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Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Anonymous said...

As part of the occupied space the big club should work with and give back to the community through opportunities. It not about crying unfair its about inclusion not exclusion.

Anonymous said...

the comparison with Ivy started because a previuous poster called it elitest and exclusionary. Similar to how people percieve Ivy's, obviously not to what can be gained from it in the end.
I just dont know how ECNL is excludes, open try outs are just that, open to all. If you are good enough for the coach and your Mia fits his team's needs you will be offered a spot. i dont think the coach is making decisions on where you live or how much you make. If it's location is inconvienient for you and you want something closer...that's pretty much the definition of selfish.

Anonymous said...

Life is not about what you gain or how you live its about the imprint that is left once you move on. Realism as someone posted earlier is what we as society make of it. So why not give back where it matters most to those in need. Exclusionary clubs are profit driven a luxury is right its crazy how society accepts the despairity that exist among children.

Anonymous said...

OK..I agree that both Ivy league (and many other elite educational institutions) and ECNL are elitist and exclusionary.

IMO, the ivy league (or any other top notch university) game, as rigged as it is, would be worth making significant sacrifices to try to play. The quality of the education if you take advantage of it, could lead to real future economic gain.


As far as the ECNL, it is exclusionary by income but it is just a youth program so, oh well. There is no significant life advantage to participating in ECNL over a lower cost option. You may get a better soccer education, better competition, maybe better connection to college programs if you are interested...worthy of minor, not major, sacrifice to play.

Anonymous said...

Wow a soccer blog with social commentary.
Look were not talking about a kid of upper class globe trotting to games(however that is measured these days) and someone on the poverty line who is a natural talend only if given the chance. Assuming all the previous posters are playing more that rec soccer (because no rec soccer parent is on a U14 soccer blog). Were talking about the difference in your elite travel league and my elite travel league.

Anonymous said...

My "elite" travel team costs $1150 per kid per year (fall, winter spring) including ALL costs (even tacked on the $50 in raffle tickets). Not insignificant and out of reach for many families of course but much more affordable than and ECNL type team.

Anonymous said...

Let me guess, coaches are volunteers and fields belong to township?

Anonymous said...

News flash: there are no super studs out there playing school-ball only who are "deprived" of the elite soccer experience and who are waiting in the wings for a sugar daddy to fund them into the ECNL where, with their amazing skills developed on the playground, they will usurp your child. Might be true within the recent immigrant population, where there may be a soccer culture among males, but girls are not included in that group's soccer culture.

Anonymous said...

Coaches are paid for practices and games but fields are not owned by club. My 3 kids are having a great time with this great sport. They are not weak players..2 are strong, one ok. 2 also play summer select team for another $400 each

I am sure the high level clubs have beautiful facilities, nice uniforms, quality instruction, competitive tournaments, etc, etc. I don't begrudge it to any kid.

But IMO, I don't see the wisdom of a sacrifice for youth sports over other important priorities. Especially with multiple kids playing.

Anonymous said...

All "super studs" play elite soccer regardless of income.

Anonymous said...

No one will be usurping your ECNL player's place. There are no better players available outside of that league.

Just Soccer said...

I think my post was taken out of context because it started a debate about social injustice. My point was that ECNL is not a better brand of soccer or the major league of youth soccer. Because your daughter belongs to an ECNL team doesn't mean that she's the best of the best, getting the best of the best coaching, with the best of the best facilities. In fact, there's a couple of girls on these teams that get a break on team fees. maybe they get to play for half the price or maybe in some occasions they play for free, depending on how good the coaches in the organization think they are. That bit of information might bother a couple of parents are paying full price, but it's just a part of reality in this type of system. Naturally every parent wants the best for their child. My point is that perhaps looking at the "elite" league format closer and understanding that they're not going to get your child into college scholarship any faster then other leagues that just can't get into that exclusive ECNL club.

Anonymous said...

The cost of the travel involved adds up to more than the club fees.

Anonymous said...

I didn't say there are no better players outside of the league, although when it comes to my child that is a truth :),I said there is no kid currently either not on a team at all or in ymca/ rec type free programs who is better. I believe that because she hasn't gotten the training or played hours on the playground with older better players who are mostly boys. Further, I do not think there are many, if any, players who aren't playing at least in the top 2 flights of major tournaments who are poised ready to break into the ECNL. Haven't played with and against enough competition to develop into ECNL players. Because I doubt the reading comprehension abilities of many in this readership I will say this another way: If your child is one of the top players on a team who is usually seeded in the top 2 flights of at least regional level (newss, pda, jeff cup, spirit, fc delco etc) tournaments she probably could break into an ECNL team at this time, especially in NJ.

Anonymous said...

But I am also saying that I don't think there is an unknown Mia out there unless she has been playing her whole career on a boys team. Most of us know the ones that are currently playing up

Anonymous said...

Say.............

a phenom tennis player or golfer who has vbeen playing just that sport her entire life

Or someone who committed at age 7 to softball or basketball year round

That player - a "natural" - couldnt mix in with an ECNL team at this age? Just on natural ability?

Hmmmm...

not buying it.

I think all of our daughters benefit from the "everyone is not doing it" advantage.

Anonymous said...

Not in today's world of youth sports.

Highly specialized training starting at a young age in all sports.

