Youth Game Leader (YGL)


Hey teens, more green, less screen!  Drop your phones and come work for MSI!  Join MSI’s Youth Game Leader (YGL) Program, where you’ll learn valuable leadership, communication, and decision-making skills.

Frost Middle School9201 Scott Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
Hoover Middle School8810 Postoak Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
Carderock Springs ES 7401 Persimmon Tree Ln, Bethesda, MD 20817
Fallsmead ES1800 Greenplace Terrace, Rockville, MD 20850
Jewish Day School11710 Hunters Ln, Rockville, MD 20852
Ritchie Park ES1514 Dunster Rd, Rockville, MD 20854
Rock Terrace School390 Martins Ln, Rockville, MD 20850
Seven Locks ES9500 Seven Locks Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817

Our Youth Game Leaders enthusiastically manage our soccer games for our first and second grade teams. Their primary goals are to help our young players have fun, play safely, and learn soccer basics.  Our YGL’s are in 7th grade or older and may earn SSL hours or get paid for their work. They take responsibility for leading two to three hour-long games on Saturdays. YGL’s do not have to work every Saturday, but working many Saturdays is desirable. 

YGL Requirements and Scheduling: Every YGL must have soccer experience, submit an application, pass a short written test, and attend one training session before every season.  Once our YGL’s satisfy the requirements, they are ready to work!  We’ll load our 1st and 2nd grade games into our SignUpGenius, and our YGL’s get to choose which games work best for their schedules, pending availability.  Many of our YGL’s also play soccer, so they have their own games on Saturdays too.  We’ll use SignUpGenius for the application, written test, trainings, and games.  See the link below.

Spring 2024 season game dates: Our 1st and 2nd grade opening day will be on Saturday, April 6th.  There are 8 games per season.  (No games on Saturday, May 25th during Memorial Day weekend.)

Spring 2024 YGL Trainings: Have been completed. If you would like to join us in the fall, please check this webpage in August for August training details.

Spring 2024 game formats:

  • 1st grade: Teams play against each other in 4 vs. 4 small-sided games with mini-goals.
  • 2nd grade: Teams play in 7 vs. 7 games with large goals and goalies.


We hope that you’ll consider joining our YGL team!  Our YGL role makes a perfect “first job.”  We can’t think of a better first place of employment than an MSI soccer field!

If you have more questions, please contact Sam Lobdell at Thank you!

Junior Referee Program (this program is not currently active)

Historically, MSI has conducted a “Junior Referee” program in order to supplement the significant shortage of adult, USSF-certified referees.  As the referee pool has grown, we have progressively reduced the number of games led by MSI Junior Referees, and increased the number of games led by adult, USSF-certified referees. 

At this time, we believe that the pool of adult, USSF-certified referees has grown large enough that we are able to provide these adult referees for all games previously led by MSI Junior Referees.  In future seasons, we encourage all of our former Junior Referees to serve as Youth Game Leaders in our 1st and 2nd Grade programs.

Learn more about the History and Values of MSI Soccer Inc.