Fargo Soccer Club: Fall 2022 Recreation Soccer Open
Registration is still open for for Fall 2022 Recreational Soccer for boys and girls from pre-k through 6th grade. Please register online. You may also purchase your uniform online during registration if you don't already own a uniform. Every player must have a FSC uniform (jersey, socks, shorts). You may also purchase a custom FSC soccer ball. Registration of $55 closes on September 6 at 11:59 pm or when a program fills up.
Age Registration Guide When registering, you must enter your child's 2022-2023 grade. For example, a child entering 3rd grade this Fall will register as grade "3" in our Grade 3 program. A child entering kindergarten this Fall will register as grade "0". Children entering pre-school this Fall will register as either "-2" or "-1".
Fall soccer starts in late August and runs through September and possibly in to October. We schedule 5-6 weeks of games and practices. Please consider volunteering to coach or help out as a general volunteer. Games are played on Saturdays and 1-2 Sunday afternoons. Practices are held in neighborhood parks or fields once per week on weeknights. Many teams practice at Kennedy Elementary School Fields. Players are required to have a soccer ball, shin guards and water bottle. Age groups may be combined if registration numbers warrant.
Players from pre-k through Third Grade will play in leagues. They will practice one a week with their team and play a game once per week*. Players in grades 4-6 will practice as a group. They will scrimmage once per week with diffierent teammates from week to week. Depending on registration numbers, players may be combined with players 2 grades older or younger. Girls and boys may play on the same team for any given game/scrimmage.
See the article on our website for more information on rec soccer.
Questions? Contact Matt Noah at either
* practice and game frequency is an average. Some weeks may not include a game while other weeks may have 2 games, for example.
The Fargo Soccer Club is a family friendly club focused on fun, developing soccer players, and keeping costs low for families whose budgets are stretched.
Our recreational soccer programs (Spring, Fall and Winter) are our most popular programs. We play against teams in our club, practicing locally and playing locally. We cooperate with communities outside of the Fargo, West Fargo, Horace, Moorhead and Dilworth area. For example, we have helped grow the Casselton program by having practices in Casselton and games in Fargo. This was due in large part to long time club member and Casselton resident Matt Vrchota and the local Casselton Park District. Generally, our program costs are about the same as TC United but we offer longer seasons (more practices and games). A typical season will cost $65 to play and $45 for a uniform (reversible jersey, socks and shorts). The uniform is reusable for as many seasons as the participant wishes.
Our competitive soccer program (all seasons) is geared for the families who want to pursue a step up in competitiveness while still enjoying the sport their kids love to play. Our competitive program is where we outshine TC United in success. From individual tournament wins, regional championships, trips to national championships, National id2 selectees and college scholarships, we far outstrip the TC United club. Last, but not least is expense. The Fargo Soccer Club costs less than half of what it costs to play at TC United. You can play one season, two seasons, three seasons or year-round. Would you rather pay $1400 for lackluster results or $600 for superior results?
US Club Soccer Regionals won
1 (2016, U15 Boys Warriors, 5 wins, 0 losses) | TC United 0
US Club Soccer National Cup appearances
2 (2016, U15 Boys Warriors), (2018, U19 Boys Warriors) | TC United 0
The Fargo Soccer Club supports the change from Spring to Fall for High School Girls soccer in North Dakota. Why? (1) The weather in the Spring usually forces compression of the girls season due to postponed games. (2) There is no out-of-state competition in the Spring because Minnesota and South Dakota have high school girls soccer in the Fall. Wouldn't it be fun and productive to play teams other than the 12-14 teams that play in North Dakota? (3) It robs high school girls of their competitive club season from late March to early June. This time can't be made up in the Fall because Minnesota and South Dakota high school girls are playing high school soccer, thus there are no teams to play unless one is willing to drive hundreds and hundreds of miles to play in Kansas or even further. (4) It will enable girls to play high school track & field and golf in the Spring. (5) College recruiting.
