Thursday, April 2, 2015

U12 Girls Youth Soccer in Region 1


These young women have a year of 11 v. 11 under their belts and are ready to show what they can do. Across the 12 states of U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1, there are some impressive club teams who are a lot of fun to watch.


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Anonymous said...

Nobody is putting kids down on this blog as I read back. I see more congrats and up-talk about specific teams and rumor mill of players. So for 950 to direct a post of putting kids down than he/she is a little protective or has issues among his own teams current and older.

Anonymous said...

@955 exactly what was said to put any child down?!?!? The removed post stated that coaches and parents are eating ZXYB for thinking they had elite players. They were advised to take off the blinders. It's not directed at any club or child. What am I missing?!?!?

Anonymous said...

It wasnt poster 9:55 who said it. It was poster 9:43 who said kids are being insulted. 9:55 addressed 9:43 to ask who he is addressing. Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

Yes it was the 910, 929, and the 1first 943 comment that was deleted that started all the pointing of kids being insulted and asking for people to reveal themselves. Thus why his post have been deleted.

Anonymous said...

Lets talk technology. Does anyone have a concern about their moving to a #5 ball? I for one think the #5 ball is too big, too heavy for U13 girls. Plus, given the focus and raised awareness with concussions, if i had my choosing, I would like to see them stick with a #4 ball for another year. I get it, traditionally the #5 is the real ball and everything else is kiddie sized balls, but the #4 is a good sized ball, properly weights for 11 and 12 year old legs and tendons, and wont scramble their brains as easily if someone gets caught out.

Anonymous said...

@9:29

917, what team are you from big talker?
Are you that perfect, please tell us more.
Ha, ha - now you are gone and have no response.

Reading back I don't see a 9:17 post. I believe your trying to address @8:17. Guess your not perfect yourself!

Anonymous said...

I agree a size 4 ball is the way to go and provides more confidence than a size 5. For those who play futsal look at how much control girls/boys gain from using a smaller ball.

Anonymous said...

the size 4 ball comments are so bad..

Anonymous said...

2:30
you must be joking or pretty clueless. A size four ball is better for kids at this age in so many ways. Player development, safety, more control. Why do you think there is recommendations by US Soccer for kids to stay on small sided fields for longer? I think they will eventually use a size 4 ball. Experts say it benefits children.

Anonymous said...

Maximus r now Arsenal

Anonymous said...

MF tryouts are over but hearing a few will be coming to training sessions.

Anonymous said...

Agree on size 4. The weight difference between a 4 and 5 noticeable. And that extra weight makes it harder to take flight, and upon impact with the head, more likely to do more damage.

As far as small sided, I think in 2 years all of soccer below U13 will be 8v8 or it looks like US Soccer and EDP are promoting the 9v9 game on a traditional 8v8 field.

Anonymous said...

Did I see that correctly??? Size 4 ball for safety reasons??? Go put on a diaper

Anonymous said...

civilized society is not for you.
when your daughter gets sidelined for a season, cant attend school functions and is blurry laying in bed, then i'm sure your approach will change. until then enjoy being a complete tool.

Anonymous said...

My daughter had been out twice in the past yeat from concussions. First during a practice second from a game. Any chance we have to limit the possibility of them should be taken. That's all.

Anonymous said...

702 you have been on here all day posting the most immature comments.

Anonymous said...

Am I really? That statistic above proves how wrong you re and right I am.

Hockey- Football- Lacrosse have more concussions then boys soccer. All those sports where nothing to do is heading a pumped up ball. Its very very very rare of a confusion to happen bc of too many "Head balls". So your stupid statement about changing the size 5 ball to a size 4 is just another excuse.

Sad

Anonymous said...

We're not talking about boys soccer. We're talking about girls soccer. I guess you're on the wrong blog!

Anonymous said...

8.56
An excuse for what? You don't think concussions are a serious problem?

Anonymous said...

Safety is only one of the reasons for using a smaller ball at young ages. Do you care about better player development?

Anonymous said...

856 I think your a sad if your thinking people are using it as an excuse and your probably the individual stating people are putting down girls. The information that someone took the time to research was shared and should be appreciative. People are not making excuses by using a size 4 v 5 safety is a concern in all sports. I guess your one those who could care less if your child wears bicycle helmet. Get a clue! It's a discussion not an excuse.

Anonymous said...

May 13, 2015 at 8:56 AM has rocks in his head and a 3rd grade education. Of course he isn't worried about head injuries.

Anonymous said...

I doubt 8:56 is a parent and If he is' he's not a good one. Every parent is concerned about safety for children. Probably some ignorant coach who shouldn't be working with children.

Anonymous said...

I saw a trainer deflate a ball before a championship game last weekend at the half. Shhhh.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute I also saw many people video recording as well is this considered a punishment to not draft anymore players onto teams. lol

Anonymous said...

deflate gate.
you parents are too funny.
good thing none of us kiddies take you all too seriously.

Anonymous said...

I think the girls should play with a foam ball and helmets to really be safe. I'm considering swimming, not many injuries there.

Anonymous said...

Could these immature comments be from TSF coaches? They sound like it.

Anonymous said...

It's going to be a quiet summer on here until the brackets come out for EDP and NPL come August.

Anonymous said...

If you read the many articles written about youth soccer and heading the ball children should not head the ball til high school. The only thing shown to decrease the rate of concussion related to heading is neck strength which does not develop til around high school age. Once they reach that age they need to be properly trained on the technique. Brandi Chastain says kids this age should be working on foot skills and their love of the game. Cindy Parlow Cone says until high school the focus should be on coordination ,technical skills and spatial awareness. They should also work on jumping, landing and strengthening the neck. So parents before you get up in arms about the safety of a size five ball when it comes to heading you should do your research or at least talk to your pediatrician. The point is these girls are to young to be heading soccer balls.

Anonymous said...

I know this is a U12G blog but does anyone know which is the best lgue to be in going into the U10 F season?

