Field Locations

Roswell Soccer Club Field Locations

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        Groveway Community Park-Lower Turf               Groveway Community Park-Upper Turf                

160 Dobbs Dr Roswell, GA 30075                      160 Dobbs Dr Roswell, GA 30075



                    Woodstock Soccer Complex                               Roswell Area Park Multi-Sport #3 Turf              

90 Woodstock Street, Roswell, GA 30075            10495 Woodstock Rd Roswell, GA 30075



                Sweetapple Park                                                    East Roswell Park 1 & 2 – Turf              

11850 Crabapple Road Roswell 30075                  9000 Fouts Road Roswell 30075


Grimes Bridge Park 1 & 2 – Grass 

830 Grimes Bridge Rd Roswell, GA 30075

East Roswell Park

East Roswell Park features two soccer fields on the main road, Field #1 and Field #2.

From GA 400: Exit and go east on Holcomb Bridge Road, Exit 7A if traveling North, Exit 7 if traveling South. Follow Holcomb Bridge for approximately 4 miles. After crossing over Eves Road, make a right on Fouts Road. The park will be at the end of Fouts Road. After entering the park the soccer fields will be on your left.

Address:  9000 Fouts Road Roswell 30075
Phone: 770.594.6134
Grimes Bridge
From GA 400: Exit on Holcomb Bridge Road, Exit 7B if traveling North, Exit 7 if traveling South. Go west on Holcomb Bridge Road through 4 lights, approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Grimes Bridge Road (Shell Gas Station and Wachovia Bank on the corner). Go approximately .5 miles and Grimes Bridge Park will be on your right. The fields are located in front of the Adult Recreation Center.
Address:  830 Grimes Bridge Rd Roswell, GA 30075
Groveway Community Park Lower (aka Lower Waller)
From GA 400: Exit on Holcomb Bridge Road, Exit 7B if traveling North, Exit 7 if traveling South. Go west on Holcomb Bridge until you hit Highway 9.  Take a left on Hwy 9 and travel approximantley 2 miles until you hit Atlanta St (hwy 9).  Take a left on Atlanta St, go through one light, Oak Street, and take your next left, Oxbo Road, there is a gas station on the corner.  Travel approx. 1 mile and then turn left on Dobbs Drive.  Continue through park until you see your first right, take this right and head down to the fields.
Address: 160 Dobbs Dr Roswell, GA 30075
Roswell Area Park
Address:  10495 Woodstock Rd Roswell, GA 30075
Groveway Community Park Upper (aka Upper Waller)
From GA 400: Exit on Holcomb Bridge Road, Exit 7B if traveling North, Exit 7 if traveling South. Go west on Holcomb Bridge until you hit Highway 9.  Take a left on Hwy 9 and travel approximantley 2 miles until you hit Atlanta St (hwy 9).  Take a left on Atlanta St, go through one light, Oak Street, and take your next left, Oxbo Road, there is a gas station on the corner.  Travel approx. 1 mile and then turn left on Dobbs Drive.  Continue all the way through the park until you see a big playground, the field is located behind the playground.
Address: 160 Dobbs Dr Roswell, GA 30075

Noonday Park (Back Fields #8 and higher)

Noonday Park has two sides, accessible from different roads. Fields 1-5 are most accessible from Hawkins Store Road. Fields 8+ are most accessible from a driveway at 548 Shallowford Road.


548 Shallowford Road
Kennesaw  Georgia  30144

United States

Pope High School

Between Regular Seasons, Rovers FC Plays at Pope High School

Rovers Support the Pope High School, Soccer Booster Club

You Must Be Registered and Paid to Attend!

Games will not be canceled because of rain!

All players interested in registering for the Pope/Rovers Off-Season League (runs during Summers and Winters) should go online ASAP and sign-up ;so they will get all email updates.

Adult 11-11 Soccer League hosted at Pope High School in Marietta, GA.

This league is raises money to support Pope High School Soccer and provide local adults with a great venue to come together and play on Sunday evenings. Summer Dates 2013 (about 10 Weeks)

  • Sundays: Starting 5/19 6:00-8:00pm
  • Wednesdays training sessions 7:00-9:00pm

Facility Address:

Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road Northeast, Marietta, GA 30062-4202 Games are played in the stadium which is a new artificial grass field, dimensions of the field are 120×65. The artificial surface is playable in all weather conditions.


3001 Hembree Road Northeast
Marietta  Georgia  30062

United States



Current Teams, Spring 2016:

  • Rovers White D1 (Pope league)
  • Rovers White O30 Cobb Soccer League CASL – was Rovers Blue D1 (they won D2 and gained promotion!)
  • Rovers Black (formerly Real Pollo) D1 (Pope league)
  • Rovers Orange D3Cobb Soccer League CASL
  • Rovers Gold O30 D1 (Pope league)
  • Rovers (Roswell Rovers O30) O30  Roswell League
  • Rovers Green O40 Cobb Soccer League CASL
  • Rovers United O58 Roswell League
  • Rovers Chrome O50 Roswell League
  • Wild Rovers (formerly the team known as Rovers Masters) O50 Roswell League
  • Rovers International Roswell League O58
  • Rovers Silver Roswell League O58

Joining a Rovers Team & Rovers Club

To join a team, please contact the team’s manager or assistant manager. Don’t be surprised if they ask you to come out to a training session and ask where, at what level, and how recently you have played soccer.

Leagues collect fees in different ways, some collect from each player and others require a single payment by the manager.


Get Out & Practice Soccer


Get out of the house and train with your team or the group! Fall leagues start again in September. Rovers FC has several training (practice) options for you. There are regular practices for players of every age. Teams play in leagues run by the YMCA in Cobb County, the City of Roswell, or Pope HS Booster Club. Ask your manager or call Jim Caruso at 404.788.0188. We will help you find a place to practice or a team to play with in the fall.

Training = Practice: Rovers Teams & Club Practices

NOTE: This page lists a number of practice and pick-up play opportunities all around Atlanta.

Team Practices: Contact your manager to find out the best training options for you and where your team trains. These are during the spring and fall seasons.

