Where does FSC fit within the soccer world?

Fairport Soccer Club (FSC) is a member of the New York State West Youth Soccer Association (NYSWYSA) which governs youth soccer in Western New York. We compete in the Rochester District Youth Soccer League (RDYSL) which is comprised of travel soccer clubs like FSC.

What is travel soccer?

There are three basic levels of soccer: recreational, travel, and premier. Each of these differs in level of play, player, and parent commitment, amount of travel, and cost. Recreational soccer is the least competitive and requires less time and commitment than either travel or premier soccer.

Travel Soccer is designed for players who have an interest and the ability to benefit from additional soccer training and to compete at a higher level of play. Because it is competitive, the program requires more time, effort, and commitment from both the player and parents. This is a commitment matched by the coaches and Board of Directors of FSC. From this shared commitment, your child’s development as a soccer player should progress more rapidly than if they played only recreational soccer.

Is there a minimum level of performance required for travel soccer?

Yes. There are different levels of premier soccer. In addition, there is an ODP (Olympic Development Program) NYSW training program that is focused on individual ability versus team ability. The premier clubs in the Rochester area are the Rochester Junior Rhinos and the Rochester Futball Club.

What age groups play in travel soccer?

U8 to U19 based on their birthday 8/1 to 7/31. The age matrix for the 2012 season can be found at RDYSL Age Matrix.

For the 2012 season, we are continuing with our very successful U6 & U7 micro program for both Boys and Girls. Players in this age group will be coached in the technical aspects of the game during the indoor winter season in Fairport and during the summer will participate in small-sided games (non-competitive).

How has travel soccer and FSC changed over the years?

Prior to 1997, there were two travel soccer leagues, one for boys, and one for girls. There was a power ranking system that limited the number of teams each club could enter in the league with an emphasis only on the higher talented players. FSC had approximately 16 teams.

In 1998 the leagues combined and, responding to initiatives from FSC and other clubs, multiple divisions were formed and teams of varying levels were allowed. FSC began to emphasize player and coach development with formal programs. Younger age teams and multiple teams in an age level were created.

After years of increasing the amount of indoor training in school gyms and the Crosman center, in the fall of 2002 FSC effectively became a year round club with the introduction of training sessions at the Village Sports and Brighton Sports Zone indoor facilities.

Today, FSC has a formal winter indoor training program for the younger age teams, has a rigorous coach selection mechanism, requires head coaches and encourages assistant coaches to be trained and licensed, and has raised the skill level of all players. FSC has created as many teams as possible at the younger age groups where the primary emphasis is on skill development.

Within RDYSL, at U10 and younger, scores are not kept by the league. U11 is the transition year, with larger field sizes, larger goals, and more players (9) on the field. In addition, scores are recorded beginning at U11 and playing time is at the discretion of the coach. At U12, play is 11 v 11 on a full-sized field.

How big is FSC?

FSC’s size has changed over the years. We generally field between 25 and 40 teams. In 2012, the club has 2 premier teams playing in the throughway league and 29 teams playing in RDYSL.

Is there a limit to the number of teams FSC can have?

Yes. We are limited by a number of factors. Field space is the primary limiting factor. In order to develop, teams need to train multiple times per week. With the large number of FSC teams, the Perinton Rec Soccer program, Fairport Lacrosse, Fairport Baseball, etc. there simply is not enough space for every club to have an unlimited number of teams.

FSC has chosen to have more teams at the younger age levels in order to promote the development of soccer. At U12 and above we tend to have two teams per age group. Up through U10 we try to form as many teams as possible.

Is there a limit to roster sizes?

RDYSL has established the following restrictions: At U10 and below, the maximum roster size is 14. For U11 and above, the roster size varies.

Teams age U10 and younger play 7 v 7 (7 players on the field including the keeper); U11 and U12 play 9 v 9; U13 and above play 11 v 11.

Why is it important to have FSC teams in the higher divisions?

RDYSL defines divisions within each age bracket. The top division in each age bracket is limited to 7 teams.

FSC does not want to enter multiple teams in the same division. It is better for FSC teams to compete against non-FSC teams — this approach is strongly endorsed by RDYSL as well. Therefore, the placement of each FSC team is affected by the placement of the top FSC team in each age bracket. It is important to have teams in as high a division as possible in order for the second team at that age group to also be in the highest division possible, thereby creating an environment where ALL teams can play up to their ability.

What is the mission of FSC?

The Fairport Soccer Club is organized with the expressed intention to teach and promote soccer on a competitive level. The club’s primary purpose is to develop youth soccer players. Players are sought who demonstrate the greatest commitment and ability to play soccer. The prime emphasis with the U10 and under groups is to teach individual techniques at the expense of competitiveness. In the U11 and above age groups, emphasis changes to the development of competitive teams. Player commitment to training is of primary importance to a player’s continuing development. We also promote an environment with our club where each player is challenged to their capability and therefore we offer multiple teams at each age group, when we can. These teams are placed in Division 1, 2 or 3 depending on their strength.