The tired old arguments of (1) a lack of field space, (2) a lack of referees, and (3) a lack of coaches are not logical. How is it that Minnesota and South Dakota can overcome these straw man arguments. Does Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Crookston and East Grand Forks have more field space, more referees and more coaches??!? No.
The Fargo Soccer Club does not support the move to Fall soccer on the basis of discrimination against girls. While the rationale for placing high school girls soccer in the Spring may have been incorrect, it was not a result of deliberate discrimination against girls.
The Fargo Soccer Club is making plans to build a south-side athletic complex with soccer being a priority for scheduling. The plan is a response to the absolute need of such a complex and the lack of initiative by the Fargo Park District and the Fargo School District to address a glaring need in the community. State and local politicians have ignored this topic for decades. Current plans are so far in to the future as to be useless for an entire generation of youth. Most cities the size of Fargo and certainly most metro regions of our size have at least one, if not multiple facilities which include winter indoor facilities. Examples include Sioux Falls and most every suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The benefits to local hotel, restaurants and other businesses is enormous as it could be a tournament hub in both winter and summer.
+ 20 acres for at least 5 full-sized lighted soccer fields and lighted, paved parking
+ 1 enclosed, heated building for restrooms, meeting rooms, locker rooms
+ 1 soccer field which is completely artificial turf and can be enclosed during the winter
+ reasonable access to Fargo and West Fargo south of I-94
+ 80 acres for at least 10 soccer fields and parking
+ 2 or more enclosed buildings
+ 2-4 artificial turf fields
+ designated fields for lacrosse, baseball/softball
Interested partiesshould contact Matt Noah at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 701.866.1949. All correspondence will be kept confidential. Those inidividuals and organizations interested in donating land, equipment, services or money are welcome. Those organizations and individuals interested in collaborating to achieve this goal are also welcome.
The Fargo Soccer Club offers two levels of soccer; recreational and competitive. Recreational soccer is characterized by local play against teams within our club. Competitive soccer is characterized by regional play against teams from other clubs.
1. Can children from outside Fargo play on FSC teams?
Yes. The FSC serves any child in North Dakota or Minnesota. We focus primarily on Cass and Clay counties.
2. What age groups play for the FSC?
For recreational soccer, we currently pre-school leagues through 6th grade leagues.
3. When do you play, i.e. what seasons?
The FSC recreational leagues play separate seasons in the Spring, Fall and Winter. We separate our registrations for these 3 seasons so parents can choose Spring, Fall, Winter or any combination for their children. Our Fall season runs approximately August 23 through October 10 and consists of 1 practice and 1 game per week for a total of 6 games. Our Spring season runs approximately April 20 through June 20 and consists of 1 practice and 1 game per week for a total of 8-10 games. We also offer winter indoor clinics and leagues.
4. What are the costs?
All soccer players are required to have their own shin guards, ball and water bottle. Shin guards range in price from $5 to $50. Balls range in price from $10 to $150. Generally, the lower priced equipment is more than sufficient, especially below the high school level. Each player must have a uniform from the Fargo Soccer Club. Recreational uniforms (reversible jersey, socks, shorts) are usually priced at $40/child and can be reused for any season. Registration fees for recreational soccer are typically between $50 and $75 per season.
5. I don't know anything about soccer but I received an email about coaching my child's recreational team. What should I do?
Coach! If you have time, i.e. you don't travel extensively for work or you have to work late weeknights or Saturday afternoons, then you should consider coaching. Especially at the pre-school or kindergarten level, soccer coaching is mostly about your attitude and teaching fundamentals. If you can create a fun environment where each player can feel good about themselves, strive to be a good soccer player and have fun, then you are being a good coach. If you motivate by yelling or browbeating, then don't coach. The Club will provide with you training prior to the season. Coaching is very rewarding.
6. Will my child play as much as other kids on the team?
For recreational soccer, the answer is yes. Each child should play equally and each child should play every position. Some kids don't want to play goalkeeper and we don't force kids to play goalkeeper.
