CUSA Soccer

Club History

CUSA History

CUSA Soccer provides year round opportunities for players' ages 2 to Adult. With both grassroots recreational and competitive programs, CUSA Soccer is committed to player growth through developing technical proficiency, tactical awareness, and problem solving skills, while giving proper attention to the physical and psychological aspects of the sport. The goal is to maximize potential through programs that appropriately challenge each player with directions from a coaching staff that adheres to the highest standards of conduct. We believe the experiences a player has with CUSA Soccer will provide a lifetime of benefits.

With roots dating back to the early 1970's, CUSA Soccer was established to provide area children an opportunity to learn and enjoy playing the game of soccer. While practice sessions and matches were primarily held in Centerville, youngsters from all areas of Dayton were welcome and encouraged to participate. Through the years our organization has continued to grow and evolve to meet the ever changing demands of the community.

CUSA Soccer, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, was established in June of 1999, the result of a merger agreement between the Centerville Recreation Soccer program (SAY), Centerville United Galaxies and Soccer Centerville. CUSA currently offers one of the most comprehensive and dynamic youth soccer organizations in Ohio. Different programs from entry level all the way through elite programs targeted at top athletes aspiring to play high level collegiate and professional soccer serve players (ages 5 through 19) at the level best suited to their individual abilities and interest.

On May 1, 2014, CUSA became the exclusive Dayton affiliate of the Columbus Crew Youth Development System, part of a national outreach effort between Major League Soccer and the US Soccer Federation. The partnership greatly enhanced our ability to continue providing area youth with the finest soccer training by a highly qualified professional coaching staff with programming elements unmatched in the region. In early 2018, due to the uncertainty over the future location of the Columbus Crew and a potential move of that team to Austin, Texas overlapping with a new player uniform cycle in the fall of 2018 we elected to terminate our affliation agreement. If the Crew organization ultimately remains in Columbus we still have the option of running joint programs with them, however we not be using their name, logo, or uniforms after the Spring of 2018.

In April 2017 CUSA was accepted into the National Premier Leagues (NPL) for the 2017-2018 season. CUSA plays in the Great Lakes Alliance division which includes Ohio, Western New York, and Western Pennsylvania. NPL is a US Club Soccer league for U13-U19 teams that fosters growth and development of soccer clubs to create the best development environment for players of all ages. For the 2018-2019 Season pre-NPL teams will be added to the Elite Program at the U11 and U12 level

Entering the Great Lakes Alliance (NPL) league is a step in the right direction for our players. US Club Soccer and CUSA Soccer have the same mission…long-term development of all players. As part of the National Premier League, our top teams from U13 to U19 will have the opportunity to play for a national championship through high-level league play. The NPL system is known nation-wide for their prestige and high competitive level. NPL allows CUSA Soccer players the opportunity to be seen by the US Soccer National Staff, provide access to the id2 National Player Identification Program, and invitations to showcase events.

In October 2017 CUSA Soccer was also accepted into the Super Y-League for the 2018 season. Affiliated with US Soccer and partnered with US Club Soccer, the league is the Super Y-League is a USL run summer league designed for talented youth players destined for professional or international careers. Through Olympic Development (ODP) status programs and events such as the North American Finals and National ODP Camps, the nation's top players are selected for US National Team Programs. The league is made up of a series of regional leagues within the framework of a North American league containing the top clubs and players from the United States and Canada.

In March of 2018 CUSA Soccer announced a partnership with Soccer Shots, the largest soccer early development soccer training organization in the US and official U.S. Soccer partner in the 2 to 5 year old age group. Together with Soccer Shots, CUSA Soccer has expanded it's Youth Development Program (YDP Academy) down to age 2 starting in the Summer of 2018.

Leadership is provided by the Executive Board and a full-time Executive Director of Operations, with support from three volunteer program committees a Director of Coaching and four Assistant Directors of Coaching.