own, but the people that know him well understand the depth of who he is and is aspiring to be. His Cosmos Coach, Rick Sasaki, wrote of how his work-ethic isn’t what makes him unique its’ his ability to “listen, learn, implement and ultimately appreciate the lesson to the point he encourages and leads his teammates”.
On Saturday, February 1st, Leslie will be honored with the “2019 VA/DC Teammate of the Year” award at the VYSA Gala. Leslie is the epitome of what Arlington Soccer Association is all about and we are so proud of him. For all those that know him, his impact is clear. For those who do not, he is both an inspiration and an example that we hope our players strive to be. His skills on the field are for more than just soccer, they are a strong foundation to who he is becoming as he continues to grow and learn on and off the field. Thank you, Leslie, for all that you do, congratulations and we wish you all the best. You have made Arlington Soccer very proud!
|(l to r) Brian Plesser, John Mingus and David Gould|
United Soccer Coaches hosted their annual Coaches Convention in Baltimore, MD last week. This convention is an opportunity to gather coaches across the country to further educate and collaborate through seminars, meet and greets, and on-field demos. With hundreds of presenters, coaches have the opportunity to expand on their knowledge of not only the game itself but also the role that a coach can and should play in their players' life. With topics ranging from defensive formation to mental health and advocacy programs, this convention is a unifying voice across coaches of all levels.
Arlington Soccer was well represented with 16 staff members in attendance. This was an important opportunity for the staff to engage with other coaches and attend the various presentations to not only improve as individuals and coaches but also to support the growth of our Arlington Soccer players and community. Through this convention, our representatives have already brought back several ideas on how we can continue to support the development of our players on and off the field, further engage with our community, and promote the education of our coaches.
This convention was also host to several award ceremonies, including a very special award to our Arlington family. At the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, John Mingus was awarded the National Volunteer of the Year. This honors individuals who are excellent role models in their community. John’s willingness to promote players, soccer and incredible character on and off the field has increased opportunities for individuals throughout our community.
In anticipation of his award, two of John’s close colleagues and friends were interviewed. Neither held back their high praises of John and all he has done. David Gould, the Recreation Director at Arlington Soccer, has known John for around 6 years and has learned not only the technical aspects of the game as well as the intricacies of what it means to be a leader. Brian Plesser, the Recreation Chair at Arlington Soccer, credits John as his mentor and inspiration noting “when I think of community-based soccer, I think of John Mingus”.
For John, this award brought tears to his eyes as he struggled to find the words to express his gratitude and appreciation for the award. His passion for working with soccer and bringing the game all he can is showcased through his efforts and engagement for almost two decades. The winners to him, are all of the kids in Arlington and he is so grateful for the honor noting it as “perhaps the coolest thing that’s ever happened”.
Watch the videos of the interview and view more photos from the Convention below.
Thank you, John, for all you do and have done - - you are so appreciated and we are beyond grateful to have you in the Arlington Soccer Family!
|John Mingus Accepts the USYS Volunteer of the Year Award|
|John Mingus, Volunteer of the Year|
In celebration of the club's 50th anniversary, the Arlington Soccer office is undergoing renovations and will remain closed to the public the week of January 6th.
During renovations, we will be available to assist families with registrations at several off-site locations. We will be available at the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, January 7th: Columbia Pike Library - 1st-floor room from 2 - 4 pm
- Wednesday, January 8th: Arlington Central Library - Wilson Room from 3 - 5 pm
- Thursday, January 9th: Columbia Pike Library - Westmont Room - 3 - 5 pm
During renovations our phone system will not be readily accessible, it may take a couple of days to respond to any voicemails. We will, however, be available through email. Any questions or messages can be sent to email@example.com.
We anticipate that the office will resume normal office hours on Monday, January 13.
Thank you for your understanding.
PLEASE HELP DOORWAYS for WOMEN and FAMILIES - We are partnering with Doorways, which works to provide shelter for women and families in Arlington County, and pathways out of homelessness. Bring much-needed items to the ARL office. Thank you!