Cobb League: All teams that play in Cobb train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm during the season. Please contact a manager of a Rovers team, if you wish to attend and find a Rovers team to join. The best weather (field closing) info is on the youth soccer site . Rovers teams have some openings, so find a team manager or contact Jim Caruso at 404.788.0188 or

Roswell League:

  • Over-30 (current for spring 2016) teams in Roswell have a field on Tuesdays 8:00-9:30pm. We have a good turnout, but ask that you help cover the cost because we don’t have a sponsor for this now. Contact Jim Caruso at 404.788.0188 or There is a fee to rent the field for this.
  • Over-50  teams in Roswell have a field on Thursdays 8:30-10:00pm that is shared by a few teams. Contact Jim Caruso at 404.788.0188 or You may need to pay.

Off-Season Leagues

Many members from different Rovers’ teams train in a mostly-Rovers, summer and winter league in East Cobb.

Indoor & Outdoor, Short-sided Leagues, Year ‘Round

  • Cobb Soccer
  • Roswell has an Over-58 league that looks like it will operate year-round.
  • Marietta Indoor – a single field, behind the Marietta Diner. Some Rovers guys are in a weekday league there now.
  • Silverbacks Outdoor, they have many 7 v 7 leagues of every age, open to O50, and also some 11 v 11 weekend leagues. Some Coed.
  • Silverbacks Indoor, Open and O30. Some Coed.
  • Stars Soccer Club outdoor 9v9 and 11v11; and Stars Soccer Barn (indoor, 7 v 7) O40 league on Wednesdays. Open age group indoor leagues on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Wall 2 Wall: 5v5, 7 v 7, and 11v11, including Co-ed leagues Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Wolf’s Soccer: Different levels every evening. O30 League on Fridays.

Inter-Squad Scrimmages

Yes, we have them.

Ways To Find a Practice

Soccer Random (a Google Group, email notifications about practices)

Rovers members sometimes organize ad-hoc training. Notifications are sent via Google Groups notifications under the name Tuesday-Thursday Pickup Soccer in Cobb. As of May 28, 2013, Rovers members have other places to play, but sign up and if there are summer practices, you will get an email notice.

Ad Hoc (Walk-on Places to Find a Pick-up Game)

There are many places to train around Atlanta and Rovers members live all around the city, although mostly in the north and northwest.

  • Alpharetta Webb Bridge Park: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon
  • Fullers Park: unknown, was evenings, sometimes after other sports.
  • Georgia Tech, Roe Stamps Field: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:00pm. NOTE: Roe Stamps Fields has NEW artificial turf and the fields are now open.
  • Robinson Road Field, a bare field without working lights that works well in the summer. Times vary.
  • O50: In Roswell at Waller Park Extension, now at the Lower Soccer Practice Fields: 9:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, O55, O60, O65, and O70 (yes, Over-70) teams heading for the Veteran’s Cup train at these, but training is open to anyone. Mostly guys, but some women’s players. Notice! Don’t injure players headed for national tournaments!
  • Veteran’s Cup teams train on Saturdays. Time & Location varies with season and field availability. You must be a member of the traveling team, invited by the team’s manager.
  • Roswell Area Park at the far back field or as an alternate the Middle School field on Saturdays, mornings, but times vary. These tend to be 40+
  • Terrell Mill Park. Times vary. Could be anywhere in the park


The Statistics on Stopping a Penalty Kick

The Statistics on Stopping a Penalty Kick

Statistics Observation by Mark Stevens

After a dramatic penalty kick ending to the 2012 Jack Frost Tournament, Mark Stevens comments on an article he found about the statistics of a penalty kick. Mark Stevens is the Rovers White goalie who along with Ian Wheeler and QuiQue Lopez collaborated to win the Cup. Mark aka Markaroni is a long time CDC statistician who judges the world with statistics. “Interesting article. My only problem with its logic is that they removed all shots that missed the target from the analysis, and then concluded that most shots in the upper third were made, so you should shoot for the upper third. That sounds like the best way to miss the goal to me. You could similarly argue that all balls hit like a frozen rope to the upper 90, within a foot of the side bar and crossbar always go in, but I wouldn’t want to try that for fear of missing the goal entirely. But I’ve thought about this very issue wondering if anyone had ever looked at the stats. I always thought picking a side gives you a better chance against most shots which are one side or another, and more often to the instep of the kicker. Maybe not. Just to change things up a bit, I thought it might be best to maybe go 3 right, 1 left and 1 middle, depending on how you feel for each kicker, but I always thought I needed to decide before the kick and get a jump. I’d be interested in Ian and Q’s philosophy… Mark”Keepers and PK takers are encouraged to contribute

Penalty kicks are a critical time of decision making for both the goal keeper and the penalty taker. Given that, for most professional games, the average number of goals scored is around 2.5, a penalty kick can have a major influence on the outcome of a match. Penalty kicks may reach speeds near 125 mph and is usually over within a quarter of a second. Thus, the goal keeper must make a decision on how to stop the shot before the ball is struck. Statistics show that goal keepers will most often jump to the left or right, hoping to guess correctly and place him (or her) self in a position to block the kick. Is this action by the keeper the best strategy? Research headed by Michael Bar-Eli at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel makes some interesting conclusions about how goal keepers should defend penalty kicks.

The researchers analyzed the video of 286 penalty kicks from professional leagues in Europe and South America as well as from the European Championships and World Cup competitions. They coded each PK into one of three vertical (high, middle or low) and horizontal (right, center or left) directions. Shots that missed the goal were not included in these analyses. They also coded goalkeeper movements (jump right, jump left or stay central) and whether or not they stopped the shot. Using simple statistics, they compared the success of goalkeepers in stopping shots based on their movements and where the ball was placed.

From the penalty kicker’s standpoint, 85% of the penalty shots placed on goal were successful. A bit more than half of the shots taken were placed in the lower one-third of the goal (57%). These low attempts were successful ~80% of the time. By comparison, only 13% of shots were placed in the upper third of the goal. However, all of these efforts resulted in a goal scored (100% success).

Slightly more shots were placed to the goal keeper’s right side compared to the center or left. Of these three directions, kickers were most successful when shooting at the center of the goal. Shots aimed at the center of the goal were successful 87% of the time compared to an 83% success rate for shots placed at the outer thirds of the goal.

Based on these numbers, professional penalty kick takers most often place the ball at the lower right corner of the goal (40% of attempts). However, they are far more successful when shooting at the upper portion. Thus, the most successful strategy for the penalty kick taker is to place the ball in the upper third of the goal area rather than the lower portion. Assuming that the shot doesn’t go over the crossbar, placing the shot in the upper region of the goal will almost insure a successful attempt.

