LYSA – Lexington Youth Soccer Association
Since 1980, the Lexington Youth Soccer Association, a non-profit organization, has run recreational soccer programs for the city of Lexington. LYSA’s board oversees youth and adult recreational programs, a select program, Lexington F.C. and a special needs program, TOPS.
In 1988, LYSA reached an agreement with the City of Lexington to develop a soccer complex at Masterson Station Park. It has conducted much of their recreational program at Masterson since. Its U5 and U6 programs are conducted at the Kentucky Farm Bureau field on Leestown Road, and it also has use of parks land off Berea Road near the Legacy Trail.
Learn more, including how to register at www.lysa.org.
Lexington F.C. – Lexington Football Club
As the popularity of soccer began to grow through the 1980s, LYSA felt that it was important to also offer a select option to players to compete at a higher level. Lexington FC was formed in 1998 as a result of a merger between the Kentucky Kickers Soccer Club and the LYSA Select Soccer Club. The two clubs merged to better meet the needs of the growing Lexington soccer community.
Since, Lexington FC has grown to be one of the top soccer clubs in the region. With over 700 players on over 40 teams, our players play and compete at the highest levels including the highest levels of the MRL and even in the prestigious USYS National League. LFC’s coaching staff is the best in the state with numerous coaches with the highest possible licenses. Lexington FC (along with it’s two predecessors KY Kickers and LYSA Select) have produced nearly 400 collegiate players, several professional players, and a US National Team participant- Arin Gilliland. Our club is the home of 51 State Championships, 49 State Finalists, and 4 Midwest Regional Finalists.
Learn more at www.lexingtonfc.org
TOPS – The Outreach Program for Soccer
TOPS is a program of the U.S. Soccer Association. The aim: to provide players ages four and older with disabilities an environment filled with meaningful learning, developmental and physical participation opportunities through the game of soccer. The community-based soccer program emphasizes player participation and development. It is designed to improve the overall fitness, self-esteem and social skills of the athletes, taking them from “the sidelines into the game.” Click here for more information.