The Soccer Association of Montgomery (SAM) is an organization that strives to provide a positive soccer experience, which will nurture and foster each young athlete’s character and mental and physical skills. This has been the mission of the program since its establishment in 2005 as an alternative youth soccer organization meant to service the residents of the newly developed areas of Northern Montgomery County.
The SAM Recreation League is predicated on meeting the soccer needs for all children, from U6 through U18. Registration is open to any non-carded individual wishing to participate and each player is guaranteed 50% playing time under SAM rules. The vast majority of recreation league coaches are volunteers, who are provided with coaching education seminars and material by the league, and who must also complete a background check through the National Center for Safety Initiatives.
SAM strives to provide a positive soccer experience while nurturing the character of each young athlete and aiding in the development of their mental and physical skills.
In the Spring of 2012 SAM launched SAM SELECT, answering requests from SAM Recreation teams for a more competitive league. SAM SELECT is committed to providing a competitive and positive high-level soccer experience, on the world-class facilities at the Maryland SoccerPlex. SELECT teams are considered travel teams and are required to be carded by the Maryland SoccerPlex. All coaches are required to obtain an E-license to coach in the league, and must also become certified through the Positive Coaching Alliance.