LMSC CLUB INFORMATION


The Lower Merion Soccer Club is a not for profit organization which provides soccer programs for over 2600 youngsters ages 4-18 each year. LMSC has been in existence for over 50 years and ranks as one of the top youth soccer organizations in the state. Players do NOT have to live in Lower Merion Township to participate.

LMSC is affiliated with The United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).

The ultimate objective of all soccer programs at LMSC is "to provide each child with a fun filled experience in a soccer environment."

While we constantly try to develop players' skills and knowledge of the game so that they can play at higher levels of soccer in the future, it is our firm belief that this can only be accomplished if the children are enjoying themselves on the soccer field.

One of our strengths is the diversity of the programs that we offer. Highly competitive and athletic players can play in the Travel Team Program. Since 1989, LMSC teams have won over 70 State Championships (indoor and outdoor combined) and had over 200 teams reach the State Cup semifinals. Our Travel Team Program offers up to four teams in age groups from Under 8 up through Under 18.

For our younger players and our less competitive players, LMSC offers a full range of intramural programs based on each player's age, gender, athletic ability, soccer experience and desired competitive level. Our objective is to offer a program that will be fun and challenging to each player in the program.

LMSC also runs training programs for various age players throughout the year. We have a VERY experienced staff of coaches, several of whom have coached at the college level and high school varsity level. Some of our coaches played professionally when they were younger. Training Programs are offered five times a year: spring, summer, fall, winter I and winter II (the winter season training programs run indoors).

LMSC has received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.


PROGRAMS OFFERED BY LMSC

The following is a list of the various programs offered throughout the year by LMSC:

Fall Intramural Program For players ages 4 - 14. There are 14 divisions, distinguished by gender, age, previous soccer experience and athletic ability.
Spring Intramural Program For players ages 4-12. There are eight different divisions, based on gender, age, previous soccer experience and athletic ability.
Travel Team Program Our Travel Team Program consists of over 50 travel teams (boys teams and girls teams) for players in age groups from Under 8 through Under 18.
Developmental Academy This program is for players who are too young (ages 6 and 7) for the Travel Team Program but want to develop the skills and knowledge of the game to help them make the travel team when they are old enough. The program is run under the direction of our very experienced LMSC Staff Coaches.
Special Needs Program This program runs in the fall and is open to youngsters ages 6-15 who have physical, mental or personality limitations.
Training Programs LMSC offers specialized training programs throughout the year for players of various ages and levels. Training programs are offered in the spring, summer, fall, winter I and winter II seasons.
Summer Camps LMSC offers a variet of one week summer camps in late July and August. There are programs offered for Pee-Wees (3 and 4 year olds), intramural players (ages 5-12) and travel team players (U-8 and older).



THE FALL INTRAMURAL PROGRAM

Our Fall Intramural Program provides soccer for boys and girls ages 4-14. We have over 1400 youngsters participate in the Fall Intramural Program each year.


2019 Fall Intramural Program Divisions

Division
Boys Age Groups
Birth Years
Pee-Wees 4 year olds 2015
Atoms 5 year olds 2014
Bantams 6 year olds 2013
Juniors 7 year olds 2012
Intermediates 8 and 9 year olds 2010 & 2011
Seniors 10 and 11 year olds 2008 & 2009
Majors 12 - 14 year olds 2005 - 2007
 
Division
Girls Age Groups
Birth Years
Pee-Wees 4 year olds 2015
Neutrons 5 year olds 2014
Microns 6 and 7 year olds 2012 & 2013
Protons 8 and 9 year olds 2010 & 2011
Electrons 10 and 11 year olds 2008 & 2009
Cosmos 12 - 14 year olds 2005 - 2007


Our Youngest Divisions (Atoms, Neutrons and PeeWees) in the Fall season are kept very informal. Players in the Atoms and Neutrons Divisions meet every Saturday. Players in the Pee-Wees meet every Sunday. The players are led through a fun clinic for the first 15-20 minutes where they are taught the basic skills of the game. Each player has his/her own soccer ball to practice with during the skills clinic.

The remainder of each session is spent playing small sided games (4 vs. 4) on scaled down fields using a small (size 3) soccer ball. The scaled down games allow each player to be more involved in the play and have many more "touches" on the ball.

Players are not placed on permanent teams during the season to minimize the "winning and losing" aspect.

Our primary objective in the youngest age groups is to develop a passion for the game of soccer in each player.


