Braden Wenger clears the ball during a match last season.

The Manchester Soccer Club is now open for registration for all interested kids wanting to learn and play the game.

Teams will be divided by ages, with teams made up of first and second-grade students, third and fourth-graders, fifth and sixth-graders, seventh and eighth-graders and high school students.

Dan and Lori Kartman have volunteered with the program for six years. Lori Kartman said the goals of the program are simple.

“We want to promote the sport as well as the teamwork involved in it,” she said.

Games and practices will be held at the soccer practice field at the Beckman Complex. Kartman said games are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with practices set to begin the first week of school. The club plans to play until the end of September or first week of October.

Kartman said interest in the sport is growing, with over 160 players signed up already.

“We would love to see kids begin playing in first grade and continue playing through their high school years. We want to see them enjoy the sport first and foremost, then get really good at it and try to push the talent into the high school teams for West Delaware. We have really been trying to get people educated about the sport. It’s not really popular in Northeast Iowa, but has been in other parts of the state. I think it’s still the fastest growing sport in the United States.”

Registrations are due this week, but late registrations will be accepted as space on teams allow. To register, go to the Facebook page, or email to

Kartman encourages kids to watch the United States Women’s team compete in the Olympics this week. “Watch the games. It’s an exciting game. Get an idea of the rules, how they space themselves and how they pass. It’s pretty fun to watch.”