I won't say there aren't any, but extremely rare for a girl to kick a ball around a playground or on a rec team for years and be able to step into ECNL at this age or any other high level league for that matter.

Anonymous said...

If you want to see what it looks like when your basketball or track superstar tries to play soccer, go to a high school game. HS teams always have those types.

My daughter's high school team had a girl who was a track star with incredible speed. Against less skilled teams she looked like a soccer stud.

But her first touch and ball skills were awful. When she played better teams, she was very easy to shut down.

Of course I always wondered what she could have been if she had started proper training at a young age, but it was nothing more than "what if".

Anonymous said...

You can find all of the above just simple by playing for Copa

Anonymous said...

5:02

Its rare that it happens

Not having anything to do with whether it could happen



Anonymous said...

Yeah, and I'll take the odds that you will get struck by lightning three times in the same week over a softball stud stepping onto an ECNL or other elite league team without any training.

Anonymous said...

Do I need to delete internet cookies and temporary files after I post on this site?

Anything else?

Anonymous said...

Why?

Anonymous said...

Is there a sport a soccer stud could take up with? success

Anonymous said...

My son doesnt play soccer

He could make the PDA team right now

Anonymous said...

On the girl's side he would not stand a chance, Maybe he would do fine with the boys.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad we are talking about issues outside of chest pumping. How about the possibility of champions from leagues throughout mosa, northern counties, cjysa, mnjsya EDP, npl play a championship round robin tournament not for points but to assess how each league is progressing?

Anonymous said...

Forgot ecnl..from jersey too.

Anonymous said...

question - on academy teams, or teams where coach is paid, do you give a large team gift or any team gift for that matter? just moved my daughter to an academy level team, and was unsure what was appropriate. or does a card suffice?

Anonymous said...

D&D card or Starbucks should be suffice...with a card...gift card from Dick's or Sports Authority

Anonymous said...

I wouldnt think its frowned upon to not give a holiday or end of season gift.

Many teams do it as a unit. If on your own, fo what is comfortable.

Anonymous said...

Our rules specify no gifts to trainers

Anonymous said...

A sport a soccer stud can't take up and succeed is track and field.

Anonymous said...

9 22
you can t be serious. You must of meant , track to soccer, like someone mentioned earlier.
Track & field, pure athleticism for most events. The cross over to the 400 is easy for many elite soccer players.

Anonymous said...

Track and field at high level has technique and strategy that must be learned, practiced and mastered.

Anonymous said...

I meant can succeed!

Anonymous said...

Anything good out of annandale this past weekend?

Anonymous said...

If fa continue their march towards being national champions.

Anonymous said...

GFA on fire in Florida, keep winning and winning, this is the real stage now girls, great job coaches, trainers and to the girls who make it happen

Anonymous said...

National Championship? ECNL, NPL, USYS, US Club & Supet Y all have them but don't include all teams so it's just a title which means nothing unless you have gone through your State, then Region then to face winners from other a Regions can you claim you are playing for a National Championship so relax.

Anonymous said...

San Diego Surf are the National Champions having win their State Championship, Region & Nationals. Look it up as you will see you don't play teams like them & won't see them in Florida playing the very antiquated Super Y which hadn't been relevant in years just another money grab. MAPS Challenge & Super Y? Team needs some real guidance.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is good enough for you. Even GFA won against the winner of the Wags tournament-top bracket. But that's ok. We have fun in Florida while you are sitting in your fat chair.

Anonymous said...

One minute WAGS is ligit then its not? So the champ of the top Bracket at WAGS are not so good??? BTW doubt a GFA parent is banging their chest. It is a troll responding to self.

Anonymous said...

Long Island rough riders and Valkyries got to represent region 1 in Tampa fla in super y these teams are from tri state area . They have played very well in Tampa against many girls that play ecnl . I wish Valkyries good luck i wish we were playing you in the finals the Orlando city game was a tough game for us . Long Island good job girls we are proud of you all .

Anonymous said...

Super Y is a summer league which ECNL teams do not compete in... So not sure where GFA have played ECNL teams in Florida...

Anonymous said...

Do you sick bastards realize you are talking about 13 & 14 year old girls?? I mean get a life already!! The girls from all the teams you speak about on a regular basis play the game for one reason...the love of the game. They are all good players and should be applauded for the hard work and dedication they put into the game. I do not care if you are playing ECNL, NPL, EDP or JAGS!! Support the kids...they deserve it!!

Anonymous said...

Super y is a summer league but they have ecnl players playing on teams stop hating . Long island and valkryies represented tri state are well .

Anonymous said...

Orlando city ia an ecnl team.

Anonymous said...

Hey slick stop hating. Worry about your MiA not ours. You didn't care before so why care now.

Anonymous said...

ecnl is only place to play,the rest a waste of time and $$$

Anonymous said...

Champions League should be interesting.....

No need to compare. Teams dont have a choice to play ECNL. They play in the top league and tournaments for which they are allowed.

ECNL braying is silly. You're a top league - and we play the top competiton which we are allowed to face. Pretty simple.

Anonymous said...

