Independently, our clubs - Alpine Strikers FC and Stanford Soccer Club - have distinguished histories, developing thousands of young soccer players and serving our local communities. Together, our combined resources will allow us to offer dynamic best-in-class programs for the most competitive players as well as those who are just beginning their sports journey. In a youth sports landscape that often emphasizes winning above all else, we pledge to offer unsurpassed player-first development that is equally focused on providing a positive environment where life lessons are emphasized and life-long friendships are developed.
Our new name, Stanford Strikers FC, represents decades of experience in our local communities and a combined synergy where the new whole will be greater than the sum of our former individual clubs. Our new club crest shows the shadow of the Phoenix rises from the combined history of our two former clubs. The mythical bird is used as a symbol for new beginnings, hope and positivity. The color gold in our crest represents the optimism of our home state of California while the red and black proudly display the legacy of our founding clubs.
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for boys and girls with ages ranging from U8 to U19 at all levels of play including local, regional and national competition.
Coaches who will be selected and trained for both coaching expertise and a coaching philosophy emphasizing a player-first approach, supporting the development of both the player and the person.
A robust, age-appropriate and fun program for our youngest players, 3-6 year olds, in neighborhood settings.
A commitment to generating resources to allow for club participation for families of all financial means.
A family-friendly experience with opportunities to support players, teams and our club.
For many years our present clubs have collaborated with some of our age groups to provide the best opportunities for players in our area to participate and develop. For practical purposes all of our club infrastructure, board, administrative team, coaches and players will merge this spring. In most cases players and parents will first experience this change at fall team tryouts which take place in May of 2023. You will begin seeing a gradual rollout starting with registration for summer programs and tryouts.
Our combined clubs total approximately one thousand players and we plan to offer high quality programs for boys and girls from U8 to U19 and a robust Pre-competitive program in local neighborhoods for 3-6 year olds.
Every year NorCal identifies a tryout window (May/June) when all players are allowed to tryout for any club without restriction. Our philosophy is that the team has its best experience when the players are playing with and against players of similar levels of ability and commitment at that particular segment of time. So, though large scale changes in rosters are rare, we do see some roster movement and encourage new players to join us for tryouts.
Our new club will have over 70 competitive teams in the fall of 2023. We are proud of our combined coaching staff and hope and expect to retain virtually all of them and add some outstanding new coaches as we grow . We always make a concerted effort to match coaches who have experience and expertise with teams in particular age groups. So, there will always be some coaching changes. But we are not anticipating a major shake-up for the fall season. We will announce coaching assignments prior to tryouts in May.
For our youngest players we will try to keep the teams located as close to their hometowns as often as possible, some oriented to the south in Palo Alto and others oriented to the north in Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside. As players get older (U11-U19 teams), some of our most competitive players will form combined teams including players from throughout our combined communities that may practice and play at fields throughout the area.
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Capelli Sport. They will be our exclusive provider for uniforms, practice outfits, team equipment, coaches gear and spirit wear for players, families and fans. All of our teams will be outfitted in Capelli for the fall 2023 season. More information on how to order uniforms and practice gear will be shared later this spring with orders due in June for a July arrival at your doorstep!
Generally, our fees will stay in line with the past few years with some moderate increases for inflation in order to keep our programs at a top level and maintain our outstanding coaching staff. As in the past we will work hard to support families who need financial aid to make sure kids have the opportunity to play.