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Bennington Soccer Club

To receive cancellation information via text message or email make sure your player(s) are registered on our TEAMSNAP APP.  This is the only way our club will communicate with you regarding cancellations. 

Contact Leah Kinworthy if you do not have a TeamSnap login at

Winter Academy 2019 Registration


Registration Kicks Off: November 15, 2018

Registration Ends:        January 4, 2019 (11:59pm)

Our Winter Academy program is designed for players born from 2003-2012. 

Please visit our registration page (left navigation) for additional details and the link to register!

Unfortunately the Nebraska weather is not always “soccer friendly”.  We realize that some parents will be frustrated when we cancel practices, and some others will be frustrated when we don’t cancel.  As a group of volunteer board members & volunteer coaches – we do our best to make the right call, but recognize that we can’t always make everyone happy.

The BENSC board of directors have created weather parameters to ensure our players are safe and are having fun on the field.  Moving forward we will not hold practices or festivals for DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE ONLY when the following conditions apply at the start of practice / festival times:

  • Wind Chill is below 30 degrees
  • Heat Index is above 95 degrees
  • There is lightening within 5 miles of the soccer complex

Developmental League WILL have practices / festivals during the following times:

  • Recently rained, but the fields are deemed to be in good shape (your kids will get muddy)!
  • Current light rain, but no storms in the area
  • Holiday weekends are at the coaches discretion (Easter, Labor Day, Spring Break)

In addition - weather decisions will typically not be made until about an hour or so before the start of a session because Nebraska weather changes quickly and we always want to play when possible.  Weather decisions will be communicated out via Team Snap.  Due to limited space at the soccer complex, we cannot always guarantee that a practice will be able to be made up – but we will do our best to extend the season by a week or two if the weather & sunlight allows. 

Competitive teams (U9 & older) & Winter/Summer Academy sessions will still be at coaches discretion and do not fall into these parameters.  As always – parents have the final decision on if to send their child to play on any given day.  No child will be penalized for missing a practice or festival due to weather. 

If you  have any questions on this policy, please feel free to email the BENSC board at


Parents!  Please consider joining the BENSC Board of Directors, or joining us in a non-voting position!  All open positions are attached, and if you are interested, please fill out the application form and email it to

Fall 2018 Application Deadline is Friday, August 3rd 2018.

Leah Kinworthy - New Communications Director

BENSC is pleased to announce Leah Kinworthy as our new Communications Director who will be replacing Erin Kloke.

Leah is relatively new to the world of soccer, but she has a long and diverse background in sports.  She played basketball, softball and volleyball at the varsity level in high school and she went on to play basketball in college.  

Leah has two children that began playing soccer here in Bennington at age 4.  Her daughter, Camryn, is on the U12G United and her son Sean is on the U9B Blue Knights team.  Three years ago she assisted Mark Wittland with the U12G team as a volunteer at practices and then evolved into an assistant coach.

As Communications Director, Leah will be:

  1. Responsible for all external communications of BENSC. 
  2. Responding to emails sent to & 3. Facilitate communication with those who work with BENSC including, town officials, school officials, local businesses, official members from other area clubs, and local press. 
  3. Managing relationships with vendors including but not limited to TeamSnap & the BENSC website. 
  4. Managing social media strategy and posts on BENSC's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. 
  5. Soliciting BENSC member input through surveys, emails, and focus groups as needed. 

Welcome Leah!

Ed Anibal - Director of Coaching Development

BENSC is pleased to announce Ed Anibal as our new Director of Coaching Development!

Ed joins the club with extensive playing and coaching experience.  His father was a Colonel in the Air Force, and Ed’s soccer career began while the family was living in Germany.

Ed was a four-year varsity soccer player in Las Vegas winning three state championships as a forward.

Ed played Division I soccer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) from 1985-1988. Prior to his sophomore year, he transitioned from offensive player to defense and remained the starting sweeper throughout his collegiate career.

While at UNLV he earned several awards and honors including: three NCAA tournament appearances, Big West champions 1985 and 1987 (AKA: Pacific Coast Athletic Association, PCAA), 1986, 1987, 1988 all Big-West honors for defense, 1987 All far-West honors, All American candidate, Herman trophy award nominee/finalist, and Inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame as part of the 1985 UNLV Men’s soccer team (18-2-2 overall record).

He represented UNLV and the West at the 1987 United States Olympic Sports Festival held in Raleigh-Durham North Carolina

Ed was selected to participate in the Senior Bowl and was subsequently drafted 7th overall by the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) in 1989. The only major professional soccer league at the time. (pre-MLS). 

Ed coached with Las Vegas Premier Youth soccer club and won several state championships in various age groups.

Ed is married to Lisa and has four children: Emma who participates in volleyball and track, Hayden soccer and track, Edward soccer, baseball, and football, and Graham, who will begin play in a few years.

Welcome Ed!


Mark comes from a soccer family and played from age 5 up until high school. He has multiple nieces and nephews that play or have played at the college level. Soccer was his number one sport growing up and has been the same with his daughters growing up.

Mark has coached soccer for almost 9 years and also coached track and cross county for a club in the Omaha area until recently. He started coaching at BENSC in 2012 and has loved every minute of it.

Mark has two daughters, Calla is 14 and has taken the path of running track and cross country, after a number of years out on the pitch. Elle is 10 and plays with the 2007 BENSC United team which Mark currently coaches.  Elle plans on playing at the high school someday.

Mark thinks we have great opportunities here in Bennington and is happy to join a board that is so invested in this club and looks forward to great things ahead.

As Competition Manager, Mark will be taking over the roll from Michael Anderson who plans to step down at the end of 2018.  Marks responsibilities are as follows: 

  • Main point of contact for players, parents, and coaches in the U9-U19 Age Divisions.
  • Recruit players and coaches, roster teams, create player passes, issue uniforms and coach equipment, and communicates league rules/regulations to players, parents, and coaches.
  • Collaborate with Director of Coaching Development, Director of Player Development, Registrar, and coaches to determine team placement and meet league registration deadlines.
  • Act as BENSC representative for ENSA, NSL, and NL leagues, and attends scheduled league meetings.
  • Holds E-Level Coach’s License and is responsible for staying up-to-date on age appropriate training, development topics, and game rules.
  • Perform other duties as may be delegated by the President/Board of Directors.

For more information about serving on the BENSC Board, please contact current Board Members at

Welcome Mark!

Kids Playing Soccer

U8 ENSA Festival

Kids Playing Soccer

Developmental Age Group Festival

Kids Playing Soccer

Developmental Age Group Festival