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US Club Soccer Files Grievance Against USYS- MYSA, WYSA, NDYSA Included

2009 August 27
by Brian Quarstad

Inside Minnesota Soccer has learned that US Club Soccer has filed a grievance with United States Youth Soccer and its state arms, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association, Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, North Dakota Youth Soccer Association as well as the South Carolina and Tennessee Youth Soccer Associations.

us_club_soccermysa4The grievance states that US Club Soccer, the Minnesota Thunder Academy, Coast Futbol Alliance and Vitesse Soccer Inc. have complaint with the previous stated parties. The grievance is to challenge what the parties feel are discriminatory practices in treating US Club Soccer teams differently than teams from USYS state associations on issues that include: denial of insurance coverage for USYS teams attending a US Club Soccer sanctioned tournament; denial of a team’s use of their USYS player cards, rosters, etc. when attending a US Club Soccer sanctioned tournament; and charging US Club Soccer teams an extra insurance fee for playing in a USYS sanctioned tournament.

nscIn reading through the document, IMS has found that the grievance against MYSA, WYSA and NDYSA is in direct connection with the issues brought to light earlier this year concerning the National Sports Center’s tournaments. As was reported here at IMS in January and again in March, by changing their sanctioning body from MYSA to US Club Soccer, MYSA, WYSA and NDYSA sent out letters concerning the new sanctioning body and telling its clubs that they would not be covered by the association’s insurance. The letters also stated that state association passes would not be honored at any of the NSC tournaments, which the NSC denied in a statement of their own.

According to USSF rules, the grievance will now be assigned to an independent hearing examiner, who will hold a grievance hearing in approximately 90 days.

Below is the statement from US Club Soccer. Please note the link to the actual 208-page document.

US Club Soccer

Aug. 26, 2009
OFFICIAL NOTICE: USSF grievance filed
On August 17, US Club Soccer, along with AYSO and several other member clubs, filed a USSF grievance against US Youth Soccer (USYS) and several state associations.The thrust of the grievance is to challenge what we feel are discriminatory practices in treating US Club Soccer teams differently than teams from USYS state associations on issues that include: denial of insurance coverage for USYS teams attending a US Club Soccer sanctioned tournament; denial of a team’s use of their USYS player cards, rosters, etc. when attending a US Club Soccer sanctioned tournament; and charging US Club Soccer teams an extra insurance fee for playing in a USYS sanctioned tournament. Pursuant to USSF rules, the grievance will now be assigned to an independent hearing examiner, who will hold a grievance hearing in approximately 90 days.

To view a copy of the grievance, click here.

While we will not comment further publically on the merits of the case, we will keep you posted as the grievance moves forward.

Bill Sage, Executive Director
US Club Soccer


One Response
  1. Aaron Frederickson permalink
    August 29, 2009

    It is all about the kids, having fun and playing soccer; right? I hope this issue can get resolved to our youth can have greater access to quality soccer events coahes spend less time with all the “mickey mouse” invovled in getting our kids on the pitch!

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