Congratulations to Coach Gerardo's 2007G DA team for hosting a healthy bake sale in November to benefit Children's National Hospital. Led by captains Sienna Merrill and Danicka Miller, the team set up shop outside of Williamsburg Middle School on a rainy Sunday afternoon with a large assortment of healthy options ranging from carrot oat muffins to cacao protein balls to fruit bags. The bake sale brought in over $700.
Every team member contributed by baking, staffing, and/or marketing the bake sale! When we asked the girls why they chose to donate the funds to Children's National, the captains responded with: "Our team chose Children's National Hospital because we are extremely grateful for the opportunities we have been given. We wanted to give children who aren't as lucky an opportunity to reach their goals."
Children's National Hospital recognized the team's generosity by sending each girl a teddy bear and letter of gratitude. Likewise, we at Arlington Soccer are very proud of this team for their hard work on the field and compassion off the field!
Michael Radomski, a midfielder on the 2006 Boys Red team, has been selected to the East Region All-Star team that will compete in the International Champions Cup Futures event at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida December 10-15.
Michael will join players from top east coast clubs in a competition of 24 teams from around the world, including FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Arsenal, PSG, Benfica, Roma and select MLS Academies. U14 is the only boys age group being contested. There will also be a girls' competition at the U15 age group.
The tournament can be followed online at internationalchampionscup.
“I am grateful for this opportunity that ARL and ICC Futures has given me. I am excited to play with all these great players from around the world and to learn from the coaches.”
The Juliet Grace Smith Foundation is thrilled to grow our relationship with Arlington Soccer Association. Many of Arlington’s families have been impacted by little ones who join the party just a little bit too early. This was the case when Juliet Grace was born in 2010 to ASA Coach Chris Smith and his wife Jess. Juliet was born 4 months premature and courageously faced a six-month regimen of daily life-or-death challenges. In her memory, a foundation was created: To enable a better experience for preemies and their families in the NICU. The primary work of Juliet's Foundation takes place in the Georgetown University Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU.
This year, Juliet's Foundation has made another commitment of $50,000 to expand the mental health support to NICU families. Juliet’s Foundation also sponsors the annual Juliet Grace Smith Memorial Scholarship for Courage, which assists Financial Aid eligible boys and girls in the ASA travel program who have demonstrated courage on and off the soccer field. This year’s awards were made to players in the 2008 and 2010 girls age groups.
Earlier this fall, Juliet was honored by the 2010 Girls as an honorary member of that age group. This was both a warm and humbling recognition and a welcome opportunity to inspire those who would have been Juliet’s teammates with some anecdotes about her brief but courageous life. In the image above, the Smith family is surrounded by Team Arlington’s 2010 girls - all modeling their Juliet Grace Smith Foundation Bag Tag.
In recognition of National Prematurity Awareness Day, on November 17th, we would like to kick off the public offering these special bag tags. They should be displayed proudly as a symbol of courage, on and off the soccer field. Proceeds from the sale of these bag tags will go directly to the Juliet Grace Smith Foundation and their philanthropic efforts. Bag tags for your family and team are available at the ASA Office (5210 Wilson Boulevard) and will be sold for $5 each. Teams are welcome to designate a representative to place bulk orders and coordinate one pick up from the office. Exact change cash or personal checks are accepted.
Arlington Soccer is excited to announce that we are planning an amazing soccer tour to England during Arlington County spring break in April 2020.
This opportunity is open to all in the Arlington Soccer community and will be an incredible experience, one that will be memorable for the entire family.
This will be a great chance to see two professional soccer games and explore a different culture as we visit London and Manchester. We will have lots of sightseeing to do and some of the highlights of this trip are Thames River Cruise, Tower of London, Tottenham Stadium Tour, Old Trafford Stadium Tour, The National Football Museum and Liverpool’s Albert Docks.
In order to make all of this happen, the Club is partnering with the nation’s leading provider of international soccer tours, WorldStrides Excel. They will do most of the planning and organizing, including help with financial assistance and fundraising. They have a tremendous track record for safety and overall tour support. We will get our very own 24/7 Tour Director who will be with us for the entire trip. The all-inclusive fee for the trip will be approximately $2900-3000 and includes lodging, air and ground transportation, and sightseeing, basically everything except lunches and souvenirs.
