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West Allegheny Youth Soccer Association



The West Allegheny Youth Soccer Association (WAYSA) is a competitive youth soccer club located approximately 15 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh, PA, offering in-house programs for age-groups between U5 and U19 and travel programs for U10 to U19.

WAYSA is one of one hundred and thirty clubs chartered under Pennsylvania West State Soccer Association (PA West Soccer), a member of the National State Association of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Competitive Seasons Sessions are typically held twice a year across fall (September - October) and spring seasons (March - May) and are run by volunteers.

West Allegheny Youth Soccer Association (WAYSA) traces its roots to the late 1980's when it was founded as the North Fayette Youth Soccer Association by Jim Marsetti. The soccer group eventually evolved into WAYSA in the early 90's and was administered by subsequent presidents, Beth Kramer and later, the Ron Parrish/Jim Whetsell tandem. The youth association saw strong and steady growth during this decade.In the mid-90's, Kevin Amos and Dave Tissue took over the reins and, a couple years later, added Derek McCracken as technical director. By the late 90's, this trio group instituted sweeping changes to how the games were practiced and played.  They instituted the stations format for practices, which kept kids more interested and focused, and introduced small-sided games (smaller fields and smaller number of players) which helped to improve players' skill levels. These smaller-sided games have only been mandated by the United Stated Soccer Federation (USSF) in 2014; Over a decade after WAYSA required the same changes.Those modifications instituted during the Amos/Tissue regime helped the West Allegheny High School soccer teams win 5 WPIAL Section titles, 1 WPIAL Championship and reach a State Championship between 2009 and 2014. Some of the WAYSA-trained players also won State Championships with their respective Cup/Classic teams, such as Beadling and Century. The training changes also helped to produce many WPIAL All-Section players, a number of All-WPIAL selections, a handful of All-State awardees, and one Regional All-American and another National All-American. Our players have gone on to play, and succeed, at D1, D2 and D3 college soccer programs.The small-sided games and continued efforts to de-emphasize winning and concentrate on skill-building during the children's in-house and early travel ages by the current administration, led by Michael Pons since 2017 should lead to continued enjoyment by the youth in our region and success at the high school level.

Playing Locations
Leopold Lake Park
Youthtowne Community Athletic Fields
Donaldson Community Recreation Center

Player Requirements
Size 3 ball for U6 and U8 / Size 4 ball for U10
REQUIRED – Shin guards (these should be covered entirely by socks) Soccer cleats are recommended but not required
Water bottle
Children should dress appropriately for the weather
Players will wear the reversible red/white jersey for the games (white - home and red - away) and can wear any color shorts and shirts for the practices.

Questions can be submitted via email here; [email protected]

Field Status_
  • Donaldson Updated:07.14.2022 04:00PM
    • Field 3
    • Field 4
  • Youthtowne Updated:03.01.2021 05:00PM
  • Leopold Updated:03.01.2021 05:00PM
  • McKee Updated:03.01.2021 05:00PM
  • West A High School Updated:03.01.2021 05:07PM
  • West Allegheny High School Stadium Updated:09.30.2021 08:01PM


West Allegheny Youth Soccer Association

P.O. Box 540 
Imperial, Pennsylvania 15126
Email : [email protected]
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