Rewarding, meaningful, exciting – if this isn’t how you would describe your current exercise routine, it may be time to switch things up. The Lansing Area Women’s Soccer (LAWS) league is about to begin its 32nd season of bringing joy, friendship and a great workout to participants.
Luckily, you don’t need to be Mia Hamm or Marta da Silva to join LAWS. “I am one of those women who had no experience aside from kicking the ball around the yard with my son,” said Amy McDaniels, who joined LAWS 11 years ago.
“I don’t enjoy running. In fact, I find it really boring…I’m not fast of foot, but the joy of it is that I don’t need to be,” said McDaniels. “When LAWS says ‘all skill levels’, it is true.”
By shifting her focus to the game, McDaniels can now “run and kick that ball around the field until I drop”.
Along with the health benefits, the camaraderie among the women keep them faithfully returning to the league.
“I’ve met so many like-minded women. I’ve made some of my best friends through LAWS over the years,” said Kendra Culham, who has been playing for 21 years. “I also enjoy the competitiveness of the league. While teams are playing games, they generally take the game very seriously and play with passion and aggression. However, as soon as the game is over, most completely forget about the game and are excited to see their friends from opposing teams.”
There are women’s soccer leagues throughout Michigan; however, many players will drive nearly an hour to play with LAWS. Lynn Khadija, who has been playing soccer for over 20 years, is one of them. “LAWS is the best in my opinion,” she said. “Some leagues just talk and do nothing on the field, some are super rough and some do not use skills or respect experienced/older players.” She also appreciates the shared experiences of her teammates and league participants. “There have been births and deaths and marriages!”
LAWS is open to all skill levels and offers three age divisions: 17+ (and out of high school), 30+, and 40+. It also offers three seasons: Spring, Summer, and Fall. The league is looking for both full teams and individual players.
More information can be found at www.lansingareawomenssoccer.com.