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Join a Stanford Soccer Club Team

All Stanford Soccer teams look forward to meeting potential new players, so even if you do not see an appropriate tryout for your player on the list below, please email the contacts Teams/Schedules or send a message to webmaster@stanfordsoccerclub.org. In your email please include the player name, DOB, sports experience and family contact info (for more information see Contacting the Appropriate Team).

During all tryouts SSC requires that players wear shin guards and bring a signed copy of this tryout form. We look forward to meeting you and your soccer player.

Team Tryouts Listings (Boys & Girls)

Note: Age designations (e.g. U10) are for Fall 2014; Birthdates are shown to help clarify this.


Boys Teams

Stanford United, U8 Boys (born after 7/31/06) We would love to have you join us at tryouts as we get ready for Fall 2014. Our program is directed by Vava Marques. Further coaching and program information is described in the Stanford United U11 Boys information below. We plan to field three teams to ensure your son is placed at the appropriate level. Please email <u8910tryouts@gmail.com>. Tryouts will be May 19 & 21 from 4-5:30. For further team information please contact John Rowe <john.b.rowe@gmail.com>.

Stanford Microbursts, U9 Boys (born after 7/31/05) Fall 2014 tryout is Sunday May 18th at 2:30 pm at JLS#4. For alternate arrangement or further information please contact Michael Koehler <mftkoehler@gmail.com>.

Stanford United Freeze and Burn, U9 Boys (born after 7/31/05) We would love to have you join us at tryouts as we get ready for Fall 2014. Our program is directed by Vava Marques. Further coaching and program information is described in the Stanford United U11 Boys information below. We plan to field three teams to ensure your son is placed at the appropriate level. Please email <u8910tryouts@gmail.com>. Tryouts will be May 19 & 21 from 4-5:30. For further team information please contact Russell Ford <russellford2000@gmail.com> or John Rowe <john.b.rowe@gmail.com>.

Stanford United Aftershocks (Silver), Snowstorm, Hailstorm U10 Boys (born after 7/31/04) We would love to have you join us at tryouts as we get ready for Fall 2014. Our program is directed by Vava Marques. Further coaching and program information is described in the Stanford United U11 Boys information below. We plan to field three teams to ensure your son is placed at the appropriate level. Please email <u8910tryouts@gmail.com>. Tryouts will be May 19 & 21 from 4-5:30. For further team information contact Jen Coler <jenicoler@gmail.com>, Michael Roesch <roesch@gmail.com> or John Rowe <john.b.rowe@gmail.com>.

Stanford Sundogs, U10 Boys (born after 7/31/04) Please join us, meet our professional coach and see if there is a match for your interests and our team. Our team philosophy emphasizes player development with a strong focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and community building. For more tryout information, please contact Richard Ho <rho@cs.stanford.edu>.

Stanford United Volcanoes (Silver), Mirage (Bronze) and Rapids (Copper), U11 Boys (born after 7/31/03) We would love to have you join us at tryouts as we get ready for Fall 2014. Our program is directed by Vava Marques, a US Professional (WPSL FC Gold Pride), US National Team, and college coach who brings 20+ years of coaching experience to our program. Vava is supported by a quality coaching staff with over 15 years of youth soccer coaching experience between them. We have three teams in each age group to ensure your son is placed at the appropriate level. While we field the most skilled teams in Palo Alto, the practices are designed for fun. Fall soccer starts in August and runs through November.  Practices are held in Palo Alto twice a week with games on the weekends.  There are also opportunities to play in summer tournaments and a summer camp. Please email <u11tryouts@gmail.com>. Tryouts will be May 20 & 22 from 4-5:30. For further team information please contact Zeene Ni <zeenec@mac.com>, DIrk Wenzel <dirk.wenzel@sap.com> or John Rowe <john.b.rowe@gmail.com>.

