Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q. What is North Metro Soccer Association (NMSA)?
A. NMSA is a group of volunteer parents working together to promote soccer and provide the children of our communities the opportunity to play soccer at all levels.

Q. Who can Register?
A. Any child between the ages of 4 and 18 (as of August 1st preceding that season’s beginning).

Q. How can I find out about registration?
A. NMSA’s web site will have the latest information on registration.

 

Q. What if I miss registration?
A. Registration will close on the last published registration date.  Registrations will not be accepted after that date.

General

Q. What is North Metro Soccer Association (NMSA)?
A. NMSA is a group of volunteer parents working together to promote soccer and provide the children of our communities the
opportunity to play soccer at all levels.

Q. Who can register?
A. Any child between the ages of 3 and 18.

Q. How can I find out about registration?
A. NMSA’s web site will have the latest information on registration.


Q. What if I miss registration?
A. Registration will close on the last published registration date.  Registrations will not be accepted after that date.

Recreational Soccer
 
Q. What is the recreational program?
A. The Recreational Soccer program is a "Fun First" soccer program that stresses basic soccer fundamentals.  It is geared for younger kids who are looking to get started in the sport of soccer, and for those who want to participate without the commitment and expense of competitive soccer.  The program is also a great way to springboard into competitive soccer as your kids get older if you are looking for a more serious, advanced level of youth soccer.

Q. What age does my child have to be to play in the recreational program?
A. Mini Metros (ages 3-4 years). Traditional Rec program (PreK - 10th grade).

Q. Are the teams CO-ED?
A. Mini Metros, PreK-Kindergarten, and grades 8-10 are co-ed. Grades 1-7 are divided into boys and girls leagues.

Q. What nights do the different age groups play?
A. This will vary each season and will be listed on our web site.

Q. What equipment does my child need?
A. All players must have shin guards and their own soccer ball (PreK-grade 2 ~ Size 3; Grade 3-Grade 6 ~ Size 4; Grade 7+ ~ Size 5).

Q. When does the spring season begin?
A. Practices usually begin in late April.  Games begin in early-mid May. Players will meet twice a week, one evening for an instructional session/scrimmage and one evening for a game.  No practices or games are held on the weekends.  The season ends with the Jamboree held in late June.

Q. When does the fall season begin?
A. Practices begin in late August.  Games usually start a week later.  Players will meet twice a week, one evening for an instructional session/scrimmage and Saturday for a game. The season ends with the Jamboree held in mid October. 

Q. Where are the games played?
A. Games and practices are held on fields in Andover and Oak Grove.

Q. Can I request a particular coach or teammate?
A. Yes, we try to honor all requests. However, we do take into account the date on which you register, the ages of the children requesting to play together, and the overall team structure.  We cannot guarantee any request.

Competitive Soccer

Q. What is competitive soccer?
A. Competitive soccer is for individuals who are looking for a more structured environment and are willing to travel around the northern metro area to compete against other cities and clubs.  This program also requires you to attend additional team training sessions and you have the ability to compete in multiple invitational tournaments throughout the summer season.

Q. What ages play competitively?
A. Typically 3rd through 12th grade.

Q. What experience is recommended for my child to play on a competitive team?
A. NMSA, through the Competitive Player Identification (Tryout) process, places players on teams with like abilities, and places that team in an appropriate playing division.  Based on the player’s ability, there are instances in which no previous soccer experience is required.

Q. What are the divisions?
A. The divisions have been created by the United States Youth Soccer Association.
U9-U10: The two levels of play, beginning with the most competitive, are: Maroon and Gold. 
U11-U13: The three levels of play, beginning with the most competitive, are: Classic 1, Classic 2 and Classic 3.
U14 and up: The four levels of play, beginning with the most competitive, are: Premier, Classic 1, Classic 2 and Classic 3.

Q. How are teams chosen?
A. Competitive Player Identification (Tryouts) is held in late July.  Please check our web site in May/June for details.

Q. What nights do competitive teams play?
A. This varies season to season depending on the state schedule.  Games are scheduled by the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association. Practices are determined by the coach.

Q. How often do teams practice?
A. The number of practices will vary depending upon the level of the team and the coaches discretion.  Typically teams practice once to twice a week, in addition to their game/tournament schedule.

Q. What is the length of each season?
A. Spring season starts with practices in mid-late April, and runs through the end of July.  Fall season begins with practices in mid-late August, and runs through the end of October.  Teams may also choose to participate in winter indoor leagues throughout the winter/early spring.

Q. Do competitive teams play in tournaments?
A. Yes. Tournament play is left up to the discretion of the coach and players.  Each team has the opportunity to participate in tournaments of their choice. There is an additional cost to participate in these tournaments.

Coaches/Volunteers

Q. Who are NMSA coaches?
A. All coaches are volunteers with many different levels of experience.

Q. What training is provided to coaches?
A. NMSA offers coaching clinics/training at various levels each year.  All coaches successfully completing Minnesota Youth Soccer Association clinics become certified at that level.  Certifications, however, are not required at the recreational levels.

Q. What is the risk management program?
A. The risk management program is a program implemented to insure the safety of our children. 

Q. How does the risk management program work?
A. All adult volunteers submit to required background checks through the State of Minnesota.  Anyone not passing the background check will be notified and not be allowed to work with children on behalf of our club.

Q. What if I would like to file a complaint?
A. All complaints MUST be in writing and mailed to:
North Metro Soccer Association
Attn: Risk Manager
PO Box 99
Andover, MN 55304

Q. How can I get involved in NMSA?
A. We are always in need of parent volunteers.  We have volunteer opportunities with various time commitments.  Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator or ask a Board member what you can do to help.

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