President's Letter February 2018

President’s Letter        February 2018

Tennessee Soccer’s Annual General Meeting was a successful operation based upon our new Mission and Vision.  The Staff and Board planned to bring a new measure of meaning and experience to our members.  Congratulations to our Hall of Fame inductees, numerous awards recipients, and newly elected positions.  The educational sessions provided were fruitful.

At the United States Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting, change was in the air.  Carlos Cordeiro was elected as President on the third ballot in an open selection process with eight viable candidates.  Tennessee Soccer was open to interviews with all candidates, and the top four finishers actually visited with us.  Each candidate offered their vision for improvement of USSF and a spirited discussion resulted.  Each of us has a responsibility to become a better teammate for the success of soccer in America.

This meeting also featured the first joint session of Region 3 under the direction of Tom Condone as Regional Manager.  This managerial change to a full-time employee of the United States Youth Soccer Association was meant to allow our organization to improve professionalism, enhance our brand, and improve the experience for all our players, participants, and fans.

For the past few months, the TSSA Staff have been holding extended meetings with our Vice Presidents of Competitive, Recreational, and Adults (Mark Nolan, John Moore, and Otey Smithson) to align our planning, programming, and resources to achieve Premier status.  The same process that was employed to improve our AGM was also implemented to examine and improve these program areas.

Since the AGM, Mike Candebat, State Referee Administrator and President of the Soccer Officials of Tennessee, has met with the TSSA staff to facilitate a better understanding of the referee program.  They discussed how they can work together to improve services to the various levels of play held in our state including regional, national, ODP, adults, and competitions.  Our next step is to bring the six District Directors (Warren Austin, Amy Windley, Greg Love, Leanna Wright, Glenn Garrett, and Rene Bustamante) into the same process to improve service to our membership.

In the past couple of years, Tennessee has had the good fortune to host several professional and international soccer matches, and soccer fans have supported these efforts in a Premier fashion.  We are funneling these funds into the potential development of additional soccer fields for TSSA usage to support our membership programs.  When we have another opportunity to host professional events, please come out to support the games as your involvement is also helping the game in Tennessee.

Our Tennessee State League has seen a record number of teams entering this Spring.  With our expanded State Tournament, the importance of state league play has been enhanced with every match counting towards year end advancement and seeding.  Good luck to all the teams competing!

The new law entitled “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017” was recently and immediately implemented at the national level.  This risk management law is designed to protect youth, and report immediately those acts of abuse that affect our players and participants.  A copy of this Act has been sent to each association President and is in effect immediately.  Please read, comply, disseminate, and implement this information to protect our players.

It’s a Great Time to be in Tennessee Soccer, and we appreciate your involvement. 

Be Premier in all you do.  Be a great Teammate.  Respect the Game.


John Snyder

President, Tennessee State Soccer Association

Derek Grenne, Otey Smithson, John Snyder, Hans Hobson

Derek Grenne, Otey Smithson, John Snyder, Hans Hobson

Cortnie Hewlett