ORIGINALLY FORMED IN 2005, SAN ANTONIO UNITED SOCCER CLUB HAS CONTINUED TO GROW AND EXPAND ITS REACH ACROSS SOUTH TEXAS
With a simple mission statement and focus, we have continued to maintain our club philosophy and ethos throughout our 15 years of existence. Even in tough economical circumstances we continue to provide all of our members multiple pathways to continue their children's soccer education.
Formed in 2005 by the original club founder Jay Sparrow, our focus and goal was set from the very beginning. To provide quality coaching, a methodology, a philosophy and a high level of soccer in the San Antonio area. Being one of the very first clubs in San Antonio to start coaching soccer at a competitive level, we offered players a route into a more competitive mindset, either working their way up through our Academy or being of age to jump straight into our competitive teams.
Over the coming years the club expanded dramatically, moving from the STAR Soccer Complex into our own purpose-built, dedicated Sportsplex. Winning numerous championships, tournaments and having multiple players sign professional contracts, has been fantastic for our members and a club as a whole.
We strive to push the evolution of the game, introducing new ideas and new methods, while always evolving the mindset and education of our athletes.
The mission of our club is to provide a quality, safe and fun learning environment for all young players by employing only the best professional and dedicated coaches that are role models and display sound leadership skills. Our club focus is to be the best grass roots soccer club, offering programs for all players that want to learn, grow and develop a love for the game of soccer. Using our core values of leadership, integrity, growth, respect, character, confidence, hard work and excellence, we provide a creative environment that will instill a lifelong passion fo the game.
We embed values into our young soccer players with a quality and safe learning environment, where they can train, learn and have fun playing the game. We strive to provide dedicated professional and educated coaches who will instill a love of soccer in our players, while helping them understand and gain knowledge about all aspects of the game. We strive to provide a creative learning environment; where we will develop good people and soccer players, who using our core values, can translate these into life lessons to enhance a relationship with their community.
OUR CORE VALUES
Maintaining our philosophy and core values throughout our athletes development and education.
Tradition - A commitment to honoring our traditions of doing the right thing by our members and providing everyone involved in the club, exceptional service through all of our programs.
Community - A commitment to giving back to our community. Over the past decade we have held our United for Hope tournament, dedicated to supporting our local charities, giving 100% of all proceeds to our chosen charity for that year.
Family - A commitment to taking care of our families and creating an environment that makes everyone feel cared for, welcome and looked after.
Player development - A commitment to developing EVERY player, regardless of age and level of play. To provide a platform for everyone and help teach life lessons through the game (sportsmanship, competition, respect, work ethic).
SA UNITED OFFERS PLAYERS OF ALL LEVELS, BACKGROUNDS AND ABILITY, DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES
With soccer programs available for players from U4 to U19 years old, we provide professional coaching throughout the club to everyone. With opportunities to play at higher levels for all players and movement up from all age groups, our programs offer the most diverse options in South Texas for soccer players to develop and learn.
The programs themselves consist of our very youngest players involved and educated in our Rising Stars program (U4-U7), up to our Senior developmental program (U14-U19), with our Academy (U8-U10), Juniors (U10-U13) and our newly introduced Recreational program open for ages U7-U18 if you want a non-competitive introduction to the game.
Our Rising Stars program aims to create a fun, friendly, and challenging environment that helps develop creative young soccer players, and instills a passion for and love of the game of soccer.
We give U4 (born Jan - June of 2014) - U7 (born 2011) year old soccer players the opportunity to continue participating in local recreational leagues (NEYSO, SAYSAT, YMCA, i9) while having the advantage of supplemental, technical training provided by SA United developmental coaches.
From U7 to U10, our players work through a 4v4 and 7v7 training curriculum to prepare them for the move into U11 competitive 9v9 soccer. Written player evaluations are provided every Fall and Spring season. Game days are typically Saturday, with all Academy teams playing at one location as an entire program.
Our goal is to develop players as decision-making individuals and form competitive teams who can enjoy both success and challenging environments on and off the field.
As part of enriching our players cultural experience, our Junior players will also have the opportunities to play abroad in Europe, by utilizing our partnerships with FCN and Travel and Play. Teams from U13 and U14 travel to Denmark and Sweden every year, to spend time with a professional Danish La Liga Club, FCN, before playing at the world's largest youth sporting event, the Gothia Cup.
After coming through the SA United developmental journey, players moving into the Senior program now begin to learn about our competition phase and college recruitment process.
Players will be supported by a full time Program Director who has extensive knowledge of the college game, and who will guide them through the necessary steps as they begin to think about studying and playing at college.
Our program provides a fun, creative and non-stressful place to develop not only soccer players, but responsible young men and women.
Players will; have the chance to be part of a team and learn how to become an effective teammate, strive to do the best they can while always giving 100% effort, learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle, learn about all aspects of the game, including how to play under pressure and utilize space, learn about tactical decision making, and how to deal with the chaos and ever-changing moments that soccer presents, work from a proven and age appropriate curriculum.
