SOCCER PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
FC Harlem’s soccer development model consists of five key programs designed for boys and girls from ages 5 to 19 of various skill levels.
Participation in all soccer programs requires a commitment to one of our age-specific enrichment programs.
SOCCER FOR SUCCESS
Since 2007, FC Harlem's after-school soccer program, Soccer in the Schools started by John Alverez, has brought soccer into schools in Harlem.
Our recreational league targets boys and girls ages 5-14 of any skill level. There are no prerequisites in terms of skill or experience. Since 2006, our recreational league participation has grown to over 300 players. Matches and/or practices are scheduled once a week during the fall to accommodate participants' introduction to the game. Our Rec League supports and encourages a high level of parent involvement.
Players who express an interest in continuing skill development and training may participate in our developmental program, which targets children ages 7-12. This program is designed to have two to three training sessions per week under a licensed coach employing structured tactics and FC Harlem philosophy. Players who do well in the developmental program will be encouraged to tryout for the FC Harlem travel teams.
FC HARLEM TRAVEL TEAMS
The travel teams target children ages 9-16 to represent FC Harlem in various competitive travel leagues. Participation on the travel teams is by tryout only; players are not guaranteed a spot on the teams. In addition to traveling to play teams throughout New York City, members of the travel teams may travel out of the state or country to play in tournaments or friendly matches against other clubs.
SUPER 20 TEAMS
The best players in our program ages 17-19 may tryout for our Super 20 team, which plays in the United Soccer League, a national amateur league. The U20 team attracts talented college freshman seeking top level competition during the summer. FC Harlem plays in the Mid-Atlantic Division and travels throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.