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About the Mars Area Soccer Club's Programs

MINI-MARTIANS: (Ages 3 to Under 4 years) - The Mini-Martians program provides a really fun introduction to soccer and basic soccer skills for 3-year-olds through individual and small group activities. Led by our professional Youth Elite Soccer coaches, the Mini-Martians meet once a week on Saturday mornings for about 45 minutes or so at our main game fields. Activities are often for both parents and kids, so a parent or guardian is required to remain with their Mini-Martian during the entire session and should be ready to lend a hand whenever needed. (But, don’t worry, this is definitely a "low impact" activity for us grown-ups.) All you need is a Size #3 soccer ball. Other than that, just be ready to have a blast. Your kids are going to learn a lot and have a lot of fun doing it.

Registration Fee: $50

IN-HOUSE PROGRAM: (Ages 4 to Under 10) - In-House Soccer is all about Kids-First Fun with our top priority being the fun and safety of all of our players. Every child is given the maximum opportunity to participate, and an equal opportunity to play and develop their individual skills in an environment intended to be fun, encouraging, and to instill the life-long values of cooperation and good sportsmanship. As such, we do our very best to keep teams competitively balanced, and games – which are held on Saturday mornings at our main game fields – are for fun and scores are not kept. Lastly, teams practice once a week for about an hour at a regularly scheduled time and place, and there are usually teams practicing somewhere every night of the week in a variety of places around our area. For more information - including necessary equipment - please click on the appropriate link...

U5 In-House (Ages 4 to Under 5 years old)
U6 In-House (Ages 5 to Under 6 years old)
U8 In-House (Ages 6 to Under 8 years old)
U10 In-House (Ages 8 to Under 10 years old)

TRAVEL PROGRAM: (ages 9 to Under 19) The Travel Program is designed to provide kids with a learning forum in the "team" environment. Ensuring a positive learning experience, fair play time and player development are top priorities in this program. Travel soccer is considered "competitive".  Though teams are strongly discouraged and may be penalized if they "blow-out" scores during a game, scores are recorded.  Rank and standings are published on the State affiliated site known as Affinity Sports.  Travel teams qualify for various tournaments based on the skill division in which they participate.  Some skill divisions participate in statewide leagues and are qualifiers for regional and national, televised championships under the US Youth Soccer (FIFA) umbrella.  MASC is a member of the state affiliate to USYS/FIFA.  MASC places teams in all appropriate skill divisions.  Therefore, every MASC member is expected to commit as a team player and to work hard.  Aside from background checks, coaches are required to be certified and licensed under the NSCAA (National Soccer Coach Ass'n of America).

Games are played on Sunday, never BEFORE noon and usually ending by 6:30PM. Practices are held two nights per week.  Practices for U10 are usually an hour based on USSF/NSCAA guidelines for mental and physical capacity of that age group.  In Travel, emphasis is placed on both individual and team development. And, yes, there is traveling.  There are typically eight games in a season, 50% are played on the home field and 50% are played "away".  For local or district leagues, travel time is usually less than an hour.

Skill Divisions -- PA West Soccer, the state affiliate for US Youth Soccer/FIFA, determines skill division breakpoints to ensure teams are placed in the most appropriate forum.  There are six Skill Divisions.  Skill Divisions 1-3 are tryout teams pursuing international or national placement and recognition.  Also known as the Classic Divisions.  MASC as a community based club does not pursue classification for these three skill divisions.  Skill Divisions 4-6 are a combination of local and statewide leagues, more community based.  MASC places teams in these three divisions:

   Skill Division 4 --  State wide travel.  Player evals required.  Qualifier for President's Cup, State Cup, Region 1 & Nationals. Teams can be elevated                                       to Classic as a solo team.
   Skill Division 5 --  District level travel.  Qualifier for multi-district tournaments.  Teams with 2-4 seasons' experience or young but strong teams.
   Skill Division 6 --  District level travel.  May qualify for district tourns.  New/developing teams, little to no experience, or play more for rec

Skill Division 4 does permit teams comprised 100% of players who also participate in Divisions 1-3 (Classic).  Players from the ODP (Olympic Development Program) are also permitted to participate in Division 4.  Skill Divisions 5 & 6 allow only a limited number of players from the tryout leagues.  

Mission -- The mission is to be challenged both as an individual and a team player.  A positive learning curve vastly outweighs game wins.  Teams in Divisions 4-6 that consistently blow-out scores, with high goal differentials WILL be bumped to the next skill division.  These are developing leagues.  No team in any skill division that wins 100% of games should remain in that division.  The mission is always to be challenged and learn how to overcome the obstacles.  Then, move to the next level of challenge and learn to overcome the new obstacles.  If a team is winning by extraordinary measures, it typically means the players are not being challenged.  It is also causing a lot of grief to their opponents.  Teams will be elevated and relegated based on their scoring record to ensure the most positive experience not only for that team's players but also for their opponents.  A team that wins 50/50 or 60/40 of the season's games is considered to be in the appropriate skill division.

For more information - including necessary equipment - please click on the appropriate link...

U10 Travel (Ages 8 to Under 10 years old)
U12 Travel (Ages 10 to Under 12 years old)
U14 Travel (Ages 12 to Under 14 years old)
U16 Travel (Ages 14 to Under 16 years old)
U16-19 Travel (Ages 16 to Under 19 years old)

BIRTH CERTIFICATES: New players to the Mars Area Soccer Club program must provide a copy of birth certificate, NO EXCEPTIONS. No child shall be rostered to a team without a valid birth certificate on file with the Mars Area Soccer Club. Copies of birth certificates can be emailed to

New Travel players must also provide a photo of the player for player pass.  This can be done on the registration site under the Player Profile Window.  Just click on the empty photo box and upload a photo from your computer.

VOLUNTEER POLICY: Parents must choose a volunteer category when registering to avoid the $40 opt-out fee that will automatically be added to your account.

NO PAY / NO PLAY POLICY: Payment must be received prior to the first game of the season or players will not be permitted to practice or participate in games. Player passes will be withheld weekly until payment is submitted. Thank you in advance for making payment on time.

REFUNDS: A full refund is provided if a player withdraws from a program BEFORE PRACTICES BEGIN. If a player commits to a program but then willingly pulls out once practices have begun, no refund will be provided. Once practices have begun, too many nonrefundable payments based upon headcount - player insurance, team fees to PA West Soccer, season budgets, etc. - have been made on behalf of that player which prevent the club from issuing a refund. If a player is injured and forced to leave a program during that player's first week's practice sessions, a partial refund minus insurance and a percentage of team fee may be considered at the discretion of the discretion of the MASC Board.

QUESTIONS?

IN-HOUSE:..For In-House, please contact
TRAVEL:.......For the Travel Program, please contact
GENERAL:..For questions in general, please contact