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Janet Norman FWYSA

Executive Director - Janet Norman

A Letter To Our Community

Ft Worth Youth Soccer Association (FWYSA) is a staple in our community. We host thousands of games each year with our fall/spring recreation and competitive leagues, soccer camps, skill training, two tournaments, and two incredible programs – Diane’s Kids / Tops Soccer & JATO Dinos.  
 
***Many are unaware that FWYSA operates independently from the City of Fort Worth. Other organizations around the metroplex receive substantial funding from their cities for operating costs, but FWYSA does not. ***
 
We are responsible for maintaining the association and the two complexes, Benbrook and Westside, through our player registration fees and profits from our Cowtown Tournament (held in May each year). If Cowtown is canceled due to weather or other reasons (i.e., Covid) FWYSA loses that revenue for the year. While we do not budget for Cowtown, when received, we do use those funds to help improve our facilities and larger capital expenses.
 
This summer alone was brutal. All expenses are essentially funded by our player registrations. Most people do not recognize the cost of keeping the fields up and running. Our water bill alone for the month of August was over $10,000.00. The overall field maintenance expenses needed to run the complex from Sept 2022- Sept 2023 were $239,571.00. For the fall/winter, we prepare our fields with Rye seed which is another $10,000.00. Due to the heat this summer, we will also need to buy Bermuda seed which is similar in cost. The amount above does not include supplies, equipment, repair staff, etc. Without all the budget details you can see we are running tight.
 
This is why we need your help to return our fields back to the proper state so we can once again enjoy playing soccer on acceptable fields.
 
Please consider donating to FWYSA so we allocate more funds to our fields.FWYSA is a Non-Profit 501 3C, any and all donations are tax-deductible and we can provide documentation for your donations for taxes.
 
Our community is growing fast and our registration numbers are growing steadily. FWYSA needs more space that is conveniently located in our community. We have engaged with the Fort Worth City Council for numerous years trying to fill this need with passion, countless hours, and energy to try to convey the need for additional soccer facilities for the city.
 
Recently we had good news, Fort Worth approved a 25-field venue and was all set to possibly break ground in late 2024. Unfortunately, the city then delayed this venture until the 2024 Bond Election and has reallocated money to the New City Hall. We understand the city is on a budget and must prioritize the needs of the community.
 
Our games don’t stop because the city council delaying the resources. Our community needs viable fields. Our children need sports, competition, and activities to bring them together with their friends.
 
FWYSA is one of the largest recreational leagues in North Texas Soccer.
  1. Approximately 2600 players ages – 6 – 15 play in the spring/fall leagues.
  2. Diane Kid’s /Tops Soccer – “is a community-based outreach program, offering training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by Fort Worth Youth Soccer Association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.
  3. Jato Dinos – kids ages 3-5. Offering kids their first soccer experience in a relaxed environment.
  4. The Cowtown Classic Tournament (held in May) is one of the largest tournaments in the state, with over 350 teams participating. We turn teams away because of the lack of field space.
  5. TEAL Academy League – Providing competitive play so players can stay in Tarrant County.
 
FWYSA is run by a small staff, we have about 20 volunteers for game day and events, and an all-volunteer board. The FWSYA Board has tried very hard not to raise player or tournament fees but we are operating on a tight budget that needs relief. Inflation has hit our budget like everyone else.
 
As always, our board meetings are open to the public, and are always looking for new volunteers to help improve our operations.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
 
Janet Norman
Executive Director FT Worth Youth Soccer