FULL WEBSITE COMING SOON!
CYA & SYA
VIRGINIA VALOR FC
TRAVEL SOCCER COLLABORATION
One Community - One Club - Stronger Together
It is recognized by both CYA & SYA Travel Soccer that our organizations, if aligned in a thoughtful, progressive manner, will be stronger as a consolidated entity. Organizationally, this collaboration will create a sizable player pool that will provide the flexibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of player development. It will also allow us to better utilize resources, attract investment and additional sponsorships.
Most importantly, our players will benefit from an aligned player pathway from
U7 - U23. This pathway will provide access to soccer programming in line with player abilities, ambitions, and commitment levels, providing the youth of our community with the best opportunities to develop to their full potential as players and people. Both CYA & SYA will continue to maintain their own independent recreational soccer programs, with the goal of providing those players who are able and wish to pursue travel soccer one singular travel soccer club, Virginia Valor FC.
With this understanding, CYA & SYA are committing to pursue a collaboration of the two clubs to form the new travel soccer partnership, Virginia Valor FC.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLAYERS
COACH & STAFF DEVELOPMENT
BENEFITS OF SCALE
This collaboration affords players from both clubs, recreational to elite, to have access to greater development and programming options than if the two clubs would remain independent on their own. Offering CCL to our players also opens many doors.
This collaboration provides greater resources to take coach education and staff development to higher levels which neither club would otherwise have access to on their own, giving players a better playing experience.
There will be some valuable administrative and organizational efficiencies that result from the two collaborating organizations, which allows us to reinvest back into the player experience. Along with that, the collective fundraising power between CYA, SYA & Virginia Valor more increases significantly.
The combined travel club has more opportunities to undertake strategic projects in the future ranging from development of joint recreational events, tournaments and facilities, to greater access to the game for our players.
BETTER PLACEMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT
EXPANDED COACHING STAFF
Top players get a more competitive team, older players get better exposure to the top level, mid-level players will be in the best position for development, and beginner level travel player are able to play in non CCL and NPL leagues without that level of pressure.
With over 45 Staff Coaches that ability to coordinate practices, share expertise, network and grow our collective knowledge as a staff will be vital for the success of Virginia Valor.
While CYA & SYA will continue to have their own separate recreational soccer programs our ability to do crossover leagues and events expands. We will also see more collaborative volunteer coach education opportunities.
The combined travel club will have the ability to better serve the community by sharing resources, community events, fundraisers for charities, give-back programs, toy donation drives, etc. We are excited to be actively engaged in our community!
ANNOUNCEMENT OF COLLABORATION
As new information is finalized, we will consistently update membership on how the organization is moving forward.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE LAUNCH
We are excited for the new webpage to go live with additional information about the new club/program.
TECHNICAL AND COACHING STAFF ANNOUNCED
As we continue to bring the two staffs together, we will be announcing our Technical and Coaching Staff for the 2021-2022 Season.
We want to ensure that all of our players are registered in time to tryout, and also be on our email list for updates as they become available.
TRYOUT DATES ANNOUNCED
Once registration is live, we will then be working to solidify tryout dates at both current CYA and SYA field locations.
We are excited to launch brand new kits to formally make these two travel programs one, and to get the players excited for the new kits.
Why is this happening and what is the rationale behind this partnership?
1. More opportunities for players: The driving force behind the collaboration lies in the opportunity for players from both clubs to have access to greater development and programming options than if the two clubs would remain independent on their own. Creating a larger pool of travel players will better provide opportunities for top teams to compete for State and Regional titles, and advancement into Regional and National Leagues. Combining our travel programs level will create significantly more options based on our scale to create creative programming options to enhance the player experience. The player experience is first and foremost the design behind the collaboration.
Is this combination a merger, acquisition, or partnership?
How will leadership and governance work for the new club?
What does this mean for the 2021 Spring Season?
For the 2021 spring season players will continue to play at both CYA & SYA as normal until tryouts in May.
How will we register?
Will we have to buy new uniforms?
Yes, as both CYA and SYA are both going into new uniform cycles for Fall 2021 the timing for new uniforms will remain the same.
When will the new coaching slate be announced?
The new coaching slate will be announced in April.
Will there be a new website?
Yes! It is coming soon, but for now this splash page will have regular updates.
Will we still continue to have access to financial assistance?
Yes, the financial assistance process will continue as it exists today, which includes an annual application and review process.
Follow us on social media (links on the menu) and make sure to register ASAP when the tryout registration opens!
Will the cost to play travel soccer at Virginia Valor FC change from what I am paying now?
While we are working through the budget we are making every effort to keep the cost to play at Valor as commensurate as possible with what both current CYA and SYA player fees.
What league will Virginia Valor teams play in?
Are all existing CYA & SYA players guaranteed a spot on a Virginia Valor team?
All existing CYA & SYA players will be offered a spot on a Virginia Valor FC team.
When and where will tryouts be held?
May, 2021 at current CYA & SYA fields. Specific tryout dates and locations will be announced later in the spring.