GFA #1 in NJ for a split second & ECNL team back at the top. SJEB are now below GFA which must not make them happy. Stallions dropped as expected as the only success they had on their own was this years State Cup. Copa still hanging in but will need a much better Spring to stay in the top 5-8 teams in NJ. Spring will be interesting for a bunch of teams now that their players won't be playing HS & Middle School ball which should cut down on the injuries & give a real look into what their teams will look like. Happy holidays to all & good luck to all teams in the Spring.

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to all that big talk from Wildcat DOC & parents? If they didn't win the 2nd flight of EDP a flight only valued at barely over 4,000 pts they wouldn't even be ranked 21st. I guess that's why they have been quiet. Need a big Spring or players will be leaving there as didn't the keepers Mom say she was a top 5 keeper?

Anonymous said...

Igfa will win the EDP north division this weekend easily over TSF.

Anonymous said...

I hope so as TSF is not a very strong team. Commack should have won the flight who beat GFA.

Anonymous said...

If GFA finishes with more points than commack than how "should have" commack won? the flight?? Makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

3-1 win over GFA enough said.

Anonymous said...

Interesting logic. It is sufficient to win a single game to proclaim the league championship. There are more games to play to prove it not just a single success. What's your logic on the fact that GFA won against New Hyde Park 2:0 and 3:0 (Newss) while Commack lost 2:1. Also, what about the HBC matchups? Have an objective prospective and hide your subjective view so you dont look like a fool.

The win in a single game means only that on that day you scored more goals - congrats. It doesnt make you the champ.

Anonymous said...

US soccer announces sricter requirements for the development program on the boys side. Here is the kicker......they say stricter girls requirements coming in early 2015.....ECNL can say goodbye to Highschool soccer


http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2014/12/08/10/43/141208-ynt-coaching-initiatives-rel

Anonymous said...

GFA CANT BEAT BRICK ,WHO CANT BEAT FREEHOLD,WHO CANT BEAT SJEB,WHO CANT BEAT HOMDEL,WHO CAN BEAT COPA,SO THAT MAKES ECNL #1 IN NJ

Anonymous said...

Logic is at the end of the season where maybe Commack has injuries they struggled against New Hyde Park but doesn't mean Commack isn't better then GFA just means they ended the season with a bad loss that opens the door for a lesser team to win the division. There are always teams that will be bad match ups based on how they play or how familiar they are with certain teams. Overall you look at quality wins & GFA has SJEB but little else this season. Take the top teams in the Region which SJEB is one of them & that is the only team they have 1 win over no others. GFA needs to show they can beat them again & beat other top teams before they can be considered one themselves. Beating New Hyde Park & Stallions who are not strong State Champions isn't much. A lot of teams beat those teams this season convincingly as well.

Anonymous said...

Is someone forgetting to their muzzle on their kid. Too much ECNl is detrimental to their ego which will damage their psyche...if that's the case MF and PDA should bebat the bottom since they have not played anyone from Nj at all...I'm sure they'll get embarrassed at their tournemnta come spring. It never fails.

Anonymous said...

5:05 your logic is well.. Your logic. Last season COPA won even less than that and everybody saying they were great. Hbc is a bad team? Tie with WC is that bad? Keeping consistency in the EDP league is bad? A team plays whoever is there to play. Are u sure for facts that commack lost players due to injuries? Can it be that ( looking at their recent performance also at NEWSS) that commack just happen to have a better day in that game?
Anyway you have the right of your logic and everybody has their right to hate. I understand it might bother somebody but I think IGFA is having a good season. Good for them. Only thing to do is keep working.
Now haters please go ahead with your list and stuff to prove that a simple statement like " they are having a good season" is wrong. My daughter plays for sta by the way and definitely we didn't have a good season.

Anonymous said...

GFA has been invited to the World Class - invitation only tournament with very strong teams. Why? Because the coach is not afraid to be challenged. He saw the GFA playing at the NEWSS and probably believes the team is strong enough to compete against his group.

Looks like WC doesn't care about its ECNL status but it does about the development. The coach probably wants his girls to be challenged as it is a great way to develop and improve players' skills.

WC goes out and gets challenged. GFA tries to do the same. It is OK to lose for these teams. Is it for others?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for bringing the note to our attention.
Interesting and positive moves by US Soccer.
However 9:57 is just stirring things up by talking elimination of girls high school,soccer and stricter what ever. go read it yourself , makes a lot more sense than any of the misinformation you ll see on this site.
and now back to our regularly scheduled program
ECNL vs NPL vs Town Teams
LOL

Anonymous said...

Hi,

December 11, 2014 at 5:05 AM,

don't you think you look pathetic?

This alibi can be used by everyone. What makes you think that GFA was in full power when they played you that day or the whole season? Do you think the GFA team had a magic blessing from God to be always in full power and 100% healthy with no injuries.

Btw., everyone can use this excuse. So, please be more careful when you use such silly arguments to make your point.


Anonymous said...

Point I think is other then 1 win over SJEB who has GFA ever beaten? They won a tournament that no one was in & made 1 final with their win over SJEB but tied a depleated Copa team too. There are a decent team that may be on their way to being a top team but they still have a ways to go. Let's see if they play SJEB 4 or 5 more times what their record will be.

Anonymous said...

3:21 lol ok whatever you say. funny how you mentioned a tie with copa but not a 4-0 few weeks later. it's ok

Anonymous said...

Still waiting to hear the list of wins over top teams from the Region by GFA. Crickets exactly.

