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CFC Tryout FAQ


Tryout Registration

How do I register for tryouts?
Players can register for tryouts online using the registration link provided on this site. The fee for registration is $15 which covers the cost of the tryout t-shirt and needs to be paid at the time of registration. Registering online allows us to both prepare for expected numbers and keep you informed of any changes. It also expedites the check-in process when you arrive. Players should register a minimum of 48 hours prior to the first scheduled tryout.

Following the above registration procedures allows for a more positive and relaxed experience for players as they check-in.

Do current CFC players need to tryout? Register online?
Yes and yes.

Should players attend all tryouts?
Yes, players are expected to attend all tryout sessions for their age group.

My child is trying out for an ECNL/NPL level team but would like to be considered for a USYS team if not offered a roster position. Do we need to register for and attend both ECNL/NPL and USYS tryouts?
Yes, ECNL/NPL and USYS tryout processes are separate. To be considered for any team, players must register for and attend the tryouts for that program level in order to be evaluated with other interested players  to ensure proper team placement. Inclusion on tryout evaluation forms also requires that a player register for that particular tryout.

What is the difference between Conshohocken and Downingtown teams in some age groups?
The club offers different locations for the convenience of our families. For some program levels, families can choose the location they prefer. Teams will train out of the indicated location, and players should attend tryouts for their location of choice. There may be instances when a team trains in both or plays games in either location.

Will teams be hosting “open practice sessions” prior to tryouts so that my child can experience CFC's environment in advance?
Yes, players can attend a training session prior to tryouts only after completing tryout registration. Please email the appropriate Director/Age Group Coordinator to let him know that you wish to attend a training session with a current team. Contact information is included at the end of this FAQ document.

I have some questions for the coach.  How can I contact the coach directly prior to tryouts?
The Continental FC website provides detailed information concerning many items related to the 2018-2019 season. Additionally, coaches will speak briefly with parents at tryouts. If, after reviewing and hearing this information you still have questions, please email the appropriate Director/Age Group Coordinator so that he/she may respond or direct your question to the appropriate staff member. Contact information is available at the end of this FAQ document.

Age Groups

How do I determine the correct team and age group for a player?
Players should try out for the age group indicated for their birth year per the matrix below. Tryouts are scheduled for an age group as a whole where abilities are evaluated. Team assignments are based on these assessments.




Birth Year

Age Group

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Tryouts start with the U9 age group and my child is U8. Can he/she still play on a team?
Yes, U8 players are encouraged to attend U9 tryouts. It is not unusual for younger players to participate on a U9 team
 - if a player has the ability and desire to play at that level, the opportunity is there.

I notice you have multiple teams within an age group. How does my child try out for a particular team?
Tryouts are scheduled for an entire age group. At tryouts, players will be evaluated extensively as an age group and placed appropriately on a team based on assessed experience level.

How many teams will there be in each age group?
Academy, Pre-Academy, ECNL and NPL teams will have one team per age group. USYS teams will be sorted by ability into multiple teams: Barca, Dortmund, Arsenal, etc. We do not make decisions on the number of USYS teams per age group prior to evaluating the depth and talent level at a particular tryout.

What is the club’s policy on roster size?
CFC will strive to keep teams to a size that allows sufficient numbers for training and maximized playing time. As a general rule we keep squads of 7v7 soccer to 11 or 12 players; 9v9 we will keep squads of 13 or 14; and, 11v11 teams to 18 to 20 players depending on the age group. Individual teams will have different needs based on schedules, physical demands, and potential conflicts – all of which can influence the size of a team roster.

Can my player try out for an older age group or ‘play up’ a year? 
Players are permitted to tryout for an older age group but should also attend age appropriate tryouts to ensure proper team placement if a roster position is not offered on the older team. For a player to be selected to play up with an older team, the Technical Staff & respective coach of that team must determine that the player will be an impact player who needs to play up to ensure he/she is appropriately challenged.

