You’re likely reading this because you like the idea of setting up a grassroots soccer team in your local town. Soccer, or football, depending on which part of the world you’re from, is a globally popular sport, especially in Europe and Africa.
Anyone that plays soccer is guaranteed to have lots of fun, do lots of exercise, and even make a few new friends along the way. If your local area doesn’t have a soccer team and you’d like to form one, here are some things you need to know before you get started:
Find Somewhere to Play
It’s no secret that you can play soccer in any outdoor space, such as a local park, for example. But, as you’re looking to form a permanent soccer team in your area, it makes more sense to have somewhere dedicated to the cause.
With that in mind, you should look for venues you can lease that are ideal for playing soccer and can house supporters and teams alike during matches. You should also consider flood light installation if you plan to have evening matches or training sessions.
It also makes sense to have dedicated changing rooms where home and opposing team players can get changed into their soccer kit for training or playing matches. Those changing rooms should be modern, well-lit, clean, and secure for all players to use.
Also, when your supporters come to watch you play, you will need to provide seating provisions for everyone. Of course, you should also make your supporter area wheelchair-friendly.
When your team becomes popular and plays against competitors regularly, you can charge supporters when they visit on match days and use the money to pay for your soccer ground’s maintenance and rent.
Create a Kit
All good soccer teams have a uniform or “kit” they wear, which represents your team’s colors, logo, and makes players easily identifiable during any match or training session. The colors, logo, and style of your team’s soccer kit should be unique and memorable.
If you’re stuck for ideas, it makes sense to do some research on Google of what other teams have for their kits. Be sure to discuss ideas with all players in your team, and you can all vote for the most popular options.
Many companies can create soccer kits in various colors, shapes, and sizes, so you won’t have any trouble finding a firm to accommodate your requests.
Set Up a Website
No soccer team is complete without a team website. It’s your team’s online home and communicates all kinds of news and event information with supporters, the media, and other interested parties.
Be sure to set up a section on your website where your supporters can purchase merchandise like soccer t-shirts, hats, plush toys, and other memorabilia. You can also use your website to sell tickets for match days.
Assuming you’ve already assembled a group of people willing and able to form your soccer team, the above ideas will help you turn your vision into a reality.