Alabama Soccer Association (ASA) Update
As part of our partnership, four pages of each issue will be dedicated to ASA. ASA will be able to reach the entire soccer body through Upper90 Magazine and keep everyone easily updated on all of the latest information that impacts your soccer experience.
This section will include:
- Updates from the Executive Director/Technical Director
- Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Elite Player Development (EPD) News
- Licensing Calendar for Coaches
To ensure we fuel the growth and passion for soccer in Alabama, our departments range from personal training activities to information on taking your game to the collegiate level. We want to stay true to our 3E approach of exciting, educating, and evolving our message to the soccer body of Alabama by delivering content from everyone — players, parents, coaches, and the curious.
The departments include:
- iSTAMP – Individual Soccer Training Activities Make Professionals
- Coaches Corner – Player growth, nutrition, psychology, and practice plans
- Collegiate Corner – College soccer news and scholarship information
- Fitness and Sports Medicine – Guidance and advice on player health
- Rules and Regulations – Explaining rules and the latest regulations
- Soccer News – Quick reads on soccer around the globe
- Product Showcase – Exciting products to improve your game
With any successful magazine, the features help build the identity of the brand. Our features will include profiles of teams, like our very own Birmingham Hammers, as well as professional teams in Europe with home grown players from the United States. The features in each issue will be based on the editorial focus for that issue.
What good is a soccer magazine about Alabama soccer without specific information about soccer in Alabama? This is where we want to hear from you. We want team managers to submit stories to our editors about their teams along with photos for us to run in each issue. Stories that have great images will be given priority.
- Competitive – Highlights from league and tournament play for Region3, SRPL, ECNL, DI, and DII teams in Alabama
- Recreational – Highlights from league and tournament play around the state
- Adult and Intramural – Updates on league play and opportunities for anyone looking to play
As the sport of soccer grows in our state and around the country, we want to build awareness of the higher levels of play that are available. Following the success and failures of clubs is part of the joy and grief we all face as fans. Younger players in the United States are starting to make major impacts at higher levels of play, and it’s a testament to the quality of training younger players are starting to receive. Following these stories and focusing on the paths to success is one part of our mission to excite the soccer community of Alabama.
This section will include updates from:
- National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
- Major League Soccer (MLS)
- U.S. National Soccer Team – Men’s and Women’s teams updates
The spotlight sections is where we want to give clubs around the state an opportunity to promote their teams and players. Upper90 Magazine will become a promotional tool to help young talent take their skills to colleges, academy programs, and event professional levels of play. With stories about specific teams and players, this is your opportunity to get yourself or your player exposure.
- Four clubs in Alabama will be spotlighted each issue
- Eight teams from the four clubs
- One player from each of the eight clubs
As part of our dedicated effort to grow the sport in Alabama, there will be a listing of events taking place over the two to four months following when the issue was published. Each event will have a point of contact and dates, ensuring we provided everyone with all available options on how to expand their soccer exposure. With soccer becoming increasingly competitive, some players are looking for ways to get an edge through specialized training. That is where our Personal Training Index will be a valuable resource. There will be four indexes of trainers — one per district. Alabama is currently divided into North, Central, South Central, and South districts.
- Calendar of Events – Camps, clinics, tournaments
- Personal Trainer Index – Broken down by district