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New soccer association completes winter season

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Tahoe Soccer Association, a newly formed non-profit organization designed to meet the needs of recreational and competitive players on the South Shore, recently completed a successful winter session for youth players.

About 200 children, ages 4 to 11, participated in the eight-week program that was held at elementary schools in South Lake Tahoe. Each session focused on skill development, including ball control, inside of the foot passing, receiving balls on the ground, shooting, turning, and 1 versus 1 techniques.

STSA, which plans to offer programs for both recreational and competitive players across multiple age groups starting this summer, offers financial assistance to players who are unable to afford a particular program. This winter, STSA waived fees for more than 50 percent of the participants and was successful in attracting many Latino youth players.

Several parents commented on the development of their children during the winter session, notably the professional instruction of STSA Executive Director, Amy Machin-Ward. Machin-Ward is a former All-American soccer player at University of North Carolina, the country’s most successful women’s program, and a former collegiate coach in Colorado.

“My son has learned more in one hour of training with STSA than he did all last soccer season,” said Kelly Johnson, a parent of an immediate player at the Magnet School.

She also established High County Soccer Association in Summit County, Colo., where Breckenridge is located. HCSA had grown to roughly 3,000 participants when she resigned as Technical Director in 2006.

In anticipation of a busy summer and fall slate of programs, STSA has opened its registration for participants, and is interested in hearing from volunteers and potential staff members that want to join the organization in some capacity.

All STSA youth programs and leagues are conducted under U.S. Club Soccer’s insurance and all participants are registered with that organization.

Players can register for a season or program online by filling out a registration form (both in English and Spanish) on the organization’s website.

Registration for all levels is currently being held for summer camps and fall leagues, including Men’s Amateur and Co-ed adult leagues. For those in need, STSA offers financial assistance in the form of a fee waiver, a reduced fee or a scholarship program.

For more information about STSA and all of its leagues and programs, visit or call 1-877-358-1207.

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