Goal keeping behavior explains part of the goal scoring successes. In attempting to stop the penalty kick, goal keepers jump to the right or left 94% of the time. In doing this, they guess correctly only about 40% of the time (i.e. jump left, shot placed left). However, even when they guess correctly, they only stop 25-30% of the shots. The most intriguing part of the Dr. Bar-Eli’s analyses is that when goal keepers remain in the center of the goal and the shot is placed in the center, they make the save 60% of the time. Given that about 30% of penalty kicks are placed in the center third of the goal, remaining stationary in the center of the goal increases the keepers chances of stopping the shot from about 13% to more than 33%.

Thus, the best strategy for goal keepers is to remain in the center of the goal during the penalty kick. Thus the idea that goal keepers should jump left or right and hope they guess correctly is not supported by these numbers.

Why might there be more success when the goal keeper stays in the center of the net? When a keeper jumps in one direction, he/she is only able to cover about 1/9 of the goal area (usually the lower corner) plus a bit of the central area. Thus, if the ball is placed in the side or upper third, the keeper has very little chance of stopping the shot. The keeper is either out of positionof in a poor position to stop the shot.However, if the keeper remains in the center of the goal area, he/she can cover closer to one third of the goal area (the upper-, middle- and lower-central areas).

If these numbers are correct, then why do goalies jump left or right in their effort to stop penalty kicks? Part of the decision may be based on experience, reading the shot taker’s body language and to opinion that diving is indeed the best strategy. Another reason probably lies in the concept of a “bias towards action”. This occurs with a decision is based on perceived need to “do something” rather than nothing. In sports, it is often said that mistakes are more forgivable if they are made at full speed. Diving to the left or right gives the appearance of effort and avoids the perception that he/or she didn’t attempt to make a save. In fact, a survey of goal keepersshow that the vast majority feel worse if a goal is scored when they remain central versus diving to the left or right.

The take home message is that from a statistical standpoint, it may be more advantageous for a goal keeper to defend a penalty kick by remaining in the goal’s center rather than diving to one side. Despite the need to make a heroic effort, this situation may require doing less rather than more.


Bar-Eli M, Azar OH (2009) Penalty kicks in soccer: an empirical analysis of shooting strategies and goalkeepers preferences. Soccer & Society, 10:183-191.

Bar-Eli M, Azar OH, Ritov I, Keidar-Levin Y, Schein G (2007) Action bias among elite soccer goal keepers: the case of penalty kicks. Journal of Economic Psychology, 28:606-621.


Holding Mid – Defensive Mid Qualities

Holding Mid – Defensive Mid Qualities

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Holding Mid – Defensive Mid Qualities

Here is a long, somewhat random list of the qualities of a holding midfielder.


Holding Midfield (Defensive Halfback)

Demand the ball

Jack: A playmaker should always want to receive the ball. At Arsenal, I’m lucky to have Cesc [Fabregas]. He’s a dream to play with because he’s always in space and he always finds you when you’re in space, giving me time to think and play the next pass that will keep the flow of our play moving.

Alfred: On average a playmaker will have three seconds to demand, receive and distribute the ball. Only players with a high level of technical ability will be able to execute this with speed and precision.

The Drill: Play like Arsenal: Part One

Awareness gives time and space to play

Jack: Look around when the ball is coming towards you. It helps to know what’s going on around you. Being aware of this allows you to observe how play is developing and to see where to play the next ball.

Alfred: It’s important to be thinking about the next pass before you receive the ball, but it’s essential that your first touch is excellent. It’s not as simple as controlling the ball. It’s about cushioning the ball – you don’t want it under your feet, but at the same time you don’t want it too far out of your feet so that your inviting the opposition to win back possession. Of course this depends on where your markers are and how much space you have around you. Before you receive the ball, think about where you want to take the ball next so that your first touch can guide the ball in the direction you want to head.

The Drill: Master first touch: Part Three

Stay a step ahead

Jack: It’s always important to know what you’re going to do with the ball before it comes to you. Before you’re in possession, you’re already continuously thinking and then when the ball comes to you, you can either play one touch or you can take a touch and play the ball into space.

Alfred: Jack has the essential playmaker qualities – good communication, movement and anticipation. However, crucially you need to build on your technique. You need to be able to manipulate the ball and then make the right choice with your pass. But don’t stand and stare admiring your pass – make sure you’re on the move, looking for the next pass – staying a step ahead of the opposition. Think, two three passes ahead. Playing small sided games will help you master this skill – activating your brain as well as your feet.

The Drill: Play like Arsenal: Part Three

Join forwards in the attack
Mental strength
Physical strength
Box to box
Technical ball skills
Communication and organization
Initiate chances in the opposing side’s goal area. Central midfielders are at the core of this type of play.
Judge a few moves ahead of the current play.
Position themselves according to whatever side is in possession.
Create threatening attacks
Destroy attempts by the opposing team to create chances.
The two central midfield players, whether playing alongside in a level midfield four or in a diamond system with one slightly forward, should never be far apart from each other.
They should have the insight to realise when it is OK to attack and get the team moving ahead and when it’s necessary to adopt a defensive stance and get players behind the ball.
Excellent all round vision and awareness
Seize chances quickly or
Exploit any weaknesses in the other team’s format.
Good ball control
Receive when under pressure
Keep possession
Pass accurately
Keep the game flowing
One touch and wall passes
Human brains can deal with a maximum of seven thoughts at a time, so these seven vital tasks – OK!
Holding role, charged with recycling possession, picking up second balls in deep areas and closing out the space in front of the defense.
Soccer Principals
  • Delay
  • Compact
  • Depth
  • Width

Holding Centre-Mid

A holding/defensive midfielder is mainly there to make the team a bit more solid in the middle of the park. He adds an extra line of defence and should be positioned deep so he can help the defence every time the opposition attack. Their job is in between that of a defender and a midfielder. So he needs to be able to pass well and keep possession. But he also needs to keep his position well, be disciplined, be good at tackling and be in command of the area around him.
The specific skills and qualities you need to cultivate in order to be a holding player include:
  • Tackling
  • Positioning
  • Discipline
  • Strength
  • Passing
  • Reading the game
  • Communication
  • Stamina
  • Determination


