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History

HISTORY

DC Stoddert Soccer League, Inc. (DCSSL) is a non-profit, youth soccer organization, providing organized teams and supervised games for girls and boys ages 4 1/2 - 19 through the cooperation of parent volunteers, paid staff, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Park Service, schools and contributions.

DC Stoddert Soccer League was founded by neighborhood parents in Burleith in 1977 to encourage the playing of soccer among Washington-area youngsters.  Stoddert Soccer initially consisted of 60 youngsters learning to play soccer at the playground at Stoddert Elementary School, which is where the League takes its name.  Since then, Stoddert has expanded into all parts of the city and has become the citys largest youth sports program. Programs are offered for boys and girls ages 5 to 18 that each season include 6,000 players, 9,000 parents, 400 teams and 750 volunteers. In addition to organized leagues Stoddert offers a variety of clinics for players, referee training and coaching courses.

Stoddert offers a full soccer schedule in both Spring (early April - mid June), with registration beginning in December, and Fall (mid September - mid November), with registration beginning in June. Smaller indoor and outdoor programs are offered in the winter and summer.

 


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