March 25, 2009 > Alliance FC reaches success for less
Alliance FC reaches success for less
Submitted By Alliance FC Fusion Head Coach Victor Juarez
Alliance FC is the competitive program for the Union City Youth Soccer League (UCYSL), and is in the process of completing their most successful season in the clubs 35 year history.
Alliance FC teams have already captured five state championships in the 2008-09 season, with the older age groups still to compete in the CYSA State Cup tournament in the coming month.
Most of Alliance FC's success is credited to the clubs' rapid growth and player recruitment over the past few years. The exposure Alliance FC has received from its championship success is definitely a contributing factor to attracting players from surrounding areas; however, the fact that Alliance FC offers Bay Area families the lowest competitive program fees has also been a major incentive of the clubs recent growth.
"We've seen a vast number of soccer players from Hayward, Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, and as far as Oakland and Redwood City, coming to play for Alliance FC," stated Competitive Director John Sanchez. "Most competitive programs are charging families between $1,500 and up to $3,000 to have their children play. Alliance FC's registration and competitive cost is only $300 for the entire season."
Over the past few years, the trend of competitive programs has been to contract and hire credentialed competitive directors and coaching staff as a means to attain "championship results"; however, these procurements come at a substantial cost to the player's families. During tough economical times, competitive fees of $1,500 to $3,000 per player for a season can absolutely deter any family from continuing to have their children play competitive level soccer.
This season, Alliance FC's volunteer coaching staff has demonstrated that a competitive program can attain "championship results" with good old-fashioned hard work, sacrifice and dedication.
"The philosophy of Alliance FC is to provide the opportunity for youth players to develop and play soccer for the love of the game regardless of race, creed, gender or financial situation," sates Alliance FC Coaching Director and former Nigerian National captain Tony Igwe. "Because we don't charge families an outstanding amount for registration and competitive fees, our coaches don't have the high pressures of winning. We are able to focus on having fun and enjoy the game. Maybe that's the reason we've captured five championships this season and possibly more."