The Delaware FC Competitive soccer program philosophy is based in player development. We strive to provide each individual player the opportunity to play soccer in an environment that is both challenging and supportive. Our professional coaching staff are trained to provide individual and team skills development that are appropriate for each child's interest and ability while maintaining a positive atmosphere that is stimulating physically, mentally and socially. The level of training, competition and opportunities available through the competitive program are extensive and far beyond those available through traditional recreational soccer programs.
Some players are extremely passionate about the game and want or need more to challenge them. Sometimes these extraordinary players don't develop the fundamental skills to carry them into their older playing ages because they lean on athletic ability alone to achieve success. We love having the opportunity to work with these players because our professional staff coaches know how to bring out the best in players of all abilities and skill levels. There is no better time to have our coaches work with your kids than early on. The competitive program is available beginning at age 7. Exceptional 6 year olds have been known to 'play up' from time to time. Our coaches can help you determine whether this would be an appropriate fit on a case by case basis.
All players participate in annual tryouts (Spring) which allow our coaching staff to place them on a team that most closely matches their current level of skill and abilities. Our goal is to find an appropriate team for every player who wants to participate in the program. Unlike our recreational programs which are seasonal, when a player accepts a position on a Delaware FC Competitive team, they are making a commitment to that team for the duration of the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. Winter is a separate program for U9 and U10
Fall and Spring Training and Play
All U14 and under teams will train twice a week in Fall and Spring, with several third night free-play opportunities throughout the year. Our U15 and above age groups will play club soccer in either the Fall/Winter (Girls) or Winter/Spring (Boys) since the other season will be reserved for high school play. U15 and older teams typically train two to three times a week.
Our Competitive teams participate in the competitive divisions of DELCO, APL, CSL , or EDP leagues. Tournaments and play dates are added to maximize playing opportunities. Teams typically participate in one to three tournaments in the fall and three to four tournaments in the spring, although younger teams may participate in fewer tournaments.
Winter Training and Game Play
- U8 - U10 is additional and optional. Not included as part of Fall/Spring
- These will have 1-2 days of training each week. Training and game play will be indoors and/or outdoors.
- 3-4 Game play events
- U11 - U13 Winter is included in the program.
- These will have 1-2 days of training each week at a designated training space. Training and game play will be indoors and/or outdoors.
- 3-4 Game play events
- U14 - U19 Winter is included in the program.
- These will have 2-3 days of training each week at a designated training space. Training and game play will be indoors and/or outdoors.