The Football Club Alliance, the Futbol Club Ripley, the Soccer Vision Academy, and the Xcel Futbol Club continue to collaborate for the benefit of the region’s competitive soccer players; forming a 1,000+ member regional soccer Alliance. Through the member Clubs and through a regional presence, the Alliance significantly broadens the development and game opportunities for their players; far beyond what can be achieved separately.
Our region’s competitive soccer experience has been dominated by locally prevalent soccer clubs fielding local squads and offering solid classic-level play. Though sometimes spotty in terms of numbers at a particular age, successful squads hold together over years of travel play and many players benefit from the experience. The alliance builds upon and, where necessary, stabilizes these local classic travel squads where they are. Indeed, with a player pool of 1,000+, the alliance is able to assure players at all age levels access to the right place to train and to play this beautiful game.
It is the Alliance’s ability to build upon the local club structure which offers real promise for our region. Though Nationally-relevant elite teams may emerge from time to time in one club or another, because of the region’s demographics, it has been difficult for local clubs to consistently offer playing opportunities for athletes at that level. This is no longer the case for Alliance athletes. Like no other single club in the region, the alliance collaboration is able to draw upon the region’s best and field teams at the Regional tournament level, for example, which can make a name for itself.
Going forward, the alliance offers players in each member club opportunities to broaden their experience through friendlies, exposure to cross-training, and playing opportunities between the member clubs. The Alliance is working to remove administrative barriers which interfere with player training opportunities.
The XFC has experienced tremendous growth recently. For the 2018-2019 season, XFC players can expect to enjoy their local teams. We look forward to tournament schedules and training comparable to the last couple of years as well. However, new opportunities will be available. The XFC is working this coming season to build player-level relationships through increased friendly and training opportunities within the Alliance. The XFC also is working to make guest playing more seamless for our players and teams. If you are able to commit to your local squad and these additional opportunities, players should consider their level of interest in participating with a fellow Alliance member’s team. The member Clubs have already begun reaching out to each other for players who are interested in broadening their game involvement. You may also be invited to add an elite training or game opportunity to the mix this year. We are very excited about the potential of this Alliance and look forward to growing your athlete together as we develop the Alliance programs.