The official online e-Newsletter of Ohio North Youth Soccer Association
Volume 2 Issue 6  4/1/2013

OYSAN Sanctioned Tournaments
Keeper Questions: Dressing, and warming up, for success
Retaining Recreational Level Players...
National League adds Under-14 age group
The astonishing (and humble) Leo Messi on 60 minutes...
MLS opens with strong attendance
ACL / Overuse?
At U8 you Must Co-op-er-8
Skill Circuit
A Barcelona masterclass for the serious coach
Concussion in Sport
Getting players to pay attention
National League Wrap up
Green HS seeks Girl's Head Coach
New Digital MLS Magazine
Earn a $2,500 Grant for your Soccer Team
US-Mexico WCQ in Columbus
Belgian Player Development
OYSAN Tournaments, Tryouts, & Camps Guide!
Youngstown player in Germany
Ohio North Team Travels to Italy!
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Congratulations to Cleveland United U17 Girls for Winning National League!

Cleveland United White is making its second straight appearance at the National Championships after winning all three of its games in Las Vegas to take the Blue Division crown. This team is the first from Ohio North to ever win the National League and the first team to make it to the National Championships twice! Well done!

The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues — US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Southern Premier League and Far West Regional League. The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the next level.

Teams that earn their spot in the National League have a proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer regional and national competitions, and are among the nation's best. Hundreds of college scouts attend each National League weekend, creating another significant opportunity for the nations collegiate and National Team coaches to see National League players in an environment of meaningful play, citing the competitive level of each game as every team has to earn their spot in the competition, regardless of club affiliation or location. Watch Highlight Video: Cleveland United Wins National League


State League Evolution

Ohio North is excited to announce the next steps in the evolution of the State’s Premier League structure. Beginning Fall 2013, the top teams from the American Amateur Soccer League (AASL) and the Greater Akron Amateur Soccer Association (GAASA) and will win direct promotion to the top divisions of the State League. 

Also beginning this fall, the American Amateur Soccer League (AASL) will add girl’s divisions, which will be comprised of teams from Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Brecksville, Brunswick, Medina, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, North Royalton, Sandusky, Shaker Heights and Westlake.  Additional participants are anticipated.


MRL Qualification
Over 80 of the top OYSAN teams play in the Midwest Regional League, which includes teams from all 14 midwest states. The league offers divisions in the U-13 through U18 age groups and teams qualify through the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series State Cup, which takes place this May and June. 


Coaching Education
this link for the spring coaching school listings. To host a course this summer, contact OYSAN Director of Coaching Tom Turner at (330) 659-0989; or by e-mail at  

Summer COE's
OYSAN Director of Coaching, Tom Turner is available to conduct a limited number of
Centers of Excellence training sessions this summer. For more information call (330) 659-0989 or e-mail to

Club Development? 
Education is the key to player and coach retention and development. If you would like to schedule a classroom or field session for your club, contact OYSAN Director of Coaching Tom Turner at (330) 659-0989 or  Sessions can be tailored to suit local needs, but favorites have included the following...

How to organize a good soccer practice.
Player development from five to high school.
How to watch a game.
Understanding the principles of play.
Seasonal planning.
How to run a good entry-level soccer program.
Coach can we scrimmage now?
Parent education.

OYSAN Skill Awards Program
The purpose of the OYSAN Skill Awards Program is to promote independent juggling practice for youth soccer players. The program is free to OYSAN members and operates on the honor system.

Players can qualify for Basic and Advanced (Bronze, Silver, Gold) Awards.  Coaches are encouraged to use the program to create internal competition on both team and club-wide levels. For more information, click the links below. 

About Ohio North Youth Soccer Association – Ohio North Youth Soccer Association is the official representative of US Youth Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation in northern Ohio. Affiliates of Ohio North Youth Soccer Assoc. provide more than 55,000 youngsters in northern Ohio with the opportunity to play soccer, making Ohio North, one of Ohio's largest youth sport organizations. For more information about Ohio North, go to

About US Youth Soccer - US Youth Soccer-The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game.

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