When does EDP start - U11 ? thanks

Anonymous said...

I believe EDP starts at U11. Not sure what leagues for U10 and under.

Anonymous said...

The top u10 teams play in the u11 EDP lower brackets.

Anonymous said...

u10 you have maps, jags, northern counties, nycsl, etc depending on where you live. At that age, worry about her training, playtime, and happiness, but not in that order. Even if she is on PDA, etc at that age, there is no guarantee she will stay at that level without the right training and being happy.

Anonymous said...

946 Totally agree! Look how many changes have occurred since this group was U10.

Does anyone know if PDA Nova and Match fit have sent out there final invites or are they still determining the rosters?

Anonymous said...

Initial invites went out. Wait list invites could happen once the rejections come in

Anonymous said...

these are what refs should be most concerned about, safety of the players. cleats, shinguards, no jewelry, and securing the field.

http://www.anchoredforsafety.org/incidents.html

very heart breaking , 39 deaths 57 serious injuries. In comparison, a ref missing an offsides is kind of immaterial.

Anonymous said...

Most of these deaths and injuries had to do with kids playing around on the goal not during games...

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone want to go to mf? There are so many better alternatives

Anonymous said...

Any scores this weekend's games?

Anonymous said...

MF Def. has good training and this is the year to start. Waiting until,your 15 is way too late.

Anonymous said...

new gotsoccer rankings just came out. they ranked ranked this u12 blog about 900 points higher than the U15 blogspot. Definately not a quality thing just quantity. Gotsoccer is a bit flawed that way, but we can feel really boastful and proud that somewhere on some list, we are at the top!! lets keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Rosters are never final. MFA is a great place, anyone who says otherwise doesn't know what they are talking about. Lot of that here. So what the current U12 team is not great. By the time they are U14 15 months from now, they will have the first or 2nd best team in the state.

Anonymous said...

WOW! 10:13 you are dreaming!! The tryout turnout was embarrassing to say the least...good luck! MF is all screwed up. OPEN YOUR EYES and EARS!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what is happening over at SJEB ? They are losing at least 3 players. 1 going to FC Bucks, 1 going to Penn Fusion. Don't know where other one is going but she is on the EPYS ODP lineup. I thought their coach was "the best in NJ " They were a very strong team.

Anonymous said...

Weekend game scores? I'm sure njx lost or they would have posted from parking lots.

Anonymous said...

MatchFit will draw talent give it time. Look at the older teams they end up being successful when parents realize they want the ECNL unless they are on a strong NPL team.

Anonymous said...

MatchFit at the older age gets worse big rosters 25+ unless your daughter is a starter you are wasting your money. They rotate the others for weekly games and even when they do suit up they may not play. You are spending LOTS of money to just be on MF??!!?!? Really!!!

And rumor has it that they are in financial straits so there will be lots of changes coming; coaches leaving, etc.!!!

Anonymous said...

MatchFit is fine and if your unhappy because you are one the parents not getting playing time at the top level I think it's called a reality check movement now for your elder plauer.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how Cherry Hill did in State Cup?

Anonymous said...

CH lost in Semi.

Anonymous said...

MF lost on Friday night and won on Sat. Why do you care??? Get a life.... Your kid is 11/12........

Anonymous said...

Njx or mf b team, Maybe they care because they play in your same division and age group. And some teams don't update their scores. Njx always in attack response mode and always same bs about 11 and 12 year old girls. Nobody said anything about the girls, wake up, it's you they are talking about.

Anonymous said...

PDA Crew bests SDFC Rage

Anonymous said...

So got dear by both mf and pda b teams and Pda a team in last two weeks. This team is very average this year, had a few lucky games last year. Heard the good players are at tryouts for better teams.

Anonymous said...

Did you mean , so got beat?

Anonymous said...

"So got dear by both mf and pda b teams and Pda a team in last two weeks. This team is very average this year, had a few lucky games last year. Heard the good players are at tryouts for better teams"

Do you realize you are a mental midget with no life? When you post your 3rd grade mentality posts, can you at least have an adult proof read them? Keep hiding behind your key board big boy.

Anonymous said...

Season is coming to an end, will there be a lot of player movement among the top teams in NJ?

I'm assuming PDA teams will be picking additional talent as they have always done year over year as the girls get older. Did Galaxy/Nova/Crew/Shore pick up newer players?

Anonymous said...

Having been through tryouts for the previous four years, it seems tryouts start earlier and earlier every year. This is ruining the spring season for many families and teams. Are there any opinions or thoughts of the powers that be to move tryouts to early June or at least keep tryout decisions quiet until after the season?
I have seen coaches miss treat kids that are leaving their teams. I have seen a lot of awkward feelings on the sidelines with parents, coaches and even the kids on the field and in practices. Kids that are not invited back stop showing up to practices and games. It is really an awful experience for all.

Anonymous said...

1248 I agree U.S. Club and USYS needs to put a starting date cap on tryout dates and expected roster locks. June is the right time to start tryouts since carding expires end of July.

No need to have tryouts in April and beginning of May when half a spring season, state cup games and final tourney's are yet to be played.

This past year has been awful for many teams since the winter season caused a late start then most teams jumped right into tryouts. Doesn't make sense.

Anonymous said...

its a bad cycle these early tryouts. the earlier people do tryouts, the earlier the next do. sometimes first to offer gets the player. snooze and lose. many teams give offers and need to know within 72 hours else they go to next on the list. thus if you like that squad, you have to advise them in quick order.
I dont think US Club etc can police it. perhaps they could have a rule that no team can have formal tryouts held before a certain date though I think June 1 is too late. then, you can allow players to invite kids to practices though not a formal tryout process. thats not ideal either, kids who are on the bubble seeing new kids on their training fields taking up their coach's time and effort instead of that effort flowing itno those who are part of the team, paid their monies. But you could never really police having kids coming to practice just put a freeze on early tryouts. let the kids, teams, coaches, etc. enjoy their spring.

