JFC News Spring 2012 - SCROLL DOWN

U17 & &16 Boys Advance to USYS Region III Championship

Schedules Announced for 2012 US Youth Soccer
Region III Championships

Opening Ceremonies scheduled for Thursday, June 14 at Fluor Field
Games scheduled for MeSA and Wenwood Soccer Complexes

Complete Schedule

VIDEO: Region III Championships are coming | VIDEO: National Championship Series Promo

Follow the moments on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/regionIII

Championships Insider | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

FRISCO, Texas (June 7, 2012)– US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedule for the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships to be played June 15-21 at MeSA Soccer Complex and Wenwood Soccer Complex in Greenville, S.C.

The US Youth Soccer Region III Championships, which will feature top teams in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups, begin Thursday, June 14, with opening ceremonies at Fluor Field. Round robin games are Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17. Quarterfinal matches are Monday, June 18 for U-14 through U-16 and June 19 for U-17 through U-18. Semifinals are Tuesday, June 19 for U-13 and U-19 and June 20 for U-14 through U-18. The US Youth Soccer Region III Champions will be crowned following final games on Wednesday, June 20 for U-13 and U-19 and June 21 for U-14 through U-18.

US Youth Soccer State Cup Champions and select runners-up from 12 US Youth Soccer State Associations in Region III, including host South Carolina Youth Soccer Association, will participate. The other State Associations represented are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas, Tennessee and Louisiana.

Teams competing in the Regional Championships advanced through the first step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, where more than 10,000 teams began their journey at the US Youth Soccer State Championships. State champions advance to the one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, where nearly a thousand teams compete.

The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The event provides more than 185,000 players from US Youth Soccer’s 55 state associations, the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The Series is known as the ultimate destination for the country’s collegiate soccer coaches and the future of soccer.

For complete game scores, stories, standings, video and more from the regional and national finals, visit the online home to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, http://Championships.USYouthSoccer.org.  For the latest in the Region III Championships visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/regionIII.   Follow the moments from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and the Region III Championships on Twitter and share the moments with us on Facebook.

U17 Boys State Cup CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to JUFC U17 Boys - Florida State Cup CHAMPIONS

U16 Boys State Cup CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the JUFC U16 Boys - Florida State Cup CHAMPIONS

U13 Girls State Cup FINALISTS

Congratulations to the JUFC U13 girls - Florida State Cup FINALISTS

Florda State Cup 2012

Congratulations to the below JUFC teams for their advancement in the Florida State Cup

Final Four

JUFC U13 Girls

JUFC U16 Boys

JUFC U17 Boys

Round of 8

JUFC U13 Girls

JUFC U16 Boys

JUFC U17 Boys

JUFC U16 Boys Black

Round of 16

JUFC U13 Girls

JUFC U13 Girls Black

JUFC U15 Girls

JUFC U16 Boys Black

JUFC U16 Boys

JUFC U17 Boys

Florida Premier League announces 6 new clubs for 2012-13


Florida Premier League Adds Six Clubs For 2012-13 Season
Florida Premier Leagues website | NationalPremierLeagues.com | usclubsoccer.org

CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 15, 2012) – The Florida Premier League, part of US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues (NPL), has announced that it will add six new clubs for the 2012-13 season. These new clubs will join five founding members of the Florida Premier League: Brandon FC, Jacksonville United,Orlando City FC (formerly CFK Kraze/Krush), Space Coast United, and Tampa Bay United.

The six new clubs joining the Florida Premier League in the U-13 through U-18 boys and girls age groups for the 2012-13 season are:
Boca United / South Florida United Soccer Academy
Chargers SC
FC America
IMG Academy
Kendall SC
Weston FC
The NPL was created to provide a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas, and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon fundamental principles outlined in US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision.

“We are delighted to join other top clubs in Florida as members of this progressive new league system that US Club Soccer has created,” said Eric Eichmann, Director of Boca United / South Florida United Soccer Academy. “The league’s club-based model aligns perfectly with the player development philosophy that our club is based upon. The challenges and opportunities that come from competing with and against the most elite clubs in the state, and ultimately the country through the NPL format, is something that we feel will only further enhance our players’ ability to reach their full potential.”

“Year two of the Florida Premier League has the potential to be a first of its kind,” said Eric Dade, Director of Coaching for Jacksonville United. “As you look at the quality of youth clubs that have been assembled throughout the state, and their commitment to overall club and player development, we believe that our talent-rich state is providing its players the best opportunities for success.”

