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Competitive Tryouts - 2024/2025 Season SCHEDULE BELOW

Tryout Information

All players interested in Delaware FC Competitive Teams should attend all tryouts for their respective age group.

  • All players must register online at least 24 hours prior to their first scheduled tryout date.
  • There will be a $20 tryout registration fee that will be collected online via credit card at the time of online registration.  Players are only allowed to participate in tryouts if the $20 fee is paid and the registration waivers are complete.
  • Check in will start 30 minutes prior to the tryout start time.
  • Offers will be made following the 3rd tryout. Players must be ready to commit to Delaware FC for the 2024 / 2025 soccer year following the 2nd tryout.
  • *Supplemental Tryouts will be used to fill any open slots within Delaware FC teams.  All players are expected to attend this tryout regardless if they have committed to a Delaware FC team or not. Players who have missed the previous three tryouts and are still looking for a team are encouraged to attend.
  • Players and Parents with any questions regarding our Program can reach out to the Director of Coaching contacts listed below.

Missing Tryouts?

  • It is important for any player (current or new) who will not be able to attend one or all tryout sessions for their age group need to notify us of this. Please email Jamie Solomon at [email protected]

Interested in joining Mid-Season?

  • Players who miss tryouts can be evaluated on an individual basis at any time of the year. Please complete our interest form below to receive information or to schedule an evaluation.
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TRYOUT LOCATIONS:

SMITH ESTATES FIELDS
740 Evanson Road
Hockessin, DE 19707

ABESSINIO STADIUM
1 St. Rocco Way
Wilmington, DE 19802

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Zone 1 Tryout Schedule (U8-U12)

Boys

U8 Boys

(Born 2018 or 2017)

  • Tryout 1: Tuesday 4/23, 6:00-7:15 @ Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 2: Monday 4/29, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U9 Boys

(Born 2016)

  • Tryout 1: Tuesday 4/23, 6:00-7:15 @ Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 2: Monday 4/29, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U10 Boys

(Born 2015)

  • Tryout 1: Monday 4/22, 6:00-7:15 @ Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 2: Tuesday 4/30, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U11 Boys

(Born 2014)

  • Tryout 1: Monday 4/22, 7:30-9:00 @ Abessinio
  • Tryout 2: Tuesday 4/30, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U12 Boys

(Born 2013)

  • Tryout 1: Tuesday 4/23, 7:30-9:00 @ Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 2: Monday 4/29, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

Girls

U8 Girls

Born (2018 or 2017)

  • Tryout 1: Monday 4/22, 6:00-7:15 @ Abessinio
  • Tryout 2: Tuesday 4/30, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U9 Girls

(Born 2016)

  • Tryout 1: Monday 4/22, 6:00-7:15 @ Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 2: Tuesday 4/30, 5:15-6:30 @Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U10 Girls

(Born 2015)

  • Tryout 1: Tuesday 4/23, 6:00-7:15 @Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 2: Monday 4/29, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U11 Girls

(Born 2014)

  • Tryout 1: Monday 4/22, 7:30-9:00 @ Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 2: Tuesday 4/30, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U12 Girls

(Born 2013)

  • Tryout 1: Tuesday 4/23, 7:30-9:00 @ Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 2: Monday 4/29, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

Zone 2 Tryout Schedule (U13-U19)

Boys

U13 Boys

(Born 2012)

  • Tryout 1: Friday 4/26, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Wednesday 5/1, 6:00-7:15 @Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U14 Boys

(Born 2011)

  • Tryout 1: Friday 4/26, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Wednesday 5/1, 7:30-9:00 @ Abessinio Stadium
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U15 Boys

(Born 2010)

  • Tryout 1: Wednesday 5/1, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Friday 5/3, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U16 Boys

(Born 2009)

  • Tryout 1: Friday 4/26, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Thursday 5/2, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U17 Boys

(Born 2008)

  • Tryout 1: Wednesday 5/1, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Friday 5/3, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U18/19 Boys

(Born 2006/07)

  • Tryout 1: Friday 4/26, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Thursday 5/2, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

Girls

U13 Girls

(Born 2012)

  • Tryout 1: Friday 4/26, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Tuesday 4/30, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U14 Girls

(Born 2011)

  • Tryout 1: Friday 4/26, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Wednesday 5/1, 5:15-6:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U15 Girls

(Born 2010)

  • Tryout 1: Wednesday 5/1, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Friday 5/3, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U16 Girls

(Born 2009)

  • Tryout 1: Wednesday 5/1, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Friday 5/3, 6:45-8:15 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U17 Girls 

(Born 2008)

  • Tryout 1: Sunday 4/28, 5:30-7:00 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Sunday 5/5, 4:00-5:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

U18/U19 Girls 

(Born 2006/07)