Anonymous said...

Hbc: 4:2 Splash 6:1 SJEB 4:2 WC 0:0 .......

Anonymous said...

Splash 6-1?

Anonymous said...

Someone mentions where are the WINS over top teams other then the 1 win over SJEB & you come back with a tie, a win over a solid team & some indoor win? Just shows you where you are really at if that is all you can come up with. Granted they probably have not faced a lot of top teams since this was their 1st season even getting in top flights but you need to have some wins against top teams to be considered one yourself. Based in the top teams from Region 1 what is you overall record vs them? Need to see a lot more before we'll believe the hype. EDP North was not strong this season with NYSC not in it. Let the Soring season play out before you make claims of being something that the future seasons may prove you are not ie Jackson, Freehold, Wildcats & Copa.

Anonymous said...

5:17 you are absolutely right. Trolls please leave IGFA alone and focus on the REAL great teams. IGFA would like to keep working in SILENT .
Blog please ignore them , they are not good. Let's focus on important teams.

Anonymous said...

LOL. There are no "important" U14 soccer teams.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately teams can't pick and choose who they play. GFA enter tournaments hoping to get flighted in the highest bracket and play the best competition that is available at that time. They played in a very competitive EDP league and did very well. Let's not forget, GFA has only been together for 1.5 years. For anyone to say what they have done over that time frame is anything short impressive is dilusional. Take the last 25 games that GFA played, 17wins, 5 ties and 3 losses.. Not too bad in my opinion. I don't care who your playing. Like i said, you can't pick and choose who you are going to play. GFA won't win every game they play but they will definitely be competitive in every game they play!

Anonymous said...

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: having power, authority, or influence


Anonymous said...

This blog doesn't determine who is good or bad but the results. Since GFA is only 1.5 year around, let's give it some time (+ spring) to see where the team stands. Based on GFA's GotSoccer ratings, the team will be placed in the top level flights in the upcoming tournaments. It will have to show how strong/weak they are. So, stop chasing them, hating them, give the team time to make your subjective evaluations more objective.

Wish GFA well or any other team that works/train hard, if you are really a soccer supported.

Anonymous said...

at u8, it doesnt matter
at u10, wait til you get to the big field then it matters
at u12, dont worry we are just developing it really starts at u14
at u14, we are just getting better and positioning ourselves for when it matters at U16
at U16, i know the college coaches dont really care about you sophomores just yet, we just need to make sure we do well so we are in position for when it matters at U17

yes coaches and trainers......you said it

Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so!

You've mean I've been getting strung along all these years, living through my daughter's accomplishments, getting fleeced, and there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

Anonymous said...

12:54, brilliant

Anonymous said...

I really do hope that the troll just goes away. Blast your team. Who is ? We really don't care but it seems not much is happening there since you are so worries about others.....that's why you were passed by because you are more focused on judging other when you should be judging yourself. Nonetheless. The top 15 of region 1 teams are ligit. And BTW a win over Florida Sting is a quality win. 2-0. Over time they will have more while your team has what??? Zilch!!

Anonymous said...

12:54 - BEST COMMENT EVER.
Every coach from every club - it's universal!

Anonymous said...

GFA is so good they should just make them the U14 national team already!! Who gives a Sh!+ . Your good your bad you 14 your hurt your whatever.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the holidays.

Anonymous said...

Igfa will win EDP north easy today over their current training partner which will demote TSF down a division. Interesting dynamic with these two teams as they prepare for merge at u15.

Anonymous said...

What happens at u15 with tsf and igfa? Do they make one team and drop the rest of the girls ?

Anonymous said...

GFA is a good team. I am not a troll or a GFA parent. But look at them. They have been together for 1 year ONLY. Their last 25 games is 17 wins...4 ties...and 3 loses. They went to Florida last week and got 2nd place. Won at Maps Tournament...thats a lot to accomplish in 1 year. Also they beat Copa 2 times and tied once. They also beat Splash 2 times (6-1 and 2-1) They tied with World Class. So yes...they still have to be competative and all and keep working. But give them some credit. They are a good team. They deserve it.

Anonymous said...

GFA is a good solid team so let's just stop there. 2 wins over PDA you have to stop because it makes you look silly & they are not the benchmark anymore as they are struggling this season as teams have caught up & passed them. I'm not even sure they are the top team in NJ anymore either. Let's let the Spring play out for all the teams before we talk about who is on the rise & who is on the decline.

Anonymous said...

I don't see those GFA wins over Splash on their schedule. Can somebody tell me where to find them?

Anonymous said...

Stop finally.

Splash has had declining performance and its clear based on its Pda Showcase + State Cup very close wins against average teams + Ecnl games that the team struggles.

GFA has been progressing but has ups and downs which proves immaturity. But to say the team is weak shows lack of respect or simply pure ignorance.

Manhattan Tournament + Jefferson Cup + Pda Showcase + NJ State Cup in the upcoming spring will clearly show where both teams stand.


Now, enjoy your weekend.

Anonymous said...

So after all this GFA talk of winning easy did they beat TSF yesterday? No score is posted.

Anonymous said...

The game wasn't played.

TSF wasn't AV to play...

Anonymous said...

