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North soccer leagues prep for fall

July 26, 2013
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The North Fort Myers Soccer Club (NFMSC) is registering players for the fall season, and it wants you.

The league registered U10 through U18 players last week and now are looking for Squires (pee-wees) to join.

Registrations will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 9-10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bayshore Soccer Complex, 17050 Williams Road.

Players can register in person or online, and so far things have been going well, according to Sheila Palmore, vice president of recreation.

"It's usually the first night of U18 practice where a lot of people come in (which happened Tuesday). Everything is coming up so fast," Palmore said.

The cost is $115, with a $20 rebate for volunteering to work in the concession stand for an hour during the season, which has been a problem over the years, Palmore said.

"There are normally three people who work it and it's overwhelming, and as vice president there are things I need to be doing," Palmore said. "We hope we can get people to step up a little bit."

The league was formed in 1978 and has grown steadily over the years. The spring league had about 300 members, with the previous fall at about 280, Palmore said.

"You typically get newer people in spring because it's cheaper, there's no traveling and it's shorter," Palmore said. "The teams are co-ed, so people like to try it out."

The NFMSC is part of the Lee County Youth Soccer Association, and its teams are pitted against teams from other areas such as Greater Fort Myers, Lehigh and San Carlos, Palmore said, with occasional matches against Collier County teams.

Last year, the NFMSC partnered with Global Premier Soccer to form the Florida Knights an expansion of the NFMSC based at JetBlue Park, which has six full-sized soccer fields.

"We will have eight competitive teams there," said Buddy Hawkins, club president. "The players go to tryouts and choose which team they want to play on. We have teams with Global Premier out of Massachusetts and they bring in their own coaches."

Hawkins said the league has gone more of a training route with pro trainers to work with the recreational kids.

New players must have a copy of their birth certificate to sign up.

Palmore said she is really psyched to start the season, especially for the little ones.

"It's so much fun watching them and they're all legs trying to kick the ball," Palmore said. "The parents are fun to watch, too. They go wild when their kids score a goal."

For more information, contact Palmore at 284-3170. You can also register online at: and follow them on Facebook.



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