Michael Kojo Essien, Real Madrid (on loan from Chelsea), Ghana

Michael Essien is the best defensive midfielder in world football.
Although the Chelsea star has been plagued by injuries over the past few seasons, he is still one of the elite players at his position. When fit and in good form, the Ghanaian is a dominant presence in midfield for both club and country.
Essien is the archetypal, modern defensive midfielder. The Chelsea star brings power, pace, athleticism and energy to the position. He marks opponents tightly and closes down the space well. Essien’s tenacity and determination to break up opposition play make him a true ball-winner in midfield. The midfielder is relentless defensively, hounding opponents when in possession and making vital interceptions.
Combative style of play.
Great commitment in the challenge and hunger to win back possession.
Power and strength to shrug opponents off the ball and win the majority of 50-50 challenges.
Physical attributes
Good positioning
Tactical awareness
Tenacious in the challenge and exceptional technique with the standing and sliding tackle.
Essien has emerged as a world-class box-to-box midfielder, providing tireless running through the middle. The Ghanaian gets forward in support of the attack, and tracks back defensively as well. The combative midfielder has outstanding stamina, which allows him to play with such high energy.
Essien’s defensive determination and willingness to burst into the attack drives the team forward.
The Ghanaian arrives late in the box, providing a serious goal-scoring threat from distance. Essien hits a thunderous strike from long-range, and has an eye for the spectacular goal.
Top box-to-box defensive midfielders.
Athleticism, work-rate and defensive skills make him the best enforcer in world football.
Ranking Reason:
Essien has emerged as the best player at the position.
Powerful, combative and athletic style of play sets him apart from the other players on the list.
Unmatched energy and an exceptional work-rate, making him a commanding presence in midfield.
Essien’s ability to drive the team forward makes him a special talent in midfield. The Ghanaian has unmatched energy, which allows him to be a force on both sides of the ball.
With his polished defensive qualities and physical attributes, the Chelsea star is a natural ball-winner.
Essien may not be the most skilled or technically gifted player on the list, but he is a dynamic force in midfield.
Essien is #1 because of his tenacity, athleticism, engine and tackling ability.
Other holding (defensive) midfield players do not contribute further up the pitch with late runs into the box, or have the Ghanaian’s pace and power.
Not as good ball at his feet, as compared with DiRossi
Athletic style of play, strength and speed. Not as technically gifted as Xabi Alonso.
Essien is undoubtedly the No. 1 defensive midfielder in the world.
Box to box
Boundless energy
Supporting in offense
Supporting in defense
Tough tackling

Xabi Alonso, Real Madrid, Spain

The most technically gifted defensive midfielder in football. The Spaniard has become a key player for both club and country.
Alonso’s passing and vision make him a unique defensive midfielder. The Madrid star has an exceptional range of passing. The Spaniard can play intricate one and two-touch football in the middle, combining with teammates using short passes. Alonso’s crisp passing has a calming effect in midfield, as he can relieve pressure with one touch.
Crisp passing
Calming effect on his team
Relieve opposing pressure with one touch
Perfectly weighted ball makes him an elite passer
Dictate play with his outstanding passing skill.
Sets the tempo and rhythm from a deep-lying position
Orchestrating the attack and spreading the play.
The technique to string together passes
The Spaniard’s ability to play the perfectly-weighted ball makes him an elite passer.
The best long-range passer in football. The Madrid star can consistently hit the 40-60 yard cross-field diagonal with more precision than the best pass-masters in football. Alonso’s accurate passing over distance sets him apart from the majority of midfielders.
In addition to his technique and passing ability, the Spanish international has a great eye for the pass. Alonso can see the intricate pass through multiple defenders, or the long diagonal to switch the play. With his vision and range of passing, the Spaniard is a threat to make the killer pass from anywhere on the pitch.
Although Alonso’s passing has become the hallmark of his game, he also has accomplished defensive qualities. While the Spaniard is not a tenacious or tough-tackling enforcer, he reads the game exceptionally well. Alonso has good positional awareness, rarely getting pulled out wide or caught upfield.
The Madrid midfielder is not the typical midfield enforcer, but he brings a unique skill-set to the position. With his exemplary passing skill and reading of the game, Alonso has become one of the top defensive midfielders in the world.
Ranking Reason:
Although the Spaniard does not have the tackling ability or defensive mentality of other elite holding midfielders, he is clearly amongst the best players at the position. Alonso claims the No. 2 spot with his technical ability, contribution to the attacking play and consistent level of top form.
After impressive displays for Liverpool, Madrid and Spain, the midfielder has emerged as one of the best passers in football. Alonso’s range of passing, exceptional cross-field diagonal and vision distinguishes him as the most technically gifted defensive midfielder in Europe.
The Spaniard’s ability to dictate play and unlock defenses makes him a unique player at the position.
While deep-lying playmakers such as Andrea Pirlo have similar passing skills, they lack the positional sense and defensive ability to excel as a defensive midfielder. Alonso is not the best tackling midfielder, but he has the anticipation and tactical awareness to play in the holding midfield role.
Although the Spaniard is a gifted world-class player, the best defensive midfielder in football has been in a league of his own. Alonso brings a unique skill-set to the position, but he lacks the defensive qualities to move claim the top spot.
Technical brilliance, skill and consistent level of good form. Not as much athleticism nor as polished defensive skills.
Contribution when in possession cannot be understated.
The Spaniard has the vision to see, and the ability to play, the killer pass from anywhere on the pitch. Consistently been an outstanding performer for club and country.
Alonso does not fit the typical mold of a defensive midfielder, but he is undoubtedly a world-class talent and deserving of the No. 2 ranking in the list.

