New Jersey Youth Soccer


NEWS FROM New Jersey Youth Soccer: Fall 2013

Message from Roy Squillario

President NJYSA

Welcome to the inaugural issue of NJ Youth Soccer’s Newsletter. We believe there is a need to ensure that our members do not miss out on the great soccer activities and programs available. This newsletter is one of several new communication channels we are initiating this year to share timely and informative updates and opportunities for players, families, coaches and teams. We’ve also reinvigorated our Facebook launched a Twitter feed and added a YouTube channel. We look forward to sharing useful youth soccer-related content to make it even easier to take advantage of all we have to offer.


Breaking News:  NJYSA launches Young Olympians program for U11 players
The New Jersey Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) coaching staff is pleased to announce the launch of the Young Olympians, a new program exclusively for U11 boys and girls born in 2003.

This exciting new opportunity is designed to expose younger players to a NJYS ODP- focused training curriculum led by nationally-certified coaches
specializing in soccer development specifically for this age group. The four-session program will focus on improving the player’s technical ability and tactical
awareness while exposing players and parents to a U.S. Youth Soccer and NJYS ODP environment. The program will conclude with a Festival event.

To learn more about this and other Olympia Development Programs go to and click on the ODP tab at top of page.




Region 1 ODP Champions!
Congratulations to the 1997 ODP Girls team, coached by Krissy Turner and assistant coach Kylee Rossi, who fought their way to win the Region 1 ODP Championship in Kirkwood, DE this summer. The team now advances to the ODP National Championships set for early 2014.


2014 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Tryouts Completed

Nearly 800 high level youth players ages 13 – 17 from around the state attended our summer tryouts to earn a spot on the state’s ODP teams. Selected players receive expert training and will represent New Jersey in competitions against other states including a State ODP National Championship. They will also have the opportunity to be identified and selected for U.S. Youth Soccer regional and national teams.

“When we started the program more than 20 years ago, 40 players came to try out. Today, high potential competitors from New Jersey have been chosen for state, regional and national teams,” says Nelson Ramirez, NJYSA Director of ODP. “Six of the women on the U.S. National Team are from the Garden State and all came up through the ranks of ODP.”

National Championship Series Region I U16 Girls Champions



Toms River FC Elite United U16 Girls Capture Region 1 Crown
Toms River, coached by Carl Leschinski, defeated PSC Baltimore 3-2 in the Region 1 final held July 2 in Kingston, RI. The team went on to compete in the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, KS in July.


NJ Soccer Stats
NJ Youth Soccer includes more than 156,000 players, 40,000+ coaches and thousands of volunteers who collectively help make our programs fun, educational and successful.


NJ ODP Alumni: Tim Howard on Video

Tim Howard, U.S. National Team goalkeeper, Everton Football Club (English Premier League) keeper and North Brunswick native spent much of his youth soccer career training with the ODP here in New Jersey. The English Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year (2004 with Manchester United), talks about his experience as a youth player, life as a professional keeper and his personal challenge living with Tourette’s syndrome here: (


We’d love to share your soccer videos!
We have launched a YouTube channel and welcome game contributions from our membership. If you have action video you’d like to share, send the link or file to Please identify the age group, teams and coaches.

Summer 2013