Club Structure

FC STARS OPERATIONAL STRUCTURE 2016-2017

In season 2016-2017, FC Stars will be operating an increased number of regional programs.  FC Stars East, FC Stars Metro and FC Stars Vermont will compliment the FC Stars Central, FC Stars West, FC Stars NH and FC Stars South programs.  This will allow players greater availability to FC Stars coaching with limited travel, especially at the young age groups (U12 and under).

Until the age of U12, players will be trained in the region in which they reside. Thus, when considering tryouts, please consult FC Stars to determine the region of your home location. Players should try out at their local Stars region.  However, at U13 and older, FC Stars will field select teams on the side of the Boys (1 team, NPL) and Girls (2 teams - ECNL and NPL) that comprise the top players from all regions.  Regional programs will also field teams at all ages.  The ECNL and NPL teams will train in the centrally located region to consolidate travel for the players coming from all the regional programs.

Breakdown of FC Stars Teams – Goals and Expectations

FC Stars typically fields multiple teams in each age group from U10-U18. Following a regional re-organization, our teams will be tiered with the following nomenclature and corresponding playing levels, commitment and expectations. Please refer to the following diagram.


   

 

GIRLS SELECT TEAMS

Stars ECNL (2003-1999/98). The top Stars teams in the birth year groups (2003-1999/98) are called Stars ECNL because of their participation in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), the highest level league structure for girls youth soccer in the US. The ECNL consists of 79 of the top clubs in the Nation distributed across 8 regions. FC Stars ECNL teams play in the Northeast Conference of the ECNL. Within each region the 8-12 teams compete in a regional league and with other ECNL teams in two or three showcase tournaments staged across the country, culminating in the ECNL National Championships in July. The ECNL teams do not participate in the Massachusetts State Cup or in USYS Regional leagues. The goal of the ECNL teams is to win the Northeast Conference and the ECNL National Championship. Commitment levels are very high for all ECNL players. FC Stars ECNL teams are composed of the top players across all FC Stars regions and train at the FC Stars Soccer Complex powered by Emerson Hospital in Lancaster, MA. Players may be able to participate in Fall and Winter HS sports and fulfill Stars ECNL expectations but participation in Spring HS sports is not recommended.

Stars NPL (2003-1999/98). Since the 2013-2014 season, the second FC Stars select teams play in the Northeast Girls National Premier League (NPL), administered by US Club Soccer. At present there are 18 regional NPLs across the nation with the winners of the Northeast Girls NPL qualifying for the NPL Champions Cup where they will take on top competition from around the country in a true Champions League competition. The NPL teams will not participate in the Massachusetts State Cup or in USYS Regional leagues. Commitment levels are very high for all NPL players. FC Stars NPL teams are also selected from the top players across all FC Stars regions and will train at the FC Stars Soccer Complex powered by Emerson Hospital in Lancaster, MA. Players may be able to participate in Fall and Winter HS sports and fulfill Stars NPL expectations but participation in Spring HS sports is not recommended.

Both ECNL and NPL are administered by US Club Soccer, using the club pass system. This allows more fluid movement of players between teams, allowing players who are developing rapidly to transition between teams. The Northeast NPL and the ECNL regional schedule will be identical, allowing ECNL coaches a better opportunity to continuously evaluate NPL players throughout the season.

GIRLS REGIONAL TEAMS

Stars "Region" United (2008-1999/98). At the FC Stars regional level, the top team is called the Stars "Regional" United. The Regional United teams play in the New England Premiership (NEP) and are being developed to compete successfully at this level. Primary goals of Stars Regional United teams include success in the NEP and in the US Club Soccer State Championship. The aim of all Stars Regional United teams is to be at the level or superior to the first teams in other non-ECNL clubs. Teams are selected largely from within the specific region. Commitment levels remain high for the United teams where Fall and Winter HS sports participation is possible but Spring HS sport participation is not recommended.

Stars "Region" Athletic (2008-1999/98). At the FC Stars regional level, the second team is called the Stars Regional Athletic. The aims and goals of the Stars Athletic teams remain very high. Primary performance goals include success in the top division of NEP, participation in the US Club Soccer Massachusetts State Cup in each birth year group from 2008-1999/98. Teams are selected largely from within the specific region. The commitment levels for Stars Athletic teams are identical to those for Stars United teams.

Stars "Region" Rovers (2008-1999/98). At the FC Stars regional level, the third team is called the Stars Regional Rovers. The aims and goals of the Stars Rovers teams remain very high. Primary performance goals include success in the top division of NEP. Teams are largely selected from within the specific region. The commitment levels for Stars Rovers teams are identical to those for Stars Athletic teams.

 

BOYS SELECT TEAMS

Stars NPL (2003-1999/98). The top FC Stars teams in the birth year groups 2003-1999/98 play in the New England National Premier League (NPL). FC Stars NPL teams are composed of the top male players across all FC Stars regions and train at the FC Stars Soccer Complex powered by Emerson Hospital in Lancaster, MA. Primary performance goals of Stars NPL boys teams include winning the New England NPL and qualifying for the US Club Soccer NPL National Championships and also winning the US Club Soccer Massachusetts State Cup. Commitment levels are high for Stars United teams. Fall and Winter HS sports participation is possible but Spring HS sport participation is not recommended.

