Creating our own soccer team can be exciting and satisfying. Before you start competing on the field, you will need to find a group of dedicated players and invest in the necessary equipment.
Once you have the players and team in order, you can join your local soccer league and start practicing to get your team in good shape.
What are the Steps to Start Own Soccer Team?
1. Tell your Friends and Family that you will Create a Soccer Team
- Ask them if they are interested in joining or if they know someone who would be. Your social network is an excellent source to search for players.
- And request them to spread the word and give them your contact information so they can share it.
2. Find out if your Co-workers are Interested
- Ask your co-workers at the office. Put up a poster in the break room that has all the information about your new team.
- And recruiting your co-workers is an excellent opportunity to meet them outside of work and share the ride to internships when they get off work.
3. Put up a Local Ad
- Post on craigslist if you on budget. If you afford to spend a little money, place the ad in the local newspaper.
- Be sure to include your contact information so that interested players can get in touch with you. For example, your ad might say, “I’m looking for players to make a new adult soccer team in Chicago.
4. Find 15-20 Players for your Team
- Only 11 players play at a time, but you’ll want substitutes if some leave the team or can’t go to a game.
- If everyone attends the games, you can rotate players so that everyone has minutes on the field. We will practice twice a week on weekdays. Send me an email or call me if you are interested”.
5. Choose a Team Manager
- It can be you or someone else on the team. If you choose someone else, make sure you are responsible.
- And the team manager will have to schedule practices and games. He will also be in charge of collecting money to pay for supplies and league dues.
- If no one on the team wants to take on that much responsibility, divide the manager job into three smaller jobs.
- Have one person be the treasurer (in charge of money), another the CEO (to communicate with players before games).
- And another the secretary (in order of scheduling). If your team will have a coach, make this the team manager.
6. Assign a Position to each Player
- To have an effective team, you will need goalkeepers, midfielders, forwards, and defenders. Ask the team members what positions they want.
- You can also take tests to feel for everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and assign positions that way. Each post requires a different skill set.
- Goalkeepers must be observant and quick with their hands to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line.
- Midfielders must be fast and enjoy running.
- Forwards must be good at scoring goals.
- Defenders must be good at tracking the ball and clearing it from the area.
7. Define a Name for the Team
- You will need a name if you are going to compete, and it is good to have something that all team members can relate it.
- Decide together what the name of your team will be. Choose a name that matches the personality of your team.
- For example, if your team likes jokes around, they might choose a funny team name like “Real Dirt.”
- If your team takes victory to heart, you can choose an intimidating team name, such as “The Annihilators” or “The Nightmares.”
8. Buy the Necessary Equipment for your team
- Buy one soccer ball per player so that everyone has a ball to practice. Make sure to get an inflator in case a ball goes flat.
- You will also need cones for practice. If you can’t practice somewhere with a bow, buy a portable bow instead. Get everyone on the field working together to get the gear.
Play as a Team
9. Join a Local Soccer League
- If you don’t see what leagues are in your area, do a quick search online. And visit the league’s website to find out what your team must do to join.
- Find an affiliated national league for benefits like liability insurance and admission to national tournaments. Once you join a club, your team will play against other teams in the same company.
- Keep in mind that many leagues charge an admission fee. Decide as a team how you will cover the costs of joining a club.
10. Request Uniforms for the Team
- Make each player collaborate by paying for theirs. You will need the uniforms if you are going to play against other teams.
- All members of your team must wear shirts to the game with their last name and number—order team uniforms online from a website that allows you to make custom uniforms.
- Let everyone on the team choose the number for their uniform. And make sure no two players take the same number.
11. Program Routine Practices
- As a team, agree on what days and times of the week work best for everyone. And try to fit in two practices a week if possible. Practice in a local park or contact a nearby school to see if you can practice in their field.
12. Compete against other Teams
- Enroll your team in competitions through the soccer league. If the company announces an upcoming tournament or cup, sign up your team.
- And if you are part of a nationally affiliated soccer league, you may have the opportunity to compete nationally. If your team is having trouble paying the entry fee to compete, consider having a fundraiser.