The River City Athletics.youth soccer program begins in December with a 10 week winter training session followed by a Spring Premier program for players U10 – U18. To learn more about River City, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit facebook page.
River City has some great options to meet your soccer needs;
To Register for any portion of winter training AND our 2018 Spring teams, please use this link. This option is for Sunday sessions OR RCXL (1 or 2 days) OR all three days.
To register for SPRING SEASON ONLY, please use this link.
To register for TRAININGS ONLY, please click here
AFTER you have registered on GotSoccer you can then pay online thru the Fields4Kids site if you would like (we apologize that there are two systems, but we must use GotSoccer for registration due to Soccer Maine regulations) or mail check payable to River City Athletics to:
River City Athletics
129 Farm Road
Bangor, ME 04401
Maine State Premier League Schedule (U12 – U18 Boys and Girls)
League play begins in April
Pine Tree League Schedule (U10 – U11 Boys and Girls)
League play begins late April
Our Mission: River City was established to meet the needs of the youth sports community of Eastern, Central and Northern Maine. The goal is to provide affordable option for all families and athletes to develop their skills and ability while keeping the passion for the sport they love. We want to do this in a safe, and friendly environment with a highly trained staff committed to all players of all skill levels. We will provide teams to compete in leagues and tournaments against competitive teams of similar skill level within the state of Maine. The focus will be on skill and growth first, with competition secondary. We want to win if at all possible, not at all costs.
River City was formed when players and parents asked for another premier soccer option in the Greater Bangor Area. In the Spring of 2014, one local coach offered training sessions on his own and had a team play in the SoccerMaine Pine Tree League and another team played in the Maine State Premiere League and the State Cup, which showed there were more players in the greater Bangor area interested in competing at the highest level of soccer in Maine than were being served. Because of this growing interest, a few of us met in June of 2014 to discuss what spring soccer in our area could look like based on the feedback we received from these most recent spring programs. What was born from that meeting is River City, the new competitive home for spring soccer in the Penobscot River Valley.
The logo for River City is a visual representation of the way we hope young soccer players will come together in our club. The four white stars represent each of the four area fall travel clubs we plan to incorporate into River City: Bangor, Brewer, Bronco, and Old Town Black Bear Alliance. The blue flowing through the middle represents the Penobscot River, and while we expect the majority of our players to come from the four area clubs, we plan to serve all athletes from Katahdin to the Atlantic Ocean. The white across the middle bands us all together in our endeavor to put forth the best, most competitive spring teams possible.
The goal of River City is to be an inclusive club, one which offers a home for players of all skill levels and interests to develop their ability while keeping their passion for the sport they love. We offer extended winter and spring training programs for the player who wants to flourish and grow year round, but we also have less time-intensive programs available for the athlete who plays multiple sports, or takes part in other after school activities so they can continue to keep a sharp edge on their soccer talents while pursing their other interests.
Ultimately we want the players to improve and to be competitive. We want our teams to win and be successful. But most importantly we want River City to be a place where athletes can work on their game, continue with their passion for soccer, and learn those life long lessons of team work and effort that involvement in competitive sports can offer.
Meet Our Coaches
Director of Coaching / Head Coach – MJ Ball
MJ Ball is the Assistant Director of Coaching for SoccerMaine, Executive Director and founder of Fields4kids and the Girls Varsity soccer coach for Hermon High School, and holds a USSF “A” License. He has the rare distinction of being named Coach of the Year at the Club, High School and College level.
He has coached many teams during the past 20 years including; Head Coach for ODP teams in Maine and PA West; Founder and Director of Coaching/Head Coach for Blackbear United FC/ Seacoast United Blackbear, Pittsburgh Strikers, Penns Forest FC, Bronco Travel Soccer Club and Hermon Middle School. His teams have won 14 state titles to date.
Previously, he was the assistant men’s soccer coach for two years at University of Maine and coached the men’s and women’s soccer teams at the University of Maine at Machias for four years (2000 – 2004). He was a four year starter and two year captain at Westminster College in Pennsylvania and received his Masters degree in education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
He resides in Hampden with his wife Heather and their two children Aidyn and Kelsey.
Ben was born and raised in England and has played representative soccer, & amateur soccer in England for the prestigious Loughborough University. He has also coached in England and he has coached travel soccer for Brewer Soccer Club. Ben hold many degrees including a B.Sc. in Sport Science and Physical Education from Loughborough University, a MA in Kinesiology – Motor Learning and Control, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Ph.D. Kinesiology – Motor Learning and Control and Biomechanics, Penn State University, and a MPT degree. He is currently a Professor of Physical Therapy at Husson University, the Director of the Kenduskeag Institute’s Human Performance Research Lab., Husson University and the Director of Dahl Anatomy Lab at Husson University.
Ben holds his USSF E license. He also holds an English Football Association Prelim coaching badge.
Head Coach – Mark Dieuveuil
Mark has coached at many levels beginning with rec and youth leagues. He currently is an assistant with the boys team at Hermon High School. He holds the USSF Class “E” license, and is taking the Class “D” course in the winter/spring 2017. Mark is in his third year studying Kinesiology Physiology and Education specializing in Exercise Science at the University of Maine. Mark uses practices and games to help each athlete strive to reach their highest potential, he holds every athlete to a high standard and expects full effort in every practice and game.
Head Coach – Wayne Harvey
Wayne is the Secretary and one of the founders of River City and has been coaching youth soccer since 2009. He has coached at the rec, travel and premier levels with Bangor Parks and Rec and Bangor Soccer Club. He has coached a girls fall travel team with Bangor Soccer Club since 2011. He has also coached teams in the SoccerMaine Pine Tree League and in the Maine State Premier League and State Cup.
Wayne currently has his USSF “E” license and is taking the “D” level course in the winter of 2015/2016.
Wayne graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Maine.
Wayne’s coaching philosophy is defense comes first, offensively he places an emphasis on passing, possession and team work.
Wayne lives in Bangor with his wife Courtney and their three daughters and their Catahoula Leopard Dog, Riggins.
Head Coach – Yates Murphy
As a former player, Yates played for the UMaine and SCSU men’s soccer teams while competing collegiately. His elite playing experience continued as he trained with both The Maine Sting and GPS Portland Phoenix.
As a coach, he has worked closely with both MJ Ball and Cid Dyjak to assist in the development of both youth and high school athletes in the greater Bangor area.
Working as the assistant girls soccer and goalie coach at Orono High School (OHS), in 2012, Yates helped lead his team to the Eastern Maine Class C Final. The following year, his team reached the Class C State Final. Yates continues to work with OHS girls in his third season as assistant coach.
Yates will be coaching our girls high school team “I am very excited to be working with River City Athletics. I look forward to aiding in the progress of local athletes within the the state of Maine.”