With roots dating back to the early 1970’s, CUSA was established to provide area children an opportunity to learn and enjoy playing the game of soccer. While practice sessions and matches were primarily held in Centerville, youngsters from all areas of Dayton were welcome and encouraged to participate. Through the years our organization has continued to grow and evolve to meet the ever changing demands of the community.
Today’s Centerville United Soccer Association (a 501c3 non-profit business) was established in June of 1999, the result of a merger between the Centerville Recreation Soccer program (SAY), Centerville United Galaxies and Soccer Centerville. CUSA currently offers one of the most comprehensive and dynamic youth soccer organizations in Ohio. Three distinct programs (Recreational, Youth Competitive and the Mead Cup) serve more than 2,500 players (ages 5 through 19) at the level best suited to their individual abilities and interest.
On April 1st 2017 was accepted into the National Premier Leagues (NPL) for the 2017-2018 season. CUSA Crew SC will be playing in the Great Lakes Alliance division which includes Ohio, Western New York, and Western Pennsylvania. NPL is a US Club Soccer league for U13-U19 teams that fosters growth and development of soccer clubs to create the best development environment for players of all ages.
Entering the Great Lakes Alliance (NPL) league is a step in the right direction for our players. US Club Soccer and CUSA Crew SC have the same mission…long-term development of all players. As part of the National Premier League, our top teams from U13 to U19 will have the opportunity to play for a national championship through high-level league play. The NPL system is known nation-wide for their prestige and high competitive level. NPL will allow CUSA Crew SC players the opportunity to be seen by the US Soccer National Staff, provide access to the id2 National Player Identification Program, and invitations to showcase events.
On May 1, 2014, CUSA became the exclusive Dayton affiliate of the Columbus Crew Youth Development System, part of a national outreach effort between Major League Soccer and the US Soccer Federation. The partnership greatly enhances our ability to continue providing area youth with the finest soccer training by a highly qualified professional coaching staff with programming elements unmatched in the region. On May 1st the Columbus Crew renewed it's affiliation agreement with CUSA Crew SC for an additional three years until June 30, 2020. This affiliation agreement, together with CUSA's new club level NPL designation, provide a direct line of advancement opportunity for our top players to the Columbus Crew Development Academy and the US National Teams.
Leadership is provided by the Executive Board and a full-time Executive Director of Operations, with support from three volunteer program committees a Director of Coaching and three assistant Directors of Coaching.
About CUSA Crew SC
CUSA Crew SC is the select arm of the club and provides opportunities for players’ ages 5-19. This competitive program is committed to player growth through developing technical proficiency, tactical awareness, and problem solving skills, while giving proper attention to the physical and psychological aspects of the sport. The goal is to maximize potential through programming that appropriately challenges each player with direction from a coaching staff that adheres to the highest standards of conduct. We believe the experiences a player has with CUSA Crew SC will provide lifetime benefits.
Columbus Crew Affiliation
As an affiliate of the Columbus Crew's Youth Development System, we can both expand and enhance the opportunities made available to our members. By becoming part of one of the most innovative and comprehensive player development systems in the country, our program provides outstanding instruction, exposure, opportunity, and experience, as each player in the organization benefits from Crew coaching connections at every level of the Club.
Following a consistent philosophy and age appropriate curriculum throughout the affiliate network and a commitment to continuing education for all CUSA Crew SC coaches - annual workshops, seminars, & speakers - provide significant value passed on to CUSA Crew SC players and families.
CUSA is steadfast in its pledge to provide all members of the organization with a positive experience in a safe, supportive environment. Through a combination of full-time professional staff, volunteers, and three Program Committees working in support of the Executive Board, CUSA is well positioned to deliver on its mission.
Growth for growth’s sake is not of interest. Growth in response to demand rooted in opportunities for all children, regardless of age, gender, ability or home address, with guidance from a staff dedicated to the highest standard of conduct and first class facilities that provide a depth and breadth of offerings unmatched in the Dayton area, is what drives CUSA into the future.
The CUSA Crew SC competitive program is committed to player growth through developing technical proficiency, tactical awareness and problem solving skills, while giving proper attention to the physical and psychological aspects of the sport. The goal is to maximize potential through programming that appropriately challenges each player with direction from a coaching staff that adheres to the highest standards of conduct.