TRAINING TO COMPETE
Developing intelligent, competitive, confident players
Learning how to compete as a team, developing as an individual, enjoying the pursuit of excellence.
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. The SA United Player Pathway defines success as developing skillful, intelligent players who exhibit confident personalities and positive characteristics in all pressured situations. Long-term player development is valued over a focus on short-term team wins.
Teaching through an enjoyable and challenging training environment, players grow and prepare for 11v11 soccer and future competition at Senior levels.
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.
In my teams, striker is the first defender and goalkeeper is the first defender
- Johan Cruyff -
See what some of our members have to say
Parent / Junior Program
Both our son and daughter play for SA United. The coaches are invested in them not only as athletes but also people. Encouraging, supportive and influential in the development of both technical skill and character growth. We love that they hold them accountable and teach them valuable life lessons through the sport.
Parent / Junior Program
Our two daughters have been with SA United since 2004. We love the club, coaching staff and parents. SA United has provided great opportunities and experiences for our daughters. The coaches we have had have been phenomenal and genuinely care about the level of development of each player.
Parent / Junior Program
As a military family, we have moved around every 2-3 years. My daughter Krista play rec soccer for years before we finally signed her up to SA United. Her coach was able to see the potential in her and shared her enthusiasm. She has improved tremendously since the transition to the club, we only wish we had done it earlier.
Teaching an intelligent, balanced, passing playing style
An individual player and person-centered environment offering competitive soccer team training and leagues throughout the fall and spring seasons.
Our Junior teams aim to play a fast-paced, technical game, based on finding and creating space, taking risks and enjoying the excitement of playing soccer. Junior players will exhibit; intelligent play balancing 1v1 and the passing game; an understanding of the importance of space, and; challenge themselves to try new ideas. Players are selected by tryouts and register for a full year. Teams will train twice or three times per week, play weekend league matches and pre-/post-season tournaments.
Coaching staff are responsible for planning and delivering coaching sessions and coaching all games throughout the season. Players will continue to learn more than one position on the field, and all players will receive 50% playtime from U11-U13 levels only. Players and parents are encourages to have an open dialogue with their coach, and they will receive two annual player reviews, one written and one face-to-face meeting each year, to review performance, set goals and work toward individual improvement.
If you train badly, you play badly. If you work like a beast, you play like a beast
- Pep Guardiola -
Info on the program, its format, training times and location
League brackets record wins, losses and ties. Home and away games may include travel inside and outside of San Antonio. Rosters are selected at tryouts and players signed on 12 month contracts.
U11 and U12 teams play a 9v9 format with 30 minute halves.
U13 and U14 teams play a 11v11 format with 35 or 40 minute halves depending on competition.
Player equipment: Players at U11 and U12 use a size 4 soccer ball. Players at U13 and U14 use a size 5 soccer ball.
Shin guards, cleats and team uniform required for all games.
Field dimensions: 9v9 - 70-80 yards x 45-55 yards. 11v11 - 100-130 yards x 50-100 yards.
Commitment fee: $250 (non-refundable)
Field usage fee: $300 total ($150 in the Fall and $150 in the Spring)
Payment plans for Monthly training dues:
Pay in full
2 monthly payments (initial $250, then 2 monthly payments of $872.50)
6 monthly payments (initial $250, then 6 monthly payments of $240.84 plus an additional $150 added to payment #2 and payment #4)
11 monthly payments (initial $250, then 11 monthly payments of $131.37 plus an additional $150 added to payment #4 and #8)
Items not covered:
Tournament fees - $175 (U11-U14) and $225 (U15-U19) paid in the Fall and again in the Spring to the team manager
Cost of uniform - $175 (2020-2022)
Coach's travel expenses - Varies depending on game schedule (will include gas expense and could include hotel, food stipend, airline ticket, rental car)
$150 extra for 3rd night training session (elite level teams)
Junior competitive team tryouts are held in May each year. If you wish to join the club during the remainder of the year please contact the program director to arrange a tryout. We will invite your child out for a free training session to experience the soccer club and assess your child's ability.
Season length: 16 weeks
Practice days: Typically Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Teams training three times per week may train on any during the week
Practice times: Typically 6pm-7.30pm (U14, 7.30pm-9pm)
Game dates and times: Saturday or Sunday typically. League organizations set our game schedule for each team (mid-week games are possible)
There are two entrances into the complex, North and South.
When you enter the complex, fields #1-5 will be the first 5 fields you see, this is where all training sessions for these age groups and games are held.
There is a parents area to watch your son(s) or daughter(s) and encourage them in a healthy fun environment.
Field Policies and Regulations
For safety reasons, prohibited items include but are not limited to:
Alcohol, drugs, chemicals, illegal substances or any paraphernalia associated with drug use
Fireworks or any combustible devices
Obscene or offensive material
Animals (except service animals)
Weapons of any type, including chains, knives, firearms and spiked jewelry
Any other item deemed unacceptable by event or complex staff
Speed limit at the Sportsplex is strictly 5mph
Tobacco and smoke free environment (including electronic cigarettes)
No swearing or aggressive behavior aimed at officials, parents or players
Guests found to be in violation of the above policies may face possible ejection or suspension from the GVTC Sportsplex