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Anthony Millican Asst. Commissioner, AYSO South Bay Operations Director, South Bay Matrix FC

Matrix South Bay to Host Coerver Skills Training for Coaches

Coaches, assistant coaches and those interested in development of individual and small group skills are invited to attend a Coerver Skills Training on Saturday, March 5 hosted by Matrix South Bay. The training takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South County Boys and Girls Club field in Imperial Beach. The artificial turf field is located at 847 Encina Ave., Imperial Beach, Ca. A $5 donation per coach is requested for refreshments, and a t-shirt for all participants. In addition to Matrix coaching staff, all AYSO recreational coaches are welcome to attend. Please RSVP at matrixfc712@gmail.com

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Player Age Divisions Switch to Calendar Year

Dear Matrix South Bay Families:

We want to inform you that the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) has announced new standardized initiatives designed to enhance the development of soccer players in our country by implementing: 1) Player age divisions aligned to calendar birth year rather than fiscal year; and 2) Smaller sided games for divisions U6-U12. The smaller side games initiative will result in smaller roster sizes and fewer players on the field. These two initiatives could have significant implications for players, teams, and clubs.

For additional detailed information on these initiatives and USYS announcements please visit:

The Calendar Year initiative will group players into age divisions according to their calendar birth year January 1st thru December 31st in contrast to the current school year age divisions of birth dates between August 1st to July 31st.

Cal South has formally adopted the Calendar Year initiative. All National level gaming will be conducted using Calendar Year age divisions. State associations and gaming leagues have no choice but to adopt if they wish to compete at the National level. As a result, clubs including Matrix South Bay must plan to implement Calendar Year age divisions for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

A smooth transition will require effective planning and coordination by our club, coaches and managers. We have already begun a team by team review of the impact of the new age divisions.

In regard to the second initiative, Small Sided Games appears to be on the same 2016 timeline as the Calendar Year initiative. At a recent Cal South member meeting, coaching directors voted to adopt/implement all the changes in 2016. In other words, to do it all at once instead of spacing out the initiatives over two years. (Cal South has not yet formally announced adopting small sided games for 2016, but it appears likely.)

Being AYSO families perhaps you are already familiar with smaller sided games. AYSO adopted 7v7 in U10 and 9v9 in U12 several years ago. If you have seen these games in our South Bay AYSO, you know it results in a fast-paced match, with more touches on the ball per player. Our recreational teams are already used to this style of play, maybe that is why our team so easily transition to Presidio.

There is talk that Presidio most likely will grandfather current U11-U12 teams, re number of players on the field. This would be done in order to prevent current U11-U12 teams that are playing 11v11 from moving down to 9v9 next year in 2016.

Shortly, we will be announcing training, starting in December, where we will focus on calendar year age groups to identify potential teams, and fill in our returning teams with age appropriate players. We are confident we will successfully implement the new initiatives, and continue producing high-level soccer.

Sincerely,

Anthony Millican, Coordinator

Memo Medina, Director of Coaching

U12G Matrix Ready to Make a Statement

Fresh off a dominant performance in its most recent summer tournament, the U12G Matrix South Bay team is looking forward to the start of Presidio League play in September. Coach Hector Romo has his squad mixing impressive footwork and 2015081695145619fundamentals with the tactical know-how necessary for player growth and development. The girls went undefeated in bracket play in the Riptide Summer Classic on the weekend of August 15-16. In the tournament final, the South Bay squad defeated San Diego SC 4-1 to take home the hardware. Congratulations to the players and coaches!

U14G Matrix Elite: Still Tough to Beat!

South Bay AYSO’s GU14 Matrix Elite team fought to the end in each match this weekend in capturing the San Clemente Surf Summer Classic. The South Bay girls finished first in bracket play with two 1-0 matches. Then in the Semi-Final, they won 2-1 so set up a showdown in the final versus Inland Empire Surf. The Matrix Elite squad won in PKs 3-2, defeating an IE Surf team ranked 31st in the State. Matrix Elite also defeated IE Surf during last spring’s State Cup competition.

South Bay’s Matrix Elite team has won consecutive tournaments, part of the team’s preparation for the Fall 2015 San Diego Development Academy season that begins September 12. The teamwork has only increased in recent matches, even as the team has played with a target on its back considering the girls reached the finals of last year’s prestigious State Cup. Coach Polo Aviles said he could not be more proud of his 14 players—a committed and dedicated squad.IMG_0945

“I love these girls, they’ve given me the most precious moment in my coaching career during State Cup, and I’ve been coaching a long time, 20 plus years and counting,” Aviles said. “I need memories like this. They continue to work hard and apply what they have learned in their training sessions.”

Online Team Store Now Open for South Bay Matrix Spirit Wear & Uniforms

Gear up with South Bay Matrix items with our online store, courtesy of PrimeSports. Parents, if your want a parent T-Shirt or if you need an extra pair of socks for your player, look no further. The online team store is your place to support South Bay soccer. Click here: https://primesports.tuosystems.com/stores/sbmsc

Dream Season for U13G South Bay Matrix Elite Team Ends at US Youth Soccer Regionals

From start to finish, the U13G South Bay Matrix Elite team put together the greatest competitive soccer season in the history of South Bay AYSO. The ‘Dream Season’ of 2014-15 finally came to an end for our U13G team at the US Youth Soccer Regionals. Our girls dropped a tough one to Idaho Rush Premiere, 3-2, on Friday, June 12 in the state of Washington.

