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President’s Message

The calendar may not officially reflect the change of seasons until the equinox later this month, but it’s hard to convince anyone who has been outdoors the last few weeks that spring hasn’t arrived early.

The clear skies and warm temperatures have come at a perfect time for our three spring State Cups – Commissioner’s Cup, Challenge Cup and the US Youth Soccer Washington State Championships — which have featured some incredible games and impressive examples of the power of teamwork. The quality of soccer I have seen on display at State Cups and the consistent displays of sportsmanship and fair play show me that we are on the right track in our player and team-development models.

With the global impact of Sounders FC and the increasing impact of our ODP teams, as well as the overall improvement in play from the rec level right up through the elite premier squads, it is evident that Washington is becoming one of the soccer planet’s fastest-growing areas.

More evidence of Washington’s increasing profile on the global soccer world is the recent partnership between Washington Youth Soccer and One World 2011, a three-month community event designed to “facilitate the exchange of knowledge, culture and ideas” between the Muslim and Western worlds. This event – the first of its kind — will be held in Seattle and will feature a wide variety of activities including an Arts and Culture Festival, a Medical Conference, Women’s and Girls’ Programs, a Youth Education Program, a Business Exchange and — last but certainly not least — International Sports Programs.

As a proud partner in this event, Washington Youth Soccer will help organize the youth soccer component of the One World 2011 activities, running workshops and clinics for players and coaches, plus a tournament and soccer festival to highlight the world’s game and our place in it. Over 1,000 players from more than 20 countries, most aged 14-18, are expected to come to Washington to participate in the event, making our state — for those two weeks — literally the center of the global youth soccer scene.

It will be an exciting time, not just for the Washington Youth Soccer family, but also for our entire state and those across the globe who value global peace and cultural respect.

In addition to volunteering to help at the events, there will be many other ways for coaches, players and families within the Washington Youth Soccer community to become involved with One World 2011.

Many of the visiting players — most of whom will come from under-served communities in their home countries — will need a place to stay during the event (roughly a two-week period per home stay), and Washington Youth Soccer families will be invited to sign up to be a host family for one or more of these young people. Imagine having the chance to both give a young person from a foreign nation the opportunity to share their love for soccer in a caring, supportive atmosphere, while also giving your own children the opportunity to broaden their cultural horizons and make new human connections.

More information will be forthcoming as we move closer to the event. In the meantime, please visit oneworld2011.org/about.html to learn more about this exciting event.

See you on the pitch!

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