WorldStrides Excel recently hosted a 30-minute online trip webinar. During the webinar, WorldStrides Excel discussed the details of the trip such as inclusions, fundraising, and how to sign up. For additional information, or for a copy of the webinar, contact Steven Macdonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (434) 284-9797.
Arlington U-17 DA player Nora Green-Orset was called up to the Norwegian National Team (u16) again, this time for the European Qualifiers in the Faroe Islands. The team will train and play over the next 11 days with games on October 17 (Faroe Islands), October 20(Azerbaijan), and October 23 (Slovenia).
Nora started playing with the Norwegian National Team in July at the Nordic Tournament in Sweden. "At first I was nervous to join a team that had been playing together for years but I quickly became part of them, learning a new position as a center back and a different way of playing defense." Nora scored a header goal in the final game of the tournament against the Netherlands and was awarded Player of the Match along with the keeper.
In addition to expanding her soccer knowledge and growing as a player, Nora's experience with the Norwegian team has fostered great friendships. "It's a welcoming and inclusive team of strong players and coaches who are really supportive and team focused. The team motto is "Stronger Together" and that's how we do everything on the field and off. I'm lucky I have the chance to be part of it, and really grateful to my Arlington club and Coach Mo for making it possible."
European Qualifier games will be live-streamed.
- 10/17 1:30 pm ET
- 10/20 9:00 am ET
- 10/23 9:00 am ET
In light of information shared publicly yesterday, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify some facts surrounding our age limit policies.
Arlington Soccer (ARL) is a youth sports organization committed to providing soccer opportunities for more than 9,000 players who participate in our various youth soccer programs. We support players of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means to encourage personal growth, promote a love for the game, and advance soccer in Arlington and surrounding communities. ARL is required to comply with all rules and policies of US Youth Soccer (USYS) and the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA).
The age limit policy is a rule of USYS and VYSA. The age limit is based on birth-year registration and prohibits anyone defined as a U-20, or older, from participating in youth soccer. A person registering for the 2019-20 season, who was born in 2000, is deemed to be in the U-20 age group and therefore, is not eligible to play youth soccer in the United States. Here is a link to the Soccer Age Group Chart as promulgated by USYS and VYSA.
In the past, believing that we had the authority to make exceptions as appropriate, we granted some limited exceptions to the age limit for the rec program. ARL learned from VYSA in August that such exceptions are not permissible and began to uniformly apply the age limit for the Fall season as required by USYS and VYSA.
Nevertheless, given the special circumstances surrounding the player, ARL revisited the rule with VYSA and sought an exception. The request was denied, and the coaches and player were informed of VYSA's decision. ARL never changed its position on eligibility for this player or any others since clarity of the rule was provided by VYSA this summer.
For additional information on the age policy, please click here.
We appreciate the passion and dedication that all of our players, parents, coaches and volunteers bring to youth sports and it remains our mission to provide a high-quality and safe environment for Arlington's youth soccer players.
Allie Signorelli, President, Board of Directors
Adam Brick, Executive Director
On August 6, 2019, 13 girls from Arlington Soccer went to Holland for a unique experience. The game – Arlington vs. FC Lise (Amsterdam) – was part of a series of five international friendly matches that pitted Arlington against local Dutch football clubs. In addition to the five friendly matches, the 08 Girls Red team also practiced as a team under the direction of Dutch coaches.
The girls went abroad with Arlington coaches Mo Tayari and Alexis Koppius, along with parents and family members. In addition to the practices and games, the girls also had a chance to sightsee in Amsterdam, including visiting the village of Gouda, touring the Anne Frank Museum, and taking in two professional soccer games.
Youth Director Mo Tayari commented, "The girls gained an awesome experience by playing against different styles of play in different facilities, being immersed in another culture, hearing a new language, seeing and visiting attractions, visiting museums, etc.. it was a great adventure for all the players and parents and an experience that will be remembered and talked about forever. We are looking forward to taking another Arlington team next year."
