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Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association

About the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association

 

Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association Vision Statement

 To provide the resources and environment to develop Wisconsin youth through soccer.

 Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association Mission Statement

 Our mission is to provide valuable services for all of our membership through a fun, safe environment
 and education to promote the growth of soccer. This occurs by providing fair and consistent
 application of programs to all Wisconsin youth in partnership with our affiliated organizations.

 

Policies

The policies of the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) are established by the WYSA Board of Directors. These policies establish minimum guidelines to be followed by member clubs, districts and leagues throughout the State of Wisconsin. Questions regarding these policies should be forwarded to the District Representative, Club President and/or the State Office for discussion at the WYSA Board of Directors meetings. WYSA Consolidated Policy Manual - November 2014

Tryout Policy
Changes to the WYSA tryout policy for the 2016-2017 program year (tryouts beginning in June 2016) have been finalized. The tryout policy applies to all competitive teams (Classic, State League, and Regional League) statewide.

Each district has the authority to establish tryout dates for their geographic area. All other components of the policy are standard across the state. Dates for districts in Southeast Wisconsin (Milwaukee Kickers, Metro, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Stateline) will be determined on an annual basis by district representatives under the direction of the WYSA Vice President of Competitions.
WYSA Tryout Policy 2016-2017
Southeast Wisconsin Tryout Policy 2016-2017

Competitive Player Transfers
A player is considered committed to a team for the seasonal year (8/1-7/31) when a written acceptance occurs and a parent/guardian completes the player registration form and submits it to a club representative. If at any time during the registration year, a competitive player desires to transfer to another club’s team (interclub transfer), that player must submit a Player Request Transfer Form with transfer fees (cashier’s check or money order only) to the WYSA Executive Director.
Competitive Player Transfer Policy

WYSA Zero Tolerance Policy
WYSA has created the Zero Tolerance Policy in an effort to decrease the abuse of referees. The purpose of this policy is to make clear that verbal abuse or negative criticism of referees is as unacceptable as verbal abuse or negative criticism of players.
Zero Tolerance Policy
Recommendations and Guidelines for Sideline Behavior

WYSA Refund Policy
Refunds will only be allowed for WYSA programs as determined by the Executive Director.
WYSA Refund Policy

WYSA Age Exemption Policy
It is recognized that age divisions are a necessary component of youth soccer.  They ensure that children are grouped based on their physical, emotional, and social development, affording each child the opportunity to thrive in the safest, least restrictive environment possible.  However, there are also times when exceptions to a strict age deadline would advance these objectives. Age Exemption Policy and Procedures

Club Passes
A club pass is defined as use of a registered player from one team’s roster for competition with a different team in the same club. The club pass is designated as an intraclub player arrangement and is not intended to be used as an interclub arrangement between two different clubs.
Club Pass Policy

22 Player Roster
The Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association and all recognized leagues within the Association shall recognize roster limits of up to 22 players on the official State roster for players at the U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 and U19 age group levels.

Pool Rosters
In an effort to offer more flexibility to clubs for registration of players and to facilitate more fluid movement between teams based on the needs and abilities of the player, WYSA has approved “pool registration” for the U12 and under age groups beginning in fall 2013.  (Pool registration is optional, at the discretion of the WYSA district or competition for the 2013/2014 program year.)
Pool Roster Policy

Event Teams
Event teams are defined as teams that are formed for competition in a particular event, i.e. tournaments, showcases, or league competitions that allow event teams. An event team allows a player to maintain their existing obligation to their club and team, but also be placed on an event roster for a specific competition. Event teams can be composed of players from multiple clubs. Approval from the home club is necessary for participation. The competition shall define roster requirements. All event teams will be authorized and processed by the State Office.

Tournament Only Teams
Tournament only teams are defined as teams registered with a club, whose players are exclusively rostered to a team in the club. The team does not participate in a sanctioned league; its competitions are limited to tournaments. All standard player registration and team rostering rules apply. This includes but is not limited to, rosters sizes, age eligibility, and coach requirements. The procedure to obtain approvals, team rosters and player passes also remains the same as a team playing in leagues.
Event and Tournament Only Teams Policy

Roster Sizes
Below are the roster minimums and maximums as approved by the WYSA Board of Directors. (4 / 7 denotes single sided roster max / side by side roster max)

Age Minimum Maximum

Roster Sizes

U6 4/7 8/12
U7 5/7 8/12
U8 5/7 8/12
U9 7/9 14/18
U10 7/9 14/18
U11 8 16
U12 8 16
U13 9 22
U14 9 22
U15 9 22
U16 9 22
U17 9 22
U18 9 22
U19 9 22

Single Sided Game/Side by Side


About the WYSA Youth Academy Program

Youth Academies

Program Administrator
Patrick Hodgins
414.328.9972, ext 106

WYSA Academy Accreditation Program
Boys and Girls U8 - U10
SE Wisconsin (SECL)

 

 

WYSA Play Date Overview & Management

U8 Boys - Girls Academy
U9 - U10 Boys - Girls Academy

Age Format Game Referees
U8 4V4 (side by side) 48 min (4X12) none
U9/U10 5V5 + GK 50 min (2X25) 1

Referee Cost = $12/game or $6/team
 

League Format:U8 Boys/Girls 
Games: 4v4
Game Length: 4x12 min quarters, Side by side required
Teams will be scheduled a game on all local dates
WYSA will offer A/B, A only and B only. 3rd/4th teams will be entered into A or B only. A/B is for clubs with two teams wanting to travel together and one team playing at A level and 2nd team playing at B level
Mega and Mini Dates will not be made up
Mini Dates will be out of area games, Mini Date hosts will accept all cost (fields, goals, etc)
 
