Soccer, Boys

boys soccerFor more than a century, Deerfield students have played soccer and competed against school teams from around New England. We are in the ‘A’ Division of the Western New-England Prep-School Soccer Association (WNEPSSA), perhaps the strongest secondary-school league in the nation.

Deerfield boys love the game, enjoy training with their teammates, and always look forward to testing themselves against worthy opponents on game-days. They know that they are fortunate to have excellent fields, facilities, coaches and trainers close at hand; and they draw strength from the support of the wider school community, including students, staff, faculty, parents and alumni.

Deerfield fields four boys’ soccer teams, from the freshman-sophomore team for beginning players to the varsity team for the most able and ambitious athletes. Many younger boys begin on the JV and JrA teams and progress, over the years, to the Varsity team.

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Senior NEPSSA All-Stars (Left to right: Angel Paes ’17, Coach Rajballie, and Captain Tim Gerber ’17)

Our season typically begins with a 4-day team-preparation camp in late August, followed by tryouts after Labor Day. From mid-September to mid-November, regular-season games pit us against the best teams in New England – including Andover, Berkshire, Choate, Exeter, Hotchkiss, Loomis, NMH and Worcester. We train on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with games twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. And the season ends with an exciting contest with our longtime rival, Choate Rosemary Hall.

Deerfield is an excellent stepping-stone to college soccer: we welcome talented student-athletes in all grades – including the postgraduate year for boys who would like another year of study and play under their belts before moving on to the next level. Recent graduates of Deerfield are now playing soccer at colleges across the country.

Please contact coach Ramesh Rajballie for further information about Boys’ Soccer at Deerfield.

See parent-created videos about our 2012 and 2013 seasons.

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