Soccer News: Super F League Changes Name to US Youth Futsal
Super F League, the fastest growing futsal organization in the country, enters new era by launching new identity for affiliate leagues, teams and players nationwide. Name changed to US Youth Futsal but the mission is the same; to develop and expand the game of futsal in the United States. Southern California's league is 619futsal and launches this Fall.
US Youth Futsal was unveiled today as the new name and look of the Super F League, continuing the organization’s commitment to growing the game of futsal across the United States.
“The initiative has always been to develop youth futsal throughout the United States so it is only appropriate to adopt a name that best reflects that mission and our expanding role in the process,” said John Sciore, Director of Development.
US Youth Futsal, is the official national futsal organization affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. The goal for US Youth Futsal is to developing organized futsal opportunities for amateur players in cities across the country. With more than 1,500 teams competing in its 40 leagues located in over 25 states, including top cities like Boston, Cleveland, Kansas City, South Jersey and St. Louis, US Youth Futsal is the fastest growing futsal organization in the U.S..
Players and coaches with US Youth Futsal are registered through the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), the largest multi-sport sanctioning body in the United States.
“We started back in 1997 as the Kansas City Futsal League with five teams and here we are 14 years later having grown into the leading futsal supporter in the U.S. with a presence in 35 cities and counting,” Jon Parry, Executive Director, said. “Introducing US Youth Futsal as the new brand represents the rapid growth of not just our organization, but also the game of futsal in this country.”
US Youth Futsal’s leadership team consists of Jon Parry, Peter Vermes and John Sciore, who together contribute decades of experience at the highest levels of the sport.
US Youth Futsal will continue to host the Champions Cup - National Futsal Tournament, held annually since 2005. The 6th Champions Cup – National Futsal Tournament was held at three different facilities in Shawnee, Kansas in February 2011 with more than 90 boys and girls teams participating in the U9 thru high school age groups.
The US Youth Futsal leadership team:
Jon Parry was a member of the 1996 United States Futsal Team that played in the World Championship in Spain and the 1998 team that played in the Brazilian Olympics.
Jon played professional indoor soccer for eight years and scored over 400 goals in his professional career. He was an All-Star four times. In 1992-93 he led the Kansas City Attack to their first National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) championship.
Jon also played for five years in the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) with the Sacramento Knights where he is the leading scorer in Knights franchise history with 127 goals and 84 assists.
Peter Vermes grew up in New Jersey, attended Delran High School and Rutgers University where he earned All – American honors at both levels. From 1988 to 1998, he was recognized as a National Team Player and Team Captain.
During this time he was also member of: The 1988 US Olympic Team (awarded “1988 US Olympic Player of the Year” and “1988 US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year”); The 1989 FUTSAL World Cup Team (winning the Bronze Medal); The 1990 US World Cup Team (Italy) and the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup (Gold Medal).
Upon completion of his college career, Peter began his professional career in the American Professional Soccer League (APSL) and then went on to play in Hungary, Holland and Spain. He returned to the United States to play Major League Soccer (MLS) for the NY/NJ MetroStars, Colorado Rapids and Kansas City Wizards. In 2000 the Kansas City Wizards won the MLS Cup and he was named “MLS Defender of the Year”. He retired from his professional career in 2003. In 2005 he served as an Assistant Coach for the U20 Men’s National Team which competed at the FIFA U20 Youth World Championships in Holland.
Currently, Peter is a member of the USSF Executive Committee, USSF Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Athlete Council and a board member of the US Soccer Foundation. He holds a USSF “A” License and is the Executive/Technical Director of the Blue Valley Soccer Club. Peter is also the Technical Director (2006) and Head Coach (2009) for Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City.
John Sciore was a member of the Florissant Valley Community College National Championship team in 1974. As captain of the 1976 Rockhurst University soccer team, he led the Hawks to the NAIA National Finals.
In 2008, John was named the Super F League’s Director of Development and Tournament Director of the Super F Champions Cup, the Super F National Futsal Championship. John’s role as National Director of Development is to carry out the mission of Super F League, to develop and expand the game of Futsal in the United States. John’s experience as a soccer player, businessman, entrepreneur and futsal league owner brings extensive knowledge of building and maintaining a futsal league.
