Coaching Education for Parent Coaches

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

World Cup Festival June 22

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)

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.

ASC Hires Damien Corrieri as Assistant Director of Coaching

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.

Tryout Information for U11-U18 FALL 2014 Teams

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.

Click here for the tryout information and registration form.

Story County Youth Philanthropy Awards Grant to ASC

Story County Youth Philanthropy made a generous grant to Ames Soccer Club to be used to help purchase goals for new practice fields that that we have been developing at HYSC. Shown are former ASC player Sarah Wohlsdorf making the award and Assistant Director of Coaching Damien Corrieri receiving the gift on behalf of the club.

Thanks to the SCYP!  We are very excited about the ability to preserve our fields and expand our membership with the additional field space that will come on line shortly.

Volunteer Disclosure form for Coaches and Volunteers

All parent-coaches, staff coaches, board members, and other volunteers are required to fill out a volunteer disclosure form.  In short, this is a means for ISA to ensure that we do not have people with inappropriate records working with our children.  We thank you for helping with the club and for your cooperation in filling out the mandatory form.

Click here to fill out the disclosure form.

Spring Season Free Cleat Exchange March 21-22

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 form.

For the Fall, our cleat exchange will be March 21 (4:00-7:00 pm) and March 22 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

JAX is located at 4723 West Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50014
(515) 292-2276

Normal hours at JAX are:
M-F 9am - 8pm
Sat 9am - 6pm
Sun 10am - 6pm

So that one person doesn't have to sit there for two days, we need a few people to sit and watch and help a bit.  No experience needed!  Cynthia or the folks at JAX can tell you what to do.

 Please click here to volunteer for a shift or two! 

New Referee Certification Clinic March 7-8 (updated Feb 14)

A New Referee (Grade 8) Certification clinic will be held at Nevada High School March 7-8.  This is a great opportunity for our players to get training to participate in this important part of the game (which can turn into a nice little part time income if you choose to referee a lot). ASC supports both player and referee development, and will reimburse half the fee for the course for our players and parents if you notify Gary Eyles you took the course.  The recommended minimum age is 12, but there is no official cutoff.  The fee is $50.  

A Grade 8 referee is consider a “full” referee.  Grade 8 referees are not limited to a certain type or age of game.  They are able to officiate any level of game the assignor is comfortable putting them on.  This is a good course for the teenage referee (who typically starts with younger games), college age referee, and adult referee that are willing to do some of the older games (such as in the fall). 

Thanks to the Nevada Soccer Club for hosting this event.  The course is split up over two days and participants must attend both days.  Friday 5:00-9:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 4 :00 pm.

Registration link:

Manual Registration Instructions:  Go to and click on the “Calendar" tab…go to March 7 and click on “Entry Level Clinic - Nevada”.  

More information:  Jeremy Williamson,, (515) 291-9473

Winter Indoor Training Jan-March 2014

Do not miss the opportunity to develop your soccer skills throughout the winter by signing up for our Winter Training Program.  Sessions will be held at the All-American Sports Complex in west Ames under the expert coaching of Director of Coaching Gary Eyles and Assistant Director of Coaching Damien Corrieri. 

Sessions are for 5 weeks on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays in Jan/Feb or Feb/March.  Discounts are available for multiple session signup.  

The focus will be on individual skills including fast footwork, moves, fakes, turns and the ability to maintain possession in tight spaces under pressure.  Spaces are limited so this is a case of first come-first served.  (Participants do not need to be on Ames Soccer Club teams.) Deadline is December 30th so do not wait and sign-up now!   Questions on the program contact Gary Eyles at or 515-360-5117.

Click here to download the registration form with times and full details.

FastFeet Indoor Soccer for November and December

As for the last several years, Ames Soccer Club and Ames Park and Recreation have a partnership to bring you the FastFeet Indoor Soccer League, to be played on November 9, 16, 23, and 30 and December 7 and 14.   Play is available for all ages from 6 years old (U7-U8) up through adult, whether or not players are affiliated with Ames Soccer Club in any way.

Games are 40 minutes of fast action on a basketball court at the Ames Middle School gymnasium using a specially weighted ball.   Games are 5 on 5, using keepers (except for U7-U8).  The maximum roster size is 8 players.

You may register as an individual or as a team.  The cost is $50 per player.  After October 31, it goes up to $60.

Click here to get the mail in registration form with full details. 

Contact Gary Eyles to get any questions answered at 515-360-5117 or

Referee Recertification Clinic December 8

Referees require annual recertification through continuous education.   If you have not attended other continuing education opportunities, you can take a recertification clinic.

There will be a referee recertification clinic on Sunday December 8, 2013 at the Stone Brooke Homeowners Association Clubhouse in Ames.  The clubhouse is located at the southeast corner of Fletcher and Stonebrooke Rd. in Ames.  The clinic will run from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Attendees will earn the required minimum recertification hours for 2014 re-registration.  There is no cost for attendance but you will need to pre-register at prior to the class date.  The required referee recertification exam and upgrade exams (if needed) will be given at the clinic.   
Your recertification hours can be found on your RefLink page at  The Iowa Referee Committee provides the following statement about requirements that must be met prior to re-registering:

"All Iowa referees, regardless of grade level, must attend a cumulative minimum of 5 hours of recertification clinic hours per calendar year in order to re-register. The following options are recognized by the Iowa Referee Committee as "approved" methods of receiving "recert. credit". Any combination of these methods is acceptable:

  • Attendance at the annual Iowa Referee Academy (Meets full requirement).
  • Attendance at an organized Recertification Clinic (Meets full requirement).
  • Attendance at the annual Iowa Referee Academy & Advanced Referee Clinic (for grades 7, 6 and 5 referees) (Meets full requirement.)
  • Local Association Meetings (1 hour per meeting) - only Local Associations recognized by the IRC shall receive credit hours.
  • League Referee Training Seminars taught by a registered USSF Instructor (2 hours maximum per seminar).
  • Attendance at the morning part of Day 2 Entry Level Clinic as Recert.  The Instructor must have prior notification. (Meets full requirement.)
  • Completion of Online Recertification Training Module (4 hrs.) and Exam (1 hr.)"