Tryouts are COMPLETE for 2023

Tryout Information

Try-outs for 2023 season are complete. We do have limited spots available on out U18 and U19 Teams.

Please contact us if you wish to inquire about those spots.

About Tryouts

We understand and admire the desire for players to be on "the best team", but hope that you understand the potential difference between that and "the best team for your player right now". The development path we have created and continue to strive for and strengthen allows for movement of players among play levels. Your player's desire to improve allows for that. Each player goes through the process at different rates. We encourage you not to get caught up in the level of team your player is on and instead focus on the path of their development. The strength of our club lies in the players that fully buy in, fully commit and fully focus on their development.

No matter what level you played at the previous season, please check in to the session of your birth year. Example: if you were born in 2005 and played for the 04 team last year, you will need to report at the 2005 tryout time. Everyone is eligible to "play-up" but we need to get a baseline on who the top players in each age group are in order to make sure the right individuals are selected to make that jump.

  • You must register for tryouts in order to be  considered for team selection.  No exceptions.
  • Registering for tryouts DOES NOT bind you to the club. You are only registering for a tryout. Once you have been selected to a team, commit and pay the Commitment Fee (or any portion thereof), then that will bind your player to Southern Minnesota Select Soccer Club for the full Competitive season except as otherwise provided by US Club Soccer Bylaws.


With every tryout season, there comes potential for change and great anxiety from players, parents and coaches alike. We encourage you to remember that each year is a chance to grow, to develop as a player, to develop as a person and to develop a passion for soccer. One year can help you get better, but one year won't define you forever. 

The team formation process will be led by the Directors of Coaching, with input from the  Age Group Coordinators and team coaches. Player placement decisions are based on a multitude of inputs, which include winter training observations, in-season performance, and tryout results. 

While every effort is made to place each player on a Competitive team, roster size restrictions and the number of players trying out at an age group may prevent placement of every player. All players must be evaluated for placement on a team. 

All players should make every effort to attend tryouts. Due to the team nature of the tryout sessions, no makeup sessions are offered. Players must attend the tryout for their own birth year.

In-Season Performance - Each coach in the club is continuously evaluating players and during the summer season will be providing input for each player.  Going forward players evaluations will be used and intended to keep each player and parent(s) updated on the current status as well as potential future status in the club. Following the summer 2021season, each coach will  provide the Directors of Coaching a ranking of each player on their roster, and make suggestions for each player's future team selection. This will be done collectively as well as by position for each competitive team. This document will be a starting point for the next cycle of team selection. In addition, observations made by the Technical Staff during the season and during pool training/winter training will also be taken into consideration when forming teams. 

Commitment - Commitment to the team as it relates to attendance for both training and games during the entire competitive season. A player's involvement with outside activities will be assessed and the staff will determine the best interest for the club and particular team for a player's potential involvement. For Showcase teams, there is a higher standard of commitment and attendance expected. 

Tryout Performance - Players will have the opportunity to play 1v1, 4v4, 7v7 and full-sized games during the tryout session. Players will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Technical - dribbling, passing, receiving, etc.

Tactical - decision-making, vision, movement off the ball, etc.

Physical - speed, agility, strength, etc.

Psychological - competitiveness, aggressiveness, team player, etc.

After Tryouts, rosters are typically finalized within 2 week. Players will be notified via email with next steps to either accept or decline their roster spot. The notice will be sent to the main email entered in your Tryout registration. In order to accept a roster spot, the commitment fee must be paid in full, and a payment plan agreed to for the team fees for the season.

The commitment fee is due at time of team selection. Full registration fee will not be due until after January 1.  Once the commitment fee is paid, you are bound to that team for the season.


U15-U16 - $50.00


U16-U19 -$50.00

All players MUST register online for tryouts in advance, even if you cannot attend.  You will not be considered for placement on a team if you are not registered for tryouts.

Attending tryouts is critical to ensure that players are provided an accurate evaluation and are properly placed for the following season. 

While the club does measure and consider in-season performance when making team formation decisions, all players should make every effort to attend tryouts. In the event that a player cannot attend tryouts, parents must notify the club in advance by filling in the appropriate information during tryout registration. 