  • Tryout 1: Sunday 4/28, 5:30-7:00 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 2: Sunday 5/5, 4:00-5:30 @ Smith Estates
  • Tryout 3: TBD

DELAWARE FC SOUTH TRYOUTS

Middletown

Location: St George's Technical High School
555 Hyett's Corner Rd, Middletown, DE 19709
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Wednesday April 23
6:00-7:15pm - Girls U8-U12 (Birth year 2018-2013)
7:15-8:30pm - Girls U13-U18 (Birth year 2012-2006)
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Thursday April 24
6:00-7:15pm - Boys U8-U12 (Birth year 2018-2013)
7:15-8:30pm - Boys U13-U18 (Birth year 2012-2006)

South (Sussex)

Location: Cape Henlopen High School
1250 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958
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Thursday April 18
Friday May 10
5:30-8:30pm
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Age Group Schedule TBD

Zone 1 Coaching Staff and Assigments

Zone 1 Director of Coaching (U8-U12)
Justin Romano - [email protected]

2024/2025 Coaching Assignments - Zone 1 (U8-U12) - COMING SOON

Zone 2 Coaching Staff and Assigments

Zone 2 Director of Coaching (U13-U19)
Scott Mosier - [email protected]

2024/2025 Coaching Assignments - Zone 2 (U13-U19): COMING SOON
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PLAYER PLACEMENT EVALUATION PROCESS

Returning players, your evaluation has been an ongoing process since last August when the soccer year began. Each day whether the player has been training or playing in a game the coach is evaluating their soccer abilities and their commitment to their team. Your placement on the team for the next year is determined mostly by their overall performance during the previous year’s play. Going into the tryouts, the Technical Staff will have a fair idea were the returning players fit when comparing their abilities. The tryout sessions are specifically used to compare returning players to any new players who attend the tryout sessions. Therefore we strongly recommend that players, returning and new, attend as many of the tryout sessions as possible to give themselves the best opportunity to be evaluated against all of their peers.

Each tryout session will last for approximately an hour and a half and will consist of small-sided games such as 4v4 or 7v7 and full-sided games. When evaluating players during the season or at the tryout sessions, the Technical Staff evaluate each player in four different areas: technical (skill), tactical (decision making) speed of play, physical (abilities), and the competitive psychological traits of the player. In the first three areas identified above each player is evaluated on the speed to which they can execute skill with success, decide when and what to do and their movement around the field. In the fourth area, psychological competitiveness, each player is evaluated on their competitive toughness: Focus, work rate and willingness to learn.

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TEAM PLACEMENT & NOTIFICATION PROCESS

The technical staff will place every player that wants to participate in our program for the upcoming year based on the number of players who want to be placed and their ability level. In placing every player only their abilities, the players and their families commitment and if the family is in good financial standing with the club will be the factors used. All placements will be determined by which level of play best suits the ability of each player. At the conclusion on the 3rd tryout, the Technical Staff will compare and contrast each player’s abilities in each age group. Each player will then be placed on either a competitive team or recommended for our recreational program. Notification of team placement will be made by a Delaware FC's Technical Staff representative following the 3rd tryout session. This notification will be done via e-mail. At this point each player/family has 24 Hours to accept or reject the offer. An email response is requested and preferred if you are not accepting and registration completed if you are accepting. If we do not receive a response we assume you are not accepting and the team spot will be offered it to the next player on our list.

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Why Delaware FC

  • We are a prominent Soccer club and served the youth in Delaware for 30+ years.
  • We pride ourselves on having one of the top coaching staffs in the area with many former professional and collegiate players, as well as former and current college coaches. Many of the coaches are also licensed coaches thru the NSCAA and USSF.
  • Teams based out of Hockessin/Newark or Wilmington
    • Smith Estates is our home training facility for and is known as the some of best natural Bermuda grass fields in the area. Smith Estates also has an all season artificial turf field to provide a superior training and game environment.
    • Abessinio Stadium - State of the art turf field and stadium.
    • Odyssey Charter School - Brand new turf fields.
    • Middletown
  • Our Club emphasizes the importance of establishing a family atmosphere within the club with its players, families, coaches and staff.
  • Club focus is on player technical development and enjoyment of soccer instead of focus on match results for our Zone 1 (U8-U12) program. This puts our players in the best environment to have success and enjoy the game in the long run.
  • Goalkeeper training curriculum conducted by professional GK staff available throughout the year.
  • We are one of the top clubs in the Tri-state area. Many of our teams have enjoyed success at the local, state, regional and national levels.

Contact Us

DEFC Technical Director:
Justin Romano - [email protected]

 

DEFC Sporting Director:
Scott Mosier - [email protected]