Summer is nearly over and with it goes another outdoor soccer season. Things are busy at WYSA as the league prepares for September Cambrian Challenge Cup playoffs in many of its divisions and gets the ball rolling on a brand new 3 v 3 tournament at the end of August.
The last few years has been a time of change for youth soccer in Winnipeg. We've moved the younger age groups to smaller sized game with fewer players on smaller pitches. This encourages all players to get more touches on the ball and more time on the field. The focus is entirely on player development and enjoying the game, which is where it should be. Over time, we expect to see players raised in this new environment to display greater skills and abilities.
The improvement won't come just from players individually though. It has to come through our coaches. One of the goals we should all have for the game is to have the best possible coaches on our benches. Our players deserve coaches who have taken the time to learn and improve their skills through certification programs. Parents, players, community centres and clubs should expect that from coaches. Fortunately, our premier clubs have been doing a good job over the past few years of training more and more coaches to serve all levels of the game.
Here are a few other changes that are in the works at WYSA:
- We launched a player subsidy program in 2015 and pledged proceeds from our big summer Boston Pizza Players Tournament towards that program. Our goal is to see that program grow in the years ahead so we can help more kids play soccer in Winnipeg.
- We are taking concrete steps to broaden our revenue streams at WYSA so we're not solely dependent on player fees. To that end, we have signed or re-signed a number of corporate sponsorships - Boston Pizza, Cambrian Credit Union and CM Engrave - this year that will have a positive impact on our bottom line.
- New events such as the 3 v 3 tournament will also serve to add new revenues to the organization while also creating new opportunities for our youth to play the game in fun and dynamic ways.
- And we're in the midst of a major governance review which should help simplify and streamline our constitution while providing us a stronger foundation on which to grow the game in years to come.
A long time leader in our sport recently told me that WYSA is more stable and well administered now than it has been in many years. I agree, though there is much work to do. Still, it's worth celebrating milestones and I'd like to thank our board and office staff for all the hard work they've put in to bring about these positive changes.
We need more people like them helping grow the game. If you want soccer to be better in Winnipeg, then get out and volunteer. Be a coach, manager or convenor. Be a ref. Serve on a board. Do something to make the game better. Let's not settle for mediocrity here. Let's strive to have the best youth soccer league in the country. It's our collective responsibility to demand more of our league, our clubs and our community centres, but it's also our individual responsibility to pitch in and help.
Yours in soccer,
As the WYSA 2015 Outdoor Season continues, please be reminded of a few important dates:
Thursday, August 20 - Deadline for roster changes - no changes will be permitted after this date.
Monday, August 31 - Pooled teams must declare a minimum of 12 players to their Premier 1 team roster by this date.
Monday, August 31 - Cambrian Challenge Cup (playoffs) begin for WYSA Recreational teams. Finals will be held September 26 at John Blumberg Sportsplex.
Tuesday, September 8 - Cambrian Challenge Cup (playoffs) begin for WYSA Premier teams. Finals will be held September 19 & 20 at the Waverley Soccer Complex.
Saturday, September 12 - WYSA U9-U12 Developmental League Jamboree at Grant Park Fields.
Tonight is the last night to register for the WYSA 3v3 Tournament taking place August 29-30th at Assiniboine Park! For more information on the tournament and to register your team, please visit http://3v3.winnipegyouthsoccer.com/
Register today before it's too late!
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Manitoba Soccer Association are pleased to be announcing their first Player Identification Camp in Manitoba. Players will have an opportunity to train and showcase their talent in front of Whitecaps FC Academy Director and Pre-Residency Head Coach Bart Choufour. Click here for more info regarding dates, locations and registration!
The playoff schedules for the 2015 Cambrian Challenge Cup are now posted! To view your team's schedule please click here and select the CCC page for your age group under 2015 Outdoor Divisions.
Good luck to all teams!
WYSA will be running a season finale jamboree on July 4th & 5th for all U9-U12 recreational teams. The event will be held at Grant Park (at the corner of Taylor Ave and Nathaniel St). Each team will play two games, and we will have the schedule ready and posted by the end of the week.
