Midwest Select Soccer is a Missouri non-profit soccer club dedicated to promoting the sport of soccer in Southwest Missouri and its nearby communities, including Joplin, Pittsburg, Carl Junction, Webb City, and Carthage. Whether you are a coach looking for a home, a player looking for competitive fun, or the parent of player looking for quality instruction, we invite you to visit the Contact page and tell us of your interests. Like you, we are passionate about the beautiful game.
In accord with the recommendations in US Soccer’s Recognize to Recover campaign, The Missouri Youth Soccer Board of Directors has elected to fully enforce the banning of heading the ball for players aged 10 and younger (aged U/11 and below) for all Missouri Youth Soccer activities including but not limited to all league play, practices and tournaments in accordance with US Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign and modified rule.
The information contained in the initiative is intended to give U.S. Soccer Organization Members, as well as players, parents, team/club staff and coaches and referees, guidance and direction when dealing with head injuries and potential head injuries during soccer participation.
In addition to the safety initiatives, the following modified rule was published by US Soccer on February 12, 2016:
When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.
Spring league 2016 will begin on Saturday, April 2nd! Stay tuned for schedules and important updates to league rules. Of note, Missouri Youth Soccer (MYSA) has adopted US Soccer Concussion Guidelines for all MYSA sponsored activities. This means that for the Spring season, intentionally heading a ball will be disallowed in U10 competition (players 11 years of age and younger). For full review of the new guidelines, click this link.
For new coaches needing youth certification, a coaches’ clinic will be offered on March 10 from 6-9pm at the First Baptist Church (north entrance) in Webb City, MO. Click here for a map to First Baptist.
Spring League 2015 starts 28 March 2015! For the first week, all games will be played at the Joplin Sports Complex…check the league schedule on the Schedule page! This season, all teams are divided into brackets and will compete in playoffs for league champions. Good luck to all players and coaches and have a great Spring League!
Midwest Select Soccer’s competitive Spring League 2015 is set to begin march 28th and run through May 16th! Players representing much of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas from U8 to U14s will take to pitch to showcase their skills! We are especially encouraging girls’ teams to form and sign up at all age levels! Contact us if interested in joining the Midwest Select Soccer League!
The Midwest Select Soccer Futsal League 2015 is set to kick off on Saturday, January 10th, 2015! Check out the futsal league under the League tab for more information!
Midwest Select Youth Soccer League play begins March 22. This spring’s League features 8 U12 teams and 11 U14 teams from around Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. A good season is wished to all participants! League documents and the spring schedule may be found here.
Sign up your team for spring soccer! Boys, girls, and coed teams are welcome to register for the Midwest Select Youth Soccer League, a “traveling” league in Joplin and surrounding communities of Southwest Missouri. In the fall, play took place in Joplin, Webb City, Neosho, Monett, and Cassville. Players and coaches must be registered with Missouri Youth Soccer Association or another US Soccer Federation affiliated organization. Coaches must possess at least a Youth Coaching Certificate (“F” certificate). The cost for 8 Games is $345 for middle school and high school teams or $225 for U10-U12 teams. Teams must be registered by Friday, March 15, and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 20. Unpaid teams will be dropped from the schedule. League play is expected to begin Friday, March 22, and run through Saturday, May 19. Follow this link for team registration.
Sign up for indoor soccer fun this winter. Teams will play five-a-side futsal (four court players and one goal keeper) with a roster limit of ten. Teams will provide their own uniforms. Game play will follow FIFA futsal rules with local modifications. U12, U14, and High School, male, female, and coed teams are welcome and other age brackets are possible if there is sufficient interest. The cost is $260 per team. Cost does not include uniforms, or Missouri Youth Soccer futsal player and staff registrations (player registrations, $6 per player; staff $11, per staff member per team; MYSA field registrations cannot be used for futsal). The league registration fee of $260 must be received by January 4, 2013. Unpaid teams will not be scheduled. League play will begin Saturday, January 12, 2013 and run through Saturday, February 23, 2013.
Visit the Futsal League page for more information.
Click here to download the Winter 2013 Futsal Flyer.
Sign up your team for spring soccer! Boys, girls, and coed teams are welcome to register for the Midwest Select Youth Soccer League, a “traveling” league in Joplin and surrounding communities of Southwest Missouri. In the spring, play took place in Joplin, Webb City, Neosho and Monett. Players and coaches must be registered with a Missouri Youth Soccer Association or another US Youth Soccer Association affiliated organization. Coaches must possess at least an “F” certificate. The cost for 8 Games is $340 for U10-U14 teams. Other age brackets are possible if there is sufficient interest. The registration deadline is Monday, August 27 (Late registration fee $40; late registrations are not guaranteed). League play is expected to begin Saturday, September 8, and run through Saturday, October 27. Follow this link for team registration.
Midwest United U14 traveled to Schwan’s USA Cup, a week-long international tournament, held in Blaine, MN, just north of Minneapolis. United was one of 958 teams attending from 22 states and 16 countries. United players were proud to represent the Joplin area at the head of the parade of teams at the opening ceremonies. Immediately following the parade, Josue Hernandez and his teammates carried the flame as a part of the torch-lighting segment of the ceremonies.
United advanced to the playoffs with two victories over American teams and one loss to a team from the Dominican Republic. In the playoffs, United was tied 1-1 at half with Rio de Janeiro Select, but eventually was bested in the second half by the potent Brazilian offense.
The team had a great learning experience at the tournament, made many new friends from the Marquette Waves team, and participated in a number of fun activities, including beach soccer, and 3 V 3 at the Mall of America. Our club also brought four additional players who guest-played for teams from Columbia and Brazil. All four players scored for their respective international teams and represented Midwest Select well at the tournament.
We are proud of our players and the skill and heart that they demonstrated at the USA Cup. Read more about United’s trip to USA Cup in USA Cup’s official newsletter and ABC Newspapers. Highlights of the opening ceremonies may be seen in Episode 6 of USA Cup’s Kick TV. Visit our galleries for more photos.