Stanford Meteors U11 Boys (born after 7/31/03). We formed in Spring 2010 and currently play in the CYSA Bronze division. If your son is committed to playing soccer, wants to join a team that truly loves playing soccer together, and wants to learn from experienced, devoted coaches, then we look forward to meeting him.Please contact Luis Michel <luisdmichel@gmail.com> for more information.

Stanford Lightning U12 Boys (born after 7/31/02). Please contact Pratap Mukherjee <pratapmuk@gmail.com> or Antonio Caliz <acaliz@gmail.com> for tryout and other information.  We are a great group of boys in the Copper division focusing on skill development, becoming more competitive over the longer-term through training and playing together, learning the values of teamwork, respect and leadership, all while having fun!

Stanford United Hurricanes, Blizzards U12 Boys (born after 7/31/02) For tryout information, please contact Sabine Nusser <ssph4@yahoo.com> or Tanya <tanya36@gmail.com>.

Our program is directed by Vava Marques who is a US Professional (WPSL -FC Gold Pride), US National Team, and College coach who brings 20+ years of coaching experience to our program. Vava is supported by a quality coaching staff who have 15+ years of youth soccer coaching experience between them. In Spring 2014 we merged our 3 teams into 2 competitive 11v11 teams, representing the Bronze and Silver Elite CCSL Divisions. In addition the teams have won NorCal State Cup “Silver 2” and “Bronze 7” NorCal State Cup Championships.

Stanford Flood, U13 Boys (born after 7/31/01) To schedule a tryout contact manager Kathy Kawakami, ksklusk@gmail.com.

Stanford United Fireballs U14 Boys Silver. (born after 7/31/00 ) We are looking for 3 or 4 enthusiastic players who love soccer, team spirit and competition. Currently playing CCSL Gold, our team placed 1st at the Stanford Summer Classic Tournament (Division 1 Silver) in August 2013, 2nd at the Harvest Cup (Premier/gold level) in October 2013 and is ranked #28 in Northern CA. Our coach Vava Marques, is experienced at the club and high school level and is also a US National Futsal Team coach. For more information or to arrange a tryout, please contact Shali (650-455-9004, smmiklos@yahoo.com) or Anne (Anne_Rerolle@hotmail.com).

Stanford Catatumbo, U14 Boys (born after 7/31/00 ) Catatumbo (Norcal Silver) is comprised of a great group of kids and parents that like to have fun and who enjoy competitive soccer.We are looking for a few dedicated players to complement our squad. If you are interested in trying out, please contact Manager: Todd Ford, tford@brokenarrowcapital.com or at 650-862-4616

Stanford Earthquakes, U15 Boys (born after July 31, 1999) We are a fun group of U15 boys looking for players that are competitive while eager to develop their skills, and who believe in true team spirit. We will hold a first tryout during our regular practice session on Thursday, May 22, 6.30-8pm at Cubberley Football Field. We may hold an additional tryout later. For more information, contact manager Yvonne Baur <yvonne.baur@gmail.com>.

Stanford Vortex, U16 Boys (born after July 31, 1998) We are a family oriented team and interested in boys that have a great attitude and love competitive soccer. For more information contact the manager, Tanna Kienitz, tannak@att.net.


Girls Teams

Stanford New U8 New Girls Team (born after 7/31/06) Our new Fall 2014 U8 Girls team tryouts are shown below. Practices are twice weekly and games on weekends. Fall season starts in August. Please contact Ken Luis <kluis@fedex.com> for more information.

- May 19, 2014, Monday, JLS #3 (near basketball courts), 6:00 PM-7 PM
- May 28, 2014, Wednesday, JLS #3 (near basketball courts), 6:00 PM-7 PM

Stanford Ice Storm U9 Girl (born after 7/31/05) For tryout information please contact Rachel Cleary <rachelcleary@post.harvard.edu>, Ken Shark <kshark@follett.com>, or Leisa McNeese <leisamcneese@gmail.com>.

