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  • Cal South launches U-8 Recreational Practice Activities Video Series on YouTube

    Fullerton, Calif. (Tuesday, December 22, 2015) - Cal South’s Coaching Education Department, along with the LA84 Foundation, has launched a video series of Under-8 Practice Activities designed for use by coaches of recreational soccer players of that age group and is available on CalSouth.com here with companion PDF lesson plans. All 35 videos are also now available for viewing as a playlist on Cal South’s YouTube page.

    "As the Technical Director for Cal South, I would like to thank the LA84 Foundation for their continued support of coaching education,” Steven Hoffman said. "As a partner they have helped Cal South create the New U8 video activity series."

    The video series was created to help coaches teach essential field activities to novice players that will strengthen their skills in dribbling, ball control, and passing and finishing. The series is free of cost and available to all Cal South members. To complement the series, Cal South has added a series of 10 lesson plan PDFs for coaches to download, print, and use. Links to the videos for each activity are embedded within the lesson plans.

    "The goal of the U8 video series is to make sure coaches have the tools to keep kids moving during practice by utilizing a small number of short activities,” Hoffman said. "Through Coach Education we can emphasize that all soccer practices should have No Lines! No Laps! No Lectures!"

    And added: "Please use the Cal South YouTube channel as a resource to find Appropriate Activities for U6 and U8 players. We all need to focus on activities that enable kids to have fun by running with a ball, changing directions with a ball, jumping, and kicking the ball. We have an obligation to help the very youngest players become the best they can be at whatever level they choose to play, recreational or competitive."

    The series will be the second of its kind, with the Under-6 practice activity video series launched in November 2014. In this year’s series, Cal South used the latest technology to improve its purpose with the use of a drone for an aerial view of the activities. Don’t miss any of the latest Cal South videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    About LA84 Foundation
    The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California's share of the surplus from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received $93 million at its inception and, since then, has invested $205 million in sports programs serving more than 2.5 million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Its headquarters is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world's premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the many of the most pressing issues in sport. For additional information, please visit www.LA84.org.

  • Cal South trio named to U.S. Youth Soccer ODP All-Star Teams

    Three Cal South players were named to the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP All-Star Teams after participating in the 2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Florida Interregional that recently took place at Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

    Of the nearly 150 players that participated in the event, California Rush forward George Sanchez was named to the 1998 All-Star Team, while Legends midfielder Devin Cornejo, and North Valley SC defender Chad Morgan were named to the 1999 All-Star Team.

    Sanchez, a native of Long Beach, Calif., finished the tournament as the leading goal scorer in his age group, notching three goals for Region IV, all of which came in the first match of the tournament. He also claimed the 2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV and National Championship title with Cal South 98 earlier in the year, gaining experience to compete amongst the best of the best.

    “It was surprisingly good; I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it,” said the 17-year-old about the competition. “It was high competition. It was about the same competition as in the Nationals, with strong teams and strong players.”

    As a defender, Morgan led the Region IV ’99 backline and squad to finish 3rd. The Northridge, Calif. native not only scored a goal in the 3-2 win over Region III in the second round of games, but was a standout in the backline since the first match of the tournament that ended in a scoreless draw. Morgan, however, is no stranger to All-Star Teams, being named to the Regional All-Star Team in the past.

    “I was ecstatic, I was so happy [to hear the news],” Morgan said. “I’ve been an All-Star in the Regionals, but I’ve never been an All-Star in the Interregional tournament. I was surprised, but I was happy.”

    Morgan was so happy to hear the news he had to share it with someone else, someone who had also been selected to the All-Star Team, none other than Devin Cornejo. The Legends player bolstered the midfield for Region IV, earning his spot in the elite team.

    “Chad texted me and I was really excited,” Cornejo said. “It’s really nice and it motivates me to keep on working hard."

    “It was really fun being able to be teammates with players who I normally compete with in Region IV, players from Utah, Washington, Oregon. It was nice to play with them and get to know each other,” he added.

    Throughout the tournament, participating players get the opportunity to train and compete in front of collegiate coaches and scouts, as well as U.S. national team coaches, easing the way to opening the doors to more opportunities in the near future.

