Overview of the SAM SELECT League

Important Information for All SELECT Coaches Click Here.

SAM SELECT is an 8-Week Competitive Soccer League.  The Spring league runs from April through June and the Fall league runs from September through November.

SAM SELECT is committed to providing a competitive and positive high-level soccer experience, on the world-class facilities at the Maryland SoccerPlex!  SELECT teams are considered travel teams and are required to be carded by the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Fall 2017 SAM SELECT League Dates:   September 9, 2017 - November 5, 2017 (no games the weekend of October 6-8)

Special Notes:

  • All games will be played at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
  • 8 game season at the SoccerPlex
  • Player card
  • Award to division champion 
  • Each team will receive a game ball.
 Age Groups
  • 9U (2009 & 2010) - Boys and Girls
  • 10U (2008) - Boys and Girls
  • 11U (2007) - Boys and Girls
  • 12U (2006) - Boys and Girls
  • 13U (2005) - Boys and Girls
  • 14U (2004) - Boys and Girls
  • 15U (2003) - Boys and Girls
  • 16U (2002) - Boys and Girls

Age Chart

Click here for a PDF version of the SAM SELECT age chart.

Standards Chart

Click here for the SAM SELECT standards chart.

Click here for a diagram of the build out lines - for U9 and U10 ONLY.

Field Diagrams

Click here for field diagrams.

Age Group Specifics

9U & 10U

  • Provides an atmosphere for player development and enjoyment of the game.
  • Promotes having fun with the ball while learning the fundamentals.
  • Game format:
    • 7 v 7 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings are kept
    • Build out lines will be used – see above for a diagram of build out lines
    • Maximum roster size of 12 
    • 25-minute halves

11U & 12U

  • Focuses on developing a relationship with their teammates in a fun environment.
  • Games teach players to test their ball skills and improve their awareness.
  • Games are free flowing, coach-guided and enable all players on the field to participate in all aspects of the game.
  • Game format:
    • 9 v 9 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings are kept
    • Maximum roster size of 14
    • 30-minute halves 

13U & 14U

  • •Focuses on ball skills and decision making.
  • Key elements for player development, focus on enjoyment and insight into the game as well as fitness, mental toughness and results.
  • Game format:
    • 11 v 11 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings kept
    • Maximum roster size of 18
    • 35-minute halves 

High School

  • Focuses on ball skills and decision making.
  • Key elements for player development, focus on enjoyment and insight into the game as well as fitness, mental toughness and results.
  • Game format:
    • 11 v 11 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings kept
    • Maximum roster size of 22 
    • 40-minute halves

IMPORTANT DATES - Fall 2017 Season (8 game season)

  • June 1 – Registration opens
  • June 13 & 15 – SAM SELECT Combine
  • July 15 – Early registration deadline – price increases by $10
  • July 15 – Returning player deadline (last day to be guaranteed a spot on your previous season’s team)
  • July 20 – SAM European Trip Tryout #1
  • August 1 – SAM European Trip Tryout #2
  • August 3 – SAM Rec & SELECT coaches meeting at 7pm inside the Discovery Sports Center
  • August 11 – Game request deadline (any requests after this date WILL NOT be honored unless in cases of emergencies)
  • August 11 – Last date to sign up a team (Rec & SELECT)
  • August 13 – Kick n’ Shop at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets (10am-1pm)
  • August 14 – Practice schedule release
  • August 15 – SAM SELECT Combine for 9U-11U players (2007-2010) at 6:30-8pm
  • August 16 – SAM SELECT Combine for 12U+ players (2001-2006) at 6:30-8pm
  • August 17 – SAM European Tryout #3
  • August 18 – Last date to apply for financial aid
  • August 19 – SAM Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods (Rio Washingtonian Center 9am-1pm)
  • August 23 – Game schedule release
  • August 28 – Uniform distribution begins
  • September 8- 10 – First weekend of games
  • September 15 – Player registration deadline (no registrations will be taken after this date)
  • September 15 – Roster frozen (no players may be added to your team for any reason after this date)
  • September 15-17 – League week 2
  • September 22-24 – League week 3
  • September 29-October 1 – League week 4
  • September 30 – SAM Soccer player escorts at the Washington Spirit vs Seattle Reign game (7pm) 
  • October 6-8 – NO GAMES – Discovery Cup
  • October 13-15 – League week 5
  • October 17 – D.C. United Clinic
  • October 20-22 – League week 6
  • October 22 – SAM Day at D.C. United at 4pm
  • October 25 - SAM Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
  • October 27-29 – League week 7 & Manna Food Drive
  • November 3-5 – Last weekend of games
  • December 13 - SAM Night at Buffalo Wild Wings

Forming Teams

No Coach/Team Request: SELECT league is an individual based registration, though teams still have approval of players that are placed on their roster. There is NO RANDOM PLAYER ASSIGNMENT for the SELECT league, only the Recreation league. PLAYERS MUST KNOW THEIR COACH/TEAM NAME BEFORE REGISTERING.
 

Coach Request: All players must have a coach/team request in order to play in SELECT – PLEASE include this in the registration, in the “Coach Request” box, so players can be placed properly.