Our teams play in local Minnesota - Twin Cities based leagues central to Minneapolis and St Paul. If you are ready to sign up for a league team with us, please do so here. Join us on Facebook for more frequent updates.
Women's 7v7 Soccer - A 7v7 option will be available Jun-Aug through the MWSL and Minneapolis Parks and Rec. And then it will be offered in the fall, winter and spring as well through the MWSL. More info available on our registration form.
Women's 11v11 Soccer - Registration is on a rolling basis starting in February each year. The first outdoor matches are in mid-May and run into mid-August with games split between a home field location, and half at opponent's home fields. Locations vary in the Twin Cities, and we have 3-4 teams at various levels of play ranging to being competitive to rec. Sign up Here
Women's Fall Soccer - This Fall we will have six teams in the Minnesota Women's Soccer League, which will consist and an 11v11 semi-competitive league on Wednesdays and a 7v7 rec league on Thursdays. Email email@example.com to see what opportunities may be available.
Women's Winter Soccer - This Winter we will have 4-8 teams in the Minnesota Women's Soccer League and Soccer Blast Burnsville. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what opportunities may be available.
Rostering for Fall and Winter soccer will occur on a rolling basis August through October.
Division 1: Typically current and recently former college players and premier players.
Division 2: Typically college and former high school varsity players
Division 3: Typically college club, intramural, former HS, former youth players.
Division 4: New players, aging players, fun seekers
Rec 7v7: A new division of play consisting mainly of D4 and Rec players seeking smaller format of play, faster pace but less distance to cover.
In 2022, we will continue to have five+ womxn's teams at varying levels. We launched our first exclusively womxn team in November 2018, and grew to two teams by winter session II. In our first three sessions, we finished in the top 2 teams of our respective divisions. For the outdoor season in 2019, we hosted 3 teams formatted as 11v11 squads in divisions 2 and 3. In 2021 we hit new heights with five squads across varying divisions. In 2022 we anticipate continuing to provide 1 or more teams at all levels.
We're seeking players for the following teams and opportunities:
Spring 6v6 Scramble
Spring 7v7 Womxns
Summer 11v11 Womxns
Summer 7v7 Womxns
Seasonal Coed 7v7
The Minnesota Women's Soccer League functions under the following details:
Day of the week is Tuesday for Division 2, Wednesday for Division 4, Thursday for Division 3. Division 1 players 1- games a week on Mon & Wed in June/July only. Cost can vary between $180-$220 per player for the season as it includes insurance, fields, officials, uniforms, playing bond, and league fee. We are a club/team that plays in the MWSL. We also offer coed and men's teams in other leagues.
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 a great womxn's fan base, and are super welcoming and social.
Email Ryan at email@example.com to learn more and get involved.
The Gray Ducks are an adult soccer club based in the Minneapolis-St Paul area of Minnesota. Our mission is to connect and build womxn's and women's participation in the game of soccer. The Gray Ducks are an LGBT owned and operated entity, and creating a dedicated club for womxn is a significant part of the club's mission.
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 female identifying members if 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. We believe playing as one's most authentic selves free from bigotry is conducive to the most fun and best performing teams.
Gray Ducks Soccer comprises of over 300 females from a wide range of soccer experiences. We strive to place you on a team that best suits your playing background and competition desires. For those just starting out, pick up soccer and training is the only way to get a footing for the sport. For those with experience, league and tournament soccer is where you'll find yourself a great fit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to explore the right fit for you
Teams can host their own practices, however adult soccer has proven difficult to do this as many people only desire to play once a week or there is a challenge to find space and a mutually agreeable time. One way we try to work around this is by hosting womxn's specific pickup soccer to which all womxn from our club are able to attend and play so folks can have fun, develop and test some skills outside of a game environment. Arriving early to games is also another method teams can use to practice, or staying late if the field is open after.
Each team is required to have matching colored shirts, with numbers for most women's league levels and formats. And each team must have a secondary shirt. All players can wear any color of shorts and socks however. We strive to use a local printer and a 1 color team name to ensure we are being most cost efficient. For teams playing in tournaments outside of Minnesota, there may be additional requirements for a full kit, which in the past we have done things like sponsored Nike kits.
If playing in the MWSL, all games are required to be within 30 miles of the State Fairgrounds. We have had home fields in Richfield area in the past, but that is uncertain always as it tends to be more expensive for being so central. Locations vary such as Crystal, New Hope, Maplewood, Coon Rapids, Apple Valley, Centennial, St Paul, and more. The games will always be after 6pm, often 630pm and 8pm start times to allow for time to get from work to play. You will need reliable weekly transportation, if you do not have a vehicle or committed ride, you should pursue soccer in a specific location. Feel free to email us to discuss. We cannot assist in rideshare finding.
We offer various teams and expect players to self-identify with a level of play. Do not choose based on day of week, while we permit you to play a level down, we do not permit people to play higher than they should as it can be dangerous and impact the playing experience. Division 1: Typically current and recently former college players and premier players. Division 2: Typically college and former high school varsity playersDivision 3: Typically college club, intramural, former HS, former youth players. Division 4: New players, aging players, fun seekersRec 7v7: A new division of play consisting mainly of D4 and Rec players seeking smaller format of play, faster pace but less distance to cover.
The costs for a summer team per player can go as high as $220/player. Each team pays a league fee, performance bond, pays for field rental, player cards, referee payment at half time each game, corner flags, net tie downs, a game ball and potentially more. There are cheaper and less structured leagues out there, but the MWSL is part of US Soccer's adult branch, and therefore has the highest standards of organizing and play.
This is a great question for US Soccer, however it is their policy and it is enforced widely by all officials. If you have a visible piercing, do not join MWSL soccer unless you are willing to remove it at each game. Persons with permanent piercings may want to pursue coed or non-mwsl womxn's soccer.
You must wear cleats, soccer socks that cover your shinguard fully.
Adult soccer ages will vary greatly, higher levels of play tend to skew younger ages. And lower levels of play tend to have the greatest range as players of newer or slowing abilities will fall into the rec categories of play. We strive to not be ageist, and we encourage womxn of all ages to play the game we all love and choose the merit level most appropriate. Be realistic of your situation, as you age, you likely do slow down or want to minimize your exposure to risk, play recreationally and have fun.
Yes, absolutely, many persons join with friends. But know, a lot of folks have joined solo, and are here to make friends too and share a common passion to play the game. A unique thing about our club is that we are home to many persons who are not originally from Minnesota.
We fully expect players to miss games, however we expect adults to communicate in advance when they will miss. We know things come up with work, family and personal health, that is okay. However persons who display a disregard for communications and care about others by not attending are subject to being removed without refund. We want to be sure everyone has a fun and safe experience, which means ensuring we have a minimum number of persons in attendance at a game. The max we can roster is 18 for a game, and the minimum we like to have at an 11v11 game is 15 players.
Every session tends to be a bit different, however summer soccer runs late May though mid August, then September through October for Fall. After that it moves indoors from November through April. Indoor soccer tends to cost more per game due to the facilities cost being higher.
Full field games will have 3 refs typically, however small field games will receive 1. Due to a statewide shortage of staff, many games could experience fewer than 3 officials.
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.