Soccer Association of Columbia

No more posts
  • Announcements
  • Field Status
  • Tryouts
  • Calendar
  • Important Reads

Travel/Pre-Academy Tryout Schedules (2021/2022)

Tryout Schedule:

SAC will be collecting Travel Tryout Pre-registrations using the wait list feature of our registration system. Please register for your age group if you plan to attend this year’s tryout.

To Pre-Register:

Select Tryout Schedules (2021/2022)
Board of Directors Nominating Committee

SAC is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors. If interested, please contact Frank Turney at The nomination deadline is May 7, 2021.

Public Restroom Renovations

We are excited to announce that the public restrooms at Covenant Park are being fully renovated! Construction is expected to take approximately 4-5 weeks. Portable restrooms will be placed on-site during this time.

SAC Office Hours

The SAC office will be open Monday-Friday from 10-3pm.

DICK’S Sporting Goods Year-long Savings
In loving memory of Logan Sackel

Life suddenly changed for the Sackel family this February 2021 with the unexpected loss of their son and brother, Logan

Logan was a member of the 2013 SAC boys travel soccer team. He was loved by his teammates and his coaches, always had a smile on his face and showed a true passion for the game.

“Logan was a tough little boy. Yet despite his toughness, he always had a smile on his face, the type of smile that would brighten your day no matter what. He was a hard worker, dedicated to the game, and always willing to listen in order to make himself a better player and teammate. Logan was quiet among his teammates, but although he was quiet, his presence on the pitch was loud and he was noticed by everyone including the other team. His smile and patience on the pitch will be what I remember most.” -B13 Team Manager

He will be missed greatly. Please consider donating to help the family in this most difficult time.

SAC/BA COVID Guidelines

Face Coverings
In conjunction with MD’s expanded statewide mask order, which took 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
Referees are required to wear face coverings to and from the field but not during games

*** Face coverings are required, as outlined above, even if an individual has been vaccinated.

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.

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.

The most up-to-date version of our Return to Play Guidelines can be found below.

Guidelines (we are in Phase 3):
*If necessary, please refresh the document to see changes


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.

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:
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
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
If the message is not updated, use best judgement
(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 Spring 2021 Season:

Boys 2004 Travel (Premier Blue)
4/19 | 6:00-7:30pm | Troy Park #4
4/20 | 8:30-10:00pm | Oakland Mills High School
Please contact Coach Ibrahim at

Boys 2007 Travel (Premier White)
Looking for 1-2 players
Please contact Coach McKellar at

Girls 2007 Travel (Premier White)
Looking for players
Please contact Coach Dalal at

Girls 2010 Travel (United Blue & Premier White)
Looking for players for the Spring 2021 season
Contact Coach Prince at

Boys 2004 Travel (Pre-Academy)
Looking for 1-2 players
Contact Coach Garcia at

Boys 2008 Travel (Premier Blue)
Looking for experienced players for the Winter/Spring 2021 season
Contact Coach Ouchikh at if interested

Boys 2009 Travel
Looking for skilled and determined players who are interested in joining a highly competitive training environment as we being to transition to 11v11 in the new year.
Contact Coach Payne at or 443-812-9992 to schedule a tryout or for more information.

Girls 2011 Travel (Premier Blue)
Looking to add a player.
Contact Coach Garcia at to schedule a tryout

Boys 2004 Travel (PreAcademy)
Looking to add a player or two.
Contact Coach Garcia at to schedule a tryout

Boys 2003 Travel (Premier Blue)
Looking for experienced players for Fall 2020/Winter/Spring 2021 league games and competitive tournaments.
Contact Coach Rodway at

Girls 2005 Travel (Premier White)
Looking for a goalkeeper for the remainder of the Fall 2020 EDP Season/Tournaments and 2021 Spring Season.
Contact Coach Taylor at or 443-812-9010 if interested

Meeting Schedule

New Coaches Meeting (Rec)
April 6 | 8:00pm | Virtually on Zoom
Passcode: sac

Jr Academy Coaches Meeting
April 7 | 7:30pm | Virtually on Zoom
Passcode: sac

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

No more posts


01234567890012345678900123456789001234567890 +



01234567890012345678900123456789001234567890 +



012345678900123456789001234567890 +







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

BA 13’s (2008)

Aki Lake (Boys)
Jeremy Dillon (Girls)

BA 16’s (2005)

Oscar Sancho-Davila (Boys)
Jon Larsson (Girls)

BA 14’s (2007)

Aki Lake (Boys)
Adam Wrede (Girls)

BA 17’s (2004)

Mike Lookingland (Boys)
Sam Haddad (Girls)

BA 15’s (2006)

Machel Millwood (Boys)
Gandalf French (Girls)

BA 18/19’s (2003/2002)

Mike Lookingland (Boys)
Sam Haddad (Girls)



of the English Premier League