FCA Levels of Play

Impact Soccer Academy: Tot to U10 players

Directed by the FCA Soccer Executive Director of Coaching and Staff, the new Impact Soccer Academy will provide players with developmentally appropriate training sessions during the week. A feature component of the pro­gram is the coaching and player instruction provided by the trained FCA staff coaches.

Each age group will have its own dedicated training night and time that will be held at the local facilities and led by training volunteers. Our program will have more of an Academy-style feel. Saturday mornings our coaches will have age groups blending instead of playing with a specific team every week.

Season: 6-8 weeks
1 Practice per week
1 Game per week
* Currently Available in Lenawee and Toledo Markets

Developmental White Program: U8-U19

Our Developmental White team level is the first step into the travel side of soccer. The program is seasonal based for players that wish to practice once or twice a week with minimal travel and one or two games per weekend. There are no tournaments included or extended weekend commitments. Developmental White teams start at the U8 age group and continues through U19. All teams, regardless of age, play with a focus on developing the core technical capabilities and tactical game awareness for success without a focus on the score. Developmental white level teams typically do minimum travel within boundaries of the league.

WSSL has a Recreational league typically playing 4 home and 4 away matches. The travel is within the home locations of the WSSL clubs in Brighton, Plymouth, Northville, Chelsea, and Farmington areas.

In WSSL, the age group divisions range from U8 through U19. All of these age groups are gender specific. In age divisions U8 through U19 boys can only play on boy teams. Girls may play on either a girls or a boy's team.

* Currently Available in Lenawee Market only


Select Program: U8-U19

Select is the first level of competitive travel soccer in the state of Michigan/Ohio. Select begins at the U9 age group and continues through U19. All teams, regardless of club affiliation and location play at the select level during the early U9-U12 age levels. Select programs are focused on developing the core technical capabilities and tactical game awareness for success as the youth player advances. Select level teams typically do minimum travel within boundaries of the league.

WSSL/NWOYSL have Select leagues typically playing 4 home and 4 away matches. The travel is within the home locations of the WSSL/NWOYSL clubs.

Our Select level teams will also participate in 2-3 tournaments for the year and include winter training locally.

A player registered on any team formed from a selection or try-out criteria. Select designation applies regardless of player age, selection/try-out criteria and team travel distances.

In WSSL, the age group divisions range from U8 through U19. All of these age groups are gender specific. In age divisions U8 through U19 boys can only play on boy teams. Girls may play on either a girls or a boy's team.

* Currently available in all markets


Premier Level: U13-U19

The Premier level within FCA Soccer will participate in Michigan State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP). MSPSP is for age groups U13 through U19. All teams must be sponsored by a MSYSA member league. WSSL sponsors FCA teams through our league affiliation. Teams are selected on merit and FCA Soccer Club's nomination indicating that we believe the team is ready for premier. Not all teams U13-U19 will play at a Premier level.

MSPSP league typically has teams play 5 home and 5 away matches. The travel is within the home locations of the MSPSP teams/clubs.

Our Premier level teams will also participate in 2-3 tournaments for the year and include winter training locally.

MSPSP Specific:
At the U13 age teams are placed into divisions, which are roughly equal. After the fall season the team will be placed into divisions based on their performance. The top two Divisions are called Premier 1 and Premier 2, followed by Classic 1, Classic 2, Classic 3, Classic 4 and Classic 5 (some older age groups may have fewer divisions.) MSYSA believes Elite level play is equivalent to Classic 3 and 4. Teams move between the Divisions based upon a promotion/relegation process. Teams that do not start play at the U13 age typically are placed in the lowest division and must work their way up the divisions.

http://www.mspsl.org/clubsite/?p=1127

* Currently available in all markets


Elite Performance Squad (EPS): U10-U19

The FCA Soccer Elite Performance Squad (EPS) is a new program with FCA Soccer. Players within the FCA Program on any of our Select or Premier Levels will have the opportunity to participate in a regional tryout from all FCA Soccer locations (Lenawee, Oregon, Toledo, and Wauseon). EPS tryouts will take place in July of each year for any FCA Players wishing to be a part of the EPS program.

FCA Players that are selected for an EPS Regional team will have an additional 36 training session (12 Fall, 12 Winter, 12 Spring) with an additional 3 Tournaments*. All EPS training sessions and tournaments will be directed by the Executive Director of Coaching and Regional Technical Directors. All EPS players will play with their local Select/Premier team during their season; EPS will be an addition to their local teams.

Training sessions will be held in regional locations to be announced to the team by early August.

The cost for EPS is $350 for the 2017-2018 year.

* Tournaments played will be based on number of players and small-sided tournaments may be more appropriate for current numbers.

* Currently available in all markets


If you have any additional questions regarding any level of play for FCA Soccer, please contact Josh Erd, FCA Club Director at jerd@fca.org