Sporting Omaha FC Newsletter vol. 10
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Sporting Omaha FC Members:
Over the last several months, as a Club, we have taken a deep look at ourselves internally. Guiding this analysis was the desire to find an answer to the question, “if SOFC could accomplish one thing, what would it be?” A difficult question with very complex and multi-layered answers. Through the many possible responses, what we uncovered was who we REALLY are. Sporting Omaha FC is a lot of things to a lot of people for a lot of reasons. Though varied, these reasons all had common characteristics of who and what our club stands for. Essentially, we unearthed our DNA, fundamental elements that can’t/won't be altered. D(o) N(ot) A(lter). These are the basic qualities that make us who are, from our highest-level athletes to our beginning players.
Our DNA begins with our vision statement, “cultivating a passion for the game while developing character in coaches, players and parents.”  This vision is what our club was founded upon and has not changed. Our DNA expands upon it. Our Coaches’ Unity Council decided upon these six core values: integrity, leadership, discipline, humility, accountability and communication. These values put our vision statement into motion. For us, these core values are not merely just words but daily actions that guide everything our players, coaches/staff and parents do, on and off the field.  They link the varied programs together throughout the Club.  
The next logical progression was the creation of a mission statement based on these core values. They are the what and why we do what we do, and how we do it:

"Sporting Omaha FC is a non-profit full service youth soccer club that offers all levels of play from 4 to 19 years of age.  Sporting Omaha FC develops complete soccer players with key core values which we believe provide our players the best opportunity to succeed at their next level whether that is high school, college, professional soccer or life outside competitive sports.”   
We established 5 Club wide goals that Sporting Omaha FC will strive for through each program:
  1. To maximize the positive influence we have as a youth organization on the local, regional and national soccer community
  2. To be recognized for player development and competitive success
  3. To provide competitive opportunities for players from all cultural and economic backgrounds
  4. To provide a variety of programs for all ages and abilities in a safe and fun environment
  5. To instill healthy, positive and lasting core values to better prepare our players to compete successfully in a competitive world 
We are Nebraska’s largest single youth nonprofit sport organization and with this comes responsibility.  For the Club to continue to grow and achieve our newly set goals, it is necessary to acknowledge this responsibility and be commitment to it.  We created a statement to our Community to reflect this:  "It is our commitment that Sporting Omaha FC seeks to provide youth players of Omaha and neighboring cities and communities a full range of opportunities to enjoy and develop in soccer, at a level appropriate for their age, ability and interest.  We recognize that different players play the game for different reasons. Sporting Omaha FC must therefore provide a variety of programs which address the needs and interests of all players in the communities we serve."
As the spring soccer season continues, we will be adding on the above statements by furthering defining our club philosophy, playing philosophy, player development program, coaching philosophy and methodology.  Until then have a great spring season, score goals and have fun!
Tim Bennett
Sporting Omaha FC
Executive Director


02 G Elite Heading to Round Two at National League

The Sporting Elite 2002 Girl’s travel to Las Vegas this weekend for the second round of the National League. Elite is currently 3-0-1 with three games to be played to determine the division champion. The girls will take on California, Utah and Ohio. So far in the League, Elite has out scored their opponents 11-5 putting them as as the team to beat. 

Coach Mason shared, "This group is fighting to stay in the
National League for the 2017-18 soccer year, we wish all our players the very best as they represent the club at the National level."

Follow the girls progress at National Team Standings.

Home Grown Sporting Omaha FC Player, Stephen Siy, Makes an Early Move into the College Game

Sporting Omaha FC sends its best wishes to Stephen Siy who enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in January.  Stephen would have been entering the final semester of his senior year in high school this Spring but chose to take advantage of an early enrollment opportunity at UNO as part of his commitment to play Division I soccer at the university.  Stephen’s accelerated academic path which allowed him to fulfill his high school requirements ahead of schedule has become more common for Division I men’s soccer players in recent years.  Stephen will participate with his Omaha Central High School class at their Commencement in May.
When asked why he made the leap to the college level early, Stephen responded, â€œSoccer is the reason I graduated early.  When Coach (Jason) Mims offered me the opportunity, I never really considered any other option.  I knew the right opportunity was for me to play for a team I had watched so often as a kid.”
Stephen, along with the majority of his teammates on our SOFC 98 Boys Elite team, has been a one-club player having been with Sporting Omaha FC for the last twelve years via the Gladiator/Omaha FC mergers.   We are very proud of our â€˜Home Grown’ players and SOFC considers the concept of retaining developing players throughout their youth career as a top priority.  

