Spirit-Driven Soccer was birthed in 2007 when a group of 30 young people began playing futsal in the Conard Indoor Rec facility at Ashland University. We discovered during this winter pilot project that people love to play the game of soccer whenever given the opportunity. We also discovered that most young people needed some help learning to have faith-based conversations with their peers.
When the AU Rec Center was built, we were offered space to play indoor soccer if we could bring 6 teams. God provided 6 Christian coaches who formed teams with the intent of building God’s Kingdom through sports ministry. In fact, we were given the freedom to start our own league, make our own rules, freely share the gospel, and the rest is history.
Each year we have added new players and new teams. Our ministry has doubled in size. Last season we had 12 teams in our league. Most of the older players retired. Many of the younger players graduated from high school and went off to college. This co-ed league has brought friends and neighbors and teammates together to have a blast playing competitive soccer in the off season. Some of our younger players have waited 7 years to play in our league, and they’re finally in high school. We’ve had newcomers to the game, family members and relative playing with and against one another. We’ve also had extremely skilled high school and collegiate athletes who have played soccer all their lives. When parents moved from cheerleaders and critics to getting into the game, they’ve developed a whole new appreciation for their children and the intensity and skill required to play this amazing game.
Our winter Spirit-Driven Soccer season will be upon us before you know it. This website will be the place to get you into the action. We’ll be forming teams, registering people, posting schedules, and updating you on new developments. So keep in touch. And if you want to join your soccer-loving peers for some great off season action, please contact Glenn Sprunger at 419 606-2436. You will have the opportunity to join a team or build your own team.