Soccer Opportunities Beyond CYSA
There are numerous programs available beyond CYSA to develop and challenge youth soccer players to reach their full potential. For those players and parents interested in more soccer opportunities, consult the following links for information on programs that may be of interest.
Massachusetts Premier League (MAPLE) - MAPLE exists to provide competitive play for any team interested in the highest levels of youth soccer. It offers a league structure based solely on merit. They take, as a reasonable measure of their success, their teams’ successes at Regionals and tournaments throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Programs for Elite Players
Massachusetts Youth Soccer District Select Program - Mass Youth Soccer sponsors a summer soccer program called the District Select Program. Cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth are combined into districts of roughly equal population. In most years, we operate with seven districts, although teams are not always formed in eligible age groups within each district. The District Select Program was originally formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which an ODP team would be selected. Today it is used primarily as a means to allow the continuation of the player’s development during the summer.
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) - ODP is the original national identification and development program for high-level and elite players established in 1977 as the US Youth Soccer Select Team Program. The goals of ODP are to identify a pool of players in each age group from which United States Men’s, Women’s, and Youth national team pools can be selected for international competition, and to provide high level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels.
A great way to augment your team’s soccer experience is to compete in tournaments. For those teams not able to participate, the tournaments offer an excellent opportunity to watch competitive soccer and learn through observation. The following links provide sources for tournament opportunities:
Competitive Tournaments - This site maintains a list of sanctioned tournaments in Massachusetts. In order to be considered a sanctioned tournament, the hosting organization must submit an application to host with Mass Youth Soccer and that application must be approved. The list of sanctioned tournaments is updated on a regular basis to relect new additions and deletions.
Massachusetts State Cup - Mass Youth Soccer hosts the Massachusetts State Cups Tournament each year. This tournament brings together some of the best teams in Massachusetts. Competition is held in the Under 13 through Under 19 year old age groups for both boys and girls. The winner of each age/gender grouping is declared the state champion and goes on to represent Massachusetts in the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships.
Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC) - The Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC) is a season-ending tournament sponsored by Mass Youth Soccer that brings together age/gender group champions from participating travel leagues. Each of these leagues establish their own guidelines, including league playoffs, to determine their representatives to this tournament. The leagues that participate in MTOC are: Berkshire, BAYS, Coastal, Essex, MAYS, Middlesex, Nashoba, Pioneer Valley, South Coast and South Shore.
Indoor Soccer - Winter Programs
Tyngsboro Indoor Sports Center - The Tyngsboro Indoor Sports Center has soccer programs for ages 2 years and older. They offer developmental soccer programs for younger players (ages 2-5) through the Lil’ Strikers and U6 Soccer programs. They also offer programs in Competitive and Recreational soccer for boys and girls U8 through U19. These programs are geared at players who want to improve their skills through the winter and have fun playing the game of soccer. Sign up a team or as an individual free agent and they will find you a team.
Acton Indoor Sports - Indoor Sports Center with indoor soccer, inline hockey, youth, adult and coed leagues.
Tewksbury Sports World - Youth and Adult Leagues for teams and individuals, clinics, and rentals.
The Edge Sports Center at Bedford, MA - The Edge Sports Center is currently under construction and scheduled to open in the early fall of 2007. The facility is located at the edge of Hanscom Air Force Base at 191 Hartwell Road, Bedford, MA. When completed The Edge╩ will house a regulation (200' x 85') hockey rink and an indoor sports facility with a turf area of 225' x 95'. The turf area will be divisible into three separate training areas, or one large field. Also in the indoor sports building will be a 10,000 SF athletes training center specializing in strength and conditioning for hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football and other sports.╩These two buildings will be connected by a common lobby containing a concession area, pro shop and viewing/meeting area.
UMass Lowell Summer Camps for Boys and Girls - The UMass Lowell River Hawks often host full-day soccer clinics for boys and girls aged 6-14 and advanced and evening clinics for high school players to teach and develop soccer skills in a competitive environment. Attending the River Hawks Soccer Clinics will enhance the development of any player at any level. Check out the UML web site for the latest camp offerings.
Soccer for Players with Special Needs
TOPSoccer Program - The Outreach Program for Soccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. It is organized by state youth soccer association volunteers. The TOPS program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl with a mental or physical disability.