LUBBOCK, TX -- The Lubbock Soccer Association just finished up their registration for the fall season, and said their numbers are up from the last year.
Lori Rhodes, the president of LSA, said while they don't have exact numbers just yet, it looks like they had a 10 to 12% increase in enrollment from the year before. She said the World Cup is likely one reason, but likely not the only reason.
"I think for the city of Lubbock, soccer is growing, we've had good showings this spring in, at our high school level, our high school teams advanced far in the playoffs, so there was good press coverage for that, Coach Stone over at Tech has done a great job at building an amazing program, that's now nationally ranked," Rhodes said.
She also said this year is the first time they've had to put together a waiting list for the upcoming season.
"We've got a waiting list of about 50 kids that are trying to get on teams, but right now I'm looking for open spots for them, or I'm looking for coaches to coach them, so that's a challenge," Rhodes said.
Indoor soccer also saw an increase in their numbers. They have not yet opened enrollment for the next season, but are currently in the middle of one.
Marianne Jones with Soccer Indoors of Lubbock said they had a big spring group play, and she said that may have been because of anticipation for the World Cup.
"Now, in spring, we had four divisions of kids, which we've never had before, so it could have been because of the World Cup," Jones said.
Soccer Indoors get teams from not only Lubbock, but other cities regionally to come and play at their facility.