Players in our Middle Divisions (Microns, Bantams, Juniors, Quasars, Intermediates and Protons) are placed on set teams for the season. Each team has a game every Saturday against another team in their division. Each team has one practice a week, either on a weeknight or on Sunday. TWO simultaneous games are played on game day to maximize player involvement.

  • Microns and Bantams Divisions: Games are played 4 vs. 4 with no goalies, maximum of 12 players per team, size 3 ball
  • Quasars and Juniors Divisions: Games are played 5 vs. 5 (four field players and a goalie), maximum of 14 players per team, size 3 ball
  • Protons and Intermediateds Divisions: Games are played 6 vs. 6 (five field players and a goalie), maximum of 16 players per team, size 4 ball

One of the objectives of the middle divisions is to prepare the more athletic players for the prestigious Travel Team Program which is available to youngsters starting at 8 years of age.


Our Oldest Divisions (Seniors, Majors, Electrons and Cosmos) are for players who have either elected to not tryout for the Travel Team Program or who were not selected for the Travel Team Program.

The Seniors and Electrons Divisions play 8 vs. 8. Players are placed on teams of up to 14 players per team.

The Majors and Cosmos Divisions play full sided 11 vs. 11. Players are placed on teams of 15-18 players. Unlike the younger divisions, end of season playoffs are held in the Majors and Cosmos Divisions, to determine a league champion.


Click Here To Go To The Fall Intramural Program Page





THE SPRING INTRAMURAL PROGRAM

In the spring, LMSC runs a small scale intramural program for 4-12 year old boys and girls. The Spring Intramural Program runs on Sundays from late April through the end of June.

For the 4 and 5 year old divisions, the players have a 15-20 minute skills clinic each session, followed by a 40 minute game. All games are "small sided" (usually 4 vs. 4) to maximize player participation and skill development.

The 6-9 year old divisions in the Spring Intramural Program, (the Juniors, Intermediates, Quasars and Protons divisions) have players placed on set teams for the season. TWO simultaneous games are played each week to maximize player involvement.

  • Quasars and Juniors Divisions: Games are played 5 vs. 5 (four field players and a goalie), maximum of 14 players per team, size 3 ball
  • Protons and Intermediateds Divisions: Games are played 6 vs. 6 (five field players and a goalie), maximum of 16 players per team, size 4 ball

The 10-12 year old divisions (Seniors and Electrons) have players placed on teams of 14 players and play games of 8 vs. 8.

The Spring Intramural Program consists of the following age divisions which are based on age, gender, previous soccer experience and athletic ability:


2019 Spring Intramural Program Divisions

Division
BOYS AGE GROUPS
Birth Years
Pee-Wees 4 year olds 2015
Atoms 5 year olds 2014
Bantams 6 year olds 2013
Juniors 7 year olds 2012
Intermediates 8 and 9 year olds 2010 & 2011
Seniors 10 - 12 year olds 2007 - 2009
 
Division
GIRLS AGE GROUPS
Birth Years
Pee-Wees 4 year olds 2015
Neutrons 5 year olds 2014
Microns 6 year olds 2013
Quasars 7 year olds 2012
Protons 8 and 9 year olds 2010 & 2011
Electrons 10 - 12 year olds 2007 - 2009


Click Here To Go To The Spring Intramural Program Page





THE TRAVEL TEAM PROGRAM

The Travel Team Program is geared towards the more competitive and athletic boys and girls ages 7-18. The Travel Team Program offers a much more extensive soccer experience than the Intramural Program and offers a much more experienced coaching staff. Several of our Travel Team coaches (and two of our LMSC Directors) are former players in the LMSC Travel Team Program. Most of the coaches in the Travel Team Program have successfully completed various levels of the coaching courses offered by the United States Soccer Federation.

LMSC travel teams play against other local Travel Team Programs such as Downingtown, West Chester and Nether Providence. The boys travel teams compete in the Delco League while the girls travel teams compete in the Philadelphia Area Girls Soccer League (PAGS).

The primary season for the Travel Team Program is in the fall. During the fall season, LMSC will field up to four teams in age groups Under 9 through Under 15.

It has been our experience that most travel team players have gone on to play at the high school level. Many players make it to the college level. Most people realize the social pressures of high school. The prestige that comes with being an athlete greatly reduces these pressures. It is our belief that being an athlete on a school team has tremendous value. The Travel Team Program is by far the most successful way of reaching that objective in soccer.