Some parents and coaches are delusional. It is clear as day that when their children are in the level play drops significantly yet they are the only ones who do not see it. The players see it, parents see it, other spectators see it. And the only one that dose not it is them. They blame other factors like the starters. Not the fact the player dribbles with their head down the whole time, or that their first touch bounces six yards from their feet, or that their daughter is clearly ineffective at 50/50 balls gets caught from behind on breakaways, or plays scared more than half the time, or less than half the size verses the opposition. What should parents do? Deal with it? Look for a new team? Or should they voice their opinion?

Anonymous said...

If you feel like it's not the right fit for your daughter you explore other options at the end of the season. Hard for a parent to tell a coach who they should play just because you think there are better options when you don't know what they base the playing time on. At this point if your daughter cannot play 25 mins a game at least then maybe that's not the right team for their level of play? Most of the parents that complain are the delusional ones they just don't see it in their child just everyone else's. If the player is happy, being treated fairly & is getting better then that should be all that matters to you not her position or how many minutes they play compared to another player as that just causes disharmony on any team. Unless the player is not happy there isn't really a reason to switch teams.

Anonymous said...

Should 17-20get more minutes than 12-12-16?

Anonymous said...

How about when the bench players are not as skilled yet they still get minutes? Isn't that Rec. Mentality?

Anonymous said...

Club and DOC philosophy should be clear before kid joins team.

If philosophy is stronger players get the playing time, then the stronger players should expect toa lot play more.

If the philosophy is to develop the skills of all the team members and not focus as much on the win /loss record, stronger players should not expect a lot more playing time.

Know the philosophy of the organization you put your kid in to avoid disappointment after the fact.

Anonymous said...

not focus on the win is the way a bad team sells it.

Anonymous said...

So join a "good team" that plays the strong players as policy if that is what you want.

Anonymous said...

By U14 it should be clear what type of environment you are looking for. Don't understand all the complaints.

Anonymous said...

would PDA be a club that would play the strongest players? Looking at their A team.

Anonymous said...

13 kids play most of the minutes, I believe

Real good team

Anonymous said...

If you are on a good team that plays to win then is u14 the end of the developmental phase? When does change from development to competing to win? There has to be point in the process were the better players are carrying the team to the top and the rest support at the right times, right? If not then PDA is the right fit because they put a lineup to win and let the development take place at practice or against softer competitors. As much as I bashed ECNL maybe that is a true platform. Guess that's why by u16 all the dead weight is left behind and the better players leave the town mentality after being held back by let's share minutes philosophy regardless if the drop in play puts a loss in the column.

Anonymous said...

Problem with this thought is without game time experience it's hard for a player to really get that much better just from training. I have seen over the years players that were not the best on the team over time become one of the top players & that came through training, game experience & encouragement from the coaches by continuing to give those players minutes in games that maybe hurt the team at that time but benefitted the player & team down the road which is true player development. For the players it was the best situation for the other players at the time who were better then maybe they felt like it wasn't. Sometimes the best players now won't be the best players down the road so it's a good idea to develop the rest of the team on the way.

Anonymous said...

As a result of the better player getting less minutes, they begin to regress. There is a time and place for every player and the balance of playing time for any player may not always fit the game. Therefore is it appropriate to play 17-20 when the game counts for placement or advancement? Is it worth risking the efforts of 1-11 and 12-16 because of sharing time? The factors that you mentioned are valid about game experience but when the dynamic of the game has shifted in favor of the other team should 17-20 be left in? As a result other players on the field have to use more energy, take more risk, and sacrifice leaving their mark to continuously cover the gaps left on the field because 17-20 can't keep pace with the demand of the game.

Anonymous said...

All players playing every game or strongest playing to win should not be a mystery.

You sound like you are of the play to win philosophy so look for a team that plays to win and will not play every player if the result would be at risk.

Anonymous said...

I don't feel that accepting a lesser role on a team is appropriate at the youth soccer level. Kids need to play and gain filed experience in order for their games to fully develop.
Accepting a role on a team is fine for high school or college, not for youth soccer. I don't understand how parents keep their kid in a situation where they are not playing very much. That can't be very valuable for anyone, regardless of what the coach or doc are preaching to you. Find a level where your kid is playing at least half the game, even if it is not a so-called top team. She will have much more fun and most likely gain confidence in herself and her game will improve.

Anonymous said...

It is not accepting a lesser role. Its called natural selection. Eventually some players will not be able to compete at the higher level. So why should the higher level players suffer if the DOC has made it clear that some players are just not there yet.

Anonymous said...

The players do not dictate the club philosophy. The players should seek out a club that suits what they want.

It seem you are playing on the wrong type of team. You should seek out the right fit for your player. You cannot expect the club to alter their developmental / business model to accommodate your needs. You are the customer and should research and buy the product you desire.

Anonymous said...

You can hit the coach where it hurts, by going to the DOC. In our club, the DOC is easily swayed by aggressive parents so after a nice chat, you will see a shift in playing time. And if you think this doesn't happen at the mighty club with three initials, boy are you naive!

Anonymous said...

Know for a fact that doesn't happen. DOC is very hands off, especially with the team in this age group. He'll only start to care now because everyone's keeping score and they need to keep that #1 ranking.

Anonymous said...

1:23 you must not be from the South....

Anonymous said...

