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Kingman Youth soccer ready to kick off

Seth Clausen tries to advance the ball during local soccer action last year. The Kingman Youth Soccer League, which takes over after 29 years of the Northern Arizona Youth Soccer League, has opening ceremonies and season openers beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Seth Clausen tries to advance the ball during local soccer action last year. The Kingman Youth Soccer League, which takes over after 29 years of the Northern Arizona Youth Soccer League, has opening ceremonies and season openers beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

KINGMAN - It's that time of year again when the fields of Centennial Park fill up with hundreds of pairs of cleats and the sounds of parents cheering on their kids. It's soccer season in Kingman, and there's nothing quite like it.

This year brings some significant changes, including the name of the league itself. The Northern Arizona Youth Soccer League, after 29 years of serving as the fall youth soccer league in Kingman, changed its name to the Kingman Youth Soccer League.

That didn't deter Kingman residents from signing up, though.

"We had just a few over 700 kids sign up. Last year, we had something like 575," said Rod Hugunin, director of coaches for the Kingman Youth Soccer League. "We have so many teams this year."

Hugunin credited the community for coming together once again to make this year's league possible. Almost every team was able to pick up a sponsor, and all the coaching positions were filled as of Monday.

The league has also split divisions by gender at the U-6, U-8, and U-10 levels. Players in these divisions will be split into separate boys and girls leagues to help promote more competition within a league, rather than relying on one or two players to carry a team. The goal is to help boys and girls become better at soccer so that they are ready to play at the high school level if they choose to do so, according to Hugunin.

Another big change will be the use of the league's new website, www.kingmansoccer.com.

The website was used extensively for registration, and will serve as a hub for people during the season.

Teams, rosters, and scores will be listed on the website throughout the season.

Opening ceremonies kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday with the first games starting shortly afterward.

For more information on the Kingman Youth Soccer League, visit the website.