Mavis Derflinger, one of the Washington Area Girls Soccer League founders passed away. She became the first female Board member of the US Soccer Federation
(USSF) in the early 1980's and in 1986 was elected Chairman of US Youth
Soccer, which put her on the USSF Executive Committee.
Derflinger began her soccer career when she coached a girls team in Lee-Mt. Vernon (1969), according to potamicsoccerwire.com. Derflinger was elected the President of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) and was named the Region I Director for United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) by the mid-1970's.
In 1994 Derflinger, along with Betty D'Anjolell, took the first team, an under 19 team, to travel outside the U.S.
Derflinger fought tirelessly for funding for the US Women's program. USSF voted her a “Life Member” in 1990. She received the Sporting Goods Manufacturers of America “National Heroes Award” in 1995 for her dedication to soccer in the local community.
In 2004, Mavis was the first woman inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame.