US Club Soccer sanctions Granite State Youth Soccer League
CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 17, 2013) – US Club Soccer is pleased to announce that it has sanctioned the Granite State Youth Soccer League (GSYSL), the largest competitive soccer league in New Hampshire that includes U-8 through U-19 boys and girls divisions as well as opportunities for younger age groups through the Early Developmental Player Program (EDP).
“After considerable research, we felt that US Club Soccer best matched the principals of the Granite State Youth Soccer League,” said GSYSL Chairperson Byron Phinney. “One of the most important things that we liked was the idea that soccer is best served by the local organizations and clubs.”
The affiliation with US Club Soccer will allow GSYSL to continue its growth and provide new and exciting programs for its member clubs. Among other programs and benefits, members will be able to participate in the National Cup, US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship competition, as well as state championship events. Additionally, US Club Soccer’s tournament sanctioning program allows member clubs to host tournaments with no sanctioning fee.
“We are very excited to welcome the Granite State Youth Soccer League to our organization and to give the league the flexibility it needs to best serve the needs of its members,” said US Club Soccer Executive Director Bill Sage.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – rec, youth competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer’s programming has all been developed with strong input from clubs around the country and with a minimum of rules and restrictions to allow efficient and innovative operations.
“Too much time has been spent governing competitive soccer in our state rather than encouraging its growth,” said EDP Director Angela Nieland. “GSYSL must create the environment to develop programs and services which assist our clubs, coaches, and players by providing a minimum of rules and regulations to assure basic fairness, and allow clubs the flexibility to build programs that meet their needs.”
US Club Soccer also offers the id2 National Identification and Development Program and Player Development Programs (PDP), both of which are Olympic Development Programs as approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation and operated at no cost to participants.