WASHINGTON DC- DC Soccer Club has joined forces with five other DC-based clubs to form a winter soccer league in the District, with games kicking off on January 20. This collaboration allows the clubs to play competitive intra-club games during the winter season, focusing on development in the off-season while minimizing travel by keeping all games at home in the nation’s capital.
Named DC Winterfest, the league’s participating clubs have agreed on a shared vision for player and growth models of the game of soccer, ensuring each club maintains its training and player development models in a friendly, nurturing environment during league play. The league was formed and is led by the following participating clubs and directors: District of Columbia Football Club (DCFC), Director Amir Lowery; DC Way Academy, Director Denis Chekuristov; DC Soccer Club Brookland (DCSC Brookland), Director Thomas Walsh; DC Soccer Club (DCSC), Director Edu de Souza; Player Performance Academy (PPA), Director Annie Worden; and Washington Capitol United (WCU), Director Tudor Stanciu.
Tom Walsh, Director of Soccer for DC Soccer Club Brookland said, “As a lifelong resident of Washington DC, I have played youth soccer in DC, learned the game in DC, coached youth soccer in DC, and formed a soccer club in DC. It has been a long-term goal to see the local clubs in the DC area come together for the benefit of the game. This is a positive step for youth soccer in DC! ”
Edu DeSouza, Technical Director “The goal of the DC Winterfest League is to provide each player, team, and club with a positive environment which will allow coaches to focus on establishing good habits for player development, teach players sportsmanship and teamwork, and establish city-wide camaraderie and friendships. The five-week season allows each club to play a full day of games against each club in the league at local DC fields and facilities.”
ABOUT DC SOCCER CLUB
DC Soccer Club is a youth soccer club in Washington, DC, with a long history and strong ties to the community, bringing people together through the love of soccer. The club offers a variety of comprehensive programs for different levels of soccer training, education, and competition. Beyond teaching players technical soccer skills, our philosophy is to develop our players as a whole; we strive to help our players grow as well-rounded people with respect, dedication, and good sportsmanship. DC Soccer Club is committed to making soccer accessible to all youth players in the Washington, DC area, regardless of background or athletic ability.