Virginia Soccer Association, Culpeper Soccer Club announce partnership
Haymarket, VA (Via VSA / Culpeper SC) – Virginia Soccer Association and Culpeper Soccer Club have announced an official partnership between the two clubs beginning immediately.
The relationship is a continuation of both clubs’ efforts to develop players and coaches. This collaborative effort will focus on player identification and opportunities for elite-level players, shares coaching education resources, and seeking to establish player pathways to college and beyond.
“We are very excited to partner with Culpeper Soccer Club,” said VSA Executive Director Matt Lacey. “I have been very impressed with the strong leadership from Dan Bales [CSC’s Technical Director] and the direction of the club at all levels. We believe that working together and providing opportunities for players and coaches is a great step forward for both of our clubs. We look forward to the next few years in club development for the both of us”
The robust player pathway program at VSA has been identified by CSC as a key component of the new relationship. CSC players will now have increased access to additional training and playing opportunities with VSA, elite-level evaluation sessions, and college prep education.
A major part of VSA and CSC’s partnership is providing CSC coaches and players to more exposure and education with highly-licensed coaches. VSA currently has eight coaches who hold a USSF A license, six coaches who hold a B-C License and eight coaches who hold a USSF National Youth License. All of VSA’s remaining coaches currently hold a USSF D license or are currently working towards it. VSA also has three VYSA Coaching Education Instructors along with three U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches on staff.
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“This is an extremely exciting partnership with VSA,” said CSC Associate Technical Director Dan Bales. “I’m thrilled to work with such a professional organization in VSA, and I look forward to sharing resources and providing more coach and player opportunities together.”
VSA has recently gained acceptance into the Virginia National Premier League, assisted in the creation of the Youth Development League (YDL) and currently has a club record numbers of players in the Virginia ODP program (60+). VSA also partnered in the co-founding of the Virginia Development Academy (U.S. Soccer Development Academy Boys and Girl Member Club) in coalition with Prince William Soccer Club and Chantilly Youth Association.
Culpeper Soccer Club has experienced significant growth in recent years, and has become a popular soccer destination in the Virginia Piedmont region. It features a competitive Travel Program with teams in multiple age groups that compete all over the Potomac region. CSC has also developed an in-house U8-U10 Academy Program.