Stanford Tempest U10 Girls (born after 7/31/04) For information please contact Ray Lin <raylin@gmail.com>.

Stanford Cyclones and Blackout, U11 Girls (born after 7/31/03) For information please contact MIke Koehler at mftkoehler@gmail.com or Andrea Brand-Sanchez <andreabrand1@me.com>.

Stanford Twisters, U11 Girls (born after 7/31/03) For further information please contact Susan Bush at susancbush@gmail.com.

Stanford Thunderbolts, U11 Girls (born after 7/31/03) We are looking for 3 to 4 enthusiastic, athletic soccer players to join our Bronze level CCSL team for the Fall 2014 season. For tryout please contact manager Michael Grady at michaelfgrady@stanfordalumni.org or phone 650-948-2089 for more information.

Stanford Inferno U12 Girls (born after 7/31/02) The Inferno is looking to add several enthusiastic, talented players. The team will likely be moving to the Silver division next season. The team is coached by a team of experienced coaches led by head coach Rodrigo Baptista.  If your daughter wants to play soccer with a great group of girls, and learn the game from great coaches who teach excellent skills in a fun learning environment, contact Lance Nakamitsu for details at lance_nakamitsu@yahoo.com or call Lance at 650-400-0542.

Stanford Monsoon U12 Girls (born after 7/31/02) Monsoon has a few open roster spots for fall 2014 and are looking for families and girls who are interested in having a balanced sports experience. We are a super fun, competitive group that believes in developing skills and growing together as a team. Our awesome coach, Ross Ireland from Castilleja, keeps it fun, positive, and gets the best from everyone.

Come to an open practice:
- Monday June 2, 3:45-5:15PM Greer Park Field #4
- Thursday June 5, 3:45-5:15PM JLS Field #1

For more information, please contact Kori Shaw (korivan@gmail.com).

Stanford Flares U12 Girls (born after 7/31/02) We are actively looking for a few more girls/families to join our team! We strive to have a team that will play together for as long as they want, developing their soccer skills at a competitive level. Many players attend Duveneck, Walter Hays and Addison Elementary Schools. Our coach is Steph Darling. Checkout more team information at http://stanfordflares.teamsnap.com. Our tryouts will be held during our regular team practice times:

- May 12, 2014, Monday, Mayfield turf, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
- May 14, 2014, Wednesday, Greer 1,4:00 PM-5:30 PM

If you are interested, please contact May Herr <mayherr14@gmail.com>, Matt Glickman <matt@glickman.com>, or Omar Baldonado <omar_baldonado@yahoo.com>.

Stanford Tornado (Silver) U13 Girls (born after 8/01/01) Great chance for players who want to play on a competitive team, have fun, and to learn soccer skills and strategy by experienced coaches. Practices are 2x a week and games on weekends, which allows for other activities/sports. Many girls on these teams have been together for years and it is a great group of girls and families. There are several spots available. Team is coached by Melissa Phillips. If interested please contact: Christine Meyer <cjm101@me.com>.

Stanford Heatwave (Bronze) U13 Girls (born after 8/01/01) Great chance for players who want to play on a competitive team, have fun, and to learn soccer skills and strategy by experienced coaches. Practices are 2x a week and games on weekends, which allows for other activities/sports. Many girls on these teams have been together for years and it is a great group of girls and families. There are several spots available. Team is coached by Juan Mayora. If interested please contact: Kristen Andersen <kristenandersen@me.com>.

Stanford Tsunami U14 Girls (born after 7/31/00) is looking for mid/high-level players who want to join a competitive team that continues to develop together over time. The team plays in the Norcal Silver Division. Tsunami Coach Nicole Van Dyke is also an assistance coach for the Stanford University Women's soccer team. For tryout details contact Paul Hopkins (Tsunami) <pfhopkins@yahoo.com>.