Daniele De Rossi, A.S. Roma, Italy

De Rossi is arguably the most underrated defensive midfielder in world football. The Italian international’s unique combination of physical attributes and technical ability makes him a dynamic force in the heart of midfield. De Rossi’s outstanding skill and invaluable intangibles distinguish him as an elite defensive midfielder.
The 2009 Italian Footballer of the Year has all the tools of a complete defensive midfielder. De Rossi shows good strength and determination in the tackle, making key interceptions and breaking up opposition play. The Roma icon boasts an exceptional sliding tackle, which is among the best in Europe. In addition, the talismanic midfielder reads the game well and sticks tight to his markers.
De Rossi’s work-rate and energy have been key to his success as a holding midfielder. The Roma vice-captain is hard-working off the ball, tracking back defensively and closing down opponents. The Italian international has emerged as a commanding midfield presence with his tenacious and combative style of play.
The Roma icon shows a willingness to get forward into the attack as well. De Rossi supports the play and makes late runs into the box. He possesses one of the best long-range shots in Europe, which makes him a serious threat from outside the box. The Italian’s tireless running drives the team forward, making him an ideal box-to-box defensive midfielder.
Natural defensive qualities
Outstanding passing ability and vision.
Dictate play from midfield, spreading the ball and orchestrating the attack.
Plays one and two-touch football in the middle, or hits the long cross-field diagonal.
Pass with both feet, which allows him to keep the passing rhythm and find better passing angles.
Has the tough-tackling mentality of a midfield enforcer, but he has the vision of a deep-lying pass-master as well.
Killer through-balls with either foot.
Natural leaders in Europe. The Italian earned the nickname “Capitan Futuro” with his tough-tackling, spirited and inspirational displays in the heart of midfield.
Unique balance of technical skill and defensive ability. De Rossi is a gifted midfield dynamo, and one of the best defensive midfielders in football.
Ranking Reason:
Elite player in Serie A for nearly half a decade, for club and country.
Expansive skill-set and contributions on both sides of the ball.
Dynamic defensive midfielder, combining skill and passing ability with defensive tenacity and tackling technique. The Roma icon has developed into an elite box-to-box midfielder and inspirational leader.
The most complete player on this list.
The Italian has the tools and intangibles to challenge for the top spot in the rankings.
Consistent level of top form.
Well-balanced style of play.
Great technical skill
More defensive tenacity and better tackling technique to the midfield.
Skill on the ball and attacking contribution.
De Rossi can dictate tempo, spread the play with both feet and find the killer through-ball.
The Italian international does not have the extensive resume as other players on the list. However, the Roma vice-captain has earned his place as one of the top three defensive midfielders in world football.
Javier Mascherano, Barcelona, Argentina
Best ball-winning defensive midfielder in football.
Mascherano excelled in the physical EPL with Liverpool, and has brought his combative style of play to Barcelona.
The Barcelona midfielder is relentless when marking opponents, closing down space and constantly hounding them when in possession.
Mascherano’s fierce, competitive nature makes him an ideal defensive midfielder. The Argentine captain never gives up on the play, tracking back and making last-ditch challenges. Mascherano’s tireless work-rate and engine have become hallmarks of his tenacious style of play.
The Barcelona midfielder is strong and tough in the tackle, showing unmatched commitment. Mascherano breaks up opposition play, and wins the majority of 50-50 challenges. The Argentine captain has exceptional tackling technique, both on his feet and with the sliding tackle. Mascherano’s combative mentality and defensive abilities distinguish him as a world-class ball-winner in midfield.
Although the Argentine has become known for his fierce tackling, he has good distribution skills as well. Mascherano does not have the most expansive passing range, but he is effective playing short and simple passes. The Argentine captain has good vision for an enforcing midfielder, finding passing lanes and spreading the play. Mascherano is not a deep-lying playmaker, but he is accurate with his passing.
In addition to his physical attributes and abilities, the Argentine has emerged as a true leader. With his tireless displays in midfield, Mascherano provides inspiration for both club and country.
The Barcelona midfielder has physical tools and defensive prowess of a top-quality holding midfielder. However, Mascherano’s leadership qualities and intangibles make him one of the best defensive midfielders in football.
Esteban Cambiasso, Internazionale, Argentina
A model of consistency.
the Inter star uses his positional sense and awareness to protect the backline. Cambiasso reads the game well, anticipating danger and making vital interceptions.
In addition to his polished defensive qualities, the Inter star boasts good passing skills and composure on the ball. Cambiasso rarely plays a poor ball, completing the majority of his passes. The Argentine can spread the play and distribute from deeper positions, making him a dynamic defensive midfielder. With his excellent technique, touch and accurate passing, Cambiasso can dictate play, drive the team forward and find the back of the net.
Not be the most physical or vocal
Sergio Busquets, Barcelona, Spain
The World Cup winner is one of the most simple and effective holding midfielders in Europe. Busquets does not aim for the killer through-ball or cross-field diagonal. Instead, the Spaniard focuses on playing the simple pass. For both club and country, he plays short passes to the more creative players in the squad.
Busquets is arguably the best one-touch passer in football. The Spaniard is able to relieve pressure and find the simple pass with a single touch on the ball. His ability to play the ball quickly has been key to Barcelona’s tiki-taka style of play. Xavi and Iniesta are able to play wall-passes off the holding midfielder, with confidence that they will receive a crisp return pass.
Composure on the ball
The Spaniard has outstanding natural defensive instincts. Busquets reads the game as well as any holding midfielder. The Barcelona star has great anticipation, which allows him to extinguish danger in its early stages. Busquets has a great defensive work-rate and drive to dispossess opposing players.
frequently drops to the backline when the team is in possession.
His strength and aerial ability give the European champions a solid makeshift back-three.
Not the athletic, dynamic enforcer,
The Spaniard lands at No. 6 due to his poor tackling and lack of pace.
Busquets is clearly amongst the best players at his position. The Spaniard’s one-touch passing and composure on the ball distinguishes him as a world-class talent. His reading of the game and anticipation make him an elite defensive midfielder. The Barcelona star consistently breaks up opposition play, and makes the simple and effective short pass.
Busquets lacks the tackling timing and pace to break into the top five.
Mistimed challenges and poor speed keep him from moving higher in the rankings
Wxceptional reading of the game and outstanding contribution to the possession play
Composed on the ball and comfortable in possession.
Alexandre Song, Barcelona, Cameroon
Song is a natural ball-winning midfielder. He is an imposing presence in the heart of midfield, using his size and strength to protect the backline. The Cameroonian consistently breaks up opposition play, showing grit and defensive tenacity. Song does not have blistering pace, but he closes down the space well and uses his length to make key interceptions.
His engine and hard-working mentality provides an excellent balance to Arsenal’s attacking and possession-based style of play.
Although he does not play a creative role in the squad, the Cameroonian is comfortable in possession. The Arsenal midfielder connects the vast majority of his passes with his simple approach. Song prefers to play the short and square pass, keeping possession for the team.
Standing at 6ft with a good leap, Song has become an aerial threat for the Gunners as well. He can mark tall players when defending corners, and challenge to win headers from set-pieces.
Nigel de Jong, Manchester City, Netherlands
combative and tireless
exceptional tenacity and determination
relentlessly closes down opponents, constantly putting high pressure on the ball.
midfield enforcer
The City star’s positioning and tackling technique distinguish him as a world-class defensive midfielder. De Jong rarely ventures forward, playing as a natural shield in front of the back-four. He has great anticipation, and reads the game well. The Dutchman has good awareness and consistently puts himself in great defensive positions.
De Jong shows commitment and strength in the tackle, making vital last-ditch challenges in the heart of midfield. The Dutchman has one of the best sliding tackles in Europe. His ability to dispossess opponents and break up opposition play defines him as a true ball-winning midfielder.
Lassana Diarra, Real Madrid, France
Diarra closes down opponents with great pace, applying high pressure on the ball at all times. The Madrid midfielder hounds players on the ball, using his agility to smother them when in possession. The Frenchman rarely gives opposing midfielders the luxury of time and space on the ball. Diarra’s exceptional work-rate and endurance allows him to play with such high energy for the full 90 minutes.
The Madrid midfielder has emerged as an outstanding tackler on his feet. While he can win the ball with a sliding tackle, Diarra is more effective with the standing challenge. In addition to his tackling ability, the Frenchman has good positional awareness.
While he does not feature as a starter for Madrid, individually, Diarra has the skill-set and mentality of a top-quality defensive midfielder.
Felipe Melo, Juventus, Brazil
Melo is arguably the most athletic defensive midfielder in Europe. He brings power, pace, agility and endurance to the midfield. The Juventus No. 4 has unmatched energy, as he provides endless running in the middle of the pitch.
  • Strong and committed in the tackle, rarely pulling out of 50-50 challenges.
  • Great determination to win back possession
  • quickness to make key interceptions and break up opposition play
  • tireless defensive work-rate, relentlessly closing down and hounding opponent
  • good tackling technique to complement
  • Combative nature
  • Ball-winning midfielder
  • A true enforcer.
Melo can be a solid distributor and world-class shield protecting the backline. However, the Juventus midfielder falls to No. 10 due to his inconsistency and temperament.
His agility, power and energy sets him apart from typical midfielders. Melo’s tough-tackling and hard-working style of play perfectly fits his role as a defensive midfielder. The natural ball-winner has an outstanding defensive work-rate, making crucial interceptions and dispossessing opponents.
He can suffer serious dips in form, which cause him to lose concentration and make poor decisions. Melo can let his emotions get the best of him, which occasionally leads to terrible and mistimed challenges.
With his strength, quickness and energy, the Brazilian can cope with any opponent.