We recognize there will be instances when a player is unable to attend tryouts as scheduled. To be included in the process and be placed on a competitive team, all players that will miss one (or both) sessions for their age group are required to:

  • Register for tryouts. Every player must be registered. 
  • Complete the information in the registration stating that the player will be missing one session or both sessions, note the reasons for the absence (medical condition, out of town, other) and pay the non-refundable registration fee. 
  • If a player has a situation that simply does not allow them to be evaluated, efforts will be made to place the player appropriately based upon coach or club-provided player evaluations. 
  • In the event of a “close call” between players, preference will be given to the player that attends tryouts/evaluations unless the absence is due to an injury that prevents the player from participating in tryouts. 
  • Due to the team nature of the tryout sessions, no makeup sessions are offered and players must attend the tryout for their own birthyear. 
  • Players who have not registered and paid or who have an outstanding balance will not be allowed to participate in tryouts. 

Player placement cannot be contested.  The club will not engage in any debate on team placements.

In order to maximize player development, we will do our best to place players on teams where they are surrounded by others of similar ability, commitment, and aspirations.

Players will be placed based on a combination of how they ranked on their previous team and tryout rankings. 

Team placements are not negotiable. We cannot share specifics regarding rankings and scores.  We will provide feedback on where players can improve only.


YES.  All players MUST register online for Tryouts in advance, regardless of attendance at Tryouts. You will not be considered for placement on a team if you are not registered. There is a section in the registration where you can enter details if you will miss tryouts.

Players who are injured and unable to participate in tryouts must register for Tryouts and indicate a medical reason for non-participation. Previous season player rankings and coach evaluations will be used to place players on teams. If you are injured after you have submitted your tryout registration, please email

No.  Once you have been selected for a team and you have paid your commitment fee, then you are bound to the club for that season.

Plenty of water, all appropriate soccer gear (soccer shoes, shin guards, all goalkeeper gear). You do not need to bring a ball.

All players should attend the tryout session of their respective birth year.  Opportunities for players to compete in an older age group will be decided by the Directors of Coaching and Age Group Coordinators. It is important to also keep in mind that the decision to allow a player to play up is an ongoing evaluation. An opportunity to play up in one year does not guarantee future opportunities. Opportunities will be evaluated and determined on an ongoing basis.

Parents are not allowed to be near the tryout fields, to coach from the sidelines, or to engage in conversation with evaluators. Parents should plan to stay for the short informational meeting at the start of the first session, then leave the tryout area.

It’s hard to watch your child be evaluated against others. We all want our kids to be the best, and to have the chance to achieve their goals. Before the tryout, make sure that your child knows you love and support them — an encouraging hug and loving words can be just as inspirational (or even more so) as a fiery motivational speech. Immediately afterwards, don’t add your own analysis to that of the coaches — whether your child made the team or not, a hug from you will be the best thing you can give them.

There will be no contesting or protesting of team formation results. Parents will not be allowed to contest team placement of any player in any age group. Tryout rankings and team rankings are confidential and will not be shared. Players looking for feedback should reference their end-of-season player evaluations.

For all  teams, Select leverages a blend of team and pool training which allows players to fully develop their skills as a player. The pool training concept is introduced at these younger ages as a way to ensure the implementation of consistent and high quality training platforms across age groups.  Training in a pool shifts the focus away from team success and forces the emphasis to be placed on individual player development. While the ratio of pool to team training will vary throughout the calendar year, there will be an increased focus on pool training during the winter months. Players will be placed in pools according to their skill level with the understanding that players develop at different rates. Increased competition, improved training satisfaction, and accelerated player development are all by-products of the pool training environment.

Other benefits include:

  • Deliberate and consistent implementation of age group curriculum
  • Fluidity that ensures that players are consistently being placed in the right training environment
  • Improved club culture and spirit. It’s about more than just one team!
  • Opportunities to build relationships and friendships across the age group. Providing the opportunity to expand their social boundaries is an extremely healthy developmental step for young players
  • Consistent evaluation and feedback provided by the club’s top staff coaches



Goalkeeper Tryouts will vary by age group:

U15 & older League or Showcase:  League and Showcase level teams above U15 will have a full time Goalkeeper. Players will try out during their age group tryout.  


Southern Minnesota Select Soccer Club will offers year-round Goalkeeper training, by a Club Goalkeeping Trainer.  All Southern Minnesota Select Players are eligible to attend Goalkeeper Training at no extra charge through all soccer seasons - Summer,  Winter and Indoor.