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 Red ECNL and ECNLRL teams and White GCF teams. Please see the division and level descriptions below.

Proposed Summer Schedule

WEEK DATES SESSIONS
Week 1 June 8-12 ID Camps/Tryouts
Week 2 June 15-21 Team Training
Week 3 June 22-28 Team Training
Week 4 June 29 - July 2 Team Training
Week 5 July 6-12 Team Training
Week 6 July 13-19 Team Training
Week 7 July 20-26 Camps
Week 8 July 27-31 Camps
Block 1 Aug 3-7 Start of 2020-21 Season

Senior Division

Director: Scott Armstrong

Email: doc@spacecoastsoccer.org

Age Brackets: U15 (2006) to U19 (2002)

 

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 (2012) to U14 (2007)

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 Red and White teams. Red are our highest level and U13+ teams will play in ECNL and ECNLR leagues, the highest level of play in US Youth Soccer. White teams play in the GCF Youth Soccer League. ALL teams are coached by professional soccer coaches.

BracketTeamLeague
U9 - U10Boys Red & WhiteGCF
U11 - U12Boys RedPre-ECNL
U13 - U18Boys RedECNL
U11 - U18Boys WhiteGCF
U9 - U10Girls Red & WhiteGCF
U11 - U12Girls RedPre-ECNLRL
U13- U18Girls RedECNLRL
U11 - U18Girls WhiteGCF

RED TEAMS

The Red Program at SCUSC provides soccer players with the highest level of competition possible, along with the highest possible quality of training. The Red 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
Elite Clubs National League Regional League (ECNLRL) Girls
U13-U19

Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is our top boy’s Red level and ECNLRL is our top girl’s Red level for U13 to U19. ECNL and ECNLR 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 ECNLR are coached by our professional and most experienced coaching staff. ECNL and ECNLR teams train three times a week and compete in two National Showcase events per year (one in Florida).

Quick Facts:

  • Offered to U13-U19 (players born between 2002 - 2008)
  • Teams train 3x/week at Viera Regional Park
  • Attend 2 National Showcase events (1 in Florida)
  • Paid ECNL Coaching staff

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

Pre Elite Clubs National League (Pre-ECNL) Boys
Pre Elite Clubs National League Regional League (Pre-ECNLRL) Girls
U11-U12

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

Pre-ECNL/ECNLRL Red teams will also participate in either the BYSL-Premier League or Greater Central Florida League (GCF), purely for the purpose of qualifying for FYSA Commissioners Cup.

Quick Facts:

  • Offered to U11-U12 (players born between 2009 - 2010)
  • Teams train 3x/week at Space Coast United locations
  • Attend all tournaments and events in Florida
  • Paid ECNL Coaching staff

Greater Central Florida (GCF) Youth League
U9-U10

U9 and U10 Boys and Girls Red will play in GCF Youth Soccer League.

GCF is an FYSA affiliated league with over 40 clubs and close to 700 teams participating each season. Approximately 20 GCF games are split between Fall and Spring. A Florida tournament may be attended.

Quick Facts:

  • Offered to U9-U10 (players born between 2011 - 2012)
  • Teams train 3x/week at Space Coast United locations
  • All games and events in Florida
  • Paid 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 $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 ECNLR 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 (ECNLR) 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.

WHITE TEAMS

The White 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 a Red team to still compete at a high level of competition.

 

Greater Central Florida (GCF) Youth League
U9-U18

For the 2020-21 season, the Boys and Girls White Teams from U9 – U18 will be competing in The Greater Central Florida League (GCF). Approximately 20 GCF games are split between Fall and Spring.

White 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 Red teams. The Division Directors will have an awareness of all players on the White teams and movement up to a Red team is certainly possible, if the player has that desire and requisite determination and commitment to work hard.

Some White players may be dual-rostered to Red teams and/or moved up for State Cup play.

Quick Facts:

  • Offered to U9-U19 (players born between 2002 - 2012)
  • 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
  • Paid 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 White 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