“We are very excited about being accepted into the Florida Premier League,” said Mark Chung, Girls Director of Coaching at Boca United / South Florida United Soccer Academy. “This allows us to further develop kids in a club-based philosophy where every kid, young and old, is playing the same Barcelona way. The individual team within a club concept is becoming extinct.”

The inaugural Florida Premier League season is wrapping up, with regular-season champions advancing to the NPL Champions Cup. The culminating event of the NPL season will be held July 27-31 in Waukegan, Ill.

For more information on the NPL, please contact NPL General Manager Chris Baer at (614) 783-2237 orcbaer@usclubsoccer.org.

Jacksonville Referee Sean Hurd Lands on the Olympic Stage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Being a soccer referee is sometimes a thankless job.

The ultimate responsibility is player safety, but they have to deal with much more than that -- the elements, hot tempers, and fans.

"You have to have a lot of control and a lot of focus," says Sean Hurd.

Hard work and focus has landed Jacksonville native Sean Hurd on the world stage. He is one of two Americans picked to referee men’s soccer at the 2012 Olympics.

"It really is something that is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Hurd said.

Hurd is going with tons of experience. He is what’s called an assistant referee, running along the touchline with a flag. He works several MLS games a year, and can generally be spotted working the bench sideline.

"We’re there through mid-August. They’ll tell us a couple days before each match who is on what game and what city we’re in and they’ll make arrangements for us to travel there," Hurd said of the Olympics.

He leaves for London Wednesday. 

Five Academy teams advance to regional cup FINAL FOUR



FIVE First Coast Academy teams advanced to the REGIONAL CUP FINAL FOUR.


The 5 teams represent nearly 1/3 of the FINAL FOUR teams in REGION B in FLORIDA in the U11 boys, U11 girls, U12 boys and U13 girls age groups. Region B includes the greater Jacksonville area to Space Coast/Brevard and Orlando and surrounding area.  Two of the teams – U12G blue and U10B blue were playing up an age group. Congratulations to players, coaches & parents.


Congratulations to




The U12 girls blue team played up to the U13 age group. They advanced to FINAL FOUR and won their first game to get into the finals. They lost a close 1-0 game to end in second place in the tournament.




The U12 boys blue team won both first and second rounds of Regional Cup. They advanced to the finals and lost a close game putting them in SECOND PLACE in the region.




The U10 academy boys played up to the U11 division of Regional Cup. They advanced through both preliminary rounds to get to FINAL FOUR. They advanced to the finals and fought hard but ended in SECOND PLACE. What a great accomplishment by this team.




The U11 girls blue team won the challenge and knock-out rounds of the tournament to advance to FINAL FOUR. They won the third/fourth place game putting them in the Regional Cup THIRD place position.




 The U11 boys Blue advanced to Regional Cup Final Four after winning both challenge & knock-out rounds. They finished their last 8v8 event in 4th place in the region. The team will play 11v11 as they move up to U12.


SEVEN First Coast Academy teams ADVANCE to Regional Cup Round of 16 

Congratulations to 

Academy U12 Girls BLUE

Academy U12 Boys BLUE

Academy U11 Girls BLUE

Academy U11 Boys BLUE

Academy U11 Boys WHITE

Academy U10 Girls BLUE

Academy U10 Boys BLUE

We are VERY PROUD of all of the players, coaches and parents who have assisted in the growth and success of these teams and look forward to watching them in the next round!

USA - Scotland Game May

JFC PLAYERS flag bearers, ball boys/girls & player escorts


 Only a few days left before the US Men’s National Team faces off against Scotland and the excitement is building at Patton Park!  Twenty two lucky recreational, academy and KYX players(see group picture below) were selected to represent our club as Player Escorts by random draw at Member Appreciation Day May 5th and received their tickets on Friday, May 10th.  The stories are varied, but the sentiment is all the same – EXCITEMENT for being chosen for this once in a lifetime opportunity.  There’s the player whose Dad was a player escort in his native country of Columbia when he was a child, the player who was stunned to find out both he and his cousin were going to be escorts, and the players who didn’t even know there was a match coming up, but now can’t wait to be part of the excitement.  We know they will represent First Coast well on Saturday May 26th.

