If your child wants to play soccer after watching the run to the World Cup, the Phoenix area has more than a dozen clubs to choose from.
The road to the biggest tournament in soccer starts on grass in local neighborhoods. Here is where you can find a soccer club near you.
American Sports Centers Avondale
Details: 755 N. 114 Ave., Avondale. 623-792-5504, ascavondale.com/lil-kickers.
For ages 18 months to 9 years, the Lil’ Kickers program is a 50-minute introduction to the sport that helps build physical, intellectual and emotional skills that kids can use on and off the field.
Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club
This club started in 1992 to give more ambitious players a chance to compete at a high level on the state, regional and national levels. But, the club also gives kids a place to start within its recreational program for ages 3 and older. Field location in Mesa.
Arizona Soccer Club
Details: 2305 E. Knox Road, #101, Gilbert. 480-332-4716. arizonasoccerclub.com.
With leagues available in Gilbert, Queen Creek and Chandler, Arizona Soccer Club recreation play is open to ages 3-13 who want to learn the tactical skills while also gleaning sportsmanship, healthy living and leadership lessons. It also has competitive teams as well as clinics, camps and tournaments.
Arizona Sports Complex
Details: 3555 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. 623-587-7171, arizonasportscomplex.com.
Indoor soccer recreational programs for ages 3-17. The program also includes a Sunshine League for special needs children. League includes summer camps and birthday parties.
Arizona Youth Soccer Association
With fields all over Phoenix, this association offers club and league directories, programs for special needs children and information about soccer training, coaching and services all over the Valley.
The fall and spring soccer recreational programs for this West Valley club are open to boys and girls ages 3-11. The competitive teams are open to players ages 7-18.
Desert Foothills Athletic Club
Details: 30845 N. Cave Creek Road, Suite 111, Cave Creek. 480-488-8485. dfacsports.com.
Billing itself as one of the largest clubs in Arizona, it has 1,200 players in recreational, developmental, and competitive soccer. On the recreational side, the club has programs from Under-4 Tots academy to Under 13/14.
Fountain Hills Soccer Club
This club has programs for ages 4-18 include camps, summer clinics, a fall recreation league and available scholarships.
Gilbert Youth Soccer Association
Every player is in the game 50 percent of the time at this nonprofit recreational soccer program. Run by volunteers for ages 4 and older in the East Valley, the association also offers summer camps.
Madison Futbol Club
A Phoenix-based soccer club for ages 4-14, Madison has recreational soccer in the fall (August-November), the winter (January-February) and the indoor-soccer in the summer (May-July). Competitive teams play August through March.
Serving Mesa, Gilbert and the East Valley, this club provides both recreational and competitive soccer. The next 7-week recreational season is the fall season, which starts in September.
North Scottsdale Soccer Club
The recreational program serves children ages 2-14 with co-ed teams and a fall and spring season. The competitive program is open to all players ages 6-18 with tryouts in May.
No Sunday Fútbol Club (NSFC) soccer club preserves Sunday for kids of all ages. The season runs from August through March and practices and home games are played on a privately-owned field at Sossaman and Warner roads in Mesa.
Phoenix Rush Soccer
Starting at age 4 with recreational soccer, this club also has competitive soccer. The club promotes sportsmanship, life lessons and quality coaching.
Details: 8361 E. Evans Road, Suite 111, Scottsdale. phoenixrushsoccer.com.
Premiere Phoenix FC
Recreational soccer is available for ages 3-10 with a focus on dribbling, striking the ball, basic possession passing and movement. Premiere Phoenix takes the long view on competitive players, knowing that it can take several year to reach his or her full potential and develops a plan to help them get there. The club practices in the Tempe and Ahwatukee area.
Real Salt Lake Arizona
Details: 20634 N. 28th St. #130, Phoenix. 602-996-5754. https://www.rsl-az.com.
The league offers recreational soccer for ages 3-16 and competitive soccer for ages 10-18. The program has more than 10,000 players on its roster and serves north and central Phoenix, Chandler and Mesa. Practice fields are located around the Valley.
SC del Sol
Details: 18777 N. 32nd St., Suite 100, Phoenix. scdelsol.com.
Based in North Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, this club serves youth ages 3-18. Competitive soccer begins at age 7. The club also has a Special Olympics program, a college advisory program and hosts state and national tournaments.
Details: 9035 E. Pima Center Parkway, Suite 10, Scottsdale. scottsdalesoccer.com.
This club has recreational soccer for pre-K through high school with a spring and fall league. Competitive soccer is for ages 7-19 with multiple skill leveled teams including travel teams that compete locally, regionally and nationally. Also offered: Clinics, college advisory program, elite age group training,
United Soccer Association
There are no tryouts for ages 3-14 for an 8-week season with the first game in mid-September. All games are played on Saturdays at Jefferson Prep High School, 16635 N. 51st Ave., Glendale.
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