DOC? That club has a DOC? News to me.

Yeah, that's how hands off he is.

Anonymous said...

I noted on the ussoccer website that there have been several "Market Training Centers" in region 1 this year. Can anyone comment on the experience that their child has had? Has anyone advanced to national camp through these? Are they competitive? How are the kids chosen who are participating etc.

Anonymous said...

Your right players don't dictate club philosophy a parent's wallet does.

Anonymous said...

2:29, i want to live in your happy little fair world....

Anonymous said...

You do

Anonymous said...

IGFA is holding tryouts any one looking to check it out visit sportsplex in Metuchen tomorrow. I heard they are looking to clean house.

Anonymous said...

So after a good season they are looking to clean house Slick? Maybe you are just mad because the trend seems to be teams do better when you are gone.

Anonymous said...

GFA is looking for a goalie

Anonymous said...

So is everyone else.

Anonymous said...

my daughter is a keeper, gaa is 1, good defense and out coaching of course helps with this number, however she makes amazing saves, leads the team to victories, plays EDP, communicates fully with the team during matches, does much training, much one on one training/privates. sweeper keeper, re-distribution out of the back, no punts which are 50/50 at best. nothing comes easy, yes she is poached each season/even mid-season this year. funny to have this, while others complain about playing time, it can be a curse as well. we have played with gfa, just distance is far, but they are great club, some day again, but they will find one.

Anonymous said...

11:57 lol your comment proves how little people know about other teams.lol

Anonymous said...

So that being said, who else needs a keeper please???

Anonymous said...

Really??? You are either a poser or an idiot, you choose.

Anonymous said...

Who has the best keeper at u14?

Anonymous said...

GFA for sure

Anonymous said...

Freehold She is good

Anonymous said...

NJX goalie is very good.

Anonymous said...

Gfa hands down.

Anonymous said...

NJX gives up a lot of goals which isn't always the keepers fault if she faces a lot of shots because the defense is poor in front of her but they do give up the most goals. SJEB keepers are very good as is the PDA keeper. Top keeper in the Region is Premier Strikers(MD) keeper who is on the National team.

Anonymous said...

The ussf press release says it plans to expand national training center programs. Has anyone any experience with these? Will they expand age groups? Sponsor regional events? will they replace id2 and ODP?

Anonymous said...

GFA new goalie is amazing. With GFA's strong defense, it has been pretty difficult to score against this team in last couple months - check their goals differential if you object.

Team's confidence is much higher with this remarkable girl.

Anonymous said...

Sweeper Keeper is what you need these days, and yes u14 gfa keeper is good, saw her couple of times at local recent tournaments if same girl as fall. the whole gfa group is great in general. To the person who wrote up about their daughter as keeper, every single team can use a back up keeper, or you can win the keeper spot. Believe me, it is to important at this level.

Anonymous said...

If GFA keeper is so remarkable then whey is GFA her 5th team in 5 years.

Anonymous said...

Your talking about the wrong keeper. jackass.

Anonymous said...

EDP Goals against...

Premier Strikers 8
Brick 11
SJEB 12
Lower Merion 12
Stallions 12

Anonymous said...

GFA 5

Anonymous said...

Sure, but im sure most would agree in a lesser division

Anonymous said...

1:PREMIER STRIKERS
2:SOUTH JERSEY ELITE BARONS '00
3:BRICK TOWNSHIP SA FURY
4:LOWER MERION SC STORM
5:REAL NEW JERSEY, SC GALAXY
6:NJ STALLIONS ACADEMY FREEDOM
7:FREEHOLD SL UNITED
8:HOLMDEL F.C. NJX CREW
9:STRONGHOLD SC RIPTIDERED
10:PENNSYLVANIA RUSH 2000

Compared to:

1:COMMACK SOCCER ACADEMY 2000 GOLD
2:INTERNATIONAL GIRLS FUTBOL
3:HBC IMPACT 00
4:NEW HYDE PARK WILDCATS
5:FC COPA ACADEMY ROMA
6:STA MORRIS UNITED NPL 00
7:TSF ACADEMY 00/01
8:BEACHSIDE SC CT BEACHSIDE

First group is easily superior, it's not really close. And IGFA only has 6 games played, while the top bracket has 9.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry slick they will be MF and PDA soon. Then you can crawl back into your little hole in ocean county

Anonymous said...

JH your next too.

Anonymous said...

I saw GFA play multiple times this fall and I only saw the one goalie who has been on 5 teams in the last 5 years. Not sure who the other "truly amazing" goalie is that you are referring to.

Anonymous said...

She came from TSF to GFA couple months ago.

In Florida (SuperY finals), she was anounced as #1 goalie.

In my opinion, she is top if not #1 in NJ.

Anonymous said...

Thanks mom......and you thought slick was bad...LOL...just wait...

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is Slick? Also, I agree with the poster above that compared the 2 EDP divisions. The top 4 teams in the first group would have easily won the other division.

Anonymous said...

Edp league ranked the north division higher ( look at points ) for a reason. So keep your subjective assumptions for yourself.

Anonymous said...

EDP south are has beens. Teams on their way down. You will see come spring...slick is your dad...now why don't you scoot along and place the muzzle back on

Anonymous said...

