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IS MY CHILD READY FOR CLUB SOCCER?
Club soccer is usually a locally organized soccer program whose purpose is to provide opportunity for youth soccer players to experience a healthy, safe, fun, and developmentally appropriate environment to learn and love the game of soccer.
The value of club soccer is access to a higher level of coaching, year-round soccer, opportunities to play at a higher level of competition, and exposure to different venues. It is typically through soccer clubs where the players get recognition and exposure to college opportunities and access to college coaches and scouts.
WHEN IS CLUB SOCCER SEASON?
Fall League - Weekend games; Sep.- Dec.
Spring Season/Training – March through end of May
Tournament season - Summer through end of August where teams will go to an average of 1 tournament per month plus some scrimmages. Most teams will go to a maximum of 5 to 6 tournaments a year.
Teams typically take time to “decompress” after each of the above phases. Although your child will be committed to his/her club team year-round, he/she will be training/playing throughout the year.
Your commitment to club soccer is mandatory practice twice a week. Most weekends during fall league play will have games either on Saturday or Sunday or sometimes both days. If your child is invited to join Ventura County United Soccer Club and you accept the invitation, you are accepting to commit to the following:
Preseason - all players must report to training
Typically, two 2-hour practices per week twice a week (depending on age group)
Preseason tournaments – when scheduled
Fall and Spring league games and scrimmages
Tournament Season (June thru August 1-2 tournaments a month)
Ventura County United works on a month to month basis. Your dues are typically from $125.00/month to $200.00/month depending on age group. This includes minimum 2 days training at 2 hours per session and CSL Fall League play. Tournaments and uniforms are not included in monthly dues. There are some limited opportunities for need-based financial aid.
Club soccer is a competitive environment by nature. Players compete for positions on the team as well as for minutes played on the field. Club soccer has paid coaches and players have to earn their way onto a team, earn playing time - and must play in a way that will determine their level of commitment.
ARE PLAYERS CUT?
No player is cut during the season of play, unless there is a problem with parents or player disruptions. The typical club player starts at 9-11 year of age and plays for 5 years with same club.