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Aug, 2020

Fall 2020 Travel Program Cancelled

Hello Manchester Soccer Families,

Thank you for your active interest in Manchester Travel Soccer.  Over the last few months, Manchester Soccer Association has been working with Families and our League to determine the best way to have a Fall Season for the youth in Manchester and surrounding areas. 

Back in May, when Manchester SA opened registration for Fall travel soccer, it appeared that the Covid situation was improving at a rate that would enable a Fall season.  As of today, the Covid situation is still a significant concern for families within our community.  Many families that registered in May & June have now determined that it is best for their player(s) to not play in the Fall. This poses a problem for the team formation process.   As well, the safety protocols expected from our State & League to enable play will be difficult for an all-volunteer (and low cost) organization to bear, from a logistics, cost & enforcement perspective.

For these reasons, it is with a heavy heart that Manchester SA has decided to cancel the Fall Travel season.  Manchester SA is aware that this decision is unexpected for some, and the timing is also difficult for those wanting  to play to find an alternative club.  For this, we sincerely apologize.  Please know that other soccer clubs are having similar difficulties, but some may be in a position to accept new players at this late date.

As the overall goal of Manchester SA is to develop youth soccer for participation in High School and beyond, for those still desiring to play we encourage families to seek alternate clubs for the Fall.  Chelsea Soccer Club, FCA (Adrian), Michigan Rush Jackson, Michigan Tigers (Ann Arbor), and Saline FC are some nearby clubs that may have space available.

Manchester SA is also investigating other avenues to keep players active.  Things like virtual training is one example.  As well, when the Covid situation is past, in person training sessions and pick up games will be considered.

Thank you for your understanding and feel free to reach out with any comments.

Scott Somerville
Manchester SA President (Interim)
[email protected]