Oct 22, 2013 7:49 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
The city of Youngsville is addressing its decision to reject a Youngsville area soccer organization as the official soccer program for the city's new sports complex. This has been a sore spot for Southside Soccer, which was under the impression the group would get to play in the Youngsville Sports Complex after supporting a sales tax to help fund the project.
Instead, Lafayette Youth Soccer Association, also called L.Y.S.A., won the rights to the new facility. Southside Soccer won't be playing there.
The city says this wasn't an easy decision. However, it came down to the size of the soccer program and what it could offer financially. Youngsville Sports Complex director Tim Robichaux says they chose L.Y.S.A. because it's the larger program with more than 3,000 soccer players. Southside Soccer has a third of that with about 900 players.
Another factor, according to Robichaux, is that L.Y.S.A. is affiliated with the Lafayette Consolidated Government and accepts students from all over the parish.
"It wasn't, I knew it wasn't going to be an easy decision, and somebody ultimately wasn't going to be our affiliation," Robichaux said. "But in the long run, you know we need to do what's best, and I've been hired to do what I feel is best for the facility long term, not just short term. And we just feel that, you know, the decision was best, they would be our better soccer provider, L.Y.S.A.," he said.
Robichaux says this wasn't about keeping anyone or any player out of its facility, but the sports complex had to choose an official program for every sport, like soccer. So now soccer players must go through L.Y.S.A. if they want to play in Youngsville's sports complex.