West Des Moines Soccer Club


WDMSC Competitive Soccer Programs

WDMSC offers 3 levels of competitive soccer programs: Academy, Select and Sporting Iowa.


Academy soccer is often used as a bridge from WDMSC Development Soccer program to WDMSC Select Soccer program for players 7 to 10 years of age. Academy soccer is more competitive than recreational soccer and it emphasizes improving skills and prepares players for select soccer. Although players do not have to play academy soccer to move on to select soccer, academy programs train players to be prepared for a more competitive environment.


Select, or club soccer, is for players ages 11-18. This program is for passionate players who want to compete at a higher level. Players must try out for a team and are not guaranteed a spot year after year. Select soccer usually requires travel throughout the state and region. If your child is interested in playing high school soccer, it's important that they have experience playing select soccer. Select soccer and high school soccer work together with alternating seasons. The combination of high school and select soccer is great for preparing players for college soccer by providing exposure and experience.

Sporting Iowa

Two of Iowa's most iconic youth soccer clubs, West Des Moines Soccer Club, and Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club have joined forces with Sporting Kansas City to form the tenth Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network and the only one in the state of Iowa. In a unique partnership, the two clubs will join their boys and girls U15 - U18 programs under the new brand Sporting Iowa.

U9/U10 Academy

WDMSC Academy

The 9U / 10U WDMSC Academy program is phase three of our Long-Term Player Development Pathway and acts a pre-cursor to the WDMSC Select program. The Academy program is a critical in our Player Development Model as it provides players with weekly training by our professional coaching staff. The intent behind offering two levels of play (Academy and Recreational) at 9U/10U is to provide players with the opportunity to play with and against players of similar ability and commitment and at a level where they will experience the most success and enjoyment.

The 2019-20 Academy program is open to any player (boys and girls born between 2010-2011) who have a desire to further develop their soccer skills and receive professional training. Special request for players playing up must be approved by the Academy Director of Coaching. The Academy structure will follow the guidelines established by the Iowa Soccer Association.

Academy v Recreational - How to choose

The difference between participating in an Academy program or Recreational program lies in the level of investment, commitment and interest of the players and their families. To help parents decide which level of play is most appropriate for their child, listed below are the characteristics of typical players who would participate in an Academy Program. If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed they are probably more suited to the Academy level of play. However, it should be noted that during a player's soccer development they may move back and forth between Academy and Recreational play.

  • Demonstrates a solid technical foundation (control, dribbling, and shooting)
  • Physically stronger than most players within their age group
  • Athletically quicker than most players within their age group
  • High level of coordination and good agility
  • During games is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved
  • During games tends to dominate the play
  • Demonstrates high level of passion and concentration during practices and games
  • Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities they are involved in
  • Soccer is a high priority and they have a passion to play
  • Practices with a ball in their own time outside regular schedule of games & practices
  • 10U player who will try-out for the 11U competitive age group in the following year.

What to Expect

  • Practice:Players will have the opportunity to train three nights per week; twice under the direction of the professional coaching staff and one session with a qualified parent coach. Training sessions last approximately 60-75 minutes in duration. A flexible training schedule will be created to accommodate multi-sport activity participants. Players also train one night per week during the winter.
  • Games:Academy teams will play in the Iowa Soccer Academy league and play approximately 6-8 matches. Academy matches are played on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Academy clubs must still follow recreational play guidelines, such as 50% playing time in matches. The emphasis is placed on creating an environment that is focused on individual development as opposed to team development.
  • Festivals:In addition to the league matches, the teams will also, participate in no more than 2 tournaments (festivals) per season.
  • Coaching Staff:Parent coaches must attend a National Youth Module Course and/or a USSF 'E' License course in order to participate in the training and coaching of the players at matches.
  • Team Formation:In accordance with ISA rules, teams are restructured from the fall season to the spring season to ensure that our focus remains on the individual.
  • Cost:The cost of the program is $275 per season or $500 if you register for the entire year starting in the fall.

Please contact Director of Academy with any questions.

U11-U19 Sporting Iowa

Tryout registration for Sporting Iowa is now LIVE! Please visit our tryout registration page to sign up!


June 3-19, 2019 Click here for Sporting Iowa 2019-20 Tryout Schedule!


Hidden Valley Soccer Complex (U13-U19 Boys, U11-U12 WDMSC Regional Teams)
1875 Walnut Woods Dr.
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Johnston Soccer Complex (U13-U19 Girls, U11-U12 JUSC Regional Teams)
4301 NW 66th Ave.
Johnston, IA 50131


All participants must bring their own ball, water, shin guards, and cleats for tryouts. Players are encouraged to attend as many of the sessions as possible.


All bid forms and registration materials will be e-mailed to you on the dates listed below. Once the bids go out you will have 12 hours to accept or decline. Once you've accepted the bid then there will be a 48 hour deadline to register with Sporting Iowa.

U11-12 - 6/17/2019 - 8am-8pm

U13-19 - 6/27/2019 - 8am-8pm

Financial Assistance:

If you require financial assistance, please note that complete player registration is required prior to applying for financial assistance. To register/apply for financial assistance, please visit our financial assistance application link.

If you have a scheduling conflict or questions regarding tryouts, please contact our Director of Operations, Matt Ream at sportingiowadirector@gmail.com.