How to Stand Out on Your Next Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts can become very stressful to players, especially the goalkeepers. Its always double pressure during soccer tryouts as you need deliver in being the goalkeeper and you need to put on the good show and impress them coaches.

The pressure can sometimes break young players and can get into their mental state during the games. With our simple tips, we can help you minimize your worries and focus more in delivering a great performance for the team and coach to see.

  1. Remember the 5 P’s. There’s a saying in the British Military that goes like this, “Preparation Prevents P*ss Poor Performance”. Kind off explicit but it does reminds us of reality. Without proper preparation, you can expect a poor performance or worse utter and complete failure.
  2. Step Up! First impressions last. And being the first to proactively get “seen and heard” by the coach will definitely leave an impression. That is if you also follow up with a strong performance during the tryouts.
  3. Come Like a Pro. No matter how much people say about “not judging a book by its cover”, it will happen. No matter what occasion, time or place you are in. Be sure to get yourself properly equipped and ready for anything that will come your way during the tryouts.
  4. Master Zen. Emotions can be great tools. They can either benefit you or work against you. There are times when the situation in a game can throw you off balance mentally. But you must train yourself to withstand any mental pressure that might occur during your game or tryout as that may hinder your performance.
  5. Exude Confidence. This is a great weapon against your competition. Seeing an opponent that looks like he/she can take on anything that comes his/her way, is alarming. Being confident can help boost the morale of other team players. This is like saying to each other that you got each others’ back.

Taking them all in can be quite a lot during the first time. Some of the tips above will require a bit of time to acquire or learn to do. But you can always develop habits that you think can help you in positive ways. Be sure to start practicing these tips as they help you tremendously during your formative years as a soccer player.

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LaLiga Level 3 Coach Education Course

Coaches interested in taking their coaching knowledge to the next level are encouraged to register for the LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, Jan. 4-6 at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif. This course, representing the introductory level of the coaching development series, will be hosted by NorCal Premier.

This will be the 14th LaLiga Formation Methodology course in the history of US Club Soccer’s partnership with LaLiga, of which NorCal Premier has hosted the first-ever Level 2 (intermediate) course and the highest-attended Level 3 course to date.

Course Webpage Link

Technicians & LaLiga Leadership

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LaLiga methodology expert Gari Fullaondo is the Technical and Methodological Advisor for LaLiga and the Committee of Football Coaches of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Director at Kimet Sport, which advises sport methodology and offers consulting services. Fullaondo is a UEFA-PRO coach with a master’s degree in physical training, and was previously the Director of Methodology at Athletic Bilbao.

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Hugo Blanco is LaLiga’s Sports Projects Manager and an expert in methodology training (UEFA-PRO Coach). Blanco has worked as a Director Manager in different Public and Private Facilities, and he has extensive experience with the Galician Football Federation and Galician School of Coaching, among other organizations. Blanco holds a Ph.D. in Science of Physical Activity and Sport from Universidad de A Coruña (Doctoral Thesis about Tactical Data Analysis) and has researched and published several articles relating to top-level soccer performance.

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Zunbeltz Fullaondo is a UEFA-PRO Coach with a Degree in Sport Sciences specializing in soccer. He is Methodology Director at Kimet Sport. He is teacher of the Basque Coaches School. He previously worked as the Director of Formation and External Project at Athletic Bilbao, physical coach in senior categories, and many years as coach in youth categories. He has been Technical Director of Women’s Soccer Club in Bilbao.

Games Rescheduling and League Deadline Revision

Due to poor air quality in Northern California, numerous games were cancelled over the past few weeks. NorCal Premier Soccer is forced to reschedule the cancelled games and extend the NorCal Fall League and Fall State Cup matches.

U9 – U14 FALL LEAGUE GAMES

Games rescheduling deadlines has been extended up to January 20th. All teams in these age groups are expected to finish their seasons.

U15 – U19 FALL LEAGUE GAMES

The team standings will be determined based on points per game. The average points per game will be used for any games played until the 2nd of December. Final team standings will be posted online between the 3rd to 7th of December by NorCal.

NORCAL NPL

Every U14 Boys NPL games should be rescheduled and finished by the 20th of January.

Every U14-U19 Girls NPL games should be rescheduled for any date before the 19th to 20th of May. NorCal will set the dates for any games that are not rescheduled by the 1st of February.

U15-U19 NPL Division standings (and spring placement) will be determined based on points per game. The average points per game will be used for any games played until the 2nd of December. Final team standings will be posted online between the 3rd to 7th of December.

U14 – U19 STATE CUP

All U14 State Cup games should be rescheduled and finished by the 20th of January.

U15-U19 games, if agreed by both parties, may be played until the 2nd of December. Decisions regarding the unplayed games for U15-U19 State Cup will be made between the 3rd to 7th of December.

Qualification Criteria for NorCal NPL Spring and 2019-20

NPL teams qualify for the 2019-20 based on their results over the course of the NorCal NPL year.

Click on the link below to see where teams should finish on order to qualify for NPL competition of 2019-20. In addition, it also contains the specifics on how the NPL Boys Teams can play for NorCal NPL Spring.

NPL Divisions Qualifications Criteria

2019-20 NPL Qualification

All teams that finish in the Champions League, NPL 1, and NPL 2 automatically qualify for the 05 division in 2019-20. Only the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finisher in NPL 3 will qualify for the 2018-19 NorCal NPL.

The 4th-10th place finishers in the NPL 3 division will need to qualify via the NPL Qualification League/Event.

Girls State Premier Championship Race

The State Premier Championship division consists of top finishers from each State Premier Fall division. The State Premier Championship division winner in the spring earns automatic promotion into the 2019-20 NPL in the U14-U17 age groups.

