Upper 90 Soccer + Sport’s kicking quartermasters keep teams World Cup–ready with a wide assortment of jerseys, T-shirts, footwear, and accessories from classic brands including Adidas, Nike, and Puma. Strike fear into futbol hearts in a pair of punishing Nike Mercurial Victory II shoes ($60.00), or protect the foot's sensitive upstairs neighbors with Brine Triumph G8 shin guards ($40.00). A New York Cosmos jersey ($79.99) swears torsos to old-school allegiances, harkening back to the days when Pelé roamed the pitch and Franz Beckenbauer moonlighted as a dancer at Studio 54. Keep high-stepping legs cool in the Puma Attaccante Women's Shorts ($18.70), or shield hamstrings from the elements with a pair of the Nike Rio II men's warm-up pants ($35).
Twenty-one-thousand square feet of field turf covers Sports Zone. That gives the indoor facility's experienced team of instructors plenty of space to teach soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and other popular field sports. In addition to instructional clinics and camps, the sports complex hosts youth and adult recreational leagues as well as specialty events such as World Cup viewing parties. And for big days, Sports Zone offers birthday-party packages that include a choice of sports to play and add-ons such as human-sized hamster balls.
Each year, the coaches from Kiddie Soccer introduce thousands of children between the ages of 3.5 and 6 to the most popular team sport in the world—soccer—through safe, fun classes in a constructive environment. For the first 50 minutes of each session, groups of up to 12 kids engage in team-building games such as Red Light Green Light or Sharks and Minnows to build physical and cooperative skills and, above all, have fun. Kids then split off into teams for a 10-minute friendly competition, enjoying themselves while learning teamwork under the coach's watchful, supportive eye.
Brothers Chris and Peter Ruckdeschel are both teachers who have extensive experience playing and coaching soccer at the youth and collegiate levels. They own Central Jersey Premier Soccer Academy, where Chris and Peter draw from their history—and their specialties in attacking and goalkeeping, respectively—to teach the fundamentals of soccer to their students. They organize both clinics and camps for children that focus on everything from ball handling and breakaways to general fitness and footwork.
Lissette Brandao has a wealth of national and international experience, including spending her college career at Rutgers, playing semi-professionally in the US, and playing internationally for the Portuguese Women's National Team. But she doesn't keep everything she's learned to herself. Instead, she teaches youngsters and high-schoolers the world's game, from basics to advanced, through team training, camps, and private lessons. To ensure she delivers the highest possible quality to the youth she teaches, she has certifications from organizations such as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the US Soccer Federation.
The rumbling of thunder and flashes of lightning normally mean soaked and dejected sports players, but The Edge Sports Center keeps balls soaring through the air regardless of the weather outside. This is thanks to the center’s indoor field, which sets the stage for athletes hurtling footballs through the air or honing the fancy footwork needed to waltz with a soccer ball. The roster of classes expands beyond these sports and into speed and strength training to prepare youths planning to track down the yeti. Groups can rent the field for rainout-proof trainings or games, and the center also hosts birthday parties complete with pizza and cake.