Welcome to ArizonaSoccer.com! Soccer in Arizona is alive and as vibrant as ever. With the profound development and increased infrastructure at the youth level and the adult level the Arizona soccer community has a bright future ahead. ArizonaSoccer.com is supporting, endorsing and encouraging the growth and development of soccer at all ages in Arizona. Arizona youth soccer has become one of the most sophisticated youth soccer systems in the USA; thanks can be given to groups such as the Arizona Youth Soccer Association and the many grassroots Arizona soccer clubs, such as Cisco who produced the Cisco Flames that won a national championship on Arizona Soil, AZFC, Sereno, Tempe, Gilbert, Tuscon United, and so many more.
Special thanks can be given to all the organizers and leaders of the Arizona soccer leagues, Arizona soccer tournaments, Arizona soccer camps, Arizona soccer stores, Arizona soccer trainers and Arizona soccer coaches. ArizonaSoccer.com also recognizes all the Arizona High School soccer programs from the administration to the coaches from Tuscon to the Grand Canyon for keeping High School Soccer in Arizona healthy, progressive and competitive for so many years.
A special note goes out to the Arizona soccer colleges around the state who have given Arizona soccer players a place to continue that soccer journey after club and high school that so many of us have taken. Colleges like 6 time national champions Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona led by Mike Pantelione who put Arizona Soccer on the map and spawned some of the best soccer players in the country such as Los Angeles Galaxy star Alan Gordon, an Arizona native who now represents Arizona soccer alongside David Beckham. Also, some other sucessful soccer colleges such as Phoenix Community College, Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College and Pima Community College. Universities such as the Nationally competitive Grand Canyon University, Univeristy of Arizona womens team, the Arizona State University womens team, and the Northern Arizona University womens soccer team have all helped Arizona soccer get to where it is today.
Beyond Arizona Youth Soccer, High Schools, Colleges, and Univeristies there have been some successful adult programs, offering us a taste of professional Soccer in Arizona. Some of these teams are the Arizona Saguaros, Banat Storm, Big Ballers, and Calcio Arizona and we hope to see continued success by all of these programs.
Arizonasoccer.com is here to help further the infrastructure of soccer in Arizona by offering an all access Arizona soccer portal for all ages. Arizonasoccer.com will be an information gateway in accessing Arizona soccer clubs, Arizona soccer tournaments, Arizona soccer adult leagues, Arizona soccer facilities and parks, Arizona soccer camps, Arizona youth soccer, and many more. Beyond all this Arizonasoccer.com will be offering affordable Arizona soccer training videos and developmental instruction for coaches, players and parents. As was previously stated, welcome to Arizonasoccer.com and please contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
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August 18, 2008 - Baron
Arizona has several indoor soccer venues in the general Phoenix area. The newest location providing indoor soccer leagues is the Big League Dreams complex in Gilbert, located at Power Road and Elliot Road. They have an excellent indoor stadium, leagues for all skill levels, and solid indoor soccer officiating. This venue offers a fresh, electric atmosphere with exciting competition, a restaurant/bar, baseball fields, and batting cages. For Arizona soccer enthusiasts, Big League Dreams sports complex is a must try for Arizona indoor soccer lovers.
August 14, 2008 - Dartanis
What is wrong with the Youth Soccer development program? I don’t believe that there is a coherent plan. Americans don’t seem to truly understand what skills need to be developed, let alone how to develop them. When Jurgen Klinsmann
, the German soccer star, was negotiating to become the USA national coach he wanted control over the Youth Development Program. He had a vision, albeit a German vision, of what skills needed to be developed and the style play that needed to be developed. The American soccer powers rejected Klinsmann’s demands because it interfered with the American plan (?)
When I watch different elite soccer clubs in Arizona train their very young soccer players, under 10, they are taught to have fun, be fast, be in shape, be physical, and play team ball. Where is the skill development, serious skill development? I contend that it is missing. I have seen young athletes who spent 13 years with elite programs and can’t adequately dribble. How is that possible? My belief is that if individual skills are not being emphasized, then rather than soccer being taught, a group activity is being shared.
August 14, 2008 - Baron
Is Lisa Love a friend of soccer? Recently, Lisa removed ASU tennis and wrestling programs from the university athletic budget. These programs were instructed to find private funding to support their programs. Tennis and wrestling are two programs that, while having significant support across the country, are still on the decline when compared to the country-wide interest in soccer. There has been a strong push to bring an MLS team to Arizona. When that happens, will ASU be positioned to benefit from the additional interest in soccer that an MLS team would generate? Even now Arizona youth soccer is one of the major sports venues for young male and female athletes in our communities. Dr. Love comes from USC where a very strong soccer program exists. Could she be positioning the ASU athletic budget to allow for a men’s soccer program?
Let’s hope so!
August 14, 2008 - Arizona Soccer
There is a reason that soccer is the number one youth sport in the United States of America by a long shot. Youth Soccer offers kids a year round community, socialization, excercise, travel and many lifelong experiences. Arizona youth soccer has delevoped a profound infrastructure that gives kids of all ages, gender and skill levels the ability to have a heatlhy, thriving community to propel kids into the right direction for their future. Arizona youth soccer is fortunate because here in Arizona we can play year round aside from those eskimos in Northern Arizona, well, they can to for the most part. Getting a kid involved in Arizona youth soccer can be one of the best decisions you can ever make.
August 14, 2008 - Baron
It is that time of the year where Arizona’s junior colleges’ are kicking off their pre-season training and practice games prior to the 2008 soccer season. One tradition of note comes from Prescott, Arizona home of national power house Yavapai JC Rough Riders. Each pre-season heads coach Mike Pantalione calls back players from past Yavapai teams to play in an alumni game. The alumni game helps to build tradition and to introduce the latest Rough Rider squad to the loyal Prescott fan base. The 2008 season will be the final season for Coach Pantalione, so a visit to Prescott on the night of their alumni game might be a nice night for Arizona soccer enthusiasts. I hope to see you there.
July 21, 2008 - Arizona Soccer
Arizona soccer is completely loaded with Arizona soccer clubs, from the youth level to the adult level, Arizona soccer clubs dominate the soccer community. For any person interested in playing soccer, finding the club that is right for you should be no problem. At the youth level a kid can play on a non-competitive "for fun" club or a "world traveling" competitive professional developmental club. In the adult arena there are low level Arizona soccer clubs for beginners and there are nationally renown adult soccer clubs that are highly competitive and more serious. Arizona soccer clubs can be fun, exciting, competitive, serious, silly, these clubs come in all different types. I encourage any person out there to find themself a soccer club and go reap the benefits.