MTFC returns to MSYSA Director's Academy
(May 12, 2016)
The Michigan Tigers are returning to the Director's Academy for the third consecutive year. Michigan's most competitive state-wide program, the Director's Academy is for U11, U12, and U13 teams "who aspire to play at the highest level of US Youth Soccer in the future."
Six Michigan Tigers teams, the '04, '05, and '06 boys and girls, will compete against the top teams in the state of Michigan, and prepare themselves for premier-level Michigan and Midwest competition at the U14 age group.
Michigan Tigers to Offer Full-Year U15 Teams
As the largest soccer club in Ann Arbor, the Michigan Tigers anticipate fielding full year U15 (2002) teams for both girls and boys, offering the best arena for player development in the area. Players participating in the full year U15 program will join their partial-year teammates in November, on their originally-selected teams.
Michigan Tigers Prepare for Spring
(March 22, 2016)
Ann Arbor's premier travel soccer club continues to prepare for the spring season. The fully licensed staff (including USSF A licensed Pedro Rita, pictured above), are in the final stages of their outdoor preparations, having trained most weeks since November.
The field turf surfaces used by the Michigan Tigers are a perfect substitute for the natural grass fields the teams will play on in April, and give MTFC the best chance at successful league and tournament runs in 2016.
Michigan Tigers Win Disney
(February 16, 2016)
The first of many trips to Florida resulted in one tournament championship for the Michigan Tigers, and third place finish.
The U11 Boys Gold team bested the competition to bring home champions medals, while the U13 Gold team lost in PKs in the semi-finals. Both did the club proud.
Michigan Tigers Announce Birth-Year Teams for 2016-17
As many have heard, U.S. Soccer has made changes to the age group cutoff barriers, mandating a move to birth year (January - December) rather than school year (August - July) teams by 2017. In an attempt to be proactive, the Michigan State Youth Soccer association, as well as affiliated local leagues such as MSDSL and WSSL, will implement these changes beginning in June 2016.
We strive to balance social and player development with the desire to follow professional-level standards and best practices, and as such, will begin offering birth year teams beginning in June. Doing so will give our players the best environment to compete and develop, as we anticipate clubs from around the area making similar decisions.
In the coming months, we'll hold open age group sessions to aid in making the transition as seamless as possible, and remain available to you as a resource to answer any questions you may have about the change. A schedule of informational meetings, organized by 2015-16 teams, is located here.
We thank you for you continued support of the Michigan Tigers and look forward to an excellent winter training season.
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