"Edp league ranked the north division higher ( look at points ) for a reason. So keep your subjective assumptions for yourself. "

A) Who cares what EDP thinks?

B) It's not any assumption, it's simply based on playing all teams involved. It's fact. Only decent teams in the north are IGFA and HBC. The others are mediocre.

Anonymous said...

"The top 4 teams in the first group would have easily won the other division."

This statement is completely hypothetical and honestly, a pathetic provocative statement.

They could have won but not "easily"!!!

Anonymous said...

IGFA,HBC, and even Commack would have made it pretty difficult.

Anonymous said...

Is this blog for 2nd level academies to discuss how they are better than the next 2nd level academy.

Why is it that there are no ecnl teams posting on this blog anymore, just wannabe's parents from the South.


Anonymous said...

Not really sure where you get your information but EDP North & EDP Central 1st Division flights are both valued at 9,000 points? Regardless I agree Central Division has much better teams especially the top 4 as compared to North that has maybe 2 teams.

Anonymous said...

No comments in 8 days?

Anonymous said...

looks like 9:26 am comments hit home.


Anonymous said...

Our Girls are maturing, the one's in HS are realizing there more to life other than soccer, the 8th graders are looking forward to their dance & HS. The serious players are moving to ecnl displacing the ones who are not making it to the next level, thank you for your business. This will be the last few months of this blog as at u15 only a very few will still care about this nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Who really cares about the nonsense at u14. This blog is entertainment, same sphere in which all sports from amateur to pro exist.

Anonymous said...

So is the GFA TSF EDP game a double forefit? A win gives GFA 1st place and a loss drops tSF down a division. Both teams should have been motivated to schedule the game. tSF coach known for being difficult to schedule.

Anonymous said...

What tsf gfa game are you referring to ?

Anonymous said...

Insane verification of ECNL dominance. Doesn't appear to be a fad league that's going away soon.

http://www.usclubsoccer.org/2014/12/02/ecnl-alums-awards-power-five-conferences/

Anonymous said...

Yes at u15+ teams for the most part are ecnl teams are set and this is understood, if your daughter is good enough and wants to play d1 this is were she needs to be. If not good enough or doesn't care if she plays or not in college dont waste time and money on the non ecnl academies nor b,c,d teams in these ecnl clubs.

Anonymous said...

"If your daughter.........wants to play D1..."

Where would they be getting this "want" from?

Anonymous said...

There are hundreds of college teams to play for. Not that many ecnl clubs. Also if your daughter plays ecnl and has average grades you can forget about d1 programs. At least forget about scholarship money. Good luck paying thousands now and rolling the dice.

Anonymous said...

Actually most teams have limited number of spots available, so there are not nearly the number of opportunities that you suggest.

It used to be the same way with ODP experience, back before ECNL. Even the crappiest low level D1 school was able to get Regional ODP players.

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is, if you're good enough, someone will find you. Whether or not ECNL, EDP, Club, Academy, High School. Doesn't matter, they will find you.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the four players from New Jersey selected to the year 2001 Region 1 ODP team and also placed in the National Pool for tryouts in Orlando this month. Well done ladies and best of luck in Florida!!!

Players are from MatchFit, IGFA (2) and Real NJSC.

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/odp/2015_odp_girls_national_training_camp_2001_rosters/

Anonymous said...

Congrats also to the 5 NJ year 2000 players. Not sure how many are U14 but congrats none the less.

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/odp/2015_odp_girls_national_training_camp_2000_rosters/

Anonymous said...

FYI the national camp for 00 is the B roster from regionals the A roster went to Boca raton. Fir the 01 its the A roster because they dont go to Boca Raton

Anonymous said...

4 2001 players from NJ as well

Anonymous said...

What level of costs are involved to attend an ODP National Training Camp in Fla?

Anonymous said...

Yes - Congrats! I don't believe that you have to pay for the national camp.

Does the player on the 2000 team from brick currently play for the U14 Team - Brick Fury?

It will be a great experience for those selected.

Anonymous said...

What do you mean you do not have to pay? How are the costs covered for the time and training in Florida?

Anonymous said...

True ussf national team camp u14 or u15 gnt is free including transportation. Id2 is free excluding transportation which can be very expensive. Odp "national camp" is far from free. There are several hundreds of dollars in fees and transportation costs.

Anonymous said...

ODP National camp is a little more than $300 but no more than $350. That covers camp, hotel and meals for the players. Families pay for their own transportation including their daughter.

Anonymous said...

Eco website has a game today at 415 between IGFA and tsf. Is that really happening?

Anonymous said...

Who covers the costs for ussf and id2 camps?

Anonymous said...

Jeff Cup teams are posted.

Anonymous said...

Coach at TSF cancelled for the fourth time today. J&&@@ off !! He should just forfeit... Purposely jeopardized GFA first place finish.

Anonymous said...

It was disgraceful. Anyone who is associated with the TSF academy should be ashamed.

GFA completely cleared the soccer field from light snow powder, you could not see one spot on the playing area with any snow.

TSF boys with the coach had 1.5 hours full sided games/practice before the game on the same field.

All GFA girls were warming up before the game for 40 mins, while TSF girls were standing to the last minute on the field on which the same academy was running full-sided practice (like they were directed that something will make GFA suffer).

