The Archers will wrap up our indoor winter Futsal league by the end of February. Spring soccer starts in March. As soon as the weather gets warm, we will begin practicing outside. The Archers will be playing in three tournaments this spring and the EDP spring league. We want to build upon our strong showing in our first EDP fall league. If you know a player interested in playing for the Archers, whether as a tournament guest player or trying to play full-time, please reach out through the contact information at the bottom of this webpage. There will be tryouts for our summer and fall teams in late May at a time and location to be determined. Please keep checking back for that information.
If you know any other players looking to play travel soccer at a high level, please visit the Abingdon soccer website at the link below to get up-to-date information on our other club teams, both boys and girls.
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The Archers play year-round. Fall is our “main” season. Last year we played in CSMA. For the 2023 fall, the Archers will play both CSMA and EDP. There are at least three tournaments we attend in the fall. Our coaches make recommendations, and discussions with our parents result in choosing the three fall tournaments each season. We will play in an EDP Spring league starting in 2024. In the winter, we play in an indoor league at Harford Sports. Practices in the winter have been once a week (in addition to games). Once the weather is warm enough to get outside, we will move training outside twice per week. As we grow as a team, we seek to expand our participation in tournaments and leagues geographically. Our move to Abingdon Football Club also allowed us to partner with Bascome Enterprises and the coaching staff of the Baltimore Blast. We understand some kids play more than one sport, and you will find baseball and lacrosse players on our roster. We work with kids and parents regarding their schedules.
Coach Rob, Coach Austin, and Coach Nick have over 90 years of playing and coaching experience in soccer at some of the highest levels. That playing experience includes five countries and at least 12 states. Our coaching staff includes coaches active and on staff for the Olympic Development Program for Maryland. We are also trained by members of the coaching staff of the professional Baltimore Blast one day a week (including head coach Bascome himself). That allows our players to have professional-level coaching and development. We are one of the few coaching staffs with a goalkeeper coach as part of our staff at this age. Our coaches bring a lifetime of experience in the legal and information technology fields, to stress professionalism and structure around our program. Our coaching staff is committed to the six principles of AFC Soccer: dedication, sportsmanship, teamwork, respect, commitment, and fun. Our goal is to make our kids the best soccer players and people they can be.
The AFC Archers are a recent arrival to travel soccer. 2022 was our first year as a travel program. In our first full season, we finished one point out of second place in our CMSA league. The Archers takes our name from Churchville's history. Churchville is an unincorporated community within Hartford County. Because Churchville links Bel Air and Aberdeen (indirectly, the only other incorporated town in Harford County, Havre de Grace), Churchville was known as Lower Cross Roads in colonial times. Churchville was also the home of a prominent family, the Archers. Their home, Medical Hall, still stands in Churchville today. In July 2023, the Archers moved from Churchville to Abingdon Football Club. We decided to keep the name Archers as a reminder of where and when our journey started and realize how far we have come. The move places the Archers in a better position to grow and be competitive. We have teamed up with Bascome Enterprises, and coaches from the Baltimore Blast will be training the club once per week. The collaboration should allow the Archers to flourish in the coming years.
Archers will be using Veo video technology in 2023. This technology will include analytics for every player. W to develop each player and provide the right platform to leverage their ability into a scholarship for college or beyond. Veo technology allows us to track and analyze every player on the pitch. Veo provides match facts instantly and will enable us to dive deeper into every player's performance. Pro soccer clubs around the world use Veo systems.
We are always looking for players with a passion for soccer. Official tryouts are generally held in May; we invite players to practice and occasionally play with us year-round. If you were born in 2010 or later and are interested in travel soccer, please get in touch with us. We are always willing to answer any questions about the team, the coaches, or the program. We would love to have you come to watch or participate in some practices and games at any point in the year. There is both an email and phone number on the site that you can use to reach out to us at any time.
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