We are proud of this team. It earned a host of tournament finals and championships last summer, including the defeat of last year’s Nevada State Cup champion on Labor Day Weekend. The team followed that up with a first place finish in the San Diego Development Academy, and had a great run in making the finals of the State Cup in Cal South. Team officials were understandably disappointed at not advancing to the knockout round of the US Youth Soccer Region IV President’s Cup this week. Their bracket included FC Warriors Blue, which was again the Nevada state represenative, CalNorth Manteca Rangers, and Idaho Rush Premiere. The 4-0 victory over Manteca was the highlight. The overall experience had to have been incredible for the players, parents and coaches. While there is disappointment in today’s loss, there is also great hope for the future of this hard-working group of young ladies. Way to go South Bay!

Matrix Elite U17G Close Out Season With Tournament Championship

It was under 14 minutes in the championship match of the Memorial Super Cup between Matrix Elite U17G and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Blackhawks. Matrix was down 3-2 when Coach Hector Romo moved his daughter Briana from center back to forward. The move paid off as Brianna drilled home the tying goal. With minutes left in the match, winger Jeny Tapia maneuvered her way down the left flank and curled in a shot that dropped just inside the far post, sealing a dramatic 4-3 victory for our U17G team in the Memorial Super Cup on May 24. It was an emotional win for Coach Romo, in his last match with the team that he has guided as coach or assistant coach since the girls were U10. South Bay Matrix is so often about family, and that was never more evident than in this last match for several players who are soon graduating high school and moving off to college or military careers. It could not have been scripted better with Brianna scoring the tying goal and Jeny the game winner in their last match together with Coach Romo, who will continue coaching his U12G team next season. Matrix South Bay Director of Coaching Memo Medina will take the reigns of this talented group of ladies as the team reloads for next year as U19G Matrix Elite. For now, however, parents and players relished the victory in a tough, physical match that saw yellow cards earned by both squads. Parents and players thanked coaches Hector Romo and Ronaldo Tapia (their first Matrix coach and Jeny’s father) for their dedication and support. Credit was given to Blackhawks soccer as a good, athletic side and quality competition.

Matrix South Bay congratulates each of our U17G graduating seniors Jeny Tapia, Nicole Rea, Bri Romo, Jazmine Garcia, and Alex Valenzuela. Going out as champions!

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U13G Matrix Elite are Headed to Regionals in Seattle!

Our GU13 Matrix Elite Academy team is this year’s 2015 CalSouth President State Cup Finalist. These talented young ladies now move on to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup Championship Tournament, which takes place June 9-14 in Seattle, Washington.

We believe this is the first time in AYSO history that a team from the competitive program has reached Regional play. In fact, it’s been several years since a San Diego County team reaches the Regionals.

The event will feature Boys and Girls teams in the Under-13 through Under-17 age groups who will compete for a regional championship and a spot at the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 9-12 in Overland Park, Kan. Please help sponsor our girls get to Washington.  Click on the following link:

South Bay Matrix Elite sponsor letter

to learn how you can make a donation or sponsor the team.

South Bay Matrix Unveils New Uniform Style for 2015

South Bay Matrix teams will be sporting a new uniform style for the 2015 season. Our teams’ adidas jerseys will display the Fox Sports 1 logo prominently out front, as well as our region specific shield/logo. All new Matrix South Bay and Matrix Elite (Academy) level teams will wear the new style. Returning teams with existing jerseys will be able to retain the prior style for one more season. In addition, Matrix or Matrix Elite will adorn the front of the jerseys. The additions to the front of the jerseys will help build brand recognition for Matrix, South Bay AYSO, and Fox Sports 1. The traditional AYSO logo will adorn the left sleeve.New Jerseys Maroon

Matrix is the competitive soccer arm of South Bay AYSO. Our teams play in either the Presidio League or the San Diego Development Academy. Teams are issued home and away jerseys. The new design looks good, and will enhance pride in our traditional maroon South Bay AYSO league color, and look sharp in the white alternate jersey as well. Special thanks go out to Uniform Coordinator Santiago Villanueva for working with AYSO National to secure approval for our new style.

Support Our League Fundraiser at Boll Weevil on Monday 4/27

Parents, Community Members and Players: Come out and support our league as South Bay Matrix holds a fundraiser on Monday, April 27 at Boll Weevil on Saturn Blvd., just off Palm Avenue. The fundraiser will take place from 5pm-9pm and 20% of the proceeds will go towards coach gear and equipment. The more family and friends who come out, the more funds get pumped right back into our program in the form of coaching apparel and equipment.  Equipment such as team sets of practice balls or training goals will help ensure our players get the maximum experience from training sessions. Help us make this event a success!