37 State Championships and dozens of nationally ranked teams doesn’t tell half the story. At the Connecticut Football Club, we have never made winning our focus. Our steadfast belief is that if you combine quality coaching, the best facilities, and a loyal and hard working player and parent base, the success will follow. With 15 current and former college coaches on staff, and 10 Olympic Development coaches including the Girls ODP Program Director, our staff compares favorably with any staff in the country. We have access to state-of-the-art stadiums at Yale University and the University of Bridgeport, along with the CFC Arena in Hamden, which enables us to offer year round training, without ever having to worry about having a practice cancelled. Our administrative structure also assures that no player falls through the cracks. We offer multiple teams in each age group so that players of all ability and commitment levels have a home. The reason for that is simple. Players develop differently, and on more than one occasion, we have a seen a player who struggled as a 12 year old, combine hard work, along with the guidance of a coach to become a top player on one of our United teams—the highest youth tier within the club.
Our players leave for college well-prepared, having been exposed to a number of different coaching styles and systems of play, recognizing that there is not just one way to play the “beautiful game”. Focus is on the overall player from Day 1, as we provide extra days of training in our many academies, introduction to different systems of play, and strengthening individual skills in a team setting. When the time comes for college, our staff not only has contacts at all of the top local colleges in-state, but on a national level as well. Our players have gone on to play for National Championships, in College Cup Final Fours, as well as for some of the top academic universities in the country. CFC alums have played and currently play for Notre Dame, Boston College, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Providence, Villanova, UConn, West Virginia, Rutgers, Georgetown, as well as Yale, Penn, Dartmouth, Brown, Wesleyan and Trinity to name a few. In many instances, they have received scholarship offers worth more than $150,000. Others have used a combination of strong academics with soccer to gain acceptance to the schools of their dreams.
Having said all of that, we recognize that there is always room for improvement, and we are constantly striving to stay ahead of the curve. With that in mind, we would like to announce some exciting additions, improvements, and changes to our program for the coming year.
We would like to welcome the Samba, TTP program into the CFC family, as they bring an excellent staff and success on and off the field, joining what has developed into a strong group of CFC boys’ teams. This spring, the first CFC United boys training sessions have begun, bringing together the top players from throughout the club for an additional day of training each week. The fall will see the beginning of the CFC Arsenal boys’ academy for ages U9-U12, with full teams forming in 2012. 2012 will also see the first United boys team hit the ground.
The girls program will be adding another branch to its’ impressive stable of teams, adding the top-notch coaching staff from Soccer Extreme to coach and run the branch. CFC Extreme will be based out of Immaculate High School in Danbury during the fall and spring, and the Connecticut Sports Complex in New Milford and NYA in Newtown during the winter months. Extreme players U14 and up will have the opportunity to tryout for the CFC United program, which participates in the ECNL, and is based out of Waterbury and New Haven, or stay even closer to home in the Danbury/Brookfield corridor. Some joint training opportunities with the nearby Gunners and Arsenal branches will also be possible, and the affiliation with CFC and Adidas will help the teams gain admittance to some of the best regional tournaments on the east coast. Tryouts will be held in June. To register, please visit the tryout link under the Girls Program on our website. www.connecticutfootballclub.com
UNITED ECNL PROGRAM
Some big plans are in the works for the CFC United ECNL teams in 2012. As the league expands to include 60 of the top clubs from around the nation, the schedule will expand to 27 games with a 14 game home and away conference schedule, along with 9 games at showcase events in Orlando, FL (late December), Texas (early April), PDA in North New Jersey (Memorial Day Weekend), and 4 inter-conference games with the Mid-Atlantic conference. The season will conclude with a World Cup style National Tournament held over the last week in June. To best prepare the kids for the schedule and for college, CFC will be adding a third day of training for its’ ECNL teams, along with an optional 4th day that will be position specific, run by some of the top college coaches in the area. Mixed into this year round program will be specialized fitness and agility training, play dates including all of the teams throughout the winter, and scheduled time off, so players can remain at their best, peaking at the appropriate times.
CFC and Post University have joined forces on a new turf stadium project that will be ready for play this coming fall. The NCAA regulation 120 x 75 yard state-of-the-art facility will be the home of the CFC Passion WPSL team, as well many of the youth teams in the club on game days. The CFC Gunners branch, as well as the CFC United branch will also use it for training during the week. With the addition of the field at Post, CFC now has access to four of the nicest turf stadiums in the state at Yale, Bridgeport, Post and Immaculate High School.
The club is also in negotiations to add additional indoor facilities in the north as well as lower Fairfield County for its’ winter training program.
STATE CUP, LEAGUES, TOURNAMENTS AND ACADEMIES
With the expansion of the ECNL schedule, the United teams will no longer be entering the Connecticut State Cup or Region I Leagues in the U15 and U16 age groups. That will provide for some great opportunities and exposure for the other CFC branch teams.
The club will form showcase teams from all branches of the club and send them to some of the top college showcase tournaments in the country (NEWSS, Disney, Raleigh, PDA). They will continue to play with their branch teams for league and state cup. CFC is committed to providing a great experience for ALL players in the club.
Now entering its’ 4th season, the CFC Elite Academy, which is comprised of many of the top players in the United branch (U15-U17), will train once a week throughout the winter and enter the U17 State Cup as a team. It is a wonderful opportunity for the younger players to learn and improve by playing with the older ones, and for the younger ones to take on leadership and mentor roles in the club.
CFC PASSION AND CFC U20 PROGRAMS
Now entering their 4th seasons, the CFC Passion and U20 programs represent the top of the CFC Pyramid. Both teams play in their respective divisions of the WPSL and provide places to play for former CFC youth players. Both teams are nearly 100% comprised of players that came up through our program, along with a few current U17 and U18 players that are called up from time to time to gain valuable experience. The Passion’s season kicks off Saturday, June 4th at the University of Bridgeport’s Soccer Stadium against the New York Athletic Club. Kickoff is at 7:00pm and admission is FREE. The entire schedule can be found on the Passion team page on our website.
As always, we thank you for your support and dedication. The players and families are the people that have helped make this club one of the top full-service soccer clubs for boys and girls in the country. It’s a CFC Nation!