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SAC/BA Mask Guidelines

In conjunction with MD’s expanded statewide mask order, which takes effect Friday, July 31 at 5:00pm for anyone over the age of five, the Soccer Association of Columbia has adopted the following face covering guidelines for all visitors to the Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park:

-Players are required to wear face coverings to and from the field
-Coaches are required to wear face coverings at all times (on and off the field)
-Spectators are required to wear face coverings at all times

We expect all visitors to abide by these guidelines. Failure to do so may result in removal from the complex.

We also ask, as an added measure of safety, that visitors continue to practice physical distancing around the fields. Please avoid stopping and/or gathering in common walking areas and remember that there are multiple points of entry to each field.

(Press Release – Governor Hogan Announces Expanded Statewide Mask Order)

Return to Play Guidelines

SAC general guidelines for return to play phased approach are designed for all participants to be safe. These SAC guidelines are for staff, players, coaches and families. All participants must read the return to play guidelines and sign a liability waiver before participating in a training session.



Select Tryouts

Select tryouts will be held the second week of August. Supplemental Tryouts will be held for all age groups except U9, who will hold full tryouts. Current Select players do not have to tryout. Pre-registration in our Sports Connect registration system is encouraged.

A full schedule has been posted to the Select Tryout page:

Boys High School Summer League
Two New Weeks of SAC Summer Camp Have Been Added. Register Now!
We have added two more weeks of the SAC Training Academy Summer Camp to the end of August and beginning of September.
August 24 – August 28 (New)
August 31 – September 4 (New)
SAC Office Hours
The SAC office will be open from 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday. Fields will be open to scheduled programs only.
In loving memory of Jon Romero

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jon Romero, a wonderful coach and beloved parent. All of our thoughts go to the Romero family during this difficult time. “I have had the privilege of knowing Jon for years now. We met when we were both coaching rec soccer and our teams played one another. He was a great coach with an awesome attitude of what the game brings and how it should be played. He was the finest gentleman as well as an outstanding father, and he will be missed by everyone.” -Coach Dave

SAC Summer Camps 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified our SAC Training Academy summer camp schedule. We will only be offering the morning (9am-12pm) session for players ages 6-14 years old. Please see the SAC Summer Camp webpage for details. We will be contacting anyone registered for the afternoon sessions to make arrangements for a refund.

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Registration is Open!

Register now for Fall soccer using your SAC – Sports Connect account! Click here

Returning Travel/Pre-Academy players can submit their Club Membership Dues now! Click here

College Scholarship Essay Contest (2020)

The annual College Scholarship Essay Contest will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students who will be attending an institute of higher education in the upcoming academic year. The scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female student. Please visit the dedicated page for application details:

Aki Lake Taking Over As Director Of Coaching For The Entire Club

Aki Lake has been promoted to Club DOC. Aki will now be overseeing the entire Travel program, while maintaining his role as the Recreational and Select Director.

Tryout Communications (2020/2021)

For the purposes of opening direct lines of communications about upcoming tryouts, we have decided to set up a ‘Tryout Pre-registration’ program for Select.

If you would like to receive communications about the upcoming tryouts, please sign up by registering for the program below.

Current Select players do not need to pre-register for their existing program to receive tryout updates.

Select Tryout Communication Pre-registration:

Baltimore Armour Girls Join The Girls Academy For The 2020/21 Season
Baltimore Armour Girls are excited to join The Girls Academy for the 2020/21 season, competing against some of the top clubs in the country while continuing to give our players the best environment to grow and develop.
Baltimore Armour to Collaborate with MLS to Form New Boys League

Baltimore Armour is excited to announce that we are working with MLS to form a new league, after US Soccer ended operations of the Development Academy on April 15. According to Fred Lipka, MLS VP & Technical Director, Player Development, “This new platform will provide year-round, high-level matches for MLS club academy teams and non-MLS academy teams that previously participated in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in the U13, U14, U15, U17 and U19 age categories.”

Link to MLS’ announcement available here: MLS Memo to Academy Directors

Baltimore Armour Announcement

Baltimore Armour is now being exclusively run by the Soccer Association of Columbia for both boys and girls. For the upcoming season, BA Boys will be competing in a new league being created by MLS. Details for the BA Girls will be coming soon.

DMV Soccer Organizations Unite in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, area soccer clubs and organizations have joined to form DMV UNITED. DMV UNITED formed to provide organizations with a way to share ideas, resources, and best practices in these unprecedented times.

Please find the full DMV United Press Release here:

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Travel/Pre-Academy Coaches
The 2020/2021 Travel/Pre-Academy Coaches list has been posted to the website. Click here to view.
Helpful tips to prevent spread of respiratory diseases

With the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported we want to help you, our members, and your players stay healthier by encouraging everyone to use the same basic health rules you’d use with any virus. Staying home when you are sick (including players!) and regular and complete handwashing are the start.

See the CDC’s recommended everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases here:

More information about COVID-10:

How to become a US Soccer Grassroots Referee
Interested in becoming a referee? Maryland Soccer Referees can help you get started!
A detailed account of the process can be found here:
Glory Days Gift Certificate Promo
SAC is selling $25 gift certificates to Glory Days (Ellicott City Location) for $15. Certificates will expire June 30, 2020. Limited number of certificates available. Cash or Check only. Not redeemable for cash, alcohol or gratuity. Contact Gina at the SAC office if you are interested:
The Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park
An aerial tour of our complex.
SAC Magnets
SAC car magnets and stickers can be obtained free of charge at the SAC Office.

