Frequently Asked Questions

When does the season run?

Tryouts are held at the end of April and beginning of May. Teams will form during tryout week and practice throughout May. 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.

What location and days are practices?

All practices are held at Santos Soccer Complex on Sossaman and Warner roads. Practice nights for the majority of the teams are Tuesdays and Thursdays, however some teams have Monday and Wednesday practices depending on the coaches schedule. Older teams may have the need for additional practice nights.

When and where are games held?

For the majority of our teams in Open League, 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. Occasionally there is a make-up game during the week. Coaches can call evening scrimmages, especially during warm weather.

Do your teams go to tournaments?

Yes, our teams attend tournaments. How many and which ones are determined by the coaches.

What ages do you have teams for?

We are forming teams for each gender from U8-U19 (birth years 2015/2016-2004).

What is the cost?

Academy players U8-U10 (2015/2016-2013 birth years): $395 + $99 registration fee.  

Competitive level players U11-U19 (2012-2004 birth years): $595 + $149 registration fee. 

Yes, these fees are for the entire club season, July-April.

In addition, there is a smaller team fee divided among the players for tournaments, team supplies, and referee wages. This is determined from the costs each team decides to incur. Team fees are usually spread out throughout the year and are a minimum of $200-300 but could be more depending on the competitive level of the team. 

Finally, all players must purchase the uniform kit which includes a practice, home, and away jersey, shorts, socks, backpack, and sweatshirt. We are mindful of family circumstances and have configured a cost-effective uniform kit. 

How do you make your fees so affordable?

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 (U8 through U10) – $395 + $99 registration fee
  • Upper-level players (U11 through U19) – $595 + $149 registration fee

Yes, these fees 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
  • No high salaries for league employees
  • 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. 

How big of a league do you plan on becoming?

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.

Can NOS Santos be competitive and take Sundays off?

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.