Anonymous said...

Quite Simple solution really. Tryout Weeks (2). No cross-practicing prior that. NPL and ECNL teams could certainly agree to something that simple. If your caught - you lose job as trainer/coach. As of now it's a complete cluster... for all involved or not involved in the process. I can't imagine coaches, players, or parents would say they enjoy the spring season once April comes along.

Anonymous said...

Some teams are holding preliminary tryouts for the following fall at the end of the previous fall season and into the winter.

It is incredible.

Parents are forced to play the tryout game as well. I've heard of several who have accepted offers and paid a small fee only to turn around and accept a position on another squad and walk away.

Higher end academy teams already have contracts but the lower end teams are getting abused a bit. Contracts are going to have to become a normalcy for any higher end team. Might even have to trickle into towns that are running 'elite' type teams with 'pro' coaches.

Well, if you like drama, youth soccer is an interesting place to be.

Anonymous said...

@ 4:04pm:

Coaches use guest play at tournaments as a recruiting/evaluation tool anyway.
Practices leading up to those tourney's would be requested.

Loopholes will be abused. Haha

Anonymous said...

Bottom line you can't stop parents/players from moving anyway with or without tryout limits. It's part of youth organizations everywhere if you you and your child can't handle it than it's time to find and do something else. I bet the top 10 players on any team can care less.

Anonymous said...

"If you and your child can't handle it, find and do something else."
That is really mean spirited and dismissive. Everyone on this blog loves the sport and are not going anywhere.

Anonymous said...

It's not mean spirited he/she is straight to a point. Yes everyone on here loves soccer but there comes a time and point when you and your daughter get tired of how girls come and go and how tryouts are handled. Then it might be time to just not place your child in that competitive environment anymore and find a team she can just have fun.

Anonymous said...

@5:29
Kind of funny.

You do realize this is a forum, right?

My point being, you seem to be shutting down dialogue instead of promoting.

I thought the convo was going in an interesting direction.

Fun to discuss ideas. Even if they may be unrealistic.

Anonymous said...

Top 10 players do care as they see friends leaving their team. What if your daughter played on SJEB and are leaving to go to Penn Fusion. You think that is healthy for the team in the spring season when the top players are leaving? I have seen players that coaches were very loyal to, leave their team in the early spring and left the team with no goalie. You think that is teaching good lessons to kids. Face fact, 99% of these girls aren't going anywhere to play soccer after college, so aren't they supposed to learn life lessons from sports? what does leaving early do to the rest of the team? what does a top girl leaving do to morale for the remainder of the season if she plays the spring season out? It is competitive sports, i get it, but team offers should not disrupt the commitment coaches and clubs have made to players and knowing someone is leaving in early spring is not in the best interest of anyone.

Anonymous said...

@917 I guess you know SJEB's not only losing one player then. Like the prior posts said parents/players will leave and go it doesn't matter with tryouts starting early or late. As they get older tryouts become meaningless for top level teams because they already know whom they will drop and pick up based on guess players practicing throughout the year.

If your playing on a top level team morale will feel very low every spring as a coaches can't keep every parent/player happy.

Even PDA loses out and gains year after year.

Anonymous said...

http://m.nuvo.net/GuestVoices/archives/2014/03/18/your-kid-and-my-kid-are-not-playing-in-the-pros

Anonymous said...

People should not point out specific teams or players when they do not know what they are talking about. Yes, SJEB players are leaving but all fulfilled their obligation to the team. The teams contract is mid May to mid May. The new team will start together this week. The team was all there for the last game on Saturday. Therefore none of the girls abandoned their time during the spring season. SJEB contract for that team has traditionally started the year with a summer season with a tournament on Memorial Day weekend.

Anonymous said...

Is the EDP Spring Season complete this weekend because I know there are several teams still finishing out the schedule.

So for those teams that had players leave already do they still play to finish up league schedule.

Anonymous said...

Could be worse. Three players are on the move from the Penn Fusion team and we heard they are not allowed to play in the FC Delco Players Cup tournament this weekend.

What kind of message is that?

Anonymous said...

Because PF already has brought in there newer players to attend it! Message sent if your leaving than why continue reason why some clubs start there new contract May to May. Where are those girls going now?

A lot movement going on now.

Anonymous said...

That's an odd time to start/end a season. The rest of the world I believe works on the Club calendar.

Anonymous said...

And what do you consider a club calendar, tryout calendar, carding calendar etc. Many clubs use Memorial weekend as there cutoff date from old team to new team.

There is no outline for calendars for youth soccer. I've heard many coaches in central U.S. even choose by birthdates.

Anonymous said...

US Club Soccer 8/1-7/31. What clubs use Memorial day?

Anonymous said...

Most contracts for Coaches are up after Memorial Day tournaments. While the US Soccer year is listed as going to 7/31 (which is really the birth year dates), I think we can all agree that new teams will start practicing immediately after the Memorial Day tournaments.

Tryouts should occur in early June, right after Memorial Day tournaments and while school is still ongoing, so as not to have tryouts when folks might be on vacation.

Some teams had tryouts in mid-April.

Crazy.

Anonymous said...

I agree 1st 2 or 3 weeks in June. Then you have the whole month of Mid-June and the whole month of July to finalize rosters.

I've seen posted tryouts as early as December for current squad to join into spring and summer. Makes no sense.

SJEBWEST BARON said...

The SJEB 03' West Girls team is looking for a Keeper if anyone knows of any players looking. If interested, please contact barons03west@gmail.com.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

SJEB needs a goalie now how many players are they losing? I've only know of 2.

SJEBWEST BARON said...

This is the current U11 going to be playing U12 in the Fall. Our current Keeper is moving on bc she wants more field time. Our Team picked up a few good players going into next Fall.

Anonymous said...


Question for you all, how do you get rid of a disaster parent, or help them become less of a disaster? So annoying.

Anonymous said...

