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Answers to questions regarding:
- tryout dates
- fall season
- tryout process
- team invitations
- team acceptance
- financial policies
- team formation
- player selection
- roster size
- playing time


DATES: Sunday, July 29 - Thursday, August 2, 2018


LOCATION: University of Northwestern St. Paul Stadium, 3003 Snelling Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113 

STADIUM FACILITY: Artificial Turf   

ATTIRE: Players should bring shin guards, cleats and water. A tryout shirt is included in tryout fee and must be worn to both sessions. 

CHECK-IN: Concourse on north side of stadium – please arrive 15-20 minutes before first session to check in and get your tryout shirt. Please check-in for both sessions.

RESTRICTIONS: Parents are not allowed in stadium or in the stands to observe evaluation sessions.  

Please note the potential for a Rain Day on Friday, August 3

NSSA strongly encourages all players to attend both tryout sessions. Failure to make one or both session may result in a player not being placed on a team.


Barb Tuominen

Competitive Program Administrator

























NSSA owns all team designations, which include (Gold, Maroon, Premier, C1, C2, and C3). NSSA’s Directors of Coaching determine the number of teams that an age and gender group can support based on player ability levels manifested through the tryout process.

  • The Directors of Coaching are responsible for leading the on-­‐field tryout evaluation process. Tryout format is at the discretion of the Directors of Coaching with assistance from Technical Director.

  • Players may be asked to compete against a group of their peers in small-sided games to evaluate them on various abilities, such as: first touch, passing and receiving, vision, movement on and off the ball, and spatial awareness. Each player will be evaluated based on how they perform in varying competitive environments with varying levels of players.

  • There is an annual tryout fee for all players participating in the tryout process. This fee assists in compensating third-­‐party evaluators, tryout uniforms, administrative/operational costs, and facility rental.


All players requesting to play-up must submit a written request via email to the appropriate DOC for approval

If approved, players must attend Day 1 & 2 of the age group trying out up for and Day 2 of their actual age group

Being approved to try-out up an age group does not guarantee placement within this age group.  

For Play Up Consideration, email

Note: If circumstances require, after the Evaluation Process is complete and prior to the next annual tryout, players may be moved/added as needed at the discretion of the Director of Coaching. A formal try-­‐out does not need to take place for a player to be added to a team and the player(s) added may or may not have attended the annual try-­‐out.

If you are missing tryouts

Team placement petition process is as follows: Players that are unable to attend tryouts must still complete the Tryout Registration and payment to indicate that they wish to petition for a roster spot and pay the non-­refundable $30 Tryout/Team Placement Fee.

Team placement Via Petition

  • For current NSSA players: The petition does not guarantee a position on a specific team rather it alerts the Director of Coaching that even though your child was not at tryouts they are still interested in playing for NSSA. Players will be placed on a team based on their ability level. No player is guaranteed a roster spot on a team. Please email the Director of Coaching for your child's age group. Include the following information: Child's Name, Birth Year, Current Team, Reason for Missing Ttryouts. 

  • For players new to NSSA: Individual player evaluations may be done at the discretion of the Director of Coaching as circumstances permit. Individually evaluated players will be placed based on their demonstrated performance.

Katelynn and Jacob Fast

Directors of Coaching

Competitive Coach Application

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Competitive Season. 


NSSA Coaches share backgrounds in childhood development, psychology, youth studies, sports science, education and soccer!

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