The girls cited several highlights from the trip, including biking to and from their practice sessions, staying as a team on a small Dutch farm, as well as visiting Ajax Stadium. But perhaps what the girls enjoyed the most was the opportunity to meet the girls on the opposing Dutch teams. Although they were reticent at first, the girls quickly found common ground, enjoying Tic-Toc and lunch together after the matches.
Members from ARL High School Girls team Storm recently visited several cities in El Salvador as part of a cultural and sports exchange sponsored by the Arlington Sister City Association and the San Miguel Committee.
As part of the exchange, eight players from schools in San Miguel were chosen to play with the Storm. Five games were played at local fields. The Storm distributed soccer balls to the teams they played that were generously donated by Arlington Soccer Association. Additionally, uniforms donated by DC Stoddert soccer were given to the Salvadoran players.
The trip was not just about playing soccer. The girls also visited an orphanage in San Miguel. The team had lunch with the children and spent time talking and playing. The children were delighted to interact with them.
During their stay, the team went to several different beaches for a day of leisure and had a great time swimming in the ocean and playing on the beach.
This was a rewarding experience for not only the Arlington and Salvadoran players, but also for the coaches and chaperones, as they recognized all of the many things they have in common even while separated by many miles.
The team is currently planning for a return visit in July 2020, as three other schools would like to be included in an exchange.
OVERLAND PARK, KS, July 28, 2019. BREAKING NEWS: The Arlington Soccer ’02 Boys Red Team’s (ARL) bid for its second US Youth Soccer National Championship in two years fell short with a one-goal loss to Solar ‘02 Castro-TX.
ARL surrendered only its second goal of championship week when Solar scored in the 61st minute of the finals to take a 1-0 lead. Although ARL continued to push the ball forward in the final 20 minutes of the match, Solar held on to its lead and thwarted ARL’s back-to-back effort.
ARL played very well throughout the week scoring 7 goals while giving up only 2 goals. As national runners-up, ARL completed the week with a 3-1-1 record.
On the way to its second national championship match in two years, ARL finished preliminary round play with a first-place finish in Group B posting a 2-0-1 record with 7 points. In the national semifinals, ARL defeated Baltimore Celtic 2-0.
|Teammates celebrate after Joe Core's goal that made it 2-0 in second half action vs Baltimore Celtic|
OVERLAND PARK, KS, July 27, 2019. BREAKING NEWS: In the US Youth Soccer Championships, the Arlington Soccer ’02 Boys Red Team (ARL) secured a semifinal victory with a 2-0 win over Baltimore Celtic. ARL will defend its 2018 National Championship in tomorrow’s finals versus Solar '02 Castro-TX.
ARL took a halftime lead of 1-0 in the semifinal match versus Celtic. ARL took advantage of a free kick by Jonah Garufi and James Canady found the back of the net at the 17-minute mark to put ARL up 1-0.
ARL scored its second goal in the 76th minute on a beautiful play started by Josh Morrobel who moved the ball up the field from his defensive position, made a deft pass to James Canady who fed it to Joe Core for his fourth goal of the tournament and sealed the ARL victory.
Throughout the match, ARL displayed a strong presence in the midfield on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Jonathan Lee continued his strong play in goal.
After the match, ARL head coach Eduardo De Souza said, “The boys knew the game plan today. We play one match at a time with respect for every opponent. We are excited for the finals tomorrow and we are all in.”
ARL will play Solar ’02 in tomorrow’s championship game that features a rematch of the 2018 semifinals won by ARL by a score of 2-1. ARL looks to repeat as national champions as the finals will kick off at 7:15 am (CDT) and be available to watch live via US Youth Soccer http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live/.
You can also follow the action on Sunday morning on Twitter by following @ArlingtonSoccer.
OVERLAND PARK, KS, July 25, 2019. BREAKING NEWS: The Arlington Soccer ’02 Boys Red Team (ARL) advanced to the semifinals of the US Youth Soccer National Championships with a 1-0 win over Santa Clara Sporting Green (SC). By earning 3 points today, ARL finished in first place in Group B with 7 points and will play in the semifinals on Saturday at 10 am (EDT).
