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Mar, 2017

JUSA and EWSA form Neuse River Futbol Alliance!

East Wake Soccer Association and Johnston United Soccer Association reach an agreement to join forces and become Neuse River Futbol Alliance

Knightdale, NC (March 27, 2017) – Two local competitive soccer associations with footprints in Eastern Wake County and Johnston County have announced an agreement to collaborate and become the newly formed Neuse River Futbol Alliance (NRFA) for competitive and academy levels of play. East Wake Soccer Association (EWSA) formed in 1981 and Johnston United Soccer Association (JUSA) formed in 2006, share footprints in Eastern Wake County and Johnston County and will rebrand starting in the spring of 2018.

“This alliance only serves to reinforce our commitment and shared visions of being a strong, locally based organization dedicated to developing players of high character who put sportsmanship and community at the forefront” said Todd Dameron, President of East Wake Soccer. “Both leagues had been in discussions over the past year about this partnership, and with the recent changes in the soccer landscape in the Triangle it seemed the most sense to move forward with this fantastic opportunity now.”

The newly formed alliance offers the chance for players of all abilities and skill, who may not have the chance to play youth soccer because of their geographic location in the far reaches of both counties to enjoy the game and develop their skills to the highest potential locally. Both JUSA and EWSA bring a strong foundation of recreation programs as well as highly competitive teams in all levels of competitive play in the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA).

"It became clear to us when speaking, that we share many of the same values and principles for play. If we can keep our skilled players closer to home and offer the same level of programming larger clubs may offer that's a win-win for both founding organizations" said Johnston United President, David Glover. “Over the past few seasons, both our associations have maintained a great working relationship while sometimes overlapping in the same locales. We have always welcomed EWSA to our fields to play with our recreation teams, and they have offered the same. This initiative allows for both our clubs to continue building solid relationships that we both strive for in our local communities while offering us both the chance to combine resources for competitive play.”

The Neuse River Futbol Alliance will form under a newly created 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of current board members appointed from both founding associations. The clubs will begin to pool resources immediately, hold combined tryouts starting this season, and begin forming teams to play under their existing clubs for the fall ’17 season of play and eventually the new NRFA banner in Spring 2018.

“Our soccer community has always loved the way their children were treated like family within our associations. There were challenges we always faced due to our size, but with this alliance, both our respective Board of Directors agree we can push forward on a path that allows us to pool our resources and invest more heavily into local communities, fields, and qualified personnel to position ourselves as the premier local league for Johnston and Eastern Wake County” said Todd Dameron.

Both associations will continue to develop and play under their own locally branded recreation programs, but will now have a greater pool of players with similar abilities, along with highly trained coaches, for competitive play at the Challenge, Classic and Premier levels.

About EWSA
East Wake Soccer Association
(EWSA) is a non-profit organization formed in May of 1981. The purpose of the Association is to provide soccer programs for the youth of Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon and the surrounding areas. “Children playing soccer” is the most important goal of the Association. Fulfillment of these goals is brought about by setting an atmosphere of sportsmanship in which learning and playing soccer are held foremost. For more information, visit www.eastwakesoccer.org

About JUSA
Johnston United Soccer Association
(JUSA) is a non-profit organization formed in 2006 whose mission is to foster the growth and development of amateur youth soccer by establishing programs and activities that focus on the development, promotion, teaching, and administration of the game among youth in Johnston County, and to instill the ideals of excellent moral character and good sportsmanship. Integrated in this is the building of self- esteem, self-confidence, teamwork, respect for self and others, and all the inherent benefits of physical exercise. Our stated goal will be to make it "The Game for Kids." For more information, visit www.jusasoccer.org

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