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HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY By Bob McDade, President, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer I hope that everyone had a happy holiday and Happy New Year! Now that the holiday season is over we can finish with our plans to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. For 40 years, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has been a leader in the development of the game. We have been the hosts for numerous special events and international games. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer played host to our US men’s national team when no one else would, setting attendance records that stood for decades at Franklin Field and Veterans Stadium. We hosted the women’s national team at UGH, Lehigh and Upper Dublin long before hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2003 at The Linc. We led the charge to make Philadelphia a World Cup city and placed number one in the country in petition support. You should all be very proud of the work you’ve done. Together, we have changed the landscape of youth soccer in Eastern Pennsylvania for the better. We look forward to seeing you at the 40th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala on Saturday, March 3rd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Philadelphia. This event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased, so be there to be a part of his-tory. I encourage you to send in any pictures, jerseys, memrobelia, etc. into the office to be a part of the celebration. Happy 40th Anniversary, Eastern Pennsyl-vania Youth Soccer! Vol. XXXV • January 2012 Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer 4070 Butler Pike, Suite 100 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 Phone: 610-238-9966 Fax: 610-283-9933 www.EPYSA.org EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Robert McDade Vice President, Recreational Brian Talerico Vice President, Travel Jim Kuntz Treasurer Herb Maguire Secretary Jeff Sommer Registrar Donna Outt State Youth Referee Administrator John Campbell COMMITTEE CHAIRS Arbitration & Risk Management Rick Tompkins TOPSoccer Program Diane Spencer Soccer Across America John Kukitz Cup Commissioner Dave Ash Rules & Revisions Tom Dougherty Scholarships Dave Edgecombe STATE OFFICE STAFF Chief Executive Officer Chris Branscome Director of Coaching Mike Barr Director of Soccer Operations Frank Olszewski Communications Manager Rob Brown Marketing & Events Coordinator Kylea Meredith Membership Services Specialist Beck Kleinert ODP/Coaching Administrator Kelly Connor Assistant Director of Coaching Gary Stephenson Director of Camps Sheldon Chamberlain Receptionist Morgan Sims Accountant Serena Karlson TOUCHLINE Editor-in-Chief Rob Brown 40 YEARS OF SOCCER By Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Happy New Year and Happy Anniver-sary! 2012 is an excit-ing year for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. Our as-sociation came into existence in 1972 as the national state association for the United States Soccer Federation. We have been serving and supporting the soccer community ever since. Youth soccer was certainly being played on our region prior to 1972. The Philadelphia area had long been the hotbed of soccer. Sev-eral of our current members were established long before we were: The United German Hungarians began in 1910; Inter County Soccer League in 1960 and Lighthouse Boys Club were winning the McGuire Cup (U19 national championship) an unprecedented five times between 1938 and 1967. What began 40 years ago with hundreds of kids in the city, grew into thousands of kids in the suburbs, and has grown into over 130,000 kids throughout the entire state association –from Kensington to Carbondale; from Easton to Gettysburg. Since 1972, we’ve seen many players go on to gain national and international fame. We’ve seen our coaches take teams to cel-ebrated heights and we’ve had several admin-istrators lead their way into national promi-nence. We’ve also seen great things happen right here at home. Individuals and clubs have taken the game from small numbers to great numbers. We’ve gone from sharing one dirt field with other sports to building multi-field soccer only complexes with field turf and lights. We’ve evolved from “no girls allowed” to “girls rule!” We’ve moved out of basements and garages to club houses and laptops. We have grown. We have thrived. We are a great position for the future. 2012 is the year to celebrate the past forty years. We look forward to celebrating and remembering over the next twelve months. Please, share your stories, photos, and other souvenirs with us so we can share with future generations. We’ll formally celebrate at a gala event in Philadelphia on March 3rd. The An-nual General Meeting will follow the next day. We hope you’ll join us. Happy 40th Anniversary to everyone-to all who created and cultivated and grew youth soccer in Eastern Pennsylvania! epysa.org A.E. Engine 11880 28th Street North, Suite 101 St. Petersburg, Florida 33716 (727) 209.0792 / Fax: (727) 209.1776 info@ae-engine.com www.ae-engine.com Publisher Craig Baroncelli VP of Sales David Watson VP, Executive Accounts Dayne Maasdorp Art Director Jason Tedeschi Graphic Designer Stacey Foster Web Developer Nicole Hess Account Executives Chris Vita, Andrew Fisher, Kristy Limotta, Dustin “Doc” Lawson Office Manager Jamie Smith The entire contents of this publication are copyrighted; all rights reserved. Articles may not be reproduced or reprinted without written permission from EPYSA and AE Engine Media/Marketing. Advertising space in Touchline is purchased and paid for by the advertisers. None of the products or services are necessarily endorsed by EPYSA or its affiliates. The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of EPYSA or its advertisers. Printed in the United States of America. Contents DEPARTMENTS President’s Message….................................................1 Chief Executive Officer’s Report…................................1 Youth Soccer Injuries....................................................3 Director of Coaching Message..................................…10-11 Social Media Corner.......................................................16 Soccer Calendar............................................................20 Upcoming Education Courses......................................25 Player Profiles.........…....................................................26 Coaching: The Overlap..................................................28 FEATURES Coming This Spring...................…..................................5 Referees –Why We Dot It..............................................7 Award Winners...............................................................9 Michael Roman, Hall of Fame.....................................13 Tournament MVP’s........................................................18 Touchline Tales..............................................................20 Greg Bibb Profile...........................................................22 National League............................................................24 Junior Supporters Club................................................25 EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH SOCCER • TOUCHLINE 1