Is FSCs philosophy Win at all costs!?


Can only the best players play for FSC?

No. We have multiple teams at most age groups so that players of different abilities can both compete and develop.

Do you have to live in Fairport to play for FSC?

No. FSC is focused primarily on players in the Perinton area but out of town players are able to play for FSC. FSC defines the Perinton area as either a mailing address of Fairport NY or living within the Fairport Central School District.

Why have out of town players?

Out of town players contribute to the overall mission of FSC in the following ways: In certain age groups, there are not enough Fairport players to field a team the out of town players enable Fairport players to participate. In other cases, the out of town players enable the FSC team to compete in a higher RDYSL division. In addition, there are a number of special circumstances that have occurred over the years. For example, a FSC coach living outside the Perinton area who wants his/her children to participate in FSC.

Is there a limit to the number of out of town players?

The FSC board has established a general guideline of no more than two out of town players on any particular team, although the historical reality has been less than 5%. The FSC board reserves the right to adjust this number for the reasons explained above.

Doesn’t having out of town players conflict with FSC developing players to strengthen the Fairport High School teams?

Although there is certainly an ancillary benefit to the schools from having soccer talent developed through the efforts of FSC, it is NOT an objective, purpose, or mission of FSC to develop players for the Fairport school program. We do not exclude players who attend private schools nor those who are home-schooled.

We utilize many of the school fields and have an excellent relationship with the school district but there is no connection between the school athletic program and FSC each program is independent.

Are premier players allowed to play on a FSC team?

FSC follows RDYSL rules.
Dual Roster Players information: for players who play on more than one competitive NYSWYSA team.

  1. 1. Each FSC team can have up to 6 dual roster players.
  2. 2. 3 players that are primary to FSC and 3 players that are Secondary to FSC.
  3. 3. The Dual Roster forms that MUST be signed can be found on the NYSWYSA website, it is called Release to Secondary form.
  4. 4. ALL Dual Roster forms must be signed by the other teams coach & are due to the FSC registrar by October 1, 2013 for those players on U8-U16.

In cases when there are more than three players on one team interested in Dual Roster Registration, FSC will use the following criteria in determining Primary and Secondary registration. Please contact the FSC Board Liaison for your age group to help facilitate this process, they can be reached by sending an email to CONTACT US (please specify the age group team so that we can route your email to the appropriate Board Liaison).

The Dual Roster selection is made by the following:

  • Played with FSC the previous year(s)
  • 1st to sign up with FSC & return signed Dual roster form to FSC registrar
  • Top performing player at tryout

How are players assigned to a team?

Team placement occurs after tryouts. At the younger age levels, (up through U10), the focus is on soccer development. Assignment to teams is generally based on overall soccer skills. At U11 and above, placement is determined by a combination of overall soccer ability and position specific skills exhibited by individual players. This is due to the increasing importance of team tactical development and the need for a team to have competitive players in each position.

All team rosters are approved by the board.

When are tryouts held and what can my child expect to do in tryouts?

Tryouts are held in September with teams or pools of teams chosen by the end of October. Tryouts consist of both individual drills to analyze specific skills as well as group or team skills with the use of small-sided field games.

Are tryouts the only consideration for placement on a team?

No. Although tryouts are the primary determination, performance evaluations from the prior year and in some circumstances observations at school soccer games are also used to determine placement.

Once a player is on a team, is he/she guaranteed a spot next year?


Can a player move among teams within an age group from year to year?

Yes. Many players have moved onto a team at a higher level than their previous years team.

Can a player play up?

FSC allows players to either tryout with their age group or with their school grade appropriate group. We may occasionally move players up to an older (max of 2) age level in order to continue a player’s development or maximize the number of players participating.

How are Head coaches selected?

Coaches are determined after tryouts. Soccer Development evaluates the needs of each team. A decision is then made as to whether a parent or non-parent paid coach is most appropriate.

How are paid coaches funded?

A paid coachs total stipend is negotiated with the coach by FSC. The amount is based on coaching experience. FSC pays up to $1,500 of a paid coachs annual stipend. This is paid out of the funds collected from player annual dues. Any amount over the $1,500 is funded by the team parents through a collection, typically coordinated by the teams manager.

Who is in charge of a particular team?

The head coach serves as the general manager of the team. Assistant coaches and the team manager support the head coach in the administration and operation throughout the soccer year.

FSC has defined expectations for coaches and the Soccer Development Committee works with coaches throughout the year.

What is the cost to participate in travel soccer?

Other than club registration & dues, costs vary depending upon how much each team decides to do. Some tendencies: U8-U10 are lower end of range, U11-U13 are sometimes higher end, U14-U17 are less predictable.

In addition, players usually require a ball ($8-$20), a new pair of cleats each year ($20-$100), shin guards every few years ($5-$25), and a duffle bag for their gear ($15-$25). Annual dues are set in the fall based on estimated club costs & income spread over the projected number of players.