U9 and U11 teams will play on Saturday July 4th
U10 and U12 teams will play on Sunday July 5th
We will also have activities for teams to participate in on-site between their games, with an opportunity to win prizes!
Please click here to find your schedule!
Please click here for a copy of the Grant Park field map!
Dear Soccer Community, there is a need for us to clarify that the MSA needs to GAUGE the interest of the community on a soccer specialty license plate before proceeding with the program. We have not yet formalize an application and the application is conditional on demonstrating that there is interest and support for this initiative.
As such, if you would be willing to purchase a license plate, once the process is completed, please complete the form and submit it. It is critical that we gauge the interest before proceeding to ensure that it would be a successful initiative.
To view the form please click here.
To read the full press release please click here.
Thank you to all of the players, coaches, referees, and volunteers who participated in this year's Boston Pizza Players Tournament and a special thank you to Boston Pizza for all of their support! With your help, we hope to raise 10,000 for our player subsidy fund from this year's tournament! An update of the total proceeds will be posted here and on the WYSA website by the end of the month.
Thanks again for your support and we hope to see you next year!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the shot speed and shot accuracy activities at last weekend's D-League Jamboree! Below is a list of our overall winners in each age/gender category. In the case of a tie, a winner was drawn at random from the players who were tied.
U9 Boys - Seth Hasker (2)
U10 Boys - Ryder McMurchy (4)
U11 Boys - Lucas Kalberg (3)
U12 Boys - Matthew Gagliardi (3)
U9 Girls - Julia Martens (3)
U10 Girls - Courtney Smith (3)
U11 Girls - Megan Porco (3)
U12 Girls - Brooklyn Wityshyn (3)
U9 Boys - Markus Arndt (71 km/h)
U10 Boys - Ibrahim Dosso (80 km/h)
U11 Boys - Adriano Moncado (87 km/h)
U12 Boys - Nicolas Menei (87 km/h)
U9 Girls - Chloe Froese (59 km/h)
U10 Girls - Lexi Schimnowski (69 km/h)
U11 Girls - Jayda Anderson (72 km/h)
U12 Girls - Steffa Fridfinnson (79 km/h)
All the winners have been contacted via email. Please check your inbox for information on how to claim your prize!
If you are interested in participating in the WYSA Indoor High School Soccer League, please click here to contact the WYSA League Coordinator Scott Dixon for more information!
Please click here to view the WYSA 2015 Cambrian Challenge Cup Coaches Notes!!
Congratulations to the U14G, U16G, U18G FC Northwest teams, U14B Bonivital SC, U16B Winnipeg Phoenix FC, and U18B Winnipeg South End United SC teams who won the 2015 MSA Cup! The respective teams will represent Manitoba at the National Club Championships in Newfoundland (U14s), British Columbia (U16s), and Prince Edward Island (U18s)!
To find out more about the final results for the MSA Cup, please click here.
To find out more about the Sport Chek National Club Championships, please click here.
In order to have a match rescheduled, you must follow the below process:
1) Contact the opposing coach (contact info available on the website under team contacts) and request that you need to rescheduled the match to a mutually agreeable date. You will need to select two dates. As you will need to forward the email communication to WYSA, it would be preferable to contact the coach via email.
2) Once both teams have come up with two possible dates for WYSA to reschedule the match to, contact Scott Dixon at email@example.com with the email communication.
3) Upon receipt of said communication, WYSA will assign a field and referee for the match.
**U9-U12 Recreational teams please contact your District**
NOTE: All notices of match re-scheduling must be made to the WYSA no later than 48 hours prior to the match. Failure to do so will result in the match being defaulted.
2015 OUTDOOR SEASON
At this time, there are no match cancellations. The match official will determined whether the field or conditions are unplayable at the field.
League wide cancellations will be posted here. In the event of an individual game cancellation, email notification will be sent directly to the teams.