If a player is interested in trying out for an older team, he/she should notify the Club Manager after registering to ensure inclusion on the tryout list for the older age group.

My player is younger than U8 and just wants to train. Can he/she do that?
CFC offers multiple age appropriate training programs, clinics and camps for younger players throughout the year. Information on available programs can be found on the CFC website.

Tryout Sessions

What should players wear and bring to the tryout sessions?
Tryout t-shirts and pinnies will be provided at the registration area.  Players must wear shin guards and bring an inflated ball and water.

What if it is raining the day of tryouts? Will you cancel?
It is unlikely we will cancel tryouts. We will post any changes on the club’s website as well as e-mail anyone registered as soon as possible in case of a change in schedule.

Can the parents attend and watch tryouts?
Parents are welcome to observe from the spectator areas (outside the playing and evaluation zone).

How are players evaluated at the tryouts?
The coaching staff evaluates players in four categories: Technical, Tactical, Physical, and Psychological.

What if a player is injured or cannot attend the tryout session for the team he/she is interested in? Please email the appropriate Director/Age Group Coordinator and team coach prior to tryouts for alternative options to be evaluated. Players should still register for tryouts in order to be considered.

Who picks the team?
The CFC Technical and Coaching Staff will pick teams. Decisions will be based upon input from the previous year’s coach, CFC’s directors and technical staff as well as staff devoted to next year’s team.

Are you going to break up our existing team or combine it with another?
The differing rates of individual player development can result in a shift of players between teams. There will be many instances where players will still be with some (or many) of their teammates. Ultimately the goal will be to form teams of similar levels of ability to play against other teams of similar ability as this approach maximizes both player development and the overall experience.

Who will coach the team?
CFC Coaching Staff assignments are posted online prior to tryouts. The club may field multiple teams, so there may be multiple coaches within an age group. We have assembled the strongest staff to date for our program and are very excited about the quality of coaching available to our players.

When can we talk to the staff regarding player placement?
No discussions will take place before or during the tryout evaluation. No discussions will take place on the field during or immediately following tryout sessions. Contact the appropriate Director/Age Group Coordinator for any questions regarding player placement after the selection process has taken place.

Will carpooling be taken into consideration when forming teams?
The four evaluation areas mentioned above - Technical, Tactical, Physical and Psychological - are the only criteria considered by the Coaching Staff as they strive to put players in the most developmentally appropriate environment. While carpooling is not a factor in forming teams, parents frequently find themselves able to make arrangements with other team parents.

Team Placement Notification and 2018-2019 Season Registration

When and how will players be notified of being offered a spot on a team?
Players may be notified as early as immediately following the first tryout session. All players attending tryouts for an age group will receive notifications from the coaching staff via email or a phone call within 72 hours after the conclusion of the final tryout session.

How soon do we need to reply to an offer?
Players should be prepared to accept an offer when extended. Players must accept a roster position within 24 hours of the extended offer by completing online CFC 2018-2019 Player Registration. As offers are accepted and online registrations completed, rosters will be populated. If a player needs additional time to consider an offer, information will be provided to the player as to how to proceed. The player should be aware, however, that the offer for a particular team may be rescinded after the specified period if the player has not yet accepted the offer and the roster for that team has reached capacity.

If I am offered a roster spot on a CFC team and wish to accept the offer, what’s the next step? How do I register for the team?
The CFC annual Player Registration process will be completed when accepting the roster position and will serve to confirm and reserve a player’s roster spot. Registration occurs online through GotSoccer in a process similar to that of tryout registration and involves making the required annual registration payment.

Will I need to order a uniform upon acceptance of an offer?
Returning players will not need to order a new uniform for the 2018-2019 season although they are welcome to order additional pieces if they choose. Players new to CFC will work with a designated team Uniform Coordinator to complete ordering in the weeks following tryouts. Uniforms are ordered through an on-line store set up with Angelo’s Soccer Corner.

