Capital FC’s competitive program is aimed at taking player development to the next level.
The program begins with tryouts in May. Selected players will be asked to make a 12-month (40 week) commitment to the club.
- To continue developing individual technique with an emphasis on good decision making.
- To teach positional play as it relates 9v9 and 11v11.
- To help players understand basic team attacking and defending concepts.
- To create a training environment that promotes hard work and self-improvement.
- To foster a love of the game in players that develops internal motivation to improve on their own and continue playing long into the future.
The Capital FC Competitive Program offers a market-leading player package that has been designed to maximize the Technical, Physical, Psychological and Social development potential of each player:
- Professional training two-three times weekly with US Soccer Licensed Coach
- Access to turf training facilities as well as CFC’s award-winning soccer complex
- OYSA Timbers/Thorns League play in fall and spring
- State Cup, President’s Cup, Founders Cup Participation
- College Advisory
- Player Development Plan
- Consistency & Development
Breaks are built in throughout the calendar year:
- One week after tryouts
- One week after a tournament *3
- One week for Thanksgiving
- Two weeks for Holiday Break
- One week for Spring Break
- Any Federal Holiday
- Any school day cancellation in the Salem-Keizer School District
Overview of Program:
Tryouts May 3-6, 2021 for U12-U14; May 11-12, 2021 for U11. Click here to register.
All players entering Capital FC’s U11-U14 Competitive Program must participate in tryouts. CFC Staff Coaches evaluate players based on the four pillars of the game –
- Technical ability
- Tactical insight (decision making)
- Physical ability
- Social (personality)
Selections are determined at birth year specific age tryouts with recommendations on initial roster spaces. Rosters serve as a baseline for training and games, but players may be switched or asked to guest play with teams for developmental reasons individually. (If you would like to find out more about our philosophy or policies for age groups, please contact our Director of Coaching).
Following the tryouts, an organizational meeting will be held to go over details for the Calendar year.
Summer Training & Tournaments (May-August)
Players begin training 2-3 times per week (90 minute sessions) starting mid-May. Players will continue to train through June, July, and August.
Capital FC teams will participate in three summer tournaments – One in June, one in July, and one in August.
- Red Teams: Capital Cup (June), Crossfire Challenge (July), Mt. Hood Challenge (August)
- **U13 & 14 Boys participate in the Elite Academy League
- Black Teams: Capital Cup (June), Adidas Beaverton Cup (July), PCU Rose City Classic (August)
- White Teams: Capital Cup June, Lake Oswego Nike Cup (July), Directors Mortgage Summer Slam (August)
Additionally, most teams will organize friendly games as the coach sees fit for the development of the team.
Fall Trainings & Games (September – early November)
Players will continue training 2-3 times weekly at the CFC Training Complex.
After Labor Day, teams will compete on the weekends in the Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) Portland Timbers/Thorns league (PTTL). Teams will play games on both Saturdays and Sundays and will be required to do some traveling.
Red teams will compete in 12 league games. Black and White teams will compete in 10 league games.
Most travel will be to Portland or Eugene, but some teams will occasionally travel as far as Bend or Medford for a game. 50% of league games will be played at the CFC Complex.
Black and White teams will participate in either President’s or Founder’s Cup play in November, depending on league assignment.
- Division 1 teams participate in Presidents Cup
- Division 2 teams participate in Founders Cup
Winter Training Program & Indoor/Futsal (November-January)
When it gets cold outside teams take a break from structured team practice. This time is used to do use on the individual with players opting to participate in our winter program. Players will receive 60 minute training session times of once a week with an indoor/Futsal game on the weekend. This program lasts for 8 weeks.
Optional Program Cost: $200
Additional options: Coerver Performance Academy, Thanksgiving & Christmas Indoor Tournaments not included in cost.
Spring Training & Games (January-April)
Teams begin to train again in January. Teams participate in an eight game PTTL Spring Season
Games for OYSA’s Spring League begin in January for Red teams, concluding with the State Cup in April and the first weekend of May.
Black and White teams begin league play at the end of February. President’s and Founder’s Cup was played in the Fall which is the play level equivalent to State Cup.
Games and training will conclude in April. All players will then participate in competitive program tryouts for the following seasonal year, taking place in May.
The Capital FC Competitive Program fee structure is broken down into three costs.*
- Annual Membership Fee – $100 (covers player card, insurance, registration costs)
- Program Fee – $125/mo for June-April
- Tournament Fee – Cost will be determined on your team placement.
*Uniform, and personal travel expenses not included.
Scholarships available – Because of generous donations from members of our community, scholarships of 30, 50 and 75% are available to families who qualify based on need. For more details, please email email@example.com
U11 (11) Red – Avi Hernandez (US D-License)
U11 (11) Black – TBA
U12 (10) Red – Hector Macias (US D-License)
U12 (10) Black – TBA
U13 (09) Red – Salvador Guiterrez (US D-License)
U13 (09) Black – TBA
U14 (08) Red – Jose Garcia (US D-License)
U14 (08) Black – TBA
U14 (08) White – Dayne Malama (US GR-License)
U11 (11) Red – Greg Bennett (US C-License Candidate)
U11 (11) Black – Mike Limbert (US C-License)
U12 (10) Red – Jeremy Bogan (US D-License)
U12 (10) Black – Graham Chapman (US E-License)
U13 (09) Red – Ben Wolf (US C-License Candidate)
U13 (09) Black – Mike Limbert (US C-License)
U14 (08) Red – Maryn Beutler (US C-License)
U14 (08) Black – Kaylyn Sioball (US D-License)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know if my player is ready for the 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.
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 in the same age group will train at the same time under the supervision of the coaching staff (there are some exceptional times where teams cannot always train together because of logistics).
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 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.
Do I need to commit to the entire year?
Yes. There are two reasons our competitive programs are organized this way. First, we believe it is very important for kids to have continuity and consistency in the training environment in order to develop properly. Players develop individually within the context of a team. The team needs to stay consistent and to go through the important process of winning, losing, team building, etc.
Secondly, youth sports are expensive. We work very hard to keep costs down as much as possible through partnerships, fundraising, pursuing sponsorships, and being frugal and efficient as an organization. That being said, there are many costs associated with a soccer team including insurance, facility maintenance and rental, league and referee fees, equipment expenses, etc. We do not make money on our program fees. We pass the cost of services on to you – and therefore when we form a team at the beginning of the year, those fees have already been spent to set the team up for the year.