LIVINGSTON, NJ — In order to allow community members to continue playing the game of soccer while still adhering to social-distancing recommendations, the Livingston Soccer Club (LSC) has designed a free, virtual training program for players of all ages and is also organizing a town-wide FIFA 20 Tournament to benefit Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN).

“Normally, we are outside on the fields practicing and playing with our teammates and coaches,” said LSC board member Steve Brooks. “With that not being possible, the LSC is dedicated to looking for other ways for kids and adults to remain active and engaged.”

For those looking “for more movement and actual soccer-work,” Brooks said the free virtual training offers ways for players to benefit “no matter the size space they have to work with.”

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The program, which is currently open to all ages from Pre-K students to adults, includes access to:

  • Weekly curriculums that include warm-ups, drills and challenges;
  • The Techne Futbol app, which allows players to compete against others in the program and win prizes; and
  • Multiple Zoom sessions with professional trainers every day, including weekends.

According to Brooks, the club is also offering ways for parents to work with their kids to “allow for a little more family bonding.”

“The best part is there is no commitment necessary,” he said. “Players can work at any time of the day or week and only participate when they want to.”

Additionally, the FIFA 20 Tournament will be open to Livingston residents of all ages, who will be asked to make a suggested minimum donation of $5 toward LNHN.

Since being established in 2016, LNHN has worked with nearly 60 local families in need of food and financial assistance. Now more than ever, the LNHN has been utilizing its emergency fund to help Livingston residents affected by the global health crisis. (CLICK HERE to learn more about the organization's recent efforts.)

“There are so many great stories we have seen of Livingston residents and businesses doing everything possible to help during this time of need,” said Brooks. “We wanted to find another way for the kids to feel like they are part of this incredible group. 

“Our hope is the suggested minimum donation will come from them and, no matter how well they do in the tournament, they exit knowing they helped a fellow family in Livingston in need. We want them to feel a sense of pride for living in a town full of kind, generous people, and we hope it will spark new ideas for kids to help make a difference.”

The LSC FIFA 20 Tournament will include an Xbox One bracket and a PS4 bracket, which will each be broken down into divisions by age groups. Prizes will be awarded to all winners.

“In all honesty, we're bored,” said Brooks. “Normally, we are volunteering our time on soccer fields and watching our kids play soccer. We want to continue to serve this community in any way we can, and we just wanted to play our part in a community that comes together in difficult times to support one another…

“We have seen many professional sports hold video game tournaments, and in a time of no real live events taking place to watch, this is the perfect opportunity for our players to compete. Our FIFA 20 Tournament is something where players can represent their family and their town to help raise money for an incredible cause.”

The LSC is currently looking into the possibility of streaming these games on Livingston Television (LTV) networks and local Facebook pages.

Players can sign up for both programs at www.lsclub.com.