Next weekend, 72 of the top recreational teams in the state will arrive at Starfire Sports with the chance to earn the most coveted title in Washington Youth Soccer’s recreational division — the Recreational Cup.
For the past several weeks, boys and girls teams in the U11-U19 divisions have been competing statewide for the right to tie up the laces at Starfire, where finals of the 2013 Sports Authority Recreational Cup will take place next weekend. The only Washington Youth Soccer State Cup exclusively for the thousands of players at the recreational level, the Recreational Cup allows rec players from all seven Washington Youth Soccer districts to experience the thrill and excitement of competing for a state championship.
This year, four of those teams will have something new to play for — The Doug Andreassen Trophy, to be awarded to the winner of the Boys U14 age group. The trophy — the latest addition to Washington Youth Soccer’s list of perpetual trophies — is being named in honor of Washington Youth Soccer’s Doug Andreassen, whose second term as President of the State’s Board of the Directors will come to an end next spring.
As President, Andreassen has been a strong advocate for community-based programs, spurring a significant increase in Washington Youth Soccer’s outreach into underserved communities and school districts statewide. He has also been a leader on a national level in player safety, helping draft the nation’s first comprehensive return-to-play law for head injuries, and advocating for national background checks to further protect our players, coaches and Clubs.
Follow along with all the Recreational Cup action at WashingtonYouthSoccer.org, and don’t forget — the 2014 Spring Cups are just over a month away!
Registration deadlines for the Founders Cup and the high-school boys' divisions of the Virginia Mason Challenge Cup and US Youth Soccer Washington State Championships have already passed, but there is still time to register boys U10-U14 teams and girls U10-U19 teams for Challenge Cup, and boys U12-U14 teams and girls U12-U18 teams for Washington State Championships, so visit the State Tournaments page at WashingtonYouthSoccer.org for complete instructions on how to register