News and Announcements

What's next for my player?

Posted by ALBANY-BERKELEY SOCCER CLUB at Nov 6, 2017 5:32PM PST

ABSC Parent Meeting
11/15 Wednesday
University Village Community Center
1123 Jackson St, Albany, CA 94706

What’s next at ABSC for my developing player?

Join ABSC Staff to learn about all the playing opportunities within our club for your developing player.

The club has a progression of age appropriate programs to offer from Recreational to Development to Competitive.

ABSC staff will guide you through exactly what our club offers each age group and answer questions to help you decide what might be best for your family and player in future seasons.

~ Your ABSC Team
ABSC celebrating 40+ years of community soccer. Learn it. Love it. Play it!

December Skills & Scrimmages

Posted by ALBANY-BERKELEY SOCCER CLUB at Nov 6, 2017 11:18AM PST

Skill-building and Soccer Fun for ABSC players born 2010 to 1999!

Saturdays: Dec 2nd & 9th
9:00 am – 10:30 am GIRLS
10:30am – noon BOYS
No registration needed

note change in location from Fielding West
Drop off your player with ABSC coaches and go Holiday Shopping!

Interested in Competitive or Competitive Development Programs?

ABSC Coaches and Trainers can assess your player’s skills in a fun, stress-free environment
Discuss your player’s options for Winter Futsal, Spring Season and beyond

Concussion Awareness

Posted by ALBANY-BERKELEY SOCCER CLUB at Nov 1, 2017 4:23PM PDT

It’s the LAW!

On January 1, 2017, California Assembly Bill 2007 took effect statewide.

This law REQUIRES soccer clubs to provide parents and players with information from the Center for Disease Control in regards to concussions.

ABSC registration is NOT complete, until Concussion Awareness Forms are signed and submitted to ABSC.

PLAYERS CANNOT PLAY until they sign and return the information sheet below:

Winter Indoor Futsal

Posted by ALBANY-BERKELEY SOCCER CLUB at Oct 31, 2017 5:43PM PDT

Play January through February 2018

FUTSAL is a fun opportunity for players to sharpen their foot skills, improve their game decision making and stay fit during the off-season.

  • U5-U6 8 Saturday morning classes (9:30am, 10:45am, 12:15pm)
  • U7-U16 5v5 indoor Futsal
  • 6-8 player teams
  • Kid-directed, no parent coaching. (With 2010-11 players, a parent may help with subbing if needed)
  • ABSC trainers lead a 30 minute pre-game practice and referee games
  • Play Saturdays OR Sundays from January 6th to February 25th
  • 8 weeks INCLUDING Presidents’ Day Weekend Feb 17/18
  • All games played in Albany/Berkeley gyms
  • No weekday practice
  • Wear either an ABSC uniform or ABSC practice t-shirt.
    (NO uniform sales during winter season)
  • One-time registration fee – no additional costs
  • Early-bird discount through November. Late fee after December 1st

silent soccer

Posted by ALBANY-BERKELEY SOCCER CLUB at Oct 26, 2017 5:38PM PDT

Silent Soccer is one weekend each season in which parents, coaches and spectators are to be silent during game play. It gives ourplayers a chance to trust their skills and instincts without sideline input, and without concern that their mistakes will be corrected from the sidelines in a game environment.

Rules for Families/Spectators

1) No verbal comments about the game or any direct comments to the players, coaches or referees on or off the field – let the players play the game their way. They’re all doing their best, given their age and experience, and don’t need to be urged to play harder or smarter than they already are.
2) “Cheering” is highly encouraged for ALL plays, regardless of team.
3) Be creative in how you choose to “cheer” – make signs to hold up, a rally towel to wave wildly or pom-poms to shake.
4) Clapping IS allowed!
5) Please NO noise makers and especially no whistles, or compressed air horns.

Rules for Coaches

1) Use practice this week to educate your players about Silent Soccer.
2) During game play, remain silent on the sidelines. Under-8 Coaches ONLY may verbally coach; however, please use restraint and coach moderately. (U8 parents must observe the rule of silence.)
3) PERMITTED: calling out for substitutions and speaking quietly to players on the sidelines, giving them instructions to carry out on to the field, such as ’Joey, I want you to switch positions with Tommy, and make sure Billy gets a chance to do a throw in, ok?"
4) Use this weekend as an opportunity to notice how players learn from each other during the course of a game and appreciate all the subtle ways the game teaches.

Reasons why ABSC holds Silent Soccer:

  • To foster leadership skills among individual players as they have unique opportunity of giving instruction on the field.
  • To foster a sense of true teamwork as players must learn to rely upon one another and communicate with each other appropriately.
  • To remind coaches, parents, and players that PRACTICE is the time for instruction. Games are the showcases for learning.
    *To remind everyone that youth soccer is primarily for the purpose of kids playing, learning and having fun.

Have a fun, SILENT weekend!