WHY? VIRGINIA SOCCER LEAGUE
The Virginia Soccer League has 359 teams in fall and 180-200 in the spring. The number of teams provides more evenly matched competitive games for the development of the player. Every club participates in the forming of the divisions in the seasonal meeting.
Virginia Soccer League is locally based. Over 85% of our team's games are located within 30 minutes of their home club; excluding those clubs located outside of 30 minutes of the majority of the league's clubs. In almost all cases only the leagues top divisions travel outside of the home club area. Every club participates in the formation of divisions every season.
Club Wide Passes
Virginia Soccer League is member of Virginia Youth Soccer Assn,(VYSA) US Youth Soccer, and US Soccer.
VYSA was one of the first states to approve the club pass. Virginia Soccer League is one of the first leagues to allow the use of the club pass. The club pass term as "guest players" is valuable tool for the club in the area of player development.
Team Registration Age Group
All US Soccer member national and state associations follow the same age groupings. Players may play up, but not down in any national or state association member leagues.
League Club Support and Fees
Virginia Soccer League fees are less than other travel leagues in the state. VYSA/US Youth Soccers registration fees (carding fees) are lower than other national associations and do not charge for team officials and team aides. Virginia Soccer League in support of our clubs has distributed over $140,000 in the areas of education and equipment. $90,000 for goals and $50,000 in licensing, clinics, and convention fees for members. To serve and assist the member, Virginia Soccer League has both a Technical Director and League Administrator.
State Cup, President's Cup and Regional Competitions
US Youth Soccer National Championship Series (state cup) & President's Cup is open to all member teams. US Youth Soccer President's Cup is the "state cup" for "Division 2" level teams. VYSA and the Region 1 Director were instrumental in establishing the President's Cup nationally. Virginia Soccer League supports and encourages our teams to participate in President's Cup. Virginia Soccer League teams have won and advanced to regional and national finals.
Olympic Development Program (ODP)
All Olympic Development Programs are sanctioned by US Soccer and United States Olympic Committee. All US Soccer designated ODP programs are required to be open to all who want to tryout. Virginia Soccer League supports our players and our teams participating in ODP and adjust team schedules for when teams are affected by players attending an ODP event.
All clubs have a vote in matters of by-laws and election of board members. All VSL members are eligible to be a board member if elected by the member clubs. Changes or additions to league rules may be proposed by clubs and are discussed with the club reps in the league seasonal meetings prior to being submitted to the board for a vote. Virginia Soccer League's process of input from clubs before submission to the board ensures "grass roots" participation by all clubs in the league.