No Practices at McAninch Complex Monday – moved to Billy O’Phillips Park in Legacy

Due to a cross country meet tomorrow (Monday), There is NO soccer practice at McAninch Sports complex. All Practices will be moved to Billy O’Phillips Park in the Legacy development. Check with your coaches, some teams are adjusting times due to the early sunset.

U8 Coerver on Monday will be 5:30-6:30pm at Billy O’Phillips Park.

U12 Coerver session will be 6:15-7:15pm due to early sunset!

Practices on Tuesday will be at McAninch complex.

U10 Coerver training on Tuesday will be 5:30-6:30pm.
U14/U19 Coerver training will be 6:15-7:15pm due to early sunset.

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Schedules for Fall Season

Go to this page to access the schedules for the Fall season.

Under 7 and Under 8 your schedules will be posted soon. Your coaches should have your schedules.

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Supporting from the Sidelines

Parents/Guardians, Families and Friends,

First of all, thanks for all the support and time and effort to take your kids and their teammates to practices and games. We appreciate your support of the club! Thanks for cheering your child on during the games.

However, it is important to understand the best way to help your child and his/her coach have a successful, educational experience in soccer.

The game of soccer is a great natural teacher.

Things you Should Do:

  • Cheer for your child when he or she does something well. “Nice pass” , “great shot”, “Good hustle”

  • Encourage them when it doesn’t quite go their way. “Good effort, don’t worry, keep playing hard” “You’ll get it the next time”

  • Cheer positively for the rest of the players on your team. “Nice pass, Jon.” “Great save, Emily” “Nice shot, Will”.

What you Should Not Do:

  • Yell “instructions” to your child. Remember, being the parent, they are more likely to hear your voice and follow your advice and that may conflict with specific instructions from the coach. Let the coaches do the coaching. If you ever want to get into coaching, please contact us. We are always open to talking with parents that are interested in volunteer coaching.

    • Examples of “instructions” to avoid

      • “Boot it” – we don’t want the kids to always just kick it hard down field with no purpose or thought of where it is going. Let’s encourage passing with a purpose.

      • “Get over there and get the ball”. At the younger ages, coaches discuss the importance of spreading out and not getting “bunched up”. We need to allow them to learn to play their positions and back up their teammates accordingly. If our players spread out and use proper spacing and angles, they can have success possessing the ball,  finding gaps in the defense of the other team and ultimately lead to success on the field.

      • Telling your player to “pass it next time” after he/she misses a close range shot. While we want our players to share the ball and play as a team, we also want to develop players that will have the confidence to try and beat a player 1 vs 1 and get a shot on goal.

      • Don’t discourage them when they try a new move, turn or type of pass. Encouraging players to try new skills during a game, gives them the opportunity to implement and practice the skills in a game situation.

      • “Push them back”. We want our kids to play aggressive. Inevitably, there will be contact in soccer. However, we don’t want the kids to misunderstand playing aggressive and physical with fouls like pushing, tripping or shirt pulling, which are all against the rules.

    • Most kids bounce back from a loss or a “bad game” much faster than the parents and coaches do. It is not recommended to immediately go over the game in the car on the way home. If your player wants to talk about, he or she will initiate it. A recent study of high level athletes said that dealing with parents’ criticism immediately following the game was one of the worst parts of youth sports. Coaches can address areas of improvement and learning moments from the game at the next practice.

    • Criticize the referees. If our players hear parents and spectators constantly criticizing the referees, then they will be more likely to show disrespect on the field. This can lead to heated exchanges, yellow cards and even red cards (suspension from that game and the next game). Please review the Alliance 4 All program and videos Referees make mistakes, it is part of the game and learning to deal with decisions that we do not agree with is a great life lesson. If there is a serious incident or concern about a game or a referee, please email the Director of Referees and the President of NSC.

NSC is always looking for individuals that wish to become a licensed youth soccer referee. Not only are you giving back to the game, you can earn some extra money and get some exercise.

Thanks for supporting your player, team and coach in a positive manner.

Mark Gavin
Director of Coaching
Norwalk Soccer Club

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Coerver Training Sessions for Fall Season

Norwalk Soccer Club offers additional skills training as an official Partner Club of Coerver Iowa. Coerver Skills training begins the week of August 24.

Coerver Skills Training Schedule

U8  Girls – Mondays 5:30pm-6:30pm (complimentary)
U8 Boys – Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm  (complimentary)
U10 age group – Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm (complimentary)

U12 age group – Mondays 6:30pm-7:30pm
U14 and U19 age groups – Tuesdays  6:30pm-7:30pm

The fee for U12, U14 and U19 is $35 for 8 sessions for the Fall 2015 Season. You can pay online here.

If paying by check, please make check out to Norwalk Soccer Club.

Please pay by August 23, 2015.

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Fall Season Starting Soon

  • Games begin the weekend of September 12.
  • Your team coach will be in contact with you soon regarding practice schedules.
  • Most teams will begin practicing the week of August 24.
  • Coerver Skills Training will begin the week of August 24 as well.

We look forward to another great Fall season! More information coming soon!

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Registration Still Open

Registration for Under 7 and Under 8 is ongoing. No late fee for this age group.

Also, Academy registration for U9-U10 is still open with no late fee. Learn about the new Apex Academy option with higher skill development and professional coaching.

Register today!

There is a late fee that will be added to U10 and older Level 3 players.

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Register for Fall Soccer Now – Deadline June 30

Let’s get those kids registered now.  Register by June 30 to avoid the late fee.

If you have a U9 or U10 player, check out the new Academy option for higher skill development and professional coaching.


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Apex Soccer Academy for U9-U10 Registration Open

The Norwalk Soccer Club, Carlisle Soccer Club and Indianola Soccer Tribe are joining forces to create a Apex Soccer Academy.  This is a U9/U10 Academy program under the Iowa Soccer Academy Central Iowa league.

Registration is now open!

Learn more about the U9/U10 Academy option.

Informational Meeting Thursday, June 18 8:00pm at Fellowship Community Church Room 202 (upstairs). 225 North Ave, Norwalk, IA 50211.

Why should I choose Apex Soccer Academy for my child?

  • The ratio of professional coach to player will be approximately 8-13 players per 1 academy coach.
  • Opportunity to train one night a week in your community or one very nearby. Each team will have at least 2-3 players from each of the 3 communities on the team to help with transportation to and from training sessions.
  • Your players can play and train with many of their friends.
  • Apex Soccer Academy strives to offer a quality program with a focus on player development at a reasonable price.
  • Apex Soccer Academy plans to create Level 1 teams for U11 and older age groups for the Fall 2016 season. Tryouts will be held in June 2016.

Register Now and choose the Apex Soccer Academy option for U9-U10 players.

Questions? Contact Mark Gavin at or 515-556-1073.

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Tryouts for Level 2 Teams begin this Week

Tryouts for Level 2 Teams begin this week.

Tryouts for U11/U12 boys and girls begin Monday, June 8 at 6:00pm.
Tryouts for U16/U19 boys begin Tuesday, June 9 at 6:00pm.
Tryouts for U14, U16/U19 girls begin Thursday June 18 at 6:00pm.
Tryouts for U14 boys begin Thursday, June 18 at 6:00pm.

Please register for tryouts.

Read more details and full schedule.

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New Academy Program for U9-U10 Players this Fall!

BIG News! Norwalk Soccer Club is joining forces with Carlisle Soccer Club and Indianola Soccer Tribe to create Apex Soccer Academy. We will offer a U9-U10 Academy option for players this fall! More details with registration information coming in the next few days. The Academy teams will play in the Central Iowa Academy League. STAY TUNED!

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