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Off-season playing options

Keeping your foot on the ball during the off-season  is not only great for keeping those skills up, but a ton of fun, too. Below are the area clubs that offer off-season training.

New River United

New River United will once again host its Winter Futsal League at Gateway Baptist Church for the 2018 season. Our partnership with Gateway Baptist Church continues to grow as they provide us with a beautiful gym that includes a rubber tile surface (floor was used in the 86’ Olympics), concrete bleachers for spectators, a scoreboard, and a concession stand on Saturdays. We will also be adding a boom box this season, so we can play music in-between games.

What is Futsal: Futsal is a great way for players to stay active and improve their skills over the winter break. Futsal is a 5v5 game and it is played on a smaller and faster surface. The players get more touches on the ball and have to make faster decisions when they have the ball as compared to an outdoor game on a larger field. There is out-of-bounds, so players can’t kick the ball off a wall, and the ball is weighted so it does not bounce. Consequently, players are forced to use their foot skills in order to have success in a match. Games are two 20-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime. We aim for 7 players per team.  Players are rotated equally so everyone gets the same number of  minutes. We use scrimmage vests for uniforms to keep the cost of registration down.

Age Groups/Divisions: Registration is open and the age groups beginning at U8 (6-7 years old are allowed to play in the U8 age group) and go through high school. For the first time, if numbers allow, NRU will have a competitive and rec division. Players can sign up as they see fit, just because you do not play travel, does not mean you can’t join the competitive division. Adult League registration is also open.

Scheduling: Depending on registration numbers, the high school age group will play Monday Nights, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are normally for the technical sessions, Friday is U13 age group, and Saturday’s games will start at 8:30am with the U8’s and continue age groups through out the day with U10s late morning/early afternoon, and U11/12s in the afternoon/evening. Week day games are either 5:30pm, 6:30pm, or 7:30pm. The season will start the week of January 4th and end February 27th.  Make-up games will be played if winter weather interferes with road conditions.

Cost: Cost to play is $80 for the season and it includes 8 games. NRU will offer technical practice sessions (unless we need to fill those time slots for more games due to growth) on nights for all age groups below high school normally on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To register, please go to our “programs” tab on the website, and under Winter Futsal League, there is “youth registration” and “adult registration”, select one of those and it will guide you from there.

Valley AFC

Once again this Winter, Valley AFC will be hosting its annual VAFC Indoor League and we are now accepting registrations. Come join us and play in the largest Indoor Soccer Program in the area!!

  • Indoor Soccer League – Team Registration
    • For already formed travel/recreational/High School/pickup teams.
    • Ages U8-U19 + Women’s Adult
    • $75 per player
    • 8 players minimum required on the roster
  • Indoor Soccer League – Individual Registration
    • Ages U7-U19 + Women’s Adult
    • For those who do not have a team
      • Valley AFC will form teams in these age groups for play or add players to existing teams in need.
    • $95 per player
  • Xpress Soccer School
    • U10/U8 Program
    • The Xpress Soccer School will run through the Winter season
    • U10 – 2 training sessions a week – led by our Director of Youth Development, Britt Richardson
    • U8 – 1 training session per week – led by our Director of Youth Development, Britt Richardson
    • Soccer School players will also be entered into the Indoor league as individual players and placed on teams
    • U10 – $199 (including $95 indoor league fee)
    • U8 – $149 (including $95 indoor league fee)
  • Little Strikers
    • U6
    • 8 sessions
    • $95

To register for any of these programs please visit our website here for details:

Indoor: https://sports.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=426801

The deadline for all registrations without a late fee is Friday December 8th.


This is technical training to improve a Player’s mastery and manipulation of the ball. Sessions begin the first week of December and span 9 weeks.

A Participant can sign up for Complete Training (both Fridays and Sundays) or Individual Evening Training (either Fridays only or Sundays only).

Cost for all 18 sessions is $165. Cost for Individual Evenings (9 sessions) is $100.

Training will be led by SWVA Rush Technical Director – Adam Ritchie and is available to ALL Players (even non-SWVA Rush Club Members) from ages 7-15. Sessions will be by age and Players will be grouped by ability and age.

Sessions and Times:

Fridays – Academy (7-11 Year Olds) 6:00-7:00 pm

Juniors (12-15 Year Olds) 7:00-8:00 pm

Sundays – Academy (7-11 Year Olds) 5:30-6:30 pm

Juniors (12-15 Year Olds) 6:30-7:30 pm

All Sessions will be held at the Pulaski YMCA, 615 Oakhurst Ave., Pulaski, Va.

Register at: https://leagues.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1191353

Blacksburg Indoor League

Registration is for teams only, not individuals. Please contact blacksburgindoor@gmail.com for more information.

U8-U13 Coach training

We will be holding brief coaching trainings this Saturday, February 27th at Falling Branch Elementary School.

U8 – 3:00 p.m.

U10/U13 – 3:30 p.m.

Please bring your player and dress warmly – the temps are going to be less than spring-like. *Just your child, not your team.*

You will also be picking up equipment at those times. If you don’t need training, please plan to come and pick-up equipment. Any coach, assistant coach, or team manager can pick-up equipment.

If you have equipment from the fall you do not need to come on Saturday.

Jerseys will not be given out at this time. 

2016 Referee Clinics

2016 Referee: West – Grade 8&9 Recertification
Jan 10, 2016       Roanoke College: Massengill Auditorium 12:30pm – 5:30pm           SALEM, VA
Jan 17, 2016       1860 Litton-Reaves Virginia Tech 12:30pm – 5:30pm                         BLACKSBURG, VA
Feb 6, 2016         Roanoke College: Massengill Auditorium 8:00am – 1:00pm              SALEM, VA
Feb 21, 2016       1860 Litton-Reaves Virginia Tech 12:30pm – 5:30pm                         BLACKSBURG, VA
Mar 6, 2016        Roanoke College: Massengill Auditorium 12:30pm – 5:30pm           SALEM, VA
Other clinics (Lynchburg) will come available in the near future.
You can check the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program web site for clinics outside the Roanoke/Blacksburg area atwww.vadcsoccerref.com

If you have a 2016 Badge you do not have to re-certify this Winter

All officials are required to be registered for the current year (the year for which they hold a badge) prior to being involved with any U.S. Soccer affiliated match or U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program activity.
Any referee being away from the program for 4 years or less should meet the established recertification requirements, i.e., completing a recertification course.
Any referee being away from the program for 5 or more years should meet the established certification requirements for new referees.

2016 Referee: West – New Grade 8 Online Combo
Jan 16, 2016       1860 Litton-Reaves Virginia Tech 8:00am – 5:00pm BLACKSBURG, VA
Feb 13, 2016       Roanoke College: Massengill Auditorium 8:00am – 5:00pm SALEM, VA
Feb 20, 2016       1860 Litton-Reaves Virginia Tech 8:00am – 5:00pm BLACKSBURG, VA

Upcoming USSF New Referee Class

USSF New Referee Class

August 2, 2014 – Virginia Tech, Litton Reeves Hall

The one day format requires the students to study the basic laws BEFORE ATTENDING THE CLASS.

More information will be received once the student registers.

8:00AM – 5:00PM

Cost $65.00

To Register, please contact Mark Ingvaldsen: marki113@comcast.net

Clinic sessions will include classroom and field modules, weather permitting. Lunch is on your own.


Any questions feel free to contact Mark Ingvaldsen: email marki113@comcast.net or call 540-353-6325