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A new soccer organization has been formed to provide opportunities for area youth to play travel soccer in the fall and help players improve their skill level. The Halifax Soccer Club will be under the umbrella of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association and will compete in the Blue Ridge Soccer League this fall.

Halifax Soccer Club President Mat Robinson said yesterday the organization will attempt to have separate boys and girls teams from U11 through U18 plus an academy program for youngsters ages seven and eight.

Tryouts for the Halifax Soccer Club, whose teams will be called the Phoenix, will begin Tuesday. The tryouts will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Halifax County High School girls soccer practice field.

Tuesday’s tryouts are for boys and girls ages seven through 11. Wednesday night’s tryouts will be for boys and girls ages 12 and 13. The tryouts on Thursday night will be for boys and girls ages 14-18-years-old.

Each of the tryout sessions will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Halifax County High School girls soccer practice field.
Each participant must pay a $10 tryout fee, with the fee to be collected on the night that the player tries out for the team. Participants will also be asked to fill out a registration form on the night they try out for the team.

Robinson said the goal is to have a boys team and a girls team in age group.

“We want to have a boys team and a girls team in age group,” Robinson said.

“If we find ourselves in a situation where we do not have enough girls to field a team in an age group, the girls can play on the boys team.”

The week of July 11 has been set as a makeup tryouts date.

“Some families may be away on vacation next week, so we have set a makeup date to give everyone who wants to have an opportunity to try out for the team a chance to do so.”

Robinson said Halifax Soccer Club team rosters will be announced shortly after tryouts have concluded. The Halifax Soccer Club has to register all of its teams and submit all of its team rosters to the league and sanctioning body by August 1.

The league that the Halifax Soccer Club will compete in includes teams from Radford, Christiansburg, Amherst, Roanoke, Danville, Smith Mountain Lake, Lynchburg, Giles County and Wythe County.

Teams will compete in an eight-week season during the fall, with league play running from September 10 through November 22. Robinson noted that two no-play dates and time for makeup games are included in the schedule.

Coaches for the Halifax Soccer Club teams will be named at a later date.

“All coaches will be licensed,” Robinson pointed out.

“There will be a coach coordinator who will make sure that each coach keeps his or her license updated. Clinics will be held for coaches, players and parents to build the awareness and skill level of everybody involved.”

The Halifax Soccer Club was voted into the Virginia Youth Soccer Association and Blue Ridge Soccer League membership Wednesday night. Robinson said the Halifax Soccer Club must have a minimum of two teams of any age group in order to maintain its seat in the league.

All of the necessary organizational items including mission statement, by-laws and a board of directors has been organized by the Halifax Soccer Club and have been approved by the league.

The Halifax Soccer Club Board of Directors includes Mat Robinson (president), Stephanie Lewis (vice president) Ryn Morrison (registrar) and Lisa Rosche (treasurer).