Saturday, August 19, 2017 –
Watch Rose Lavelle, Ali Krieger, Alex Morgan, & Marta take the field.
Pack a cooler and join the fun!
11:30 am depart Portland
1:30 – 2:00 pm bus arrives at Jordan Field (Harvard Stadium)
Families are encouraged to pack a cooler with food & beverage to enjoy prior to the game. No outside food or beverage is allowed in the stadium. Families can also visit the “Fanzone” for face painting and games.
2:20 pm return coolers, etc. to the bus
2:30 pm Meet for the high-five tunnel (do not be late). Before the teams take the field for the pregame warmups, they have to pass through the High 5 Tunnel. After the high five tunnel families can tail-gate longer or enjoy the “Fanzone”.
3:30 pm The PAYSA players chosen as an escort meet to be paired up with a Pride or Breakers player
4:00 pm Kick-off
Our group will be participating in the Postgame Picture on the field. For this, please meet at Gate C at the 85th minute of play and have your full group with you. There will be no “selfies” or autographs at this point and PAYSA will receive the digital photo in about 1 week.
Following the game & photo: Autographs – After every home game, the barriers go up on the field and the Breakers players (and sometimes the away players) will come over to sign autographs and have their picture taken with the #BreakersFamily – So remember to bring jerseys, hats, pictures, paper, etc. to get signed by your favorite players. Please note the away players are not required to stay for autographs.
9:00 pm arrive back in Portland (this time may vary depending upon the length of the post-game autograph session)
The recreational program is OPEN to all ages 4 to 11. You can Register here. This program is intended for the younger levels to play all positions as they learning the basics of the game. All Rec activities will begin September 9th per the following times and locations:
U6 – Saturday @ Dougherty – 6 Sessions + 2 Rain Dates
U8 & U10 – Sunday @ Dougherty – 7 Sessions + 1 Rain Date
U12 – Saturday @ Presumpscot – 7 Sessions + 1 Rain Date
Teams will be formed with registrations received by July 15th, based on registered players and available coach volunteers. Beyond that date, team placement can not be guaranteed. PAYSA will form additional teams with late registrants on a first come, first served basis when numbers grow large enough to add a team, and only when a coach volunteer is identified to coach the team.
Coaching. Don’t be scared to coach! Many people are reluctant to be involved with their children’s teams because they lack understanding of coaching, or confidence enough in their own abilities. Coaching can be an incredibly rewarding experience in our Rec program, and we fully support all those interested in leading one of our teams! Either through online learning opportunities, licensing courses, lead-up clinics, and in season coaching tips & tricks, we try to help each of our coaches become the best resource possible for our players. If you find yourself wanting to take a proactive role in one of our Rec teams but don’t know how, please contact our Director of Coaching for more information and how to get started. If you simply want to just go for it, here is the registration link!
Volunteering. We are looking for some fantastic volunteers to assist in the planning and execution of our Fall Rec program! For those that are interested, we would waive associated registration fees for a child in the program. These positions are low impact, mostly communication based roles that help organize the teams and provide guidance on logistical issues. Most importantly they are designed to represent PAYSA in the larger community! Please feel free to contact us directly should you be interested in getting involved – team managers and administrators are welcome too!
Evaluations will be held in May for the 2017 Fall Travel program. Travel soccer is open to boys and girls in the U10 – U14 age groups. Click for more information and to register
Players only need to attend one session. Please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t forget a ball, shin guards & water bottle. New players must also bring a copy of their birth certificate.
Boys: May 9th and May 17th
U11 – U12: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
U13 – U14: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Girls: May 10th and May 16th
U11 – U12: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
U13 – U14: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Rain date(s): TBA
Boys & Girls U10 evaluations will be held Friday, May 19th – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The National E course is a 16-18-hour course which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the National D course. The course consists of a series of lectures and field sessions, and attendance is mandatory for the full duration of all course meetings. PAYSA will be hosting an E License course in Portland on June 7, 14, 21 & 28 at East End Community Center.
The National E course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer National F license and who are at least 16 years of age.
All course work for the National E course will be completed in the Digital Coaching Center (DCC). Before the first course meeting, all candidates must complete the following assignments:
- Team Management
- Laws of the Game
- Prevention and Care / Concussion Awareness
- Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team.
- Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of U.S. Soccer’s Long Term Athlete Development Model.
- Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session.
- Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment.
For more information, visit the Soccer Maine website