What is the difference between Rec and Competitive?

 

There are four overarching areas of difference between recreational and competitive soccer: Skill, Commitment, Cost, and Travel.    At the U9/10 level, Blue (previously gold) is competitive and Black (previously maroon) is more competitive. At U11/12, Blue (previously C3) is competitive, Black (formerly C2) is more competitive, and MFL (formerly AFL and/or C1) is very competitive.  Starting at U13, there will now be Blue, Black, and League One -- which will include 3 sub-divisions (Premier I, Premier II, and 1st Division). League One will include about the top 20 teams in the state at an age group and will be very competitive.

SKILL:

Competitive team players have a desire to run.  They control the ball with all parts of their feet, thighs, chest, and head (if over 12 years old).  They are comfortable dribbling and making moves. They can pass and shoot with accuracy and throw the ball in legally.  They understand how to use space to their advantage.

 

COMMITMENT

During the fall (late Aug - October) and spring/summer (Apr - July) seasons, expect soccer activities to occur 2-4 days a week, depending on the level.  Attendance at training during these seasons is required. During the winter (Nov - Mar), expect between 1-4 days a week, depending on the level. Attendance during the winter is expected, but we understand there may be conflicts.  We would ask that you attend as often as you can. Most of our winter activities take place at Adrenaline Sports Center in Ramsey.

 

COST

Registration fees for 2019-20 are per month for 10 months.  

U9/10 is $80/month.  

U11/12 Blue $110, Black $140, MFL $165/month  

U13-17 Blue $110, Black $145, League One $185/month

 

Other costs may include travel/lodging for tournaments, extra tournaments (as determined by team), or team gear (i.e. team sweatshirts).

 

TRAVEL

 

Home games take place in Andover for NMSA-pure teams and Elk River, Otsego, or Rogers for TRSA-pure teams. Partnered teams may play at either club’s fields.  There is an effort for away games to stay in the northern twin cities area, however sometimes we do travel to Duluth, St. Cloud, Eau Claire, Mankato, Rochester, and the south, east, or west metro for games.  Tournaments may be around the Twin Cities or out of state. Upper-level teams typically go to at least 1-2 out of state tournaments per season. Starting at the U11 age group, popular tournament locations include Des Moines, Kansas City, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, and Omaha.  Last year, some of our older teams traveled to Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

 

Sponsors & Affiliates

Minnesota Youth Soccer Association

MN United FC

US Youth Soccer

Challenger Sports Camp

Coerver

Andover Community Center

The Sanneh Foundation

Dick's Sporting Goods