President’s Message

Bob McDade

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY<br /> <br /> I hope that everyone had a happy holiday and Happy New Year! Now that the holiday season is over we can finish with our plans to celebrate our 40th Anniversary.<br /> <br /> For 40 years, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has been a leader in the development of the game. We have been the hosts for numerous special events and international games. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer played host to our US men’s national team when no one else would, setting attendance records that stood for decades at Franklin Field and Veterans Stadium. We hosted the women’s national team at UGH, Lehigh and Upper Dublin long before hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2003 at The Linc. We led the charge to make Philadelphia a World Cup city and placed number one in the country in petition support.<br /> <br /> You should all be very proud of the work you’ve done. Together, we have changed the landscape of youth soccer in Eastern Pennsylvania for the better.<br /> <br /> We look forward to seeing you at the 40th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala on Saturday, March 3rd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Philadelphia. This event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased, so be there to be a part of history. I encourage you to send in any pictures, jerseys, memrobelia, etc. into the office to be a part of the celebration.<br /> <br /> Happy 40th Anniversary, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer!

Chief Executive Officer’s Report

Chris Branscome

40 YEARS OF SOCCER<br /> <br /> Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary! 2012 is an exciting year for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. Our association came into existence in 1972 as the national state association for the United States Soccer Federation. We have been serving and supporting the soccer community ever since.<br /> <br /> Youth soccer was certainly being played on our region prior to 1972. The Philadelphia area had long been the hotbed of soccer. Several of our current members were established long before we were: The United German Hungarians began in 1910; Inter County Soccer League in 1960 and Lighthouse Boys Club were winning the McGuire Cup (U19 national championship) an unprecedented five times between 1938 and 1967. What began 40 years ago with hundreds of kids in the city, grew into thousands of kids in the suburbs, and has grown into over 130,000 kids throughout the entire state association –from Kensington to Carbondale; from Easton to Gettysburg.<br /> <br /> Since 1972, we’ve seen many players go on to gain national and international fame. We’ve seen our coaches take teams to celebrated heights and we’ve had several administrators lead their way into national prominence. We’ve also seen great things happen right here at home. Individuals and clubs have taken the game from small numbers to great numbers. We’ve gone from sharing one dirt field with other sports to building multifield soccer only complexes with field turf and lights. We’ve evolved from “no girls allowed” to “girls rule!” We’ve moved out of basements and garages to club houses and laptops. We have grown. We have thrived. We are a great position for the future.<br /> <br /> 2012 is the year to celebrate the past forty years. We look forward to celebrating and remembering over the next twelve months. Please, share your stories, photos, and other souvenirs with us so we can share with future generations. We’ll formally celebrate at a gala event in Philadelphia on March 3rd. The Annual General Meeting will follow the next day. We hope you’ll join us.<br /> <br /> Happy 40th Anniversary to everyone- to all who created and cultivated and grew youth soccer in Eastern Pennsylvania!

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