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About our Club

The Vicksburg Soccer Organization (VSO) was organized in 1974 by a group of soccer enthusiasts, including Ed Link and Don Rathburn, both of whom were involved in collegiate soccer before coming to Vicksburg. Several of VSO’s founders were also instrumental in organizing the Mississippi Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). Rathburn served as the first MYSA president and several VSO members participated as MYSA founding officers. The fledgling VSO grew rapidly and by the mid-1980s had surpassed 1,500 registered players. Recognizing the need to provide a progressive learning and developmental environment for players interested in more competitive soccer, the VSO established the Cannon Soccer Club in 1982. Under Bob Kennedy’s direction, the club expanded from its initial Under-16 Boys team to eventually fielding teams in Under-11 to Under-19 Boys and Under-11 to Under-18 Girls.

As a means to broaden cultural and playing experiences, club teams have traveled internationally. In 1988, the Cannon Soccer Club's Under-19 team played in England, Scotland and Wales, where the team finished third in the prestigious Ian Rush International Tournament. Subsequent teams travelled and played in the former Soviet Union (1990), New Zealand and Australia (1992), and Costa Rica (1995). The Cannon Soccer Club also initiated summer camps as a means to support VSO’s goal of increasing player enjoyment through the skill development and confidence building. Many club players have gone on to compete at the collegiate-level, and several are now among the ranks of college, high school and club coaches.  The Club continues to provide effective training and promote understanding of the game through its academy and ongoing developmental programs. 
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