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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 Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA).  A volunteer board of directors run the club and two part-time employees (with limited hours) work to facilitate registration (club coordinator) and promote the club and provide coach & players development opportunities (club representative/director of coaching).

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

  • more affordable experience than most other traveling soccer clubs (by keeping overhead low)
  • team-centered club where cohorts of kids can stay together as they develop (and does not actively re-organize teams each season).
  • commitment to skill development in a supportive but less regimented 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 MYSA, 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 welcome recreational soccer teams looking for a more competitive experience.

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 try outs 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 from the board, but the club is not set up to make those decisions for each team.

When is the playing season?

SES abide by the rules and schedules of our governing body, the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA, 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 may be eligible to compete in the Fall MSYA State Tournament based on their performance during the Fall Season. 

The 10 Spring/Summer Season league games start in mid April and end in mid-July. Teams are eligible to participate in MYSA district and state tournaments at the end of July. 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) Premier (only offered U14 and up), and 3) Classic 1, Classic 2, and Classic 3. 

Southeast Soccer teams in the U11-U18 age range generally compete at the Classic level (Classic 3 being the least competitive).  Our U9 and U10 players compete at the Maroon or Gold level (Gold being the least competitive). Club teams self-select the level their team play at until U15 when MYSA dictates the level of pay based upon promotion and relegation league rules.

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 2017-18 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 2018–2019 2019–2020 2020–2021
2015     6U
2014   6U 7U
2013 6U 7U 8U
2012 7U 8U 9U
2011 8U 9U 10U
2010 9U 10U 11U
2009 10U 11U 12U
2008 11U 12U 13U
2007 12U 13U 14U
2006 13U 14U 15U
2005 14U 15U 16U
2004 15U 16U 17U
2003 16U 17U 18U
2002 17U 18U 19U
2001 18U 19U  
2000 19U


Birthyear Guidelines for the 2018 - 2019 MYSA Soccer Year (August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019) Includes Fall 2018 & Spring/Summer 2019 Seasons

U9    |  2010s
U10  |  2009s
U11  |  2008s
U12  |  2007s
U13  |  2006s
U14  |  2005s
U15  |  2004s
U16  |  2003s
U17  |  2002s
U18  |  2001s

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

Unless team placement is dictated by MSYA 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.

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. Southeast Soccer may also hosts events open to the community such as the Southeast U9-U11 Open House or the World Cup Jamboree to help connect potential players and families to the club.

Players wishing to join a Southeast Soccer team after Fall season should contact the team's coach, manager or the Southeast Executive Director for assistance.