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Competitive Soccer Information

Southeast 2023-24 Winter-Summer Season

To learn more about Southeast Traveling Soccer - please be sure to read the information below.

Southeast Soccer Club's Winter-Summer 2023-24 team formation is underway, and registrations open November 1st.
Scroll down for more information on the season, fees, and more!

Southeast will register all spring/summer teams in the TCSL Leagues.

Season Schedule:
 We provide winter training starting in late November through early April, when we transition to outdoor training. 
A typical schedule during the winter is 1-2 practices per week (depending on team). You must be registered for the winter-summer season to be placed on a team and begin winter training. Even if you cannot participate in winter training, you must register as soon as possible to ensure you have a spot on a team for the spring/summer.

From May through July, the schedules are typically 1-3 practices per week and 1 game per week depending on the schedule.

Team Formation:
Southeast does not have club-wide tryouts but individual teams or select age groups may have tryouts or wish to evaluate players before accepting them on a team. Southeast strives to keep players and families together through various age groups and accommodate as many players as possible on our teams. Southeast is all about accessibility, inclusiveness, and competitiveness.

If you are NEW to Southeast and would like to join an existing or new team, your first step should be to complete the Join Southeast Soccer Now new player inquiry form. You may complete this form at any time and someone from Southeast will contact you. 

Interested in bringing your current recreational or competitive team to Southeast soccer? Southeast can assist team organizers in the process and help you find additional players to complete your roster if necessary. to learn more, contact Derric Johnson, our Director of Coaching.


Southeast Competitive Soccer - What Makes Our Club Special

Southeast Soccer (SES) believes in quality coaching and player development in a supportive environment that welcomes and supports families. We believe this is the key to providing for a successful experience for our children and their growth both as players and individuals in our community. 


What is unique about Southeast Soccer?

SES is a small, volunteer-supported club that serves soccer players and their families, primarily drawing on players that live in the southeast side of Minneapolis. The club currently fields a range of boys and girls teams in the U9 - U18 age range. We welcome all players, all teams, all families and all volunteers.      

Our gift to soccer is our passion around creating opportunities for youth to play competitive soccer in an uncommonly affordable way. All due to the commitment of our volunteers and partners.  

How are teams formed at Southeast Soccer?

Here is the official Southeast Soccer Team Formation Policy:

Southeast Soccer (SES) is a small, community-based soccer club that provides opportunities for boys and girls between the ages of 8-18 to play traveling soccer in leagues sponsored by the Twin Cities Soccer League (TCSL).  A volunteer board of directors run the club and three part-time employees (with limited hours) work to facilitate registration (club coordinator) and promote the club and provide coach & players development opportunities (director of coaching), all under the direction of an executive director.

SES offers an alternative to larger traveling soccer clubs by providing a

  • more affordable experience than most other traveling soccer clubs, making competitive soccer more accessible to the youth of Minneapolis and surrounding areas.
  • team-centered club where cohorts of kids can stay together as they develop (and does not actively re-organize teams each season unless by request).
  • commitment to skill development in a supportive environment.

The SES club provides basic infrastructure and support for individual teams to operate but does not set policy or direction for each individual team. Teams are provided registration services (registration with TCSL, coordination of uniform, fields, referees, etc), off-season skill development opportunities (winter training & futsal), resources for coaches, and resources for team managers. 

At most age groups, SES has one team per gender that moves as a cohort together as they develop. The club welcomes additional teams when there is sufficient interest. We feel we are ideal for recreational soccer teams looking for a more competitive experience, multi-sport athletes, or families interested in a competitive club soccer experience that provides some flexibility in their schedules.

Individual teams may use tryouts to ensure a match between player and team and between family and club. Team organizers determine the competitive level the team will play at, who will coach (volunteer vs. paid coach), and how team formation decisions will be made (recruitment, if the team is short players, or tryouts if there are more players interested than roster spots available). SES teams rely heavily on parent participation to survive and thrive. 

