Madison, SD – SoccerMadison is about to enter its fifth year of play in September with a record number of players and two new ‘Fab Five’ sponsors, Great Western Bank and the Madison Daily Leader. The newcomers join Dairy Queen, Classic Corner and Prostrollo Automall as the primary sponsors of the non-profit youth soccer association.

“We have been so blessed to have such generous sponsors with us from day one, and are really thankful that Floyd (Rummel) and Jon (Hunter) were willing to step forward and fill the first openings we’ve ever had,” said Jeff Boldt, SoccerMadison founder and president.

The association has grown from 71 players when it debuted in fall 2011 to nearly 140 this fall. The eight-game season begins on September 12. Teams are formed and have begun training, but registration is still open for a limited time at www.soccermadison.org/register.

Involvement from an outside community is new this season. Jason Unger has organized an Under-8 team that will train in Flandreau but play its games in Madison. More Flandreau-based teams are expected in the spring, and organizers in Dell Rapids have indicated an interest in doing the same in 2016.
“I know first-hand how hard it can be to get things up and running,” Boldt said. “If we can provide the infrastructure for them to compete in while they practice in their hometowns, it’s win-win for both of us.”

In addition to the now-filled ‘Fab Five’ slots, SoccerMadison offers a number of other sponsorship levels and is actively seeking more sponsors. Funds are being used for programs as well as being saved towards making soccer a high school sport and a dedicated soccer facility. The nearly 100% growth in four years bodes well for the future.

“It’s an exciting time for us because the Under-6 players that started out in our first year have now moved up to the Under-10 age group,” said Boldt. “We are focused on travel games and first-class kits (uniforms) for them to make it a great experience because it’s their first-choice sport and we want them to keep playing.”

In addition to sponsors, the association is actively seeking high school or college students that are interested in refereeing games. Referees are paid and training is available.

SoccerMadison is a member of South Dakota State Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer. For more information, visit www.SoccerMadison.org or call 605-270-2124.

 

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