Tryouts are held each spring for the travel teams. Notices are sent to all players on our mailing list. The top players selected in each age group qualify to play on that age group's Premier ('A' division) team. The next group of players selected play on the 'B' division team. Additional teams are formed in age groups where there is a sufficient turnout of players and a qualified coach is identified.

Many of our 'A' level travel teams are considered to be among the best in the state. Since 1989, LMSC has had 35 teams win State Championships. During that time, over 100 teams have reached the semifinals of State Cup competition.

The commitment of the 'A' teams in the Travel Team Program is much greater than that of other divisions of travel teams. Our 'A' teams are committed to developing players for both high school and collegiate levels of play.

Several players from our Travel Team Program have gone on to play professionally or for national teams, including:

  • Ben Olsen:
  • Played for the USA in the 2006 World Cup and the 2000 Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia. Ben played in the MLS for DC United for over 12 years. He is currently the head coach for DC United, winning the 2014 MLS Coach Of The Year Award.
  • Jon Conway:
  • Played in the MLS for 12 years (New York Red Bulls, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto FC and Chicago Fire). Jon was a second team All-American selection while at Rutgers University.
  • Daniel Lovitz
  • Currently on the Montreal Impact, called into the USA Men's National Team Camp For 2019
  • Jimmy McLaughlin:
  • Former member of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, currently playing for FC Cincinnati
  • Matthew Real
  • Currently a member of the Philadelphia Union and USA Men's Under 20 National Team
  • Greg Cochrane:
  • Former member of the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, currently playing for San Antonio FC
  • Emily Morgan:
  • Played with the USA Under 14 National team
  • Max Kurtzman:
  • Played with the USA Under 15 National team
  • Will Kohler:
  • Started for the USA Under 17 National Team in the 1991 U-17 World Cup
  • Sarah Friedman:
  • Played professionally for ASA Tel-Aviv in Israel
  • Richard Wilmot:
  • Played professionally for the the Reading Rage
  • Suzie Grech:
  • Starting goalie for Spain's Under 18 National team. Trained with Spain's full women's national team
  • Justin Ceccarelli:
  • Played professionally for the Worecester Wildfire
  • Allan Greaves:
  • Played professionally for the Reading Rage and the Philadelphia Freedom.

Many other players have made the USA Region I teams and State Select teams. In 1996, there were five LMSC alumni on the nationally ranked Harvard University men's soccer team.

During the winter months, many of our travel teams play in several indoor tournaments and practice in nearby school gyms. Our 'A' teams compete in the Indoor State Cup (winter) and the Outdoor State Cup spring). They also play in spring and fall tournaments. Our boys 'A' teams are considered to be among the very best in the state as evidenced by their success in recent State Cups and the number of players that have made the State Select Program.

Click Here To Go To The Travel Team Program Page





DEVELOPMENTAL ACADEMY

Our Developmental Academy is geared for our more athletic and competitive players who are too young to be in the Travel Team Program. Developmental Academy players train under the direction of the LMSC coaching staff so that they will be ready to successfully compete in the Travel Team Program. The program is MUCH more extensive than the intramural program.

Tryouts are held for the Developmental Academy takes place in May.

Click Here To Go To The Developmental Academy Page





SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAM

This program is geared for players with physical limitations, mental limitations or emotional limitations who might not be comfortable playing in our other programs. Players range from age 6 - 16. The program runs on Saturday mornings in the fall.

Click Here To Go To The Special Needs Program Page




TRAINING PROGRAMS

LMSC has a VERY experienced staff of coaches that run training programs for a wide range of soccer players. These programs run during the winter months, indoors. Most training programs run once a week for seven or eight weeks. There is a Winter I session (December and early January) and a Winter II session (mid-January through early March). The focus on the training programs is on skill development and technical work. Our Training Programs are offered to a wide range of players.

Training Programs offered during the year include Pee-Wees training (4 year olds) up through 12 year old intramural players. Advanced training programs are also offered for travel team players.

Please visit our web page, www.lmsc.net to see what traing programs are currently being organized.





SUMMER CAMPS
Each year, LMSC offers a wide range of summer camps. These camps run in late July and in August. There are camps for Pee-Wees (ages 3 and 4), intramural players (ages 5-12) and travel team players (Under 8 and older).

Click Here To Go To Our Summer Camps page





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