2023 Spring Season


April 1 – June 3, 2023

Entering season #3, we are excited to continue the growth of our outdoor leagues. In season #1, three teams participated in the league (Sandy Spring Soccer Club, Aspen Hill Soccer Club, and ESYDA), fast forward to September 2022 and the league increased to 28 teams including Rockville Olney Soccer Academy (ROSA), Go Premier, and many more.

Based on the 140 acre campus of the Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) in Sandy Spring, MD, our league is located within a 10 mile radius of three counties (Prince George’s, Howard, and where we are based Montgomery). Due to our geographical advantage, we are able to attract more teams throughout the Central Maryland region than other leagues, where teams have to travel far distances for competition. We also pride ourselves on our price point and being a fraction of the cost as some of the other leagues. The MDSL was created by clubs, for clubs and we are excited to help lower budgeted clubs save.

Games are held on the weekends and teams have the options to play Saturday only, Sunday only, or to be flexible on either days. The spring 2023 season will run from April 1 – June 3, 2023 for U-6 – U-13 boys and girls teams. Teams will be tiered based on competitive level (Recreation, Classic, and Competitive Divisions) and will receive 7-8 games during the season. At the U-6/7 age group scores are not kept, but at the U-8 – U-13 age groups scores are kept. At the end of the season, champion and finalist medals will be issued. For registration and scheduling we use GotSport and there is a $25 discount per team for clubs who register 3 or more teams. For clubs registering 3 or more teams, use the discount code MDSL25.

*Note – the league holds the right to adjust divisions accordingly depending on the number of teams registered.

As mentioned, each team will play between 7-8 matches during the season.

U-6/U-7 – 4 v 4 ($450) price increases to $500 after 3/1/23. Includes referee fees. (Up to 8 players on the roster)

U-8 – 5 v 5 ($500) price increases to $550 after 3/1/23. Includes referee fees. (Up to 12 players are allowed on the roster)

U-9 – U-12 – 7 v 7 ($550) price increases to $600 after 3/1/23. Includes referee fees. (Up to 14 players are allowed on the roster)

U-13 – 11 v 11 ($575) price increases to $650 after 3/1/23. Includes referee fees. (Up to 18 players are allowed on the roster)

Playing Format and Pricing:

  • U6/U7 will play in a 4v4 format.
  • U8 will play 5v5 (including GKs) format.
  • U9 – U12 will play 7v7 including GKs.
  • U13 and up will play 11 v 11 including GKs.
  • Build-out lines are required for U12 and below.
  • No Heading (U-6 – U-12)
  • One (1) Referee per match for U12 and under. 2-3 refs for U13 and up.

All teams will be required to select the division they desire to compete in. Teams will be placed in appropriate playing divisions: 

o  Competitive – Top Tier 
o  Intermediate – 2nd Tier
o  Recreation – 3rd Tier

Block scheduling will be available.  We will also offer double coach scheduling preference to de-conflict games. Flexible scheduling will be available to offer clubs and teams the ability to play Saturday or Sunday based on field and referee availability. 

All MDSL member clubs and teams are presented with guaranteed entrance into all MDSL events including Squadra and Spring Fall Festivals (event fees do apply, and member clubs and teams receive a discount for being part of the MDSL).

AMAZING BENEFITS. MDSL member clubs and teams will also receive access to Squadra, BowNet, United Soccer Coaches, Black Soccer Coaches Association, and partnerships only available to the MDSL.

*Note teams will be required to provide Player Cards and a copy of the Game Day Roster to the referee prior to the start of the game. Rosters freeze after Game #3.

MDSL Spring 2023 KEY DATES to remember: 

  • Team Registration Deadline: March 15, 2023
  • Spring Division Structure Released: March 22, 2023
  • Spring Master Schedule Released: March 25, 2023 
  • Spring Season Starts: April 1, 2023
  • Spring Season Final Match Day: June 3, 2023

Match Day Dates :

Teams will be guaranteed eight (8) Spring season matches over the season. Matchdays are as follows:

  • Week 1: April 1/2, 2023
  • Week 2: April 15/16, 2023
  • Week 3: April 22/23, 2023
  • Week 4: April 29/30, 2023
  • Week 5: May 6/7, 2023
  • Week 6: May 13/14, 2023
  • Week 7: May 20/21, 2023
  • Week 8: June 3/4, 2023
  • Week 9: June 10/11, 2023 *Final makeup date
  • MDSL ScrimmageFest: June 16-17, 2023 (Sandy Spring Friends School) *optional participation, but highly recommended.

Fees include:

  1. Eight (8) League Matches per season plus one (1) Optional ScrimmageFest (additional cost).
  2. Standard rules and procedures developed by clubs.
  3. Centralized master scheduling via GotSport 

Please Note: All scheduling (games and fields) are handled by the MDSL office.

*MDSL requires all teams to have official rosters and player cards from US Youth Soccer (USYS) associations to participate.