About Our Competitive Program

The Competitive Program at Space Coast United SC is split into two divisions: Senior Division & Junior Division. The Competitive levels include the ECNL & ECNLRL teams and FCL & GCF teams.

Senior Division

Director: Scott Armstrong

Email: doc@spacecoastsoccer.org

Age Brackets: U15 to U19

 

The Senior Division builds onto and continues the development pathways and cycles from the Junior Division. The Senior Division encompasses the continuation of Phase-2 centered learning to develop the key qualities of the 11v11 game model.

At U15 and U16 the players will focus on the Execution of Key Qualities successfully and moves into the Performance Phase of U17 to U19.

Phase 4 (U15–U16). Players at these age groups need to demonstrate a real understanding of the core principles if they are to continue to make progress. A clear emphasis must be placed on the application of not only proficient technique but to be as efficient with the ball in relation to the game at all times.

Players will be coached to clearly understand the importance of the four key moments of the game and these moments must be identified by the player. An understanding of these moments must also be demonstrated in games with the players themselves being able to recognize and execute when the correct attacking or defensive decision has to be applied.

At 15 years of age the players will learn how to win games through the successful application of tactical strategies central to SCUSC core philosophy. This should now have greater significance without being the all-important factor. There is still a huge amount of learning that will take place at this age group and SCUSC players will be encouraged to explore and discover, make mistakes and learn from the experiences that these games provide. Refining and executing the key characteristics, decision making and executing the correct decision in the game model are most important.

Phase 5 (U17–U19). At 17, 18 and 19 years of age the ability to win games through the application of key strategies now must play a far more central role in player development.

Senior Division Building Blocks

Development PhaseLearning & developing in 11v11 game modelExecutes Key Qualities successfullyAligns position & role for the team to have successDevelop specific qualities of the player to be the best player in their position
Development, Performance PhaseOptimizing 11v11Executes Key Qualities successfully to win gamesThe game is the objective, play and win as a team, win the league.Develop specific qualities of the player to be the best player in their position to win the game

Junior Division

Director: Dean Flexton

Email: dean.flexton@spacecoastsoccer.org

Age Brackets: U9 to U14

SCUSC Junior Division is the club’s competitive program for all players in the U9 – U14 age brackets, with the primary objective to instill a life-long love and passion for soccer.

The aim of the Junior Division is to help every Space Coast player develop into the best possible player they choose to be. The Junior Division is broken up into three phases:

Phase 1 is centered on the 7v7 game model (U9 & U10)

Phase 2 is centered on the 9v9 game model (U11 & U12)

Phase 3 is centered on the 11v11 game model (U13 & U14)

All three phases are closely linked to ensure an SCUSC player develops according to the Club playing style. As an SCUSC player progresses through the phases and makes the transition from the small-sided game to the full-sided game (7v7 -> 9v9 -> 11v11), they will be guided along their journey by qualified coaches, challenging training sessions, tough age-appropriate competition, all within a safe, fun and demanding soccer environment.

Because of the differences in physical maturity at these age groups, the emphasis is on each player’s ability with the ball (their decision-making ability and their technical execution) and their ability to play within the team dynamic, rather than any physical component.

Competitive Team Levels

The Competitive Levels include U9 to U19 Boys and Girls teams. ECNL and ECNL RL are the highest level of play in US Youth Soccer. ALL teams are coached by professional soccer coaches.

BracketTeamLeague
U9 - U10Boys & GirlsFCL
U11 - U12BoysPre-ECNL
U11 - U12GirlsECNL RL
U13 - U14BoysFCL
U13 - U14GirlsECNL RL
U15-U19BoysECNL
U15-U19GirlsECNL RL
U15-U19BoysECNL RL
U15-U19Boys and GirlsGCF

ECNL and ECNL RL TEAMS

The ECNL Program at SCUSC provides soccer players with the highest level of competition possible, along with the highest possible quality of training. The teams are for serious players who love to play soccer, want to play against the best teams and players in the country, and also have ambitions to play at college or professionally.

Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Boys: U13-U19
ECNL Regional League Girls (ECNL RL): U11-U19
ECNL Regional League Boys (ECNL RL): U15-U19

Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is our top Boy’s level and ECNL RL is our top Girl’s level for U13 to U19. ECNL and RL are proven and nationally-recognized elite soccer program and offer our top male and female players the best training and development opportunities available in the country. ECNL and RL are coached by our professional and most experienced coaching staff. ECNL and RL teams train three times a week and compete in two National Showcase events per year (one in Florida).

