The below letter was distributed in the Kick-off packages at the Coaches Kick-off meeting.
EXISTENCE OF SOUTH REGION SOCCER LEAGUE
The South Region Soccer League (SRSL) was established over twenty-five (25) years ago to serve the greater region of Southern Ontario. The SRSL has provided competitive soccer for over 50 clubs in age groups U8 to U18. The SRSL represents the largest league in the area and in Ontario for youth soccer, combining the municipalities of Peel, Halton, Hamilton, and Niagara regions.
The SRSL Board and staff would like to thank the players, officials, and clubs who participated in the SRSL for all their support over the past 25 years.
In the 2006 season, the SRSL had teams participating from Mississauga to Windsor and six (6) District Associations with more than 600 teams, ranging in ages from U8 to U18. Under OSA governance, a decision was made by the OSA to create a new Western League which removed more than 240 teams from the SRSL.
The SRSL regrouped and worked to create a stronger league. By 2010, there were once again more than 600 teams within the SRSL organization with only three (3) District Associations.
Unfortunately, the OSA continued to remove teams from the SRSL to create a new development system, LTPD, governed by the OSA and run by the District Associations.
The SRSL’s successful run of excellence in organizing competitive soccer for the communities it serves has been slowly diminished by the new development systems created by the OSA. The future of SRSL is in jeopardy. In the 2015 season, the SRSL is expected to have only 80-160 teams ranging in ages from U14 to U18. This level of participation is not sufficient to run a successful competitive league without a significant increase in operating costs per team and per player.
The new era in soccer in Ontario has been devastating to the SRSL and many other leagues in Ontario. It is unfortunate that the players, parents, and clubs will no longer be able to have a high level of service in league play, at a reasonable cost to all.
The SRSL may not disappear completely; it is up to the players, parents, coaches, clubs and the soccer community to determine the appropriate direction for the development of youth soccer in the South Region in Ontario.
The SRSL will look at all possibilities to utilize the experience of over twenty-five (25) years of service to provide opportunities for every player to enjoy the sport, play at a level appropriate to his/her skill and ability while increasing their skill level through competitive league play. The present Board of Directors and some clubs are considering the option to continue to operate and emerge as a new private league under difference governance. The next step is up to the players, parents, coaches, and clubs to inform the OSA of their preferences for the future of soccer in Ontario.
Click Here to view the letter - SRSL Update May 9, 2014
The 2012 Awards presentations were held on Sun Oct 28th. Congratulations to all 2012 League Champions.