Teams Advance to State Cup Challenge Round
In an unprecedented result following the final weekend of qualifying
competition for the FYSA (Florida Youth Soccer Association) State Cup, the
Florida Rush advanced 12 teams to the Challenge Round of 16. In each State
Cup age bracket (U13 to U18) of both boys and girls divisions, a Florida
Rush Team qualified to compete in the final rounds of the tournament. In
order to achieve this position, each team had to win between two and four
games in up to two qualifying rounds against teams paired by the FYSA. This
placement signifies that each of the 12 Florida Rush teams is currently four
victories away from a state championship.
“It says something good about the accomplishments of a team when they
advance to the finals of any tournament, but to have each of our age groups
able to finish among the top 16 teams in a state as large and talented as
Florida is a tribute to the quality of our coaches, players and families as
well as the success of the Rush system,” stated Florida Rush President
Richie Gray. “It is the type of result we envisioned when we decided to
combine Orange County Soccer and Inter-United Soccer in Central Florida to
form the Florida Rush. By themselves, each of these clubs had some notable
accomplishments. But when pooled together for their talent and directed
from the template of Rush management and player development systems, the
ability to create advantages for everyone expands exponentially.”
Technical Director of the Florida Rush is responsible for staffing each age
group with highly credentialed coaches who can deliver age-appropriate
training, as well as making sure that training is consistently delivered.
Machado constantly emphasizes how important it is for players to receive the
best instruction. “Even if you have talented players,” says Machado, “they
will not accomplish all that is possible for them without proper
The depth of achievement for the 12 advancing teams from this year’s Florida
Rush Academy Program demonstrates the club’s ability to consistently
implement their training programs.
In two weeks all 12 Florida Rush teams will continue their attempts to move
forward in the final rounds. Any loss means elimination and any victory
advances them toward a title.