Honorable Mentions:
John Obi Mikel – Chelsea
Thiago Motta – Internazionale
Mark van Bommel – AC Milan
Sami Khedira – Real Madrid
Jérémy Toulalan – Málaga
Javi Martínez – Athletic Bilbao
Javier Zanetti – Internazionale
Alou Diarra – Marseille
Éver Banega – Valencia
Lucas Leiva – Liverpool



Defensive midfielder (DM)

A defensive midfielder, holding midfielder or midfield anchor is a central midfielder who is stationed in front of the defenders to provide a more secure defence, thus “holding back” the freedom of the opponents to attack. The defensive midfielder screens the defence by harrying and tackling the opposition teams’ attackers and defenders. They also help tactically, for instance, by directing central attacking players out to the wing where they have more limited influence, and by covering the positions of full-backs, midfielders and even the centre-backs as they charge up into attack.
Although the duties of defensive midfielders are primarily defensive, some midfielders are deployed as deep-lying playmakers, due to their ability to dictate tempo from a deep position with their passing. As they are not defensive specialists, they are typically supported by a more defensive holding midfielder.
Defensive midfielders require good positional sense, work rate, tackling ability, and anticipation (of player and ball movement) to excel. They also need to possess good passing skills and close control to hold the ball in midfield under sustained pressure. Most importantly, defensive midfielders require great stamina as they are the onfield players who cover the greatest distance during a professional football match. In a typical Premier League football match, a midfielder may cover up to 12 kilometres for a full 90-minute game.[citation needed]Deep-lying playmakers typically require a good first touch under opposition pressure and the ability to play long crossfield passes to attacking players further upfield.
Some centre midfielders are capable of playing from “box to box” and, as the norm rather than the exception, use their strength, their passing ability, and their work rate to affect their team’s game play.


Ball winners
A ball winner is a technically skilled player at making strong tackles, ball winners have to be good at tackling and they can also be good at heading as it can stop the opposing team’s attacking play. Ball winners are usually defensive midfielders or central midfielders but can also play as defenders.

Defensive midfielders
Defensive midfielders are midfielders that focus mainly on defense. They need strength to make strong tackles and they also need stamina and some degree of passing skill as they need to support other midfielders.

Box to box
Box to box midfielders help with almost every aspect of the game. They need immense stamina as they need to cover most areas of the pitch, as well as some degree of passing skills. They normally play as central midfielders but some play as defensive or attacking, and others can also play on the flanks as wing-backs or wide midfielders.

Pulls wide right/left
These are wide midfielders that have pace and/or dribbling ability to be able to beat defenders along the flank. Their most important skill is to be able to cross the ball in to the penalty box to create opportunities for strikers.

Playmakers are midfielders with good on-the-ball control and good passing ability but also good off-the-ball ability to be able to read the game and to seek goal-scoring opportunities. Playmakers usually play as attacking midfielders, but some play as defensive or central midfielders (deep-lying playmakers). Some also play on the flank usually on their weaker side as that gives them the opportunity to cut infield.

The ball-playing midfielder: required qualities

Similar to the defensive midfielder, the second central player must be highly proficient on the ball and be adept at quickly receiving and simply giving possession in the middle of the park. As well as technical ability, the high-tempo pressing nature means that high stamina levels are as important as tactical awareness, as this midfielder must aid and back-up those ahead of him pressing the opposition while not allowing space in behind himself for them to exploit with a slightly longer pass.

Though mobility into the final third is not a key component of this role when utilising the 4-2-3-1 system, it is still an excellent method of surprising the opposition and outnumbering them in the final third with a well-timed burst forward.

Thus, pace and awareness of opportunity become important assets of the player too.

The naturally fluid nature of this brand of football means that this role will, over time once the squad are used to the demands of the manager, be able to move seamlessly into wider areas, letting others fill his space temporarily in the centre of the pitch and helping to break down the opposition because of the unpredictable nature of switching positions. Again, tactical awareness and an ability to read the game are vital attributes.

In a pure 4-3-3, it will become even more important for this player to be able to move forward into the final third to avoid the team becoming overly reliant or predictable with just one central midfielder constantly making runs forward from deep.