Originally, in 2003, John became active in futsal by opening the Gateway Futsal League in St. Louis, MO. In 2005, he affiliated his league with Super F. In the 2006 and 2007 season, Gateway Super F has had over 200 teams in its winter youth league, making it one of the largest youth leagues in the country.
US Youth Futsal in Southern California
Sean Bowers is directing US Youth Futsal's league, 619Futsal in the San Diego area and plans on starting a Winter Session in November 2011 as well as a spring session starting March 2012.
Bowers was a member of the U.S. National Futsal Team from 1995-2004. Sean is the most capped player in US Soccer futsal history earning 36 international caps. He led the team as captain of the US squad from 1998-2004. Under his leadership, the US Futsal team won the 1996 & 2004 CONCACAF Gold medal and played in the 1996 World Cup held in Spain and the 2004 World Cup in Taiwan.
“After 10 amazing years playing futsal against the top national teams in the world, I wanted to bring my experiences to my hometown of San Diego," said Sean Bowers. "619futsal will provide a futsal league through which players of all ages and skill levels will have the opportunity to develop the technical side of their game.”
“Sean Bowers and his league are tremendous assets to the expanding network of our futsal leagues around the country”, said Super F League co-founder and Executive Director, Jon Parry. “His background as a soccer player, connections with the local soccer market and entrepreneurial spirit make for a solid foundation to building a successful futsal league. His passion for the game of futsal makes him a great fit as he works with the soccer coaches and players of the San Diego area.”
Sean Bowers has a long list of accomplishments which include:
• Inducted in Quincy University Soccer Hall of Fame 2007
• Head Coach San Diego SeaLions - Women's Semi-Pro Team 2006-2008 • Head Coach Cal Baptist University 2006, Asst Coach CBU 2003-2005
• Head Coach Vista Murrieta HS Varsity Girls Program 2005-2006 • Started the Miramar Women’s Soccer program in 2007 and has amassed a 57-19-7 record in 4 years
• In 2009 was ranked #17 most influential soccer persons in San Diego by XKSandiego
San Diego's 619Futlal league will play at the Miramar Fieldhouse Gym is located at 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA, 92126
“Sean is the kind of person who we love to have with running one of our leagues. He loves the game of futsal and will work hard to develop the sport in his area. In working with Sean, I know he will run a high – quality league and tournaments,” says John Sciore, Super F League Director of Development.
Bowers' playing experience inludes the San Diego Sockers 2003-2006 2009-2010 (PASL Champions) and the Kansas City Wizards 1996-1999 where he was Team Captain and "Defender of the Year" for 2 seasons
Bowers also played on the U.S. Futsal National Team 1995-2004, 36 caps and the 1996 & 2004 Futsal World Cups where he lead the USA to 2nd round in 2004. Bowers was the US Futsal Captain 1998-2004 and the All-Time cap leader 36 cap.
Bowers recently retired as a member of the San Diego Sockers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He is the only person in NPSL/MISL history to achieve at least 1000 blocks and 1000 points. He was a 2002/2003 MISL All-Star and the league's Defender of the Year with the Baltimore Blast.
Bowers currently coaches for the Arsenal Futbol Club that has won numerous National Championships at various age levels. A native of San Diego, Bowers graduated from Quincy (Ill.) College in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He also has earned his Masters in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania and his Performance Enhancement Specialist certificate from NASM.
Background on US Soccer: US Soccer is the governing body of all soccer in the United States. Its mission is to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. Founded in 1913, U.S. Soccer is one of the world’s first organizations to be affiliated with FIFA, the Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer’s world governing body. U.S. Soccer has continued to grow in the 90-plus years since, and now has the largest membership among U.S. Olympic Committee national governing bodies.USSSA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and expand the game of soccer in the United States. USSSA has been an affiliate of US Soccer since July, 2001.
USSSA registers, sanction and provides insurance for leagues, clubs, academies and players at highly competitive pricing.