Our Philosophy

RYSA strives to provide a positive experience for developing players and coaches who have the desire and commitment to excel in the sport of soccer. Our goal is to make it fun, and instill in young players a lifelong passion for the sport.

RYSA Way: Philosophy & History

Philosophy

The Rochester Youth Soccer Association is a community-based club whose success is highly reflective of our players, volunteers and dedicated administrative staff. RYSA’s mission is aligned with US Youth Soccer’s mission - to foster the physical, mental, emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.

RYSA strives to provide a positive experience for developing players and coaches who have the desire and commitment to excel in the sport of soccer. Our goal is to make it fun and instill in young players a lifelong passion for the sport.

Rochester Youth Soccer Association promotes the game of soccer for ages five (Kindergarten) through nineteen in Rochester, Minnesota, and surrounding communities. RYSA is associated with the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association. We have soccer leagues and training year round for players of all levels of talent and desire.

We offer three specific programs:

  1. Kindergarten Kicks - Kindergarteners learn basic skills and the beginnings to organized sports in a friendly, encouraging environment.
  2. REC – A recreational soccer program for players from 1st-12th grade. Players learn the game, make friends and have fun. Players practice twice a week and have games on Saturdays from April through the end of the school year. Parents, grandparents, high school students and former players volunteer to coach and are an important part of the program.
  3. Competitive - Players from U9-U19 focus on growing their skills and competing against other club teams from MYSA, primarily in the South District league. Practices start in April, and the season runs from May through July. Teams can also choose to compete in tournaments during the summer. RYSA strives to provide a positive experience for developing players and coaches who have the desire and commitment to excel in the sport of soccer.

History

Rochester Youth Soccer Association is a non-profit organization that was established in 1975. The club has continued to support and promote the game of soccer for youth in Rochester, MN, and the surrounding communities.

  • 1975 RYSA was formed by Fuad Mansour with the encouragement of Ken Johannson and Roger Lowe of the Rochester Park and Recreation Department. Over 160 players played at Rochester Vo-Tech.
  • 1977 Over 650 children played soccer in RYSA's 3rd season.
  • 1979 Over 1,200 children played soccer in RYSA's 5th season.
  • 1982 RYSA had 98 teams and over 1600 players. U12 Lancers became first RYSA competitive team to win a State Championship. RYSA hosted it’s first competitive team tournament. Sixteen teams participated.
  • 1984 RYSA was reorganized and formed a Competitive Committee.
  • 1990 RYSA had 123 youth soccer teams and hosted the Star of the North Games.
  • 1992 RYSA had over 150 teams and hosted the Junior Olympics. 
  • 1994 Over 2,000 children registered to play soccer. RYSA again hosted the Star of the North Games.
  • 1995 RYSA celebrated their 20th year. Over 3000 children registered to play soccer.
  • 1996 First annual $1,000 Fuad Mansour college scholarship presented to two high school seniors who volunteered through soccer and in community.
  • 1997 RYSA reorganized and formed an Executive Committee with a Recreational Committee, Competitive Committee and Tournament Committee. The recreational league was named Zumbro Valley Recreational Soccer with Byron, Eyota, Kasson-Mantorville, Plainview-Elgin, and Rochester all participating.
  • 1998 Over 4,000 children registered for soccer, including over 650 competitive soccer players. RYSA had 42 competitive teams and 240 Recreational teams. Wabasha joined the Zumbro Valley Recreational Soccer League.
  • 2000 RYSA began a winter Indoor Soccer program with 80 participants.
  • 2002 RYSA Spring Recreation league expanded to include high school ages. RYSA hosted the Memorial Day Tournament, Fall Harvest Fest Tournament, and District Tournaments.
  • 2003 RYSA built a permanent equipment storage shed and shelters at Fuad Mansour and Watson soccer complexes. RYSA added Fall Recreation soccer, with over 700 players the first season. RYSA started Winter Indoor Select Academy and Center for Technical Development involving more than 100 youth.
  • 2004 Neil Cassidy hosted E and D certificate and Y coaching classes in Rochester. RYSA had over 100 volunteer coaches with coaching certificates. RYSA had over 6,000 youth in programs. 3,500 Spring Recreation players (318 teams), 750 Spring Competitive players (48 teams), 1,000 Fall Recreation players, 340 Fall Competitive players, and 500 Winter Indoor Players.

    Neil Cassidy led summer camps for players (taught by high school and college players) and worked with Elementary School Physical Education Teachers to incorporate soccer into the curriculum.

    RYSA hosted 1st Rochesterfest Tournament with 130 teams.