Mobile United was founded as a competitive soccer club. A competitive soccer club differs from a recreational soccer club, in that a recreational club is founded on the understanding that all participants, regardless of experience or skill level will be given the opportunity to be a part of a team, and will receive substantial, if not equal playing time. While this system has merit, and certainly has its place, it is not designed to challenge a player or team, which has a desire to compete at a higher level. However, the competitive club system does not exist solely for the elite player, who currently excels at the sport.

CLUB PHILOSOPHY

Mobile United was founded by a group of parents with a desire to give their children the opportunity to pursue their love for the sport to the fullest, without spending their college fund in doing so. In the U.S. (particularly in the South) it is extremely difficult to find a system, which meets this need.

It is popular, in America today, to have a system of sport, which allows for equality in all things. This sounds great, right? How could equality be a bad thing? This concept is taken to the extreme in some cases where scores are not tallied, and there is no distinction between winning and losing. None of us questions the validity of such a system in small children who do not know enough about their likes and dislikes to choose a sport they love. However, our kids have chosen the sport of Soccer as something that brings them joy and satisfaction. They have chosen to focus their time and effort to perfect this craft, not because we as parents have convinced them to do so, but because they desire it. You might say they love it.

It is our desire to honor their commitment, by placing them in a system that rewards their effort- by allowing them to compete at a higher level. The lessons learned in sport, can be some of the most valuable lessons a young person can take with them into the world. We recognize how weighty a responsibility this is for us as coaches and leaders. As a result, it is our desire to create an environment, which reinforces the core values, detailed above, fortifies a love of the game of soccer, and produces premier athletes that are known as much for their constitution as they are for their skill.

By encouraging our children to become a part of this system, we are saying to them, “You have a gift, I see it in you, and I am encouraging you to refine and polish it.” They will be both honored, and challenged by your recognition. We will then give them the opportunity to commit to something larger than themselves, and honor that commitment. In so doing, we are giving them the opportunity to learn a lesson they will never forget, and to become a part of a brotherhood that will (if they choose) see them into adulthood.

It is our sincere hope that this system, will serve to enrich your child’s life, as well as their experience in and love of the sport, regardless of his/her current skill level. For additional information about the Club Soccer System and Philosophy, please visit: http://www.usclubsoccer.org

CLUB STRUCTURE

A competitive soccer club, like Mobile United, is designed for kids who have gravitated toward, and shown an affinity and gifting for the sport of soccer. The training programs are tailored to challenge the kids in order to prepare them to perform at a higher level than their peers in the recreational system. These boys and girls will be competing against other competitive soccer clubs from all over the country. This competition will take place, in part, locally, but will require some travel.

Mobile United was founded as a competitive soccer club. A competitive soccer club differs from a recreational soccer club, in that a recreational club is founded on the understanding that all participants, regardless of experience or skill level will be given the opportunity to be a part of a team, and will receive substantial, if not equal playing time. While this system has merit, and certainly has its place, it is not designed to challenge a player or team, which has a desire to compete at a higher level. However, the competitive club system does not exist solely for the elite player, who currently excels at the sport.

We, at Mobile United, welcome players of ALL experience and skill levels. Our club, like all similarly structured competitive clubs, has two groups within each age group; Select and Academy (or Reserve). In this variation of the system, all of the kids within an age group, regardless of skill level, will train together. There will, however, be a Select squad. For example, at U11 there will only be ten Select Squad Members. These players will travel to, and play in tournaments, against other select squads. All other players will be rostered as part of the team, as academy or reserve players and will be available to play with the Select Squad as their skills improve. In addition to this opportunity, the academy squad will play in all Friendly games, Play Dates, and League Play Games on the schedule. They will play alongside the select players, and will, as a result, be challenged to play at a higher level.

CORE VALUES

Strength 
Sport is about competition. It gives our young people the opportunity to test their metal against their peers. It gives them the opportunity to ask and answer the ultimate question, “Do I have what it takes?” Our young men and women will be taught that Strength is something that comes from within. It is not something that is given or achieved. It is something with which they were born. Our job as coaches and parents is to call it forth, and to give them a forum to exercise it.

Honor 
The desire to succeed is a key component in Soccer. Our kids will be taught that winning is less important than how we conduct ourselves. We will ultimately be judged as young men and women, and as a team, not by our wins and losses, but by our conduct. We will always play by the rules. We will treat players, coaches and officials with respect at all times. We will treat our teammates, and opponents with honesty, fairness and integrity.

Unity
Our young men and women will be taught that a person’s value has little to do with what they can contribute, that all people should act, and will be treated with equality, regardless of differences in race, creed or color. No one person can successfully play the game without the help of others. Every single member is valuable to the team.

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