Defensively, though there is not as much expectancy on this player to be winning second balls and drop downs from the defenders/attackers, they will still be expected to cover large amounts of ground in front of the defence in a 4-2-3-1 and be able to make interceptions in midfield.

The attacking midfielder: required qualities

This is where it starts to get tricky. The attributes that an attacking midfielder will need for Liverpool next season will vary, from game to game and even from half to half.

Brendan Rodgers has already spoken about the “Zola zone”, the area of the pitch behind the centre-forward in which the creative magician of the team needs to operate to find space and open up stubborn defenses, aiding the creation of goalscoring chances.

At present, Liverpool do not possess such a player—at least, at first team level.

In a 4-2-3-1 there will be more emphasis on this player to both create and score goals than there arguably would be in a 4-3-3, whereby the duties of entering the final quarter of the pitch would be shared by the aforementioned “ball-player”.

Regardless, the position requires well-above-average technical skills including a killer first touch, preferably the use of both feet and certainly the vision and anticipation to read both defenders and fellow attackers.

Another overlooked attribute this key attacking player must have in this system, with this manager, is a top-notch mentality and physical well-being.

Closing down and harassing defenders starts from the front, and the attacking midfielder will often be the first one who has to do the job. Any time the defense cuts out the ball before it reaches the striker in the center of the penalty area or attacking third, it will be the attacking midfielder who is required to close down first while the wider attackers tuck in and the forward regains his defensive position.

Being able to actually make the tackles or interceptions isn’t actually such a key requisite as doing the work itself; often Premier League defenders will simply hit it wide and high up the pitch to clear their lines after sustained pressure; whereby Liverpool would get the ball back quickly, or else the ball goes back to the keeper and the striker can then press.

The statistics don’t show that as an interception or tackle, but the teamwork that goes into it is every bit as important as one.

A comfortable player on the ball in this role will ideally be able to drift wide without issue, pick the ball up deep or even get beyond the striker into the box—the element of surprise is what ultimately makes a player a success in this position and that does not always mean being able to dribble past two or three defenders, far from it; often the line between making the right call and the wrong one in the attacking midfield position can be simply standing still.

Let the defenders move around you, while you remain in space. Receive ball, make decision—and execute.

It can be as simple, and as incredibly difficult, as that.

Depending on the player in question and the specific role being played there are other considerations—an ability to shoot from range, good enough technique and confidence to dribble past players in tight spaces and being able to pick a pass through a crowded penalty box with a first-time ball are all excellent and ideal attributes.

volante de contencion’ or ‘volante de salida’.



Do Defensive Center Mids Get to Go Forward?

Any true defensive center mid should use the 80/20 rule in this case. Eighty percent of the time they are protecting the center backs and holding the middle of the park. Situations some times arise when they happen to venture forward and that is okay as long as their primary job is taken care of.

This takes discipline and a player that knows their responsibility and does not try and do too much. This position is difficult as it is, their is no need to try and do several things at an average rate, a team is much more efficient if each player can do their one task great. Jack of all trades, master of none.


Top 5 Attributes of a Pro Level Defensive Center Midfielder

1. Ball Winner (winning tackles on ground and air)

2. High Work Rate

3. Ability to play simple when the ball is at their feet

4. Selfless

5. Disrupts the flow of the opposition


Responsibilities of a Defensive Center Midfielder

1. Protect the Center Backs by denying entry passes to the opposing strikers and covering when a center back gets pulled out of position

2. Do the dirty work in the middle of the park allowing your creative centre mids to generate the offense

3. Stay central disrupting and destroying plays as they come through the middle of the park.


Does it Take A Big Hulk Like Player to Play This Position?

Not necessarily no. Great defensive center mids need to be stuck in, relentless and have a tremendous work rate. Nowhere in that sentence did I mention about being big and tall. If the player has all these qualities and his gifted physically of course it doesn’t hurt.

It takes pace to keep up with the strikers and attacking players of the opposition so the player in this position must be able to match step for step with some of the quickest players on the pitch.


Is Stopper and A Defensive Center Midfielder the Same Thing?

Sure is. This position was introduced into the game famously named “stopper” for that reason alone. The player of that position was the stopper of any build up or play coming through the middle.Much like the def center mid this player sits in between the midfield and defensive lines and fills in where there is need.

The position has evolved over time though. In today’s modern game the position now has players who are technically sound on the ball who are able to play out of the back and keep the ball not just break up tackles and send ball to China.


Technical Attributes of A Great Defensive Center Mid:

-Sound tackling with both feet

-Powerful clearing head balls

-Accurate ball control with all parts of body


Physical Attributes of A Great Defensive Center Mid:

We have seen even at the highest level this position can be played by all sorts of players of different physical builds, so there is no one perfect ideal build for this position but some attributes that are position specific are as follows:

-High level of fitness (ability to keep up with attackers all game long)

-Vertical leaping ability (winning balls in the air)

-Strength in the air (holding off attackers in the air)

-Strength in lower body (for clearing balls with both legs)

-Quick first step (able to react to different situations as they present themselves)

-Fast Lateral Agility (shuffling feet from one side of the pitch to the next)

-Fast Backward Agility (constantly jockeying attackers)

-Strong lower body strength (used in tackling players and shielding ball)


Essential Foundational Attributes of A Great Defensive Center Mid:

-High work rate (able to go 90 minutes and outworking every other player on the pitch)

-Ball winner (pure and simple able to win tackles and break up plays)

-Vocal leader

-Aggressive, stuck in player

-Takes pride in holding down the fort in the back

This is a special kind of player that without we have seen great teams in the past not able to play without. A team full of super stars can crumble without having a rugged defensive center midfielder holding down the fort. You need the right balance of piano players and piano carriers and this position definitely takes a piano carrier.


Fit, fairly strong, good passer of the ball long and short, good reader of the game, good at tackling, decent in the air, brave to commit to 50/50 challenges, able to mark a man when neccessary and having a decent shot





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Rovers White: Incredible Run In Cobb Soccer Division 1

Rovers White: Incredible Run In Cobb Soccer Division 1

This last week capped of an incredible run by Rover White in Marietta Georgia as it defeated the perennial division 1 champions of Cobb Adult Soccer League (CASL), Los Gringos by a score of 3-2. Rover White is a veterans team competing in the CASL first division. The Rover Soccer Club is the premier veterans soccer club in the Atlanta area having several national champions including the Rover65 teams that won the 2010 National Veterans Cup in 2010.

