Surf City will be Soccer City for the next few months.


Surf City will be Soccer City for the next few months.



Registration has opened for the 2013 fall season for the Surf City Soccer League, run by Surf City Parks & Recreation. Registrations are now being accepted for U-5, U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-18 youth divisions. Adult teams are also being formed.



With games played at the Surf City Athletic Fields by the Surf City Community Center, players in the U5 and U-6 divisions pay $30 for an eight-game season while participants in all other age divisions pay $40. All registration is done through townofsurfcity.com or onsite at the Community Center, 201 Community Center Drive.



All players receive a game jersey. Volunteer coaches receive guidance and training, and teams practice weekly. Games will begin right after Labor Day weekend. This is the third fall season for Surf City Soccer, which started with only about 60 players in 2011.



“We are really pleased to be growing and serving the community,” Surf City Parks & Recreation Director Kristie Grubbs said. “I think we have proved that we can offer high quality programs while being affordable to all.”



As a prelude to the fall season, Surf City is hosting futsal-style indoor soccer in the Community Center Gymnasium, starting July 13 and running for six weeks. Divisions are set at U-9, U-12 and U-17 for this fast-paced 5v5 indoor game that is extremely skill-oriented. The cost is $30 for the program and games will run on Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm. Register at townofsurfcity.com.



Finally, Surf City Soccer is hosting its second annual Soccer Camp from July 22 to 26 at the Community Center and athletic fields. Players will get expert instruction from a variety of top coaches including former Topsail High State Champion Coach Henry Contiras, current Rocky Point Trask boys coach Gordon Stanasic, Surf City Soccer founder James Hansley Jr. and Steve Unger who earned a USSF “A” License and coached at the high school and collegiate level. He also has taken touring teams to Europe and Brazil.



“We are totally thrilled with the support we have received from the community and are glad that our players are both learning how to play the game and having a really good time,” says Unger, who is also athletics supervisor at Surf City Parks and Recreation.



Surf City Soccer Camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon daily and will also include some specialized futsal training. All players will receive a camp shirt and a ball. Registration at townofsurfcity.com.



For more information call 910-328-4887, e-mail athletics@townofsurfcity.com or visit “Surf City Athletics” on Facebook.