U8 Boys 2016 Spring Schedule (4/28/16 update)
U8 Girls 2016 Spring Schedule (4/28/16 update)

U9 & U10 Boys/Girls 
Games: 6v6 
Game Length: 2x25 min halves, No Side by side
Clubs will be broken into groups A/B (2 teams max per club), B only, A only
WYSA will offer A/B, A only and B only. 3rd/4th teams will be entered into A or B only. A/B is for clubs with two teams wanting to travel together and one team playing at A level and 2nd team playing at B level
Mega and Mini Dates will not be made up, Mini Date hosts will accept all cost (fields, goals, etc)
 
U9 Boys 2016 Spring Schedule (4/28/16 update)
U9 Girls 2016 Spring Schedule (4/28/16 update)
U10 Boys 2016 Spring Schedule (4/28/16 update)
U10 Girls 2016 Spring Schedule (4/28/16 update)


Clubs participating in the Academy Accreditation program will be held to a higher standard regarding parent, player and coach behavior. Participation in the Academy program is voluntary and by participating the club agrees it will follow the Academy rules and guidelines. Clubs not meeting the Academy requirements or clubs displaying poor parent, player and coach behavior can and will be removed from the program.

Accredited Youth Academies
The Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association identified 18 member clubs as Accredited Youth Academies. Youth Academies are player development methods for U-8 and U-10 players. The characteristics of Youth Academies are a focus on pool rostering of players with flexible game day play. It also provides a higher level of training for the players desiring a more advanced development model. In addition, the Youth Academy receives assessment and oversight by the WYSA Directors of Coaching.

In order to achieve accreditation, a club is assessed on the structure of their current or potential academy program that includes the coaching education and license level of the director of coaching, trainers, and other coaches associated with the program.  In addition, their training program(s) and methods (sessions per week, training calendar, coaching methods and environments) are examined.  Finally, The WYSA Directors of Coaching observe player development methods and team training sessions with post observation assessment meeting (s) aimed at providing quality feedback to enhance current or projected academy programs.

Jim Launder, WYSA Director of Coaching says, “With the advent of the Youth Academy programs here in Wisconsin we are beginning a new golden age of development for young soccer players. Not only will this programming allow for the more complete training and playing of games within a format that supports development, it will also enhance the enjoyment of the players and their families alike. We look forward to an evolving Youth Academy program which will complement our other programs in Wisconsin to help young players develop in soccer.”

WYSA Accredited Academies (U10 and under):
Ace Soccer Club
Appleton Soccer Club
Bavarian Soccer Club
Brookfield Soccer Association
Coulee Region United Soccer Association
Croatian Eagles Soccer Club
De Pere Select Soccer Club
Elm Grove Soccer Club
Everton FC of Wisconsin
FC Green Bay
FC Wisconsin Nationals
Fusion Soccer Club (Mequon SC/Grafton SC)
Hartford United Soccer Club
Kenosha Area Soccer League (Kenosha Crew)
Kimberly Area Soccer Association
Madison FC
Madison 56ers
Middleton Yahara Soccer Club
Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club - North
Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club - South
Milwaukee Sport Club
North Shore United
Oregon Soccer Club
Pewaukee Sussex United
Polonia Youth Soccer Club
Racine Area Soccer Association (Racine United)
SC Waukesha
Strike FC Wisconsin
United Soccer of Allouez
Washington County FC

The purposes of the Youth Soccer Academies are to:

  • Provide soccer players, who have aspirations of becoming a more accomplished player, an avenue to test and enhance their skills.
  • Provide soccer players an opportunity to train with experienced coaches.
  • Provide soccer players an opportunity to investigate the level of play with which they are comfortable, how they fit in with other teams, and for which coaches they would like to play.

Academy players must register with their home club. Clubs that develop academy teams must comply with the rules of the league(s) in which they participate. Other affiliate members may develop academy programs but would be subject to policy and guidelines developed by WYSA. Generally, clubs will develop academy teams in the U8 to U12 age groups.  

Clubs should be clear that the young players within their own academy are those who desire to learn and play at a higher level. Clubs should help parents and players recognize that an academy program is available for players wishing to participate in high level soccer training and playing opportunities. Soccer academies are to be used for training not recruiting. No formal contract or written commitment may be signed by or on behalf of a player to commit a player to an academy team. Clubs should be committed to the concept of player development by in an academy environment; proof of their commitment will be overseen by the WYSA Director of Coaching for a two year period. The State Association will monitor those who maybe only designating teams as academy teams in order to obtain more competitive placements for their teams. 

Soccer academy teams may desire the ability to utilize flexible rostering (club passes, or rostering “across” age groups) which allows for the movement of players based on the changing dynamics of team competitiveness and player development. A club’s academy team may participate in league play (pending that league’s approval), may coordinate with other clubs to participate in “friendly” game formats or group play events with other soccer academy programs.

Academies are to be certified by the WYSA Director of Coaching or designee. Coaches, trainers, administrators, etc. of soccer academies are subject to the WYSA risk management policy and must satisfactorily pass a criminal background check.

In order for clubs to certify their academy program they must submit a written request to the WYSA Director of Coaching or their designee for certification. WYSA will use the following criteria to assess the quality of the club’s academy programs:  

  • an assessment of the structure of their current or potential academy program that includes the coaching education level of the director of coaching, trainers, and other coaches associated with the program
  • an assessment of the academy’s training program(s) and methods (sessions per week, training calendar, coaching methods and environments)
  • observation of player development methods and team training sessions with post observation assessment meeting(s) aimed at providing quality feedback to enhance current or projected academy programs
  • WYSA coaching staff will provide ongoing development and support designed to enhance player development and improve programming for clubs interested in developing academy programs.