Easy if the disaster parent has a child on the team that is on the top part of the roster it's the coach's responsibility to assist.

If it is a parent with a child on the bottom part of the roster just ask them to leave.

Anonymous said...

Whos responsibility is it to ask them to leave? Another parent can't do that. The coach isn't always the one to do this. There are managers above him and owners above them. I had a problem where the environment was really bad. Everyone knew there was a problem but no one would take action, They ended up losing a lot of good players because several parents were out of control, yelling at refs, telling the coach what to do, coaching from the side lines, etc.

Anonymous said...

If this is the environment on a team then no wonder why good players left and it's going to time you should look as well. Parents set a tone for a team that is unacceptable.

Anonymous said...

We've been on the same team for the last 4 years and every other year a disaster parent shows their ugly face. once it was inbred, someone who developed ugly, and another it was a new addition. the coach misunderstands their kid and she is really far better than the coach believes and its favoritism or that he didnt see her amazing plays off the ball, or she hasnt hit her growth spurt yet all great excuses for a lack of performance and thus play minutes. whether inbred or new bad apple, it almost always stems from play minutes. and they just want to chew in your ear, and no matter how far you move away from them, they want to stand around the sidelines and annoy the living hell out of you, ruin your fun with the great parents on the team. emails and letters and phone calls trying to gain your support. support for what?! its soccer. your kid isn't playing well. she gets great attention and opportunity in training, but she struggles come game time. the coach treats her fairly, doesn't yell at her , gives her ideas and suggestions, but she plays a bit to a lot less than those who have figured it out.
to bad mouth our coach, and make everyone miserable? Leave!!! Please!!!

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's time for you to leave and just listen to the Southwest Commercial "Gotta Get Away". lol

Anonymous said...

8:25, This sounds so strange to me. So teams we may play next week, will be different than if we had played them this week? I know the two ECNL clubs don't operate this way, but you are saying most others do. Sorry to harp on this, just sounds so strange.

Anonymous said...

104 that's the norm now. Most clubs start new rosters after memorial weekend. Training and tournaments as the spring season is over. The PA ECNL/NPL clubs do this as well, but the NJ ECNL follow club carding since they are not in as much need to move kids around.

Anonymous said...

bad parents are just part of the landscape. not always the case, but with bad parents, usually there is a bad kid. not always, but usually. its the coach's job to deal with it.

Anonymous said...

What leagues end before Memorial Day? EDP/JAGS/ECNL/NPL do not.

Anonymous said...

EDP and Jags are scheduled at the coach's election so they very much can be wrapped up before the holiday. Many push to wrap up before the holiday so they can do touranments after the holiday with the upcoming fall roster.

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts for Delco Players Cup and EDP Spring Cup.

NJ Rush will take the Spring Cup as for the Delco Players Cup could be up in the air.

Anonymous said...

Cricket, Cricket, Cricket

Anonymous said...

What is the Vegas line on the matches?

Curious if they have any info on the tourney's this weekend.

I heard that a player on the Rush just had a boyfriend break up with her and her head won't be in the game(s).

I think a fixer got involved and paid the boy off.

Hahahaha

Anonymous said...

Haha boyfriend effect, soon enough high school studies and tests, along with social activities, nagging injuries will take effect. Enjoy these great soccer games now because in a year or two some girls may have other priorities than soccer.

Been through it with my eldest.

Anonymous said...

FC Delco Tourney - Rage wins the top flight with CH taking the next flight. Not sure why CH wasn't flighted in top bracket and no, not CH parent, just know they are better than half the teams in the top flight.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to all this weekend. We should update scores on here.

Anonymous said...

at 10:40 you my friend is a coward going on this stupid blog to cry grow a pair and talk to the parent .

Anonymous said...

11:21
I don't agree with that at all. Parents wouldn't listen to other parents. It's the coaches responsibility to provide a safe, productive environment. If he is afraid to speak to the nightmare parent, he's failing the team and he is the coward.

Anonymous said...

SDFC done.

Anonymous said...

@10:40 It's not their responsibility as a parent to have to grow a pair. It's up to the coach, or team manager. Parents are to lead by example, not act like immature school boys or girls. No good will come out of a confrontation.

Anonymous said...

Complaining to a coach or club just makes it worse for your daughter. Just go to a less competitive team why have your daughter be miserable or if you say she's being treated unfairly.

Anonymous said...

Very sad case if that's true. We're all paying a lot of $ to clubs and if they won't listen to their customers and try to work things out, they will eventually fail as a business.

Anonymous said...

Did West Chester add the new players this weekend already?

Anonymous said...

Very quiet blog! When does this change to U13?

Anonymous said...

Saw some updates on edp website and delco sites.

Looks like MF NJX was beat badly by PDA. 5 nothing is a blow out in soccer.

Also noticed the two rage teams didn't do to well over the weekend.

This is why the blog is silent, when these teams lose, they hope no one notices, but when they win, the blog away...

Anonymous said...

Got my prediction half right - Rage lost but CH dominated their flight at FC Delco.

Anonymous said...

The Delco and EDP Spring Cup tourney will become 2nd tier tourney's in the next few years for this age group. You parent's will learn PDA's ECNL Showcase will outshine and will be the tourney to hit towards the end May eventually, my eldest daughter was there and it was a site of all good teams and players.

Anonymous said...

11:59 this is a 12 yr old blog, not 15-17 years. 3 years is a long time away. And obviously you weren't at EDP Cup - it was s huge event for 11-14 year olds with teams coming as far away as Virginia, MD, Texas, MA, CT, PA, NY, IL, Canada... Next time you might want to do your research before making generic statements.

Anonymous said...

141 What good teams at this age were at EDP Cup! NJ Rush that's it, all the top level teams were at Players Cup. Majority will go there again come next year then the following year will head to PDA Showcase. Just because teams come from all over doesn't necessarily mean it was good for a team that wants competition.

Also PDA showcase start at U14 not 15-17 years, for all you non-ECNL we are just sharing info.

