FLORIDA UNITED GIRLS SOCCER LEAGUE (FLUGSA)
In the South of Florida, from
Monroe County (Florida Keys) to Indian River in the North and to SW Florida, the premier girls
travel soccer league is FLUGSA
consisting of teams in the U9 -14 age groups which play during the
Fall/Winter season. At U14 usually consists of 8th grade students
and as such FLUGSA trys to steer clear of the high school season. There
are U15-19 options within FLUGSA which start 2-3 months before the high
school season begins in October.
A list of the member clubs is found on the official FLUGSA and FYSA web sites. Each
travel soccer club offers as many girls teams as they can find
competitive players in different age groups. You do not join FLUGSA individually, you first join a club and the
club fields a team in the FLUGSA league.
Club tryouts are held each
year around the first or second week in June. There is open competition
for spots on the teams within these clubs. For ages groups
permitted to compete in the FYSA State Cup tournament (U13+), open
tryouts can officially begin on the Monday following the FYSA State Cup
finals. For younger age groups competing in Region Cup, open
tryouts can officially begin on the Monday following the FYSA Region Cup
finals. After this two week tryout
periods ends, rosters are usually finalized by the majority of clubs.
It is imperative that you attend during the "open" tryout periods before
the final selections are determined. It is possible to find a team after
the open tryout period but your choices narrow quickly. Your best bet in your first
year is to find a local club with a team in your child's age group.
A local club offering both girls and boys travel soccer is
The age groups are U9-19. (Under 9 on Aug 1 - Under 19 on Aug 1).
Example: 2007 Travel Soccer Age Requirements
born between 8/1/1998 and 7/31/1999
born between 8/1/1997 and 7/31/1998
born between 8/1/1996 and 7/31/1997
born between 8/1/1995 and 7/31/1996
born between 8/1/1994 and 7/31/1995
born between 8/1/1993 and 7/31/1994
born between 8/1/1992 and 7/31/1993
born between 8/1/1991 and 7/31/1992
All clubs are not created equal, so check them out during the
regular season. Attend practices and games; and just watch the
coaching styles and behavior of the the club's parents. This will
assist you in determining if the club is the right fit for your child
and your family. Some clubs are well organized and have
strict behavior protocols for the parents. Ask a prospective clubs
parents what are the strengths and weaknesses of the club.
Once you join a
travel club team, you will have obligations which you need to take
seriously. Attendance at all practices and games is a near
must, even for the youngest age groups. Lots of money and time has
been committed to developing these clubs for the benefit of the players
so do not abuse this privilege if you are fortunate to make a team.
There will be tournament travel obligations as well.
A full years cost for a player on a U9-12 team is around $500 +/- depending on
whether they attend out of area tournaments. Older ages groups
cost on average $1,000 +/- excluding out of area tournaments. Some
of the best teams play a very aggressive travel tournament schedule.
This can cost a family $5,000 +/- annually. Financial aid is
available with all clubs.
FLUGSA, founded in 1982, is one of the largest leagues in the United
States and many of the top players began their playing career with a
club from within this league.
FLUGSA has a board made up of volunteers who administer the league.
A coaches advisory board consisting of the Director of Coaches at some
of the larger and more established clubs within the league provide
recommendations to the board on rules and procedures.
Each home club within FLUGSA is responsible for assigning the referees
to the games, this is not the responsibility of FLUGSA. All referees must hold a United States Soccer
Federation (USSF) rating of at least Grade 8 for Center Referees; and
Grade 9 for Assistant Referees (Line Referees) in games U14 and below.
Referees are considered independent contractors and must remain
impartial to either club. The
Florida State Referee Association (FSR) is the USSF certification
body in Florida for any referee wanting to officiate travel soccer
games. Referees are assigned to games by a certified FSR Referee
Assignor designated by each club. FHSAA referees must hold FSR certification before
officiating a FYSA travel soccer game.
FLUGSA will publish the
playing rules on the official league web site. Read the FLUGSA By-Laws
to learn more. FLUGSA plays by
USYSA rules with FYSA modifications and a few additional modifications
recommended by the FLUGSA advisory board. Often there will be some
significant differences. Example: USYSA U10 rules have no
offsides; FLUGSA has allowed offsides and additionally FLUGSA has an 8
goal mercy rule. There are other modifications. The FLUGSA CLUB
Representative is responsible for communicating the playing rules each
season to the Club Referee Assignor and it is the assignor who briefs
END OF SEASON TRAVEL COMPETITION (Region Cup, State Cup and Beyond)
At the end of the Fall
season beginning in March there is the FYSA Region Cup
Championship for U11-19 teams competing in the four FYSA regions, A-D
(Region A is South Florida). No teams are allowed to compete in
both Region Cup and State Cup (discussed below). At Region Cup all FYSA teams are
invited to compete within their region in three different competitive
Division II is
reserved for all teams registered as a FYSA Division II team or "B"
level in their respective leagues (e.g. team code 312). The
winners from each of the top brackets of the D-II region in ages
U11-U16 advance to the
Davis-Hackworth Cup Championship.
Division III is
exclusively for recreational teams. Winner is declared FYSA Region
Cup Division III Champion.
At the end of the Fall
season beginning in March there is the FYSA State Cup competition. This
is an open competition for teams U13-19 and not competing in Region Cup.
There is preliminary group play with teams advancing to the round of 16.
The final four teams from the previous year are given a bye from playing
each other in the initial rounds if their returning roster is at least
75% from the previous year. State Champions in the U14-19 groups will
represent Florida in the USYSA Region III Southern Regional
Championships leading to the USYSA National Championship competition.
Winners from the Region III
Premier League (discussed above) automatically advance to the USYSA
Region II Southern Regi0nal Championships regardless of how they fare in
State Cup competition.
USYSA REGION III SOUTHERN
Each State Cup
winner and your Region's Premier League (I-IV) champion compete in the
USYSA Region III Southern
Region Championship, even if they do not win their particular
Winners of each USYSA Region
Championships advance to the
USYSA National Championship held each summer. The winner is
recognized as the best youth "travel" team in the USA.