Taking the leap to joining a team or playing soccer again can be intimidating, so we're here to help you get through the information. Our club is exclusive to adults, and while soccer skews younger we have teams that serve varying ages, levels and more. Check out the below or click the chat icon at anytime to chat.
Getting on a roster is super easy and we accept new players on a rolling basis year round for coed, men's and womxn's teams. The link below is our current registration form, and if you have any questions please email Ryan here.
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We are able to play soccer year round by playing 7v7 indoors and outdoors respectively. This format offers various levels of play in various leagues and locations. Great for all levels of players, though not all levels of players would play with one another by any means.
The standard format of 11v11 is played during the outdoor soccer months of May through October. Despite being the standard format, the opportunities we have teams play in tend to be intermediate or competitive across coed, mens and women's leagues locally.
For those not looking to commit to a team for a season, we strive to produce pickup soccer each month, and we also plan social events and play in tournaments locally and afar. There tends to be something for everyone. Join our Pickup Group on Facebook here.
Soccer is a complex sport, and unlike many other adult sporting opportunities, the leagues often do not associate levels of play. Through our 10 years of programming experience and knowledge, we are able to navigate the ambiguous leagues to ensure we put together cohesive teams. When known, we can isolate our playing audience and provide specific programming opportunities.
Your playing level is likely to change over time as you either grow in the game if you are a younger adult, or as you age, if you're aging out of the more competitive level and pace.
When registering for a team you will see this chart again, and you'll select a level. Team managers will use that to build teams in respective leagues and levels, sometimes a couple lower level persons with aspirations to grow will take part in a higher level of play. Merit selection exists to manage safety and playing experience quality.
All of our league teams and programming requires shin guards, and socks covering them in full, as well as footwear conducive to the playing environment. Flat shoes are uncommon, street shoes are not permitted. Turf cleats are common for turf venues, and outdoor cleats can commonly be worn indoors on turf too. Molded cleats are required for grass leagues. Need equipment? Locally you can often find shoes at the Eagan Outlet Mall or order online.
The cost to play can vary greatly based on the league provider, and in the winter you can expect to pay over a 30% premium due to space costing more. Outdoor leagues will typically cost $60-$80, and indoor would be $110-$130. Participation in leagues affiliated with US Soccer, such as the Minnesota Women's Soccer League will cost upward of $200 due to additional referees, premier fields, and greater uniform requirements.
If you are seeking the highest echelons of soccer, we're not at the top of the pyramid to say the least and you should consider the USL level of play. If you have never played before, we recommend finding a local pickup soccer group via meetup.com or facebook groups to kick the ball around and learn. League play is best for persons who had formal playing experience as a youth through those who played college soccer and are now seeking to still play, but nothing overly serious. At the end of the day, no one here is making money playing soccer and we want to be sensitive to injuries as we also do not want people to incur costs from injuries. Have fun, play hard, and live to play another day.
When signing up for a team, the location or range of locations will always be shared. There are very few leagues that just play at a single location. Pay close attention, and join a team on the day, level, format and location set that fits your abilities to attend.
We do not typically offer practices, and when we do, they are optional. Adult sports are difficult to practice, as people are very busy, and they often have just the time in their week for the game itself. And it seems most just want the glory or purpose of a game itself vs practicing. Each player and team is empowered to host activities on and off the field as they desire. You can join our pickup soccer group here on facebook.
All of our teams are merit and equity based. No one is permitted to play full games on our teams regardless of their merit, unless it is a coached team in a high level or tournament play. Players are expected to play multiple roles throughout the game and season. Typically center defense, center midfield are a routine rotation of players comfortable in that role. They are also the foundational roles to our game, so they are not ones we seek people who dislike the position, to play. Someone who only wants to play forward is not a desired teammate, we need persons to be willing and able to play all outside positions. We strive to be fair to all, and ask players to measure their effectiveness in roles. Play where you're effective. The exception to this rule is the goalkeeper role.
The only league that requires a uniform is the Minnesota Women's Soccer League, to which we order two shirts with numbers that costs under $30 in total per player. All other teams have assigned colors, to which you can wear your own shirt of that color. Or you an purchase (or at times when sponsored or included in team dues) receive a Gray Ducks shirt. Our club primary color is royal blue, with secondary colors of gray, neon pink, kelly green, black and orange.
YES! We are home to straight players who identify as allies to the lgbt community. Our club is very inclusive of different orientations, gender identities, races, ethnicities, and even religions and non-religions. If you believe racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and misogyny do not belong in soccer or society, you are a good fit for our team.
If you identify as female, we do have beginner level teams in the MWSL. However we do not have beginner level league teams for coed or men's league. We instead host open soccer throughout the summer and at times other parts of the year as an opportunity for persons seeking to try out soccer or learn the game to play. Leagues by nature are competitive, especially in the inner ring of the metro. Suburban leagues are often better opportunities for beginners, but we are not presently fielding teams in the suburbs.
Our teams vary in every way, including age except ALL players must be age 18 or older due to liability and safe sport legislation. Our teams with younger players tend to also have younger players, and we also have introduced a Legends playing level to help corral players in age groups of 30/40/50/60 in hopes that provides some more opportunities. We eventually will field teams in the MSSL, and in the meantime there are leagues for coed set up as over 30 for women, and over 35 for men. For womxn's soccer, the lowest levels do tend to have older womxn in it, but due to the size of the league there is not an age specific level.
We have a plethora of options to reach us:
- click the chat bubble on your screen
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- text or call 651.317.9262
- Message us on Facebook or Instagram @grayducks
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.