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CYA & SYA Announce Virginia Valor FC!

CYA & SYA Announce Virginia Valor FC

CYA & SYA Announce Virginia Valor FC!

One Community – One Club – Stronger Together

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Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) and Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) are excited to announce that our Travel Soccer Programs have partnered to form a new collaborative effort - Virginia Valor FC (VAVFC).

The creation of VAVFC has been an ongoing project between CYA and SYA and brings together a renowned group of youth program administrators and coaches sharing a goal to build the top soccer program in the region. Paul Ellis, the SYA Technical Director had this to say: "Player development has always been the primary focus for both clubs and this partnership will expand those possibilities. We are excited about the opportunities, resources and quality of coaching that we will be able to provide our players under the Virginia Valor FC banner.” Dylan Sutherland, CYA Soccer Program Director added; “Creating this new partnership is going to grow our soccer community in a meaningful way, it also makes a powerful statement that after decades of our clubs operating separately, we are coming together to provide the best possible soccer experience for the players, staff and families.” 

Jeff Stein, SYA President, had this to say: “The possibilities with this partnership are endless. I am extremely pleased that our organizations share such an exciting vision and I can’t wait to see how things start to shape up in the coming weeks.”

The next few months will be very exciting and busy for VAVFC. Our community can expect frequent updates as we establish the new website and social media channels. VAVFC teams will compete in the Club Champions League (CCL) which is one of the most highly acclaimed competitive platforms in the region.

“The recognition by SYA and CYA leadership that they are stronger together is inspiring. This will create a player development program second to none and combined with the competitive excellence of the CCL, will offer families the perfect balance of competition and travel that elevates players, coaches, and teams to new levels. Being able to come to this decision during a pandemic to help families is quite amazing.” said Brian Kuk, Club Champions League CEO.

CYA and SYA have been administering a host of youth sports programs since the early 1970’s. Bringing the travel soccer programs together is a positive step for our community and the soccer environment across our region. CYA President Chris Saben added; “I am so excited to share our team of professionals with the entire soccer community. The Virginia Valor FC will rapidly become the most acclaimed youth soccer program in Fairfax County and beyond. We all have a front row seat to history being made!”

There are several thousand kids playing soccer between CYA and SYA every season. We are all neighbors, friends, and teammates. Together, we will build a truly dominant soccer culture in our community which will enhance the opportunities for all our athletes. Best of all, we are not limited to travel soccer.  The Recreational Soccer Programs in both CYA and SYA will continue to operate individually and be enhanced by support from the professional staff at VAVFC in the form of coaches training, camps, clinics and even recreational soccer events like tournaments, futsal and inter-league play within our programs. 

About Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) and Southwestern Youth Association (SYA)

CYA and SYA are both 501(c)(3) multi-sport youth clubs operating in Fairfax County, Virginia. Together, we serve approximately 22,000 players annually across all our sport offerings.  

CYA and SYA share the vision that VAVFC will strive to create an enjoyable, technically based, pressure free learning environment with the highest degree of professional and ethical standards. 

SYA Executive Director: Gary Flather –
CYA Executive Director: Mark Abbott –