The run began in 2005 when Rovers White was created by Mike Kinion Rovers as an overflow for the Rover Red over 40 team that competes in CASL. At the last minute before the 2005-2006 season, Mike Kinion was given seven “cast offs” and instructed to form a team. The task was near impossible but he was able to field a team. That first year saw many ups and downs but ended in a remarkable third place. Kinion focused in creating an environment where he could instill a philosophy of excellence and camaraderie. This meant having to recruit players who were willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. Many times it meant weeding out many talented players in preference of players who understood his philosophy and were willing to work hard to practice it. He also wanted a culturally diverse team that brought out the best qualities of the many cultures in Atlanta. “Over the years, I have recruited a variety of high level American players including former college players from UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Ashville, Eastern Illinois, Lafayette, Lee, Buffalo, DeSales, Mohawk,  St.Andrews, Georgia Southern and Augusta State among others.  I also recruited players from diverse countries including Nigeria, Colombia, Jamaica, China, Brazil, Chile, England, Haiti, Russia, Denmark, and Mexico.” The vision was to have a cosmopolitan team that could call upon individual cultural assets to rescue a tough situation of finish off a stubborn team.

The second year (2007-2008), the team reached the finals of the over 40 division but came short of winning. The next year (2008-2009) the team competed in the over 35 division and won the league in an undefeated season. The following year (2009-2010) the team competed in the over 30 division in another undefeated season but this time in such an overwhelming manner that in most games the game was over in the first 20 minutes. The 2010-2011 season began in the O-30 Division with 8 wins and 0 losses (scoring 48 goals to 6). This began to create a sense of apathy on the team. The team was in jeopardy because most players needed to have better competition to stay around and Kinion reasoned that we needed a drastic change.
At the winter break the team petitioned the league to be moved up to the Open Division.  The team played the spring season in the Open Division (D3) finishing 7 wins and 0 losses (23 goals to 2).   To win the Championship, Rovers White won 4 playoff games beating 3 of the top 4 teams for the second time in a few weeks. In winning the tournament, the team was promoted to D2.
For the 2011-2012 season the league combined Division 1 and Division 2 to created a larger Division1. This meant that Rovers White made the jump from O-30 to D1 in less than 12 months.

With an average age of 43 the team and a 54 year old anchoring the defense, Rovers White is now 4-0 and has beaten both last years’ Division 1 finalists on consecutive weeks with an overall goal count of 15 goals for and 4 against. This amazing feat features a 3 year long winning streak with a group of veterans.

Team captain Franklin Young gives most of the credit to Kinion, “Without Mike’s leadership and tactical decisions, we would not have reached this level of excellence. Many times he has been able to change the complexity of a game by making critical, midgame adjustments that identify the other teams’ weaknesses while eliminating ours. All this could not have been done without a great attention to detail and having the keen ability to make each individual play and sacrifice for the team. I have never seen someone motive a team with such a low key demeanor. He really does speak softly and carry a big stick…his intellect.”
Rich Groeneveld and head coach of Pope High School explains “ Mike has a great ability to get the most out his players. His players are always willing to go the extra mile for him even in times of uncertainty because they all trust his ability to dissect a game and adjust his approach based on the particulars of the moment.”

When asked how he feels the season will unravel, Kinion conservatively answers,” Im very concerned about the upcoming games. Teams no longer look at us and judge us as a bunch of old guys. I expect these teams to be gunning for us. Whether we continue our streak or not we will give everybody a good run for their money and most of all we will continue to play our brand of unselfish, tactical football.”

How will the team end the season? Nobody knows for sure but an old bunch of geezers called Rovers White will at least be there proving that you’re never too old to compete with younger teams.


FC Georgia United Recognized By Lt. Governor Casey Cagle

FC Georgia United Recognized By Lt. Governor Casey Cagle

Note that many current and former members of Rovers FC have played for this three-time National Champion Veteran’s Cup Team



National Champions Sponsored By Fado, Heineken & MediaFirst

ATLANTA, GA – 2 FEBRUARY 2012 – FC Georgia United, national champions soccer club, announces recognition by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and the State of Georgia. Members of FC Georgia United Soccer Club recently met with Georgia’s Lt. Governor for a photo shoot celebrating their two National titles. In addition, the club is organizing formal teams in all age groups for the annual Veteran’s Cup competition.

National Champs Seek Sponsors, Land, Eligible Players & Team Affiliates

Sponsorship: FC Georgia United is looking for sponsorships to finance tournament entry fees, hardship travel expenses, and team jerseys with sponsor logos. Last weekend, Fado Irish Pub in Atlanta, along with Heineken, held an event honoring the team. The two sponsors gave the team a large banner with team and sponsor logos. MediaFirst PR – Atlanta is among the sponsors. Organizations interested in a sponsoring the teams, please contact Dietmar Doehring [] at 770.887.1242.

Eligible Players: Any age eligible player over 30 years old, who is interested in playing on a Veterans Cup Team please contact Steve Lang [] at 404.803.0503. O65 Players get a shot at playing for the defending champs.

Team Affiliates: All masters teams, O30, O35, O40, O45, O50 or O55 that wish to affiliate with the club for the Veterans Cup, other tournaments, leagues or practice (training) may contact QuiQue Lopez [] of Panorama Press Marketing [] at 770.882.5911.

Practice Fields: The teams seek fields for soccer training in preparation for the national title and year-round for practice and drawing new players. This may be access to fields or land to develop facilities for the club. Please contact Steve Lang [] at 404.803.0503.

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About: F.C. Georgia United, Soccer Club

F.C. Georgia United is an adult soccer club in the State of Georgia. Its cornerstone is the two time, defending US National Champion soccer team in the Over-65 (O65) age group, winners of the Veteran’s Cup in 2010 and 2011. In the past, this team played under the name 065 GA/NC United, in 2011, and O65 GA Rovers/NC United, in 2010. The soccer club currently has two teams, from two age groups, Over-60 (O60) and O65, which compete in local leagues and travel to national competitions. The first victory of 2012 is claimed by the O60 team, which won first place at the annual Florida Classic 2012 [] tournament in Auburndale, Fla.

The players from these competitive teams compete in the local, metropolitan Atlanta area in leagues organized for the Over-50 (O50) and O-58 (O58) age groups. At least three times a year, teams from the club travel to tournaments in preparation for winning the US national championship, the US the National Veterans Cup [], sanctioned by US Soccer’s [] United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) []. Find us on the web at

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