Today’s match versus SC was a physical game from the outset with the teams playing to a 0-0 tie at halftime. ARL began its ball control late in the first half and that momentum carried through into the second half as ARL took the lead in the 69th minute off of a penalty kick by Jose Alvarado. With a 1-0 lead in the match, ARL directed the tempo for the final 20 minutes. ARL demonstrated a great deal of poise during the match and played solid defense throughout. GK Jonathan Lee anchored the defense with 7 saves, one of those was an incredible save early in the second half.
ARL completed preliminary round play with two wins and one tie for a total of 7 points. ARL netted 5 goals in three games while only surrendering one goal. ARL will play in the national semifinals on Saturday morning versus Baltimore Celtic (BC) at 10 am (EDT). BC concluded preliminary round play with two wins and one loss for a total of 6 points and a second-place finish in Group A.
Group B final standings: ARL – 7 points; Michigan Jaguars – 5 points; OK Energy FC Central – 3 points; SC – 1 point.
Group A final standings: Solar 02 Castro (TX) – 7 points; BC – 6 points; Washington Premier Black – 2 points; Coral Estates Strikers Blue – 1 point.
OVERLAND PARK, KS, July 24, 2019. BREAKING NEWS: The Arlington Soccer ’02 Boys Red Team (ARL) secured a victory on day two of the US Youth Soccer National Championships. With a 3-0 win, ARL sits atop of Pool B with 4 points. Today’s match featured a controlling possession game by ARL over OK Energy FC Central (OK) and a hat trick by Joe Core. ARL put 10 shots on goal while securing 7 corner kicks to 1 shot on goal and 1 corner for OK.
ARL dominated the second half and quickly led off the scoring at the 51:00-minute mark. Jose Alvarado placed a corner kick into the 18 and Joe Core finished with a header for his first of three goals. ARL maintained its pressure and three minutes later, Core headed in his second goal of the day off of a free-kick from Jonah Garufi.
For the remainder of the game, ARL continued its solid defense and maintained control of the pitch. Jonathan Lee was stellar in goal and made some critical plays throughout the game. With about 6 minutes remaining in the match, Core capped off the win with his 3rdgoal on an assist from Alvarado.
While the first 45 ended in a scoreless half, ARL consistently pushed the pace of play. Early in the match ARL was aggressive on the offensive end but OK fought back and put pressure on ARL midway through the first half. Defender Garrett Ross made a terrific save of a ball in the box that kept the game scoreless. ARL closed the first 45 with several shots and regained control of the possession.
ARL will play its third and final game of pool play on Wednesday morning at 7am central time against Santa Clara Sporting 02 Green (SC). The current standings for Pool B: ARL – 4 points; OK – 3 points; Michigan Jaguars – 2 points; SC – 1 point.
Additional coverage of today's match: usyouthsoccer.org website
The 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will feature top teams in the 13U through 19U age groups, kick off Tuesday, July 23, with games running through Sunday, July 28.
Arlington Soccer Association is so very proud that our 2002 Boys Red team are returning to defend their national championship in Overland Park, Kansas.
The Journey Back to the Championships
"No pain, no gain!” is a phrase that sums up where the team found themselves against the OC Boca Juniors in April. The game between the two sides was to determine who would go on to advance to this years National USYS Championship Series via the National League. After losing a heartbreaking state cup in the Fall, the defending National Champions wanted to create a different result, which was their only hope at defending the crown.
After a hard-fought match by both sides, the ASA Red ‘02 Boys found themselves on the right side of things, with a 3-0 victory. The victory propelled the boys into the Elite 8 final at this years USYS National Championships. With a pool of 3 competitive teams to go through first, the ASA ‘02 Red Boys team has its sights on a second title.
Scheduled Matches (EDT)
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- Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00 am vs Michigan Jaguars Green
1-1 TIE - Goal by Kyle Burbage
- Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00 am vs OK Energy FC Central
3-0 VICTORY! HAT TRICK (3 GOALS) for Joe Core!
- Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 am vs Santa Clara Sporting Green
1-0 VICTORY! Penalty Kick by José Alvarado!
