The Gray Ducks build and place teams in multiple leagues and formats in Minnesota. We have over 30 teams year round across 5 days of the week serving more than 500 community athletes annually.
an organization in Minnesota that provides soccer in a variety of experience levels, formats and leagues. We match players with teams based on their interest and experience. However, we are more than a soccer club. We are a community of amateur athletes seeking to spread equity, education and equality through sport. We come to play soccer at all levels and stay for the friendships.
We are a mentoring club with member helping member on and off the field. There are relationships and friendships that blossom as our teams are diverse. While some have known each other for decades, others are transplants to the Twin Cities. Our programs help our players in need and those of theirs in need. We provide opportunities and promote adult soccer affordably without regard to age, level of experience, skill level, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion and socio-economic status. We are unique, and that is what makes us a strong on and off the pitch.
We believe the benefits of organized soccer are numerous and it is our mission to provide adults with quality soccer opportunities that:
Gray Ducks Soccer strives to be an all inclusive soccer club, which reaches players across a broad spectrum, including those new to soccer, former youth players, weekend warriors, and the most advanced competitors. Our program is built around quality with experienced leadership, responsible leagues and superb fields. We anticipate all of our members will encounter a rewarding and satisfying experience season over season.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
The Gray Ducks history extends well beyond it's February 2017 launch. The club is founded by Ryan Adams, a veteran club organizer, whom lead a different Minnesota adult soccer club from 2013 - 2017 out from from near extinction to new heights. Credit to founding LGBTQ+ soccer in Minnesota goes to JB Becker and friends who in 2009 began to rally the community around this great sport. Sadly, JB has long passed, but his vision of LGBTQ+ soccer is kept alive and flourishing through our club. Adams was also the founder of the legendary LGBTQ+ community group, The Lake Calhoun Boys, which produced community activities and charity activations from 2008-2011. The Gray Ducks hatched from a vision of Ryan Adams and supported for many years by chosen family, friends and fellow Ducks.
The Gray Ducks roots are in the LGBTQ+ community, and our Allies of the LGBT community have always been a vital part. The Ducks continue to have an emphasis on promoting equality for gender, racial, and sexual orientation and equity in sport for womxn and BIPOC. The Gray Ducks hold sporting organizations in Minnesota accountable for these same values, and strive to partner with them to ensure ALL persons, staff and athletes are affirmed and welcomed in sport at all levels and ways.
The Gray Ducks are built on a for-profit operation model, though there are no paid personnel, the model of the Gray Ducks is fiscal responsibility and sustainability. Through private leadership of the organization, there is a 100% say-do ratio among the leaders. Providing diverse opportunities is a significant reason the Gray Ducks launched and have been successful as a club. The LGBTQ+ soccer community has long been let down by poor leadership at the international level, as well as locally. It is with great honor, and privilege that the Gray Ducks are Minnesota's largest LGBTQ+ and Allied soccer club and among the best such teams in the world. There are just over 100 similar clubs worldwide, and it's an honor to be part of this vibrant soccer community. We appreciate those who paved the path for our success and look up to the likes of the New York Ramblers and Stonewall FC in the UK.
The MN Gray Ducks play an influential role in MN United Pride Night celebration. This year's was extra special as Collin Martin chose to come out that day too, making him the only out professional male athlete between the MLS, NHL, MLB, NBA, and the NFL. We recieved coverage by:
Kare 11 News - Video
Compete magazine covered the launch of US LGBT Soccer back in 2017. It's since warped into a 501c3 and been refocused and renamed as North American Gay Soccer Association (NAGSA) in hopes of serving a larger team base and rallying associations together to do more good for LGBT persons interested in various capacities of the game.
Read the 2017 article here
We're always available for press and media inquiries at info@grayduckssoccercom or via the contact us feature of our site. We weigh in on LGBT persons in sporting news, LGBT sporting policy, our organization activities, and more.
The Gray Ducks is proudly managed by Ryan Adams, a 10 year veteran organizer of community soccer and LGBTQ+ Athletics. By trade, Ryan is a marketing guru, and enjoys this hobby of organizing soccer squads. The dedication of 1,000 plus hours annually has led Gray Ducks soccer to tremendous heights, influence and success since it's inception in early 2017. Ryan would like to acknowledge all of the Allies to the LGBT community who make this organization possible, as together, the club is able to serve all themore LGBTQ+ persons with playing the game we love.
Soccer Recognition, Awards, and Accolades:
2022 Finalists for Football v. Homophobia Awards: Grassroots Level and Women's Game
2019 L'Eotile Du Nord from Minnesota United FC
2018 Founder | North American Gay Soccer Association
2018 Certified Sports Diversity Leader (SDL) by SDLC
2016 Best Goalie | Sin City Classic Division I
Pictured: (left) David Zimmerman (right) Ryan Adams, Partners of 9 years.
Gray Ducks Volleyball Sporting Director
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We're more than one flock, thank you to all our team managers and team captains.
We're available to meet by appointment to consult on your sporting endeavors, LGBTQ+ rights advocacy, and more.
4126 Brunswick Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55422
While our website is usually up to date, the best way to engage in our soccer adventures is to join our Facebook Group. We play year round, with teams forming and reforming every 8-10 weeks.