The U6 and U7 teams(Micro Soccer Program) will have a reduced pricing structure as they will not have the same commitments as the older teams, such as out of town tournaments etc.

What are the Dues and the Refund Policy for Dues?

The following reflect the dues and refund policy for the 2014-2015 season:
U8 – U17 travel soccer
Joining 2/1 – 3/31: $350 + $77 uniform
Joining 4/1 or later: $250 + $77 uniform
U7 Developmental Program: $375
Micro Soccer – $225 (includes uniform and ball)
U19 Travel Soccer – $150

FSCs policy for issuing refunds is as follows:
If a player does not make any team $445
If a player withdraws between December 1st and January 31st $300
If a player withdraws between February 1st – April 30th $225

Any uniform fees collected will not be refunded unless the uniform order has not yet been placed.

Is any special equipment required?

Yes, all players are required to wear shin guards during practice and games. Although not required by a rule, cleats are highly recommended as the shoe of choice unless the ground is extremely hard. In that case, running shoes or turf shoes are often easier on the feet. A water bottle is also highly recommended.

What is the uniform and how much does it cost?

FSC uses a 2 or 3-year cycle for uniforms every other year each player is provided a new uniform that consists of two jerseys, shorts, and two pair of socks as their uniform. Players joining in year 2 of the cycle, or players wishing to purchase replacement uniforms, have to pay an additional uniform fee.

Can players also play other sports concurrently?

Players can play other sports but are expected to participate in the teams soccer training sessions and games. Parents or players should contact the coach when conflicts arise in order to determine a solution as the commitment to training is of primary importance to the coach/player and open communication between the coach and parent/player limits any misunderstandings.

Where are practices held during the winter months?

Indoor practices are held at
Turin Tennis & Swim Club
260 Hogan Road
Fairport, NY 14450

When and where are travel soccer games played?

Games are typically played on weeknights for U11 to U19. Games are played on fields associated with travels clubs around the greater Rochester area. For example, FSC uses Fairport School and Perinton Community Center fields. Games start in mid-May and continue through the end of July.

How many outdoor games are played?

Teams typically play 12 league games a year split evenly between your home field and your opponent’s home field. All games are within the greater Rochester area. However, you may participate in tournaments outside the Rochester area which could require an overnight stay. Each team typically participates in three tournaments over the season. The choice of tournaments is at the discretion of the coaching staff. Playing in the Fairport tournament is considered one of the three tournaments and is mandatory for each FSC team if the age bracket is offered.

Who referees the games?

All games are officiated by referees certified by the United States Soccer Federation and all referees are required to pass an annual written test for certification.

What volunteer opportunities/requirements are there?

Many positions are available on a team basis: team manager, field maintenance rep, and tournament committee positions. All families are expected to volunteer to help at the annual tournament held in July.

What is the time commitment I should expect for each position?

The time commitment depends on the position. Team manager is the most time consuming and the preparation for this position takes place before the start of the outdoor season in May. The other positions are roughly 1 hour per week, with the exception being tournament committee member, which is 2 hrs per week during May and June.

If I volunteer, will I have help?

Yes, all volunteer positions in the club have good resources for help. Additionally, some positions can have two different parents sharing responsibility, others only need one.

What is the role of the team manager?

The team managers role is to facilitate the operation of the team throughout the soccer season. The time commitment varies but generally requires a couple hours per week. Being a team manager is an excellent way to positively influence your team and learn about the organizational aspect of soccer.

When is the Fairport Tournament?

We plan to host our annual tournament on the first weekend after the July 4th holiday week. Each year we apply for the requested weekend through New York State West Youth Soccer Association (NYSWYSA), parent organization of the RDYSL. We are notified if our weekend is approved in December.

Each family is required to work at the tournament typically one or two 2-hour shifts per family. These volunteer assignments include parking, concessions, field marshals, security, etc. More information and opportunities to express your preferred assignments will be provided in the spring. Check the web site for details.

What kind of time commitment is involved, how many games/practices per week, & how long are they?

Typically, training starts indoors at a low intensity on November 1, hits its peak intensity in May, and the season is over in July. Most teams will start with one training session a week during the winter, and then go to two a week in March. In April, we alternate between indoor and outdoor training as the weather cooperates. In May, teams train at 2 to 3 times a week depending on the level of play. June and July are the most intense months; teams typically meet for games and training sessions at a rate of three times a week during this time.

Typically training session duration is 60 minutes for U8 to U10 and 90 minutes for U11 to U19.

Is training year round or seasonal?

Below is an outline of a typical Year:

September Two 2-hour sessions as part of tryouts.
October Team selection process.
November 1 to April 30 26 weeks of indoor training sessions. 1 hour-90 minutes per week.
Late April to Mid May Outdoor Preseason practice and scrimmages. Normally teams meet 2-3 times per week.
Mid May to Late July Outdoor league season. Teams play 12 league games and two weekend tournaments. Teams should meet three times a week (Division 1 teams may meet four times per week), with a very light schedule during the July 4th week.
August Season ends late July to first week of August. August is normally soccer families vacation month.