Challenge FC FAQs
Who are we?
We are part of the American Youth Soccer Organization’s (AYSO) competitive club program that produces quality and highly ranked teams that rival those of other club soccer programs in the state. Founded in 1964, AYSO is based on a distinct value
system and core philosophies that include Everyone Plays (50% minimum subject to player meeting expectations set out at beginning of season), Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. Across the country AYSO has approximately 150,000 volunteers serving 500,000 youth in 900 leagues across the country.
Why choose Challenge Football Club (CFC)?
In the three years since our inception we have teams who have earned their spot to compete at ASL Div 1, ASL Div 2, and in the highest divisions of POSOL. A key to our success is our competitive soccer club places the player at the center of the process.
Unlike other clubs in Arizona, at CFC, each player is guaranteed to play at least 50% of each match while competing in a holistic environment. Players are free to choose the coach and team they want to play for, and teams are formed through an open tryout
process utilizing neutral evaluators. From coaches to referees to registrars, the entire volunteer staff at CFC desires to teach the game of soccer to your child while also creating a fun, friendly environment. Finally, we offer the same level of competitive
soccer at a fraction of the cost of other clubs.
Who are CFC soccer players?
Challenge players hail from all across the local soccer landscape but consistently are highly motivated, competitive players who enjoy being part of a team environment. They are willing to work on skill sets outside of the structured training environment.
Who are CFC parents? Are there ways I can get involved with the club or my
Our parents recognize the opportunity for their child to be part of a competitive program that allows them to continuously progress their soccer ability. Building on the AYSO foundation of community volunteerism, ALL parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child’s soccer development. Opportunities such as team manager, team treasurer, etc., exist if the coach deems necessary. Overall, though, being a supportive parent on and off the pitch with your child is the best way to be involved.
What parts of the state is the CFC program offered?
CFC is one of the largest competitive soccer clubs in Arizona with teams located in Coconino, Maricopa, Pima and Santa Cruz counties. Currently we have programs in Ahwautukee/Tempe, Avondale, Flagstaff, Gilbert, Glendale, East Mesa, Mesa, Nogales,
Oro Valley, Central Tucson, East Tucson, NW Tucson, South Tucson, (Vail), Sahuarita / Green Valley.
How are coaches selected?
Coaches must submit an application every year that details their experience and qualifications. The most qualified coach is selected by Challenge staff. Once selected, coaches are able to continue with their age group as long as they meet CFCs qualifications.
What are the coach’s qualifications?
All CFC coaches must be trained and certified in the AYSO age-appropriate coaching education that aligns to the best practices of the United States Soccer Federation and United Soccer Coaches. AYSO’s Coach Education Program was recently re-accredited
by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE); the accreditation is valid through 2024. AYSO is one of only 25, and the only youth soccer program, NCACE accredited programs in the United States, and the first coach education program to receive a second re-accreditation representing its commitment to quality coach education. Additionally, each coach is Safe Haven certified and annually subjected to a criminal background check that they must pass before being allowed to work with your child.
Can coaches coach their own child?
What is the purpose of tryouts?
Every player must tryout regardless of being on the team the previous year. Tryouts are designed to provide players, parents, and coaches a feel for the team and club for which they are considering to play. Players are able to get a feel for the coach, parents
are able to get a feel for the coaching style of the coach and the philosophy of the club, and coaches are able to evaluate players and parents to determine if they are a good fit for the team and club.
How are CFC teams formed?
Players are evaluated by coaches and neutral observers who place the players into several different technical and tactical tryout activities. Player ratings are based on scoring criteria and assigned to the player for each of the tryout activities. After tryouts,
coaches will total the score and then proceed to select the players that rank high and can fill a void on their team. Roster sizes will be based on the recommended criteria as listed in the CFC Guidelines but are on average lower than most clubs in order to maximize playing time not revenue!
Does everyone make it on a team?
It could be possible that players do not make a team but it is our intent to align players with the healthiest and appropriate environments for their individual development. We try our best to select the players that will represent CFC on and off the field and still provide a competitive team for our program. For players who still desire a soccer experience, we offer the core AYSO recreational program in each region.
How many practices are there per week?
At CFC we recognize the demands on players and families. At a minimum there will be two training sessions per week. Practices typically are 1.5 to 2 hours per session. A coach may choose to add an additional session or conditioning to their schedule as long as they are able to secure a location to hold them. It is recommended that coaches not train or provide additional sessions in excess of 6 hours per week.
What equipment do I need?
We ask that each player supply their own shoes, shin guards, and ball. Coaches will provide information about where to purchase the practice gear (shirts, shorts, socks) and uniform that will be required for his / her team.
What is a typical club soccer season like?
The official soccer season runs from August 1st to April 30th. Teams will participate in practices and games from September to May each season. The coach will enter their team into a competitive league gaming circuit through the Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) and also decide how many tournaments to enter into throughout the season. The exception is high school teams that take a break during the high school season. For those players not playing high school, the coach may find additional opportunities for them to play during the break.
How much travel is involved?
Depending on which teams will be in your child’s league division, there may be occasional travel to outlying clubs in the Maricopa County area or even to Northern and Southern Arizona for one game on a Saturday. Out of state travel may occur if your coach chooses to attend club tournaments outside of Arizona.
What happens if the schedule I receive conflicts with another activity in which my
child is involved and I must drop out of soccer?
Although we would be disheartened by any player deciding to leave CFC for any reason, we will understand and support the player and parent. However, we do hope though by going into tryouts there is a clear understanding and expectation conveyed by CFC to both the player and parent about the time, effort, and commitment required to play competitive soccer. Be advised that if a player chooses to leave the club there are no refunds.
What does it cost to play?
The cost per player depends on the age group, the number of tournaments the team participates in, and any other activities that the coach itemizes into his / her team budget. With that said, the average CFC player may pay around $600-700 for the season. As a reminder, all of our staff are volunteers thus each coach does not receive any compensation for their services in training and developing your child as a competitive soccer player.