Welcome to the new Pensacola Youth Soccer!

Soccer is the world's oldest organized sport. It has been the world's most popular sport for some time. And it only continues to grow in Northwest Florida. We see that in the number of competitive leagues. We see that in the numbers of teams. And we see that in the number of players who sign up every year.

And it is time for Pensacola Youth Soccer — recreational soccer — to grow as well. To that end we're excited to announce that we have revamped the internal structure of our league.

Here's what you need to know about our organization going forward:

  • Our young players remain are our No. 1 priority. Full stop. Their safety, their education and their well-being is why any of us is here.

  • Pensacola Youth Soccer Inc. is a now a nonprofit organization (we've applied for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS), with oversight from a volunteer board of directors.

  • That change allows us to continue to grow the Pensacola Youth Soccer in a number of positive ways. Our league organizers can focus more on organizing. Coaches can focus more on coaching. Players can focus on playing. And our team parents and our community neighbors can rest assured that the league is in good hands for years to come.

Phil Nickinson played Pensacola rec soccer as a youth, was a member of the West Florida Hurricanes in the 1990s, and is one of the coaches and serves as president of the new nonprofit Pensacola Youth Soccer Inc.

Phil Nickinson played Pensacola rec soccer as a youth, was a member of the West Florida Hurricanes in the 1990s, and is one of the coaches and serves as president of the new nonprofit Pensacola Youth Soccer Inc.

Our goal for the immediate future is for — well, for things to not change all that much. We're still affiliated with the City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation Department. (And couldn't do any of this without the help of its members.) We're still preparing for our annual summer camps with the help of UWF Coach Joe Bartlinski and his staff.

And our staff and coaches are the same folks you've known in seasons past — we now have a better organization backing them all up.

In addition, we're also working on an easier way to register and pay each season, improved communications regarding game schedules, changes and cancellations, as well as a few other long-term items.

There's also the matter of getting new soccer fields at Hitzman Park. While obviously we very much are in favor of new and improved fields where the city and YMCA leagues already have been playing for years, that is a matter between the City of Pensacola and the YMCA of Northwest Florida, and it is separate from our internal reorganization. (That said, we're also very much in favor of the other improvements planned for Hitzman Park itself.)

We're absolutely busy behind the scenes, preparing for the next soccer season. If you've had a child in the program in the past, we hope to see you on the field again this summer and fall. If you're new to the league — welcome! We're excited for the new opportunities life as a nonprofit organization will present.

And we're glad to have you on the team.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the league, or email me directly.

— Phil Nickinson
President, Pensacola Youth Soccer Inc.