Lucido Fields at Covenant Park
(410) 992-1111
Field 1: Open
Field 3: Open
Field 4: Open
Field 5: Open
Field 6: Open
Field 7: Open
Field 8: Open
Field 9: Open

BOE – Grass Fields
(410) 313-6827

Alpha Ridge Park/Glenelg HS/Marriott’s Ridge HS/Western Regional Park
(410) 313-4372

Blandair Park/Oakland Mills HS
(410) 313-3673

Dayton Oaks Park/Reservoir HS/Schooly Mills Park
(410) 313-4458

Atholton HS/Cedar Lane Park/Hammond HS/Wilde Lake HS
(410) 313-4453

Centennial HS/Centennial Park/River Hill HS
(410) 313-4454

Howard HS/Long Reach HS/Mt.Hebron HS/Rockburn Park/Troy Park
(410) 313-4455

Primary Tryouts

SAC holds Primary Tryouts annually in the May/June time frame for the upcoming seasonal year. Please refer to the Supplemental Tryouts section to view teams who are actively looking for players.

Primary tryouts for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 season have been posted:
Select Tryouts
Travel/Pre-Academy Tryouts

Supplemental Tryouts

Supplemental tryouts are scheduled by coaches who are looking to add players to their team. Some teams will post specific tryouts dates/times and others will issue a general notice. Either way, please reach out to the contact listed if you are interested in attending.

Supplemental Tryouts for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Season:

Boys 2006 Travel (Premier Blue)
8/8 | 9:00-10:30am | Covenant Park Field 7
Looking to add field players
Please contact Coach Meadows at 240-338-1436 or for details of this and other practice/tryouts that may be available.

Girls 2002 Pre-Academy
Looking for a goalkeeper
Contact Coach Holmes at for more information

Boys 2007 Travel (United White)
Looking for a full time GK and additional field players.
Contact Coach Campos at for more information.

Girls 2008 Travel (Premier Blue)
Keeper needed
Contact Coach Ward at or (443) 386-9004 for supplemental tryout.

Meeting Schedule

Junior Academy Coaches Meeting
March 25, 2020 | 8:00pm | SAC Office

New Rec Coaches Meeting
April 2, 2020 | 7:30pm | SAC Office

Rising 2013/2012 Parent Meeting
April 22, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church

Travel Tryout Meeting
April 26, 2020 | 7:00pm | SAC Office

Select Team Tryout Meeting
May 6, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church

Annual General Meeting
June 9, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church

Travel Coaches Meeting
August 23, 2020 | 7:00pm | Covenant Church

Select Tournament Meeting
August 25, 2020 | 6:30pm | Covenant Church

Rec Coaches Meeting
August 25, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church

Junior Academy Coaches Meeting
August 26, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church

Coaching Education Schedule

Rec Coaching Education
Instructor: Aki Lake, Recreational Program Director

Observing Travel Technical Training

Rec GK Education

Junior Academy Coaches Training
Instructor: Willie Ibarra, Travel Coach

New Coaches Training Session

John Ellinger, Jozy Altidore and Kyle Beckerman Reflect on the History of U-17 Residency Program
American Safety & Health Institute
Basic first aid for the community and  workplace
US Soccer Heading Mandates
US Soccer has implemented mandates, effective January 1, 2016, which restrict the heading of a soccer ball for players aged 12 and under. Click here for more complete information on the mandates.
Concussions in Soccer
What players, parents, coaches, & referees need to know. Provided by U.S. Soccer:
Concussion Facts. Provided by CDC
Howard County Introduces Life-Saving App
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services has introduced a smartphone app called PulsePoint. When someone calls 911 about a person in sudden cardiac arrest, PulsePoint will notify citizens in the area trained in CPR that someone needs assistance. It also provides maps and directions to the nearest Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. Source Article from Baltimore Sun

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Season Based Programs


For Players aged 3-6. An age-appropriate introduction to soccer. Your first opportunity to play on a team.


For players aged 7-18. Welcome to the largest Recreational league in the area.


For players aged 8-14. Higher competition and commitment than Rec. Tryout-based program.


Players aged 7-18. Higher competition and commitment than Select. Tryout-based program.


The highest level of youth soccer in the country. Teams compete against other MLS and non-MLS academy clubs.

Camps and Clinic Programs


For players aged 8-14. Designed to provide an additional weekly training opportunity.


For players aged 5-14. Day long camps held on days Howard County Public Schools are closed.


For players aged 5-14. All sessions are run at the Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park by licensed coaches.


For players aged 5-14. All SAC Training Academy camps are held at Covenant Park and run by licensed coaches.


Rec Summer League (player registration). Boys High School Summer League (team registration)














The highest level of youth soccer in the country

DA 13’s (2007)

Aki Lake (“A“ License)

DA 16/17’s (2004/2003)

Mike Lookingland (“A“ License)

DA 14’s (2006)

Machel Millwood (“B“ License)
Est. 2015

DA 15’s (2005)

Oscar Sancho-Davila (“B“ License)

DA 18/19’s (2002/2001)

Mike Lookingland (“A“ License)



of the English Premier League