About the Program
EMSSC is a member of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA), which conducts a competitive program for players with advanced skills and greater ambition. These players may have their sights set on a college soccer scholarship or even playing for the US National or Olympic teams.
EMSSC's Pride teams play in theILLOWA Soccer League. Teams play 6 league games in the fall and another 6 games in the spring of each year. Teams also compete in IYSA and ISA sanctioned tournaments throughout the year.
Our program is designed to help develop our youth on and off the field by teaching not only soccer skills, but also teamwork, patience, perseverance, respect and many other qualities that will help them reach their full potential both on and off the field.
Although everyone likes to win our program's main focus is to develop players and teams to perform at their highest level. This will produce players who will be able to complete a fulfilling Soccer career through high school, college or beyond. When the focus is on developing every player they will also play better as a team therefore producing winning results.
As a club most teams will participate in 2 to 4 tournaments per year. The head coaches along with the travel coordinator will usually select a "club" tournament that is located within about 3 hours of the Quad Cities each year. Most of our Pride teams will participate in this tournament and is one of the year's highlights for the players (and parents).
Different Age Different Focus
U8 - U10 (Developmental)
Instruction in our youngest Pride teams will focus on:
- Basic technical skills including:
- The importance of team work
- Improving self confidence with a soccer ball
- Beginning aspects of tactical parts of the soccer game
These teams will usually play 6 games in both the fall and spring sessions and typically be against local teams within a 45 minute radius of the Quad Cities.
At the discretion of the Head Coach with input from the parents these teams will usually participate in between 1 and 3 tournaments throughout the year. For this age the tournaments are usually local tournaments including our own Quad City Spring Shootout. These teams may or may not participate in the "Club" tournament.
We also understand that at this age many of the players are participating in many different sports and activities trying to find the activities they enjoy and excel in the most. Our coaches will do everything they can to accommodate this and will be as flexible as they can in helping the players and parents.
U11 - U18 (Competitive)
Instruction at this level will include:
- Advanced technical skills and continuing to improve basic skills
- Becoming more competitive
- Preparation for high school level soccer and beyond
- Advancing the players knowledge of the tactical aspects of the game
These teams will usually play 6 games in both the fall and spring sessions and will typically be against local teams within a 45 minute radius of the quad cities.
The head coach will usually select between 2 and 4 tournaments per year for the team to participate in based on the skill level of the team. Although some of these will be local tournaments the coach will also look to tournaments within 3 to 4 hours of the quad cities for some of them to introduce the team to different skill levels and techniques from different areas.
Players at this age are expected to attend all practices and games and would have soccer as their primary sport.
All registration fees include both Fall and Spring Seasons except the U15 - U18 because that is the high school teams. High School Girls play in the Fall and High School Boys play in the Spring.
EMSSC COSTS of Operations include but not limited to :
- ILLOWA League fees (which includes the usually 6 games in the Fall and 6 games in the Spring). These games are played locally (East Moline, Moline, Bettendorf and Rock Island). The game times are 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, & 4:30 on Saturdays and/or Sundays, so they will not conflict with Rec Soccer for the younger ages.
- Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) Registration and Insurance costs for each player and team
- Stipend for our licensed coaches. We are starting to pay coaches to recruit and retain quality coaches to train and develop our players. All of our head coaches have at least the USSF E license and we encourage them to continue that education.
- Field Maintenance costs - the club has pay to maintain the fields with weed & insect control. We have to maintain the buildings and bathrooms because the city no longer offers this to us. This also includes the cost of paint, nets, flags, and water for irrigation.
- Costs to those who mow and paint our fields.
- Equipment Costs- balls, cones, etc
- Director of Coaching (DOC) costs
Additional costs of tournament registration fees and hotels for out of town tournaments.
The cost of a full uniform is between $100 - $120. Uniforms consist of 2 premium jerseys, 1 pair of shorts, and 2 pairs of socks.
Uniforms are worn for 2 years. New uniforms are not required every year, but new pieces may be ordered if needed by the player (ex. additional socks or shorts, but the full uniform is available yearly as needed).
EMMSC Pride team coaches are most important part of our coaching structure. Although volunteer coaches, we require all of our Pride coaches to hold a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Class E license or higher. Most Pride coaches will start coaching the players when they are 8 or 9 years old and many will coach them though their entire career with EMSSC. Our professional coaching staff will help to develop and prepare the Pride coaches though the challenges and changes the team will face as they grow.
Player development and team training is under the direction of the EMSSC Director of Coaching (DOC). Teams follow various curriculums developed by the DOC and also train with their assigned DOC Staff Coach who assist the teams' volunteer coaches with various technical and tactical skills.