Frequently Asked Questions

When should my child start competitive soccer?  Many players begin competitive soccer
in the U9 to U12 age levels. At U9/U10, games are 6 v 6 players and move to 8 v 8 at
U11/U12 age levels. This “small sided” format allows players to get more
touches on the ball than they would have in the traditional 11 v 11 format, improving
skill development.

Who should play competitive soccer?  Competitive soccer is for kids who love soccer,
who demonstrate better than average skills in rec soccer, and who want to play soccer
more often. Two of the major differences between rec soccer and competitive soccer are
the level and intensity of play on the field and the amount of practice and games
throughout the year.

What is a typical competitive soccer schedule/commitment? Competitive soccer teams’
game schedules are established by MYSA, while practice and tournament schedules are
determined by the individual coaches and teams. Travel is generally within the Twin
Cities area, with 5-6 away games per summer season and fewer in the fall. A typical
calendar for competitive teams includes indoor team training throughout the winter
and participation in 1-2 indoor leagues between January and April. Outdoor soccer starts
in late April and goes through early to late July, depending on age level and team
ability. Summer competitive teams typically practice Tu/Th/Su or M/W/Su with some
weekend tournaments. Fall season runs from mid-August to mid-October for U9-U14 teams. Older players generally play soccer for their high schools during the fall.

What does it cost to play competitive soccer? Fees are based on team commitments to training and playing seasons.  Please see our 2019-20 Fee Chart.

How does my child join a North Metro competitive soccer team?  Competitive Player Tryouts for U9-U17 year round teams are held in July each year.  Check the web site in May/June for more information.  Please contact the respective competitive directors if you have questions.

U9/U10 Competitive Director - Jeff McKeefry
U11/U12 Competitive Director - Justin Sanders
U13 & Up Competitive Director - Matt Haupert

Sponsors & Affiliates

Minnesota Youth Soccer Association

MN United FC

US Youth Soccer

Challenger Sports Camp


Andover Community Center

The Sanneh Foundation

Dick's Sporting Goods