Fort Payne holding youth soccer sign-ups

Fort Payne is having sign-ups for youth soccer leagues every Saturday in July.

The sign-ups will be held July 16, 23 and 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wills Valley Recreation Center.

All kids who are between ages four to 17 are welcomed to register.

The costs to sign up vary depending on age. Signing up kids who are four to 13 costs $70 for the first child and $60 for a second child. Signing up kids who are 14 to 17 costs $50 per child.

All games will be played at the Fort Payne Sports Complex. The season runs from early September to late October.

For those who can’t make it to sign-ups on Saturdays, parents can find all the necessary paperwork in the foyer of the recreation center. Forms and payment can be left in a drop box there. Parents also need to leave a copy of their child’s birth certificate.

League coach Michael Farmer said the league got a big boost when former Fort Payne High School soccer coach Phil Elton got involved.

“When Phil Elton came to Fort Payne, he wanted to get involved in the soccer program,” Farmer said. “He helped the league grow significantly about four or five years ago. When he first took over the program, there was about 300 kids playing. When he left, we had over 600 kids playing in our leagues.”

The league has also seen plenty of success from its All-Star teams who play in tournaments after the regular season.

Farmer said the teams have consistently won over the past few years.

“At the end of our recreation program, we select All-Star teams for U-10 and U-12 boys and girls,” Farmer said. “Our teams have been very successful. Just about every year we’ve had teams win or finish runner-up at their tournaments.”

The league is always in need of coaches as well. They offer a coaches’ clinic where interested applicants will be taught about league rules and drills to run in practice. The league is also in need of referees. For more information or to express interest in being a coach or referee, contact Michael Farmer at 256-605-5990.

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