Meet the New YMCA Sports Director, Matthew Eck
We are pleased to announce Matthew Eck has accepted the position of sports director for the YMCA. After an extensive national search, Matthew was chosen for this role because of his wide-ranging experience with youth sports; specifically, soccer. Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Southern Oregon University and a Master of Business Administration in Sports Management from Universidad Catolica San Antonio De Murcia, Murcia Spain. Matthew has also played for The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and Spain’s Primera Aficionados Division.
In the last eight years, Matthew has served in various positions. He has experience as head soccer coach for Eagle Point High School in Oregon, sports coordinator and coach for a middle school in Inglewood, California, sports director and PE teacher in Los Angeles, California and an athletic coordinator for Varee Chiangmai International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The last two years he was operation and project coordinator for generation Adidas international and the operations manager for The Third Half Soccer in Madrid, Spain. Matthew says, “I am very excited to join this Y team, and to promote sports as a path for personal growth through fostering friendships, learning values and building a deep sense of belonging. I will strive to make a difference in this program and provide a strong foundation for our youth to be prosperous, while serving as an ally to the staff and to our community.” We cannot wait to have Matthew meet the coaches, kids and families. We have been impressed with his creative and innovative ideas for the soccer season and YMCA youth sports.
The YMCA of Springfield would like to thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for sponsoring our Youth Soccer Program! Please visit Dick’s Sporting Goods for your soccer needs.
Please check the YMCA Recreational Soccer Handbook Policy. Thank you for your interest in joining the YMCA Soccer Program.
Outdoor Leagues (Spring/Fall)
Spring Soccer Registration Info
Registration deadline: March 16, 2021
League runs: April 16-May 29, 2021
2021 Spring Soccer Picture Day
YMCA of Springfield Spring Soccer 2021 Saturday
YMCA of Springfield Spring Soccer 2021 Kindergarten
2021 Spring Soccer Schedules
COMING APRIL 2021
K and Under
6 Co-ed – Silver
6 Co-ed – Gold
8 Co-ed – Silver
8 Co-ed – Gold
10 & 11 Co-ed- Silver
10 & 11 Co-ed – Gold
Fall Soccer Clinic Registration Info
The Fall Soccer Clinic is a well-rounded soccer clinic focused on technical and tactical skills, and learning in safe, fun environment while being challenged appropriately based on age and ability. Clinics will include drills, small sided soccer contests and competitions. All clinics will be instructed by the new sports director Matthew Eck.
- Sanitizing station (hand gel)
- Upon entry to the field everyone will be required to answer a brief health questionnaire and have a temperature reading.
- Facemasks are required upon entry, and after admission its personal preference.
- Players and guest will have their own area to place their belongings and social distance.
- Supporters are allowed to watch from the field and will have designated viewing areas. Supporters within the same household are allowed to be together within the same designated area.
Includes a t-shirt if registered by Friday, September 4th.
Mail payment & completed form to:
YMCA of Springfield Sports Department
701 South 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Registration deadline: September 8, 2020
League runs: September 8-October 16
2020 Fall Soccer Picture Day
YMCA of Springfield Spring Soccer 2020 Saturday
YMCA of Springfield Spring Soccer 2020 Kindergarten
2020 Fall Soccer Schedules
COMING SEPTEMBER 2020
K and Under