Frequently Asked Questions
Responses from Rob Morris, Club President
Our aspiration is to develop players. Sunday matches exist in the US primarily due to tournaments that take place over a weekend that require teams to play 3 or 4 matches in a 72-hour period. None of the top clubs in the world would require their players to keep such a schedule.
The clubs that have the most riding on youth player development around the globe typically ask their teams to play far fewer matches per year than the young American athlete that plays club soccer, high school soccer and ODP. That US player might play more than 70 matches per year. The top male youth team for FC Barcelona in Spain typically plays 30 total matches a year and usually plays no more than one match a week. They have learned that development takes place on the practice pitch and not in a match (especially the fourth match in 72 hours).
We think that by resting on Sunday, keeping a better match-to-training-session ratio, and encouraging players to get touches on their own, we offer a superior model. This schedule offers a better path to developing a technical player that is comfortable with the ball at their feet.
Taking Sunday off is not a barrier to player development. Our focus will remain on Player Development and Sundays for the family. The idea that you must play on Sunday to develop as a player is a fabrication.
We believe high-level soccer development can take place with fees much lower than the typical pay-for-play model.
NOS Santos Fees:
- Academy players (U-8 through U-10) – $395 + $49 registration fee
- Upper-level players (U-11 through U-16) – $595 + $49 registration fee
We are sensitive to the current economic situation of families and our fees reflect this sensitivity. Yes, these fee’s are for the entire club season.
We can offer great player development at a modest investment for the following reasons:
- Field rental for $1 per year
- Volunteer League Leadership
- No paid Board Members
- Flat coaching organization – one Director of Coaching who is also a Coach
- Our experienced coaches feel an obligation to make the game available to the broader community and coach primarily for the intrinsic rewards
- Revenue from other entities who have requested access to a portion of the complex in a way that does not interfere with our training and matches
This lean model is sustainable. It will not require us to become a large club/League and will not require us to merge with other clubs. This model will allow us to keep fees low going forward.
Academy players (U-7-U-10): $395 + $49 registration fee. Competative level players (U-11 through U-16): $595 + $49 registration fee. In addition there is a smaller team fee, divided among players, for tournaments, team supplies, and referee wages. This is determined from the costs each team decides to incur. We are sensitive to the current economic situation of families and our fees reflect this sensitivity. Yes these fee’s are for the entire club season.
NOS Santos will limit our upcoming season to about 20 competitive teams. This will allow us to focus on quality over quantity. We do anticipate new growth this year and will be adding more teams. We do not aspire to become a large league.
Some advantages are apparent. Our fields are of superior design and construction specific for soccer. The turf is of higher quality and is better maintained. Our soccer goal frames are professional quality, as is our field lighting. The quality fields offer a safer playing surface. A fine pitch suits the technical player and the possession game.
Some benefits are less obvious. The fields are available to use when we want them, without scheduling conflicts. Coaches may schedule remake practices, additional practices, scrimmages, or remake games without any conflict. In addition, our turf is rested in a calculated way to keep our fields in top-playing shape all year long. Our complex is not subject to closure by any city or municipality.
Finally, because we are a small competitive league, we can make our fields available to other entities. This is an additional revenue stream, 100% of which goes right back into the league and keeps our player fees down.
All practices are held at Santos Complex on Sossaman and Warner roads.Practice nights are usually Tuesdays and Thursdays, however some teams could have Monday and Wednesday practices depending on the coaches schedule or the need for additional practices for older teams.
At least half of the season games are held at Santos Complex on Sossaman and Warner.The other half of the games are held throughout the valley.Almost all games are on Saturdays.Coaches can call occasional evening scrimmages, especially during warm weather.
Tryouts are held at the beginning of May.Teams will form during tryout week and will practice throughout May to continue to get to know each other.The league will break for the summer and come back the third week of July.League games start after Labor Day and the season runs until the end of April.
Yes our teams attend tournaments. How many and which ones are determined by the coaches.
We are forming teams for each gender for each age from U7-U16. For ages above U16 please reach out to us to determine availability.