Quick Facts:

  • Offered to U13-U19 for Boys, U11-U19 for Girls
  • Teams train 3x/week at Viera Regional Park
  • Attend 2 National Showcase events (1 in Florida)
  • Licensed ECNL Coaching staff

Players not currently registered with Space Coast United Soccer Club and interested in being assessed for our ECNL/ECNLRL/Pre-ECNL program at any point of the year, please contact our Executive Director of Coaching Scott Armstrong at doc@spacecoastsoccer.org.

Pre-ECNL Boys
U11-U12

The Pre-ECNL U11 and U12 teams will play in the Florida Club League against other like-minded clubs that are ECNL and ECNL RL league designated. We expect 22 games for the upcoming soccer season.

Pre-ECNL teams will also participate in the Florida Club League - DEV League.

Quick Facts:

  • Offered to U11-U12 Boys
  • Teams train 3x/week at Space Coast United locations
  • Attend all tournaments and events in Florida
  • Licensed ECNL Coaching staff

Financial Commitment

Besides the Space Coast United registration and training fees, Team fees are collected at the team level. Teams fees can range between $500 and $800 per player for the year.

Player Placement/Annual Tryouts

Tryouts and ID camps are held each year to aid in the formation of all ECNL and RL teams. Tryouts are held in May, registration opens in early Spring. Players are evaluated on the field by the coaching staff and directors over the course of 3-4 days.  Using the results of these tryouts – in conjunction with coach evaluations from the previous season – our coaching staff forms one boys (ECNL) and one girls (ECNL RL) team in each appropriate age group.

Players unable to participate in May tryouts (due to relocation to Brevard County, injury, etc.) may request a supplemental tryout by contacting the Executive director of coaching.

FCL TEAMS

The Florida Club League program provides soccer players with a developmental environment so that they may advance to a higher level of play. It is also a program that allows families who do not desire the commitment of an ECNL team to still compete at a high level of competition.

Trainers and training are consistent with the level given to ECNL RL teams. The Division Directors will have an awareness of all players on the teams and movement up to an ECNL RL team is certainly possible, if the player has that desire and requisite determination and commitment to work hard.

Some FCL players may be dual-rostered to ECNL RL teams and/or moved up for play.

Quick Facts:

  • Offered to U9-U19
  • Jr Teams train 3x/week at one of Space Coast United locations
  • Sr Teams train 2x/week at one of Space Coast United locations
  • Attend all tournaments and events in Florida
  • Licensed SCUSC Coaching staff

Financial Commitment

Besides the Space Coast United registration and training fees, Team fees are collected at the team level. Teams fees can average $400 per player for the year.

Player Placement/Annual Tryouts

Tryouts are held each year to aid in the formation of all teams. Tryouts are held in May, registration opens in early Spring. Players are evaluated on the field by the coaching staff and directors over the course of 3-4 days.  Using the results of these tryouts – in conjunction with coach evaluations from the previous season – our coaching staff forms teams in each appropriate age group.

Players unable to participate in May tryouts (due to relocation to Brevard County, injury, etc.) may request a supplemental tryout by contacting the Executive director of coaching.

GCF TEAMS

Greater Central Florida (GCF) Youth League
U15-U19

GCF is an FYSA affiliated league with over 40 clubs and close to 700 teams participating each season. In GCF, approximately 20 games are split between Fall and Spring.

Teams will also participate in either FYSA Commissioner’s Cup or FYSA President’s Cup during the spring season.

Trainers and training are consistent with the level given to FCL teams. The Division Directors will have an awareness of all players on the teams and movement up to a FCL/ECNL/RL team is certainly possible, if the player has that desire and requisite determination and commitment to work hard.

Some GCF players may be dual-rostered to FCL/RL teams and/or moved up for play.

Quick Facts:

  • Offered to U15-U19
  • Sr Teams train 2x/week at one of Space Coast United locations
  • Attend all tournaments and events in Florida
  • Licensed SCUSC Coaching staff

Financial Commitment

Besides the Space Coast United registration and training fees, Team fees are collected at the team level. Teams fees can range between $400 per player for the year.

Player Placement/Annual Tryouts

Tryouts are held each year to aid in the formation of all teams. Tryouts are held in May, registration opens in early Spring. Players are evaluated on the field by the coaching staff and directors over the course of 3-4 days.  Using the results of these tryouts – in conjunction with coach evaluations from the previous season – our coaching staff forms teams in each appropriate age group.

Players unable to participate in May tryouts (due to relocation to Brevard County, injury, etc.) may request a supplemental tryout by contacting the Executive director of coaching.

Space Coast United Soccer Club  |  P.O. Box 410301, Melbourne, FL  32941  |   info@spacecoastsoccer.org