On March 8th we loaded 58 people on to a bus and made the 3+ hour trip to Sporting Park to see the Sporting KC home opener against the New York Red Bulls. We were treated to a great game (1-1 draw) and some good food. The feedback was very positive and we are already looking forward to doing the same for the 2016 calendar year. Check out some photos from the trip.
SoccerPlus was founded in 1982 by US Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Tony DiCicco.
SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School Day Academy is a comprehensive program for male and female keepers (ages 10-18.)
The curriculum will teach goalkeeper footwork & handling, advanced handling and diving saves, breakaways, handling crosses, distribution, communication, and other essential topics.
This camp is scheduled Aug 3 - 7 at Hunziker Youth Sports Complex, from 9am - 3pm (M-F). Cost of the camp is $295.
To View the camp sessions and register online – CLICK HERE!
SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School Day Academy is a comprehensive program for male and female keepers of all levels (ages 10-18.) The curriculum will teach goalkeeper footwork & handling, advanced handling and diving saves, breakaways, handling crosses, distribution, communication, and other essential topics.
For our younger keepers it may be their first formal introduction to serious goalkeeper training. For our advanced keepers it will be a comprehensive and demanding training environment. For all students it will be an opportunity to train and play with other goalkeepers in an unparalleled setting.
This demanding program is designed to address both technical and tactical skills at each student's level. SPGS recognizes that each student will enter the program at various levels of ability and with different needs. At the week’s end, each student will leave the camp a better goalkeeper, with the knowledge and tools to continue to improve throughout the year.
Ames Soccer Supporters -
We are excited to offer you the chance to purchase a custom designed Ames Soccer Club Supporter Scarf.
In partnership with Ruffneck Scarves, the leader in manufacturing scarves for the MLS, USL, US Soccer and the NCAA. With this said, you can rest assured the scarves are top quality.
The scarves are on sale for $25, with all of the proceeds going towards the clubs continuing effort to Light It Up. Scarves can be purchased by contacting Damien Corrieri either by email or phone (515.451.5157). We will also have some available for sale during our winter training sessions at All American Sports Complex on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Ames Soccer Club is proud to name Kurt Moore as the Joe Merchant Volunteer of the Year for the 2014-2015 season. Kurt receives this award for his dedication to the players, for his above-and-beyond coaching, and for his help with the landscaping around the fields. The Club is grateful for his volunteer work to enhance the soccer experience for the players. The club could never survive without its many volunteers and Kurt is one of our most generous and thoughtful.
Ames Soccer Club's Volunteer of the Year Award was named to honor Joe Merchant for his exemplary volunteerism with the club over many years including a term as its president.
U5-U10 teams from Fall will be maintained as much as possible using players that sign up on time. Late registrants will be placed on teams as space is available once the number of teams is set.
Ames Soccer Club fields U11-U14 teams in the Spring, and we encourage our U15 and older players to participate in their respective High School programs.
The annual Iowa Referee Academies are a great opportunity to get your continuing education in, spend the day with some great local and "celebrity" referees, and get ready to ref for the Spring Season.
The 14th Annual Iowa Referee Academy will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Des Moines University.
You can register now by following the instructions at Academy Registration.
Be sure to check the Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) Website Academy page at Iowa Referee Academy and the IA Soccer Referees Facebook Page periodically for updates as the date draws nearer.
One of our referee guest speakers represented the United States at last Summer's World Cup in Brazil! You don't want to miss this opportunity to meet him personally and to hear him speak.
Join us for the annual soccer tailgate before the ISU/Drake match September 19. The match starts at 7:00 pm and we are planning on a 6:00 pm meal. The match will be held at the ISU soccer facility, whose parking lot is at Welch and Mortensen, south of campus. The club is providing protein, table service and drinks. You bring a side, salad, or dessert. Should be fun out there and it's a great opportunity to see some high quality play.
Contact: Damien Corrieri @ 515.451.5157 or Damien.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ames Soccer Club is very excited to announce a brand new Player Development Program for the fall season where players can supplement their regular training sessions by learning moves, tricks and turns just like the pros!
Keiron Roberts, former English Premier League Academy player and current semi-professional player in the Welsh Premier League, has been hired by the club from Challenger Sports to run the program as well as working with some of our older teams.
The program will run every Friday evening from September 5th to October 24th.
