Capital Soccer Association Chronological History
was incorporated on February 3, 1987 as the Chaires Soccer Association. This youth recreational soccer league, for players wishing to practice on the eastside of Tallahassee, began with a small group of players participating on a single U-10 boy’s team. Players traveled to the Meadows on Saturdays to play games with Top of Florida U-10 boys’ recreational teams. Founding directors were Paul Kleynen, Mark Menser, and Linda Grantham.
In the summer of 1994, CSA formed two teams of U-8 and U-10 Boys to travel to Orlando to compete in a 4v4 tournament put on in conjunction with World Cup matches. These teams were coached by Russ Tarin, Mickey Cullen and Frank Lapete. The teams performed well as the first CSA competitive travel squad. The U-8 team was competitive, winning several matches, while the U-10 team made it all the way to the semi-finals.
In the Spring of 1995, CSA conducted an trial program for U-6 players on Tuesday evenings at the Sod Farm on Chaires Cross Road (where CSA teams practiced at the time). The parents of players participating in the program deemed it a success and in the Fall of 1995 the program was named “Skeeters” and play was moved to early Sunday afternoons. Skip Burnside conducted the trial program and facilitated it in its formative years.
In the summer of 1995, CSA held a summer soccer program for U-9 and U-10 boys that culminated with the participants playing as a team in the inaugural youth soccer tournament held at the Pensacola, FL soccer complex, a converted outdoor drive-in theater. The team finished the tournament second in their age group, losing in penalty kicks during the final match. The boys participating in this program went on to form the nucleus of CSA’s first on-going competitive travel soccer teams in 1995-96. The U-9 boys were coached by Ned Stacey; the U-10 boys were coached by Skip Burnside.
On June 25, 1996, the association’s articles of incorporation were amended to affect the name change to Capital Soccer Association, with many players participating in coed teams ranging from U-6 to U-14. By that time, the coed U-8 division had grown so large (10 teams) that CSA ceased playing matches with TOP of Florida teams in that age group and elected to play only other CSA U-8 teams. The Board of Directors consisted of Paul Kleynen, Randy Nicklaus, Brigitte Marshall and Ned Stacey. The officers were Christie Stacey, President; Skip Burnside, Vice President; Carla Parker, Secretary; and, Debbie Rivest; Treasurer.
In the Fall of 1997, CSA formed the first on-going competitive girls U-12 soccer team, coached by Ernie Reddick and Skip Burnside.
Earlier that same year, in May 1997, the Tallahassee United Futbol Club (TUFC) was formed to focus on competitive youth soccer. As a result, CSA decided in the Fall of 1998 to forgo its competitive youth soccer program and to refocus on recreational youth programs only.
Shortly after TUFC was formed, representatives of TUFC and CSA together approached Morningside Baptist Church officials about the possibility of leasing fields for conducting soccer practices and games. The church, which wanted to purchase a new riding lawn mower at the time, saw the potential lease as a revenue source to pay for the new mower. A lease agreement between the church and the two clubs was quickly executed.
Fast-forwarding to 2011, CSA continues to innovate and serve the Tallahasssee community by improving its recreational soccer league and by establishing the first TOPSoccer program in the region.
With the arrival of the 2011-2012 season, CSA stands aligned with its mission to “provide organized fun.” We have grown to become the largest recreational soccer club in Leon county, and plan on continuing our legacy of positively guiding our children to learn to be active and stay active throughout their lives.