The holiday season is upon us! It is great time to give thanks for the amazing year we had at Sporting Omaha FC.
Look back over the year, 2016 was one of the most successful years for Omaha FC, which is now Sporting Omaha FC. If achievement was measured by state, regional and national recognition, then 2016 was a historic one! Seven SOFC teams advanced to the Region II Championships with four of those teams moving into the knockout stages. This was the highest number of teams represented by our club thus far. From this success, we had three teams selected into the prestigious National League, which is a record for the state of Nebraska. No other club here has earned this accomplishment. After the first weekend of completed play, our 2002 Elite Girls are tied for 1st place in their group, and the 2001 Elite Boys are in 1st place in their group. Both teams went 3-0-1. Along with these National League victories, our SOFC teams traveled throughout the Midwest and across the nation this past fall earning a significant number of accomplishments in tournaments and league play.
These successes did not go unnoticed. This past October at the Sporting Kansas Cityâ€™s award ceremony, Sporting Omaha FC was recognized as the 2016 Sporting Kansas City Affiliate of the Year! An honor we share with all our staff and families, it is you who make our club great.
What has made 2016 such a success is how much passion and commitment each and every one of our members has for the Club and their team. This is what truly separates us from the rest of the soccer clubs. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated membership to our organization. I, personally, am thankful for each player who every day strives for excellence on and off the field. I am thankful for the coaches who put countless hours in coaching and mentoring our players. I am thankful for the parents for placing their trust in our organization to educate their child about the game of soccer, and, by extension, help to teach those life lessons that only the beautiful game can teach.
With such a great foundation, I am looking forward to an even more successful 2017!
Since 2012, Sporting Omaha FC has been leading the way in taking our most competitive teams and having them play at the highest level. The National League continues to offer this opportunity for our Boys U16 and Girls U17 Teams (am I missing one - sorry?), as they play against teams from coast to coast. The very best soccer clubs are represented and play began this past weekend in North Carolina.
The US Youth Soccer National League consists of teams in each of the Under-15 through Under-19/20 Boys and Girls age groups. Teams have earned their place in the league through individual proven success in US Youth Soccer Regional League and National Championship Series competition. Each team will play in two of three National League event dates, with every team competing in the National League Fall Showcase in Wilson, N.C.
National League teams are competing for division championships and a spot in the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Four teams in each age group, the top teams per division, will advance to join the four Regional Champions at the National Championships. The top teams in each Under-15 through Under-17 division also earn automatic placement in the National League for the 2017-18 season.
Look for details on how you can follow our teams with live streaming in the weeks ahead and Good luck to our boys and girls!
The 2016-2017 State Cup came to a close at the end of October. SOFC teams had a great showing with five teams earning State Cup titles in their age groups and will head to the Region II Regional Play this summer in Yankton Trail Park, Sioux Falls, S.D.
17U Boys â€“ SOFC B Elite 00
18U Boys â€“ SOFC B Elite 99
19/20U Boys â€“ SOFC B Elite 98
15U Girls â€“ SOFC G Elite 02
17U Girls â€“ SOFC G Elite 00
The U13 and U14 age groups will play for the their titles this spring.
The NE State Soccer Association held their AGM this past November. There the 2016 Awards of the Year were announced. Each year the Nebraska State Soccer Staff takes nominations from all membership for and chooses the most deserving candidates. This year two of our SOFC players received awards:
YOUNG FEMALE REFEREE OF THE YEAR:
YOUNG MALE REFEREE OF THE YEAR:
Congratulations to both of our players. Nadia is a member of U18 SOFC Delta Infinity. And Collin is a member of SOFC 2000 B Gold.
For Sporting Omaha FC players who are looking to continue their playing career into college, our College ID Camps and College Showcase brings college programs to us. It allows our players to showcase their talent and serves as a platform for college programs to be exposed to their future player. Thanks to past camps, our players have continued their soccer careers at schools like Creighton, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, Marquette, Drake, Georgetown, Washburn - and so many more.
The 2016 Winter Blast Soccer Tournament starts on Monday, December 26 and ends on Saturday, December 31 at the Omaha Sports Complex. This is our 16th year and this should be one of our best events. We have both boys and girls teams from U8 to High School, Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Open, our 2nd Top Soccer bracket and a special Mann Up Cross Bar Challenge scheduled.
The Mann Up Cross bar Challenge will run everyday during the tournament, December 26th to December 30th, with a championship round on Saturday December 31st. Every shot that hits the bar in the prelim events will qualify for a playoff round on Saturday, December 31st for a free pair of cleats at Soccer International ($100.00 value).
This time of year when the outdoor fields are closed you can still find our teams out working hard for another cause. Ringing the bell for the Salvation Army is a great way for our players to get out there and help our community. SOFC U16G Bees on the top left, SOFC 03 Girls Elite on the top right. Allie Napora from SOFC 02 Girls Elite on bottom left, SOFC 01 Elite Girls on bottom right.
The Xplosive Edge maximizes athletic performance while minimizing injuries by focusing on three major areas of training.
First, soccer specific strength and conditioning focuses on building muscle and developing power. Soccer demands the ability to sprint, change direction, and explode to the ball, all while maintaining stamina and speed over long periods of time. The Xplosive Edge has specifically designed training to improve overall athleticism, including strength, speed, power, and endurance. All of the weight room exercises are scientifically proven to improve performance on the field and prevent future injuries.
Second, restoring postural alignment is pivotal in preventing and treating injuries. Through the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), we work with athletes to maintain a neutral postural position, which allows the body to move in a safer, more optimal position. Athletes warm up with PRI principles to properly prepare them for the work to be done in the weight room and on the field.
Third, proper nutritional fueling tactics ensure athletes feel better, play harder, and recover faster by eating the right foods at the right time. What athletes do outside of practice and training is just as important as what they are doing during those one or two hours. We teach athletes what to eat, when to eat, which foods help repair damaged muscle tissue, and how to select the right foods to recover from exercise more quickly. When game time comes, athletes are fueled and ready to go.
We offer training for U11-U19 teams, with programs and coaching specific to each age group. All of our coaches are certified, educated, and motivated to make SOFC the best club in the nation. The Xplosive Edge is for serious athletes who want to play at their best!