THE EVOLUTION OF OUR IDENTITY AND THE GOLD AND BLACK OF OUR UNIFORM OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS
We are a club based in San Antonio, South Texas, so why the gold and black club colors you might ask, well, it's a funny story really...
When Jay Sparrow originally founded our club in 2005, the choice of colors that were to represent us and our values was of extreme importance, we didn't want to just blend in with the blues, whites and reds of many other teams around us, we wanted something more striking, something more visibly exciting for our athletes and members to proudly wear, and for other clubs to instantly recognize. And that is where the gold and black came in.
The actual colors came from a very famous British TV show. It was felt that the gold and black complimented each other very well and that they would stand out from the normal group of colors in that area, something to make the players and our members proud to wear. The gold and black are a signal of strength and respect, something of which our club strives to be known for on and off the field.
Our first every jersey included our club name and a black logo, due to printing restrictions we couldn't mass produce the original color version so we had to make do with these amended colors. We also had a different original sponsor that later changed to our current sponsor, adidas.
updated club crest
our only black
and white crest
The original SA United jersey with pressed crest
Our latest iteration of our home and away uniform jersey. We aimed for a more vibrant color scheme that was bold and modern to the eye, while making the material lightweight, using the latest adidas climacool technology. Probably our favorite uniform to date.
WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD OF BEING THE ONLY SOCCER CLUB TO TO GIVE BACK TO A CHOSEN CHARITY IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Our yearly charity tournament has been running consecutively for the past 9 years. With a mind blowing number raised for various local charities, we continue to strive to give back more and more each year. It is very important to us that our club is closely involved in our community and that we contribute to its growth and charities that need help.
The United For Hope Tournament was founded in February 2011. The goal of the tournament was to create a unique annual event where the soccer community would be offered the opportunity to come together to achieve a common goal 'To Give Back'.
Youth Soccer tournaments have the financial potential to give back to the community that has welcomed our business and helped us grow into the club we are today. Each year we select a local charity to receive a donation of proceeds from the event.
When the tournament was first played back in 2011, we set a lofty target of raising one million dollars for local charities over the lifetime of the tournament. Each year we take a step towards this goal. Thank you for your support.
DETAILS OF CHARITIES WE HAVE GIVEN BACK TO
We are very honored to have contributed to these selected charities.
2021, Nico's Dream - We are again supporting Nico's Dream this coming year. We wanted to give more to a great cause and didn't think twice about supporting this charity again.
2020, Nico's Dream - A charity dedicated to ending childhood cancers by advancing pediatric cancer research, building community awareness, and supporting childhood cancer efforts.
2019, Roy Mass Youth Alternatives - A charity that has been committed to caring for children in family crisis since 1976. Unfortunately this tournament was rained out, but we still had members who wanted to give back.
2018, St. Judes Ranch for Children - A charity that provides hope and restoration for children who have been affected by trauma, abuse and neglect.
2017, Kinetic Kids - A charity that helps children with special needs achieve their athletic dreams.
2016, American Diabetes Association of San Antonio - An organization that is on a mission to prevent and cure Diabetes.
2015, Children's Shelter of San Antonio - A non-profit organization that provides children who have suffered neglect, abuse or abandonment in San Antonio and Bexar County.
2014, American Heart Association of San Antonio - Is an organization that helps San Antonians keep their loved ones and community safe from heart disease and stroke.
2013, The Boot Campaign - A charity that provides life-improving programs for veterans and military families nationwide.
2012, Morgans Wonderland - An amusement park created for children with special needs, Unfortunately the tournament was rained out, but many of the teams still donated to this great cause.
2011, Haven for Hope - An organization that provides shelter and hope for homelessness in San Antonio.
WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR SPONSORS AND DONATORS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO OUR CLUB
If you wish to become a sponsor, partner or would like to donate to our club, then we have packages to suit your needs. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.
When sponsoring, partnering or donating to our club, you are giving our players and our community's children a way to really express themselves and push them forward in life.
There are numerous benefits when we endorse our partners both on and off the field, information through our ever expanding social media platforms for instance is a great way to spread the word and advertise what you do and what you represent.
We have high visibility at our events, including league games for all teams playing at home, allowing a vast amount of exposure to your brand.
Partners and sponsors also have priority over tents, kiosks and food trucks at our events, and if you're looking for a more hands-off approach, we can more than cater to your needs.
The partnerships, sponsorships and donations that we receive will continue to improve our programs, our club facilities and the overall benefit of all current and future SA United players and families.
PROUD PARTNERS AND SPONSORS OF OUR CLUB
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We are extremely proud and honored to have fantastic partners, sponsors and a wonderful member base. We are always looking to expand these areas and give opportunities for anyone who would like to contribute to SA United and our members.