Financial Considerations

What will the cost be to play on a CFC team for the 2018-2019 season?
Details regarding player fees will be shared at tryouts for a particular age group. Fees vary among age groups as well as teams within an age group depending on planned activities for the season and the level of commitment required by a team. Within CFC, families will have multiple options and can choose a level of commitment best suited to their needs. CFC is a non-profit organization. We offer first class coaching, facilities, competition, and player development. CFC fees are priced competitively.

Uniform cost is in addition to team fees.

What does the payment schedule for the season look like?
You will have visibility to your exact payment schedule when completing Player Registration. The first team fee payment will be paid at the time you accept a roster spot by registering. After that, team fees are generally split into equal payments approximately every other month with all payments completed by the end of March.

What forms of payment will you accept for registration and subsequent payment installments?
We accept all major credit cards including Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover, as well as electronic withdrawals from checking accounts.  We cannot accept debit cards or prepaid gift cards.

Do you offer discounts for families with multiple CFC players?
Yes. Families who register multiple players for the 2018-2019 season will receive a discount on player registration for the 2nd and subsequent players.

Do you offer financial aid?
Continental FC has the capacity to provide some scholarship assistance for players’ families with financial need. Details on the CFC Scholarship Program are available on the CFC website under the Administration tab.

What is your refund policy?
Continental FC’s Financial Policies may be found on our website under the Administration tab. 

Who do I contact if I have finance related concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding financial considerations including payment of fees or our need based scholarship program, please contact our Finance Manager.

General Questions

When does the season start and end?
In general, for USYS teams the summer/fall season runs from July-November while the winter/spring season covers December-May. Depending on level and age, calendars will vary to include tournaments, etc. The commitment to the team is for the entire year. In general, teams play for 10 out of 12 months. Older U15-U19 ECNL teams have an August to July calendar although the fall season is light as players are active with the high school soccer season. Academy and Pre-Academy teams play all year with brief breaks.

Where will practices for XYZ team be held? At what time and how often?
 Details regarding the frequency and location of practices for a particular team will be shared at or prior to tryouts.

CFC has access to a large number of quality fields. In general Academy, Pre-Academy, ECNL, NPL and Conshohocken based USYS teams train at our Proving Grounds facility, while Downingtown based USYS teams train at the multiple field complexes we have in the area. Select CFC teams will benefit from training and/or playing games at both state-of-the-art locations.

Team training sessions will vary from 2-4 per week depending on the level of commitment required by a particular team. Families have an opportunity to choose the level of comitment that suits their interest.

Are practices and games mandatory?
CFC training sessions, games, and all team events are designed to maximize individual player development and team growth, as well as safety from a fitness standpoint, and are therefore a mandatory commitment.

Can my child play another sport and soccer at the same time?
Yes, for players on the majority of our teams. For balance, motor-skill development, cross-training and other reasons, participation in multiple sports can be good for young soccer players. However families and coaches must evaluate the demands of specific teams and playing seasons for each sport. The developmental curve of a soccer player will be affected by the commitment level. U.S. Soccer limits what additional activities our Academy team players can join.

Can my child play club AND school soccer?
For USYS, NPL and ECNL teams, yes - CFC is proud of our many players who enjoy success on their respective school teams. Academy players are not permitted to participate in scholastic soccer.

*Attention should be paid to the rest/recovery needs of young, growing athletes in determining when a break from training is in the best interest of the individual’s mental and physical health. For U14 and below, two soccer teams in the same season can be very taxing on a player and must be delicately balanced.

Staff Contact Information

The Continental FC Staff below are available to answer
any additional questions you may have.

Skip Thorp, Technical Director –          

Bryan Thorp, Director of Boys Coaching & Academy Director –

Carla DeSantis, Director of Girls Coaching -

Blake Hornbuckle, Director of Girls ECNL/NPL –

Andres Hurtado, Director of Boys ECNL –

Andrew Kummerer, Director of Youth Soccer* -
* U9-U11 Teams

Peye Garcia, Director of Operations –

Susan Hennelly, Club Manager –

Susan Panacek, Finance Manager –



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