The Story of ASA
Mission, Vision, & Values
MISSION — Connect and engage the community through high quality, accessible, sports programs that positively impact Alexandria.
VISION — Be a leading community organization that empowers participants to achieve their greatest potential.
We engage the Alexandria community
We are accountable
We prioritize health & safety
Tommy Park Executive Director
The past year was filled with growth, celebration, strategic planning and of course, thousands of hours of play for youth and adults in the community! As I think back over the past twelve months I am in awe of our team’s accomplishments and excited for what the future holds.
We kicked off 2022, reflecting on our 50th anniversary by hosting the “Golden Gala,” where we honored current ASA participants and programs, and took a trip through the past five decades. It was a joyous occasion where community members, partners, city officials, soccer parents, coaches and staff came together to support and recognize the role that ASA plays in our community.
In addition to a look back, our team, along with community stakeholders and the ASA board of directors, wrapped up a year-long strategic planning process with the unveiling of our new mission and vision. This process was incredibly energizing and I am excited about what the future holds as we embrace this direction and focus. I believe that the opportunity (and our commitment) to grow and adapt in our ever-changing world sets ASA on a path for success as we continue to find new ways to support children and families.
I am particularly proud of our strong grassroots advocacy that helped make soccer accessible to more kids than ever before. We hosted free after school programming at nine schools, for hundreds of students. We reached new communities by expanding our programming to Francis C. Hammond Middle School and Bren Mar Park Elementary, a Fairfax County Public School. I am grateful to the amazing school staff and administrators who partner with us each year to bring soccer and futsal programming to their students.
We wrapped up 2022 by installing outdoor “sport court” on top of the turf playing surface at Brenman Soccer Field. This innovative adjustment created four outdoor futsal courts for our winter futsal programming to utilize throughout the winter. I mention this because I believe it’s indicative of the creativity, adaptability and focus of our team and our commitment to evolve. With a goal of ensuring children have access to safe and quality programming, we are ready and excited for 2023 and beyond!
ASA was founded in 1970 with 60 boys and girls participating throughout the city. Several dads placed an ad in the local newspaper with information about a new soccer program and the rest is history.
In March we honored 50 years of ASA with the Golden Gala, an evening of camaraderie, fun, and celebration at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria. With more than 300 people in attendance we highlighted ASA’s growth and development over the past five decades, celebrated our Access4All program which provides free soccer programming, and honored two extraordinary students with the “Griffin Award.”
The Griffin Award is given to youth participants who show initiative, go above and beyond, and embody the spirit of community involvement and giving back. This year’s recipients were Ellie Goodrich and Jeffrey Aguilar Reyes.
Ellie began playing in the ASA Recreational League when she was four years old. Over the past decade she has participated in and coached for almost every program ASA offers. Ellie has committed to ODU to play soccer.
Jeffrey began playing in the ASA Recreational League when he was five years old. He has traveled from California to Barcelona to New Jersey and beyond competing on ASA teams. Jeffery has committed to JMU to play soccer.
- Hosted free After School Leagues for 850 students at nine schools
- Brought soccer and futsal to hundreds of elementary students at schools during “gym class takeovers”
- Provided $750,000 of scholarship support to participants in core programming (Rec, Academy, Futsal ID, etc)
Rec Soccer League
- 3,000 spring participants
- 2,241 fall participants
- Participants from every Alexandria City zip code
- 90 percent of Rec League survey respondents believe that their child’s participation in the league had an overall positive effect on their physical health
- 1500+ annual participants
- The tots curriculum is designed to support motor skills, listening skills and socialization of our youngest participants
- 1250 Academy participants on 82 teams
- Participants, ages 8-19, receive hundreds of hours of healthy activity annually in our most comprehensive program, teaching; leadership, time management, teamwork, adaptation, hard work, and more
- 90 percent of survey respondents believe that their child’s coach is a positive adult role model
- 94 percent of survey respondents said that their child’s participation in the Futsal ID program had an overall positive effect on his/her physical health
- 87 percent of surveyed respondents said that their child’s skill level and understanding of the game of futsal improved during the season
- 470 participants
- 245 boys and girls participants
- 17 female coaches in the girls program
- 50% of participants also play in the Rec League
- This is our 18th year of TOPSoccer
- Coach Molly joined the team and introduced activities and sensory items for kids, like a pool noodle tunnel, bubble wands and more
- 750 campers
- 13 weeks of Soccer Camps
- 12 weeks of Camp ALEX
- 94 percent of survey respondents rated their child’s camp experience as very good or excellent
- 90 percent of survey respondents said they are very likely to send their child back to ASA camps!
- 32 female assistant coaches
- Every U9-U12 girls Academy team had an Assistant Coach (female high school athlete)
- Assistant coaches also support Junior Academy and Ball Mastery programming; leading drills, interacting with players
Female Coaching Initiative
- 3 trips (Sweden, England and Barcelona)
- 74 athletes + chaperones traveled to these countries for life changing soccer & cultural experiences
- Women’s Pickup Program — 157 participants
- Women’s Training Program — 100 participants
- League teams — Winter 18, Spring 40, Summer 32, Fall 44
- Summer 2022 NPSL Mid Atlantic Champions
- Summer 2022 NPSL Regional Semifinalists
- Fall 2022 UPSL DMV South Regular Season Champions
ASA’s Futsal League is the gold standard in futsal play offering a fun and competitively appropriate experience for both recreational and travel level soccer and futsal players. In 2022 the league offered development, fast-paced play and fun for kids who were new to futsal or those who have played before!
- 262 teams competed across 36 divisions
- Eighth season for the league
- All of ASA’s Futsal ID teams compete in the league
The League utilized 20 courts across 15 locations. We partnered with both schools and the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural activities to secure court space for the season. We creatively used both indoor and outdoor courts to ensure space for all participants to play!
Brenman Futsal Complex
This Fall featured the ambitious and exciting project of creating an outdoor futsal complex at Brenman Field. The continuous rise in enthusiasm for futsal coupled with the challenge of limited court space, sparked the need for creativity. We partnered with the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities to lay Ultra Base Sport Court on top of a portion of the turf field.
The state of the art sport court solution performs comparably to an indoor court surface offering players the advantage of training on a professional surface versus the alternative of black top or tennis courts. By building out Brenman field with both court and turf options we were able to create multiple lighted futsal courts with customized lining specific to futsal, netting and sign board blockers.
As our tournaments grow we have worked hard to overcome the challenges around field and court capacity. More often than not we have more participants than we have space to host on the local fields and courts available to us. In order to provide a high quality, accessible sports programs, we have expanded to host tournament games in northern Virginia, southern Maryland and Washington DC. This challenge has led us to creatively develop ways to make each tournament feel cohesive and festive despite teams playing at a variety of different locations.
Volunteers & Donors
More than 800 individual donors supported ASA’s Community Fund in 2022! The Community Fund supports our Access4All Project—access to soccer for many kids in the community would not be possible without generous support from individual donors, partners, grants and community sponsors.
Join the Red & Blue Club in 2023!
Red & Blue Club
ASA programming provides over 10 million dollars in economic benefit to the City through visiting participants who spend money at Alexandria hotels, restaurants, general travel and tourism expenditures. ASA partners with Visit Alexandria to enhance the visitors experience and estimate the total benefit.
We look forward to growing, evolving, adapting and thriving in 2023 and beyond. Our passionate and dedicated team is excited to take on the following initiatives!