Sockers FC Wisconsin believes in putting the player’s individual development, to the level he/she wants to reach, ahead of other goals. Our training and program choices are a result of this philosophy:
- many levels
We offer many levels of training, with the goal of providing the best possible programs at every level
We make our programs flexible, to allow players and parents to choose their level of participation
- maximum training
We strive to provide the most extensive “maximum training” options possible, so as to satisfy those of our players who want to develop their skills to the utmost
We work hard at keeping our maximum training options affordable to our members by including them in year-long programs if possible
We offer four primary year-long programs, along with many camps and clinics. Some of our camps and clinics are open to all, while others are focused on the members of a specific program.
Every program is divided in age groups. Your player will in general play with the age group he/she belongs to, or, at your choice, with the age group of his/her classmates if classmates are older. Each age group gathers all the players whose birthday occurs in the 365 days preceding August 1 for the end of the current season.
micro U4-U5 training: fun discovery
Our micro program focuses on introducing children age 3-5 (corresponding to youth sports U levels U4 and U5) to soccer in a environment that is all fun and play, yet which already introduces ball skills to the player, along with team play. We offer day-time programs for U4-U5 players, and after-school mini-rec programs for U5 players.
rec U5-U14: relaxed soccer
Our recreational program is for players who enjoy playing soccer in a more relaxed environment, yet are still looking to improve their skills. The recreational soccer program is the foundation of our club, on top of which our other programs are built. Our focus is to provide a safe and fun environment for all children to develop physically, emotionally and mentally through the world’s game – soccer.
Our rec program is family and community oriented, where players will find a mix of organized skill sessions with some of the best professional coaches in the Midwest, practices with their team coaches, and competitive games. We are able to offer numerous teams at each location, age group, gender, and playing ability to ensure everyone has success.
academy U7-U10: skills development
Our junior academy program is for players who want to play more competitive soccer. We primarily focus on developing our players’ fundamental and technical ball skills, even at the cost of team results. We believe that these age groups are the most critical in core soccer skills development, and that the best way to prepare players for the highest levels of competitive select soccer is to place a strong emphasis on the development and mastery of these core skills. U7-U10 players do not require tryouts, but use the same training regimen as our select program.
We are one of a select group of accredited soccer academies in Wisconsin. We are also one of a select group of clubs comprising the Wisconsin Developmental Academy. Proportionally to our size, we offer the largest academy program in the state. Our academy winter program is very comprehensive in its team and player development.
select U11-U19: skills development and competition
Our select program focuses on players who want to play competitive club soccer. We currently field more than 35 Select teams. Our girls program is one of the top two in the state. We typically rank in the top five overall select programs in Wisconsin. Junior select (U11-U12) focuses on individual player skills development, while senior select (U13-U19) shifts to tactics and competitive edge.
While most of our players stop playing competitive soccer at the end of high school, many go on to play in college, and our DOCs have developed strong ties with college programs at NCAA Division I, II and III and in the NAIA.
Our Select DOCs have 80 years of coaching experience between them. Our Select coaches together have more than 30 state championships.
Because of our total focus on player development, we constantly work at improving our training programs, and at making them as relevant as they can be to our players. We will try new approaches and are focused on utilizing the best practices from around the world of soccer.
Our extensive goal keeping program, which is additional to regular team training, is available to our goalkeepers throughout our regular playing seasons. The GK program includes optional weekly or biweekly sessions in fall, winter and spring.
We offer clinics throughout the year, some of which are restricted to program members, while others are open to all. We also work with local recreation programs and organizations to provide access to soccer to as many youths as we can. Keep an eye on the web site to be current with the available offerings.
Skills are forged in winter, and there is a significant skills gap between those players with a thorough winter training program, and those without. Because we recognize the critical importance of winter to our players’ skills development our goal is to offer the best winter program in Wisconsin. In winter, we switch to futsal, as recommended by the best soccer authorities (including FIFA). We offer winter access to all of our programs. Many of our players also play other sports in winter, and all winter practice sessions are optional, though recommended for the continued development of our players.
Our select and academy winter program offers, for all teams, 2 practice sessions per week during winter and a coached and refereed Futsal League. Costs of the offering are evaluated annually to ensure the value of the offering.
Winter programming is also available for our micro and rec players. Keep an eye on the site for details as winter approaches.