"Gray Ducks has given me an amazing and supportive community of LGBTQ athletes like myself, as well as many allies, that make me feel welcomed, and help me grow as an athlete."
"Playing for the Gray Ducks in Paris and Las Vegas has helped me transition from being a closeted college athlete to an open LGBT athlete. I have made many friendships in a short time that I cherish. "
"Everybody on the teams I have played for are welcoming, interested in meeting you as an authentic person, and share your love for sport. For those that have never traveled to play in athletic competitions, try it out with the Gray Ducks. They will make sure you have a great sporting experience and an even better time off the field."
Whether you are highly experienced in soccer, or you have some rust to shake off we have teams that fit your ambitions. You'd be on a team with like skilled players, however if you are new to soccer or do not have formal training or skills, you are invited to play in open soccer typically available in the outdoor season. Our competitive teams are extremely competitive, and our rec teams are intermediate level. You'll find our teams are welcoming, passionate and everyone enjoys winning too.
The Gray Ducks are a highly inclusive adult soccer club based in the Minneapolis-St Paul area of Minnesota. The Gray Ducks are an LGBT owned and operated entity, and this sub group is creates a safe space for players to come together. We serve more than 100 LGBTQIA+ community members with year round soccer typically at the level they desire, on the day and format they desire too. LGBT persons have long been ostracized in sport and society, and continue to be. This group is exclusive to ensure privacy and dedication to this under served population.
Do you identify as straight? That's okay! We are inclusive of all genders and orientations, you just happen to be on our page that is dedicated to growing the game of soccer among gay persons in our community. Please join our main Facebook group or email us to get involved. However, if you do not promote equality for all persons, our club is not a fit for you.
Gray Ducks Soccer is the founder of North American Gay Soccer Association (NAGSA). They are also members of the IGLFA (International Gay and Lesbian Football Association). Gray Ducks Soccer teams partake in LGBT soccer tournaments nationally and internationally, as well as form teams locally to play in leagues year round. Our focus is on club soccer for LGBT individuals, in particularly those with prior playing experience. For those seeking to learn soccer, there are opportunities for you too through out the year, however for your safety and that of others, we would like to consult with you as to what playing opportunities are most suitable. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to explore the right fit for you.
We serve more than 150 LGBTQIA+ soccer players of varying levels and soccer backgrounds in Minnesota, and we have an extended family of players across the globe who participate with us in tournaments. Please join our facebook group for LGBT specific opportunities: www.facebook.com/groups/gayducks
Not on facebook? Drop us a note below. Interested in all the other groups? Please add these ones too as they apply.
Main Group with 600+ members: https://www.facebook.com/groups/grayducks/Gray
Ducks Women's Soccer Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/grayduckswomenGray
Ducks Travel Soccer for tournament and traveling opportunities: www.facebook.com/groups/707819686278169Gray
Proud Clouds for fans of MNUFC who are LGBT or identify as a straight-ally: www.facebook.com/groups/1995916340520957
Don't play soccer, but you're a huge fan? The official supporter group of soccer in Minnesota is Dark Clouds. We proudly endorse the Dark Clouds, as they are inclusive and promote aligned values. They have extensive history as Allies, and consider themselves Proud Clouds.
Email Ryan at email@example.com to learn more and get involved.
Are you closeted or unable to be "out?" Email us and we would love to get you involved still without the risk of being outed due to your facebook group choice.
" I have spoken with multiple teammates about my experiences playing collegiate soccer, following a head injury that limits my aerial abilities and also identifying as gay. Yet being a soccer player has always been a key component to my identity. Playing for the Gray Ducks has allowed me to continue playing quality soccer and traveling to tournaments, but now I get to compete whilst being open about who I am. I hope that the publicity of the Gray Ducks and the stories of its members shepherds in a new inclusive sports culture for all people, irrespective of their ethnicity, beliefs, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender orientation." - Player Identifying as Gay
"I think the thing that I want people to recognize (that maybe they don't always notice) about Ryan's work is how intentional he has been in creating the community and club we have. He goes out of his way to create expectations and policies that are clearly articulated, fair, and with inclusion in mind, which I think people often times don't recognize how important those small decisions are in the grand scheme of the club and its success as an inclusive community." - Player Identifying as Gay
"I never thought I would have so many gay friends. I am also proud to say that and not be afraid of what others might think. Before joining (Maki United, TC Jacks) the Gray Ducks, I did not know much about the LGBT community. After years of playing I now have a better understanding of the culture and the hardships they face. I feel that as an Ally, it is my duty to stand and support my teammates and friends whenever I see discrimination on and off the field." - Player Identifying as an Ally
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.