- U7-U8 5:00 -6:00 p.m.
- U9-U10 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
- U11-U12 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Players receive a T-shirt and soccer ball. Cost is $65.
To register for the program click HERE!
The Ames Soccer Club families, players and coaches mourn the loss of U14 player Timothy Ryan Jenks on June 26, 2014. Thirteen year old Timothy played ASC soccer for about a decade on recreational then competitive teams. Timothy and his family, sister (and twin) Olivia, older brother Chris, mother Cynthia and father, William, have touched the lives of all club members through their involvement as players, parent coaches, and general volunteerism. Our thoughts are of Timothy and of the moments many of us have had the good fortune to share with him. And our hearts go out to Timothy’s family and his friends.
A visitation for Timothy will be held from 5 - 7 pm on Monday June 30 at Adams Funeral Home. The funeral will be 11:00 am Tuesday July 1 at Collegiate Presbyterian Church on West and Sheldon. A luncheon will follow.
The family has only begun to think about an appropriate memorial for Timothy, and requests that please —if you are so inclined — plan on helping then, in lieu of flowers now.
The Jenks' family also wishes to express that "the outpouring of support for our family has been wonderful. We remember him as ours, but we are so glad that he touched so many of you".
Update: The Timothy Ryan Jenks Memorial Scholarship (TRJMS) for 8th grade students in Ames has been established. Nominations for the scholarship are accepted in April for the $1000 award to be given each spring. Complete information and the nomination form is available here.
Donations to the memorial scholarship fund may be made at the web site of The TIM Foundation.
World Cup Festival Camp
Over forty players participated in the club’s World Cup Festival Camp July 14-17th. Players were broken into three training groups and competed in various scrimmage type activities to give them experience at applying their technical skills within game situations. At the end of each session the players from all three groups joined together and competed in a World Cup game culminating in final play-off games on the Thursday...and the 1st place final game that everybody wanted to see in the real World Cup – Brazil vs. Argentina did not disappoint as the teams battled to a 2-2 tie. Not wanting to put the spotlight on one player who would be ridiculed in the world media we decided to crown joint Champions:
Meanwhile the Wooden Spoon game (7th vs. 8th place) was just as hotly contested with Costa Rica outscoring France 5 – 4. The players are pictured celebrating with the coveted Wooden Spoon and are obviously happy despite their 7th place finish.
Full results of the final play-off games:
- 1st place = Brazil 2 France 2
- 3rd Place = Belgium 5 Germany 4
- 5th Place = Colombia 6 Netherlands 3
- 7th Place = Costa Rica 5 France 4
Each season, we hold a free Cleat Exchange, hosted at JAX Outdoor Gear. Bring your old outgrown cleats and trade them in for a pair or a more appropriate size. If you don't find a pair, you can pick up a discount certificate for a new pair from JAX. If you don't have a new pair to donate, you can still pick up a used pair...and just consider making a small donation to our financial aid pool.
For the Fall, our cleat exchange will be August 8th (4:00-7:00 pm) and August 9th (10:00 am to 3:00 pm).
JAX is located at 4723 West Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50014
Normal hours at JAX are:
- M-F 9am - 8pm
- Sat 9am - 6pm
- Sun 10am - 6pm
Julie Sen (our New Cleat Exchange Guru) is in need a few people to sit and watch and help a bit. No experience needed! She or the folks at JAX can tell you what to do. Click here to volunteer for an hour or two!
Iowa Soccer and USSF put on Coaching Training sessions throughout the summer for coaches working with teams age 9 and older called the E-license and the D-license. The former is a one-weekend course and the latter is a two-weekend course that requires that you hold the E-license already. The Ames Soccer Club supports coach training and will reimburse parent coaches for the cost of the courses. The most convenient E-license location will be a course in Gilbert from August 8-10. More information on the courses is available at this link.
If you are interested in attending one of these courses, please contact Gary Eyles at email@example.com.
We need our members' help to run the Kohl's Cup tournament smoothly. No special soccer knowledge is needed and training is about 2 minutes! We need help with things like checking teams in, setting up, cleaning up, parking, and so on.
Join us for an afternoon of soccer brought to you by the Ames Soccer Club and Wilson Toyota!
4 on 4 tournament open to all (No charge! At HYSC)
- Click here for the schedule.