BOYS REGIONAL TEAMS

Stars "Region" United (2008-1999/98) Primary performance goals include success in NEP and participation in the US Club Soccer Massachusetts State Cup event in each age group from U13-U18. Commitment levels remain high for the United teams where Fall and Winter HS sports participation is possible but Spring HS sport participation is not recommended.

 

Girls ECNL and NPL Programs

  • The top girls team in the club from 2003-1999/98 will remain the Stars ECNL team, playing in the Elite Clubs National league (ECNL). The team will be selected from the best players from all Stars regions.
  • Starting in 2013, a second “select” team from all regions was formed to compete in the Northeast NPL (National Premier League).
  • Teams in both leagues will be directed by FC Stars DOC Jason Dewhurst.
  • ECNL and NPL teams will train at the FC Stars Soccer Complex powered by Emerson Hospital.
  • Both ECNL and NPL leagues are administered by US Club Soccer.
  • US Club Soccer uses the “club pass” system, allowing more fluid rosters and easy movement of players between NPL and ECNL teams, allowing a much quicker response to player development needs.
  • Neither ECNL nor NPL teams participate in USYS State Cup competition.


ECNL and NPL Schedule

The Northeast conference of the ECNL and the Northeast NPL follow the same regional format, involving the same clubs. The conference is divided into a North and South division as shown below.

North South
FC Stars  PDA (NJ)
FC Boston MatchFit Academy (NJ)
Connecticut FC (CT) Penn Fusion (PA)
SoccerPlus Academy (CT) FC Bucks (PA)
East Meadow SC (NY) World Class (NY)
Albertson SC (NY) FC Continental

 

 

 

 

 

 

U13-U14  (September - June) – Each team plays each other home and away.

U15-U18  (December - June) – Each team plays teams in their own division, home and away, and plays teams in the other division home OR away.

  • Conference games are played as club game days with all ECNL and NPL teams of one team playing their counterparts on another team.
  • Teams will only play one game per day.
  • Club pass allows movement between age groups in ECNL or NPL (playing up) and between NPL and ECNL teams.
  • ECNL teams play in cross-conference tournaments arranged by ECNL.
  • NPL teams can participate in tournaments of choice.
  • Both ECNL and NPL have end-of-season National Championships.
  • Mirror schedule of ECNL and NPL teams facilitates college exposure for Stars players.
  • Both ECNL and NPL have player identification programs in id2 and PDP.

 

REGIONAL TECHNICAL DIRECTORS

Under the new regional structure all programs will be under the overall supervision of the FC Stars of Massachusetts Director of Coaching, Jason Dewhurst.  The list below shows the Regional Technical Directors for each region.

DOC Jason Dewhurst (JDewhurst@starsofma.org)

Stars West RTD – Ryan Lavner (RLavner@starsofma.org)

Stars Central Girls RTD – Tom Phillips (TPhillips@starsofma.org)

Stars Central Boys RTD – Alec Cruickshank (ACruickshanks@starsofma.org)

Stars South RTD – Brendon Boates (BBoates@starsofma.org)

Stars NH RTD – Tony Karibian (TKaribian@starsofma.org)

Stars East RTD – Eric Driscoll (Edriscoll@starsofma.org)

 

FEE STRUCTURE AT FC STARS

All FC Stars teams follow the same fee structure. There is no surcharge for playing on a Girls ECNL or NPL team or a Boys NPL team. Fees for each team are calculated on an individual basis and depend on the amount of activity associated with each team, the number of tournaments, and the amount of travel involved.  Team fees at different clubs do NOT include the same features and it is important to ask detailed questions regarding the costs that are covered in the team fee.

2008-2003

  • Professional coaching at least twice per week in Fall and Spring seasons
  • Player registration and insurance via MYSA or US Club Soccer
  • Scheduled training and game field rentals
  • 20 Winter season coaching sessions
  • League registration fees
  • Referee fees
  • Tournament registration fees
  • Coaching fees and coach’s travel expenses for included tournaments
  • A Nike practice kit to be worn at every practice. This includes 2 shirts, 1 pair of shorts, and 2 pair of socks
  • A Nike ball for use at each training session

2002-1999/98

  • Professional coaching at least twice per week in Spring season
  • Professional Coaching in Fall (at coach’s discretion based on high school soccer team schedules)
  • Player registration and insurance via MYSA or US Club Soccer
  • Scheduled training and game field rentals
  • 20 Winter season coaching sessions
  • League registration fees
  • Referee fees
  • Tournament registration fees
  • Coaching fees and coach’s travel expenses for included tournaments
  • A Nike practice kit to be worn at every practice. This includes 2 shirts, 1 pair of shorts, and 2 pair of socks
  • A Nike ball for use at each training session

 

Uniform

The cost of the game uniform is included for U9-U10 teams and provided by the club. The uniform is not included in the yearly fee for U11-U18 teams as FC Stars currently contracts with Nike to provide new uniforms on a 2-year cycle.  The uniform can be purchased online from www.wegotsoccer.com/FCStars. The cost of the FC Stars uniform package includes the following:

  • Two game jerseys (home and away)
  • Two game shorts (home and away)
  • Two pair of game socks (home and away)
  • One warm-up jacket
  • One warm-up pants

Replacement items and additional items (e.g. backpack) can also be purchased on-line at www.wegotsoccer.com/FCStars.




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