About Us


The Soccer Association of Columbia is a Nonprofit organization, 501(C)3. Please contact the office to obtain our tax id number.


The mission of the Soccer Association of Columbia / Howard County (SAC/HC) is to provide boys and girls from age 3 to 19 with both instructional and competitive youth soccer opportunities that will build character, enhance community, and promote an appreciation of the game of soccer. The vision also emphasizes the core values of self-esteem, confidence, teamwork and respect along with support for the inherent benefits that physical exercise brings.

Civility Statement

As a supporter of Choose Sportsmanship, a component of Choose Civility Howard County, we support respect for others, their roles, and their knowledge and expertise. All coaches, athletes, parents, and spectators are responsible for and expected to exemplify civility.

Program Goals

SAC/HC’s goal is to achieve technical excellence in all of its soccer programs. To accomplish this goal two objectives must be met: (1) Coaches in all SAC/HC programs (Jr. Strikers, Clinic, Recreational and Travel) must be provided with consistent, high quality and appropriate education so they can learn and train their players in all aspects of soccer. (2) Player development must be constantly emphasized-specifically the development of individual player skills under pressure of time, space and an opponent.

The objective is to increase the player’s technical speed in a progressive training environment that concentrates on the player with the ball and his/her immediate surroundings. As players advance from Jr. Striker to Clinic to Recreational to Travel, skill development is encouraged through clinics and technical training sessions.

SAC Hires Technical Director

On December 2, 2012, John Ellinger will be joining SAC as the Director of Technical Operations. In this capacity he will be responsible for directing and enhancing the Club’s Clinic, Recreational, and Travel Team programs. John was the Director of Coaching at SAC from November 1990 to September 1999. During this period he led two SAC men’s teams (Under 17 & Under 18) to back to back National Championships in 1996 & 1997. He also developed SAC player development manuals for Clinic, Recreational and Travel players and developed the first SAC player development model

John left SAC to become the Under 17 US Men’s National Team Coach and Director of the US Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. He then became the Director of Player Development for youth programming for the United States Soccer Foundation and later became its Director of Coaching.

Among his many accomplishments, John has served as head coach for the US team in the World University Games in Sicily, Italy (1997); scout for the US team during the FIFA 1998 World Cup Qualifying matches; assistant coach of the USA Olympic Team in Sydney Australia (2000); head coach and Technical Director of the Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer Team in Salt Lake City, Utah (2004-2007); Assistant Coach/Executive Director of the FC Dallas Academy Programs from 2008 – present).

While John has served at a very high level in organized soccer, he is also well grounded in the needs of US youth soccer. In 2007-2008 he served as the Technical Director of the US Youth Soccer Association and was responsible for coaching education and player development. In this capacity he also was responsible for developing instructional materials to be utilized at the state and regional levels of soccer.

John is a Maryland product and before entering the realm of advanced competitive soccer he served as a teacher/coach/and athletic director in the Montgomery Public School system. He also served as the head coach of the Men’s soccer program at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County, in Catonsville, MD.
John holds a United States Soccer Federation National “A” license and is a USSF National Staff Instructor.