Midwest Soccer and the entire USASA family were privileged to honor Julie Ilacqua this past weekend at the USASA Midyear Meeting. Her accomplishments and dedication to the game are astounding, and we get the sense that there is much more to come.
Julie is the former Managing Director of Referee Programs for the United States Soccer Federation. In this position she was responsible for the overall management of the Referee Department for US Soccer until her retirement in 2008.
Julie worked for World Cup 94 at the Detroit venue from 1992-1994 and was a member of the Bid Committee, helping to bring World Cup to the Pontiac Silverdome.
Among the boards she has served on are the Michigan Bid Committee Foundation, NASO Board of Directors (including a year as Chair) and the United States Soccer Federation Board of Directors.
As a referee Julie was the first female to officiate an intercollegiate national championship, but she is genuinely most proud of the heights to which the female referees of US Soccer have worked internationally.
Julie also served on the National Referee Committee, including time as chair of that committee, before she took the position with the United States Soccer Federation.
We are so proud of Julie and we continue to be extremely grateful and deeply inspired by her accomplishments and contributions to the beautiful game.
We recently had the privilege to recognize and honor this extremely gifted man. The coach of RWB Adria since 2007, Sinisa Alebic turned the Chicago side into a national powerhouse.
Over the past few years RWB Adria represented Region II at national competitions in all three divisions, Open, Amateur and Over-30.
Sinisa’s in-state record speaks for itself: 2007-2012 National League Champions and 2008-2013 NSL Coach of the Year; 2008, 2009, 2011-2014 Indoor NSL Champions; 2010 and 2013 Illinois State Cup Champions.
His record at nationals is impressive as well. He’s lead Adria to championships in the National Cups Open Division, the 2014 National Amateur Championship and the Croatian National Soccer Tournament. He’s also coached Adria in the Lamar Hunt Open Cup.
Congratulations to Sinisa Alebic for all of your hard earned successes. Your dedication and work ethic are a true inspiration. The Midwest Soccer family is so proud to have you in our community.
For your viewing pleasure, here are a couple very important notes from the Region II Cups Commissioner, Dyann Pugliese:
Deadlines for the Region II US Adult National Cups are (dates below refer to 2015):
- May 3 – Member organizations in Region II must provide the divisions in which teams will be entered. This will allow member organizations to commit to entering a team in a division, but conduct qualifiers until the team entry deadline.
- May 26 – Team entries must be received by 6pm (EDT) by the Cups Commissioner. (Electronic signatures will be accepted on entry forms.)
- May 31 – Team rosters must be received no later than 6pm (EDT) by the Cups Commissioner. (Electronic signatures will be accepted on roster forms.) ROSTERS ARE FROZEN ON THIS DATE.
- June 12-14 – Region II National Cups in Overland Park, Kansas
IMPORTANT: REGION II WILL NOT BE PROVIDING ANY SUBSIDIES FOR THE US SOCCER LAMAR HUNT CUP. No funding is received by the Region from US Adult or US Soccer for the Lamar Hunt Open Cup.
Officially slated for the “Better Late Than Never” category, this year’s Midwest Soccer Tournament of Champions results are finally posted. (Sincerest apologies from the editor…)
Congratulations to the squads who battled their way to the finals at this year’s TOC:
(Full score tables are here)
As the dust settles on this year’s Midwest Soccer Tournament of Champions we look back on what made the 2014 installment of this amazing event so memorable. Dayton and the Southern Ohio Adult Soccer Association provided a fantastic venue and classic hospitality, the qualifying teams were on par with the nation’s elite, and of course the match officials chosen were among our nation’s finest.
If you or your association’s teams have yet to experience this amazing event, check out the main TOC page now and start planning for next year. Don’t miss another Tournament of Champions. Register your team and find out why it’s one of the best tournaments in the country.