U9-10 Pre-Competitive

For players born 2011 (U9) and 2010 (U10)

Capital FC’s U9-10 Pre-Competitive Program is for players who have developed a love for the game and want to become 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 (May 3, 10, 17, 24)

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 from 5:15-6:30pm on May 3, 10, 17, 24. Please register in advance for the previews online or in the office.

Following the Free Previews, players will be invited to join the program and attend an organizational meeting on Tuesday, May 28th at 5:30pm to go over details for the year. The meeting will be held at Capital FC.



Part 2: Summer Component (June-August)


Age groups will begin 75-90-minute training sessions twice a week beginning the week of June 10th. This will not overlap with the end of the Spring Juniors Program and gives players and age groups a chance to begin training together in preparation for tournaments.

In addition to weekly age group training sessions, four Coerver Academy sessions are included in the program to encourage technical and individual development of the players. Details for these programs will be released later.

Game play

Age groups will participate in 3-4 tournaments over the summer. The first tournament is Capital FC’s home tournament, the Capital Cup (June 28-30, 2019). Other tournaments include:

Adidas Beaverton Cup: July 20th-22nd (Beaverton, OR)
Mt., Hood Challenge: August 3rd-5th (Hillsboro, OR)
Summer Slam: August 24th-26th (Vancouver, WA)


Part 3: Fall Component (September – mid-November)


Players will continue training twice weekly at the CFC Training Complex through the fall (75-90 minute sessions).

Game play

Oregon Youth Soccer does not offer a statewide 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 we will determine the best available league options depending on the commitment level and ability of the players

Part 4: Winter Break (mid-November through mid-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. Teams may choose the option to participate in a futsal program, but this is not included in the program.

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 (January-April)


Following the winter break, our players will start up again indoor for January, 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 at the conclusion of Futsal programming.

Game play

Game play in the FC Portland Junior Spring League or OYSA Development League will begin in the beginning of March. Games will be held on Sundays in the Portland Metro Area, concluding near the end of April. Teams may also participate in the CFC U9/U10 Developmental League, with games held on Saturdays. This Developmental League begins in April and concludes in the beginning of June.

At the conclusion of the spring component, players will then be asked to move on to either the U11 Competitive program tryouts, taking place the second week of May 2020, or to the U10 Pre-Competitive Programs.



$700 + $100 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 75% are available to families who qualify. For more details, please email office@capitalfctimbers.com



2010 Boys (U10)

Likius Hafeni (FA Level 2 License, FIFA Grassroots License, Former U19 Nambian National Team)

2011 Boys (U9)

Collin Box (Coerver Youth Diploma, USC Director of Coaching Diploma, USYS National “Youth” License, USSF “D” Coaching License)


2010 Girls (U10)

Danny Agee (USSF “D” Coaching License, Coerver Youth Diploma)

2011 Girls (U9)

Vicky Cruz (USSF “D” Coaching License, Coerver Youth Diploma, Former Mexican U20 Women’s National Team)


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 Joe Wentworth, Capital FC Director of Coaching.