High School Soccer Time...

Spring Soccer is HERE

Spring Soccer is quickly approaching for our youth and youth recreational players.
Youth Recreational players will be contacted by coaches mid-March. This is for birth years 2006 through 2002, Under 11 and older.  Schedules for league play will not be released to coaches until March 14th. Since this is the travel league, game locations can be accessed at: For any new players, uniform numbers would be assigned by your child’s coach. Once you have a number, uniforms can be purchased at Nebraska Sporting Goods, 84th & H streets.
Youth Development Program league, ages U5-U10, will begin play March 31st. 
Our 2013s, in the Under 4 program are getting ready for play.
Our youth FUNdamentals program for ages U5 & U6 will begin Sunday April 2nd.

You can find all of the YDP, FUNdamentals, & Recreational (4U - 14U) soccer details you need. Days of play, locations, uniform information, etc... its all here. 

*For our Youth Development Program volunteer coaches, save the date to attend either one of these evenings of coaches meetings: Thursday March 16th or Tuesday March 21st. Specific times and locations are on their way to your inbox soon.

Did you know?

Did you know that Sporting Omaha FC offers a soccer specific program for children with special needs? Our TOPSoccer program gives every child the opportunity to play soccer. Players are grouped by ability and activities are tailored to the specific needs of the child. Complete program information is available at: SOFC TOPsoccer

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Cate Christopherson’s Comeback Story

Cate Christopherson is a senior at Omaha North High Magnet School. As a former Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) patient and current Sporting Omaha FC (SOFC) soccer player, Cate has faced adversity through many injuries that have kept her from playing the sport she loves most. Cate has dealt with ankle and knee injuries that sidelined her for several months at a time. Passionate for soccer, she was determined to fight her way back to the field stronger than ever. With the intensity of youth soccer increasing, numerous athletes are dealing with similar injuries as Cate. Cate tackles the details of how she overcame the mental, emotional, and physical struggles as an injured athlete.
Cate was first seen at OPTI in March 2016 for an ankle injury and most recently for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. As most patients do, Cate first came into OPTI a little discouraged and nervous with some fear of returning back to soccer after her injury. Katie Cordery, Cate’s physical therapist at OPTI, says this is a common emotion to feel after suffering an injury. “It’s normal to have fear when first coming into rehab. Every athlete’s goal is to return to their sport. What’s difficult is finding a way to not only rehabilitate the athlete physically but mentally as well. We try to provide as much sport-specific skill integration into an athlete’s rehab in order to assist not only with maintaining a certain skill level but also to show them that they WILL return to their sport again, and we, as their physical therapists, believe in them.” Cate progressed with her physical therapy at OPTI with a main goal in mind, to have the confidence to mentally and physically compete like she once had prior to her injury.
“I was a little nervous coming back into the game because I knew people who had already re-injured their ACLs. I knew there was a possibility for me to tear mine again. Katie reassured me that this should not stop me from returning to play.” A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2011 showed that the national return to play average after an ACL injury was only 44%. At OPTI, there is a 95% average rate of return to play. “The treatment at OPTI was oriented toward soccer, a recovery specific to me and my sport. It was extremely helpful in getting me back on the playing field quicker.” OPTI’s Athletes In Motion (A.I.M.) Clinic, located inside of the Omaha Sports Complex, is geared specifically toward helping athletes with the physical and mental transition back into their sports. It allows athletes access to field turf in order to perform their sport-specific rehabilitation. Cate’s response to OPTI’s A.I.M. Clinic - “It was difficult to come back to the game. My mind was always three steps ahead of my body, so every time I went to cut or get a ball, I would have a late reaction because my body still wasn’t used to playing at a high level again. I am so thankful for the physical therapy at the A.I.M. Clinic. I was able to navigate my mental game as well as get myself back to a high level of competition.”
Cate is no longer watching her team from the sidelines. She is back to playing confidently for SOFC. She received the Excellence Award for the U17 Girls Gold team, earned captain of her high school varsity soccer team, and scored a record high of 9 goals that same season. “What motivated me to come back the most was the possibility of being able to play soccer again and the strong encouragement from the team at OPTI.” Cate also has excelled off of the field. Academically, Cate is 1 of 48 high school seniors across the whole state of Nebraska to earn the U.S. Bank’s Believers and Achievers award for leadership and academic excellence. After Cate graduates high school in May 2017, she plans to continue her soccer career at Central College and major in engineering or pre-medicine.
“I would recommend OPTI because it is an engaging environment with PTs who care about their patients and their recovery even after they finish their rehab. This injury was just a bump in my road in playing soccer, but not an injury that would hold me back from playing again.”
Contributors to article: Cate Christopherson (athlete), Marquette Pick (OPTI Marketing Coordinator), Katie Cordery (OPTI PT)
Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is an outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinic with it’s main location at 144th & Dodge and it’s secondary location inside of the Omaha Sports Complex on 144th & Giles. OPTI is the BEST place for physical therapy in Omaha!
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2017-2018 Team Formation Dates

The Team Formation (Tryouts) dates are listed below. Look for your players Birth Year to find the day(s) their tryout will be held on. Times, locations and coaching staff will come out in early May 2017.

