Members of VSA are covered under our liability and secondary medical insurance. Certificates of liability coverage for clubs and leagues, as well as any property that is used for practice or games, are available upon request. Descriptions of liability and medical coverage are available by contacting the office. Non-profit Directors and Officers Insurance is offered by VSA. Please call the office for more information.
Coaching Clinics and Licenses
Coaching clinics are available to all clubs and leagues at a nominal cost. It is the goal of VSA to provide our youth with a truly rewarding experience. We strongly encourage recreational coaches to complete age-specific youth module courses. The youth modules expose coaches to developmentally appropriate activities that are fun and challenging for every young player, and should help to ensure that our youth develop a life-long love of the game at an early age. Our State Coaches, Dave Saward and John Werner, are available to schedule coaching clinics for your club. Please contact the State Office to set a date for a coaching clinic. All coaches present at the clinics receive an official US YOUTH SOCCER coaching manual which includes information on the art of coaching, learning through game activities, tactical and technical concepts, and many other topics related to coaching youth soccer.
In addition to coaching clinics, USSF and NSCAA licensing courses are held every year. Please check our website for a schedule of coach licensing courses.
State Competitive Programs
Vermont Soccer Association hosts the Vermont State Cup Tournament which is a part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship series. The tournament is for the more competitive teams in the U-12 through U-18 age brackets. The tournament is held in the spring & the winners advance to the Region I Championship Tournament in early July.
State Recreational Programs
The Kohl’s American Cup is a festival designed for the recreational player. It provides a tournament atmosphere for the recreational player without the competitive pressures of other tournaments. Vermont Soccer Association is currently looking for Volunteers to participate on the Kohl’s American Cup Festival Committee. Anyone interested in being a part of this exciting event may call 802-857-5703.
Olympic Development Program (ODP)
Players who are more advanced in their playing skills and desiring personal advancement in their playing ability are given such opportunity through ODP. The program identifies and develops youth players throughout the country to represent their state association, region, and the United States in soccer competition. Open tryouts are held in early November. Players are selected via the open tryouts as well as recruiting by State Coaches. These teams attend the ODP Region I Tournament and occasionally a few other events as a team. Players also attend the Region I ID Camp for the opportunity to be identified and named to their age group Region I ODP pool of players which may give them the chance to compete against other Regional teams across the nation and abroad.
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.