Youth soccer

At a recent IFC tryout under the watchful eyes of coach Rylan Moore, Elizabeth Anderson attacks with the soccer ball while a fellow attacker Virginia Thompson, second from left, provides an outlet and defenders move to shut down attacking lanes. Starkville Soccer Association revealed a surprise announcement on Wednesday that in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, soccer would be offered for free to area youth for the upcoming 2020-21 seasonal year.

Starkville Soccer Association announced through social media on Wednesday that registration for the 2020-21 recreational soccer season will be free to all area youth.

Teasing the public for weeks about a surprise announcement, the decision to offer free soccer comes as family incomes are stretched by layoffs and reduced work time due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More than a month ago the SSA executive council decided it was the right thing to do to foster outdoor play in a safe environment.

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