Starfire Sports, a non-profit corporation dedicated to inspiring, encouraging and empowering youth participation in soccer, today announced that its world-class regional soccer complex and community center will serve as the official home for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) run by the Washington State Youth Soccer Association (WSYSA). Through 2006, Starfire Sports will host all ODP tryouts, training and a select number of matches beginning December 13th with the girls and boys U-15, U-16 and U-17 tryouts.
The Olympic Development Program is a national process for identifying and developing the best youth soccer players. The process promotes players to the U.S. National Teams, which represent the United States in international competition, such as the Youth World Cup and the Olympics. WSYSA, which includes more than 300 clubs and leagues throughout 39 Member Associations across Washington, oversees the state’s Olympic Development Program including player selection and coaching.
The Olympic Development Program will benefit from Starfire’s state-of-the art facilities, including eight outdoor soccer fields, goalkeeper training grounds and a number of plyometric training areas. Four of Starfire’s outdoor fields are lighted and surfaced with all-weather FIELDturf™, including a 2,000-seat soccer stadium that will serve as a centerpiece for matches and tournaments. Phase-two of the Starfire Sports Complex will be complete in the Spring of 2004 and will feature an 80,000 square-foot athletic center with two pro-sized indoor soccer fields, locker rooms, a weight training gym, a team meeting and film study room, physical therapy and sports massage facilities, a pro shop and game room, food court and lounge, community meeting rooms and an Internet-connected study hall.
“From a coaching standpoint, the quality of the Starfire Sports Complex and the fact that it is centrally located provides us with the ideal facility for our state’s top players to train and compete,” said Dave Schumacher, WSYSA Director of Coaching. “As the largest synthetic turf soccer complex in the United States, having the Starfire Complex as our home for the next few years will give our ODP staff a consistent and unique opportunity to prepare state teams for the next competitive level.”
“There’s an inherent cohesiveness between Starfire Sports and WSYSA as both organizations aim to foster the physical, mental and emotional development of youth through soccer,” said Chris Slatt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starfire Sports. “As home to the Olympic Development Program, Starfire Sports is exposing added opportunities for area youth to become involved in the game of soccer and to help them obtain first-class training and mentoring from the state’s top instructors.”
About Starfire Sports
Starfire Sports is a non-profit organization providing the opportunity for all youth to experience the positive impact of team sports through soccer programs at a world-class soccer facility. The organization operates a 54-acre family soccer complex in Tukwila, WA, which will include a state-of-the-art athletic center and outdoor stadium. The soccer complex provides a platform for Starfire’s programs and a place for youth and adult teams throughout the region to play. For further information on the company, please visit www.starfiresports.com.
About Washington State Youth Soccer Association (WSYSA)
Established in 1966, Washington State Youth Soccer Association is a non-profit and educational organization that serves as the state governing body for organized youth soccer. A volunteer-driven association dedicated to making soccer a “Game For All Kids,” Washington State Youth Soccer proudly boasts a registration of more than 125,000 players between the ages of 5 and 19, ranking it as one of the top ten state youth associations in the country. Washington State Youth Soccer is a proud member of US Youth Soccer, the US Soccer Federation (USSF) and an affiliate of FIFA, the Federation Internationale de Football Association. For further information on the company, please visit www.wsysa.com.
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