If you’re not familiar with the Old Dominion Soccer League, let us clear up a few myths:
Myth 1. You already have to be a great soccer player to play in ODSL.
Fact: ODSL is a developmental league, a place where players can learn the game without the intense pressure of competing at increasingly higher levels. Their motto is Play with Dignity, Respect Your Opponent.
Myth 2: Players have to commit to playing year-round.
Fact: ODSL has two seasons just like recreational soccer and encourages players to play other sports or explore other interests.
Myth 3: It’s very expensive.
Fact. ODSL is not much more expensive than rec soccer. Teams pay a separate league registration fee and most play in a tournament or two, but since virtually all coaches are unpaid volunteers they also try to keep costs at a minimum.
Myth 4: There is a lot of travel involved.
Fact: In our area virtually all games are in Northern Virginia, most in Fairfax County. There is however the occasional away game in a Stafford or a Winchester.
Myth 5: ODSL teams are always practicing.
Fact: Most ODSL teams practice about the same number of hours a week as rec teams – usually twice a week for about 1 ½ hours.