Anonymous said...

Lol. It depends on your definition of good. Teams with early success at younger ages often flip places with teams who took the time to develop their talent. I'm sure you noticed that phenomenon this weekend at the PDA showcase - for example the PDA teams did not do so well. Out of state clubs performed much better overall.

Anonymous said...

PDA is currently recruiting any player that did well at their tournament. By u18 they will have collected everyone else's talent. Hehe

*insert Star Wars Darth Vader theme (Imperial March) here*

Anonymous said...

@11:16 you seem to be the only one that cares!! Just watch your daughter. They grow up quick.....

Anonymous said...

If only the kids wouldn't grow up so quick and loser parents like this tool fixated on girls soccer would grow up fast! Do you realize what a loser you are? Do you go in to work Monday morning and tell all your colleagues about the games over the weekend? Or at least your partner on the garbage truck?

Anonymous said...

@10:46

Which commenter is the tool/loser?

Just want to clarify.

Not quite sure if we are all tool/losers for being on this blog or if just a select few?

I will say that some of the posts are purely entertainment value but some are actually valuable information.

I appreciate both kinds of comments!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the Summer everyone! We will see everyone come fall. Don't let your girls meet boyfriends at the shore or pool this summer. lol Now that's entertaining.

Anonymous said...

Now the season has come to an official end for many teams which teams do many think improve and declined coming into the fall. Would like to know as my daughter has finally moved over to an academy team.

Anonymous said...

Are there academy teams for girls? I thought academy was boys only.

Anonymous said...

744 What does PDA and MFA stand for? lol

Anonymous said...

They're clubs that have a few boy academy teams but the rest are club teams. US academy Development teams for girls do not exist. Maybe in the future.

Anonymous said...

Academy, Premier, Elite it doesn't matter they are all institutions to train and develop kids so it's just a simple phrase.

Anonymous said...

These marketing words should not influence the decision of what is the best fit for your player. Evaluate based on cost, coach, location, team mates, level of play, level of commitment, etc. and make the best choice for your players circumstances.

Anonymous said...

1100 Exactly well said! At this age they are still learning.

Anonymous said...

They will be here next year and age group changes will happen too. Im not looking forward to this, will be disruptive to the age group.
I believe it will only effect PDA, MF and WC, but some other clubs may follow. Will really hurt state cup, league and tournaments for the rest of us who would like to compete against them in future. We have until fall 2016, one more year together. Most ecnl teams will be gone anyway.

Anonymous said...

1142 What or whom are you referring too?

Anonymous said...

Why would it only effect some players and clubs? hat is the criteria for what players must adhere to what age cut offs?

Anonymous said...

1153
Girls academy

Anonymous said...

What is girl's academy? You mean ECNL clubs? Why would those clubs want to jeoprodize the ECNL cash cow?

Anonymous said...

Unless you aren't 100% certain stop spreading rumors. If the age change happens, it will likely be 100% of teams not just a few. Most if this was reactionary with the the failures of the national teams from U17-to the USWNT last year. We win the World Cup, this all may go away. The age change I think is going to happen as all of the governing bodies support it. When you look at Rosters at this age they tend to be heavily over weighted to 2002 kids, so there may be far less disruption than people think. If anything it will lead to more kids playing up born early in the year.

Anonymous said...

Calendar year already impacts many players that do USSF programs, ODP, or identification programs like ID2 or EDP-TIP. At this age Girls born '02 are starting to realize at U12 they are playing against many U13 players at these programs.

A so called dominating player can be productive player at U12 when they go to these identification programs but by going calendar year it opens up a new world of competition for them. Sometimes it's the opposite affect for the kids born on later dates for this group '03 who are brought down to play with U11's.

If the identification programs are doing things by year it will eventually trickle down at some age group for the true academy clubs.

Anonymous said...

It's happening in 2016, they are not spreading rumors.

Anonymous said...

340 Send Link for proof.

Anonymous said...

East Meadow a ECNL club had there tryouts for Boy's NPL teams last week and it states right on the website the NPL boy's teams will be based on calendar year not carding or school year. So it's already starting for some clubs on the boys side it's a matter of time girls clubs follow suite. http://www.eastmeadowsoccer.com/TravelandAcademyTryouts/index_E.html

Anonymous said...

TSF starting to do it, Bergen bulldogs and some other clubs. I know TSF isn't doing the calendar yr thing for all age levels though.

Anonymous said...

Maximus in Fall....are they Arsenal? PLaying in EDP? Why no World Class? Been playing 8v8....what's the impact going to be going to 11 v 11? Has anyone left the team?

Anonymous said...

Bergen Bulldogs, who the hell are they? what leagues will these clubs play in and what will happen to tournaments in two years?
Maybe soccer nut knows who joe t?

Anonymous said...

I assume being a 2003 will be an advantage going forward, or maybe not. If they do this in fall of next year, half the 2003 girls will be going to high school and the other half will be in 8th grade, that will work out well for the kids, clubs coaches and everyone else? I have heard this is happening too, but think it will screw a lot of things up.

Anonymous said...

@858. Most states run their school year by birth year. So most girls will b the same grade which makes recruiting much easier.

Anonymous said...

The SJEB '03 East girls team is looking to add 1-2 players for the upcoming 2015/2016 Fall and Spring U12 seasons.

If interested, please contact: soccerguy092976@hotmail.com to set up an evaluation or if you have any questions.

Anonymous said...

Go post on the U11 blog not going to attract any players here.

Anonymous said...

I thought the princeton I'd camp was for 8th grade and up?

Anonymous said...

It says 7th grade and up! Whom ever goes and pays $600 bucks let us know if your daughter either going to 7th or 8th is really looked at. lol Cash Cow camp.

Anonymous said...

Which top teams are moving to NPL play next season?

I think SJEB are for sure since they have their top NPL team and then their EDP team which will play just EDP. Whatever teams are remaining in EDP will probably be weakened unless there are teams playing in both leagues.

