Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is the difference between the Competitive Program and the Academy Program?
Answer: CFSC’s Academy is more than a way to simply identify players on the “highest level” team. The simple answer is the commitment level of the player. Players in the Academy are solely interested in developing as a player and are willing to put in the time, energy, commitment necessary. The Academy’s focus is on training & player development and playing time is not guaranteed but rather earned. Players are enrolled in the Academy and not a specific team. The Academy trains together and teams are formed at the discretion of the Director(s) of coaching and can/will change throughout the seasonal year depending on the specific goals of the Academy or the event for which the Academy is training. The Academy program is limited in the number of players enrolled at any given time to ensure proper coach-to-player ratios. CFSC’s Academy program is run by the Director(s) of coaching and Academy staff coaches.
CFSC’s Competitive teams compete at a very high level in local leagues. They are a little more team-oriented than the Academy. Teams train together and while there could be player movement between teams, it is the exception rather than the rule. The same club culture, style and system of play that are taught in the Academy are also taught throughout the club, including the Competitive program. The Academy staff is regularly working with Competitive coaches and teams to evaluate players and potentially extend invitation into the Academy program. Please see our Program Comparison.
Question: Are there tryouts? How is player placement handled?
Answer: CFSC believes that there is a place for players of every skill level within the club. As such, there will not be a one-time, “mass tryout” because CFSC’s goal is not to build teams but rather develop players. Looking at individual players for a single session is not valuable. There will be specific weeks dedicated to evaluating players for initial placement into the club as they train alongside current players and even an evaluation period where we look to identify players specifically for the Academy. However, every player who loves the game is welcome at CFSC and over the first several weeks of training, as coaches are able to evaluate players for a period of time, placements can be made to Competitive and Academy programs.
Question: Where is training held and where are games played?
Answer: Training sessions are held and games are played at the Northwest Recreational Complex in Apopka.
Question: What are the fees, what do they cover and do you offer a payment plan?
Answer: The fees are:
- Developmental: $185 – $199 (depending on age group).
- Competitive: $1,125
- Academy: $1,825
Fees are meant to be all-inclusive to include uniforms, league fees, referee fees. For CFSC Academy, select tournament fees as well as winter futsal and/or outdoor small-sided league are also included. As a summary:
- Developmental: $185 for U5-U9 & $199 for U10-U12. Fees cover training sessions, games, referee fees, coach’s compensation, uniforms.
- Competitive: $1,125 covers training sessions, league & referee fees, coach’s compensation, training & game uniforms ($300 Value – Included).
- Academy: $1,825 covers training sessions, league & referee fees, Academy Staff compensation, training & game uniforms ($300 Value – Included), Winter Futsal/Small-sided Outdoor League fees, select tournament fees.
Payment plans are available for both Competitive & Academy programs.
Question: What league does the Academy play?
Answer: None of the programs at CFSC are “league-oriented”. The goal in the Academy is to develop the committed player to their potential. Although this is primarily achieved through training, competitive play is needed and used as a tool in development. CFSC’s Academy will play in the most competitive events & leagues available which also make sense for the players based on level of play, coaching requirements, travel considerations, etc. By nature, these are typically state-wide and regional however there could also be some local league play. Specific events and league play cannot and should not be determined until player commitment and level of play has been determined. The appropriate event and league choice & schedule will be finalized over the summer prior to each seasonal year. Examples of potential anticipated leagues and events could be: FSPL (Florida State Premier League), Sunshine Conference as well as State Cup and other Showcase-level Tournaments.
Question: How does Academy compare with other “Advanced Level” programs?
Answer: Most “advanced-level” programs are league-centered. CFSC Academy is not tied to a particular league, which gives Academy staff the flexibility to select league and event competition based on what is best for player development. It is likely that CFSC Academy teams will compete in many of the same events as other “advanced-level” programs, however that is not an explicit goal. The goal of CFSC Academy is player development under the structure of a true Academy style of training without any particular league constraints which may not facilitate player development – the Academy is not league oriented or team oriented. The core values of team accountability, work rate, personal and team responsibility are developed outside of any particular league and within the framework of the Academy. The developmental and competitive programs teach the same core values but are a little more team centric.
Question: Are Academy Players allowed to play for their High School team?
Answer: YES – CFSC recognized the value of playing High School soccer and not only allows, but encourages players in both our Competitive and Academy Programs to play for their High School teams. For more information: CFSC & High School Soccer.