Players may receive verbal offers at any time from their coach, although registration does not officially open until 10am on either June 18 or July 2 depending on the age group.

   11U - 13U  
                                 DATE AGE BIRTH YEAR         GENDER
                             June 12 U11 2007 Girls
  U13-GKs 2005 Girls
  U12 2006 Girls
  U13  2005 Boys
                           June 13 U11 2007 Boys
  U13-Gks 2005 Boys
  U12 2006 Boys
  U13  2005 Girls
                           June 14 U11 2007 Girls
  U13 2005 Boys
  U11/U12-GKs 2007 & 2006 Boys
  U12 2006 Girls
                            June 15 U13 2005 Girls
  U11 2007 Boys
       U11 & U12-GKs     2007 & 2006 Girls
  U12 2006 Boys
                             June 16 OFF    
                                     June 17         U11 2007 Boys
  U12 2006 Boys
  U13 2005 Boys
  U11 2007 Girls
  U12 2006 Girls
  U13 2005 Girls

14U - 19U
                              DATE AGE BIRTH YEAR GENDER
                            June 28 U16 2002 Boys
  GK Tryouts     2004-1999            Boys and Girls
                           June 29        U19 & U18          1999 & 2000 Girls
  U15 2003 Girls
  U16 2002 Girls
  U17 2001 Girls
  U14  2004 Boys
  U15 2003 Boys
                             June 30 U19 1999 Boys
  U18 2000 Boys
  U17 2001 Boys
  U15 2003 Girls
  U16 2002 Girls
  U14 2004 Girls
  U17 2001 Girls
                                     July 1            U14 2004 Boys
  U15 2003 Boys
  U16 2002 Boys
  U17 2001 Boys
  U18 2000 Boys
  U14 2004 Girls
  U19 & U18 1999 & 2000 Girls
  • Training Kit & uniform sizing

    • Uniform sizing - June 17th, 19th, 20th, 29th & July 10th - 11th (times will vary by date)

    • Even if you are unsure about an official offer especially for 14U to 18U PLEASE attend one of the sizing events. The sooner you order your uniform, once an offer is accepted and you are provided the link to order; the sooner you will have your uniform. 

    • 19U players will receive specific information regarding uniforms, there is no need to size uniforms for this age group (1999 birth year)

    • 2017-2018 is year 1 of a 2-year uniform cycle as well as year 1 of the rebrand to Sporting Omaha FC. A warm up (training) jacket as well as 2 complete kits (navy & clear blue) are part of the required uniform. A ball, backpack and warm up pants are optional. 

    • Training kits are required for academy and select players. New Sporting training kits will be available for purchase at Soccer Internationale in the spring 2017. The training shirt will be heather gray with navy lettering/black shorts/black socks.  The current black training shorts will be grandfathered in for continued use as part of the training kit. Players may wear current black game socks or purchase black training kit socks. When training begins for the fall 2017 season, players must have transitioned from the white to the gray training top. 

    • Soccer Master is the new uniform provider 2017-2018 year.  Details to order your uniform will follow from your team manager.

  • Camps

    • Will be offered for Select age groups 2007-2006-2005-2004, dates/times/location to follow. Select camp is expected for all players who accept an offer to a select team in these age groups.

    • College ID camps will be offered for Select age groups 2003-2002-2001-2000; details will be provided directly to those age groups.

  • My child did not receive an offer to a select team, what are my options.

    • Recreational registration is open through July 10 to ensure all players can participate in fall soccer. 

Do you have a 2009-2008 player that is looking for a more competitive soccer environment? Come out to our SOFC Academy Open House. Our Directors of Coaching and Academy staff will run sessions while the parents meet to learn more about what our SOFC Academy has to offer. Players should come dressed ready to play and bring a ball and water. The sessions will last 1 hour. 
Dates: May 17th & June 1st
Times: 2009 - 6:00 to 7:00pm, 2008 - 7:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Omaha Sports Complex, 14706 Giles Rd