U11 & U12 Girls Play in Atlanta Super-Friendlies

The Academy U11 and U12 girls BLUE teams travelled to Atlanta in April, 2012 to participate in Super-Friendles with top Georgia and Tennessee competition including Tophat (GA), Brentwood (TN), TNFC (TN), UFA (GA), GSA (GA).


College Commitments - Class of 2012

 CLASS OF 2012  
 Sebastian Hardington  Emory University
 Leo Ragazzo  Emory University
 Anthony Cedano  Lipscomb University
 Kyle Nasta  University of North Florida
 Tanner Hall  Flagler College
 Caleb Austin  Flagler College
 Griffin Kelly  Jacksonville University
 Dimitri Minick  Erskine University


U13 Girls Participate in US Soccer Training Center


JUFC Girls Participate In US Soccer Market Training Center

Congratulations to JUFC’s Madison Murnin, Jacqueline Schafer, Natalie White, Mikaela McGee, Katie Ralys and Leila Azari  for being selected and participating in a recent US Soccer Market Training Center.

About US Soccer Market Training Centers:

Training Center Purpose
U.S. Soccer Training Centers are single day, invitational training sessions run by U.S. Soccer staff for elite players in key soccer markets. Training Centers are open to the top players from any team, club or organization at no cost to the player. The purpose of the Training Center program is to identify the best players for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program.

Player Pool

Gender: Boys and Girls
Ages: 12 to 18 years old
Each session will feature a mix of ages depending on ability level
Number of Players: 22-26 players per session
Level of Player:
Elite players with National Team potential
Player recommendations provided by top local coaches
National Team scouts
Academy clubs
State Associations
Local clubs
College coaches

JFC Referee selected as Florida Young Referee of the Year

JFC referee Kevin LaMoureaux has been selected as Florida young male referee of the year!

Kevin started with, and continues to officiate at, Patton Park and recently has deservedly been invited to and successfully performed in multiple state tournaments, the Academy and ODP.

Referee assignor & National Referee, Augie Minasola writes,

“I have had the pleasure to personally watch his continued development as a referee, but more importantly, his maturity as an outstanding young man.”  He will be receiving his award at the yearly AGM in Orlando on August 4th, 2012.


March, 2012 - JUFC U13 Girls Jefferson Cup Finalist & FPL Champs

Jefferson Cup Finalist
JUFC 98/99 girls had an impressive showing at the 2012 Jefferson Cup over the weekend of March 17-18. The ladies were selected to represent Florida in the top division of a highly competitive u13 field. The ladies topped their group going 3-0 in pool play beating Albertson Fury 4-2, Bethesda Academy 2-0, and PDA O’Reilly 4-1. The finals
matched JUFC against Tophat 17 Gold out of Georgia. Tophat prevailed 1-0 over JUFC in a hard fought match.

FSL Champions
JUFC 98/99 girls team were able to finish the FSL season as champions over the weekend of March 3-4 in Miami. JUFC went undefeated this year winning 11 matches with 2 ties. The girls scored an amazing 57 goals allowing only 3 in this highly competitive league that showcased top teams throughout the state.

Congratulations Girls & Coaches!

High School Player of the Year

Times Union Boy’s "Soccer Player of the Year" Award - John Mella

For the 3rd year in a row,  the Time’s Union Boy’s "Soccer Player of the Year" award has come thru the FCSA KYX program. 

Congrats to John Mella. 

To read the news article, please click HERE

US Soccer Marketing Training Center Invites - Jan, 2012

JUFC’s Players Invited To US Soccer Market Training Center

Congratulations to JUFC’s Omar Abushaib(JUFC’s U13 Boy’s) & Amer Kurtanovic(JUFC’s U16 Boys) on being selected to participate in US Soccer Training Center.

U.S. Soccer Training Centers are single day, invitational training sessions run by U.S. Soccer staff for elite players in key soccer markets. Training Centers are open to the top players from any team, club or organization at no cost to the player. The purpose of the Training Center program is to identify the best players for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program.

For more information about US Soccer Market Training Centers visit ussoccer.com

Disney Showcase Success

JUFC Teams Find Success At Disney

Congrats to all our JUFC Teams for their participation at the Disney Showcase.  What a great showing!

Disney Showcase:
JUFC U16 Boys
JUFC U17 Boys – 4th place finish
JUFC U18 Boys – 3rd place finish
JUFC U15 Girls – 4th place finish

Disney Jr Showcase:
JUFC U13 Boys
JUFC U14 Boys
JUFC U13 Girls- Semi-Finalists