Recording of Match: https://youtu.be/yPW
- Semifinals! Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 am EDT!
2-0 VICTORY! Goals by Canady and Core!
- FINALS! Sunday, July 28 at 8:15 am EDT!
1-0 Loss. Great effort, boys!
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ODP Virginia State Team in the International Trip friendlies to Holland and Germany this past Spring season.
Arlington Soccer is proud to report that five 2005 Travel program players are representing the club in the Virginia Olympic Development Program (ODP).
- Colton Jensen (VA Northern District, VA State, and Region)
- Daniel Bollman (VA Northern District, VA State, and Region)
- Farouk Boudjemaa (VA Northern District and VA State)
- Tai Bhalla (VA Northern District and VA State)
- Jake Furce (VA Northern District and VA State)
"With great honor, we have some of our 2005 Red players representing ASA in the ODP VA Northern District, VA State, and Region level. We are pleased and proud of their achievement and I am looking forward to continuing working in their development." - Coach Eddie Lima
What is the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP)?
The U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.
Girls 03 Pre-DA Team Advances to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Eastern Regional Championships
Congratulations to our 2003 Girls Pre-Development Academy team for advancing to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Eastern Regional Championships being held in Charleston and Barboursville, West Virginia June 28-July 4.
Excerpted from an article prepared by EDPSoccer.com:
"The team yielded only one goal in EDP Atlantic Development League play…while scoring 31! Arlington posted eight clean sheets in its final eight league games and finished the season with a 9-0-1 record to finish at the top of the table and clinch a spot in the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships.
Arlington, the No. 1 team in Virginia, has also performed well in tournaments over the past few years. Those showings, along with its solid results against the strong competition in the EDP League has Arlington feeling confident heading into Regionals.
“Our team’s work ethic is unmatched,” Head Coach Mo Tayari commented. “I am fortunate to coach a team that has such natural chemistry, both on and off the field.”'
Arlington Soccer Unveils Updated Logo
Arlington, VA, May 31, 2019: Arlington Soccer revealed a new and modern logo today.
“Arlington Soccer is proud to announce today a refresh of our core brand elements including an updated logo. The new look reflects the growth and development of Arlington Soccer over the past five decades,” said Adam Brick, Executive Director. “The new logo is a symbol of our ‘One Club’ vision where all players are at the center of our mission and we strive to create an environment that empowers youth and strengthens community.”
Arlington Soccer has grown to serve almost 9,000 players per year and more than 6,000 families through a wide variety of after-school programs, camps, clinics, recreational, developmental and travel soccer.
“The modernization of the Arlington Soccer brand coincides with the 50 th anniversary of the Club. As we move closer to 2020, we will mark this milestone in several ways beginning with this fresh new look for our brand,” said Allie Signorelli, Board President.
Included in the rebranding, Arlington Soccer will adopt a new official club abbreviation: ARL. “The strength of our brand, particularly on the national and regional level, is the name Arlington and the new abbreviation provides consistency across our programs,” said German Peri, Director of Coaching. The abbreviation ‘ARL’ replaces the use of ‘ASA’.
Melanie Roberts, a seasoned graphic designer, assisted Arlington Soccer in the design of the logo. Her children have played soccer for the Club and Melanie served a volunteer coach. She has worked on corporate branding and identity projects for more than twenty years. Some of her past work can be seen at https://www.behance.net/gallery/23335069/Logos.
About Arlington Soccer: Founded in 1970, Arlington Soccer provides quality soccer programs and experiences for people of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means to encourage personal growth, promote a love for the game, and advance soccer in Arlington and surrounding communities. Arlington Soccer offers recreational, developmental and travel soccer, as well as a number of camps and clinics to more than 9,000 children per year. Arlington Soccer is dedicated to providing participants with the opportunity to learn, have fun, and reach their full potential.
Later this week, in anticipation of its 50th Anniversary in 2020, Arlington Soccer will unveil a revised and more modern logo. Let’s take a quick look back to the origins of the club.
Recreational youth soccer in Arlington, VA began in 1968. It was started by the Arlington County Department of Recreation with four boy’s teams for ages 15 and under. Games were played at Tuckahoe field on Sycamore Street. Games were scheduled, referees assigned, and fields lined by County personnel (as they did for other sports).
In January 1970, a group of soccer parents wanting to enlarge the youth soccer program met and formed Arlington Soccer Association (Arlington Soccer). When Arlington Soccer asked to be able to play soccer during the spring months, the County made fields available but due to budgetary restraints said that they could only provide personnel for a fall soccer program. In many ways, that decision of the County was the defining moment in the life of the Arlington Soccer. Volunteers began registering players, scheduling games, arranging for the assignment of referees, lining fields and otherwise taking over the management of the youth soccer program.
By the fall of 1970, the soccer program had expanded to 20 boy’s teams with U15 and U12 divisions of 10 teams each. Registration increased to 300 players. Today, over four decades later, the Arlington Soccer recreation program is made up of 6,000 players on more than 550 teams from Arlington and Falls Church.
A major factor in the growth of Arlington Soccer was the inclusion of girls in the Recreational soccer program. While girls did participate on some teams during those early years, the Association started forming all-girl teams in the fall of 1973.
Another milestone of the club was the development of travel teams. Initially, all-star teams were created early in Arlington Soccer’s history to play in tournaments over holidays. From those early all-star teams developed the Travel program, which now has 90+ teams playing in national and regional leagues. In 2018, the U16 Boys team won the club’s first US Youth Soccer National Championship.
In February 2020, Arlington Soccer will host a celebration to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the club.
Arlington’s 2003 Girls Pre-DA team punched its ticket to the Eastern Regional Championships, held June 28-July 4 in Charleston, WV, through its outstanding record in the EDP Atlantic Development league. Arlington went undefeated in 10 games and concluded with a record of 9 wins – 0 losses – 1 tie, scoring 31 goals and conceding only 1.
The team consists of Amelie Kovacevic, Brenna Meehan, Eliza Franklin, Emma Bates, Emma Koppelman, Emma Ricchetti, Grace Franklin, Jackie Turner, Katy Talotta, Lauren Bouchoux, Lilly Neubauer, Megan Munson, Michaela McCormack, Nora Green-Orset, Olivia Duvall, Sarah Watchman, and Summer Sanie, and is coached by Mo Tayari.
Coach Mo said of his team, “I’m so proud of these girls. Their character, discipline, and commitment allowed them to succeed and have an impressive record this year.”
The team also participated in the National League (1 – 1 – 5) and is currently at the top of standings for the EDP South Atlantic Premier I league (6 – 1 – 0) with two remaining games.
Arlington Soccer Initiative to Reach Out to Elementary School Aged Girls
In partnership with Arlington County Extended Day and the 4-H program, Arlington Soccer has created Girls with Goals - a new pilot program for elementary aged girls. After realizing that elementary aged girls are under-represented in the Arlington Soccer Rec program, we wanted to find a way to encourage them to try the sport. Girls with Goals is a six week, no-cost afterschool club designed to eliminate the potential barriers of transportation and cost, which may limit some girls’ participation. We hope to continue this program and expand to other Title 1 schools around the County, where we believe transportation and cost may present significant obstacles for families. In the pilot program, sessions are coached by professional coach, Candace Chapman, with the assistance of two high school students. Each session includes 4-H character building activities, designed to reinforce the principles of fairness and sportsmanship. You can also read recent local press about the endeavor here.
Arlington Soccer is excited to host a US Soccer ID Center on Wednesday, May 8 at Long Bridge Park.
U.S. Soccer YNT Identification Centers (IDCs) are free, single-day player identification opportunities for top talents to train under the direction of U.S. Soccer Talent Identification Managers. IDCs are a critical element to the U.S. Soccer development model and are designed to improve talent identification and evaluation, player development, and coaching development. Approximately 100 regional sessions are conducted per year in key markets throughout the country.
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Arlington Soccer's U14 and U15 Girls will be heading to Colorado this weekend for the spring showcase event.
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Get your team together for a great night of professional soccer!
Grab tickets now for a special Arlington Soccer night at Audi Field as our own DC United and Wayne Rooney take on San Jose Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 pm at beautiful new Audi Field.