Anonymous said...

Which NPL? North East or EDP

Anonymous said...

Actually, Looks like US Club/NPL directors just trying to keep exclusive clubs to the North East NPL.

Twelve clubs from five states comprise the league:

North Division:
•Albertson SC (N.Y.)
•Boston Breakers Academy (Mass.)
•Connecticut FC (Conn.)
•East Meadow SC (N.Y.)
•FC Stars of Mass (Mass.)
•FSA FC (Conn.)

South Division:
•Continental FC (Pa.)
•FC Bucks (Pa.)
•Match Fit Academy FC (N.J.)
•PDA (N.J.)
•Penn Fusion SA (Pa.)
•World Class FC (N.Y.)

Means all other top teams would have to compete in the EDP league of the NPL? Is that even going to be great competition for those top teams that play in that league?

Anonymous said...

Remember, for certain high level teams through USYS they have Region 1 Champions league in the Spring. There will be plenty of high level competition and other ways to earn a spot into future Region 1 National Championships ect.

Anonymous said...

Anyone from PDA - has PDA selected the next ecnl and npl teams in this age group?

Anonymous said...

Question:

Why are there no State Cup Champions listed for MA? That is just one state that I noticed. Seems like NJ has so many in Region 1.

MA teams in Region 1:
http://home.gotsoccer.com/rankings/results.aspx?Level=Regional&Gender=Girls&Age=12&Region=1&State=MA&Tier=&Search=&pos=1

Anonymous said...

Northeast NPL is only open to the ECNL clubs who created the Northeast NPL.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't worry. By doing that they are also secluding those teams from playing the highest competitive teams as well. Just hope that whichever high level team your child plays on, that they have a good coach and manager to make sure your teams are getting challenged enough if that is what you are worried about.

And regarding States with State cups, lots of states don't start State cup play until U13. So below U13 is not as much pressure with high level teams not all competing at Regions. Starting next year teams will really have to step it up because at U13 if you win Region 1 championship then you move onto Nationals. This year doesn't go anywhere and should be less pressure and less competition for those states that are in attendance.

Anonymous said...

Yes they seclude those teams but those high-mid level players on those teams will end up wanting to come over eventually if they are not getting the exposure later down the line.

Parents have different agendas all the time:
* The Parent that wants their daughter on a team that plays a lot games in leagues/tournaments
* The Parent that wants their daughter on a team with high GS winning points
* The Parent that wants their child to get exposure and finds clubs in ECNL.
* The Parent with the simple town team playing with friends.

Which parent are you and just be happy your daughter is still playing as this is the starting years where they fade and lose interest.

Anonymous said...

Northeast NPL is very low level competition at older ages. PDA shore teams, the newest PDA team, did not leave EDP to play in it. The PDA teams in it, cannot beat higher end town teams in NJ, and MF teams even worse. do your research before leaving a good town team to be a minion in the PDA or MF empire.

Anonymous said...

What happened to sj barons did many players leave already?

Anonymous said...

I heard that PDA Galaxy will be ECNL and Crew NPL at u14. Can anyone confirm?

Anonymous said...

ECNL: 1 team (Mostly Galaxy Players and call ups from Crew, Nova, Shore) Players can cross play anytime and some can be called down as well.
PDA North & South: NPL East
PDA Crew & Shore: NPL EDP

Great Model to dominate this age group for some time until other players start moving over to better club teams.

Anonymous said...

@122 what is Pda North if not Pda Crew. and do you mean NE NPL or NY NPL.

Anonymous said...

What 1:22 is referring to is options PDA has, I doubt they join NY NPL, They will align there teams according to where the competition is, now if NY NPL has strong teams they may put PDA Shore there or at least PDA Crew but looking at the older PDA teams it doesn't follow that trend. It mostly goes how 122 stated look at U14's.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the machine.

Anonymous said...

Machine. lol More like Revolving Door just keep drinking your Kool-Aid in the glass cylinder while it goes into circles because that's how things have changed in the past 5 years can only get worst the next 5 years.

Anonymous said...

10:57 that is incorrect. Northeast NPL is arguably the top NPL league in the country and by far the #2 league in NJ. PDA plays it's #2 and #3 teams in that league and right now they likely can't get the PDA shore teams in. MFA if they have a good enough #3 team they play 2 teams in that league. EDP/NPL is not as good a league. It's a good league, but clearly behind the Northeast NPL.

Anonymous said...

PDA North is the #2 team out of Zarepath, at this age PDA Crew. Little complex because the Northeast NPL has an ECNL division at U13. That division is not eligible for NPL national finals.

Anonymous said...

This is clearly all quite ridiculous. I just don't understand if a top 'town' team can compete and even beat a pre-ECNL team, why wouldn't they just play against each other in league play at U14 and beyond. All this 'exclusive' membership crap is BS regarding ECNL. I think it makes parents crazy thinking that, this is where I'm supposed to have my daughter play because it's the highest competition. Really? Highest? It really can't possibly be the highest, right? That is all under US Club soccer. What about what's under US Youth Soccer and all their leagues? They also provide 'the highest' right? I'm guessing that is the way to go or supplement the highest teams that don't belong to 'ECNL' clubs.

Does anyone know of any older teams that aren't 'ECNL' that have outplayed the ECNL teams?

Anonymous said...

It's a luxury brand. Some find value in it and want to buy it. Plenty do not.

Anonymous said...

It's very rare for ECNL teams to play non ECNL teams. That does happen occassionally in a tournament. The big one in November comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

It's not ridiculous it's smart by forming an exclusive group for its college recruitment process it helps as the one stop to watch and focus on players they are interested in. This saves an abundance of cost for universities. Soccer doesn't have the funding that basketball and football has, so coaches really are on a strict budget when it comes to recruiting. Its the girls side of the MLS DA.

I do agree that the exclusion process should not start until u15/u16 when it really matters at u13/u14 girls are still developing and learning the game so top teams should play top teams.

