Fairfield United Soccer Association

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FUSA Tryout and Team Placement Process

Player Evaluations

All existing FUSA players are assessed by Ole technical coaches at the beginning and end of both the fall and spring seasons. This assessment is combined with a tryout evaluation to create a score. Players are then rated within their respective age groups based on their scores. Players that are new to FUSA, including all incoming U9 players, will be rated based on their tryout scores. Current FUSA players that are injured and cannot participate in tryouts will be rated using their in-season evaluations.

Once players have checked in during the tryout sessions, we ask parents not to remain at the field to observe. We know it's tempting to watch and everyone means well, but kids already have a heightened stress level at tryouts and we've found they perform their best without the distraction of parents watching.

Spring High School Team Player Evaluations

Fairfield United fields teams at high school ages to play during the spring season. Versus younger age groups the process for evaluating high school players and placing onto teams differs a little. FUSA will run two tryout sessions, one in June and another in November following the high school soccer season. Our coaching partners at Ole will use information from these sessions, combined with observation from the current spring season (where available) and upcoming fall high school season (where available) to form an evaluation of each player.

While we encourage players to attend both tryout sessions, we also recognize conflicts and injuries can prevent that from happening. As such, if a player misses a tryout session, Ole will use the remaining available data described above to form an evaluation.

We do ask that players inform us if they will be missing a tryout by sending an email to fusatryouts@gmail.com.

Team Composition

Player development is the primary goal for Fairfield United when constructing teams. This leads to a more balanced approach at younger ages, progressing to tiered teams as players get older. While our composition strategy can evolve from year to year to reflect the changing landscape of youth soccer in Connecticut, FUSA's goal of emphasizing development over winning remains steady. For the 2018-2019 season, FUSA's team composition strategy is outlined below and remains the same as the current year:
  • U9 - Birth Year 2010 (7 v. 7): The goal at the entry level of travel soccer is to assemble balanced teams, meaning each team is formed to be of equal skill. Team rosters will be capped at 12 per US Soccer rules.
  • U10 - Birth Year 2009 (7 v. 7): Teams will be constructed across three tiers based on player skills. At the highest level (A) teams will be balanced (across no more than two teams). At the second and third tiers, teams will be built from top to bottom, based on player ratings. Team rosters will be capped at 12 new US Soccer rules.
  • U11-U12 - Birth Years 2008-2007 (9 v. 9): Teams will be built from top to bottom, based on player ratings. Teams will not be balanced relative to each other. Travel team rosters are generally capped at 15 for the Fall season. Beginning with the U11 age group, FUSA will form a team to play at a premier level within each age group. Players will be offered a position on premier teams based on evaluation scores and team needs.
  • U13-U14/15 - Birth Years 2006-2004 (11 v. 11): Teams will be built from top to bottom, based on player ratings. Teams will not be balanced relative to each other. Travel team rosters are generally capped at 18-20 for the Fall season. At each of these age groups, FUSA will form a team to play in a premier division. Players will be offered a position on premier teams based on evaluation scores and team needs.
  • High School - U15-U18 Birth Years 2004-2001 (11 v. 11): FUSA spring HS teams are primarily intended for Freshmen through Juniors, with U17 (birth year 2002) teams typically being the oldest age group. We welcome those born in 2001 to join the tryout. However, the fielding of a U18 team (birth year 2001) is not guaranteed and will be contingent on the number of players and skill levels as judged by Ole coaches, and the competitive landscape at each age group. In the event a team is not fielded, FUSA will be in contact with affected players to discuss alternate options.
Player placement on all teams (with the exception of High School) is expected to be released via email in late June. High School teams will be announced during the winter

Team Division Placement

Once teams are constructed and players have accepted offers, Ole will make recommendations on where teams should be placed within Southwest District travel (A/B/C), and CJSA, CCSL,EDP, or NYCSL premier divisions.

The competitive landscape of leagues/divisions in the CT/NY region has shown great variability from year to year. As such, team placement will be monitored continuously and may be adjusted after the Fall season.

These recommendations will be based on skill levels of the players on the teams and are to ensure continued player development. Competitiveness will be a factor as well, however placement recommendations will emphasize player development over winning.