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Michigan Tigers Announce: Junior Tigers (U5-U6, U7-U9) and Tiger Cubs (U3 - U4)

 

 

For the first time ever, the Michigan Tigers are providing a program for players as young as age three. Run by Club Director Andy Pritchard (and your favorite MTFC staff members), the Junior Tigers will offer a place for these young players to train and play in a fun environment while fostering a true love for the game of soccer.

 

Tiger Cubs ($75):

U3 - U4 at 10:30AM - 11:15AM

In this program the players will each have a ball while trying to master skills such as coordination, balance, listening and direction following, agility movements with and without the ball. All of this while navigating their way through adventure such as Soccer City and Soccer Pirates!

 

This is a great program for any parents that are looking for their kids to have a great time with a ball. The class is done within a larger group, so the kids can learn and feed of each other’s energy.

 

Junior Tigers ($100):

U5 - U6 at 11:30AM - 12:30PM

U7- U9 at 1:00PM - 2:00PM

The aim of the program is to have a place for these young players to train and play in a fun environment while fostering a true love for the game of football. Andy Pritchard who has specialized in youth development over the past 15 years in the state of Michigan alone will train all coaches.  Those coaches will then train your child, places high priority on individual technical skills and game enjoyment.

 

Players in both programs will be separated by birth year and gender, and placement will be made with friends and/or school classmates. Make sure to request this when signing up!

 

Both are 6-week programs, designed to run on their own or in addition to a recreational or travel team, which includes concentration on Soccer games/skills for the first 30 minutes and a 4v4 game for the final half hour.

 

When?

Fall season: Sundays in September and October between 10:00AM and 2:00PM

 

September 10

September 17

September 24th

October 1st

October 8th

October 15th

 

Spring Season: Sundays in April – June

Exact Dates TBA

 

Registration

You can register for this program by creating a family account here, then adding your child and selecting "Junior Tigers" from the list of available programs.

 

Other Information

Location: WideWorld Sports Center Soccer Complex

When: Sundays

 

Each Player will receive a Team Shirt and we will provide soccer balls and coach!

 

 

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Supplemental Tryouts

Free Tryout Registration (Required)

 

 

Missed tryout weekend? It's not too late! Supplemental tryouts for Ann Arbor's largest travel soccer club will take place by appointment throughout the summer. Email info@michigantigersfc.com with questions or for more information.

 

         

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Michigan Tigers Accepted to 2017-18 Director's Academy

 

 

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2017-18 Coaching Assignments Announced

 

 

Coaching assignments are now available, with a handful of changes to the coaching roster. Jason Smith, Minem Boufakherdien, Scott Bridges, and Sam Makki are moving on, and we'd like to thank them for their work with your sons and daughters over the past eight months (or longer). We wish them well as they move forward in their coaching and professional careers. 


With departures come arrivals, and we're excited to welcome several new faces. 

Andy Pritchard has already been announced as club Director of Coaching. Many of you met him over the weekend. With over 10 years of coaching experience in the Ann Arbor area and a USSF A license, we're thrilled to bring him on board. 

Erik Schultz is the current head coach at Concordia University, and holds a USSF C license. His experience at the college level will provide a valuable resource for players wishing to play collegiately following the conclusion of their club soccer careers, and gives the club an additional asset as we develop our college recruiting program. 

Angel Calzadilla comes to the club after spending the past seven years with Michigan Rush, including a State Cup victory! Before that, Angel coached in Louisiana, including stints with the Olympic Development Program. He has a USSF B license, as well as an NSCAA Advanced National diploma.

Taylor Babcock is a former D1 player at the University of Portland in Oregon. She returned to the University of Michigan this year.

Ryan Rosero moves to Michigan Tigers after four years coaching in the Traverse City area, most recently with TBAYS. He holds a USSF E license. 

Program outlines will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

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Michigan Tigers Announce: FREE U5 - U9 Junior Tigers Clinics

 

                                                        

 

(March 22, 2017)

The Michigan Tigers are excited to announce the Junior Tigers program, a series of soccer clinics at WideWorld Sports Center for boys and girls born between 2008 and 2012. These clinics are free of charge, and taught by your favorite Michigan Tigers and WWSC coaches including Pedro Rita, Zach Artinian, David Poole.

 

Overseen by new Michigan Tigers Director of Coaching Andy Pritchard, the Junior Tigers will offer high quality and specific soccer instruction in a fun and enriching atmosphere, with instructional staff not only nationally licensed, but possessing the ability to foster a love for the game with younger players.

The clinics will run at the following days and times, and are open to any player meeting the age requirements. To sign up, go here.

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Please email zach@michigantigersfc.com with any questions, and feel free to bring a friend (or two!).

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

Additional information:

 

We thank you for you continued support of the Michigan Tigers and look forward to an excellent winter training season.

 

 


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