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Lexington Youth Soccer Association
|Location||Masterson Station, Lexington KY|
|League(s)||US Youth Soccer National League, Kentucky Premier League, Buckeye Premier League, Kentucky State Soccer League, Bluegrass Recreational Soccer League|
|Affiliations||US Youth Soccer and Kentucky Youth Soccer|
|Colors||White, Red, and Blue|
The Lexington Youth Soccer Association (LYSA) is a non-profit recreational soccer organization in the city of Lexington, Kentucky. The organization offers recreational programs for youth and adults, a competitive program, Lexington FC, and the special needs program TOPSoccer. Since 1988, the home field for almost all teams has been the Masterson Station soccer complex in Lexington, Kentucky. Games are held at Kentucky Farm Bureau field for U5 and U6 teams. For competitive U9 teams, games are at Berea Road fields.
Since its founding in 1980, LYSA has offered a recreational soccer program to the city of Lexington. This program is open to players between the ages of 4 and 18 and is recognized by Kentucky Youth Soccer. Even though this program is only recreational, LYSA also competes with several other clubs in the Bluegrass Recreational Soccer League. These teams include Georgetown FC, Madison United Soccer, Woodford Youth Soccer, Jessamine Youth Soccer, Mercer Youth Soccer, and Winchester Youth Soccer; all of which are also recognized by Kentucky Youth Soccer.
Kentucky Youth Soccer hosts two recreational tournaments a year: Kentucky American Cup in the spring and Commonwealth Cup in the fall. These tournaments are open to teams in Kentucky that are in the age groups U10 to U19. Since 2009, LYSA teams have won the Kentucky American Cup 15 times and have been the runner up 11 times. Since 2009, LYSA teams have won the Commonwealth Cup 11 times and have been the runner up 13 times.
In 1998, Lexington FC was formed after a merger between the Kentucky Kickers Soccer Club and LYSA Select Soccer Club. This merger was done to "meet the needs of a growing Lexington soccer community and to explore new field/facility opportunities in Fayette County". Lexington FC offers 4 tiers of teams: white, red, blue, and grey; respectively from highest-tier to lowest-tier. Lexington FC currently has over 700 players over 50 different teams. In 2015, Lexington FC became the first club in Kentucky, and one of fewer than 40 nationwide, to be branded as a "Nike Premier Club".
Lexington FC is recognized by both Kentucky Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer. As a result, Lexington FC competes in several different leagues offered by each league, which ensures that every team has a chance to compete locally and against competition that is more suited to their skill set. Teams that can travel more participate in the Buckeye Premier League, which is based in Southern Ohio. Lexington FC's U18 team has been invited to participate in US Youth Soccer's highest tier league, US Youth Soccer National League, for the 2017-18 season. This is the first ever Lexington FC team to play in this league. All other teams participate in leagues offered by Kentucky Youth Soccer. The highest tier league in Kentucky is the Kentucky Premier League(KPL). The rest of the teams that can not compete at the level of the KPL participate in the Kentucky Select Soccer League(KSSL).
Tournaments and Records
Each year, US Youth Soccer offers the State Cup and Presidents Cup, two national soccer tournaments. The State Cup is part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and is offered by every state for a chance to compete for the regional, then national, title. The Presidents Cup is a very similar format, but is for teams that are not on the same skill level as those who compete in the State Cup. Between the two tournaments, Lexington FC has won 51 State championships, have been a finalist 49 times, and have been a Midwest Regional finalist 4 times. Lexington FC also has produced over 400 collegiate players and several professional ones.
The Outreach Program for Soccer(TOPSoccer) is sponsored by US Youth Soccer and offered by LYSA. TOPSoccer is a training and game placement soccer program organized by local volunteers for players with mental or physical disabilities. LYSA offers this program "to improve the overall fitness, self-esteem and social skills of the athletes, taking them from 'the sidelines into the game.'"
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