Welcome to my Soccer Website !
This site is a soccer site that reflects my interest in recreational soccer. I also have information on this site, which reflect my interest in the past outstanding women soccer players of the Women’s National Team, and my other soccer interests.
Introduction To Soccer, The Recreational Playing League
For a new player, their introduction to soccer is playing in a recreational soccer league. In a recreational league the atmosphere is on learning soccer skills/rules and having fun. Because the recreational league is a learning league, players typically get more playing time (some leagues mandate that a player must play a minimum of 50% of the game. In addition, some leagues limit the number of players on a team, so that players get more playing time).
Recreational playing leagues are normally non-traveling leagues, which means that your games will be played in your city, at a local site. Small leagues, which cannot field enough teams for internal play, may travel to near-by cities for playing with other leagues. Players on recreational teams do not have to attend ‘team try-outs’, as competitive team players have to do, to get placed on a team. You simply register to play and get placed on a team, no one gets turned away, unless the league has reached the maximum number of players that it can accept.
There are factors, such as the number of coaches available, and the number of playing fields available, that affect the number of teams that a league can have playing. Always register early to ensure that you have a spot on a team.
Registering To Play
Most leagues register players to play well in advance of any season. If you are thinking of playing in the fall, in the August thru Nov./Dec. time frame, the league may do registrations in the early part of the year. For spring playing leagues, some registrations may start in December/January. Always check with the league that you are interested in, well in advance of when you want to play. Check their website for registration information, or email/call them to get information on any season.
Moving Out of Recreational Play To Competitive Play
Playing on a competitive team is markedly different from playing on a recreational team.
- The team is chosen by players ‘trying out’ for a team. The coach reviews the skills exhibited by the players and selects the best players in the try-outs.
- Competitive teams do a lot of traveling to other cities and tournaments.
- Playing on competitive teams increase the out-of-pocket costs to play, due to the traveling expenses.
- There normally is no guaranteed minimum amount of time for a player to play in the game. Those players exhibiting the most effective utilization of skills will be those that play most of the game.
The following tournament information demonstrates what level of play/experience that a player might experience upon playing in competitive soccer. This is a partial list of the potential national tournaments.
National Level Soccer
After a player has learned technical soccer skills, and understands the rules of soccer, they may venture into competitive soccer. A player can work up through various competitive soccer levels, to reach higher levels of soccer competition, through playing in national games. Competitive teams within US Youth Soccer fall into different programs, with each program having a specific tournament that is tied into them. These tournaments play out on a national stage.
There is also the well known ODP (Olympic Development Program) program, which has sent many players off to careers on US National teams, and professional soccer teams.
US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP)
In Fond Memory Of
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