Peyton from our U9 girls team is our second winner of Player of the Week! Matt Lacey nominated Peyton and had this to say about her week!
"Peyton had a fantastic weekend and showed how versatile she is at such a young age playing in a number of positions," said Lacey. "She has a great work ethic and her technical ability allowed her to play a big role in a successful weekend for the U9 girls team."
Team of the Week
U18 Girls Blue
Our U18 Girls Blue are this weeks winners of Team of the Week! The girls went undefeated in the Jeff Cup (won 1, tied 2) and also found out the big news that they are going to Nationals! GotSoccer still has the girls as the #1 team in the nation - this team continues to break new ground and we at VSA are very proud of what they have acheieved.
Each week we will be annoucing our team, player and goal of the week! We finally had some tournaments this weekend, so here's the VSA Weekly Award winners!
Team of the Week
U10 Boys White
Our U10 Boys White are our first Team of the Week. The boys had a great weekend at the Alexandria Soccer Kick-off tournament. The boys won two out of their three games last weekend, great job boys!
"The boys played outstanding all weekend, especially considering these were their first games for the spring season and we added some new faces,” said Assistant Technical Director, Dale Parker. “The most pleasing thing for me was that the boys took what they learned in practice last week and executed it with visible success over the weekend. Coach James and I were very proud of this group."
Player of the Week
Avery Tharrington, U11 Girls
The U11 Girls won two out of two this weekend at the Jefferson Cup. Avery and her teammates put in two fantastic performances in Richmond and Avery stood out in central midfield, well done Avery!
"I was fortunate enough to coach a talented set of girls at the Jefferson Cup and I have to say I was immensely impressed with all of the U11 girls," said Technical Director, Matt Lacey. "Avery had an excellent weekend and was dominant throughout both games with her ability to control the game through the center of the field. She has good technique and good vision along with a quality work ethic, well done Avery"
Goal of the Week
Bridie Sheahan, U11 Girls
"What a goal! As you can see in the video the technique Bridie uses to strike the ball is text book and it is a goal she will remember for a long time," said Lacey. "The build-up play from Izzy for us as technical staff made it the #1 goal of the weekend, well done Bridie."
The Virginia Soccer Association (VSA) is a non-profit charitable soccer education organization serving the youth of Western Prince William County since 1977. Our players are boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 18 who live in Haymarket, Gainesville, Catharpin, Bristow, and neighboring communities in Virginia. The VSA organizes a recreation/instructional league during the spring and fall seasons and sponsors travel/select teams to travel leagues in Northern Virginia. The VSA is an affiliate of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA), the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Technical Director Update
We Are VSA - A Vision and a Philosophy to become a Professional Youth Club
Dear VSA membership,
Every successful soccer club in the world has a clear vision and philosophy which defines who they are and separates them from the rest. Over the past few months you have more than likely seen the small steps we have been taking to define what it means to be part of VSA. We have a clear vision which revolves around four key components that would make us a Professional youth club. The four key components that we believe are vital to a clear vision and a successful club are Player Development, Coaching Education, Parent Education, and Administration. Our vision for each is clear:
Player Development - To create the #1 Player Development Model in the area
Coaching Education - To have the Best Coaching Staff in the area who are dedicated to further education (licenses), Integrity, and the CLUB!
Parent Education - To have the most supportive and understanding parents in the area
Administration - To have the right structure and people in place to support our vision
These four key components give us clear guidelines and areas of focus on to achieve our short, medium, and long term goals to ultimately create a quality club for our players to achieve there goals and aspirations. To achieve our vision we must always answer the How which you can find by visiting our webpage presentation on creating a culture.
If the vision drives us where we want to be our philosophy defines who we want to be along our journey and beyond. As a club we believe that it is important to always look at the bigger picture for all of our players when it comes to our philosophy. Most of us a players/parents when we get the soccer bug start dreaming of playing in college or the professional level which is never a bad thing because we want all our players to have long term goals but as a club we must prepare them for life outside of soccer. So we want them to leave VSA with core values that will make them successful in any walk of life. Our philosophy centers around 4 key areas -
Develop The Player: We will always put the player first and develop them in the 4 key components of the game (Technical, Tactical, Physical, Psychological). We will provide opportunities for all players to grow on the field. Ultimately put them in a position to be successful at the next level.
Develop The Person: We will always strive to look at the bigger picture and create young people who have characteristics and traits to succeed away from the soccer field. We will value hard work, humility, integrity, respect, responsibility, and a growth mindset above all else.
Develop The Club: We will work together as coaches, players, and parents to create OUR CLUB that we can be proud to be part of. On and Off the field we will represent the club in the best possible way, striving to be people the local community can be proud of. VSA will be unique to US!
Develop The Future: We will create a pathway and future for our players to be successful in all walks of life. Ultimately we are creating a better future for our community!
A vision and a philosophy gives our club a direction in which we can constantly evaluate and evolve with. You may note that I used the word "Professional Youth Club" and it is an important step in how we view ourselves and conduct business on and off the field moving forward. Youth soccer in America has evolved greatly over the last decade and the culture within soccer clubs has changed dramatically to provide more expertise in all aspects of the club. The best clubs in the country have moved to a structure and model that puts full time staff in charge of running the club to enhance the players and parents experience on a day to day basis. We are no different here at VSA and we are excited as we take the steps to create a "Professional Youth Club" we can all be very proud of.
We look forward to a successful future!
VSA to host 3v3 Live Tournament
VSA is proud to announce it will be hosting a 3v3 Live National Soccer Tour event on Saturday, June 27.
The 3v3 Live National Soccer Tour presented by Bownet is a nationwide event which hosts 125 tournaments a year. VSA are very privileged to have 3v3 Live for a one-day tournament at Long Park with games beginning at 9a.m.
This fantastic event will give our players a chance to play in highly competitive 3v3 games and the winners will have the chance to compete in the Disney 3v3 Soccer Championships in Orlando, Fl. This is a great opportunity that cannot be missed!
"This is another great opportunity for our players that we are bringing to VSA, 3v3 is a fantastic game developmentally which puts players in an environment where the demands of the game rely heavily on individual ball control and creativity,” said Technical Director Matt Lacey. “We are excited to host this event and be part of a fantastic day that provides all levels of players with an enjoyable soccer packed day."
All teams will play a minimum of FOUR games and will receive an official 3v3 Live Soccer Tour tournament t-shirt. The top three teams in each division will receive custom medals for each player. The top 4 teams in each division will also qualify for the Regional Final of your choice.
Due to high numbers anticipated, please register early. The Early Bird Deadline is May 27, Standard Deadline is June 12 and Final Deadline is June 21 at midnight. The fees are as follows:
Early Bird discount $170
Standard fee is $185
Late Fee is $200
Check in will be the day of event.
To find out more information about the tournament AND to register CLICK HERE