Official e-newsletter of Ohio Youth Soccer Association North Volume 7 Issue 1  1/2/2012 
How adults can help young kids learn soccer..
OYSAN boys named to NSCAA All-America teams
OYSAN girls named to NSCAA All-America Teams
Everest boys 2-2 at national league
National League Girls Wrap Up Play in Orlando
Guardiola: Tactics all about players!
OYSAN boys compete at Final-4 ODP Inter-regional
Disney Cup!
University of Akron Menís Soccer to host annual Winter Camps
The art of refereeing solo
Ben Speas wins NCAA title with UNC
Speas named SA Men's Player of the Year
Sound Advice from the Pitch
Best Coaches with the Youngest Players
SA: Mattocks leaves Akron for MLS
Keri Sarver honored
It's a tricky balance for parent-coaches
Got "Chocolate" Milk?
T'town area Referee Classes
OBITUARY: Dr. Thomas Fleck (1937-2011)

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Happy New Year!
Wambach Grabs Athlete of the Year.
U.S. forward Abby Wambach has been named the Associated Press 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. Wambach's inspirational leadership and goal scoring helped the Americans to the cusp of the World Cup championship this past summer, capturing the hearts and minds of the American public along the way during the team's dramatic run in Germany.

The award, selected by members of The Associated Press, saw the 5-foot-11 striker receive 65 of the 214 votes cast, while teammate Hope Solo (38) came in second, and UConn basketball star Maya Moore (35) was third.

Wambach is the first individual soccer player - man or woman - to win one of the AP's annual sports awards, which began in 1931. (The entire U.S. Women's National Team won the award in 1999.)

Wambach and her teammates are getting ready for 2012... The team will come together again in early January for a week-long training camp before U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage names a 20-player roster for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Women's Qualifying tournament taking place in Vancouver, Canada, from Jan. 19-29. The eight-team tournament will produce this region's two qualifiers for the London Olympics.

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OYSAN Reminders & Updates

Centers of Excellence
Reserve your COE sessions NOW before they are full for spring 2012! Simply contact Tom Turner, Director of Coaching at 330-659-0989 or visit the COE webpage today to learn more about this program!


Coaching Courses
Visit the coaching course section of our website to find upcoming 2012 courses and sessions near you. You can also take advantage of our new online NOVICE coaching course for just $25.00! To learn more about coaching, please visit:


State Cup
Registration is now underway for the OYSAN State Cup!
HURRY! Registration ends soon! Teams can register online for the annual competition, which is part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series until January 13, 2012. Be sure to visit the
State Cup webpage for details, site info, and updates.

OYSAN Sanctioned Tournaments

To find OYSAN-sanctioned tournaments as well as other State-sanctioned events, please visit the Tournament Center online.


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