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SSL summer soccer program continues to draw large numbers

Jul 25, 2018 03:10PM ● By Brian Shaw

By Brian Shaw 

No matter what club you might play for or what crest you might wear in the fall or spring, the South Salt Lake summer soccer program is an oasis of fun in an off-season desert that for players, is usually marked by inactivity and kicking the ball around in your backyard. 

But don't get it twisted, said Bruce Middleton, parent of one son who plays on the PAL team—one of six in the league. The summer soccer league sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and Promise South Salt Lake has taken off like a rocket. 

“It's very competitive. Having a high-school aged son who plays a high level of club soccer, it kind of surprised me when I first watched a game,” he said.

PAL is just one of several teams in the summer soccer league, which initially—according to Dustin Permann, program director—began simply as a way to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble. 

There are also teams from Granite Park Jr. High, UICS, and several other schools within the city limits have teams in the league as well, according to Dustin Permann, recreation coordinator. 

It started several years ago and every year since, the league has grown both in number of teams and the quality and sheer number of players participating in the program. 

This year, six teams are participating in the league, which runs its regular season through August 16 before beginning its playoff rounds.  Games are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. And at 7:00 p.m at either Central Park Community Center or at Granite Park Jr. High. 

For more information and to check out the league for your son or daughter for next season, contact Dustin Permann at 801-664-3075 or email him at [email protected].