U9-10 Pre-Competitive

For players born 2009 (U9) and 2008 (U10)

Capital FC’s U9-10 Pre-Competitive Program is for players who have developed a love for the game and are serious about becoming better soccer players. Our intent is to provide a competitive but not exclusive environment for these developing youngsters.


All elements of the Pre-Competitive Program have been designed to push and develop these players through more advanced, professional coaching as well as a higher level of competition in tournaments and league play with teams from around the state. We are asking parents and players for a year-round commitment that includes travel and a higher cost.


Program Aims:

  1. To prepare players for entrance into the U11 Competitive Program by:
  • Developing individual technique and 1v1 skills.
  • Laying the foundation for tactical insight and an understanding of how each position relates to the team objectives.
  • Moving from a recreational mindset to a more competitive mindset.
  1. To introduce parents to the demands and commitment level of the competitive program (travel, cost, time).
  2. To foster a love of the game in players that develops internal motivation to improve and continue playing long into the future.

Overview of the Program:


Part 1: Free Previews (April 28, May 5, 12, 19)

The free preview serves as a platform for interested families and players to be run through a model of a typical training session by the staff coaches for the program and get a feel for what the pre-competitive program. An informational meeting will be held at the beginning of each free-preview session.

Free Previews will be held the CFC Complex on the following schedule:

  • U9 Boys and Girls (2009): 5:00pm – 6:15pm
  • U10 Boys and Girls (2008): 6:15pm – 7:30pm


Part 2: Evaluations (Monday, May 22 & Tuesday, May 23)

Evaluations are for players that have decided that they would like to enter the Pre-Competitive Program. These sessions serve as an opportunity for players to be evaluate and placed with the appropriate team for their skill-level and development. Evaluations will be held at the CFC Complex on the following schedule:

  • Monday, May 22 & Tuesday, May 23:
    2009 Boys and Girls: 5:00pm-6:15pm
    2008 Boys and Girls: 6:15pm- 7:30pm

Following the evaluations, an organizational meeting will be held to go over details for the year.


Part 3: Summer Component (June-August)


Teams will begin 90-minute training sessions twice a week beginning the week of June 5. This will overlap with the end of the Spring Juniors Program but gives players and teams a chance to begin training together in preparation for tournaments.

In addition to weekly team training sessions, four Coerver Academy sessions are included in the program during July to encourage technical and individual development of the players. The dates and times will be announced at a later time.

Game play

Teams will participate in 2-3 tournaments over the summer. The first tournament is Capital FC’s home tournament, the Capital Cup (June 23-25). Other appropriate tournaments will be selected by team coaches depending on the individual needs of each team in consultation with the U9/10 Program Director. Most teams participate in a July tournament and and August tournament, or one or the other.


Part 4: Fall Component (September – beginning of November)


Players will continue training twice weekly at the CFC Training Complex through the fall (90 minute sessions).

Game play

Oregon Youth Soccer does not offer a state-wide league until the U11 age, so league options are limited for U9/10 players. We have tried a variety of league options over the past several seasons and feel that the best option for this year is the OYSA Developmental League. All games are held on Sundays and have historically all been at Delta Park in Portland.


Part 4: Winter Break (mid-November through January)

After the fall season concludes, teams will take some time off. Players may choose to play another sport or continue to play soccer through other programming such as indoor, camps, or futsal clinics.

Why take a break? Research has shown that early specialization in sport may contribute to increased risk for injury in players because they over develop some muscle groups, leaving others undeveloped and more vulnerable. Additionally, many leading soccer clubs and associations have advocated for taking breaks to counter burn out rates that happen later in many players’ development.


Part 5: Winter/Spring Component (February-April)


Our players will start up again indoor for February, taking advantage of futsal training. Futsal (5v5 court soccer) has been recognized as an important developmental piece of great players and is being integrated into development plans with the US Soccer Development Academy – we want to follow their lead.

Teams will begin twice weekly training outdoors in March.

Game play

Game play in U9/10 Development Leagues will also start in late February/early March. Sunday games and travel to Portland are to be expected. Based on results from the spring, we will register teams for the league we feel is most developmentally appropriate for each team.

Games and training will conclude in April or the first weekend of May, depending on league schedule. Players will then be asked to move on to either the U11 Competitive program tryouts, taking place the second week of May 2018, or to the U10 Pre-Competitive trials (later in May, TBD).



$700 + $75 Annual Memembership Fee (covers player card, insurance, registration costs)*

*Uniform, additional tournaments, and personal travel expenses not included.

Scholarships available – Because of generous donations from members of our community, scholarships of up to 50% are available to families who qualify. For more details, please email office@capitalfctimbers.com



2008 Boys (U10)

Sergio Anaya

2009 Boys (U9)

Sean Monaghan


2008 Girls (U10)

Vicky Cruz Rosales – former U19 Women’s Mexican National Team player, played with Western Oregon University, Coerver Staff Coach since 2013.

2009 Girls (U9)

Alvaro Anaya – Coerver Youth Diploma, former South Salem High Girls Head Coach, longtime CFC Coach, USSF “E” License.


How do I know if my player is ready for the Pre-Competitive Program?

It is all about commitment level. A big indicator of this is how much your player chooses to play at home or at school with friends. If your child loves soccer and wants to improve, then this is the program for them.

Is my player good enough?

Skill level isn’t as important as your player’s love for the game. These kids have a long playing career ahead of them, and our club believes in inspiring players for a lifetime of learning and enjoyment. We believe that the pre-competitive program will allow for players to learn good habits from an early age rather than having to un-learn and re-learn skills later.

How will teams be formed and how will they train?

Rosters serve as a baseline for how teams will train and practice together. The coaching staff will form rosters so that all players are at a similar level to maximize their individual player development. At the discretion of the coaching staff, some players may be asked to practice and/or play with a different team for specific games or tournaments. These decisions will all be based on how to help each player develop appropriately.

Teams will train at the same time under the supervision of the coaching staff.

Can my player participate in other sports?

Yes, although at times this may be difficult. Refer to the Program Overview above to see that there are a few “down times” in the program. These would be the best times to play other sports.

If a player on the roster of a competitive team desires to play another sport that has an overlapping season, it may be possible to play both sports.  Some compromises may need to be worked out with the coaches of both sports regarding participation in practices and games.  Some players may be able to successfully divide their energies, but some may find it very difficult to manage.  A player in the competitive program who chooses another activity or sport instead of participating in the U9 Pre-Competitive Program will not be penalized for making that decision.  However, a player may be dropped from the program if the player fails to attend a significant number of practices and games.

Are there other playing opportunities if my player is not ready for this level of commitment?

Yes. We have several programs that are available to you if you decide that your family is not ready for the greater time and financial commitment of the Pre-Competitive Program. Players can continue to play in our U9/10 Juniors Recreational Program in the fall and the spring. We offer our Juniors Recreational Program for players up to U14.

There are also other camps and clinics offered by CFC and Coerver during the summer and the winter. Check our website for details as they become available.

Still have questions?

Email Kyle Brouse, U9-10 Pre-Competitive Program Director.