    “There was a sideline full of college coaches looking at every individual player,” Morgan said. “I really enjoyed the tournament just because of that."
    “I plan on going to a D1 college. I’m not just going there for soccer, but academics as well,” he added.

    For now, each of the three players are focused on continuing their season with their respective teams, always aiming to finish as the best in the nation despite the ups and downs.

    “It’s rare when we lose, but sometimes we do and it’s sad because we should be one of the best teams in the nation,” Sanchez said about his team, California Rush. “We have the players to get there and sometimes it upsets the other players, but I think we can be the best.”

  • Cal South Elections currently in Progress

    Fullerton, Calif (Wednesday, December 2, 2015) — The Cal South Board of Directors official election announcement was distributed to all Affiliate Member VIPs on November 2, 2015. The nomination period is open through December 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

    The positions up for election in 2016 are as follows: President, Secretary, V.P. of Adults and Commissioners for Districts 2, 4 and 6.

    The Cal South Board of Directors encourage all Affiliate Members to participate in the election process. All nominations will be considered. The Election Committee is responsible for the vetting process to identify the nominees who meet the requisite requirements and ensure qualified candidates are on the election ballot. These candidate names will be announced and biographies provided prior to the election.

    Eligible voting members have the option of submitting a USPS mail in ballot or electronic voting “e-voting”. Ballots will be mailed (USPS) or made available by (e-voting) no later than Saturday, January 30, 2016 and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

    Voting eligibility requirements are as follows:

    • An Affiliate Member league or club must be “In Good Standing” status with Cal South.
    • The president of an Affiliate Member league or club is required to provide his/her name, email address and phone number when voting for that Affiliate Member league.

    Please forward any further questions regarding the election process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Two Cal South Players named to the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP All-Star Teams

    FULLERTON, Calif. (Wednesday, December 2, 2015) - Two Cal South players have been named to the US Youth Soccer ODP All-Star Teams for the 2015 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament that took place last Nov. 22-27 in Boca Raton, Florida at Countess de Hoernle Park (Spanish River Athletic Facility).
    Cal South forwards Laney Carroll of Legends FC and Cordelia Cross of Eagles Soccer Club were among the nearly 400 players that participated in the event, and made it onto two of the All-Star Teams that are separated by age group.

    Carroll, who participated in the tournament with the 2001 Region IV Team, was a standout in the team that ended the tournament on a high note, defeating Region III in the last game of the tournament.

    “It’s pretty amazing to me. It’s a dream come true”, Carroll said about her selection.

    “The rate of play that everyone plays at is incredible. If you were to play a ball into open space, they would be there and you could see the runs they were making. They were so smart to play with and the combination passing was amazing, definitely a possession oriented game”, she added.

    Taking part in the 2002 Region IV Team, Cross helped lead the team to a second place finish in the age group standings, scoring the second goal in their 2-0 win over Region III in the opening game.

    “It was the best of the best! The competition was amazing!” Cross said. “[I feel] very honored and I feel humbled that I was chosen from 72+ girls. I was chosen to be one of the best and that’s just amazing!”

    Now, both players hope that the experience gained in Florida can transfer onto their play in Cal South action with their respective teams.

    National champion Carroll and Legends FC have set the bar high, aiming to be back where they finished off last year.

    “I would love to go back to the Finals”, the Redlands, Calif. native said. “Being in Oklahoma last season was the greatest week I have ever spent! To get so close with all the other girls and really learn their playing style and to be able to play at that high of a level was amazing because we learned so much. I would love to see if my team can make it to a Final and win again.”

    Like Carroll, Cross hopes to do the same with her team, the Eagles Soccer Club, where she has had the best experience so far.

    “The coaching experience is great and the girls are so fun to be around, such a joy to have them as teammates”, Cross said. “It’s unbelievable how our coach Scott Murray brought our team to where we are right now."

    “Our goal is to be the best team out there in Cal South,” she finalized.

    The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional featured players selected from US Youth Soccer State Associations and Regional level evaluations. Additionally, the players attended training sessions and competed in matches in front of U.S. Soccer national staff and collegiate coaches.

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