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Is FC Fury a fit for me?

FC Fury is an elite level program always looking to compete at the highest level. If you are self motivated, dedicated, and have a passion for the game of soccer, we are sure we have a program that will fit your needs. Contact us for a look.

Where are you located?

The FC Fury offices are located at 5600 Old Sunrise Hwy in Massapequa. All of our soccer operations are based there. We practice at train at multiple locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties. For specific team information you can look on your Teamsnap account if a Fury member by clicking this link;

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What is US Club Soccer?

US Club Soccer is the sanctioning entity for both the ECNL and NPL platforms. When playing in those league and tournaments our players will be carded through US Club soccer. Click here for more information.

What is Got Soccer and their ranking system?

Got Soccer is a software platform for event registrations. They also have a ranking system to create some type of evaluation of teams. The rankings are flawed model however it is used for flighting in events. To learn more click here.

What is The Players Futsal Academy?

This is an initiative by Paul Riley to help players develop their skills by promoting quality touches through Futsal. FC Fury will be the only club on Long Island that incorporates Futsal in their player development model throughout their club. The Players Futsal Academy is located at 5600 Old Sunrise Highway, Massapequa NY.

US Soccer Girls Development Academy or ECNL?

About 10 years ago the US Soccer Federation decided to start a new program on the boy’s side, the US Development Academy. There were many factors contributing to such a large undertaking, but in a nutshell, the United States youth soccer infrastructure was broken. We had a system that was more focused on competitions and winning versus truly developing players and providing a healthy environment for players to grow. For brevity purposes I will spare you my belief on how we got there, the important part to understand is we were there. Large clubs and tournaments dominated the soccer landscape. Players were playing 40, 50, or more games a season and experiencing training to game ratios far below what anyone would agree is healthy. Competition and winning ruled player development was a distant also-ran.

Enter the Development Academy. To develop the program, US Soccer staff traveled the world and used top European and South American professional youth academies as their benchmarks to create a US model that put each player’s growth above all else. The boys’ side of youth soccer now had a top-down development platform to model proper club behavior and player development best practices. I think even US Soccer was surprised by the quick acceptance and early success of the program. For those of us who spent time in youth soccer and were witnesses to the prior madness, it was a refreshing and almost surreal change. After just a couple of years, the only question on our minds was what about the girls?

Shortly thereafter the Elite Club National League (ECNL) sprang up, arguably in response to the vacancy the US Soccer Federation left by not providing the same opportunity on the girls’ side. The ECNL quickly became ‘the’ place for the top girls’ clubs in the country to compete. Well-intentioned, like many youth soccer entities, it morphed into giant money-making, competition structure. Simply put, the organization’s self-interest didn’t align with the best interests of the players.

I’m sure there will be many who would argue this point, but the ultimate litmus test occurred recently when US Soccer finally announced the start of the Development Academy on the girls’ side, slated for the fall of 2017. The timing of that announcement was incredibly telling. Less than a year from the US Women winning the World Cup, US Soccer unequivocally stated that player development on the girls’ side needed a significant overhaul. The ECNL now had a tough decision to make. They could support the Federation or compete with it. A meeting took place between the two organizations to discuss common ground and collaboration. I was not privy to that meeting, but shortly thereafter the ECNL did NOT announce its support and instead decided to expand the ECNL to the boys’ side. The message was clear, the lines had been drawn, pick your side.

This situation perfectly exemplifies why US Soccer needs to be involved in the development of our youth players. It can’t be about the power and money youth soccer entities are capable of generating. It can’t be about winning games and Got Soccer points. It needs to be about the girls and their growth as soccer players and people. Like the Boys Development Academy, the Girls Development Academy will have guidelines for the number of starts for each player and the number of training sessions per week. The GDA will only allow only 1 match per day with matches occurring no more than 2 days in a row. They will set strict coaching license requirements for staff and they will charge nothing for showcase events. Every club will be observed and evaluated on a regular basis and US Soccer scouts will be in attendance regularly to find the next youth national team players. This is a development structure designed with the players in mind, (not a competition structure) and it is long overdue. The Development Academy programs on both sides and the new mandates for birth year age groups and small-sided games are examples of US Soccer taking their rightful place as our sport’s governing body and taking responsibility for youth soccer in America.