About

The Merrimack Soccer Club is an arm of the Merrimack Youth Association (MYA) soccer program which is divided into a recreational league and the MYA Soccer Club (MYA-SC).  As an all-volunteer organization, the MYA-SC mission is to provide the children of Merrimack, NH the opportunity to gain a high-level of individual and team soccer experience, through New Hampshire Soccer Association (NHSA) certified coaches and professional trainers, in a safe and supportive environment.

The club’s goal is to promote the game of soccer in a fun and positive atmosphere where players are provided opportunities to reach their full potential.  We are guided by the core principles of the US Youth Soccer Association, the New Hampshire Soccer League (NHSL) and the Early Development Program (EDP) to build a strong foundation of young players that will proposer on a natural, age-appropriate timeline.  As players mature, they will develop the confidence and skills necessary to compete at the highest levels within the organization along with the potential to reach High School and Collegiate player status.

The MSC teams compete with nearby towns, private-clubs and regional teams within NHSL as well as selected jamborees and tournaments throughout the Fall and Spring seasons. The program is organized into boys and girls (and sometimes coed) divisions based on age group: U9 through U19.

Seasonal fees range from $100 - $130 depending on season and age-group.  Fees cover items such as referees, insurance, equipment, all expenses for one seasonal tournament, professional trainers and field maintenance (uniforms are a separate expense).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Merrimack SC operates differently than the MYA Soccer rec program - we have multiple teams per age group with each team at a different level of competition.  All players in the same age group will train and practice together.  Often the number of players in one age group is far too many to play in any one game, thus necessitating multiple teams.  Therefore, players should expect to move between teams in their age group based on a variety of factors including game schedules, competition level and player skill.  This approach provides all players with the same instruction, but allows them to play at a competition level appropriate for their development, and also offers many opportunities to play each weekend.  Therefore, there is no guarantee that any player will be bound to a particular coach or team from season to season.

Practices are twice a week for about an hour to 1.5 hours per session depending on the age the team.  In the Spring players only need to attend one practice per week if there’s conflicts with other sports - baseball and lacrosse are primary sports in the Spring and take precedence over Soccer.  In the Fall soccer is the primary sport and therefore players are expected to attend both practices each week.

Merrimack SC teams play in the New Hampshire Soccer League (NHSL).  Each NHSL season is 8 games (4 home and 4 away).  The Spring season runs from mid-April to mid-June and the Fall season starts just after Labor Day and runs into the first weekend in November. 

The distance to away games varies based on the division each team is in, but the league makes every attempt to build divisions based on proximity.  Therefore, we normally play Hollis-Brookline, Londonderry, Derry, Windham, Manchester, Hooksett, Hudson, Salem, Tri-Town (Goffstown), Nashua, etc..  Occasionally teams will be placed in a division which requires more travel, but that’s usually at the older age-groups.

All games are on Saturday or Sunday and game times vary, but the vast majority are in the afternoon.  Occasionally there will be a morning game, but those are uncommon.

Game format:
    U8 play a 4v4 - 4 field players and no goalie 
    U9 and U10 play 7v7 - 6 field players and one goalie
    U11 and U12 play 9v9 - 8 field players and one goalie
    U13+ play 11v11 - 10 field players and one goalie

Teams U10 and below are in the Early Development Program (EDP) which is designed to be equal playing time (best effort) for all players with less of an emphasis on winning.  Not until U11 and above will teams enter competitive divisions with year-end playoffs where playing time could be based on “winning the game”.  Regardless, the focus for all Merrimack SC teams should be to develop players.

Club teams also play in a tournament each season (Memorial Day and Columbus Day).  Each tournament is 3 or 4 games played over the course of the holiday weekend - it’s a fun atmosphere for the kids with lots of games being played, food vendors, patches/medals for players, etc.  Our Memorial Day tournament is traditionally in Amherst while Columbus Day is split between Pepperell (U8 and U9) and Concord (all ages).

Uniforms must be purchased separate from player registration (about $50) and are reusable for multiple seasons until they no longer fit.  Players in the same age group should have their uniform numbers de-conflicted, therefore new players should not order uniforms until instructed to do so by their coach or the Club Director.