In Pelican Rapids Pelican soccer organization moves to next level  

Soccer will be the next recreational “powerbase” in the Pelican Rapids community, and the sport is being taken to the next level. 

The Pelican Rapids United Soccer Association is taking a refined, structural approach to the sport—from the youth to adult levels. Also, the committee is setting up a program to train and certify much-needed referees: and also plan to launch a scholarship program for youth who have been active in soccer. 

The soccer association outlined its plans at the March 10 Pelican Rapids City Council meeting, and requested an endorsement of the Sunday League program—which uses two fields owned and managed by the city and the school district. 

The council gave its blessing to the use of the two soccer fields, from mid-May to mid-August. The fields will be in play from about 2 to 8 p.m. 

“On any given Sunday, there is an average of 475 people in town—many from out of town,” said soccer board member Rudy Martinez, noting that the youth programs and league needed to structure more thoroughly.  “We need to have an organized committee for something this big.” 

Sunday soccer has been ongoing for a number of years, attracting teams from around the region, including  the Fargo-Moorhead area. 

Fields are located at both Carr and Brown, on the west side of town.  Since Brown field is the official location for Pelican varsity soccer, the field will be managed to keep the turf in condition for fall varsity play, noted Martinez.  

A code of conduct, training for game officials, and continued emphasis on youth development are among the objectives of the soccer association. 

“Our goal is to have a well-organized, polished organization,” said Martinez.