Creating respectful leaders that positively influence others through the sport of soccer.
Durango Youth Soccer Association has been dedicated to the sport of soccer since 1993. The purpose of DYSA is to teach and promote the game of soccer, and guide all players through a journey of self-development. By working together to foster skill advancement and tactical understanding in a supportive environment, we mentor players to become individuals that have a positive influence on others. We firmly believe that our players' learning experiences in the game will equip them for success in life. The pillars of this foundation are rooted in the following key areas of development:
DYSA is a non-profit organization with 330 members and 24 teams. We are devoted to the development of the sport of soccer in and around the Durango area. DYSA is committed to educating young people aged 8-18 about the importance of sportsmanship and fellowship while providing a high quality soccer experience that will give them a strong foundation to build upon. The Shootout tournament is our primary fundraiser for the year and offers businesses visibility for the 140+ local and visiting teams.
The philosophy of DYSA is to give every interested child the opportunity to play soccer and with your help we can continue to provide financial support for each player requesting financial assistance. Over the past soccer season DYSA provided 39 families with scholarships, for a total of $17,213 to youth soccer players and their families. These scholarships, based on individual financial need, helped cover club registration fees, uniforms and tournament costs. Sponsorship contributions also support player development at practices, games and tournaments. Also, DYSA pays 58% of every player's cost therefore reducing our registration fee supporting every family in our soccer community.
"This was our first year with DYSA and we absolutely love it, " said parent Lila Scherer-Sickler. "Coach Darren McKinnis is awesome! He had a great balance in acknowledging both effort and results."
"Amanda has always been a very positive and equal coach. She gives every player the same attention and opportunity." - Margo Lafferty
"Easy. Great season. Loved this coach, manager was awesome. Play was fun to watch. Perfect club season."
"Joanna communicates beautifully with her team. She emphasizes loving the game rather than winning the game, though gave the girls many opportunities and direct support to improve their skills."
"DYSA has provided an environment of great coaching, fitness, skill development and community for many of Durango's kids. They play two seasons of the year which allows kids to develop other activities in the off seasons but also keeps them current with skills to play against tough competition in Albuquerque and Arizona. I appreciate that my kids will have lasting life memories of growing up playing soccer in Durango. " - Alison Mattox