If teams need assistance providing third-party evaluation (to make team formation decisions or competitive level decisions), identifying coaches, or providing resources or support for coaches, they may request assistance Southeast Club Staff, who are here to support teams.

When is the playing season?

SES abide by the rules and schedules of our governing body, the Twin Cities Soccer League and US Club Soccer. The soccer year runs August 1 - July 31 and has two seasons Fall and Spring/Summer.

The Fall Season training begins in August and approximately 5 or 6 games are played in September and October, usually on weekends. Teams are also provided with a stipend for one fall tournament of their choosing by the club. Teams may decide to do more competitions, paid for by the team.

The 10 Spring/Summer Season league games start in mid April and end in mid-July. Teams are provided with a stipend for one tournament of their choosing in the spring/summer season. SES teams may also individually select and participate in weekend tournaments during the season.

What is the difference between the Recreational and Competitive Soccer?

In Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation runs a city-wide recreational soccer program through local park districts and centers. Some larger soccer clubs host their own recreation league during the spring/summer season. Recreational soccer is an affordable means of introducing children to the sport and fundamentals of soccer. See your local park center for their soccer options. Many SES players have come out of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation program looking for a more competitive and challenging experience. Competitive soccer requires increased time and financial commitments from players and their families. Practices and games may be scheduled several times per week and games may require travel beyond the Twin Cities metro region.

Teams in the competitive traveling club programs may participate in state, regional, and national tournaments. Competitive soccer programs like Southeast Soccer offer players an opportunity to challenge themselves and a chance to participate at their desired level of competition. Both recreational and competitive programs emphasize a passion for the game in a fun environment.

How is the Competitive Program organized?

Teams are organized by age, gender, and skill level.  Our goal is to offer every player an opportunity to play at the appropriate level of challenge. 

There are three different flights of competition determined by skill level and level of competition. They are 1) Midwest Regional League (MRL) 2) MN League One - 1st Division, Premier I or II (only offered U13 and up), and 3) Black and Blue Leagues (Black similar to C2. Blue is similar to C3)

Southeast Soccer teams in the U11-U18 age range generally compete in the MYSA Black and Blue Leagues. 

What age level may my child play at?

Children generally play within the age group dictated by their birth date and correspond to the calendar year, e.g. 2005s. The age ranges for the upcoming 2020-21 season are listed below. Children may play up (but not down) to an older age group at the discretion of the team's coach, manager and families.

Birth Year 2021–2022
2016 6U
2015 7U
2014 8U
2013 9U
2012 10U
2011 11U
2010 12U
2009 13U
2008 14U
2007 15U
2006 16U
2005 17U
2004 18U
2003 19U
2002 20U



How does a team decide which flight (level) they will compete in?

Unless team placement is dictated by TCSL league rules, the Southeast Soccer coaches, managers and families work together to select a level that is appropriate for each team and its players. 

Do teams pay coaches?

Many coaches are unpaid volunteers, but some Southeast teams do decide to hire and pay coaches. The process of hiring and paying coaches is the responsibility of each team families and is not covered in current SES club fees. The club staff will help find paid coaches and facilitate payment of coaches for teams if they would like.

When are training (practice) sessions?

Individual team training sessions are usually held twice a week during the season with some exceptions due to league play. The amount of training does vary at the coach’s discretion and by competitive level. Often teams will have their practice night mirror game night to allow for scheduling of other important activities. Club-wide training sessions, usually held during the winter months, are weekly.

How many teams do you form in an age group?

The number of players that register determines the number of teams we offer in an age group.  We will try to accommodate all registered players if we are able to meet minimum roster needs and players are suited to the competitive division in which they wish to play.

When are tryouts held?

Southeast Soccer does not hold club-wide tryouts to determine teams. See Team Formation Policy above. Teams may individually hold tryouts for a limited number of roster spots. 

Players wishing to join a Southeast Soccer team after Fall season should contact the team's coach, manager or the director of coaching.