Arkansas State Soccer Association Newsletter

February 2016 Issue 

The Beautiful Game

        We are excited to bring you this newsletter to keep our members up to date with all the happenings with Arkansas State Soccer Association. We hope that this further connects the Association with our clubs, parents, & players in order to work together towards an even brighter future in the beautiful game! We chose this title because soccer is a sport that connects people. It is universal in in the fact that anyone in the world can play. You find this simple game in all corners of the world. It breaks down language barriers, creed and color. It gives hope in countries that face oppression in ways many of us can never imagine and forges bonds between countrymen. “Poverty is never present between the lines of a soccer pitch. Similarly, war, famine and political strife are left outside the arena. It is a place of peace, tranquility and seamless artistry. There are few spots on the planet fitting that description these days.” (Ryan Phillips, Huffington Post) That being said we are incredibly proud to bring opportunities in the game of soccer to all ages and genders of the youth and adults of the beautiful state of Arkansas. We hope that you stick around and see what endless opportunities, life lessons and joy that soccer can give to you and your child!

Patrick McCrory Named Boys Recreational Coach of the Year!

Vilonia Soccer Club’s coach, Patrick McCrory, earned the nation’s top spot at the 2016 NSCAA National Convention held in Baltimore, Maryland. Patrick started coaching at Vilonia when his daughter started playing just a few years ago. Since then, he and his wife, Barbara, have turned this club into a thriving club for the town of Vilonia. “This is an honor I never imagined and I am humbled by the recognition. I owe this honor to the support of many people that have helped me grow, learn, and become a better coach--the Arkansas State Soccer Association has been a great supporter of our club, especially Jennifer Pfeiffer, who has helped me become a better coach over the past year; coaches from other clubs who always let me pick their brains and share their knowledge and experience with me; all the members of our community and our club who are supporting soccer in Vilonia; most importantly, my family, who supports me and lets me spend a lot of my time on soccer. My love for soccer grows every season, because of the smiles I see on the kids' faces as they have fun and grow as players. That makes all the time and work worth it.


Annual General Meeting

       We invite you to join us at the 2016 Annual General Meeting this year! We will be covering many topics that will continue to improve soccer in our great state!

Date: February 20, 2016

Location: Pulaski Technical College 3000 W Scenic Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118


  • Website Design: all our members are eligible to receive a free website from GotSoccer. Come learn how to create your club's website.
  • State League Meeting: be part of the solution to improve our leagues
  • Learn about the new Little Rock Rangers NPSL team
  • Registrar workshop: updates in GotSoccer and how the birth year requirements will work
  • Individual sessions with Philip from GotSoccer are available
  • College Track: what it takes to play college soccer; learn from the players who play college soccer.
  • Meet with representatives from Score Sports
  • Recreational coach training session
  • First Touch: learn how to start a first touch program in your club.
  • Update on all USSF requirements - calendar year, concussions, coaching licenses, and more.
  • Elections


Dave Marshall Named SW Regional Finalist of the Year

        Fort Smith Director of Coaching, Dave Marshall, was named one of the 2015 NSCAA Southwest Girls Regional Coaching Finalists. With a USSF National “B” Coaching License, USSF National “Y” Coaching License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, it is no surprise that he has been given this prestigious award. Being in the Ft. Smith, Arkansas area for over 2 years now, he is excited to see the community grow in their development and love for the game of soccer.

{{"I am surprised and honored to be recognized for doing something that I love. Special thanks to the players, parents, coaches, and all of my mentors that have given the opportunity to pursue a career in this great sport."

- Dave Marshall}}

The presentation of the Regional Coach of the Year plaque took place at the annual Youth Club Social during the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore on January 14th, 2016.  Congratulations Dave!




ODP Friendlies Held in College Station, TX

During the weekend of January 22-24, 2016 the Olympic Development Program 02-04/05 Boys and Girls Teams participated in friendlies against neighboring ODP state teams in College Station, Texas. ODP Teams from Texas North, Texas South, Louisiana & Oklahoma as well as the Houston Dynamos club participated in the event. Coaches Nathan Hunt, Will Montgomery, Bill Birnie, Anthony Dawes & Paul Kimbrough assisted the players through the weekend. Director of Coaching, Jen Pfeifffer, said that the goal of the South Texas friendlies was to further evaluate players and coaches while playing against neighboring state teams. This event helps to prepare the players for summer ODP events such as the Regional Camp for the 02-98 Boys and Girls and the Subregional Camps for 03 and younger age groups. Region III sets coaching curriculum expectations for player and coaches, so this time was well spent evaluating for those expectations.  It was a great weekend for ODP Soccer!