The Southern Ohio Adult Soccer Association (SOASA) is one of fifty-four State Associations sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). As the adult soccer governing association, SOASA boasts a membership of approximately 1,500 amateur players in Central and Southern Ohio.
Torres FC, from the Columbus Premier Soccer League, won the 2023 United States Adult Soccer Association Region II Men's Open Championship July 22-23 in Fort Wayne, Indiana!!
Torres defeated Ft Wayne 1927 SC (IN) 5-1, defeated FC Porto (KS) 5-0, and lost 2-4 to GFS (OH-N) in Group 1 play; then re-grouped and beat FC Select U23 (IL) 2-0 in the Semifinals and defeated Gunners FC (OH-S) 4-1 in the Final!
Torres is just the fourth SOASA team - and first from Columbus - to win the ToC Men's Open Championship since the competition began in 1980!
Congratulations to Torres FC!!
SOASA teams dominated the United States Adult Soccer Association Region II Tournament of Champions with Torres FC (in yellow) from the Columbus Premier Soccer League taking the Men's Open championship; while Gunners FC (in black) from the Dayton Amateur Soccer League finished second.
Also, JJ Jemison (with ball) was the Center Referee and Ross Snodgrass (right) was an Assistant Referee for the Men's Open Final match.
Referee Ross Snodgrass, Referee Josh Braunstein; SOASA President Jeff Berman and Referee JJ Jemison at the United States Adult Soccer Association Region II Tournament of Champions in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Yet again the 2023 Ken Conselyea SOASA Cup was a successful showcase of the top clubs in Central and Southern Ohio on Sunday June 25 at Ankeney Soccer Complex in Beavercreek.
Gunners FC from the Dayton Amateur Soccer League took the SOASA Cup by virtue of a better goal differential tie-breaker over Torres FC from the Columbus Premier Soccer League and 2022 SOASA Cup holders Patriots United from DASL (+8 > +7 > +3).
Congratulations to Gunners and Torres, who have earned the privilege of representing SOASA in the USASA Midwest Region II Tournament of Champions in Fort Wayne, Indiana on July 22-23. Best of luck to both Gunners and Torres!!
At the 2023 SOASA Annual General Meeting (AGM), the following were elected as new officers to two-year terms:
Norb Mott - Vice President (Dayton)
Kevin Atherton - Vice President (Southeast Ohio)
Steven Cox - Vice President (Columbus); Registrar
Patrick Knott - Treasurer
We are pleased to have them join SOASA's current slate of officers:
Jeff Berman - President
Ken Baldeosingh - Vice President
Walt Dewar - Vice President (Cincinnati)
Nina Vasiliu - Secretary
Distinguished Service Award recipients Bob Wright (l) and Gary Swords (r) with SOASA President Jeff Berman
At the 2023 SOASA Annual General Meeting (AGM), Don Frye, Gary Swords and Bob Wright were presented with Distinguished Service Awards for their long-term service and dedication to SOASA.
Don Frye served as President of SOASA for the past three years after having served as a Vice President among other roles for several years prior. Don's willingness to assume the position of President after the passing of Ken Conselyea was a difficult situation that was made even more difficult by the pandemic. Don's steady leadership under unenviable circumstances was integral in providing continuity for SOASA.
Gary Swords served as Treasurer for SOASA for nearly thirty years and helped guide the organization through steady growth during that time. Gary was also very instrumental in assisting with the transitions of SOAS President from Ken Conselyea to Don Frye to Jeff Berman; as well as the transition of his successor as Treasurer.
Bob Wright was SOASA Registrar for more than 20 years. Bob oversaw the progression from handwritten rostering to online registrations and the implementation of a customized registration system when the 'big box' platforms didn't fit to our needs. Bob was also integral in helping with the transition to a new Registrar this year.
SOASA thanks Don, Gary and Bob for their immense contributions and tireless dedication to SOASA and the soccer community as a whole!
At the 2022 SOASA Annual Meeting on February 27, Jeff Berman was elected President, succeeding Don Fry who decided to step down after three years in the position after long-time President Ken Conselyea’s death in 2019. Jeff joined SOASA in 1993 and served as a member of the General Council after being elected President of the Columbus Premier Soccer League. He also served as a Vice President of SOASA for the past five years.
“I’m honored to be elected President of SOASA,” Jeff said, “and I hope to be able to carry on the efforts of Don Frye, who kept this ship sailing during some difficult times, and honor the strong foundation and wonderful legacy that Ken Conselyea left for us all. I look forward to working to strengthen our membership and continuing the strong competition that SOASA leagues and teams are known for.”