The Forth Worth Adult Soccer Association (FWASA) has proven to be a one-stop experience for players seeking a wide range of competition, ages and types of leagues. With anywhere around 90-100 teams and almost 2,000 players, FWASA brings a level of organization combined with variety to prospective players in the Fort Worth area. President Jeremy Morrison has been involved with the league dating back over 10 years when he started as a player.
“I moved from the Chicago area in 2005. I had been playing my whole life and wanted to continue,” Jeremy Morrison said. ”I was picked up by a team, and after a few more seasons I was asked if I wanted to get more involved.”
Morrison first become more involved as a manager of his Men’s Open team before serving on the Board of Directors as a commissioner and then ultimately becoming the President in 2014. One of the things Morrison identifies as a strength of FWASA is the diversity in which leagues are offered. FWASA offers Men’s, Women’s and Coed soccer leagues with Men’s leagues including Open, Over 30 and Over 40 leagues, while Open and Over 30 leagues are also offered in the Women’s leagues.
“There is a lot of variety. On the high end of the Men’s Open, Men’s Over 30, Women’s Open and Coed leagues it is really competitive,” Morrison said. “With Coed we have multiple divisions, so in the lower divisions you have players who are looking just to come out and have fun.”
Morrison credits FWASA’s organization as to how it has the ability to run as many leagues as it does. The 13-person FWASA board includes positions ranging from some of the customary positions like Treasurer and Vice President to more infrequent positions like Player Development and Public Relations.
“Having a high level of organization is something we really focus on,” Morrison said. “There are a lot of different places to play in the area, and a lot of them may not have the organization that we have.”
Another item that Morrison feels separates FWASA from other leagues in the area is its increasing effort to crack down on incidents like verbal abuse and fights.
“We’re not kidding around. If you come out and verbally abuse referees or aren’t keeping things safe, you aren’t going to play. We have received a lot of support for this on the referee side, but also from a vast majority of the players,” Morrison said. “Some of the players who have received lengthy suspensions haven’t been too happy, but if they continue to get suspended over and over then they aren’t the players we want. We aren’t trying to alienate anyone, but we want it to be a fun and safe place to play where you can bring your kids to the game and not have to worry about them seeing a fight.”
FWASA offers spring and fall seasons that include 12 games with a vast majority of games being played at Rolling Hills Soccer Complex in Fort Worth. For information, you can visit www.fwasa.org.