Stanford Supernova, U15 Girls (born after July 31, 1999), Copper CCSL. We are a team of great friends who focus on playing our hardest, trying our best and having lots of fun. We have just finished our third winning season. For more information on tryouts, please contact Don Darby at dwdarby@gmail.com. Coached by Stephanie Darling. Our team site is http://sscsupernova.teamsnap.com

Stanford Heat, U15 Girls (born after July 31, 1999), Silver/Bronze CCSL. This competitive team provides experienced, professional coaching with an emphasis on team-building, improving athletic skills and character development. For any questions or more information please contact managers Molly Goodman woof222@aol.com or Brian Goncher bgoncher@deloitte.com.

Stanford Avalanche, U16 Girls (born after July 31, 1998), We are looking for girls who love soccer, and want to join a competitive team that plays together for many seasons. We are looking for a couple players. Tryouts occur during our regular practices; please contact Keith Ferrell: ferrell.keith@gmail.com or 650-321-6933. Coach Ross Ireland.

Stanford Firestorm, U17 Girls (born after July 31, 1997) Website: http://stanfordfirestorm.org/. Firestorm would like to add a few players for Fall 2014 season and beyond. We are inviting girls interested in trying out to our summer skills sessions, Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm at Greer Park, field 1 beginning Thursday, June 19. Firestorm is led by Lindsay Dickerson, formerly of Stanford Women's Soccer. For tryout information please contact stanfordfirestorm@gmail.com.

Stanford Storm, U17 Girls (born after July 31, 1997) We are looking to add a few players for the Fall 2014 season. Interested players can contact Karin Meyer <karin@karinmeyer.org> for more information. Tryouts will take place during our regular spring practices through the end of May (see below). Contact Karin to set up a try-out outside of the normal season.

Tuesdays 5:30 -7:00 pm- JLS Middle School, Field # 1
Thursdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm Mayfield soccer complex, North Field

Stanford Explosion, U17 Girls (born after July 31, 1997) is looking for one to two more players, especially a girl that would enjoy playing goal keeper and in the field half and half. Explosion formed in the summer of 2011 under Coach Kim Limbrick. The girls, parents, and coaches are having a lot of fun, we all feel fortunate to be part of this team and group of people! For tryout information, please contact Diane Greene at dianebgreene@gmail.com or (650) 704-8746. Web site: http://explosion.teamsnap.com/

What is CYSA?

CYSA is a youth soccer association in California that is generally much more competitive than AYSO, attracting youths who excel in soccer. Is your child interested in playing CYSA soccer? If so, this background information about the Stanford Soccer Club could allow your daughter or son to gain much benefit and pleasure from competitive soccer in the Palo Alto area.

CYSA teams play official soccer games in the fall and spring of each year; in addition, many Stanford Soccer Club teams offer team soccer and social activities for their players between seasons.

Player Recruitment

The Stanford Soccer Club offers teams in various stages of progression:

  1. More established teams, whose player rosters are quite full

  2. New teams, whose rosters need to be built from scratch or a small core of excellent players

  3. “Open team slots,” for parents and coaches who want to start or bring over a team in an age group that is currently not represented in the club (for example, a boys' or girls' team for a younger age group, or for a gender where the club has an age-group opening)

These various kinds of teams all have the same recruiting objective: to make their team as competitive as possible by adding kids with optimal mix of talent, skill and attitude.

Even a well-established team with a nearly full roster will normally be willing to add an extremely capable player. Less established teams will be more flexible in their recruitment expectations, perhaps underscoring ability and attitude more than experience.

While the club assists all Stanford teams with player recruitment, each team is responsible for creating and implementing its own evaluation process.

Evaluation Process

New players usually join a team between seasons, that is:

  • Between Dec. 1 and Mar. 31
  • Between June 1 and Aug. 31

While you should definitely contact a Stanford Soccer Club team whenever your interest points you in this direction, the above two periods are the best times to contact a new CYSA team of interest to your child.

