Lake Norman Soccer Club - Mission Statement
"The Lake Norman Soccer Club strives to create a balanced and comprehensive experience through a competitive soccer environment."
Lake Norman Soccer Club (LNSC) is home to around 1,600 soccer players and is located in Mooresville, North Carolina. Our club is proud to bolster an extremely significant history while looking towards an even more impressive future. Over the past 35 plus years, soccer in Mooresville and the surrounding areas has changed in many ways. LNSC (under several different names or banners) has always been at the forefront.
Lake Norman Soccer Club played under the banner of the Iredell County Rowdies in 1978 until several classic teams came together to form the Iredell Regional Soccer League (IRSL) and joined the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) in 1982. The association incorporated under State of North Carolina laws and qualified as a 501(c)(3). With the addition of a challenge program in 2002, IRSL became Lake Norman Soccer Club (LNSC). From 2002 to present day, the club has seen many changes and transformations all culminating in today's LNSC. Today, hundreds of teams play at every level from our youngest Recreation team to the NCYSA Academy Program, to our Eclipse and Force players/teams playing nationwide.
LNSC holds all training sessions and games at the Mazeppa Road Soccer Complex. Our programs include Recreation soccer, NCYSA Academy soccer (U8-U10), Classic and Challenge soccer (U11-U18), Premier and USYS Regional play (U14-U18). Our boys' program from U13-U18 is called the ‘Force’ and our girls program from U13-U18 is called the ‘Eclipse.’ Both programs are designed to push the elite/aspiring player to the next level. These teams train up to four times per week and compete in some of the nation's most prestigious events. The Eclipse and Force programs compete in the National Premeir League of US Club Soccer. Beginning this season, our Force teams will also participate in the Boys Club Championship, an elite compeptition featuring some of the top clubs in the nation. Our tradition of excellence and success is being established on and off the field because of our vision of “Making Goals...Shaping Lives - building skills for soccer and life.”
Over the past several years, LNSC has expanded its footprint beyond Mooresville (Central). We now offer qualified coaching and training at regionalized satellite locations including: LNSC SISA (Mooresville Select, Challenge, and Recreation programs), Statesville (Recreation & Academy programming), West (Lincoln County, Denver, Lincolnton, and Mountain Island areas), & South (University, Huntersville, and North Charlotte areas). We also operate an outreach program affiliated with LNSC Vallense. Please click on Soccer Programs to get a more in depth look at the various offerings.
Our mission is to provide families, coaches and officials a soccer experience that emphasizes enjoyment and encourages the development of a player’s skills, self-confidence, and character within a competitive environment to be leaders on and off the field.
At LNSC, we provide financial assistance to players at the challenge, academy, classic, or premier levels. As a club, we are committed to ensure that money should not prevent a capable player from developing to their personal potential through the game of soccer. LNSC is very conscious of the constant changes and shifts in today's economy. Our community and membership are extremely important to us, and are the main reason why we have taken steps to ensure we will always be able offer assistance and offer a hand in times of need.
LNSC members elect a representative (voluntary) board of directors to oversee and protect the direction, integrity, and well-being of the club. The board of directors meets monthly. The board is responsible for approving club objectives/strategies, raising funds to support the club, and maintain policies/procedures to assure operations comply with good business practices in accordance with its bylaws. The voting membership meets in April of each year at the club annual general meeting (AGM) to discuss the club's strategic direction, review financials, and to elect/approve new board members/positions for the coming year.
The LNSC staff is made up of an Executive Director, Business Director, Director of Soccer, and a Technical Director, as well as nationally licensed coaches. The coaching directors facilitate the day to day running of the club under the direction of the Executive Director and Director of Soccer. At present, LNSC is fortunate to employ seven full-time nationally credentialed staff coaches.
LNSC relies on its members to fund the majority of the expenses of the club. Additional funds are generated through hosting of the state cups and sponsoring of the Lake Norman Fall Classic and the Lake Norman Race City Classic and providing training sessions and camps. LNSC receives no public funding.
It is critical for the development and growth of LNSC that private donations become a large part of the objectives to meet its goals and the needs of the youth in the Lake Norman area. As a result, LNSC is reaching out to individual and corporate sponsors to assist in funding the needs of the Club and its participants. The current needs are: 1) allowing growth through the development of professional staff, 2) attracting highly qualified coaching staff, 3) providing for the continuing education of staff, 4) providing equipment, uniforms and facilities necessary to carry out the mission of the club, 5) providing scholarship funds for deserving players who need financial assistance to participate, and 6) providing for the maintenance and development of fields to support youth soccer.
Economic Impact of LNSC
For twenty plus years, LNSC has sponsored the Lake Norman Fall Classic Tournament that brings over 250 teams the weekend before Thanksgiving each year. In 2012, LNSC added the Race City Classic Tournament the first weekend of March. The economic impact to Iredell County and the surrounding area from the Fall Classic, the Race City Classic and the other five tournaments hosted exceeds over $3 million each year. LNSC's tournaments and events bring over 20,000 players, coaches and fans to Iredell County to stay in hotels, to eat at restaurants and to enjoy the hospitality of the Lake Norman area each year.