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U11 and U12 Challenge Soccer Information

Loudoun Soccer is pleased to offer enrollment in a Challenge division for U11 and U12 players. The Challenge division is a recreational program, intended for those children more seriously focused on soccer, and for players (and parents) who are willing to make a stronger commitment to prioritizing development above the social aspects of youth soccer.

This program is NOT recommended for the new or inexperienced soccer player.

The primary differences between the Recreation and Challenge divisions are the level of play and the distances to travel for away games.  Coaches for Challenge teams are volunteers.

Challenge Registration and Evaluation Process:
To be eligible for Challenge, each player (new and returning) must register before the deadline of July 15, 2014, and is expected to attend an evaluation date during the last full week of July (see below).

No late registrations are accepted in Challenge, so that the evaluation dates may occur and to allow for the appropriate time to form teams and assign coaches.  The purpose of the evaluation session is to assess player abilities so that balanced teams may be formed. The Recreation division may still be available for players who sign up after the Challenge registration date (registration is first come, first serve).

Challenge Division Commitment/Requirements: 

Please take note when registering for our Challenge league:

  • The level of play in Challenge is typically higher than in Recreation; however, players are placed on balanced teams and are not turned away regardless of ability if there is room on a team.
  • No Special Requests (for specific coaches, practice dates, etc) will be honored.  Once placed, requests to be reassigned to a different Challenge team will NOT be accommodated.  Any player who wishes to change teams after being placed may be re-assigned to a Recreational level team, depending on available space.
  • Teams will be formed by town/region (Ashburn, Leesburg, South Riding and Purcellville) and all efforts will be made to place players on a team in their local town; if teams in the local town of play are full, a player may be placed on a team outside of their requested town of play.
  • Teams are scheduled to play inter-regional games (Ashburn vs. Leesburg, South Riding vs. Purcellville, etc), which may require travel greater than in the regular Recreation level.

Fall 2014 Evaluation Information

Players are placed on teams in the U11 and U12 Challenge program through an evaluation and draft process; players participate in an on-field session observed by Challenge coaches, who then assist in creating balanced teams based on attendance at the evaluation, registration date and town-of-play.

All efforts are made to place players who register for Challenge in this program; participation in the evaluation increases the likelihood of placement.  Families whose child cannot attend the evaluation should register as early as possible to better ensure their placement in the program.

Players who are not placed due to roster limitations on Challenge teams may be placed in the Recreation program (Challenge team rosters typically carry 11-14 players per team; players who are not placed due to these restrictions are transferred to the Rec program, or placed on a Challenge team in another town of play).

Players are expected to attend their designated Challenge Evaluation date (times adjusted slightly from previously posted times):

U11 Girls: Monday July 28, 5:30-6:45 PM at Loudoun Soccer Park in Leesburg
U12 Girls: Monday July 28, 6:45-8 PM at Loudoun Soccer Park in Leesburg
U11 Boys: Tuesday July 29, 5:30-6:45 PM at Loudoun Soccer Park in Leesburg
U12 Boys: Tuesday July 29, 6:45-8 PM at Loudoun Soccer Park in Leesburg

Players are expected to arrive 15-20 minutes early to check-in, and should wear weather-appropriate clothing, shin-guards and soccer cleats, and should bring water and a properly inflated size four soccer ball.

Recreation Contacts

Karen Corpe
Recreation Programs Manager
rpm@loudounsoccer.com
703-777-9977 ext 101

Dan Raben
Director of Player Development
dan.raben@loudounsoccer.com
703-777-9977 ext 109