Maumelle Soccer Club classic teams will now be known as Real Arkansas. Pronounced “re-al”, the word is Spanish for royal.

“After 30 years, we’re proud to still be an active member of the soccer community,” said Joshua Clausen, Club president. “These changes will keep Maumelle soccer competitive as the Arkansas landscape changes.”

The distinction between the recreational and classic programs proves the Club’s dedication to each side of the sport. Expanded age groups give youth the opportunity to play where they feel comfortable – deciding in their own time between academy and Real Arkansas.

Based on the Madrid Football Club of Spain, the classic team name was carefully chosen. In 1920, King Alfonso XIII of Spain bestowed the name “real,” meaning royal, on the Madrid club along with the royal crown in the emblem.

“The name Real Arkansas connects our local club with the global soccer community,” said Brad Pullen, Club vice president. “Maumelle is rich in friendship, loyalty and competitive spirit – this name lives up to that reputation.”

Maumelle’s last uniform update was twelve years ago. New recreational and classic team uniforms will have light blue as the primary color. Black, white and gold will be used as accent colors. Real Arkansas players will have the new name and emblem on the left chest. This emblem represents the leadership strength of Maumelle youth soccer, and features a royal crown atop a soccer ball with its foundation in MSC – represented by the MSC logo at bottom of the emblem.

Real Arkansas team tryouts for birth years 2005-2007 are scheduled for May 23 and May 25, 6-8 p.m. at the Burns Park Soccer Complex; and May 30, 6-8 p.m., at the Maumelle Soccer Complex.

Tryouts for birth years 1999-2004, are scheduled for June 29 and July 10, 6-8 p.m., at the Burns Park Soccer Complex; and July 11, 6-8 p.m., at the Maumelle Soccer Complex.

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