New youth soccer league coming to Macomb Township in September

By: Mark Vest | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 26, 2013

Jeff Hodgson

A strong argument could be made that soccer is right near the top of the list amongst favorite pastimes for youths in the United States.

Children 5 to 10 years old will have another outlet to partake in that pastime, with the Complete Player Soccer League set to debut in September in Macomb Township.

According to Frank Schodowski, who along with Madonna University women’s head soccer coach Jeff Hodgson founded the league, staff members include former professional players, and collegiate and select/travel coaches, with all the training conducted by licensed coaches. The teams will be broken up into three different age groups, with the possibility of having four to five teams per group.

Unlike the traditional 11 players per team, the league will feature four-on-four soccer, with no goalkeepers. According to Schodowski, while passing won’t be “discouraged,” it won’t be “encouraged” either.

“The kids get more touches on the ball because there’s less players on the field,” Schodowski said. “We wanted to make sure we created a league where they were being taught the fundamentals of the game and have a place to apply those fundamentals without anybody trying to win a game or screaming at (them) for doing the wrong thing. We want to make sure they’re allowed to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.”

According to Schodowski, all games will take place in Macomb Township. The cost is $115 to join the fall league, and $199 for both the fall and spring leagues.

“My long-term goal is to give players an option to get some type of formal instruction,” Schodowski said. “Make sure they’re working with good instructors, good trainers and coaches.”

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