Anonymous said...

Call it a luxury brand if you want, but at least you know what you are buying.
All the other start up clubs are charging the same or more in many cases. Look at clubs like sta, stallions, crush, sdfc, gfa, Bulldogs - they all charge more than PDA, MF, and WC. I believe the teams in the south charge less, but everything down there is less expensive.

Anonymous said...

Some clubs charge more because some teams have players on scholars and make up the difference among the other parents that are paying. This is a way to retain top players from moving to ECNL or to another competing club team.

Anonymous said...

The high-end cubs are luxury brands and then are value options available as well. Buy what you want and can afford.

This is capitalism and if there is a product or service that can be monetized it will be. Youth sports are large business with many happy (and some unhappy) customers at different price points. It is not an easy business to succeed in but what business is? ECNL looks to be a successful model for the most part.

Anonymous said...

other clubs charge more because they offer more. Manys clubs offer 3 per week all year, others are 3 in fall, 2 in winter, spring. Some offer many tournaments, others offer 1 or 2 per season maximum. If a club is gouging or charging "too much" its to the tune of a hundred or two hundred dollars per player. It probably all comes out the same if one were to provide credits for extra or fewer sessions, tournaments.

Anonymous said...


ha ha someone posted this elsewhere, it was worth the laugn

"(insert) (ECNL) works for some for the top 1 or 2 kids per team. For the rest, they are satisfying their egos. Mom and dad can tell all their facebook buddies that Little Mia plays in a special league. They flew at a cost of $3000.00 to Colorado or California to play a handful of matches. School work was put on hold for these life altering critical matchups. 30 college coaches prowled the sidelines and despite the player profile brochures and cdroms unfortunately their eyes only really fell on the top 2 or 3 standouts. Later, we got a letter saying that our standardized testing results weren't high enough. How unfair!!! Here we prioritized soccer above schoolwork, family, friends, and they are telling me that my Little Mia should have spent more time studying? Are we looking for soccer studs or rocket scientists? Its impossible to study when traveling 6 hours round trip for league league games, and I need a good 45 minutes to talk to Mia and prepare her for the game, to remind her how winning is important, but personal statistics are more important. Its a heart warming conversation, one that bonds me to my daughter.

When she chose her college, she did though pass on a few schools which offered her like $2300 in financial aid helping to offset the $40,000 per year in tuition. Every dollar counts. I'm a doctor and investing is not my strong suit. But i saved like $15000 in tuition over the next 4 years with those scholarship monies. I got awesome bumper stickers for my car. One says "We got D1, what you got?!" She's hoping that by her junior year she gets off the bench. Her mom cares about her grades, but she's out of her mind. Grades are short lived. Everyone says school is not important. I'm really just fine if she lives in my basement for another decade or two while she works as a soccer trainer for the local club earning $24000 per year. I love her and she loves soccer and thats all that matters. "

Anonymous said...

So I guess PDA/MF are the BMW's/Lexus of this world and NJ RUSH is Chevy. lol
I guess I have my daughter in a cheap Chrysler. Come on people Luxury brand now you parents are talking insane. These clubs are all institutional programs at different prices and products.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to be ECNL to be recruited to the college ranks, as long as your team goes to showcases so you can be seen.

CASL 2014 College Coach List
http://soccer.sincsports.com/TTCollegeList.aspx?tid=CASL3&tab=4&sub=4&sYear=2014&Sex=F

PDA NJ 2015 College Coach List
http://www.pdasoccer.org/tournaments/pdagirlscollegeshowcase/523293.html

WAGS 2014 College Coach List
http://events.gotsport.com/events/collegecoaches.aspx?EventID=36311

ECNL Sanford 2014 College Coach List
https://ecnl.wufoo.com/reports/scout-attendance-201415-ecnlfl-/

Disney 2014 College Coach List
http://events.gotsport.com/events/collegecoaches.aspx?EventID=38493

But if you look at WHICH college coaches are attending WHAT tournaments, you see a lot more D2, D3 and NAIA at the non-ECNL events.

Just sayin'


Anonymous said...

"Different prices and products", sounds like BMW vs. Honda to me. It's all good. Both can you get you where you want to go albeit in a slightly different style.

Anonymous said...

There are over 8000 soccer clubs in the U.S.

77 of those clubs are in the ECNL - and send - what? - 50% of its players to the D1 ranks?

That means the other 50% of D1 players are coming from somewhere between - A GOOD GUESS - 3000-7000 clubs that have girls soccer at the U15-U17 range.

77 vs 3000? No brainer.

Anonymous said...

What is a no brainer? your post seems to imply that D1 soccer is the undisputed prize sought by the players in these 8000 soccer clubs.

Anonymous said...

There is a limited universe of players with the money, time, talent, motivation, resilience and drive to try to compete in high level soccer. For them a high end team/club makes sense. For the players lacking one or more of those criteria, it would not be a good fit.

Anonymous said...

6:24 you are clearly drunk on koolaid. go check out how the U15 PDA teams did at State Cup this spring against local teams, then go check how u15 and U16 did at their own showcase tourney a few weeks ago playing against non ecnl clubs (playing with PDA ECNL players no less). Then go to got soccer, click on any of the PDA or MF NE NPL teams, and see how they've done over the past 12 months playing any tournies outside of their secluded league. Then please report back. :)

Anonymous said...

If a kid is a GREAT soccer player, a scout will find her/him.

For those that are very good but not a 'great one', the additional exposure of an elite league can get you opportunities that otherwise would be unattainable.

If you want to hunt tornadoes, probably best to start in Oklahoma.

Anonymous said...

I was going to send my daughter to join Crew or the WC. We attended Crew tryouts. After doing a little research I saw that both teams are ranked pretty high in NJ. Then when I looked to see who they were playing, I was a little confused. I get Crew is the B team but why do they play local town teams? Do all B PDA teams play only local town teams? WC was doing the same as well as playing PDA Crew.
PDA and WC are claiming to be a more competitive environment and charging as such. The rosters are very big. After what I am seeing I am not so sure. PDA also said they would get the girls to play with Galaxy. Is that even possible when they already have a high number of girls on the roster? Can someone please share your thoughts on this.
Not looking to bash either of these clubs just want to know what I am getting into.

