The highest level of play in the area is the SESA Under 23 Select Program. The u23 program is designed for our local college players and the college bound high school players in the area. For many college players, returning home during the summer and winter is a struggle to maintain the level of play they had been training at with their college team, let alone actually make improvements. And for the players attending a local college, having an option to remain in the area and train and play is very valuable. In 2017 SESA started the u23 program so that the growing number of local college players would have a program to play with while home from college.
The program trains multiple times each week, and is coached by current college coaches and former college players who know exactly what it takes to play at the college level. The program also plays weekly in the 11v11 league. There are separate men's and women's teams. The u23 is open to all high school players going into 9th grade, and all college age players and recent college players up to age 25. This year we will be introducing a men's and women's first teams that will compete in a number of exhibition games against other competitive amateur league teams. A successful exhibition season will result in SESA hosting a Men's First Team for the 2023 season, and a Women's team shortly after.
Players will receive two team training/game tops, have access to college recruiting resources, a fitness program, and networking opportunities.
Summer program schedule: Starting early June, 3 training sessions a week; Monday and Wednesday 6-8pm and Friday TBD. Program ends early August. It is acceptable for players to miss some sessions due to travel, vacations, work, etc. and is expected during the summer months. Some absences do not prohibit participation in league games. Training will take place at the SESA training grounds at the Burlington RecPlex, which is also the site for the 11v11 Sunday league.
Additional exhibition games against area competitive amateur teams will be added, dates TBA. During registration players will indicate their interest to be selected for the First Team.
The SESA u23 program has facilitated the playing career of more than 30 players at all divisions and levels of play since it's inception. We are pursuing additional opportunities to provide high level training and play by participating in competitive amateur leagues, such as the Midwest Premier League & Women's Premier Soccer League in the near future, continued success and participation is the key to making those goals possible.
For any questions please contact Program Director Baret Ertzinger at ADOC@SESASoccer.com