US Cellular Park in Medford will host the 2010 Far West Regionals in June. Find out more!
OYSA Fall Leagues
And Tournaments Taking Off
WOW - our fall event schedule has kept the leagues and tournaments staff hopping.
Kohl's American Cup
Cascade FC hosted this year's Kohl's Cup – 50 teams from the Metro and Mid Valley areas participated in this US Youth Soccer-sponsored event. Click here for photos and team names of all of this year's champions and finalists!. We are planning on two Kohl's Cups next year – one for the teams in the northern part of the state and one for those down south.
PQT and CQT weekends
The Canby and Corvallis soccer clubs were great hosts for the events. Both clubs were able to earn money for their club programs; in the case of Canby, the proceeds from the tournament were donated to the high school to re-instate the JV II soccer programs that had been lost to budget cuts last spring.
OYSA launched a series of changes to the league structures for this season.
First, was the split season for the Premier League teams. The concept of playing fewer games in the Fall (8) and playing the remaining schedule in the Spring (6 games) was supported by our member clubs and in keeping with the Best Practices manual of US Youth Soccer.
This great idea encountered serious challenges when it came to the practical matter of scheduling. Many clubs did not provide their field inventories on time, and many more simply did not have, or provide, enough field time to enable the schedule to be written in such a manner as to produce Saturday-only games. In addition, we allow teams to make special requests for time off and we also try to accommodate coaches that coach more than one team, placing those teams' games in close proximity and not at the same time. All in all, it was frustrating for everybody and we apologize that the schedules were so late. We will be instituting procedures that should prevent these kinds of delays in the future.
Secondly, we also planned to Regionalize the U11 leagues in three Regions: Metro, Central Valley and Southern. A sound concept, as Regional soccer for non-Premier teams has been proposed for the last four or five years by OYSA. The Metro and Central Valley regions were well received and the number of teams participating in the Fall League increased in those areas. The Southern region didn't have as many teams as we had hoped, which led to difficulty forming a division that gave them diversity in opponents. The result was that neither the Central Valley nor the Southern regions had schedules that were consistent with our original intent.
US Youth Soccer President's Cup
The 2010 Far West Regional tournament will be held at US Cellular Park in Medford. Teams will arrive June 16 for check in and opening ceremonies and games will kick off on Thurs., June 17. Brandon Meyers and Quinnan Kirkland of the Medford Parks Department and Sue Stephens with the Medford Visitor's Bureau have been of tremendous help in planning this event. The Rogue Valley Soccer Club, along with our other clubs in the area, will be helping as well. This is OYSA's first Regional tournament and it is estimated to have a $7 million economic impact to Medford and the surrounding communities. We have great plans, lots of surprises and know it will be a terrific event for all involved.
Fred Meyer's President's Cup
One hundred U11 to U14 teams will kick-off play in the tournament on Sat., Nov. 7. Preliminary round games will be played on club fields throughout the state with teams vying for a spot at the championship weekend, Nov. 21 and 22. Championship weekend games will be played at US Cellular Community Park in Medford.
The winners of the boys and girls Under-13 and Under-14 age division will represent Oregon at the Regional tournament in June. As with the US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals (part of the National Championship Series) – there will be wild card teams for some age groups.
November tryout date for winter teams is Sun., Nov. 22. No tryouts can occur before this time.
Team registration for Winter League is due Dec. 9. Although OYSA previously announced that there would be a Winter League qualifying tournament, we have cancelled that event for this season.
We will have only three age-groups in the Winter League. U15 teams will only be allowed to play in the U15 bracket. U16 and U17 teams will play in the U17 group and U18 and U19 teams will play in the U19 group. Fall league U14 teams playing in the Premier Gold or Silver divisions are not eligible to play in the Winter League.