Please understand that it can take a month or more to register a player with CYSA and receive an official player card (this requires photos, birth certificates and other official documents); moreover, a CYSA team's roster is usually set at the season's start, making it more complicated to add new players during the season. Most established teams will not add a new player unless he or she would rank in the top half of the team, since players at the bottom half will hopefully improve over time.

To evaluate candidates, some teams hold open tryouts on weekends, whereas other teams ask prospective players to participate in normal practices both during the regular season and between seasons.

The club places more emphasis on quality than quantity, also because the “process” of “mass tryouts” is often arbitrary and disappointing when dozens of kids show up who aren't CYSA-caliber soccer players. Therefore, a pre-evaluation discussion usually takes place between the team's manager and prospective player's family to determine if the player is in the ballpark of eligibility.

Contacting the Appropriate Team

In light of the above information, please go the Teams/Schedules page to determine the Stanford Soccer Club team responsible for your child's age group and gender.

To improve the accuracy of the recruitment process, please send an email to the team manager including the following details about your child:

  1. Name and date of birth
  2. Soccer and other sports experience
  3. Family's contact information (parents' names, address, email, home and cell phone numbers, etc.)
  4. Other details that you feel are important, such as how you heard about the Stanford Soccer Club

If you do not receive a response within a day or two, please email the club president at president@stanfordsoccerclub.org or send an email to webmaster@stanfordsoccerclub.org.

You should soon hear back from the appropriate team's manager or coach to exchange more specific information, also about the team's tryout plans.

New Team Formation

The Stanford Soccer Club welcomes parents who want to start a new team, or bring a Palo Alto-based team from another club.

To form a team, active parent leadership is required by the club. Parents who are unfamiliar with CYSA yet wish to start a team may turn to club leaders for guidance regarding practice expectations, game schedules, recruitment, the logistics of CYSA, and other aspects of creating and sustaining a successful soccer team. To be accepted by the club, a new team's leaders must present themselves and their objectives at a monthly club meeting.

Existing teams associated with other clubs may apply to join the Stanford Soccer Club, especially if a team for a particular age group and gender is not already represented within the club.

If you wish to create or register a new team within the Stanford Soccer Club, please send a mail to recruiting@stanfordsoccerclub.org.

Financial Parameters

Each Stanford team sets its own budget so seasonal fees vary. Fees for younger teams typically range from $200 (parent coach) to $600 per season (other clubs may charge over $1,000 per season); if equipment or uniforms must be purchased, or if the team participates more heavily in tournaments, fees may increase.

In general, the Stanford Soccer Club has lower-than-average fees because the community-minded club charges only a small amount for providing its largely volunteer-provided services. In addition and in exchange, the club's teams rely on parent volunteers to manage the team, set up the fields, assist with team and club functions, purchase items, organize social activities, coordinate tournaments, lead conditioning or off-season sessions, and so forth.

Coaches are typically paid professionals with impressive soccer credentials and the desire to help children develop a passion for soccer. They must be licensed by an appropriate professional soccer association. The Stanford Soccer Club features some of California 's best coaches.

Age Group Definitions

The cut-off date for each CYSA age group is July 31. A child's age on July 31 determines his or her CYSA age group. For example, if a boy is 12 years old on July 31 then he must play in a U13 (or older) age group. The 'U13' designation means "under 13 years of age as of the end of July 31."

Any player is eligible to play in any older age group, skill and team permitting. A player can play in any geographical area of choice, regardless of CYSA District or league boundaries. Longer travel distances often apply to older age groups; younger players usually stay closer to home.

Teams may have a maximum of 18 players. Most teams have 15 or 16 players to allow sufficient playing time for most players; the rules, however, require no minimum amount of playing time for any player.

Other Questions?

Navigating through the CYSA labyrinth can be challenging, since good information is hard to find. Your best way to get straight answers is to call the manager of the team that interests you, at Teams/Schedules.

We at the Stanford Soccer Club wish you much luck in your search for an appropriate CYSA team!