Quickly growing Detroit youth soccer league looking for more coaches

League offers children affordable way to get out and play

The Detroit youth soccer league Soccer in the D is expanding fast, and is looking for more coaches to sign up.

When the league started in 2019, only 300 kids were registered. This year, they have 1,300.

“We need people to want to be difference makers and want to help these kids out,” said Shay Lewis, director of athletics with Detroit Parks and Recreation.

Soccer in the D is on a mission to make a change.

“Soccer is the No. 1 sport internationally. It’s the most popular sport, and it’s also a sport that is not so popular in our community,” Lewis said.

The league is exposing children to the sport by offering them an affordable way to get out and play.

“Our registration fees are only $35,” Lewis said. “With that $35, you get a full uniform -- so it’s jersey, shorts, shin guards, socks. The kids look great out there.”

Detroit Parks and Recreation can’t make a difference alone. That’s where parents like Jason Woods come into play.

“My daughter, my son, they both are in soccer,” Woods said. “They said, ‘Dad, can you coach?’ I said I’d do it.”

Woods didn’t know much about soccer but he decided to learn. Experience is preferred for coaches, but it’s not required.

Detroit Parks and Recreation will teach you how to be the best coach you can be.

“We actually provide soccer training,” Lewis said. “We also provide coaches education, and we want to make sure that not only is our program affordable, but it’s also quality.”

They’re asking parents, teachers and mentors to take a chance on these aspiring soccer stars.

“It’s a great feeling to watch kids, even if it’s not your own out there, just to see them out there being active,” Lewis said. “That’s the most important thing. It’s in the community, so they can see kids that look like themselves playing on soccer field.”

Coaches do receive a stipend. To learn more about Soccer in the D and how to get involved, click here. You can also call 313-224-0006, or email DPRDAthletics@detroitmi.gov.

The deadline for children to register is Friday, March 24.

The Detroit Youth Soccer League, “Soccer in the D” is expanding fast. When it started in 2019, only 300 kids were registered. This year they have 1,300. (WDIV)

About the Authors:

Megan Woods is thrilled to be back home and reporting at Local 4. She joined the team in September 2021. Before returning to Michigan, Megan reported at stations across the country including Northern Michigan, Southwest Louisiana and a sister station in Southwest Virginia.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.