NAASA Approved for Provisional US Soccer Affiliation
The North American Adult Soccer Association (NAASA), a new soccer organization founded by members of AYSO, has been approved for provisional affiliation with U.S. Soccer by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors. The vote took place Sunday, Nov. 20 in Los Angeles, Calif., at the U.S. Soccer board meeting held in conjunction with MLS Cup.
U.S. Soccer is the national governing body of soccer in the U.S. AYSO is a full affiliate member.
“It’s recognition that NAASA is an established adult soccer organization,” said Gary Holmen, president of the NAASA board of directors, after the decision was announced, “and it’s a credit to AYSO because it formed NAASA.”
Many AYSO Regions have offered adult soccer to their members for years. The teams have largely been composed of AYSO parents, coaches, and referees, youth players that were “aging out” of AYSO and others who wanted to play adult soccer with the same “Everyone Plays and Good Sportsmanship” philosophies of AYSO. In 2010, AYSO made the decision to incorporate the adults separately.
“An affiliation with U.S. Soccer makes us a part of the governing body of soccer of the United States,” explained NAASA’s Holmen. “We believe a quality soccer organization should be a member of the national governing body. We’ll come up for a vote for full membership at their [U.S. Soccer] annual general meeting in early March 2012.” Full membership gives voting rights to NAASA.
U.S. National Coach Jurgen Klinsmann was at the U.S. Soccer board meeting giving an update report about his plans for the U.S. team over the next several years. He announced he had to leave before the meeting concluded because one of his children is playing in AYSO and he didn’t want to be late for the game.
To start a NAASA program for your AYSO Region or for other information, visit adultsoccer.org.