Mountain Soccer Leagues makes debut |

Mountain Soccer Leagues makes debut

The Colorado Mountain Soccer League will kick off a new era of adult soccer next month.

The mountain league is sanctioned by the Colorado State Soccer Association. It will feature sanctioned-league play in adult soccer divisions for men’s teams, women’s teams and coed teams.

Veteran soccer coach and organizer Steve White of Glenwood Springs will serve as the director of the CMSL.

White said the league will encompass a five-county area that includes Summit, Eagle, Pitkin, Routt and Garfield counties.

Matches will be played on Sunday mornings.

Communities with teams involved include Aspen, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Vail and the greater Glenwood Springs area, including Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Battlement Mesa.

The divisions will start with six-team groupings and will expand to additional divisions on demand.

To begin the inaugural season, six teams will play in the Men’s Division, six teams will compete in the Women’s Division and six will play in Coed.

If more coed teams enter the league, a second division would be added. The same will apply for the men’s and women’s divisions.

The Men’s Divisions is expected to feature a competitive blend of teams representing the best of adult soccer in the mountain communities, according to White.

Several established teams, such as the Pepi’s club in Vail are scheduled to participate.

White said the new league is a revival of sorts of the once active mountain soccer league of the 1970s and 1980s.

The mountain towns field teams and staged tournaments for the adult club teams into the 1990s.

For this opening season, White said the scheduled will consist of five weeks of play, beginning in June.

Interested teams can contact league direct White at 970-947-8253 or can contact league advisory board chairman Fred Ammer at 970-625-5590.

Ammer previously was involved in the mountain soccer league and adult club soccer.

Entry fee is $675 per team.

The Glenwood Springs-based teams will play at Gates Soccer Park, on the Spring Valley campus of Colorado Mountain College.

The schedule will call for matches at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sundays at Gates.

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In other area soccer news, the Glenwood Springs Invitational Soccer Tournament for youth teams will be played this weekend at the Gates complex at CMC-Spring Valley.

A total of 46 youth teams from throughout Colorado are scheduled to participate.

The event is sponsored by the host Glenwood Springs Soccer Club.

All of the fields in the Gates complex will be used for the May 25-26 youth tournament.

More details, including schedules, will be released later this week for the annual Glenwood Springs Invitational Soccer Tournament.

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