Delta United Soccer Club
Competitive Soccer is also known as "Club Soccer" and "Travel Soccer" in other states, but is one of the same. This is meant for the aspiring player who wants to take soccer to the next level, including college and beyond.
These are some of the areas you will see the difference between Recreational and Competitive soccer.
- Competitive teams train a minimum of 2 times per week and, in some cases, 3 times per week for 1.5 – 2 hours each time. A strong emphasis is put on the technical ability of the player and also tactical awareness (this starts around age 13).
- Recreational teams typically train 1-2 times per week for 1 – 1.5 hours each time – varies greatly depending on age.
- Both groups learn teamwork and how to translate that to the field of play. Training typically includes information, skill training and fun!
- Delta United coaches are all US Soccer licensed coaches.
- Recreational coaches are typically parents who play or have played soccer.
Commitment Level and Attendance
- Competitive players agree to a much higher commitment level and are required to attend all scheduled training sessions, games and tournaments. Lack of attendance may reduce game playing time.
- Recreational players are expected to attend all scheduled practice sessions and games. All players get equal play time (around 50% of the game)
- Competitive soccer is more expensive than Recreational soccer.
- Competitive game travel is normally within 60 minutes of Pittsburg/Antioch. League play is split between home and away games. Tournament travel can be further, depending on where the tournament location is.
- Usually, all recreational games are played at AYSC.
- On average, competitive teams attend 2 to 3 tournaments per season. Tournament fees are funded by the parents (often accomplished with fundraising).
- Recreational teams do not typically attend tournaments.
- Competitive players are required to wear training uniform to all training sessions and need to purchase both a both home and away game uniform.
- Recreational players receive the one game uniform they need from the Club. Practice attire is any appropriate soccer clothing (cleats, shin guards, socks, athletic shorts, t-shirt).
- Fall League play is typically September to October
- State Cup: Much like a league, the NorCal State Cup is a series of games that begins in August and lasts an entire season.
- Spring season runs from March - May
- Recreational season is similar to the competitive Fall season – starts in August and runs thru October/November