Tahlequah Football Club invites children and adults of all ages and skill levels to participate in its inaugural summer 3v3 league, called Summer Nights Soccer Series. From mid-June through mid-August, teams play games every weeknight.
TFC is sponsored by Full Potential Sports Performance, a local organization that provides young athletes opportunities to enhance their athletic abilities.
The league was started by married couple Josh and Amanda Foreman, who act as players and team managers.
"Originally, we just wanted a way for our two TFC teams to play at home," said Amanda Foreman. "Before, we had to drive to Tulsa every time we wanted to play. We thought, 'let's make a local 3v3 league here in Tahlequah.'"
Josh's love of soccer came from playing competitive soccer with his siblings. When his oldest daughter turned 3, he and Amanda signed her up to begin playing. Since then, the sport has become a way for their family to bond, with both daughters currently playing in three teams during the summer league.
"The team chemistry is what it's all about," said Josh Foreman. "This is a way for smaller, more local teams to come together and play without having to drive all the way to Tulsa."
The league is also a way to keep players conditioned over summer break. TFC players of all ages improve confidence, ball handling, teamwork and more. Teams range from U6 to adults.
"I like getting to run around and play with my friends," said Kaydence Johnston, 6, who plays forward on the U8 girls team TFC Venom.
TFC's Summer Nights Soccer Series lasts until Aug. 16. Adults play Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. U16 and below teams play Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. every evening at the Anthis-Brennan Sports Complex.
The summer series costs $40 per player, with discounts available for playing on multiple teams or when signing up siblings. The cost covers city usage of the fields, insurance and referee fees. No experience is necessary to play.
"I want smaller teams to play in the same environment here that they play in bigger cities," said Josh Foreman. "We didn't have anything like this when I was a kid. I would just sit on the couch all summer. It's important to stay active."
To sign up, call Josh Foreman at 918-718-4644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.