June 2023

Football Officials Wanted!

Fairfax County Youth Football League, Northern Virginia’s preeminent youth football League which covers Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, is searching for referees for the upcoming 2023 season.

Interested applicants must be at least 16 years old. Teachers, high school coaches and high school upperclassmen are encouraged to apply as well as parents of current and former players. We are seeking anyone who is enthusiastic about our sport.

These are paid positions, training and uniforms will be provided by FCYFL. The League season runs from September through early November with training beginning in August. Games are typically held on Saturdays with a few games on Sundays.

Interested applicants should apply with name, position (e.g. assistant HS coach; HS junior; or teacher) and contact information to chairman@fcyfl.org.


Our Southwestern 10U team went on a 6 game win streak to end 7-2-1 and winning their bracket championship!! They worked hard all season and came a long way with their skills and game IQ, showing determination and character tough moments!


SYA was saddened to hear of the passing of our founder, Carl Mullins. In 1973, Carl saw a need for sports in the Southwestern part of Fairfax County. With a donation of $1500 and 350 kids, Carl started SYA with Soccer, Baseball and Softball. Over the last 50 years, SYA has grown to become one of the leading youth sports programs in the DMV area.  

 Did you participate in an inaugural season of SYA? Please send your photos of team, coaches or players to us!

10 Tips for Sports Parents

Check out this article from our partner, Positive Coaching Alliance. It talks about making sure to set expectations for your athlete...and yourself.

  • The Stephen A. McLaughlin Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards program honors youth, coaches and parents for extraordinary service in pursuing victory with honor on and off the field of competition. Instituted by the Fairfax County Athletic Council, this program aims to support the ennobling tradition of amateur athletics in cultivating teamwork, leadership, good sportsmanship and community service.

  • Awards are presented to a male and female athlete, coach and parent in each supervisory district for having demonstrated extraordinary service in the athletic community while modeling the basic traits of good character: Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Citizenship and Fairness.


  • The next Stephen A. McLaughlin Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards ceremony will be on October 17, 2023.  Anyone may nominate an athlete, coach or parent for consideration of an award by following this simple process:

**New **New ONLINE Submission***

Print and complete the Nomination Application  by August 1, 2023.

Return the application with the requested 150-200 word nomination narrative to Neighborhood and Community Services


by Mail: 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035

by Fax: 703-324-5546

Happy 50th, SYA!

The above photo: Jeff Stein, SYA President, Gary Flather, SYA CEO, and local officials with our boys lacrosse team.

This message is a transcript from Jeff Stein, marking our 50th anniversary on June 3, 2023.

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, athletes and members of the Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) community,

Today marks a momentous occasion in the history of SYA as we gather here to celebrate our 50th anniversary. It is with great joy and a deep sense of gratitude that I stand before you as the President of this incredible organization. From its humble beginnings in 1973, SYA has grown into a beacon of hope, empowerment, and sportsmanship for the youth of Centreville, Clifton, and the surrounding communities.

Over the past five decades, SYA has been dedicated to providing a safe and positive environment for our children through sports competition. We have witnessed the transformative power of sports in the lives of young individuals, fostering not only physical development but also character building, teamwork, and lifelong friendships. Today, I am proud to announce that SYA serves over 13,000 children aged 4 to 19 and over 5,000 families, making a significant impact in our community.

SYA's success is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our volunteers, who have selflessly dedicated their time, energy, and expertise to ensure the smooth operation of our programs. To all the coaches, organizers, and supporters who have poured their hearts into SYA, I express my deepest gratitude. Your passion and dedication have been the driving force behind our achievements and the source of countless memories for generations of young athletes.

Our sports programs have provided a platform for children to explore their potential, discover their passion, and develop life skills that extend far beyond the playing field. From baseball to basketball, cheerleading to cricket, football to field hockey, lacrosse to wrestling, and many more, SYA has offered a diverse range of opportunities for our youth to thrive and grow. Through the years, we have

witnessed the triumphs, the camaraderie, and the indomitable spirit of our athletes as they competed with heart and determination.

However, our journey does not end here. As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we also look toward the future with excitement and anticipation. SYA remains committed to evolving and expanding our programs to meet the ever-changing needs and interests of our community. We are actively exploring the addition of Ultimate Frisbee and Tennis as new sports, recognizing the importance of embracing new avenues for our youth to explore and excel.

The SYA Sports Park is at the heart of our plans to expand SYA’s mission and give more kids a chance at healthy fun in the sun. This 120-acre park presently has three full size rectangular fields, a unique 60′ skinned, infield diamond designed for house baseball, travel baseball and softball, one 60′ grass infield diamond, a cross-country course, fitness course, pavilion, snack bar, playground and batting cages.

With your help, our continued expansion will include three full size rectangular fields, two 60′ diamond fields, one 90′ stadium diamond field, outdoor basketball courts, four volleyball sand courts and a full size track. All will be lit as well!

To complete the Sports Park we need your help. Your tax deductible donation to the SYA Sports Park will help future generations capture that special moment when they hit their first ball, make their first basket or score the winning touchdown.

To ensure our continued success, we call upon the generosity and support of our community. SYA is always on the lookout for volunteers who share our passion for sports and wish to make a difference in the lives of young individuals. If you have a particular sport in mind or are willing to assist us in any capacity, please reach out to us. Together, we can continue to shape the future of our organization and empower the next generation of athletes.

As we reflect on the past 50 years, let us also honor the memories of those who have contributed to SYA but are no longer with us. Their dedication and love for our organization will forever remain in our hearts.

In closing, I want to express my deepest appreciation to every member of the SYA family—past and present—for your unwavering support, your dedication, and your belief in our mission. It is because of you that SYA has thrived and become the remarkable organization it is today.

Here's to 50 years of SYA, and may the next 50 be filled with even greater achievements, cherished memories, and boundless opportunities for our youth. Thank you.

COVID Information


SYA wants to thank all members for their efforts in relation to being safe. Your Board of Directors appreciates everyone's patience and understanding of adjustments that have been needed in relation to COVID and ensuring everyone's safety.

SYA develops their protocols based on information from CDC, VA State and local officials.  

Please refer to our updates on our website for the Return to Play protocols. Please note that these were recently updated as of 7-8-2022.

Ortho Virginia

Injury can be devastating to any athlete, recreational or professional. As former athletes and now healthcare professionals, we understand what it takes to get you back into the game both physically and emotionally. We are here to help! OrthoVirginia Sports Performance provides the expert body movement analysis and sport-specific training to transition from post-rehabilitation therapy to the field again. We specialize in performance enhancement to minimize risk of re-injury.

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Thank you for Supporting the Southwestern Youth Association!

Want to Sponsor? Contact Scott Liskey

All funds raised support the SYA Sports Park and all SYA Sports.

SYA Partnerships

Thank you to our longstanding partnerships.

Willow Springs Towing & Recovery
The Pickett Law Group