7. Can I coach my child's team?
The FSC believes that parent coaches make the best coaches. We monitor each team for fairness of playing time to address the common compliant that the coach's kid gets more playing time. Frankly, parent coaches who know the rules on playing time are very good at following the rules. Parent coaches are highly motivated to see their child's team succeed. Parent coaches are more reliable than non-parent coaches. Non-parent coaches typically have a much better soccer background and can provide superior skills demonstration and instruction. That is why we try to pair up a parent coach with a younger, non-parent coach on our competitive teams. For our recreational teams, coaching is currently exclusively done by parents.
8. How do the FSC coaches differ from other coaches in the FM area?
Nearly all our recreational coaches have already undergone a 2-hour coaching education program before they step on the field with their team. Recreational coaches at some of the other clubs do not enjoy this important benefit. Many of our coaches are enrolling in extensive, i.e. 20-hour or 40-hour coaching education programs to enhance their expertise. The club encourages this and pays for this. This does not happen with most other clubs.
9. How many kids does each coach have on their team?
For our pre-school and kindergarten teams, we usually have 2 coaches and 8 kids per team. Therefore, the coaching ratio for our pre-K and Kindergarten teams is 4:1 or better for nearly all teams and there are no more than 8 players per team. For other area clubs, the ratio is more like 8:1 to 16:1. In a scenario where 1 coach is trying to coach 8-16 kids, personal attention by a coach is virtually non-existant. For our older teams, we typically have 2 coaches for every 8-10 kids.
10. How long are the three recreational seasons, Winter, Spring and Autumn?
The Spring season is 10 weeks in length. The Autumn season is 6 weeks in length. The other local clubs have a 5 week Spring season and a 6 week Autumn season. Our Winter season is typically 6 weeks long.
11. Can my child "play up" if I want them to do so?
The "play up" scenario happens when a child is a gifted soccer player who is not particularly challenged by playing with other children their age. Unlike other local clubs we will gladly allow players to "play up" to the level of their ability. However, in instances when we interplay recreationally with the local clubs, we may be required to only play kids with kids their own age.
12. How do you form recreational soccer teams?
We generally try to form teams from neighborhoods or schools. That makes practices more convenient. We don't keep the same kids together on the same team every season because we want kids exposed to a variety of coaches and a variety of teammates. We will attempt to honor one mutual friend request. Siblings in the same age category are placed on the same team. Relatives can be placed on the same team. Special circumstances are considered.
13. Do you offer scholarships?
Yes and no. Technically, there is no such thing as a "scholarship" since scholarly work does not earn you something in soccer. We have provided subsidies to disadvantaged children and we have worked with the Metro Youth Partnership (MYP) on subsidies. It is for kids in grades K-12 in Fargo and West Fargo so that they can participate in fee-based activities of their choosing. Moorhead does not have a program similar to MYP. We find it difficult to keep up with changes to various programs. Here are the websites of 2 local organizations who may provide a subsidy.
For more information on subsidies, contact Matt Noah at either
14. When are recreational soccer practices and games?
For spring and fall soccer, practices are usually on weeknights after 5:30 pm. Games are held on weekends in the Fall. Games are held on weekends in the spring before Memorial Day. After Memorial Day, games are on weeknights. For winter, practices are on weeknights while games are on Saturdays. Teams can pick their practice locations, day and times although coaches usually have a big say on the practice schedule. Pre-k and kindergarten teams usually practice 30-45 minutes. Older teams practice 45-60 minutes.
All North Dakota and Minnesota Soccer Players Welcome
All North Dakota and Minnesota soccer players are welcome to join and play in the Fargo Soccer Club. Our multi-affiliate status provides us with "borderless" opportunities for youth soccer players. Our club consists of players from Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth, Glyndon, Pelican Rapids, Georgetown, Argusville, Mapleton, Oxbow, Horace and the surrounding areas. Full-time and guest players welcome.