Anonymous said...

429 Walk Away better yet Run Away! lol

Anonymous said...


The Crew is U12, who do you want them to play? The majority of the teams are still town based. You can only play the teams in your league and the tourneys you play in.

Anonymous said...

Face it Crew is PDA's 3rd or 4th team for now. It goes Galaxy, Nova(Getting Stronger), Shore, Crew.

Next Year's possible PDA format:
Pre-ECNL Team (PDA Galaxy - Call Ups and move downs from NPL North, South, Shore)
NPL North(Crew) & South(Nova)
EDP NPL(Shore)

I hope that clarifies the possible format for PDA, but it's subject to change depending on the competition landscape of where Non-ECNL clubs join. EDP NPL has high quality teams as well like SDFC, SJEB, NJ Rush, Rage/Rush, TSF.

Anonymous said...

Aren't PDA Galaxy and Crew in the same EDP bracket so therefore playing the same teams?

Anonymous said...

@429 not sure what league you are talking about, but Crew plays the same teams as Galaxy. Also they play ECNL festivals at this age and play other ECNL clubs. These events are not on GS and closed out to outside clubs.
PDA crew used to play JAGS which had a lot of town teams, but not anymore.

Anonymous said...

429, WC is a New York club, so not sure where you saw this ranking being so high in nj. All your info on crew is wrong too.
They play in a 1st division edp central and are doing well, beating most other premier clubs. As for price, all these clubs charge about the same and have same roster size if they can get the players. By the way, you need to tryout for teams, you can't just put them on a team. Sounds like a like town team is more your style.

Anonymous said...

5:09 - You are wrong about PDA Crew! Go look at the EDP bracket, they are parallel to Galaxy. Where are you getting your information from? Nova not doing well in their bracket Division South. I think you are misinformed. More like Nova being the 3rd or 4th team.

Anonymous said...

Looking at edp site - PDA crew has only lost to CH in league, which in my opinion is number three in state. Can someone give PDA credit for something.

I get it, everyone hates them because they are PDA, but this second team looks to be doing very well and that's cool to see.

Anonymous said...

9 posts from Crew folks. i guess we know they are trolling about.

Anonymous said...

@7:16
OP said,"I was going to send my daughter to join Crew or the WC. We attended Crew tryouts."
I don't see how you can assume town team is more their style? It's obvious they were asked to join both teams, or they would not be asking this question what they will be getting into. We don't even know what club they are coming from. Therefore, your town team comment is a very stupid assumption. Let me make an assumption of my own. Your from MF. The elitist club of all, with a roster of all town kids on the team who feel your above everyone else!
OP I would go with PDA. Like someone said above you can only play in the B bracket. The training is far above and PDA has a proven themselves. Just my humble opinion.

Anonymous said...

If you join any ecnl b-d team, understand what you are getting into. Check out where the older ages b-d teams play, what brackets in what tournies, which scouts came to watch the PDA Fla event for the b-d teams. Then check out the top NPL teams in this Region, and fo the same research. Scouts have limited days to recruit, and they will go watch players playing against the best teams in each region. That typically is not the ecnl clubs b-d teams, although their could be a rare exception.

You cannot go the records or rankings of u12 play. It completely changes by U15-U17. Top players go to whatever team can get them the best exposure. To get into the top bracket of national tournaments, your team needs to be ranked very high regionally. That's very rare for a b-d team.

Anonymous said...

Great article about ECNL's impact on USNT youth teams. If you follow the USNT youth teams U15 to U20 as much as my daughter and I do this is very interesting.

http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/ecnl-era-fast-approaching-for-uswnt_aid36606?utm_source=TopDrawerSoccer+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d7c6e576f0-General_6_3_156_3_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8340315a79-d7c6e576f0-31353657

Anonymous said...

Quite interesting that as the article is applauding the ECNL, there is an article on the right side of the page with the headline "U20 WNT schooled in opening loss to Japan" a team that would have a by and large ECNL populated team.


http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer-articles/u20-wnt-loses-to-japan-in-ntc-opener_aid36611

Anonymous said...

The rest of the world is catching up to Women's soccer, just like it has in other sports.

The WNT go in cycles for each age group, so each Youth Team for WNT can vary in style and play if you read the article it states a specific style was put in place for the U20's. Maybe it works maybe it doesn't but at U23 and below that's when you test the waters. It is common trend that ECNL clubs are filling up the national pool more and more but there are still alternatives like US Youth ODP and US Club ID2 programs and I'm sure they will continue to make adjustments to help feed the National Pool as well. At least there are more options now and more opportunities, and if you look at the latest camp of U15's headed to Portland their are 4 born in the year of '02 that were in invited, so that's interesting they are possibly already looking as far down as U12 players.

Anonymous said...

02 are really 13 year old age group for natl team, they go by age year. This is one reason for the change next year to age group.
I'm sure 80 percent of the top girls at u12 this year are 02's and they will all be forced to move up a year starting next fall and be playing so called u14.

Anonymous said...

459 Do you mean U15 Next fall as many of u13's now will be entering U14 this fall. Where and whom will be going by Age Year next fall. That will be a big change in the landscape of every club.

Anonymous said...

The puff piece seems to be indicating that US soccer has largely abdicated its mission to identify the best youth players to the ECNL. I guess great for the ECNL but not so great for US soccer.

Anyone with a child playing ECNL sees that the league is chock full of well off suburban players with little if any representation from other groups. No doubt there are some talented players, but not representative of all this county has to offer.

Anonymous said...

I think everyone in the know - knows they are going calendar year next year, starting fall season.
Big changes, but most of the older u12 girls will be going to high scholl anyway.

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