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Transylvania Youth Soccer Named Top Association – Transylvania County, NC


February 10, 2020

Transylvania Youth Soccer Association (TYSA) has been named the 2019 Recreation Soccer Association of the Year by the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA).

TYSA is a volunteer driven, nonprofit organization offering soccer opportunities for roughly 300 boys and girls in Transylvania County.

NCYSA, the state’s governing body for youth soccer, presented the award at its annual meeting in Hickory Jan. 24-25.

Rick Pierce, vice president of recreation soccer at NCYSA, noted that the award is given to the association that displays growth in their organization, expansion of programming, and has taken initiatives to reach kids and families, and to generate new interest in soccer in their community.

He added that “TYSA has been a model for other small associations across the state.”

Over the past two years, TYSA has taken several steps to enhance the experience kids have in soccer by offering them quality training while providing a safe, supportive and fun environment.

Some of the highlights include the creation of an all-girls program, offering an academy program, coaches pursuing coaching education and licensing, travel and tournament teams and hosting an end of season soccer festival.

“Prior to 2018, the only option was co-ed soccer,” said Chappie Powell, director of Girls Programming at TYSA. “That’s fine for the younger age groups, but as the girls reach U8 and U10 the physical differences start to have more of an influence on the experience. We’ve had a tremendous response to the girls program and now we have all girl teams at U8, U10, U12 and U13.”

In addition to the girls programs, TYSA created academy-level programs for boys and girls at U10 and U12.

Academy soccer is the next step for the players who want to play beyond recreational and move into higher-level, competitive soccer.

This program identifies the players in the younger age groups and puts them in a more developmental training environment to help prepare them for the next level of challenge and classic level soccer.

TYSA participated in the NCYSA Academy Showcase Tournament in Greensboro, NC this past fall with U10 and U12 girls teams and a U12 boys team.

All teams performed well, with the U12 boys finishing 3-0-1, while the U12 and U10 girls both finished with a record of 2-0-1.

“Creating the academy was a vital step in improving the quality of soccer offered at TYSA,” said Brad Toms, TYSA board president and director of academy. “It allows for a better playing experience for the kids at both Rec and Academy by having a program for the different skill levels and keeping the kids grouped in an environment best suited for development.”

The TYSA Board of Directors would like to thank all the parents, players, coaches, referees, donors, Jared Mull and Mandi Bentley at Transylvania County Parks and Recreation, Robbie McCall with Transylvania County Maintenance, the City of Brevard, Brevard High School Athletic Director Mick Galloway, Brevard Academy, Brevard Elementary School, Brevard College, NCYSA, as well as past board members for their continued support.

“We are fortunate to have a very passionate and energized group of people who are motivated to provide the best experience for our kids as possible. It’s taken a village of volunteers who have donated time and energy to drive TYSA forward,” said John Felty, TYSA vice president.

If you have an interest in soccer and youth development and would like to help, contact TYSA at

Registration for spring soccer is open now.

To register a child, visit

Registration closes on Feb. 21.


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