PPG = Points Per Game; FD = Fall Division Placement

U19 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUBPPGFD
California Magic1.633rd Place North
CV Surf3.001st Place East
EBU Bay Oaks Gold2.132nd Place North
OV Toros Black2.253rd Place West
Peninsula Odyssey Blue2.292nd Place West
Pleasanton Rage2.781st Place North
Rocklin FC Navy1.802nd Place East
SC City Jaws White2.501st Place West

U17 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

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Albany-Berkeley Lightning1.802nd Place North
CCSA Black2.001st Place South
CenCal Cosmos Grey1.752nd Place South
East Sacramento Impalas2.291st Place East
Natomas FA Navy1.572nd Place East
Red Star Red2.201st Place West
Tottenham Hotspur EB White2.441st Place North
Vision Red2.002nd Place West

U16 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUBPPGFD
Blackhawks CP2.751st Place East
California Magic2.293rd Place North
California Thorns Blue1.802nd Place West
EBU Bay Oaks Gold2.711st Place North
Impact Green1.144th Place North
MVLA Barca Green2.101st Place West
UC Premier United2.632nd Place North
USA Stars2.292nd Place East

U15 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUBPPGFD
California Magic2.751st Place North
Folsom Lake Earthquakes Premier2.631st Place East
IR Academy Purple1.882nd Place East
Manteca FC Dash2.381st Place South
Martinez Pleasant Hill FC2.292nd Place North
Mustang Elite2.133rd Place North
MVLA Barcelona Green3.001st Place West
Peninsula Infinity Blue2.672nd Place West

U14 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUBPPGFD
Alpine Strikers Red2.57TBD West
Diablo FC Premier2.13TBD North
IR Academy Purple2.382nd Place East
MCS ECFC Leoncitas2.38TBD West
San Juan Spirits Blue2.751st Place East
TBDN/ATBD East
TBDN/ATBD North
TBDN/ATBD West

Boys State Premier Championship Race

The State Premier Championship division consists of top finishers from each State Premier Fall division. The State Premier Championship division winner in the spring earns automatic promotion into the 2019-20 NPL in the U14-U17 age groups.

Teams in italics have already clinched a State Premier Championship spot.

The tables below show teams who have qualified for a State Premier Championship spot.
PPG = Points; FD = Fall Division Placement

Boys State Premier Championship Race

The State Premier Championship division consists of top finishers from each State Premier Fall division. The State Premier Championship division winner in the spring earns automatic promotion into the 2019-20 NPL in the U14-U17 age groups.

Teams in italics have already clinched a State Premier Championship spot.

The tables below show teams who have qualified for a State Premier Championship spot.
PPG = Points; FD = Fall Division Placement

U19 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUBPPGFD
AFC Academy 003.001st Place Central
Almaden FC Mercury NPL3.001st Place West
Butte United Dynamite2.382nd Place East
Fuego FC Livingston2.671st Place South
LFC IAA Bay Area3.001st Place Southwest
Marin FC 01 Blue2.751st Place North
Palo Alto 00 Blue2.712nd Place Southwest
Players North Elite2.561st Place East

U17 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUBPPGFD
Blues FC Navy2.52nd Place East
Force II2.291st Place West
Fresno Heat FC2.751st Place South
Mavericks Black2.671st Place Central
Rocklin FC Navy2.671st Place East
San Ramon Navy2.382nd Place North
Sunnyvale Alliance Red2.572nd Place Central
Walnut Creek Blue3.001st Place North

U16 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUBPPGFD
Alpine Strikers Red2.561st Place Central
Ballistic United Premier2.332nd Place West
MCS ECFC United2.801st Place West
Merced Premier2.431st Place South
Napa United Espana2.781st Place North
Palo Alto Blue2.252nd Place West
Sacramento United2.501st Place East
San Juan Blue2.112nd Place East

U15 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUBPPGFD
Briceno Lightning Elite2.002nd Place North
Force I2.003rd Place South
Napa United 18392.781st Place North
Pajaro Valley United2.251st Place South
Players North Elite2.572nd Place East
San Ramon Navy2.132nd Place South
Stanford United1.671st Place West
Woodland Dynamite2.631st Place East

U14 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUBPPGFD
Alpine Strikers Red2.202nd Place West
Blues FC Navy2.38TBD East
Players North Elite2.67TBD East
SC Sporting White3.001st Place West
Stanislaus United2.5TBD South
TBDN/A1st Place North
TBDN/A2nd Place North
TBDN/ATBD South

LIGA NorCal Futsal League

NorCal’s Adult Soccer branch is adding a weekly Futsal league to their network coming this January.  In conjunction with San Ramon FC, adults can compete in a weekly futsal environment in Region 3/4.  

Space is limited so be sure to secure your spot today.  “We are excited to add this important piece to our structure by providing another avenue for adults to continue to compete and play the game they love,” said Director of Adult Soccer, Cris Gilmore.  

“San Ramon FC has always been a leader in providing 1st team soccer to members of their club and we look to continue to work closely with them and provide additional opportunities for adults in their neighborhood.”

U14-U19 NorCal State Cup Group Stage Weekend

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State Cup is back this weekend, with group play coming down to the wire as teams play their final two Group Stage matches.

With close to 1,100 games this weekend, it’s all left on the line for teams that want to win one of the highest honors that NorCal Premier Soccer has to provide.

Teams looking to qualify for the higher Knockout Phase division will need to finish in the top two of their four team Group, while the bottom two teams will enter the lower Knockout Phase division.

Once Group Stage positions are finalized the next steps will be the NorCal State Cup Knockout Phase draw in January. The Knockout Phase will then resume in March as teams will look to win four knockout matches to qualify for the NorCal State Cup Finals on June 1 and 2 at Cosumnes River College.