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What is the difference between club and recreational soccer?

In contrast to most recreational soccer programs, club soccer teams have professional coaching, require higher training commitment, and travel to other towns for games (hence the term “traveling teams”). Most coaches have USSF certification and have played at an advanced level. Coaching & administrative fees make club soccer fees higher than recreational soccer fees.

How often do teams practice?

Stanford Soccer Club teams hold three practices per week. Practices are 1.5 hours long, depending on the age group and competitive level of the team. Some teams may supplement their regular practice schedule with additional skills-oriented practice sessions.

When are the games played? How much traveling is required?

Stanford Soccer Club games are on Saturdays and Sundays, with half of the games in a season held in Palo Alto and half at opponents’ home fields. Most away games for lower level teams are in nearby towns less than a 30-minute drive away. Higher level teams may travel farther for some away games.

There are eight to ten games in a typical season. On some weekends, a team may play games on both days, but usually only one game is scheduled. The exception to this is tournaments, when teams play three or four games in a weekend.

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