Jackie Shores and Kira Waller Selected for the U13/14 Girls Team
Once again, Arlington Soccer players make us proud! Two Super Y players, Jackie Shores and Kira Waller, have been selected to participate in the prestigious USL Experience (USLX) on the U13/U14 Girls...
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Arlington, VA, February 20, 2019:
US Soccer has recognized the achievements of Arlington Soccer and awarded the Club an expansion of its Girls’ Development Academy to a complete lineup of 6 age groups. In the fall of 2019, the club will add three age groups (U-16, U-17 and U-18/19) to its current U-13, U-14, and U-15 age groups. Arlington Soccer is the only club in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be awarded the...
For Immediate Release
January 28, 2019
Two Arlington Soccer Association Coaches Win Prestigious Awards
Arlington, VA - Two Arlington Soccer Association coaches, Mo Tayari and Osman Cuadros, have been awarded the 2018 Virginia Youth Soccer Association Girls and Boys Competitive Coach of the Year, respectively. In addition, Coach Tayari won...
Arlington Soccer Association is pleased to share that the Virginia Youth Soccer Association announced their annual Awards and two of our coaches received accolades.
Coach Mo Tayari was awarded the...
Our vision at Arlington Soccer Association is to have the best Development Academy program in the DMV area and one of the top academies in the United States. We look forward to working with you to...
Arlington Soccer Association Announces Appointment of Matt Badiee as the Director of Coaching Education
Arlington Soccer Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Badiee as the Director of Coaching Education for the club. In this role, Matt will develop the club’s education department with a focus on a club-wide curriculum. To that end, the coaching education staff will serve all programs in Arlington Soccer working with volunteer and professional coaches. Matt will work...
Arlington Soccer is pleased to announce that our 3rd Annual Casino Night tickets are now on sale!
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For Immediate Release – Sept. 11, 2018
D.C. United Academy announce the “DMV Pathway 2 Pro” Program
The Black-and-Red join forces with elite youth soccer clubs in the DMV to provide development plans for players
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Congratulations to the following nine travel teams on their acceptance to compete in the 2018-2019 State Cup Series:
2004 Boys and Girls Red
2003 Boys and Girls Red
2002 Boys and Girls Red
March 22, 2018
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March 16, 2018
Congratulations to the 2004 Girls Red for clinching a spot in Nationals! This is the first time an Arlington Soccer Association girls team has ever achieved an invitation to this tournament.
March 15, 2018
Thank you to Dick’s Sporting Goods for once again supporting the Arlington Soccer Association with a generous sponsorship. In addition to the monetary donation, they offer an “ASA Day” twice a year...
March 9, 2018
Arlington Soccer Association Awarded US Soccer Girls’ Development Academy and Expands its Boys’ Development Academy
Arlington, VA, March 9, 2018: Arlington Soccer Association announced...
February 14, 2018
The 13th Annual ASIST Tournament (Arlington Spring Invitational Soccer Tournament) will take place March 2-4, 2018 (Boys) and March 9-11, 2018 (Girls) and provides sponsorship opportunities at various...
February 7, 2018
Almost 350 members of #TeamArlington came out to enjoy our 2nd Annual Casino Night! We hope everyone had an awesome time!
A BIG thank you to event producer, Sara Franklin, DJ Pat Premier and the...
January 29, 2018
Arlington Soccer Association is proud to share the announcement of former Arlington Striker (1996B) Eryk Williamson in signing his first professional contract with the MLS Portland Timbers.
November 7, 2017
Congratulations to our State and President Cup Winners and Runner-up!
State Cup Winners: 03G Red & 01B Red
State Cup Finalists: 02B Red
President’s Cup Winners: 02B White & 03B White
November 2, 2017
Adam Brick appointed Executive Director of Arlington Soccer Association.
(Arlington, VA), (November 1, 2017): The Board of Directors of the Arlington Soccer Association has selected...
October 16, 2017
ASA alumnus, Nelson Blanco, has signed his first professional contract with North Carolina FC. Click herefor the full story and more information about Nelson and his stellar career.