Boyds, MD (December 1, 2015) - Although winter is nearly upon us, it's always soccer season at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Coming up this December, the SoccerPlex will host the second running of the Arctic Classic Youth Indoor Soccer Tournament, a fast-growing holiday event for many of the region's top clubs. Also this month, SoccerPlex's Youth Winter Outdoor League is set to kickoff, and winter sessions for SAM Soccer Clinics get in full swing.
See below for more information on what to look forward to at the SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center in December 2015.
Youth Winter Outdoor League Begins
Soccer never sleeps at the Maryland SoccerPlex, where the outdoor turf fields are home to competition even during the winter months. This season's Youth Winter Outdoor leagues kick off in the U-13, U-14, U-15 and U-16 Boys Divisions on December 12, with high profile local clubs such as Barca USA, Maryland Rush Montgomery and DC Stoddert among those participating.
SAM Soccer Clinics
Location: Complex Wide
Winter sessions for various Soccer Association of Montgomery (SAM) clinics continue throughout the first three weeks of December with top notch instruction for local players on soccer fundamentals including passing, footwork, shooting, heading, defense and goalkeeper specific training. There will be no clinics from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. Winter Indoor Player Clinics and Goalkeeper Clinics will resume beginning on January 2 following the holiday break. It's still not too late to register for upcoming sessions. And registration for Session 2, which begins January 9, is now open!
2nd Annual Arctic Classic Youth Indoor Soccer Tournament
Following a successful premier in 2014, the Arctic Classic Youth Indoor Soccer Tournament is set for its second rendition this December with another great lineup of teams. This fun, competitive level tournament is for boys and girls teams raging from the Under-10 age group up through High School ages in a 7v7 indoor soccer format. Each team is guaranteed three games over the course of the first two days, with the Finals being held on the third day of play, December 28. Teams representing clubs from throughout Maryland as well as Virginia have registered for this year's event, including Alliance FC, Pachuca FC, Barca USA, OBGC Rangers, Prince William Courage, MSI, Zurdo Soccer Academy and FC Lions, among others.
Discovery Sports Center Closed
December 24, 25, 31 & January 1
Location: Discovery Sports Center
The Discovery Sports Center will be closed December 24-25, as well as December 31 through January 1 for Christmas and New Year's.
Coming Soon at the Maryland SoccerPlex
Washington Spirit 2016 NWSL Season: Coming off a second consecutive playoff run, league MVP Crystal Dunn, World Cup champion Ali Krieger and the rest of the Spirit team begin their 2016 National Women's Soccer League campaign at the SoccerPlex in April. Season tickets are available now.
SAM Soccer Spring 2016: Registration is now open for the SAM Soccer Spring 2016 season, for both the Recreational and Select Divisions.
Turf Talk: Get fun turf facts, "Did You Know" about the Maryland SoccerPlex, expert advice on all turf related matters from our Director of Grounds & Environmental Turf Management, Ryan Bjorn and so much more, delivered straight to your inbox by subscribing to our weekly 'Turf Talk' emails.
Check out the 2015-2016 Program Guide for a full listing of events.
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About the Maryland SoccerPlex
The Maryland SoccerPlex (www.mdsoccerplex.org - 18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841) features 22 professionally maintained, regulation-sized soccer fields. The SoccerPlex offers a combination of playing surfaces with 11 Kentucky bluegrass fields, 7 Bermuda grass fields, 3 synthetic turf fields with lights and an award-winning Kentucky bluegrass stadium field with lights and permanent bleacher seating.
The SoccerPlex hosts youth leagues, adult leagues, youth tournaments, NCAA Division I college matches and conference championships (ACC), U.S. Open Cup matches (D.C. United), professional women's matches (Washington Spirit) and a variety of international teams and competitions.