TSF which was running the practice before the game decided to tell refs that they can't play girls game because it was too dangerous.

What a shame. For GFA it was a championship game which they could not play again and again because of the politics of the TSF academy - still can't calm down after their 3 best players left to play for GFA.

EDP should take care of this ASAP.

TSF Academy - it is pretty embarrassing what you have shown to the 13-14 years old girls and their parents. Shame on you!!!

Anonymous said...

So, how it is possible that TSF left boys played - did not cut the practice but played for 1.5 hours, and suddenly decided that the field was too dangerous to play?

Since the TSF coach canceled games in the past (check his record), now he is doing the same thing to GFA, EDP should organize the game, send their officials to the game, and let GFA destroy this weak team who has no guts playing...or the coach doesn't.

If TSF is rewarded with the forfeit point - this would embrace TSF's unethical behavior and tactics.

Anonymous said...

Do you think such a circus is possible in ECNL league?

Anonymous said...

We (GFA) were ready and eager to play this game and finish our season, but, in all honesty, I don't think we can say TSF cancelled. There were three Refs inspecting all parts of the field for 20 minutes and apparently they deemed it unsafe.

Anonymous said...

You know it is BS, just ask your coach why refs decided not want to play the game after liability threats from your coach...Which ref would play the game after this threat? Refs had no business in this mess...

Why your coach complained about the safety but played with boys 1.5 full sided games just before the game? You know the answer.

Or, why would could not play the game with your team for so long - the same coach was playing rescheduling/not available game for many times?

Don't camouflage the truth, please!

Anonymous said...

TSF coach is setting a bad example for his players. He is a joke to the system, youth development and the TSF organization. There was nothing wrong with the field and that is the bottom line.

Anonymous said...

11 NJ teams. 9 of the best 10 NJ teams representing at Jeff Cup, all but Splash. I'm not counting Madrid or Hornets...

GFA
Brick
Stallions
Copa
Rush
STA
SJEB
Crush
Real

Good luck ladies!

Anonymous said...

TSF coach a disgrace. What happened today was an embarrassment for TSF . He didn't want to play but didn't want to forfeit so organize this shameful plan to obtain what he wants and they let him do it. Unbelievable. Field in perfect condition with teams practicing in full field since 9 am . TSF parents why you tolerate something like that?? Are you part of this scam?

Anonymous said...

Uh...the USSF covers the cost of USSF YNT camps
I believe Nike covers id2. Maybe a contribution from us club soccer also. They are the administrators.

Anonymous said...

Nothing new from TSF coach he always end the season with skipping games and manage to settle on ties without playing. Parents are part of this scam otherwise they would have said something even today. The fact that they do not say anything stated this clearly. Technically you are a mediocre team but in terms of sportsmanship you are the worst in state.

Anonymous said...

I cant believe TSF Academy would let this to happen. No respect to girls and parents who drove over 1 hour to the game to see this ridiculous circus. TSF=NO CLASS.

Anonymous said...

TSF parents silent is even worst than what their coach did today. It shows that they are as bad. I would blame the parents for backing up such behavior . So unprofessional and sneaky. Horrible example for a 13 years old group of girls. They should go back and play recreational soccer . they did it with us last season where they end up not playing the last game and our coach was forced to compromise. League should take care of this problem with this club.

Anonymous said...

TSF coach is a clown and know for his funny business. This is all about him trying not to play to gain a tie which would put him out of the bottom 2 in the group and avoid relegation. He is playing games and IGFA should be awarded the win by forefit.

Anonymous said...

"Does the player on the 2000 team from brick currently play for the U14 Team - Brick Fury?"

She sure does. But, that can't happen to all of the ECNL know it alls on here. Like was said, if you're good enough, someone will hear about it and find you.

Anonymous said...

ACOORDING to all of the ECNL know it alls on here.

Anonymous said...

Why do you blame the parents ? Parents do what tne coach says or risk putting their kid in a sticky situation

Anonymous said...

If EDP wants to protect its status, TSF should be eliminated from
the top teams. It is unbelievable what has happened today. If EDP does not take care of this, teams should look for an alternative. It is a joke.

Anonymous said...

It was not a joke game. It was deciding about the champs of the league. If the EDP does nothing, it will proof that it is not top level league.

Anonymous said...

Is there a deadline to play this game ? All the league has to do is make sure it's played. How can it not be played at some point ? Play it indoors then.

Anonymous said...

11:05 I am sorry but do not agree. I am not part of any of these two teams but knowing the reputation of TSF coach I will not accept to have my daughter put in that situation. If I show up to the field for a game and I see the field is good and everything is ok I am not going to be part of something so sneaky and unprofessional.

Anonymous said...

TSF parents kept their daughters inside cars in the parking lot following instruction from their coach until 15 min before game time. Refs came in checked the field , checked the girls and rosters collected the fee and then when they went to TSF bench everything change as the coach put out a show and game was not played. Parents keep follow your coach like sheep , good teaching for your daughters. Well done

Anonymous said...

Mine doesn't play for either team as well , not even this age group, but surely you understand what I am getting at. What would you have done ? You can play if the coach says not playing (not debating if he's right or wrong here ).
i don't know this coach however or what else he is supposed to have done at other games.
But what does saying the field is unsafe accomplish ? Doesn't the game have to be played eventually ?

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