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Fort Lauderdale Strikers made the finals of the NASL in their first year back. Congrats Strikers!

Fort Lauderdale's history is rich with some of the best soccer ever played in the United States.  Between 1977-1983 the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL stormed the scene playing at Lockhart Stadium in front of jubilant crowds.  Our teams were coached by Ron Newman (77-79), Cor Van der Hart ('80), Eckhard Krautzun ('81-82) and Dave Chadwick ('83).

Fort Lauderdale Strikers, owned by Traffic Sports, a first division club, adopts the retro uniform of its past and signs on former owner Tim Robbie as its President.  The team will play in the first division, NASL, which feeds Major League Soccer. 

The 77-79 Strikers really put Fort Lauderdale and all of South Florida on the soccer map.   Clearly Fort Lauderdale needs to be the centerpiece of South Florida professional soccer as the city and county lacks a professional sports franchise of any kind. 

Fort Lauderdale Strikers Professional Soccer

2010 NCAA COLLEGE CUP RESULTS

Women's professional soccer in Florida is alive and growing.  The Washington Freedom have been purchased and moved to Boca Raton and christened magicJack Football Club, playing out of FAU Soccer Stadium.  At present there are 6 teams in Florida playing professional, first division, W-League; and second division, WPSL. 

WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE

The WPS women's professional league restarted in 2009 after a five year hiatus.  The league currently fields six teams.  

FIFA now ranks the WPS as having a clear superiority in terms of the number of international stars from around the world.  Players like Marta of Brazil left the Damallsvenskan Swedish League in favor of WPS when it was launched in 2007.   Today the top world players can be found on WPS teams in part due to the USA having the largest media market-share of all countries offering women's professional soccer.  This means better player compensation pay, albeit not substantial by any standard.   

RECREATIONAL OR COMPETITIVE-TRAVEL IN AMERICA EXPLAINED...

In the United States there are two levels of youth soccer: recreational and competitive (aka "travel or select club").

Recreational soccer is where all youth begin playing. This is traditionally a Fall season sport in Florida. There are programs offered through your city, school or community programs such as the Boys & Girls Club or the Y.  Players learn soccer from volunteer parents or community coaches, with "equal" playing time for all.    

After a few years of playing at the recreational level, as a parent you will know whether advancing to a higher level is right for your child and your family.  If not, there is plenty of excitement found in playing recreational soccer. 

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