Welcome to the official website of the Northern Virginia Coaches League, a men’s soccer league with two divisions, 36-teams, and more than 650 players based in Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun counties outside Washington, DC.
Here you can do everything from checking the schedule to contacting a referee assignor. League news and information will be posted here on the home page and on the blog tab above. Stay in touch by checking back often to see the latest of what’s happening in the Coaches League!
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The sport of FootGolf is taking hold in the DC region as two courses are now open in Loudoun county and booking tee-times (or, would that be kick off times?).
The sport is played on a golf course with, yes, a soccer ball with the objective of kicking it into a 21-inch diameter hole. Like golf, each hole has a par, or average score. And though it may seem counter-intuitive for soccer players, cart rentals are an option!
Humor aside, this is a highly organized, international sport, as you can see from the video below. Both the Lake Ridge Golf Club and General’s Ridge opened courses in 2014. And planning is underway for the “PWC FootGolf Open” in May 2015!
As many NOVA-CL managers and team members own, manage – or work for — contracting companies, this upcoming educational series may be of interest. It’s being staged by theVirginia Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors promising “a 5-week program that is tailored to emerging small and minority-owned businesses in the construction industry. Attendees will hear from industry veterans on topics including, business development and marketing, bonding and insurance, construction contracts, safety, project management, financial operations and cost accounting, and growth in emerging businesses.”
(Note: This courtesy notification is done on behalf of a former NOVA-CL team manager. This does not imply endorsement of the event by NOVA-CL, nor is the league compensated for its informational effort).
At the request of a manager, we’ve been asked to post on goalie safety in the non-competitive Grey Division, which is primarily for over-30 players.
Per manager approval at the annual Sportsmanship Summit, the goalie can be anyone over 18; however, there are still a lot of teams that have goalies that are over 30, several are 40+ years old.
Hence, this reminder that the goalie is the most vulnerable player on the field. So in the course of play, all field players should give the goalie’s safety utmost consideration. This means not running the goalie over on 50/50 balls, nor crashing into the goalie on corner kicks etc.
When we all in our 20′s – it was expected to make contact with goalie in certain situations, although that contact is almost always illegal. The issue now is that contact has significant potential to cause injuries to our goal keepers, an undesired outcome for a division where recreation, rather than wrecking balls, governs play.
Due to a massive youth soccer tournament which has locked up almost all fields in Fairfax CO the weekend of March 7, 2014, the start of the Spring 2014 season for NOVA-CL will now take place the weekend of March 14 with a full schedule of matches planned.
Check the schedule page for the full season’s schedule, to be published no later than March 7, 2014.
The White Division of the Northern Virginia Coaches League (NOVA-CL) is actively recruiting new teams to join the league starting in the Spring 2014 season, which commences March 7, 2014. Below are listed the key considerations a team and its players must weigh. Prospective new team should review them and if still interested in applying for league membership, please contact league director Steve Jarriel via email.
- Matches played every weekend from March 1 to November 30.
- Almost all matches played on Friday nights 8pm-11pm. Occasional matches played on Saturday afternoons 4pm-7pm. No weeknight games.
- Teams are assigned a “home” field by the league, but play away matches on fields throughout Fairfax CO, with some games in Arlington CO.
- Teams must meet league obligations and sportsmanship expectations, including fielding a team every week (except holiday weekends).
- Two team captains-managers must be named. These men are responsible for the team’s conduct and tenor during matches.
- Schedule is published at the league website with home team listed first.
- Referees are scheduled by the home team from any of three (3) league-approved assignors.
- Although home teams schedule the referee, the referee fee ($90-$100 cash only) is split by both teams and paid prior to the start of play of all matches.
- Teams must pay initial sign-up fee and ongoing seasonal registration fees ($85/season).
- All league and permit fees are paid by credit card only via an online registration system.
- New teams must submit an escrow of $250 and a deposit for referee fees of $200. Both are subject to refund if a) a team voluntarily departs NOVA-CL; and b) has paid all of its referee fees. These escrows can be paid by cash, check or credit card.
- There is a minimum roster of 16-players. However, it’s best to target a roster of 20-men, each making the commitment to play at least 2 of every 3 matches. If so, the team will average 14-players every week, the number needed to field a competitive team.
- The costs to run a team vary, depending on number of players, permit fees, and equipment that the team purchases. Typically teams with 20-players pay $80-$100 per season. That’s about $5 per game. However, we strongly encourage you to collect all fees prior to the season, not on a weekly basis.
If you would like to be apply for league membership, please contact league director Steve Jarriel via email.