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Competitive Soccer vs. Recreational Soccer

How to decide what is right for your child and your family

One of the most frequently asked questions is "What is competitive" (or select/club) soccer and how is it different than recreational soccer? 

Recreational Soccer
There is no selection/tryout process.  Skill evaluations may be held to form teams in a fair and balanced method.  All players who register are assigned to a team as long as space is available on team rosters.  There is usually a one time registration fee.

Players benefit from the opportunity for social interaction with other players their own age and physical fitness aspects of the game while also developing better soccer skills.

All games are usually held at the same, local location every weekend for 6-8 weeks.  Typically, coaches are parent volunteers.

Competitive Soccer
Tryouts are held to identify players on the basis of talent and ability.  Players selected for CAC teams are committing to their team for one seasonal year (August 1 - May 31 of the following year).  Additionally, players selected for CAC are also financially committing to their team for one seasonal year.  Teams play a district-wide schedule which requires travel and commitment.

The seasonal year begins with games in the Pima County Junior Soccer League (PCJSL) with games in Tucson. Teams will also compete in several tournaments held throughout the season.

All coaches are licensed, not volunteers.

How do I know what's right for my child and my family?

Before committing to a competitive soccer team, you should evaluate several things about your child and your lifestyle:

-Am I, the parent, willing to make the financial commitment of the club fees and travel expenses for a seasonal year?

-Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to two practices per week during the season?  CAC competitive teams typically practice from the beginning of August through mid-December, and mid-January to the end of May.

-Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to games on the weekend, out of town games which could require extensive travel?

-Am I, the parent, willing to allow my child to play some games on Sunday or even during a weeknight in the event of a reschedule?

-Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to play-off games if their team advances requiring additional travel expenses? 

-Does my child have time in their schedule?  Can he/she balance school, homework, school sports, and/or other extra curricular activities to commit to a competitive team?

-Does my child want to play soccer competitively for a year rather than only 6-8 weeks as in a recreational program?


If you answered "yes" to the questions above, then Coronado Athletic Club Soccer is right for you!