- Click here for rules
- Roster size of 4-6
- Tournament runs 1:00-4:00 pm
- Sign up your team and tell us the predominant age group (U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, HS/Adult)
- Sign up as an individual and we will get you on a team.
- Click here to Sign up by June 15
Damien Corrieri will contact the entrants directly with the schedule.
Celebrity PK Shootout at 2:30 p.m. — Team Corrieri vs Team Eyles (at HYSC)
OK, so we failed to book David Beckham, but he's missed a couple and has gotten old anyway. But you never know what other great PK-takers might turn up!
Watch the USA/Portugal game at 5:00 at Olde Main (316 Main Street)
Come watch the game with your Soccer Club pals. We have a huge space reserved for the gang!
Halftime will see a Kindle Fire HD given away as a door prize.
Silent Auction at the Olde Main Game Watch
Bidding will be open until halftime. We have several items, but please feel free to contact Damien if you've got something you'd like to donate!
Current items include ISU Football Tickets, Hoiberg autograph poster, Sporting KC tickets and an autographed ball, Sporting KC Jersey, Coaching Kit from Championship Productions, and a Cooler from Coke.
The Ames Soccer Club has hired Damien Corrieri as its new Assistant Director of Coaching. Corrieri has previously coached with the Club as both a volunteer in the recreational program and as a professional coach in the premier competitive program. Corrieri’s responsibilities include coaching competitive teams, summer camp instruction, winter training programs, and assisting with general player and program development. In addition, Corrieri will be responsible for development and outreach activities. “I am fortunate to be able to serve in a role that allows me to share my passion for soccer” said Corrieri. “I look forward to working with Gary Eyles and the Board of Directors towards improving the soccer experience for the children and youth of our community.”
Corrieri holds a National D license from the United States Soccer Federation, Level 1 & 2 Goalkeeping Diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and State of Iowa High School Coaching authorization. He also served two seasons as head coach of the Ankeny Centennial freshman soccer program and one season as head coach for the Iowa State University Women’s Club team.
Gary Eyles is pleased to have Corrieri in this full-time role. “Damien is a dynamic young man who brings new perspectives and has already hit the ground running and begun work on initiatives that will help elevate the soccer experience for current and future players. He is very enthusiastic about coaching and teaching our younger players the proper way to play, and his own thirst for gaining knowledge and experience is contagious,” says Eyles.
Corrieri lives in Ames with his family. His wife, Amber, is Director of Development at Mainstream Living. They have two children; Jordan (11) and Isabella (7). In addition to his professional work, he is an active member of the Ames community. He has served as co-chair for the United Way of Story County’s Day of Caring (2009 & 2010) and Young Leaders Society (2012 & 2013) and was an Ames Jaycees Board member (2008). Corrieri has also been involved with the Octagon Center for the Arts, is a past member of the Young Professionals of Ames, and remains active in the Ames Chamber of Commerce.
We had about 50 folks turn up for Stash the Trash on March 29 to help clean up HYSC. Thanks so much! These two mugs stuck around enough to play king of the mountain afterwards!
Congrats to the U11 Girls Navy team, who finished runners-up in West Des Moines Premier Games Tournament April 5-6th in Des Moines. They went 3-0 in pool play, beat CRSA
in semi-finals and then lost to Omaha FC in the final.
Tryout information is now available for Fall 2104 teams for the U11-U19 age groups. They will take place from June 4 - June 9. Players who were in the U10 level for the 2013-2014 academic/soccer year will need to participate to be placed on appropriate teams. (Players from the U9 age group may also try out to "play up".) Players from current U11-U14 teams will not need to participate in a formal tryout; they will simply need to indicate that they wish to play. High school aged players will all need to try out to establish teams.
Players who did not participate with Ames Soccer Club in the 2013-2014 year are more than welcome to join us for 2014. Current U11-U14 players with clubs other than Ames should contact Gary Eyles to arrange for a tryout.
Sign up for tryouts using the form below, which has the detailed schedule. Tryout fees are $15 before May 23 and $20 thereafter.
Danny Wilson, who has been an active Parent Coach with the Ames Soccer Club, announced to Assistant Director of Coaching Damien Corrieri that Wilson Toyota will generously sponsor the Ames Soccer Club for 2014.
The club is very grateful for the sponsorship. If you our your business is interested in sponsoring the club, please contact Damien.