This is the next step in a player's soccer journey after participation in rec soccer. It is considered competitive play and is for players who have the desire to advance their skills. Challenge soccer begins at the U09 age level and goes up to U19 (8 to 18 years old) for youth. Try outs are required for this level of play and are usually held in May, after state cup finals have completed. Once a player is chosen for a Challenge team they can expect to have 2 practices a week that last anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours depending on the age group.
Travel is more prevalent at this level as you will travel to surrounding organizations to play against other Challenge level teams. However, travel is usually limited to being within a smaller area or region of the state. Games are often played on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Sunday games, while scheduled for the afternoon, may require you to leave before noon to allow for travel time. Each team plays in tournaments each season. The usual number of tournaments is between 2 and 4, but can be more than 4 based on the coach's wishes and the team's needs.
In Challenge soccer there is NOT a guaranteed playing time. Players must earn their time to play on the field during games by attending all practices (unless otherwise arranged with the coach), being on time to practice, paying attention to the coach, showing the desire to be there and showing the passion to learn more about the game while still having fun.
**These are anticipated teams and are subject to change**
This is the highest level of soccer. Within the Classic level there are 3 divisions, 2nd division (entry level Classic), 1st division (mid-level Classic) and premier (highest level of Classic). This level is for players that wish to play at the highest level for youth soccer, are ready for extremely competitive soccer and will be dedicated to the increased time that it involves. Travel for this level is statewide for seasonal games, but still played within regions that are larger than at the Challenge level. Players should expect to practice 2-3 times per week that last anywhere from 2-3 hours and games are generally on Saturdays, but some can be played on Sundays. Tournament entries do increase to anywhere from 6-8 per year (3-4 per season) and can be out of state, which requires multiple overnight stays. Once again there is no guaranteed playing time at this level. It is even more geared toward being a responsible, respectful player who shows more desire to play and of course the talent and skills to compete.
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